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Around The Farm: July 8, 2014

Around The Farm: July 8, 2014
Carlos Moncrief (Photo: Columbus Dispatch)
July 9, 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.

Note, High-A Carolina was suspended in the 6th inning and will be completed on Wednesday.

Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, RF) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - Moncrief continues to hit well as of late, batting .325/.325/.525 with 5 RBI and three multi-hit games in that span.  The main concern continues to be his plate discipline, or lack thereof.  He has struck out nine times and has not walked at all in his last 10 contests.  His season numbers in this regard aren't much better, but can at least be expressed as a ratio (85:18 in 84 games on the season - all with Triple-A Columbus).  Moncrief's bat seems to be heating up, but his eye at the plate is going to have to improve if he wants to advance out of C-Bus and into the major leagues.

  • Jose Ramirez (Columbus, 2B/SS) - 2-5, 1 R, 2 SB - J-Ram has his first multi-hit night in over a week and steals his 13th and 14th bases of the Triple-A season to highlight a rough night offenively for the Clippers.  Hopefully, this is the outing that turns it around for Jose after a 2-for-22 (.091) start to the month of July.
  • Justin Sellers (Columbus, SS/LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - Another big night from a guy hopefully coming out of a slump.  This multi-hit effort comes on the heels of a 5-for-25 (.200) stretch for Sellers in his last nine games.
  • Tyler Cloyd (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 5 K - Cloyd's third straight solid start offers some hope that he may be past his struggles of early and mid June.  In his three most recent games, Cloyd is posting a 2.25 ERA and 4.00 (16:4) K:BB ratio.
  • Austin Adams (Columbus, RP) - 1.2 IP, perfect, 2 K - Austin extends his streak of scoreless outings to three (4.1 IP).
  • Bryan Price (Columbus, RP) - L (0-1), 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 K, 2 HR allowed - Bryan Price gives the Pawtucket Red Sox the game on two bad pitches, proving that he is, in fact, human.
  • Adam Abraham (Akron, 3B) - 0-1, 1 R, 3 BB - On a night where no RubberDuck managed multiple hits, Abraham's plate disipline gives him the lone noteworthy offensive performance of the night for the ballclub from the Land of LeBron (I have now fulfilled my obligation as a member of the Cleveland sports media to reference LeBron James once in every article, no matter how unrelated to basketball it may be, and can now proceed with this column as usual).
  • Duke von Schamman (Akron, SP) - L (3-4), 4 IP, 8 H, 8 R (7 earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed, 2 HBP - The Duke of Canal Park's recent struggles continue as von Schamman has allowed multiple earned runs in nine of his last ten games with a shutout effortagainst Reading (Phillies) on Memorial Day weekend being the lone exception.  Needless to say, he needs to turn things around soon.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron, RP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - Cooper performs admirably in mop-up duty.  Too bad he didn't come into the game before the proverbial horse was out of the barn, stolen, and sold to the glue factory.
  • Adam Miller (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Miller's return from the disabled list gives some hope that his previus struggles were related to his latest injury and not to an issue with his pitching ability.  Now, if he can just stay healthy long-term, the prospects for his pro career certainly seem very positive.
  • Claudio Bautista (Lake County, 2B) - 2-5 - Bautista continues his recent hot streak as he is now batting .357/.400/.643 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, and 8 RBI in his last ten games.
  • Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Yes, Haase only had one hit on the night, but it was a huge one.  He hit his 14th homer of the season in the eighth inning, driving in two runs and accounting for half of the Captains scoring on the night.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 3 K - Nellie-Rod continues to dominate Midwest League pitching, batting .341/.356/.682 with 3 doubles, 4 home runs, and 11 RBI in his last ten games.  This looks like it could be the real deal and not a flash in the pan.  The lone major concern, as illustrated by his hat trick on the night, is his strikeout rate.  Even in his last ten games he is striking out 1.4 times per game with a 14:1 K:BB ratio.
  • Torsten Boss (Lake County, LF) - 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB - A rare solid night for Torsten thanks to both his bat and his eye at the plate.
  • Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - L (2-7), 6.1 IP, 10 H, 9 R (8 earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed, 2 WP - Mitch ends a run of five good starting outings and puts forth easily his worst start of the season. Prior to this outing, even though he struggled some early in the season, he had not allowed more than 4 runs in any game this season.
  • James Stokes (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 WP, 1 HBP - Stokes struggles for the first time since his call-up from short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley.  Still, his performance thus far in th full-season version of A-ball is quite impressive when taken as a whole.
  • Leo Castillo (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Castillo's ninth inning solo homer is about the only notable achievement by the Scapper offense on the night.
  • Kieran Lovegrove (Mahoning Valley, SP) - L (1-2), 3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Lovegrove has made five starts this summer and has an ERA pushing 7.00, a WHIP nearing 1.50, and has managed to pitch a grand total of 17.0 innings in those five starts.  The K:BB ratio, often the lone good stat of a pitcher in a rough stretch, is underwater at 9:14.
  • Jordan Carter (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 3.2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K - Carter posts his third straight scoreless effort after two rough outings to start his professional career.
  • Edward Estrella (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - Estrella's rough stateside debut season hits a new low.  Hopefully, this is the bottom and he'll start getting better from here.
  • Nathan Winfrey (Arizona League, DH) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Winfrey continues to be solid, if unspectacular, as his professional career reaches ten games.  His numbers now stand at .286/.422/.457 with 10 RBI.
  • Jodd Carter (Arizona League, LF) - 2-5, R, RBI - Jodd picks up his second professional multi-hit game of his career two nights after his first.
  • Emmanuel Tapia (Arizona League, 1B) - 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K - Tapia increased his season RBI total to 9 in 12 games with this multi-RBI night.
  • Dylan Baker (Arizona League, Rehab SP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K, 1 HR allowed - The Carolina righty's rehab stint in the Valley of the Sun starts on a promising note with three strikeouts and one bad pitch.
  • Thomas Pannone (Arizona League, Regular SP) - 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Pannone's worst outing of the short season so far, but enough to win on a night like this when the offense put up six runs.
  • Erick Algarin (Arizona League, RP) - H (3), 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K - Algarin's stateside debut season continues to be a strong one, especially in regards to control as his K:BB ratio now stands at 16:4 (4.00).
  • Yoiber Marquina (Arizona League, CP) - S (3), 1 IP, 1 H - Yoiber has yet to allow an earned run in 9.0 IP out of the bullpen.

User Comments

July 9, 2014 - 6:35 PM EDT
Yes, Yoiber Marquina hit .130 last yr and converted to the mound. He's only 18, probably better for him long term.
July 9, 2014 - 3:37 PM EDT
Wasn't Yoiber Marquina signed as a catcher?
July 9, 2014 - 1:50 PM EDT
Hearing that Baker is supposed to be in Carolina by July 18th. That aligns perfectly with the Eastern League All-Star game and Morimando's pitching schedule. Looks like we may only get one more start from Shawn in Carolina this year.
July 9, 2014 - 12:47 PM EDT
Is there a reason why Frazier is only being at DH lately? Is there an injury involved?

July 9, 2014 - 12:27 PM EDT
Yep, Sulser was sent to Akron yesterday. But this would not necessarily be a long term move. Even if Sulser remains in Akron it does not mean anything about him doing well being a guy but kind of shows he is more of an organizational guy. There is often a hidden meaning behind why a guy is promoted or not promoted.....
July 9, 2014 - 12:26 PM EDT
Yep, that is consistent with what I have heard all year and really is the consistent message the Indians have sent with any pitcher at High-A for the first time. Even last year Cody Anderson did not get a promotion to Akron until mid-August. I expect the same kind of transition for Merritt in order to give him a taste of the level he will be at next season and potentially pitch in the playoffs. I think because Morimando has a year and a half in the Carolina League that he could be the one that moves up first, just like he got that spot start a month back.
July 9, 2014 - 12:20 PM EDT
Just heard Sulser is going up to AA. Not sure if for a spot start or not, but very surprising.
July 9, 2014 - 12:10 PM EDT

I'm beginning to realize that Merritt will more than likely be a late season call up to Akron if even at all.

I saw a recent article from Ross Atkins stating that the Indians are very committed to Merritt getting a full year's experience from Carolina. A little disappointed to hear that considering the league leading numbers along with the consistent performance week in and week out.

This also confuses me as to why Morimando is still in high-A. With a full season last year in Carolina and significant command improvements this year, I don't understand why he is still there. I'm guessing instead of Merritt, Morimando heads to Akron once Baker makes the move back to Zebulon.
July 9, 2014 - 12:09 PM EDT
Arias moved up to Columbus today.....opens a spot in the Akron rotation. Methinks we will see a starter promoted from Carolina soon to fill that spot. May not happen until after the All Star break so that starter can stay on normal rest.
July 9, 2014 - 11:22 AM EDT
I know it is AZL...but Tapia appears to be having some early success. I am not going to get overly excited by it...but it is nice to see, considering the kid is only 18 years old and only has 1 season of DSL experience.
July 9, 2014 - 11:15 AM EDT
Merely speculating here....but once Baker shows he is ready for Carolina (probably 2-3 more outings in Arizona) then he could slide in for Merritt who should be sent to Akron. Talking to the Indians over the past few days they did make it a point that they are more focused on Merritt's "Carolina League" season so perhaps he is there a little longer than expected. I don't sense a rush to move Merritt or Morimando up to Akron. Has to be the right move/timing and a spot to open in Akron too of course.
July 9, 2014 - 11:00 AM EDT
Awesome seeing Baker back on the mound, very speedy recovery. Any word if he will be back in Carolina? I would hate to see him lose an entire year of competition at a higher level. 5+ starts at high-A would be helpful heading into next year.
July 9, 2014 - 10:45 AM EDT
Thanks Tony!
July 9, 2014 - 10:26 AM EDT
The Indians released Knapp in August 2012. He wanted a third shoulder surgery and the Indians declined. He is a nice story, has the nice arm and stuff, but still wildly inconsistent with his command and a guy I just don't see having consistent success above Single-A.
July 9, 2014 - 10:24 AM EDT
Tbone = anonymous
July 9, 2014 - 10:22 AM EDT
Anybody paying attention to what Jason Knapp is doing this year? They are stretching him out now and getting results - last outing 4 Innings with 8Ks.

Did he retire or did we simply cut him? Wouldn't make sense to keep his rights somehow... still only 23.
July 9, 2014 - 9:54 AM EDT
I posed the question to the front office yesterday about Adams' usage this season - of which the response can be seen in yesterday's Minor Happenings. But it is interesting that Adams went back-to-back for the first time in a game early last week and had another two games in three days stint the week before. That's a key development to me and shows a guy being exposed to such situations in preparation for a potential call to Cleveland. That along with his recent hot play (17.1 scoreless innings his last 13 outings) to me has him the next arm in line for a call to the Indians pen.
July 9, 2014 - 9:41 AM EDT
you may want to check the stats on Austin Adams last 13 outings, these numbers are a bit off.
July 9, 2014 - 9:40 AM EDT
Nellie Rod's batting for power is far outperforming Clint Frazier so far at LC this season. They have similar batting averages and walk/strikeout ratios, but NRod has a boatload more extra base hits.

I know NRod is a bit older than Frazier, but we're only talkin' about less than a three month difference.

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