Around The Farm: July 31, 2013
Aguilar's adjustments, Lugo's continued success highlight night on the farm
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.
Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
According to Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez, around the beginning of June, Aguilar made an adjustment to his swing that, in the manager's view, gives Aguilar a much better major league swing. Adjustments are talked about all the time, but with results like these, it is much easier to take notice:
April-May: .248/.323/.374 line, .126 ISO, 45:23 SO:BB in 51 games
June-July: .284/.374/.455 line, .171 ISO, 42:25 SO:BB in 51 games
Since the adjustment, Aguilar is reaching base much more consistently, is showing more power, and has not seen his plate discipline stats suffer. Now that the trading deadline has passed, I would expect to see Aguilar in Columbus before too much longer. He is showing growth, plus with a promotion from Canal Park to Huntington Park, even more power (namely home runs) should be on the way.
Luis Lugo (SP, Mahoning Valley): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP
How often do we write about how a pitcher in the lower levels has great stuff but just needs to learn how to "pitch" and to harness that raw ability? Lugo is the exact opposite case, as the left-hander came into the year with the stated goal of being a pitcher, not a thrower, and the stats support his approach. Through 41.2 innings this season, Lugo only has 22 strikeouts, but he is pairing them with a mere eight walks, 1.30 ERA, and 3.10 FIP. There are still flaws in the left-hander's game -- he allows quite a few fly balls (0.70 GO/AO) and needs more strikeouts -- but Lugo is finding success at the young age of 19 years old. Lugo has the raw stuff and the pitchability you want to see out of a prospect; what more could you ask for?
- T.J. House (SP, Columbus): W (4-10), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. All of House's last five starts have gone five or more innings with two or fewer runs allowed. After a rough start, the left-hander seems to be settling in as an innings eater in Triple-A.
- Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): H (1), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Pestano's road back to the majors starts here with a scoreless inning.
- Preston Guilmet (RP, Columbus): H (2), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 SO. Another shutdown outing from Guilmet, who is still waiting to get a prolonged major league chance.
- Nick Hagadone (RP, Columbus): S (3), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Hagadone once again mixed the dominant (three strikeouts) and unpredictable (two hits) parts of his game, which is a big part of why the front office went out and got Marc Rzepczynski at the trading deadline.
- Matt Carson (LF, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB. It was a pretty boring night for the Clippers' offense, as Carson had the only multi-hit night, the only extra-base hit, and the only steal.
- Jose Ramirez (DH, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R. After missing 15 games due to an ankle injury, Ramirez is finally back. How the middle infield playing time shakes out in Akron, however, remains to be seen.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 E. After laying off so many pitches to start his Double-A career, pitchers seem to be attacking Lindor more now (one walk since July 24). The next step for Lindor is to make pitchers pay, like he did Wednesday.
- Matt Packer (SP, Akron): L (10-6), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 2 WP. The left-hander was bound to have an outing like this sometime, though in fairness, his defense did not do him any favors. This is Packer's first time giving up more than three runs since May 13.
- Enosil Tejeda (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. In his first 30.0 innings at the Double-A level, Tejeda *only* owns a 0.90 ERA and 2.70 FIP. He also has not allowed a home run since he was in the Dominican Summer League in 2010.
- Jorge Martinez (RF, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. The results were better in July (.284/.338/.432), but with how bad Martinez was from April-June (.174/.205/.270), the outfielder still has a lot to do to rebuild his prospect standing.
- LeVon Washington (LF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB. #WashTime stretched his hit streak (between the Arizona and Midwest Leagues) to 13 games as he continues to wait for an opening in Carolina.
- Richard Stock (DH, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Stock, meanwhile, extended his hit streak to 14 games. The 22-year-old is not playing every day, but when he gets in the game, he hits.
- Ryan Merritt (SP, Lake County): ND, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 BK. Lake County limited Merritt to three innings in each of his last two starts and it seems to be working for him. Merritt owns a 9:1 SO:BB in that time, though he has allowed 10 hits.
- Luis Morel (RP, Lake County): L (2-3), 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. This was Morel's longest outing of the season and, like in his other lengthy outings, the results suffered. Morel owns a 5.60 ERA in outings going more four or more innings, though he also has a 3.90 FIP in those same outings.
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 2 2B. The Scrappers may have been shutout Wednesday, but it was not Rodriguez's fault. The first baseman continues to produce and push to get another crack at Lake County (.340/.401/.551 line in 42 games).
- Claudio Bautista (2B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, 1 BB. Bautista also did well for himself Wednesday, though not as well as Rodriguez. Similarly, Bautista is also doing well after starting the year in Lake County (.287/.346/.434 line in 37 games), but again, not as well as Rodriguez.
- Breily Puerta (RP, Mahoning Valley): L (1-2), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 SO. Puerta may not have come into this season with much hype, but the right-hander is doing well so far in 2013 (1.99 ERA, 23:8 SO:BB in 22.2 innings).
- Harold Guerrero (RP, Mahoning Valley): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. Guerrero, on the other hand, is still struggling to limit runs and walks this year (8.22 ERA, 17 walks in 15.1 innings). I cannot imagine the 23-year-old has much rope left after these results.
- Sean Brady (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 5 SO. Brady rebounded from allowing his first earned runs of the season his last time out with this beauty of a performance. The left-hander now owns a 1.39 ERA and 15:3 SO:BB in 14.0 innings.
- Anderson Polanco (RP, AZL Indians): W (2-0), 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 WP. The walks continue to be an issue (15 in 23.1 innings), but with a 13.9 SO/9 so far in 2013, Polanco is someone worth keeping an eye on.
- Ivan Castillo (SS, AZL Indians): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E. Castillo is still working to add on-base percentage and power to his stats and Wednesday had both for the shortstop.
- D'vone McClure (LF, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. McClure is still working to put all of his tools together, so a successful night is nice to see.
- Clint Frazier (CF, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 E. There is obviously plenty of pop in Frazier's bat, but as he hits 30 strikeouts in his first 22 games, this year's #1 pick still has a ton of work to do on his approach throughout the rest of the season.
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Seems like the Indians are really starting to build a base of young intriguing arms... Lugo, Lovegrove, Hamrick, Brown, Brady, and Linares. A lot of potential there.