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Around The Farm: July 7, 2013

Around The Farm:  July 7, 2013
July 8, 2013
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Daisuke Matsuzaka (Columbus, SP) - L (1-5), 7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (all earned), 6 K, 1 HR allowed - This was actually a pretty good outing outside of one pitch (a three-run homer by Bats first baseman Neftali Soto in the third inning). Unfortunately, it coincided with an absolute breakdown of the Clippers offense (I didn't even bother chronicling that mess here in ATF). Matsuzaka has allowed four or more runs in four of his last five outings, so he is still searching for some consistency.

  • Blake Wood (Columbus, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 HBP - The hit batter aside, a good outing from a potential major league relief option in a rehab appearance at the Triple-A level.  Good to see.
  • Jose Ramirez (Akron, 2B/SS) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB - J-Ram remains hot (.341/.396/.432) in his last ten with a massive night at the plate.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K - The RBI machine picks up number 67.
  • Chris Wallace (Akron, DH) - 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 K - Wallace continues to make the most of his limited playing time and has filled an upper level reserve catching role well.
  • Jake Lowery (Akron, C) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E - Lowery continues his solid season at Double-A Akron (.305/.375/.516), and has been a walk machine of late.
  • Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - L (3-4), 2 IP, 11 H, 9 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed - Murata records his second straight poor outing and this one was ugly.  Hopefully, this is a bump in the road and not the beginning of a downward spiral for Toru.
  • Cole Cook (Akron, RP) - 3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R (all earned), 3 K, 1 HR allowed - Unfortunately, this isn't even Cole's worst outing this season.  He can be good, but when he's bad, it it gets away from him quickly.
  • Joey Wendle (Carolina, 2B) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB - A three-hit night continues an incredible ten-game stretch for Wendle (.432/.476/.676),
  • Paddy Matera (Carolina, DH) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B,  1 HR, 2 RBI - Another strong night for the Tribe'sAtlantic League independent baseball) find.
  • Bo Greenwell (Carolina, RF) - 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B ,1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB - Greenwell's third straight multi-hit night.  Hopefully this is the start of a positive trend for him.
  • Francisco Valera (Carolina, RP) - W (1-3), 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K - Four innings of scoreless relief for Francisco to pick up his first win of the season.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS - Paulino' s strong recent form (.333/.395/.538 in his last  ten ballgames) continues. What a shot in the arm to him and the org it would be for him to finish the season strong.
  • Anthony Santander (Lake County, RF) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Another player who's really picked it up in his last ten games (.343/.410/.429). The numbers are not yet there, but the talent is undeniable.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Lake Counthy, DH) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Same story here in his last ten game (.419/.538/.645), and a player looking to make a name for himslef with a strong second half.
  • Robbie Aviles (Lake County, SP) - W (3-3), 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 K, 1 HBP - Apparently, he's over the finger blister issues that forced him out of his last start early.
  • Juan Herrera (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB - His third inning double drove in two-thirds of the runs scored by the Scrappers on the night.
  • Juan Romero (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - Th only multi-hit night for the Scrappers and the source of the other Scrappers RBI.
  • Luis Lugo (Mahoning Valley, SP) - L (1-2), 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 Balks - As bad as this outing looked, what followed was even worse..
  • Harold Guerrero (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 HR allowed - This pretty much represented rock bottom on the night.
  • Manny Carmona (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K - However, Carmona's two innings weren't exactly a thing of beauty, either.
  • Victor Cabral (Arizona League, RF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI - A rare multi-hit night from Cabral.
  • Ordomar Valdez (Arizona League, 2B) - 2-4, 1 RBI - Valdez remains atrong at the plate and is hitting .317/.356/.439 in 11 games so far this year.
  • Anthony Vizcaya (Arizona League, RP) - L (0-1), 3 IP, 9 H, 8 R (all earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Not a good start to his stateside career for Vizcaya (8.79 ERA in 14.1 IP in four outings).
  • Thomas Pannone (Arizona League, RP) - 2 IP, perfect - Too bad an outing this good couldn't have come in a game where it might have meant something..
  • Kota Kobayashi (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, 1 K - Not technically a perfect inning as a runner reached on a fielding error, but still a very solid inning of relief in the baseball equivalent of garbage time and therefore worthy of wrapping up this edition of Around The Farm.

User Comments

Toby Harrah
July 8, 2013 - 5:36 PM EDT
Sternfan, , I would tend to agree with you that our prospects sare pretty marginal at this point. At Columbus, Bauer and Carrasco are backend of the rotation types if they even can stick at the big league level. Salazar will like be a matchup type of relief pitcher and there are a couple of other decent pen arms at Columbus. There is not one single position player at Columbus that is an impact player in the bigs. At Akron, outside of Tejeda and Packer, the pitching staff is a disaster. Packer is a 5th starter or long men in the bigs, Tejeda has some potential. The everyday lineup is littered with marginal types. such as Rodriguez, Ramirez, Aguilar, Urshela and Moncrief that all have holes in their swings, so they will not be game changers in Cleveland. Carolina is a mess, might be the worst bullpen in the minors, Anderson could potentially be a 4th starter type. On offense, Lindor is a future star, Naquin looks like a 4th OF, since he strikes out way too much and has little power. Jordan Smith never fulfilled his promise and the rest of the lineup is littered with 3A type players. At Lake County, I disagree with you on Paulino, he will need to switch positions, but he has potential to be an impact bat. The rest of the lineup is pretty much full of guys that will wash out of the system in the next two years outside of Washington, but he is starting to get old for low A ball. The Cap's rotation really has no one that slots to be a dominant type of starter, alot of soft tossers. It's too early to judge Mahoning and Arizona, but I think Frazier is the real deal and there are a few other bats at Zona that are promising.
Raul
July 8, 2013 - 5:34 PM EDT
Paddy Matera getting his first job in affilated baseball at age 25 and making the most of it is a nice story.
Sternfan10
July 8, 2013 - 3:30 PM EDT
I wonder when the Indians drafting and international signings will become better? It seems like the Indians lag behind other franchise in both these categories. The only true blue chipper in the whole farm system is Lindor, as there are no other true blu chippers although Frazier may become one. It seems like we have a ton of marginal prospects that are truly not difference makers at the big league level. The polish has worn off of Bauer and Carrasco, and Salazar appears to be more of a 7th or 8th inning pitcher due to his injury history. Our position players in the system outside of Lindor and Frazier are ll marginal prospects with little potential impact at the big league level. I know alot of you are high on Paulino, but the guy is struggling at the plate at low A and really has no position to play at since he definitely is not a SS
Travis
July 8, 2013 - 10:02 AM EDT
Sean Brady (5th round pick out of high school who signed for about $450K above slot) had a nice start to his professional career in Arizona. 2 IP 1 H 1 BB and 3 K. Considering the disappointing development with high school pitchers hopefully this is a good sign.

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