Around The Farm: July 9, 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.
T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - W (2-9), 6 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 5 K - Remember when T.J. House first got the call-up to Triple-A Columbus back in mid-May and he dominated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders? Well, that T.J. House was back on Tuesday night in a dominant performance against the all-conquering Indianapolis Indians (in charge of the International League West by 13 games). The real question, however, is whether this is a sign of T.J. finally getting acclimated to this level or just another sporadic spark of greatness like his other two quality outings in Triple-A ball. Hopefully, it is the former.
Robert Whitenack (Mahoning Valley, SP) - L (1-3), 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R (4 earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP, 2 HBP - I can now see why the Indians were so eager to hide this guy on whatever disabled/inactive list they could put him on. When a 24 year old pitcher is struggling against Short-Season opposition, it's not a good sign for his big-league prospects. I wish Rob nothing but the best next season - does he end up in independent ball (Avon, maybe?) - but I am beginning to question the logic behind this waiver claim.
- Tim Fedroff (Columbus, DH) - 1-4, 2 R - Fedroff finds his way around trhe bases to account for half of the Clippers' runs.
- Chun Chen (Columbus, 1B) - 2-4, 1 RBI - Chen ends a three game hitless streak. He is still clearly adjusting to this level as he is only batting .237 since his call-up from Double-A Akron.
- Juan Diaz (Columbus, SS) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 E - Diaz continues his recent strong form (.303/.324/.424 in his last ten games), but his overall numbers remain lackluster (also batting only .237) and picking up his tenth error of the season is hardly a comforting note.
- Nate Spears (Columbus, 2B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Another case of a player with rough Triple-A numbers on the season (any guesses on his batting average? Did I hear .237? You are correct!) having a solid night for the Clippers.
- Matt Langwell (Columbus, RP) - H (4), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K - Outside fo a couple rough outings in late June/early July, Langwell has been unstoppable as of late.
- Fernando Nieve (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - One walk short of perfection. Not exactly surprising coming from the usually-strong Nieve.
- Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) - 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E - Lindor picked up the Mudcats' only hit, but also committed the error (his 17th of the season, not a good sign) that allowed three of the four Lynchburg Hillcat runs to score.
- Joey Wendle (Carolina, 2B) - 0-3, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP - Wendle was one of four Mudcats to get on base in a non-hit fashion. Joey makes it here because he managed to steal a base once he got on.
- Joe Colon (Carolina, SP) - L (0-2), 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 11 K, 1 WP - Admittedly, Colon's form in Advanced Single-A has been uneven at best, but this loss really belongs to Lindor's bout of temporary amnesia regarding how to play the shortstop position and the absolute lack of run support from the offense, not this largely positive outing.
- Claudio Bautista (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB - Bautista seems to have found his level at Short Season Single-A. The key is to translate to suceess to a full-season level if/when he gets a called back up.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - See "Bautista, Claudio".
- Robel Garcia (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 E - Similar situation to Bautista and Rodriguez, but the numbers don't seem to be there, even at the Short-Season level (only batting .222). The fact he picked up his fifth error in 17 games with Mahoning Valley doesn't exactly help matters, either.
- Juan Herrera (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 E - The best hitting performance of the night for MV by far, but slightly tempered by the .167 batting average (5-for-30) in his nine most recent appearances prior to Tuesday night's offensive explosion.
- Kerry Doane (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, 7 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR - Doane apparently decided to go big for his first bad professional outing. Hopefully he doesn't repeat this stat line (or anything close to it) for a long time.
As for setup, I always tell guys to generally post about 4-6 players from each game. Obviously, it has gotten longer since short season leagues kicked in as 4-5 players a game means as many as 30+ players in ATF.
And yes, you can't please everyone.:)
No matter what, these writers cannot please everyone. Some don't care what a RP did. Others like me, will read through all of them and the box scores too. So who is right, or maybe the question should be, "how can you write to please everyone?"
The simple answer, you can't. The next guy will write, "why did you leave CC Lee's 3K inning out or why was Kyle Crockett's debut missing?"
So what is the point? The author has to use their own discretion.
There's a decent article on him from Cubs ST this year where he talks about having a different release point now that his arm has full extension - http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130221&content_id=41867578&vkey=news_chc&c_id=chc
That being said, I've noticed that these ATF's seem to be getting too long in general, and that goes for all the writers. When they highlight a relief pitcher for pitching one inning without giving up a run, or a hitter for going 1-for-4 (because the team only got two hits), then the column becomes a little tedious.
This one wasn't too bad because there were only three games last night.