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Around The Farm: July 30, 2013

Gonzalez, Washington's big performances highlight night's action

Around The Farm:  July 30, 2013
July 31, 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.

Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 1-4, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K - Erik Gonzalez has responded quite well to his call-up to Carolina from Low-A Lake County, batting .321 in his first seven games in Carolina compared to the .259 he hit in Eastlake.  While he is stuck at a crowded position in the Indians' organization, he may have a future as a AA/AAA veteran player or trade chip.

LeVon Washington (Lake County, LF) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K - LeVon may not be as high of a priority prospect as he was before his injury problems became chronic, but I can't see how he isn't called to High-A Carolina soon if he stays healthy.  In three games since returning from his rehab assignment in Arizona, #Washtime is 7-for-13.  He clearly is playing at a level that is below where he should be and has, in my opinion, earned a shot at the Carolina League.

  • Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus, 3B) - 3-4, 1 K - About the only noteworthy performance from the Clippers' batting order tonight.
  • Carlos Carrasco (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 2 H, 5 K - A stellar performance that was ended after 69 pitches (52 of them strikes) due to a shaky sixth inning.
  • Fernando Nieve (Columbus, RP) - L (5-3), 2 IP, 1 H,1 R (earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - Not the greatest outing he's had this year, but this loss was really on the lackluster offense.
  • Clay Rapada (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H - Not particularly spectacular, but still more moteworthy than any non-Rohlinger offensive performance from Columbus tonight.
  • Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) - 3-5, 1 2B,1 RBI - Holt puts up his first multi-hit night in nine days (the last such effort was of the three-hit variety as well).
  • Matt Lawson (Akron, DH) - 2-5, 1 3B, 1 K - The kind of night Lawson could use more often (.135/.150/.189 in his last ten games).
  • Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 8 K - A solid outing that was unfortunately wasted.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - L (0-2), 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 1 K - The eleventh inning (or any extra inning) is not the time you meant to have this kind of outing.
  • Bryson Myles (Carolina, LF) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI - Myles continues his recent strong play (.342/.400/.526 in his last ten contests).
  • Joseph Colon (Carolina, SP) - W 3-3), 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K - Joseph's dominant outing paired with a solid offensive night to give the Mudcats a four-run win.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Lake County, C) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Lucas remains hot (.333/.405/.472 in his last ten outings).
  • Todd Hankins (Lake County, 2B) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E - A little bit of everything on the boxscore line for the Captains' second baseman tonight.
  • Jake Sisco (Lake County, SP) - ND, 2.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R (6 earned), 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 2 WP, 1 HBP - An extreme case of a terrible pitching outing being rescued from a loss by colossal run support.
  • Jack Wagoner (Lake County, RP) - W (4-5), 2 IP, perfect, 2 K - Wagoner was perfect to close out the game and take the win in relief.
  • Robel Garcia (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K - On a night where the Scrappers won 3-1, the only offensive performance that really stood out did so for the wrong reason (a hat trick).
  • Kenny Matthews (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K - Another example of why the "five innings for a win" rule is not particularly well-suited for the half-season levels.
  • Cole Sulser (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (2-1), 4 IP, 1 H,2 K - That said, Sulser's four dominant innings of relief deserved the win they earned.
  • Trevor Frank (Mahoning Valley, CP) - S (1), 2 IP, 2 H,1 R, 3 K - Trevor continues the dominance to pick up his first professional save.

User Comments

Matthew
July 31, 2013 - 2:19 PM EDT
I have to agree with allhail about Carrasco... I was at the game and didn't find the 6th to be a shaky inning at all. If I remember correctly, it was a leadoff single, a sac bunt, a pop up and a K.

My guess is they pulled him after 69 pitches because he got his work in (6 innings), and they were considering him in a trade and figured it wasn't worth any further risk of injury.
allhailshapiro
July 31, 2013 - 1:07 PM EDT
Wait a minute- a pitching prospect is possibly failing? Especially one drafted after the 1st round? Surely this cannot be happening.

Anyway, what exactly does 'shaky' mean here? Were the 17 balls he threw just in that inning? He hadn't even walked anyone or hit a batter, so I am not getting how it was a shaky inning. Did his mechanics fall apart or his velocity suddenly drop?
Disgruntled
July 31, 2013 - 11:42 AM EDT
Sisco = waste of draft pick and spot on roster.
Tony
July 31, 2013 - 9:45 AM EDT
A few things could be in play here. They could release an arm, so Rapada or Nieve might be let go, but that doesn't appear as they like to have those non-prospect arms or two to eat pen innings. I think you could see a minor trade, but what ultimately may happen is the lowest priority guy of the group (Price) is sent back down to Akron.
Pete
July 31, 2013 - 8:29 AM EDT
Tony - Columbus has to many bullpen arms as it is and now they are sending down Pestano. What do you see happening to remedy this situation. Will the indians trade away some of this excess?

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