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Around The Farm: July 9, 2013

Around The Farm:  July 9, 2013
July 10, 2013
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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.

User Comments

July 10, 2013 - 1:01 PM EDT
Good to see Caro produce early on. He's a guy the Tribe signed at a high price and caught a lot of flack over from some National pundits.
July 10, 2013 - 11:32 AM EDT
Million dollar bonus baby Hector Caro had his third consecutive multi-hit game in the DSL, and now has a six game hitting streak.
July 10, 2013 - 11:05 AM EDT
I like Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms the way it is, w the good, the bad and ugly. Having said that, what I would enjoy even more is the type of color that Sean Aronson is providing on the AZL games. If IBI could get a Sean type- somebody that knows the game and can do a little "inside" baseball for at least the home games for each Tribe affiliate, that would be ideal
July 10, 2013 - 9:24 AM EDT
I love the ATF the way it is.....I look down the list especially for guys like Lindor, Frazier and McAdams (if there not there I look for their box scores).....
July 10, 2013 - 9:13 AM EDT
People have to realize we aren't in high school and college any more. These guys are getting paid to play. You and I get our jobs evaluated both good and bad. If someone isn't getting the job done it needs to be reported. Howard Cosell used to say, "just tellin like it is!!" Live with the criticism, get better, or go find a different job.
July 10, 2013 - 9:08 AM EDT
Arthur -- you and the rest of the IBI writers just keep up the GREAT work! I enjoy these recaps very much because of how it points out both good and poor performances. Let the team spin away; showing the truth about this (still) underwhelming minor league system is what is important.
July 10, 2013 - 8:47 AM EDT
The basic principle for Around the Farm is to highlight the noteworthy performances of Indians prospects on a given night both good AND bad. If a goes 3-for-5 with 2 homers, he will be in there. If a guy goes 0-for-4 with 3 Ks he will be in there too. Again, the focus is on the performances of note......not to just be a rah-rah piece for all the good, but have balance and point out the bad too.

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.:)
July 10, 2013 - 8:42 AM EDT

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.
July 10, 2013 - 8:21 AM EDT
Whitenack was a 22-yr old holding his own in A+/AA before needing TJ surgery in mid-2011. Why not take a flier on him returning to a potential BOR starter, especially with the dearth of Indians SP prospects?

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 -
July 10, 2013 - 7:57 AM EDT
The header says the column takes a "quick look at some of yesterday's performances." It doesn't say they look at just the good performances.

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.
July 10, 2013 - 1:58 AM EDT
Wow. Glad you're so up-beat there, Arthur. Your article makes me want to rip my eyeballs out. I thought the purpose of these ATF's were to highlight the good things Indians farm hands did that day?

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