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Around the Farm: July 27, 2013

Joe Wendle continues to climb the prospect ladder after another big night

Around the Farm: July 27, 2013
July 28, 2013
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina Mudcats): 2-for-4, 1 2B.

With two more hits Saturday, Wendle extended his hit streak to nine games. On the season, the left-handed hitting Wendle currently owns a .315/.390/.551 line with 23 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs and 45 RBI. As many people know, from the moment the Indians drafted Wendle, I have been a huge fan. Prior to this season, I predicted that Wendle would have a huge year, but his performance to this point has even shocked me a bit. If the idea of too much of a good thing exists, then the Indians definitely fit into the category in regard to middle infield talent. Otherwise, Wendle would be in Akron by this point, but there unfortunately is just no room. Nonetheless, Wendle will eventually find his way there, which will probably only further enhance his prospect value. The Indians have seen plenty of players increase their prospect value this season and names like Carlos Moncrief and Danny Salazar are just a couple that come to mind. Yet, there may be no player who has enhanced his value more than Wendle. He’s just having that type of year.

  • Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus Clippers): (L. 5-3), 6 H, 3 R/1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Bauer’s outing was not all that bad, but it wasn’t exactly good either, and that’s unfortunately been the case in two many of his outings this season. While he only allowed one earned run, the right-hander needed 94 pitches to make it through just five innings of work. That’s far from efficient, and his tendency to labor is just one reason as to why it seems he’s far from a finished product.
  • Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B. After a nice multi-hit performance, Carrera’s average sits at .255, and he also recorded his 13th double of the season.
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen (1B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 K. This was one of Chen’s better nights with the Clippers this season as the right-handed hitter has struggled significantly in the jump to Triple-A and boasts just a .221 average. It will take a lot of work for Chen to turn his Triple-A season around, and there probably is not enough time to anyhow, but Saturday’s performance was definitely a step in the right direction.
  • Luis Hernandez (2B, Columbus): 2-for-4. Even with his two hits Saturday, Hernandez’s average is still just .217 on the year.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Akron Aeros): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI. Prior to this two-hit performance, Rodriguez had gone just 3-for-33 in his last eight games. His average took a noticeable hit because of that, but still sits at a respectable .277. July has not been kind to Rodriguez as he’s hit just .208 compared to the .392 he hit in June.  Rodriguez, more than most players, is probably looking forward to the start of August.
  • Jake Lowery (C, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI. Lowery recorded his first triple of the season Saturday, and he also knocked in his 21st and 22nd runs of the season. His average is now .291, which is very impressive number from a catcher. His triple on Saturday was also the only extra-base hit recorded by the Aeros.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 RBI. Lindor may be experiencing a bit of a mini slump right now. After absolutely raking in his first 10 games at the Double-A level, Lindor has now gone just 1-for-8 in his last two contests.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB. Everyone’s favorite Double-A outfielder had another nice night Saturday as he got on base twice after four trips to the plate. Before long, one has to believe that Moncrief will find himself in Triple-A Columbus as he essentially has nothing left to prove with the Aeros.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Akron): (W, 7-7), 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Roberts has had somewhat of an up-and-down 2013 campaign, but he’s been solid as of late. In his last five starts, Roberts has pitched 32 innings and allowed a total of 10 earned runs. That run total is also a bit inflated from a minor hiccup on July 17 where he allowed four earned runs in five innings of work. Roberts’ ERA now sits at 4.24, and it seems to be decreasing with every start.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB. Naquin stole his 12th base Saturday, and he also collected a hit to bring his average back up to .286. Naquin had been slumping for a bit, but with this one-hit performance, the outfielder extended his hit streak to seven games, so it looks like the slump may officially be over.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Carolina): 0-for-4. Smith put up gaudy numbers on Friday, but that momentum unfortunately did not carry over into Saturday’s contest. On the season, Smith now owns a .274/.334/.366 line.
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 K. Myles has been garnering a lot of attention as of late and for good reason. The toolsy outfielder extended his hit streak to 10 games on Saturday, and he’s also hit an impressive .321 so far in the month of July.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Sabourin’s once brilliant season has really taken a tumble. On just July 5, the undrafted wonder was hitting an even .300, but his average now sits at .272. Perhaps the one positive thing is that he has now hit in two straight contests, so perhaps he could be on his way to bringing that average back up.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County Captains): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. With two hits on Saturday, Paulino raised his average to .241, which is the highest it’s been since early in the season on April 16 when it was .267. Paulino is still a work in progress, but the key thing to remember is that he’s still just 18 years old. As long as he can maintain this current pace, then his 2013 season has to be considered a success.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Vick has had an underrated season at Lake County as he has hit .285 in 93 games with the Captains. Perhaps the most encouraging thing about his play is his advanced eye at the plate as the left-handed hitting outfielder has drawn 67 walks while striking out 73 times.
  • Zach MacPhee (3B, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 K, 1 SB. This was just MacPhee’s fourth game with the Captains this season, but he’s been solid so far and has gone 5-for-15.
  • Joseph Sever (1B, Lake County): 1-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K. Sever continues to impress, and it’s quite evident that he should probably be back playing at the High-A level. In 68 games with the Captains, Sever has posted a .299/.360/.445 line to go along with 15 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 44 RBI.
  • Dylan Baker (SP, Lake County): (L, 6-6), 1.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB. Yikes. Prior to this start, Baker’s ERA sat at a very respectable 3.62, but it ballooned all the way to 4.08 after this outing. Really, the only thing Baker can do is move on because it’s quite evident that nothing went right here.

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User Comments

July 28, 2013 - 11:26 PM EDT
Matt, yeah, the Indians outfield situation suddenly is looking strong going forward. There are some guys who are just fourth outfield types or are limited, but some definite major league options. Moncrief and Naquin are potential everyday major league players, while the others probably at best could be up and down guys that are role players.
July 28, 2013 - 9:12 PM EDT
I think I will wait before jumping on the Carolina/Akron OF connection. I can agree on Naquin but definitely want to see more of the injured LRod and a hot month of Myles before any AA promotion.

I can see Holt as a ML backup if he develops a bit more but not a starter. Moncrief is probably a platoon OF unless he hits ML LH pitching better since he is older as well. Not bad but not really earthshattering unless you consider the Columbus roster of position players now which has nothing resembling a Prospect.
July 28, 2013 - 12:51 PM EDT
According to the box score, all of the 8 hits given up by Dylan Baker in 1.2 innings were singles. Not like they were squaring him up. I'd love to see some video
July 28, 2013 - 9:05 AM EDT
I wouldn't consider Jordan Smith a prospect. He's 23 years old, playing in high A, and has 3 HR's in nearly 400 at-bats, which isn't going to cut it as a right fielder. He's hitting .274 and his OPS is only .700 - not where he needs to be considering his age and level he's playing.

Holt and Fedroff aren't prospects, either. Holt is already 24 and is a center fielder hitting .278/.732 in AA. No way we're trading Michael Bourn to make room for this guy.

Fedroff is a left field version of Smith.

I think Moncrief, Naquin, and Myles are prospects, though. Levon Washington is the dark horse "boom or bust" guy.
July 28, 2013 - 12:48 AM EDT
seeing the 3 carolina OF together gets me looking ahead at 2014 depth charts: fedroff, holt and moncrief in columbus. myles, naquin, smith and probably rodriguez in akron. as far back as I can remember I don't ever recall 7 legit OF prospects at AA or above.

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