Around the Farm: July 30, 2014
Cloyd's no-hitter highlights a busy night on the farm
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 that the Arizona League team was off Wednesday.
Tyler Cloyd (SP, Columbus): W (9-5), 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HBP
No hits, no walks, and only one solitary hit batter to start the ninth inning. Cloyd may not be on the same level as Corey Kluber, but he managed to outpitch a beautiful Kluber outing Wednesday night by hurling the seventh no-hitter in Clipper history and the first at Huntington Park on just 88 pitches (this was Columbus' first no-hitter since Justin Germano's on July 26, 2011). Cloyd came out of the gate slowly this season in his first year in the organization, but the right-hander has picked things up recently and currently owns a 3.91 ERA and 92:24 SO:BB in 133.2 innings. The 27-year-old is not a high priority prospect and is more of a depth option for the major league team right now, but that does not take away from the great work he has put in this season and the special night he had Wednesday.
"Tyler Cloyd greets his daughter after throwing the first no-hitter in Huntington Park history. #ClipShow"
Photo from the Clippers' Instagram page
Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB
Cloyd did not have to fret about a close game during his no-hitter thanks to a 13-run explosion from the Columbus offense. Of the Clippers hitters, Aguilar had the best night, launching his 22nd double and 14th home run of his time in Triple-A. After posting a thoroughly unsustainable 1.107 OPS in April, Aguilar has naturally seen his results slip over the course of the season. Yet, after an extremely down May where he posted a .577 OPS, Aguilar has been very good, with an .809 OPS in June and an .898 OPS in July. Added together, Aguilar owns a quite strong .291/.385/.486 line in 92 games with a solid 80:50 SO:BB. The 23-year-old's first major league experiences may not have gone well, but given Aguilar's performance in Columbus throughout the year, he should be just fine given time to establish himself in Cleveland.
Duke von Schamann (SP, Akron): W (5-6), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HBP
Things got a little out of whack for von Schamann in the middle of the season, but lately the right-hander has gotten back on track. Heading into this start, von Schamann had only allowed three runs in his last two starts (14.2 innings) with eight strikeout and no walks, though Wednesday's outing represented the right-hander taking things up another notch. The 23-year-old von Schamann is still a fringy starting pitching prospect without much overpowering stuff (he only owns a 4.13 ERA with a 59:27 SO:BB in 115.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A), but the right-hander has shown an ability to really limit the number of free passes he gives out. His upside is limited due to his struggles to get strikeout, but as it stands, von Schamann looks like a solid innings eater in the upper levels of the minors with a great approach who could be more with a jump in his stuff.
Jerrud Sabourin (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Something that could be something or could be nothing: after never posting an isolated power above .083 (a mark he achieved with Lake County in 2012), Sabourin is currently the owner of a .113 isolated power in 69 games with the Mudcats this season. The lack of power in Sabourin's game -- a real problem considering he has spent most of the season playing first base and left field -- is one of the big things holding him back. Sabourin's calling cards have always been an ability to get on base and put together a strong approach at the plate, both of which are still true in 2014 (.368 on-base percentage, 47:29 SO:BB in 69 games), and even a little uptick in the power department could do wonders. The 24-year-old's power jump may not be a huge step, but it could be intriguing enough to get him another look in Akron later this season.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Moncrief extended his hitting streak to nine games as the right fielder pushed his OPS to .774, the highest it has been all season.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB. With a .280/.337/.493 line and a 36:21 SO:BB in 75 Triple-A games to go with his elite defense at the hot corner, Urshela looks ready to push for a full time major league gig next year (if not sooner).
- Tyler Holt (CF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO. Between Aguilar, Moncrief, Urshela, and Holt (and not including a certain top prospect named Francisco Lindor nor the recently acquired James Ramsey), the Clippers have some really intriguing talent on the position player side of the roster.
- Audy Ciriaco (2B, Columbus): 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 BB. Ciriaco continued to hit while bouncing between positions (mostly first base, second base, and designated hitter of late). The 27-year-old owns an .810 OPS and .210 isolated power in 84 games this season.
- Giovanni Soto (RP, Akron): H (9), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. A left shoulder strain sidetracked Soto in the middle of the season -- both from a performance standpoint and in terms of physically being able to pitch -- but the left-hander is back on point and pitching well with the RubberDucks.
- Shawn Armstrong (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. With a 2.06 ERA and a 56:15 SO:BB in 43.2 innings this season, Armstrong has made quite a compelling case that he should be back on the prospect radar and on the move to Columbus before the end of the season.
- Erik Gonzalez (SS, Akron): 1-for-5, 1 SO. This was not a big overall game for Gonzalez, but the shortstop extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his third-inning single.
- Jordan Smith (CF, Akron): 3-for-4. The beginning of the season may have deflated Smith's prospect stock, but the outfielder made it through the fire and is hitting again, posting a .769 OPS in 53 games between June and July. Plus, though the power is not there yet for Smith, he has moved up the defense spectrum and is now playing center field, a position where players do not typically need as much power.
- Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO. Myles has not really missed a beat since returning on July 24 from meniscus surgery, posting a .755 OPS with a double and a home run in six games.
- Cole Sulser (SP, Carolina): W (4-9), 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Sulser is someone the advanced metrics have liked a lot despite his 5.23 ERA on the season due to his 101:29 SO:BB in 103.1 innings. Some of that positive regression has been present lately, as this was his fifth quality start over his last seven outings.
- Ben Heller (RP, Carolina): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP. After dominating opposing hitters while with the Captains, Heller has struggled during his time in Carolina (4.05 ERA, 6:6 SO:BB, two hit batters, two wild pitches in 6.2 innings).
- Jeremy Lucas (DH, Carolina): 1-for-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 SO. Cleveland's reigning minor league player of the week put together another strong game, pushing his season line to .274/.373/.440 in 92 games.
- Joe Sever (1B, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF. After essentially missing the first two months of the season, Sever has settled in nicely, posting a .304/.377/.398 line in 46 games.
- Logan Vick (RF-CF, Carolina): 1-for-1, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 BB. Vick is still waiting for the hits to fall, though he has hit for more power of late while maintaining a very high walk rate. The 23-year-old owns a .182/.404/.303 line with a 11:12 SO:BB in 11 July games.
- James Roberts (2B, Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 BB. Roberts did not do anything new on Wednesday as the infielder did a good job of reaching base while not hitting for any power (he has a .357 on-base percentage and a .045 isolated power in 90 games this year).
- Dace Kime (SP, Lake County): W (6-12), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. It has been an up-and-down season for Kime, but given that it is his first full professional season and this is his first season as a starter after spending most of his Louisville career coming out of the bullpen, the 22-year-old deserves some slack as he looks to reproduce performances like this on a more consistent basis.
- Justin Brantley (RP, Lake County): S (1), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. After yet another strong outing, Brantley owns a 1.08 ERA and 24:8 SO:BB in 25.0 innings.
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. In his 100th game of the season, Rodriguez put up a very solid outing to go with his very solid season (.259/.335/.461 line, 102:42 SO:BB, 17 home runs).
- Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 SO. Though Frazier has cooled off recently, the 2013 first round pick still owns a .261/.345/.412 line through 90 games.
- Mike Papi (RF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SAC. Papi may be an advanced college bat, but at the end of a long season between playing in college, making the College World Series, and continuing on to professional ball, the 21-year-old is scuffling in his first taste of Low-A (.420 OPS in 10 games).
- Jordan Carter (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. This year's 22nd round pick not only had the longest outing of his professional career Wednesday, he also did not allow a run or a walk en route to lowering his ERA to 1.73 to go with a 20:4 SO:BB in 26.0 innings.
- Jose Zapata (RP, Mahoning Valley): W (1-2), 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP. Zapata has not been as dominant as Carter this season, but the 21-year-old does have back-to-back shutout outings (over 4.2 innings) with six strikeouts and no walks.
- J.P. Feyereisen (RP, Mahoning Valley): S (2), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Feyereisen looks ready to move up through the system, as the 16th round pick in this year's draft owns a 12:1 SO:BB and has not allowed a run in 8.1 innings.
- Bradley Zimmer (CF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 SO. Zimmer's immediate results upon turning pro did not offer much in the way of power, but the 2014 first round pick has shown more pop lately, moving his season isolated power to .153 through 29 games.
- Francisco Mejia (C, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB. Power is also a still-developing part of Mejia's game, but the 18-year-old's .282/.345/.391 line through 41 games in his first exposure above the Arizona League is still great to see.
- D'vone McClure (DH, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 SO. Given how raw he was when he was drafted in the fourth round in 2012, McClure was always going to be a long-term project. With a .216/.307/.273 line in the 20-year-old's first experience in Mahoning Valley, McClure is still working to connect his talent to results.
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Rumors the Tribe was / is interested in Alex Rios from TX. Wouldn't mind getting him, at the right price.
Olney tweeted ACab is expected to be moved today, with four teams in the mix. I'm hoping the Tribe are able to get young SP in return. Headley brought the Pads DePaula and Solarte, I expect the Tribe to get similar or better.
We have Brantley, Gomes and a inconsistent Santana. And that is it. Kipnis? Lonnie? Bourn a 8 hitter. Murphy Raburn swish are below avg at best. And on and on.
Urshela needs highlighted though: he's easily been the most improved player in the system. He now has a 14:14 BB:K since June. Considering his career numbers there, that's a revolution. Something has clicked, it's not luck, he's for real. I want to see him in the Majors. The top 5 in the Columbus lineup look ML ready or at least deserve a chance to show their skills. Hopefully they can trade/get rid of some of the vets and their contracts to make room for them.