Around The Farm: July 4, 2014
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.
Joe Sever (Carolina, 1B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Sever has the best outing of a less-than-impressive day in the Indians organization. That said, it was still a pretty impressive outing: multi-hit, multi-run, multi-RBI. Hopefully, this outing is indicative of a return to prior form for Sever, who is .350/.421/.420 with 16 RBI in 25 games on the season but only .286/.354/.381 in his 10 most recent appearances in the Mudcat lineup.
- Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB - Holt has recovered from his recent mini-slump and has multiple hits in two straight games and four of his last five. He also is on an eight-game hitting streak and is posting a .350/.395/.475 slash line in his last ten games.
- Roberto Perez (Columbus, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K - Perez's huge offensive night is highlighted by a two-run single in the bottom of the first in the midst of a four-run Clipper offensive explosion.
- Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, SS) - 2-4, 1 2B - Ciriaco has his third multi-hit night in his last 10 games.
- Toru Murata (Columbus, SP) - ND. 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 7 K - Toru's struggles at the Triple-A level continue.
- Tyler Sturdevant (Columbus, RP) - W (1-0), 2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Tyler goes two perfect innings for his first win of the season.
- Austin Adams (Columbus, RP) - S (2), 2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Austin does the same to close the game out for the save.
- Joseph Colon (Akron, SP) - ND, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 6 K - A dominant outing that deserved a win, but was done in by a woeful offensive night and...
- Enosil Tejeda (Akron, RP) - L (2-1), BS (1), 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP - Enosil has a, thankfully, rare implosion to hand the Bowie Baysox (Orioles) the game.
- Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt - Medina has his third-straight multi-hit night, his fourth in his last five, and fifth in his last seven and raised his last ten slash line to .359/.444/.513.
- Alex Monsalve (Carolina, starting C) - 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 HBP - Monsalve seems to be magnetic to baseballs. How else do you explain getting hit by two pitches in the same night?
- Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, RF) - 3-5, 2 K, 1 E - Lu-Rod has a three-hit from the nine-hole in the Mudcat lineup.
- D.J. Brown (Carolina, SP) - ND, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - A decent outing marred by some bad fielding.
- Grant Sides (Carolina, RP) - W (1-0), perfect, 2 K - Sides dominates Salem Red Sox hitters for a well-deserved relief win.
- Clint Frazier (Lake County, DH) - 2-4, 2 K - The only really noteworthy offensive performance of the night by a Captain.
- Caleb Hamrick (Lake County, SP) - L (2-4), 4 IP, 9 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed - Hamrick returns to his rough form of late May after a five-outing (14.2 IP) scoreless streak.
- James Stokes (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Stokes continues to show why he was promoted from Short-Season Single-A Mahoning Valley.
- Steven Patterson (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K - Steven pretty much accounted for the entirety of the Scrapper offense tonight.
- Julian Merryweather (Mahoning Valley, SP) - 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 BK - Merryweather continues his solid professional rookie campaign, during which his stats now stand at a 1.93 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 7:6 K:BB ratio, and .116 opponents BA in 14 IP in four outings (the three most recent ones being starts).
- Johan Puello (Arizona League, RP) - L (0-1), 2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 3 K - Puello is the tough luck loser as the other eight men on the field literally threw the game away while he happened to be on the mound.
The next guy will say that was too many, writers discretion.
Don't get too excited just yet, there's a ton of talent ahead of him. Middle of the diamond is the deepest position in the organization and there are talent young players at the upper levels. Pantoja has performed well, but it is in the desert where the climate is friendly for hitters. Pantoja has the glove, no concerns there, but his bat will have to be avg. to a notch below avg. before he ever gets a shot.