Around the Farm: July 29, 2013
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.
Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley 1B): 3-4, R, HR, 3 RBI: Rodriguez is just going off in short season and it looks like he has made the adjustment necessary to earn a return to Lake County. Rodriguez is barely 19 and has shown advanced production in short season with an improving BB:K rate. His OPS has risen almost four hundred points since his demotion.
Clint Frazier (AZL CF): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, K, BB: The Indians first rounder has had an incredibly encouraging start so far in the AZL. Of course, production can get inflated in Arizona and his strikeout rate is somewhat concerning, but his start has added positivity to the depth of this organization. Having two impact position players in Lindor and Frazier has added really tangible improvement to the organization over the last two years.
Joe Wendle (Carolina 2B): 2-4, 2B, R, K: The splendid splinter, well maybe not, but he has been outstanding in Carolina and though his age for the level is advanced his stock as a prospect is constantly rising. Wendle is showing impressive power production in terms of both home runs and doubles in a challenging league while maintaining a relatively low strikeout rate. Wendle needs to be promoted immediately following the trade deadline.
- Juan Diaz (Columbus SS): 2-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB: Diaz has transitioned from middling prospect to 4A depth at this point, but his versatility does offer some value. Diaz has been playing all over the infield and his bat has improved of late.
- Chun Chen (Columbus LF): 1-2, 2 R, BB: Chen’s success has not really transferred to Columbus. In reality, Chen’s lack of power of any type really limits his ceiling as a prospect. His .295 OBP in Columbus is not helping either.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka (Columbus SP): 8 IP, 4 ER, BB, 4 K, 2 HR: Daisuke has six consecutive starts of at least six innings and has been impressive of late. Too little too late in terms of being big league relevant but competitive starts for Columbus offer some organizational value.
- Erik Gonzalez (Carolina SS): 3-4, RBI: After having some success in Lake County, Gonzalez has been moved to Carolina and the early returns have been positive.
- Shawn Morimando (Carolina SP): 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K: Not Shawn’s best outing as he was unable to limit base runners or runs themselves.
- Lake County Captains (Offense): 4-31, BB, 12 K: Outside of Levon Washington returning to Lake County with a hit, this game could not have gone worse for the Captains.
- Claudio Bautista/Juan Herrera (Mahoning Valley 3B/SS): 4-10, R, 2 K: The left side of the Scrappers infield had mirror lines. No extra base hits but two hits a piece works.
- Josh McAdams (Mahoning Valley LF): 2-4, 2B, K: The Indians 2012 seventh rounder was another Scrapper with a solid evening. McAdams is another nineteen year old trying to make the challenging transition to life as a minor leaguer.
- Dace Kime (Mahoning Valley SP): 3 IP, H, 4 K: Kime has looked too old for short season and he should be, but this is still an impressive outing. Kime showed impressive control, and I always love when a pitcher produces more strikeout than base runners.
- D’vone McClure (AZL LF): 2-5, R, 2B, 3 K: McClure is an immense talent who has struggled so far in a limited sample in Arizona. McClure is only nineteen but 35 strikeouts in twenty-two games speaks to how raw he is offensively.
- Josh Tomlin (AZL SP): IP, K: The cowboy with a solid rehab outing. Tomlin will probably be rehabbing and building arm strength for the remainder of the season.
- Juan Santana (AZL RP): 6 IP, 4 H, 4 K: Santana’s best outing to date in this young season. Only four base runners in six innings is what you want to see out of young pitching.
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Just a question about Tomlin's rehab. Since he officially started his rehab, is he on the 30 day clock starting July 25th, or whenever it was? I know he has options, so will the Indians just have to option him to the minors in order to continue his rehab at the end of 30 days?
I wonder about Tomlin in the pen. He's never had powerful stuff, and those soft-tossing command/control types don't usually profile well in the bullpen, but Josh is such a competitor maybe he could make it work.
Just my opinion.
I don't think that Wendle has a future as an everyday player in MLB, but he could definitely be a solid platoon/utility/bench bat.
Tomlin very likely will not pitch in Cleveland this year. Maybe, MAYBE he is up in September as an extra guy on the roster to maybe get a few innings in, but it is not likely. Remember, last year at this time Carrasco was on rehab as well and never sniffed time in Cleveland. They are going to be extremely cautious with him, and the bullpen is not something that appears to be a good fit for him coming off surgery. They have enough pen options that I believe he simply just keeps building arm strength and his workload back to start next year.
DeJesus has had a very disappointing year. He is a guy that the Indians liked last year, which is obvious because he is in the rotation this year - rotation often means priority at least in lower levels. But wow are the numbers not pretty. You still look at the stuff and intangibles, and there is something there, but he has really dropped in value this year and might be working his way into a bullpen/swing role going forward.
Not saying that because of the 1 ip but looking where he could fit in after rehab.
Although Wendle is not as horrible as Sabourin, some IBI writers do go on the oddest binges writing about non-prospects,