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Around the Farm: July 5, 2014

Around the Farm: July 5, 2014
Nellie Rodriguez (Photo: IBI)
July 6, 2014
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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.

Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI - Nellie-Rod's offensive resurgence continues with this incredible performance on the night.  Rodriguez's last 10 slash line now stands at (.350/.381/1.025) and he has multiple hits in four of those ten and at least one hit in nine of them.  Hopefully he continues to hit this well the rest of this season and proves his early season form to be a mere bump in the road of an otherwise solid season.

Danny Salazar (Columbus, SP) - W (3-5), 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 earned), 3 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP) - Even when Salazar picks up the win, the news is not good from an individual standpoint.  Tonight's victory had far more to do with the run support Danny received and the solid to dominant performances of the relievers who followed him on the Huntington Park mound than anything he did himself.  His Triple-A numbers now stand at a 4.93 ERA and 1.55 WHIP.  While he is posting a solid 53:17 K:BB ratio, a lot of things are still missing from a numbers standpoint.

  • Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 0-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K - Holt is hitting so well since his call-up from Double-A Akron that he apparently does not even need to get a hit to have a big night.  Holt scored twice after reaching on a walk and a three-base throwing error following a swinging strikeout.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K - The RBI Machine increases his season total to 46 in 69 games on a first-inning fielder's choice and third-inning single.  He also keeps up his pace of averaging exactly one hit per game.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Gio Urshela only mamnaged one hit on the night, but it was a huge one:  A two-run triple in the bottom of the third inning.
  • Matt Carson (Columbus, DH) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI - Easily the best all-around offensive effort of the night for the Clippers came from Carson, who made his return from the 7-day DL.  Hopefully, his poor form before going on the DL was nothing more than him trying to play injured too long.
  • Bryan Price (Columbus, RP) - 0.0 IP, 1 H - Price was pulled after facing one batter.  Hopefully, this is not injury related.
  • Josh Outman (Columbus, RP) - 0.1 IP, perfect - Outman came to the mound to replace Bryan Price and was also pulled after facing only one batter.  Again, this is hopefully matchup and not injury related.
  • C.C. Lee (Columbus, RP) - H (1), 1.2 IP, 1 K, 1 HBP - Lee came within one hit batter of a perfect outing and picked up his first Triple-A hold of the season.
  • Mark Lowe (Columbus, CP) - S (11), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Lowe seems to be establishing himself as the closer at the corner of Neil and Nationwide.
  • Tony Wolters (Akron, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K - It wasn't much of an offensive night for the Mallards of Main Street, but Wolters had a fine night at tghe plate himself.  This performance continues a recent tear during which he is batting .364/.429/.515 in his last 10 games.  He also extended his hitting streak to eight games.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of a positive trend in his stats.
  • Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 0-4, 1 K, 1 SB, Picked Off 1 time - Not much of a night for Lindor, except for the fact that he stole his 20th base of the season in the sixth inning after reaching on the lone error of the game.
  • Will Roberts (Akron, SP) - L (8-9), 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 WP - Roberts goes below the .500 mark in an outing which represents the fifth time in his last 10 outings that he has allowed three or more earned runs.  There are some encouraging humbers, such as his 71:23 K:BB ratio, but recent performances have been a mixed bag with some really worrisome performances among them.
  • Elvis Araujo (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 HR - One bad pitch mars an otherwise respectable Double-A debut for Elvis.
  • J.C. Ramirez (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 K,1 HR allowed - J.C.-Ram's first rough outing since his send-down from Triple-A Columbus ends a six-game, 7.0 IP scoreless streak.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, 2B) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - The only offensive performance on a night which saw no Mudcat batters get multiple hits.  Medina scored both runs and had one of only two Mudcat extra-base hits on the night.  He also did all of this from the eight hole.  Interesting trivia re:  Medina's two runs:  The two players who each drove Yhoxian in once each got his 14th advanced Single-A RBI of the season doing so.
  • Cole Sulser (Carolina, SP) - L (3-8), 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Sulser's rough season continues.  He hasn't had a solid outing since the week following Memorial Day.  His stats now stand at a 5.09 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 90:26 K:BB ratio, and .257 opponents BA.  While there are some promising stats (especiall the K:BB ratio), he is simply allowing too many runs which, when it comes down to it, is really the only important statistic for a pitcher.
  • Clayton Cook (Carolina, RP) - 3.2 IP, 2 H, 4 K - Cook continues to be feast or famine in his relief appearances and this outing was most definitely of the feast variety.
  • Torsten Boss (Lake County, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI - Boss has a rare big night at the plate, not only getting multiple hits for the first time in over two weeks, but also getting to second base on both of them.  This type of night would be nice to see a little more often out of Torsten, whose position in the org is tenuous at best after failing to hit above the Mendoza Line in significant stints in both full-season Single-A levels.
  • Grant Fink (Lake County, 3B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Another solid night from a guy not exactly hitting well as of late (.222/.256/.583 in his last 10 games, even with this effort).  Yes, the pop is there, but he needs to get on base more often.
  • Richard Stock (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB - Unlike Boss and Fink, Stock has been hitting well as of late (this was his fourth multi-hit game in his most recent 10), but there is still a reason for concern as his passed ball tonight was his seventh in 32 games behind the plate.
  • Dace Kime (Lake County, SP) - L (4-10), 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 earned), 3 BB, 6 K - While Kime's recent performances have been better than his early season form, it is still far from what was expected of him this season.
  • Alexis Paredes (Lake County, RP) - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB - While Paredes' recent form has been abysmal, he really hit bottom on Saturday night.  At least I hope he did because if this isn't the bottom, I don't want to see what it looks like.
  • Ben Heller (Lake County, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K - Heller remains unscored upon in his last 10 outings.  It will be interesting to see if he gets the call-up to Advanced Single-A Carolina sometime soon.
  • Carlos Melo (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP,  perfect, 2 K - Melo shuts down the Silver Hawks; (Diamondbacks) bats to recover from a rough inning his last time out two nights ago.
  • Austin Fisher (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 2-3 - Fisher has a rare multi-hit night which was also the only one of the evening for the Scrappers.
  • Cameron Hill (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K - Hill continues to impress in his professional debut season.  He is still unscored upon in 12.0 IP in his three professional starts and has a 0.58 WHIP and 8:3 K:BB ratio in those games.  While the sample size is small, Hill seems to be thriving in the rotation after a so-so professional debut appearance out of the bullpen.
  • Jose Zapata (Mahoning Valley, RP) - L (0-2), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 BK - Zapata has his second straight rough outing after five soilid ones to start the season.  Hopefully this is a slump and not a long-term trend.
  • Luis Gomez (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 3.1 IP, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - Gomez recovers from a dicey effort his last time out to dominate the Batavia Muckdogs lineup and keep the game close enogh where a comeback - which never came by the offense - was at least possible.
  • Bobby Bradley (Arizona League, DH) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K - Bradley continues his strong start to his professional career with a ninth inning double from which he eventually scored to keep the Arizona Tribe from being shut out by the AZL Dodgers.
  • Grofi Cruz (Arizona League, 3B) - 2-4, 1 RBI - Cruz has the biggest night of his stateside career with the only multi-hit night for the A-Tribe and the lone RBI of the game with the AZL indians down to their last out.
  • Kenny Mathews (Arizona League, SP) - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 K, 1 HR - The Lake County lefty's rehab assignment continues to be a rocky endeavor.
  • Francisco Lopez (arizona League, RP) - 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 6 K - In the only pitching outing of any signifoicant length in Saturday night's Arizona contest, Francisco rebounds from a rough second outing and returns to the solid form of his season (and U.S. regular season) debut.

User Comments

July 8, 2014 - 4:38 PM EDT
Salazar's outing in terms of runs given up is not that great but having a 3:1 K:BB ratio along with less than one hit per inning is an improvement on his earlier performances. Not as good as his last one, but I don't think it is as bad a step back as it seems on the pure earned runs side.
July 6, 2014 - 6:21 PM EDT

Thanks for the correction. I was going by the boxscore and had also not yet seen the game when I wrote this.
July 6, 2014 - 3:05 PM EDT
Sheffield has been assigned by the Indians to AZL roster today. I wonder if the he will be pitching tonight in AZ. Good to see Holt called up by the Indians. Hope he get a chance to have some playing time before the All-Star break.

July 6, 2014 - 2:58 PM EDT
Hmmmm, game recap said he was thrown out at home....
July 6, 2014 - 12:17 PM EDT
Yep. I can't ever remember seeing it happen either, but Anon has it exactly right. The crowd at Huntington was pretty confused to say the least.
July 6, 2014 - 11:29 AM EDT
Gio crushed it, left the park. Everyone celebrated at the plate, but must of missed touching it though no one I knew saw it happen. Perez came up to bat and is just about in the box when the catcher stands on the plate and the pitcher throws it to him. Ump signals the out, it was insane.
July 6, 2014 - 11:21 AM EDT
I missed the game and have yet to talk to anyone about it.....but Matt...are you saying that Urshela actually hit it over the wall and he just failed to touch home? Wow. Can't recall seeing that ever happen before. Yowsers.
July 6, 2014 - 8:27 AM EDT
See Matthew already corrected the Gio homer. Weird game. Also, Carson was hurt weeks ago on a play at first, so perhaps as Arthur suggests he was playing hurt before that, but it seemed like that play resulted in the ankle injury. Regardless, no reason to think Carson will not have a strong final two months to the season.
Price & Outman didn't seem hurt when they came out but their stuff wasn't exactly overwhelmingly batters, so who knows. It seemed more planned though, because Price & Outman both started warming in the pen around the same time, which you rarely see in Columbus, and CC who followed also got started getting ready earlier than a typical night, when guys usually see multiple batters unless something goes wrong.
July 6, 2014 - 4:13 AM EDT
To be clear, Giovanny Urshela's 'triple' was actually a homer. He missed stepping on home plate so he was ruled out on the play, but he knocked it out of the park.

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