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Around the Farm: July 29, 2014

Around the Farm: July 29, 2014
Adam Plutko (Photo: Brittany Chay)
July 30, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Note, Columbus was off on Tuesday.

Adam Plutko (Carolina, SP) - W (3-5), 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (unearned), 4 K, 2 WP - One week ago Tuesday night, the Tribe's eleventh-round pick from last season hit what is hopefully the low point of his uneven professional rookie season when he only lasted two-thirds of an inning against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals) allowing seven runs (all earned) on five hits.  He rebounded nicely in this outing in Salem, Virginia holding the Red Sox lineup to one run, and that was unearned.  Hopefully we see more consistency out of Plutko as aside from that one outing last week he's really had a good season - he just has been a little up and down all year with his performance.

Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K - Zimmer has a huge night capped off by a two-run home run in the ninth inning.  Huge nights are nothing new for the first round pick from this year's darft, as he has five multi-hit nights in his last 10 ballgames played.  The problem is that he has been held hitless in four of the other five contests.  The frequency of big games is a positive sign, but it would be nice to see him get a hit in between the big nights.

Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, C) - 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 E - Mejia remains unstoppable at the plate, raising his last 10 slash line to .405/.452/.595 with 7 RBI.  He now has hits in nine of his last 10 games and multi-hit nights in four of them.  While the two errors in one contest are something of a cause for concern, they only raise his season total to 9 in 40 games.

  • Adam Abraham (Akron, 1B) - 2-4, 2 2B, 1 K - Abraham has by far the best night on another rough offensive evening for the RubberDucks, having one of only two multi-hit efforts and hitting two-thirds of the team's extra base hits on the night.
  • Ronny Rodruguez (Akron, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - Ronny-Rod had the other multi-hit night and scored the only run for the Mallards of Main Street on Tuesday night.
  • Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - L (5-4), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 3 K - One of Toru's better outings is, unfortunately, torpedoed by lack of run support.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron, RP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP - Jordan struggled with his command in this one with two walks and two wild pitches in 3.0 innings.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 SB - Medina's recent hot streak continues as his last 10 games' slash line now stands at .349/.417/.349 with 6 RBI.  The .000 isolated power number in those games shows his limitations with the bat, however.
  • Joe Sever (Carolina, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E - Sever has a feast-or-famine night, either getting on base or striking out in each of his five plate appearances on the night.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 3-5, 1 RBI - Yandy has his first multi-hit night in a while.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, DH) - 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K - Lucas has the Mudcats' lone multi-RBI stat line of the evening to increase his season total to 53 in 91 games.  He is also posting a .371/.426/.628 slash line with 2 HR and 8 RBI in his most recent 10 ballgames.
  • LeVon Washington (Carolina, LF) - 2-5, 1 R - LeVon has his third straight multi-hit effort, hopefully signaling a long-term turnaround from the 4-for-27 (.148) seven-game stretch that proceeded the string of two-hit nights.
  • Jacob Lee (Carolina, RP) - 2 IP, 2 K - Lee remains unscored upon in his last 14 outings, including all of his appearances since the Single-A All-Star Break in mid-June.
  • Ivan Castillo (Lake County, SS) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Castillo has his first multi-hit night since July 17th and drives in his first run in eight days.
  • Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K - Frazier's hitless streak reaches five games, but he still gets on twice via the walk.
  • Paul Hendrix (Lake County, 2B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K - Hendrix's second-inning solo shot to center was the highlight of a rough offensive night for the Captains.
  • Brian Ruiz (Lake County, DH) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K - Ruiz has a solid night and actually sees his last 10 games slash line decrease to .387/.441/.516.
  • Caleb Hamrick (Lake County, SP) - L (3-6),  5 IP, 12 H, 7 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP - Hamrick;s "good start, bad start" pattern continues.
  • Wander Beras (Lake County, RP) - 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K - Beras makes it three straight scoreless outings and four of his last five.
  • Steven Patterson (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 2-4, 4 R, 1 BB - Patterson accounts for exactky half of the Scrappers scoring on the night.
  • Juan Santana (Mahoning Valley, SP) - L (0-6), 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R (all earned), 5 BB, 1 K,1 HR allowed, 1 BK - Santana's uneven first full season pitching in front of significant numbers of fans hits a new low to start off a night of horrendous pitching by the Niles Nine.
  • Edward Estrella (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP - Even Estrella's three-ballgame, 6.1 IP scoreless streak couldn't survive the black hole that was the Eastwood Field mound on this night.
  • Anthony Vizcaya (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K - Unfortunately, this isn't Vizcaya's worst outing of the season, or even his second worst.
  • Justin Garcia (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 HR allowed - Even the night's one good Scrapper outing suffers from one bad pitch being belted out of the ballpark.
  • Bobby Ison (Arizona League, CF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K - Ison extends his hitting streak to four games.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Arizona League, DH) - 2-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - The Taiwanese rookie has a huge night at the plate to extend his hitting streak to six and make it back-to-back multi-hit nights.
  • Francisco Miguel (Arizona League, RF) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - Miguel has followed up a six-game 1-for-18 (.056) stretch with four multi-hit games in a row.
  • Simeon Lucas (Arizona League, starting C) - 3-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Simeon was perfect at the plate before being pulled for defensive replacement Kevin Calderon to start the bottom of the eighth.
  • Jodd Carter (Arizona League, LF) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB - A stellar offensive performance highlighted by a three-run homer in the second extends his hitting streak to six games.  Dominance like he displayed on this night leaves only three words to be said:  Kneel before Jodd!  (I've been waiting to make that pun since he was drafted by the Tribe).
  • Shao-Ching Chiang (Arizona League, SP) - 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R (all earned), 4 K, 1 WP - A solid, albeit not stellar outing, and far more than enough to earn the individual win on a night when the offense goes supernova.
  • Randy Valladares (Arizona League, RP) - H (2), 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 BK - Three innings of solid relief from Valladares for a well-deserved hold.
  • Cortland Cox (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - A perfect inning to close out the game and keep Cortland unscored upon in 13.0 IP in 11 outings this season.

User Comments

July 30, 2014 - 10:47 PM EDT
What a night for Indians pitching in there system.

Kluber 2-0 victory for the Indians.

Cloyd no hits Reds AAA farm team 13-0

Von Schamann wins 4-0 for Akron.

MV wins 1-0 tonight. All farm teams won tonight. AZL team off tonight.

July 30, 2014 - 3:16 PM EDT
Move Zimmer up. He'll respond.
July 30, 2014 - 2:53 PM EDT
Sure Kyle, it's way too early and obviously SSS on the lowest level, BUT...

...J.Martinez was 1.5years older when he put up those stats and he was in the AZL for the 3rd time. He already ammassed around 400 PAs at the level before he did that.
...AZL offense numbers have gone down considerably. Not sure why. Did they move the fences? Or maybe because Offense is down on every level.
...his BB:K ratio was still much worse

Bobby Bradley is putting up the best stats of any HS bat of this past draft. Another reason to believe his performance is for real. He will most probably open as a 18yo in LC next season and he won't come close to those numbers there. He will struggle early on for sure, heck even an advanced bat like Papi is struggling there, so did Frazier and NRod in their first couple of months. If he improves month for month and ends up around .700-.725 OPS on the season, I'd consider that a success.
July 30, 2014 - 2:21 PM EDT
By no means do I want to take away what Bobby Bradley has accomplished, but I really want to see how he transitions next year before I jump on the bandwagon to fast. For example compare these to stat lines.

Bobby Bradleys number's

IND AZL .357 24 98 20 35 10 1 4 27 59 14 22 2 0 .447 .602 1.049

Jorge Martinez numbers in 2012
IND AZL .347 46 190 31 66 14 3 7 39 107 16 44 4 0 .393 .563 .957

This shows how much numbers can be inflated in this level and now Martinez has struggled the last few years ever since. I hope Bradley is able to continue the success because the indians can use some power in the farm system. Just saw this as a reference and thought it was interesting.

July 30, 2014 - 2:04 PM EDT
Way too early to call Willi Castro a bust. He's 17, (and 97 days) playing stateside in his first experience to pro ball. Expecting him to perform like a HS kid or Juco kid is ridiculous. He's basically a HS junior on the field against older competition.

This season was all about getting him acclimated to the US and pro ball. Obviously, the Tribe likes him a lot to have him in AZ already.
July 30, 2014 - 1:59 PM EDT

I see you couldn't resist mentioning Bobby Bradley...JK
He's been an absolute force in the desert. Easily in my top 10 prospects right now.

I agree, having Chu, Chang, Chiang and Chen together has probably helped them acclimate to the US. Chen was a low cost signing bc he was injured, but has some upside. Chang was the best (talent-wise) signing and has simply performed. I think he (Chang) has experience in CF but looks like neither SS prospect for the Tribe right now. Assuming he doesn't move to another position like 3b / 2b.
July 30, 2014 - 12:53 PM EDT
Will Castro looks like another International signing bust

Juan Santana is clearly not ready for the Valley

Dvone McClure, when do the Indians pull the plug on this guy, it's been three years of struggling

Nellie Rodriguez, I am concerned about how overweight he currently is this season. Someone needs to work with him on nutrition

Papi, okay down to .067, don't ruin the guy, send him down to the Valley

Hamrick, clearly this was a wasted draft pick, getting lit up at Low A near 7 ERA

Yandy Diaz and Levon Washington, are good average hitters, but lack power for their current positions.

Rony Rodriguez, what happened to this guy, he has turned into a flop.
July 30, 2014 - 12:48 PM EDT
Plutko in Akron next season won't be easy. 4 spots in that rotation are already gone: Anderson and DVS will repeat and Morimando and Merritt should not repeat at Carolina again. The Indians like to fill one of their Akron spots with an org vet or FA every season (Murata or Arias), but I also hope they give a real prospects a chance to compete there. In that scenario, there has to be room in Columbus for both Colon and Roberts too, which is far from a given. We will see, but I hope you're right Chris and that is Plutko's path.

Really like what the Taiwanese players are showing. I hope the Indians puts them on the same roster together at least for next season too, as I'm sure that has helped them get acclimated to the US. Chu was a very low cost signing (under 100k), thus a low priority spec, but I hope he gets to LC with the higher priority Chang and Chiang. Since no other catcher in the system is doing anything at the rookie levels, he should be the backup to Mejia in LC in 2015. He is earning it, he now has the highest OPS on the AZL team (with a very good 9:10 BB:K) and that's with league leading B.Bradley on it.
July 30, 2014 - 11:21 AM EDT
Depends. I think that Plutko should open in Akron next season, but not a sure thing. I could see him repeating at Carolina to start.....though my expectation is that he might pitch in the AFL this offseason which would solidify him as an option in Akron next year.
July 30, 2014 - 11:14 AM EDT
Assume this puts Plutko in Akron in 2015, Columbus in 2016 and Cleveland in 2017 (25yrs old)?

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