Around the Farm: July 8, 2013
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Joe Wendle (Carolina 2B): 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 K’s
The guy just rakes. Simple as that. The most impressive thing the Indians have seen so far this season from Wendle has been the increased power production. The homeruns for Wendle were the tenth and eleventh on the season in which he also experienced an injury that held him a out for a reasonable chunk. Wendle’s walk rate has increased to 9.2% while his strikeout rate is a manageable 13.3%. In terms of BABIP Wendle’s first two season have sat in the high .340’s which is sustainable because of his ability to barrel up balls and hit masses of line drives.
Jose Ramirez (Akron SS): 4-6, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI
The star of the night in Akron is undoubtedly Jose. Ramirez has been solid most of the season as he attempts to play a level above what one would expect for his age. However, of late he has sizzled. Over his last ten games Ramirez has hit .404 with a .440 OBP and six doubles. Which brings his season average to .271. Ramirez has really answered the call when it comes to being pushed through the system which speaks not only to his abilities but also his makeup.
- Juan Diaz (Columbus 3B): 2-3, 2 2B, R, RBI: A big offensive performance for Diaz which is something you don’t hear frequently. At this point Diaz is a depth option as a defender up the middle. No other Clipper had more than one hit.
- Trevor Bauer (Columbus SP): 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 4 K’s: A solid outing for Bauer who as of now seems to still be an unfinished product. Hopefully he just becomes comfortable with his mechanics again sometime soon.
- C.C. Lee (Columbus RP): 1.1 IP, BB, 4 K’s: Absolutely dominant. All outs being strikeouts. I'm sure there is a guy or two who he could replace in the Tribe pen.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron 1B): 1-4, RBI, R, BB, 2 K’s: Aguilar had yet another RBI as he continues to collect them on an almost daily basis. However, the two strikeouts are concerning especially as he fails to produce much power from his large frame.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron 3B): 1-5, HR, R, RBI, K: Urshela’s eighth homerun on the season as his stock continues to rise. His offensive improvement and elite defensive capabilities make him an interesting prospect to follow.
- Chris Wallace (Akron C): 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, K: Brought in as catching depth Wallace has swung the bat nicely. While he is probably most aptly described as organization depth, his success has been positive for the Aeros.
- Quincy Latimore (Akron RF): 3-3, R, 2 2B, 2 BB: Really can’t have a much better night offensively than Latimore's night. Reaching base all five times with two walks is very encouraging.
- Matt Lawson (Akron 2B): 1-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, K: Yet another Aero with a big offensive night. Solid top to bottom in a 12-5 win.
- Matt Packer (Akron SP): W(8-5), 6 H, 2 R(both earned), 6 K’s, 2 BB: Packer was sharp as he allowed only eight base runners over five innings. Always good to see more strikeouts than innings pitched.
- Tyler Naquin: (Carolina CF): 1-5, R, 2B, 2 K’s: Nothing special but Naquin still gets on base. The strikeout rate is starting to become concerning however.
- Jordan Smith (Carolina RF): 2-5, R, K: Smith with a productive evening, though not the breakout season one would have hoped for so far.
- Tony Wolters (Carolina C): 2-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI: Offensively Wolters has been pretty successful following his position change. Only time will tell whether he can stick behind the plate but so far it looks like a promising shift.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina 1B): 2-4, R, K: While Sabourin does not have the power you would like to see from a first baseman he has had a solid season and in some small ways raised his prospect status. The OBP has been impressive.
- Michael Peoples (Carolina SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K’s: Peoples with a very good outing in terms of both results and efficiency. Michael posted a WHIP of 1.00 and a K/BB ratio of 6/1.
- Owen Dew (Carolina RP): 4 IP, 3 H, 7 K’s: Dew was downright dynamite. An absolutely dominant performance where 7 of his twelve outs were strikeouts.
- Cody Ferrell (Mahoning Valley CF): 3-4, A UDFA, Ferrell was performed admirably so far this season.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley 1B): 2-4, R: Nellie has had a lot of success since his demotion to short season.
- Ryan Battaglia (Mahoning Valley C): 1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI: A rare big hit for the twenty one year old in short season.
- Caleb Hamrick (Mahoning Valley SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, HR, 4 SO: A strong outing for the young Hamrick. Only five base runners in six innings is an effective outing. Hopefully creating some momentum.
- Clint Frazier (AZL Indians CF): 1-3, R: The Indians 2013 first round pick had yet another solid offensive showing. Clint continues to get on base, and hopefully he end up in short season or low-a by seasons end. Also of note Frazier has begun to play the field more as he gets closer to 100% game shape.
- Alex Monsalve (AZL Indians DH):1-3: Monsalve one of the few AZL Indians with a hit Monday night.
- Mitch Brown (AZL Indians SP): 4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 K’s: The Indians 2012 second rounder has really struggled to get his feet under him. Obviously Brown is only 19 years old with plenty of time to develop but his struggles are at the least concerning.
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I've heard the Tribe is hot for Matt Garza and have been watching his starts. I'm curious, whose been watching the Tribe / farm system?
The other interesting thing to note on Bauer is that he threw 100 pitches so there's no way he's getting called up for Thursday's start. That leaves Salazar and House as the only possible options. I have to assume that Tony has been right on this one all week and it will be Salazar. Very exciting for the young righty. I hope they keep him up in Cleveland until ZMac is fully healthy and ready to re-take his spot in the rotation.
On Ramirez-- The whole reason he was pushed to AA this season was so that he could get playing time at SS. He played SS all Winter in the DWL, but the Indians want Lindor playing SS every single day, so J-Ram needed to be at a level where he could get some playing time at SS.
On Wendle-- Wow. Just wow. He's 23 at High A, so I'm doing my best to not get too excited, but he is just creaming the ball. He's now slugging over .600 in the Carolina League. Wow.
Final note-- Great to see Alex Monsalve back in action. Unfortunately this season is basically a lost cause for him thanks to injury, but maybe he can get back to a full season affiliate for the last few weeks of the season and use it as momentum going into winter ball and next year.
Last season, the Indians signed Caro for a reported $1.1 million, so he may be worthwhile to keep an eye on too.
Stop being short-sighted. Play to build a solid foundation which we do not have. Do not trade away the foundation in hopes of getting another 50,000 ticket sales in August.
Sure, we are overstocked at middle infield in our system. But none of the those guys will be in the majors in 2014. Let them have another year. Then trade from strength a year from now or, better yet, in the off-season after 2014.
Let's stop acting like the ugly guy who is excited because he has a 1 in 10 chance of having a pretty girl sleep with him. Let's plan to stop being the ugly guy hoping to get lucky. Let's have a long-term plan and stick to it. Let's get off this bogus treadmill.
Anyway, the Indians certainly have some trade assets at their disposal. No way in hell are they dealing Lindor for anyone except maybe Stanton, but they have a nice collection of middle infielders where one or two of Rodriguez, Ramirez and Wendle might be sent away in a trade.
As for Ramirez, he has been playing shortstop all year. He is a bonafide shortstop and might be his best position, but obviously doesn't play there every day because of Lindor and Ronny Rod.
But it would be something like Lindor, Kluber, carrasco/Bauer for Chris Sale...
Between Kipnis, Jose Ramirez, and Wendle the Indians are overloaded with 2nd basemen. I could see Ramirez included in a trade.
Speaking of which, I noticed they had Ramirez playing SS last night. I wonder if they're considering trading Lindor for somebody like Garza. I'd hate to see them move a top prospect like Lindor for a three-month rental, though. But I hated to see them trade that promising catcher (Max Ramirez?) for Kenny Lofton, but it worked out in the Tribe's favor.
Time to bring up CC Lee and dump Rich Hill.