Around The Farm: July 8, 2014
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.
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.
Did he retire or did we simply cut him? Wouldn't make sense to keep his rights somehow... still only 23.
I know NRod is a bit older than Frazier, but we're only talkin' about less than a three month difference.