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Around The Farm: July 5, 2013

Around The Farm:  July 5, 2013
July 6, 2013
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Bryson Myles (Carolina, LF) - 3-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - While it's easy to read too much into a 3-for-4 night from a guy coming in on a 5-for-30 streak in his last nine games, it's also easy to dismiss such an effort based on the player's poor track record.  The truth is that this effort shows that the potential is there, but he needs to find a way to reach that potential more consistently.

Bo Greenwell (Carolina, RF) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI - While Bo Greenwell hasn't improved drastically since his demotion (.231/.309/.350 and .182/.282/.242 in his last ten games versus a .216/.275/.324), there is some hope that Friday night's three-hit, three-RBI performance may be a sign of him finally getting things turned around at a lower level.  Let's hope that's what it is.

  • Tim Fedroff (Columbus, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI - Tim puts up a multi-hit night to get above the mendoza line in his las tten games (9-for-35).
  • Chun Chen (Columbus, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E - As his effort Friday night proves, Chun Chen has no problem with putting up big nights, it's doing well in the games in between that he needs to master at the Triple-A level.
  • Matt Carson (Columbus, DH) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K - Carson's grand slam to left capped off the Clippers sevn-run second inning.
  • Paolo Espino (Columbus, SP) - W (1-4), 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 9 K - Other than the hit by pitch, a solid night by Espino to pick up his first Triple-A win of the season.  Maybe being back in a starting role is helping him be more comfortable on the moind.
  • Nick Hagadone (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Nick clearly isn't in "mope mode" after his send-down from the Big Club.  Speaks well of his maturity level, if nothing else.
  • Jose Ramirez (Akron, SS) - 2-6, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 K - J- Ram picks up two doubles on the night, but is another example of a player who needs to perform more consistently between the spectacular nights (10-for-44 in his last ten games).
  • Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 2B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Ron-Rod remains hot (,354/.360/.417 slash line in his last ten games) with a multi-RBI night.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 2B) - 2-4, 1 2B. 2 RBI, 1 BB - The RBI Machine just continues rolling along, picking up number 64 and 65 on the night.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron, SP) - W (4-4), 7 IP, 5 H ,2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP - Cooper remains solid, if unspectacular, and gets his Double-A winning percentage back up to .500 after a couple of hard-luck losses in late June.
  • Jose Flores (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 3 K - Good morning.  Good afternoon.  Good night.  Ballgame!
  • Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K - Naquin gets back above the .300 mark with a multi-hit, multi-RBI night.  Maybe he really is beginning to shake off his recent struggles.  The hat trick is disconcerting, however.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - The Undrafted Wonder accounts for two of the nine Mudcat runs on the night.  This guy has gone from a Single-A roster filler to at minimum, a fringe prospect in the course of less than a season.
  • Paddy Matera (Carolina, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB - A multi-hit, multi-RBI night from the nine hole from a midseason signing out of the Atlantic League (Camden Riversharks).  Even better, this is hardly a fluke (.317/.394/.444 in 19 games for the Mudcats).  Clearly, the Tribe's indyball scouting is second-to-none.
  • Nick Pasquale (Carolina, SP) - W (1-5), 7 H, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP - Outside of the seemingly obligatory hit batsmen for an Indians organization starter on the night, Pasquale was dominant in picking up his first-ever Advanced Single-A win.  Hopefully, this second straight good outing is a sign that he is finally starting to get comfortable at this level.
  • Fabio Martinez (Carolina, RP) - 2 IP, perfect, 2 K - Two innings of perfect relief from Fabio to close out the game for the Mudcats.
  • Logan Vick (Lake County, CF) - 1-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB - A good night in terms of plate discipline, run production, and getting safely around the bases from Logan.  Not bad at all.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Lake County, 3B) - 1-4, 1 3B, 3 RBI - Erik's lone hit was a big one as his seventh-inning triple scored three runs and put the Captains comfortably ahead of the Lugbolts (I'll call them the Lugnuts when they put a lugnut in their logo).
  • Anthony Santander (Lake County, RF) - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K - Surprisingly, the only multi-hit effort of the evening for the Captains.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Lake County, 2B) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E - Medina continues to perform well at plate at the Low-A level (batting .307) with a multi-run night, but also continues to struggle in the field (third error in 33 games at Lake County) even after the demotion from High-A Carolina.
  • Dylan Baker (Lake County, SP) - W (6-5), 5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 K - Dylan dominated the Lugbolts to get his winning percentage above .500.  He seems to finally be getting used to this level.  Oh, and he didn't hit a batter.
  • D.J. Brown (Lake County, RP) - H (2), 1 IP, perfect - D.J. picks up an unusual "perfect inning" facing only two batters after coming in to the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded, nobody out, and a run already in courtesy of fellow reliever Jack Wagoner.  Brown got Lugbolts 1B Kevin Patterson to fly out to right (scoring an inherited runner from third) and DH Santiago Nessy to ground into an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play.
  • Paul Hendrix (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E - Easily the best offensive performance of the night for the Scrappers, but the error (one of three on the night for the Scrappers), is part of a disturbing pattern in recent games for Mahoning Valley.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - His homer was pretty much the rest of the Scrapper offense on the night.
  • Matt Whitehouse (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both unearned), 3 K - Friday night's victim of the Scrappers' defensive difficulty.
  • Breily Puerta (Mahoning Valley, RP) - L (0-1), 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP - The sixth inning (pitched by Puerta) is where the Scrappers went from "in the game" to "just trying to get through the game without getting anyone hurt".  Thankfully, this was his first rough outing of the season after four good to decent ones.
  • Joel Mejia (Arizona League, RF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B - Joel Mejia remains hot (batting .381) with a multi-hit night.
  • Francisco Mejia (Arizona League, C) - 2-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - The Mejia-fest continues in Goodyear with an outing that would've been feature-worthy if I wasn't pushing it on the deadline just to get these AZL performances in.  Oh, and he put up all these gaudy numbers before getting pinch-hit for by fellow catcher Juan De La Cruz in the eighth inning (for those unfamilar with the AZL roster, they have four catchers, so pinch-hitting for the catcher is not the terror-inducing exercise it is in full-season levels with strictly-enforced 25-man roster limits).
  • Gerald Bautista (Arizona League, 1B) - 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Bautista raises his batting average to .370 on the season with this perfect night at the plate.
  • Felix Lora (Arizona League, DH) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K - He only got one hit on the night but it was a three-run homer to left  field in the bottom of the third inning that erased any doubt there may previously have been about the outcome of this game.
  • Silento Sayles (Arizona League, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - A good night at the plate for Silento from the nine spot in the lineup in his best outing in five professional appearances.
  • Juan Santana (Arizona League, SP) - W (1-1), 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR allowed - Not the level of outing we need to see from Juan Santana to say his short season has been turned around from it's iffy start, but good enough for the win on a night like Friday night when the run support flowed like tap water.
  • Juan Zapata (Arizona League, RP) - 2 IP, perfect, 2 K - Two innings of perfection to close out the game for the A-Tribe.

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