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Around The Farm: July 28, 2013

Around The Farm:  July 28, 2013
July 29, 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.

LeVon Washington (Lake County, LF/CF) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - LeVon returns to full-season ball in grand fashion with a three-hit day.  This performance is hardly surprising as the talent is clearly there (.351/.468/.532 slash line on the season).  The question, as always, is if he can stay healthy.  He is back in the familiar confines of the Midwest League and probably should be in Carolina, but the outfield situation there is crowded right now, so until someone is promoted or gets hurt in Carolina he probably will remain in Lake County.

  • Danny Salazar (Columbus, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 K - A stellar outing by Salazar, but one that proved useless due to a terrible night at the plate by the Clippers' lineup. Even still, that's impressive to rack up 11 strikeouts on just 75 pitches.
  • Blake Wood (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 BB - A solid outing by a pitcher making a serious case for consideration for the Cleveland bullpen.
  • C.C. Lee (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 K, 1 HBP - Another solid night from a pitcher who could do nothing but help the Big Club relief corps.
  • Chris Wallace (Akron, C) - 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - The only Aero to get on base twice on the day and the man responsible for the team's only extra-base hit of the game.
  • Cedric Hunter (Akron, LF) - 1-4, 1 CS - One of only two other Aeros to get a hit on the day.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 1-4 - And here's the other one (also no RBI).
  • Paolo Espino (Akron, SP) - L (2-5), 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 5 K - Wow!  Espino simply cannot catch a single break!  Even when he pitches well, he picks up a loss.
  • Trey Haley (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - A perfect ninth inning that, unfortunately, went to waste due to a total lack of run support. After a tough start in Akron earlier in the year, he is back in top form with a 0.73 ERA over his last 10 games.
  • Bryson Myles (Carolina, LF/CF) - 2-4, 1 K - The lone multi-hit effort of the night for the Mudcats.
  • Paddy Matera (Carolina, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 K - Scored the only Mudcats run of the evening, bit it was enough.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - The man who drove in the Sharknado for that run.
  • Cody Anderson (Carolina, SP) - W (8-3), 5 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 K - Anderson rebounds from a tough outing last time out to post this gem to take the win even with limited run support.
  • Josh Martin (Carolina, RP) - H (1), 3 IP, perfect, 4 K - Three perfect innings for his third straight solid outing and first Advanced-A save of the year.  He seems to be catching up to the higher level of hitting he has been facing since his call-up from Low-A Lake County.
  • Rob Nixon (Carolina, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, 1 H. 1 K - After getting shelled by the Winston-Salem Dash in his last outing three days ago, Nixon shows the most important trait of a successful reliever (especialy closers):  A short memory.
  • Joe Sever (Lake County, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Sever continues to make a case for a return to Advanced Single-A Carolina with this very good outing.  While it's just another day at the office for Joe recently (.385/.442.641 in his last ten), it may be one that gives him more momentum for a return ticket to the Triangle.
  • Robbie Aviles (Lake County, SP) - ND, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K - Three stellar innings.  Too bad he couldn't stay in the game longer.
  • Jack Wagoner (Lake County, RP) - BS (3), W (3-5), 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 3 K - The blown save was more indicative of the quality of this outing.  The win was more of a "right place, right time" thing.
  • Grant Sides (Lake County, CP) - S (3), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K - Not the smoothest effort, but Grant pitches well enough to save the game for the Eastlake side.  Not that unusual for a closer in the Tribe org.
  • Cody Ferrell (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 Sac Bunt - A good night from Cody, albeit a rare one as he is hitting .211/.302/.211 in his last ten with a three-game hitlesss treak and five hitless nights out of six going into the game.
  • Claudio Bautista (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Bautista has been performing well at the Short-Season level (.280/.342/.439).  The real test, however, will be if he can transfer any of this to the full-season level if he ever gets a second crack at Lake County where he went .157/.204/.255 in 16 games earlier this season.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Asimilar case to Claudio Bautista, except with higher numbers at both levels (.333/.400/.528 in Mahoning Valley and .194/.305/.256 in Lake County). He had the game winning walkoff hit.
  • Josh McAdams (Mahoning Valley, LF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI - McAdams continues his recent tear through the New York-Penn League (.371/.395/.457 in his last ten).
  • Robert Whitenack (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (all earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - A rough outing for Whitenack, but the run support keeps him from taking the loss.
  • Clint Frazier (Arizona League, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS - Frazier gets his first multi-hit night in ten days.  Hopefully, this is a further sign of him returning to his early season form.
  • Ivan Castillo (Arizona League, SS) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K - Castillo's third multi-hit effort in four games.  Maybe the beginning of a hot stretch.
  • Juan De La Cruz (Arizona League, DH) - 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - He continues to make the most of limited playing time hitting .375/.455/.500 in eight games entering the night's contest.
  • Matt LaPorta (Arizona League, Rehab RF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - Another day, another successful rehab appearnace for Matt LaPorta.
  • Grant Fink (Arizona League, 1B) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E - A good night from Grant.  Hopefully, such outings become more common (.213/.330/.363 in eight games going into the night).
  • Kieran Lovegrove (Arizona Legaue, SP) - L (1-2), 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R (5 earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 Balk, 1 HBP - Lovegrove's uneven season continues, though is not unexpected considering he is still so young and raw.

User Comments

July 29, 2013 - 11:23 AM EDT
Naquin was hit on the right elbow....taken out for precautionary reasons. I was told it was nothing to worry about. He may sit a game or two or may not at all.
July 29, 2013 - 10:20 AM EDT
Washington is experiencing what a lot of former top prospects who have had injury issues go through, and that is the realization that you are no longer "the man" in the organization. His stock has tumbled a lot over the past two seasons simply because of the injuries. I still believe in him and think he is a good talent, but the unfortunate reality is he has to bide his time in Lake County until a spot opens up in Carolina because he has lower priority now. Two years ago they would have made a spot for him in Carolina. It will be interesting to see what's up with Naquin as if he is hurt, that could open the door for Washington to move up there.
July 29, 2013 - 10:09 AM EDT
I was at the LC game yesterday and one of LeVon's single was hit off the wall and should've been a double had it not been for terrible base running ahead of him. He was making solid contact all night and was really impressive. His CS was due to slipping on the dirt (field was wet from rain delay).

I was also able to talk to him about coming off injury and his future. He definately seems bummed to be back down in Low A and said, "He doesn't plan on being here long." I would like to see Naquin bumped up and LeVon take his spot. I just hope he can finish the year off strong, injury free and take some momentum into spring training next year. The sky is the limit for this kid!
July 29, 2013 - 9:36 AM EDT
Geoff, nothing yet on Naquin, but I am digging. Doesn't look like a trade with him being pulled so quickly after being hit by a pitch. Hopefully nothing happened with him getting hit in the hand/wrist area.
July 29, 2013 - 9:34 AM EDT
He was lifted after being hit by a pitch so I'm assuming it was an injury/safety concern. No idea how serious.
July 29, 2013 - 9:34 AM EDT
Naquin was HBP in the first inning. No word on his injury yet. Could have been precautionary.
July 29, 2013 - 9:32 AM EDT
Salazar with 11 K's and 1 walk in 5 innings. Wow. I can see him in the Indians bullpen for the stretch run, coming in with men on base to throw that 99 mph heat.
July 29, 2013 - 9:26 AM EDT
Any update as to why Naquin was pulled in the first inning yesterday? Trade in the works or injury?
July 29, 2013 - 9:09 AM EDT
I came away impressed watching Nellie Rodriguez in person yesterday. He looked good in the field and at the plate. He crushed a double with 2 on 2 out with a 3-2 count down by 1 to win the game.

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