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Around the Farm: July 7, 2014

Around the Farm: July 7, 2014
Jake Lowery (Photo: Brittany Chay)
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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.

Note, Low-A Lake County had a scheduled off day on Monday.

Jake Lowery (DH, Akron): 2-for-2, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB. Lowery was a perfect 4-for-4 on the night with getting on base. While he is only hitting .228 he is actually getting on base at a .362 clip which is very good and shows his patient approach at the plate. After some struggles with consistency in the early part of the season and then an injury getting in the way, he looks to be settling in some of late as he is hitting .324 (12-for-37) over his last 11 games with a nice 7-8 walk to strikeout ratio. He isn’t hitting for much power with a .368 slugging percentage (.140 ISO), but as the bat continues to come around perhaps it will show more.

Bradley Zimmer (CF, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-3, BB, 2 K. I am merely speculating here, but after Mike Papi reported to the team on Monday (he was not in uniform, he was in Cleveland for interviews) and is expected to be in uniform on Tuesday night, perhaps Zimmer gets pushed up to Low-A Lake County. This would clear a roster spot in the outfield, allow Greg Allen to play his normal center field position and also allow Zimmer to get a good dose of experience at the Low-A level before he starts next season at High-A. He also could slide right into the center field spot in Lake County where Clint Frazier has been absent of late and limited to DH only duties this month.

Bobby Bradley (1B, AZL Indians): 2-for-5, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI. I will say it for the 500th time – you always take the numbers in Arizona with a huge grain of salt as they are often inflated by the poor pitching and desert air. However, Bradley is impressing in the early going and at least at the outset of his pro career is doing everything and then some that was projected of him coming out of the draft. You have to love when a high school player comes in and performs as that is something the Indians have not seen a lot of out of their high school players in recent drafts. In 10 games he is hitting .357 with a .997 OPS and 7 of his 15 hits have gone for extra bases.

  • Elliot Johnson (CF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2B, BB. The outfield situation at Columbus has been in a bit of flux ever since Tyler Holt was called up to Cleveland on Sunday. Jose Ramirez filled in at center field on Sunday and now Elliot Johnson fills in on Monday.
  • Tim Fedroff (RF, Columbus): 1-for-3, BB, K. Fedroff’s time is coming to an end with the Indians. His value to the organization was clearly stated when they sent him to Double-A Akron a few days ago, so once the season ends it is safe to expect him to sign with another team as a minor league free agent.
  • Kyle Davies (SP, Columbus): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. A solid outing allowing just two runs in 5.0 innings; however, he did not pitch deep into the game and suffered his seventh loss of the season in the process.
  • C.C. Lee (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Lee had a streak of eight straight appearances where he did not allow a run come to an end on Monday. Even though he was touched up for three baserunners in 1.1 innings he also racked up three strikeouts.
  • Tyler Sturdevant (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Sturdevant has carried over his early season performance at Double-A Akron into his promotion to Triple-A Columbus a few weeks back. In five appearances with Columbus he has thrown 6.0 innings and allowed no runs on 2 hits, 2 walks and has five strikeouts.
  • Tony Wolters (2B, Akron): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K. It has not been the strongest of seasons offensively for Wolters, but he has maintained a solid approach all year and done a very nice job behind the plate.
  • Justin Toole (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, R, RBI, 2 K. Offense was hard to come by for Akron as they scored just 3 runs on 7 hits and 15 strikeouts in this one. Toole was one of just two players who had a multi-hit game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Cody Anderson (SP, Akron): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Baby steps. That’s what this start was for Anderson. He only went 5.0 innings and threw 88 pitches (53 strikes), but he allowed just the one run and got the win. Hopefully he can build off this start.
  • Giovanni Soto (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. Soto is still a potential left-handed option for the Indians at the big league level, but injuries and inconsistent performance the last two years have prevented that from happening. He is pitching better of late throwing 10.1 innings and allowing 2 earned runs.
  • Joe Sever (1B, Carolina): 0-for-4, R, RBI, K. After a hot start in his return from injury Sever has really cooled down lately as over his last 10 games he is hitting .225 with a .644 OPS. His approach has been good all year with an 11-14 walk to strikeout ratio but just 5 of his 36 hits have gone for extra bases.
  • James Roberts (2B, Carolina): 2-for-3, R, K. Roberts has really had a solid, consistent season. He doesn’t do anything exceptional and the bat is limited, but he is a reliable bat with some versatility. He should have a home in the organization for some time.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 B, 4 K. You can’t be good every night. Even pitchers who go on to win a CY Young award in a season at the Major League level have a clunker here and there. For as much as Morimando struggled in this one he showed some toughness limiting the damage even with all the baserunners.
  • Jacob Lee (RP, Carolina): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K. Lee has been on some kind of roll the past six weeks. Since May 29th he has made 12 appearances and in 18.0 innings has allowed 1 earned run, 9 hits, 6 walks and has 10 strikeouts.
  • Ben Heller (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Heller was promoted from Low-A Lake County to Carolina on Monday and he did not skip a beat in his High-A debut with a shutout inning that featured 2 strikeouts. He now has a whopping 66 strikeouts in just 38.0 innings pitches this season (15.6 K/9).
  • Greg Allen (DH, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-2, BB, CS, PO. That is two multi-hit games in a row for Allen as he is 4-for-5 over his last two games and has pushed his batting average over .300 in the process (.311). He has only played in 12 games (45 at bats) so as he gets more games and at bats it will be interesting to see where his numbers stabilize.
  • D’Vone McClure (LF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, 2B. The poor night offensively in the Indians system continued at Mahoning Valley as they were held to 1 run on 5 hits and had 9 strikeouts. McClure had the lone extra base hit, his third of the season.
  • Juan Santana (SP, Mahoning Valley): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K. Santana had a solid outing but was victimized by some shaky defense and a lack of run support so was tagged with the loss. He is now 0-4 in 5 starts and has yet to find much consistency on the mound.
  • Luis DeJesus (RP, Mahoning Valley): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. I don’t know what has happened to DeJesus, and neither do the Indians, but he is just not the same pitcher he was two years ago. Whether it is a loss of confidence, he is still pouting after spending the first half of the season in extended spring training or he is hurt, he has to figure it out fast as he is on the roster bubble.
  • Bobby Ison (CF, AZL Indians): 2-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, CS. Ison has a nice game in the leadoff spot reaching base four times in five plate appearances. He has really turned it on of late over his last three games as he is 5-for-11 at the plate with 3 walks.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (3B, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB. Chang is one of the best prospects on the AZL roster and is going to rank highly in next season’s IBI Top 100 list. There is so much to love with the bat and the glove is interesting.
  • Hector Caro (RF, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI, K. Caro was the Indians top International signing two years ago, but so far he is not looking like much as he had a poor pro debut in the DSL last season and so far is just 1-for-19 at the plate this season through six games.
  • Casey Shane (SP, AZL Indians): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K. A solid outing from Shane even though he failed to pitch at least 5.0 innings for the first time this season. He still has yet to allow more than 2 runs in any of his four outings this season and is off to a good start.
  • Trey Haley (RP, AZL Indians): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Haley is working his way through his rehab from an offseason shoulder injury and surgery. This was his fourth outing in the AZL and he has looked strong so may find his way back with another affiliate soon to test him out against some higher competition.

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User Comments

July 9, 2014 - 12:44 AM EDT
I'd love to know the Indians thinking about Hector Caro. He was considered a huge overpay by the major scouting publications, but the Indians seem to really like him.
July 8, 2014 - 11:54 PM EDT
In 33 games Gabriel Mejia has 36 stolen bases and batting 350. Could he become the future Billy Hamilton for the Indians? I hope they bring him stateside for Instructional league or next spring training to play state side.
July 8, 2014 - 8:15 PM EDT
Papi is in uniform tonight but probably not active for tonight's game. He's been off since the end of the CWS, so they'll probably ease him back in to it.
July 8, 2014 - 7:20 PM EDT
Awesome on Roberto Perez. He deserves it. And I think he is going to surprise people with his ability and contributions. I wouldn't mind seeing Gomes at first or DH when he isn't catching.
July 8, 2014 - 4:01 PM EDT
Any chance Gabriel Mejia gets promoted ? He's got some great numbers in the DSL.
July 8, 2014 - 3:33 PM EDT
Looks like Zimmer will be in MV tonight and Papi not active today (though could be at MV)..
July 8, 2014 - 3:03 PM EDT
Roberto Perez called up by the Indians as the new backup catcher. DFA Lowe to put on 40 man roster. Masterson put on the DL. Holt sent down to Columbus and Hagadone also called up.
July 8, 2014 - 12:35 PM EDT
Go Ben! This guy has stuff, command, and instinct. As I mentioned in Spring when the always perspicacious Tony left him off the 2014 Top Prospects list, major sleeper. I think Bobby Bradley is also the real deal. Depending on how things go, he has a shot at being in Cleveland before his 21st birthday.
July 8, 2014 - 10:35 AM EDT
Stowell's problem was injuries and a lack of command. You can throw as hard as you want, but if you can't command the fastball and have at least one consistent secondary offering you won't get over the hump. I still believe that the elbow injury suffered at the tail end of that magical 2010 season for Stowell ruined his career. He was never the same since.
July 8, 2014 - 10:32 AM EDT
Ben Heller is now averaging an insane 15.6 K's per 9 innings. He reminds me of Bryce Stowell, another right-handed reliever who averaged between 13.3 and 13.7 K's per nine from 2010-2012. Coincidentally, Stowell and Heller were both 22nd round draft picks out of small colleges.

Stowell had his big run from ages 23-25. Heller turns 23 next month.

The Tribe finally gave up on Stowell and he is now pitching well at the AA level for another organization. For some reason he was never able to get over the hump. IIRC, he had a lot of injuries.

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