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Around the Farm: June 10, 2014

Around the Farm: June 10, 2014
Jesus Aguilar (Photo: Brittany Chay)
June 11, 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.

Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB - The RBI Machine takes things to new and uncharted heights of greatness in Tuesday night's 14-2 clobbering of the Charlotte Knights (White Sox).  A .600 game BA, .667 game OBP, 2.467 game OPS, 3 hits, 4 times on base, 3 runs, 2 home runs, 6 RBI - let those numbers sink in.  While this is hardly on the level of Lonnie Baseball's historical effort on Monday night, it's still pretty incredible.  To be fair, comparing Lonnie's game on Monday to anything is patently unfair.  That was one of the all-time great offensive nights in the history of baseball.  In other words, nobody beats the Chiz, but Aguilar's night was still pretty special.

  • Zach McAllister (Columbus, SP) - W (1-0), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR allowed - Zach's rehab appearance is two bad pitches short of utter dominance.  Given the length he went (94 pitches - 62 of them strikes) and his performance, his return to the Cleveland Indians roatation should be very soon.
  • Jose Ramirez (Columbus, LF) - 3-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, caught stealing 1 time, picked off 1 time - A near feature level outing, but the poor baserunning puts him just below the cut line.  His numbers, both on the season (.315/.374/.467 with 5 HR and 26 RBI in 40 Triple-A games) and in his last 10 games (.349/.417/.465 with 8 RBI), are worth noting, however.
  • Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 BB - On a normal night, this continuance of Tyler' Triple-A rakeage would be in consideration for feature status.  As you have likely figured out, this was not an ordinary night for the Clippers.  Holt is now batting .333/.435/.385 with 5 RBI in his last 10 contests and .365/.474/.460 with 7 RBI in 16 games.  Tyler should be planning to spend Labor Day evening driving up I-71.
  • Adam Abraham (Columbus, DH) - 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB - Abraham's injury-delayed start to the season continues to swing wildly between incredible performances and hitless ones.  While the overall numbers are good (.350/.417/.650 in 6 games), some consistentcy in terms of hitting would be even better.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - You know a game is incredible when you see a three-hit performance in the standard entries section of Around The Farm.  This outing represents a continuing of Urshela's recently improved form.  He is now .286/.333/.595 with 3 HR and 6 RBI in his last 10 games compared to only .247/.295/.452 with 5 HR and 23 RBI in 37 Triple-A games this season.
  • Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, RF) - 3-6, 2 RBI, 1 K - Another 3-hit outing from a guy playing a lot better as of late (.289/.341/.526 in his last 10 versus .252/.295/.393 in 59 games on the season).
  • Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus, 2B) - 2-6, 1 RBI - Rohlinger gets his first multi-hit night in a week and a half and it still seems puny compared to the offensive juggernauts surrounding him in the box score.  The guy can simply not catch a break.
  • Justin Sellers (Columbus, SS) - 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - How good was the Clipper offense on the night?  Sellers, the lone Clipper without multiple hits on the evening, went hitless and still got an RBI on a sac fly.
  • Luke Carlin (Columbus, C) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E - This performance was from the nine hole.  All you need to know about the Clippers dominance on the night.
  • J.C. Ramirez (Columbus, RP) - 2 IP, perfect - J.C.-Ram continues the Central Ohio-based awesomeness on the night.
  • Mark Lowe (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K- And Lowe's dominant ninth inning makes it 12-for-12 in regards to ATF inclusion for players who took the field for the 614 ballclub on the night.  This may be a first in the history of this column.  I'm almost certain I've never included every player from a boxscore before.
  • Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS - Game 1) - 1-3, R. The opener of the RubberDucks' doubleheader in Akron was a far more sedate affair, with Francisco scoring the only run of the game...
  • Joe Wendle (Akron, 2B - Game 1) - 1-3, RBI, K. ...and Wendle driving him in.
  • Cody Anderson (Akron, SP - Game 1) - L (2-4), 3 IP, 10 H, 8 R (all earned), 3 K, 3 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Cody Anderson's start did little to help matters. His struggles this season continue.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron, RP - Game 1) - 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 HBP - Finally, the bullpen provides some good news from this game....
  • Giovanni Soto (Akron, RP - Game 1) - 2 IP, 1 H - ...and here's some more.
  • Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF - Game 2) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 3B - The nightcap was a far better situation offensively, as evidenced by this performance, which likely would be feature worthy on a normal night.  This game continues a strong stretch for Nauin, who is .390/.432/.537 with five RBIf over his last 10 games and .322/.376/.444 with 25 RBI on 61 games on the season. He now has a 13-game hitting streak.
  • Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS - Game 2) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB - Lindor seems to be coming out of his recent slump.  Hopefully, this is the case.
  • Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B - Game 2) - 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E - One of two mullti-hit, multi-RBI efforts on the night for Akron in Game 2.  Hopefully, this game also represents an emergence from his mini-slump.
  • Alex Lavisky (Akron, DH - Game 2) - 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI - Here's the other.  Lavisky's batting average reached the .300 mark (.303) with this performance.
  • Matt Packer (Akron, SP - Game 2) - L (1-1), 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R (all earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - All of this hitting was undone by poor starting pitching, however.  Packer seems to be having a difficult time getting back in the swing of meaningful baseball as both of his starts since coming back from rehab in extended spring training in Goodyear have been poor.  Hopefully he can get himself together soon and start pitching like he has in the past.
  • Adam Miller (Akron, RP - Game 2) - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - The relief pitching didn't exactly help either.  Miller is also coming off of a delayed start to his season, but Miller had a good run in the last two-thirds of May before his recent struggles.  His numbers are now all officially to be ignored, barring his recent difficulties continuing to intensify, as this effort sent them into the stratosphere.
  • Tyler Sturdevant and Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RPs - Game 2) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 Ks each - Some good news on the pitching front comes from the usual suspects to close out a tough 14 innings for the RubberDucks and their fans at the corner of Main and State.
  • Todd Hankins (Carolina, CF) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS - Hankins has been hitting better as of late (.275 in his last ten as opposed to .250 in 50 games on the Advanced Single-A season).
  • Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS - Gonzalez remains an unstopabble force of nature, tearing through the Carolina League at a .310/.343/.410 clip with 30 RBI and 8 SB in 47 games.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Diaz posts his second straight multi-hit game.  He looks as if he can hit.  The issue will be staying healthy as he spent two months on the disabled list after an early season injury.
  • Alex Monsalve (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 1 RBI - Monsalve is another hitter doing much better in his last 10 games than the season as a whole.  He is .308/.333/.436 during the former time span and .241/..295/.333 in the latter.
  • James Roberts (Carolina, 2B) - 2-4 - Roberts' second multi-hit game in his last three nights gives some hope that his recent 5-for-27 stretch may be behind him.
  • Michael Peoples (Carolina, SP) - W (3-6), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K - Peoples picks up his first  win in exactly a month, a stretch which included some solid - or better - outings, but also some bad luck.
  • Benny Suarez (Carolina, RP) - H (2), 2.1 IP, 1 K - Suarez shuts down the Potomac Nationals bats to keep the Mudcats in the lead.
  • Jacob Lee (Carolina, CP) - S (1), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K,1 HR - Despite one bad pitch, Lee strikes out the side to pick up his first saveof his pro career.
  • Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Frazier's first inning solo home run was one of only two notable offensive events for the Captains on the night.
  • Eric Haase (Lake County, starting C) - 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E.  Haase's homer in the next at-bat was the other.  He left the game in the bottom of the eighth with Richard Stock coming in a a defensive replacement.  Hopefully this was merely a matter of getting Stock some work and not due to an injury to Haase.
  • Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K - Brown has a solid outing, but only lasts five innings.
  • Matt Whitehouse (Lake County, RP) - BS (4), 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - Matt seems to have more good outings than bad ones, but the bad ones are really bad.
  • Wander Beras (Lake County, RP) - L (2-1), 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 BK - Beras suffers his first loss of the season in his second straight rough outing.  Hopefully, his recent performance does not become a trend.

User Comments

June 11, 2014 - 2:38 PM EDT
It would not surprise me to see Lake County have a decent 2nd half. Big problems with RP will still be there but who really cares in A ball. The SP is starting to look better and even the probable loss of Aviles should be better and Frazier is beginning to look like the prospect he is. I would not be surprised if the two big draft bats find their way to LC and solidify the top of the order. Still holes but prospect situation should improve which is what really counts in A ball. Not real sure I would throw out the young underperforming prospects but I understand the disappointment. Some of these guys are developing and require patience. There isn't really a lot of depth at some positions so the replacements are probably lesser prospects.

On the whole, LH Indian bats have been carrying the team and are unlikely to be displaced but I think the Indians will look for an inexpensive RH bat at the trade deadline. Given the state of attendance, it is difficult to believe they can afford much more without some trades that would hurt the current core. I don't know many posters who want to rid the team of Brantley, Chisenhall, Murphy and Kipnes or platoon them. Who from this group would the Indians trade without taking on big payroll obligations?
June 11, 2014 - 2:36 PM EDT
Jose Ramirez 3-4 with 2 K's huh? how does that work?
June 11, 2014 - 1:05 PM EDT
If Whitehouse is injured, i wouldn't be shocked if it's a cumulative issue whose early signs have led to some of his poor performances this year.
June 11, 2014 - 12:28 PM EDT
Sorry about the Naquin RH reference, I didn't sleep last nite.
June 11, 2014 - 12:25 PM EDT
The 2 most highly regarded started pitching prospects are no shows this year. Dylan Baker freak injury and Cody Anderson I don't know what his problem is- he doesn't appear to be the same pitcher from last year. I wouldn't mind seeing Raburn gone and Naquin up at the All Star Break. I know they want Naquin to play everyday but the Indians see a lot of LH pitching and need an RH bat and some speed on the bases. Defensively he's already as good as anybody they have out there.
June 11, 2014 - 10:22 AM EDT
The Indians need some RH bats. Sending out a lineup of 5 LHB vs LHP Vargas yesterday was embarrassing. Considering that, it was strange to see them draft pretty much LHB-only.

Aguilar, Holt, Urshela and Perez need to be rostered anyway after the season, might as well do it now and have one or two more RHB on the roster
June 11, 2014 - 10:21 AM EDT
A nice encouraging outing from Mitch Brown. A rough one for Cody Anderson. And a huge day offensively for Columbus. Naquin may be on a hot streak, but the quality of his at bats are outstanding right now and even before his hot streak were very good. I'm hopeful that he makes the transition to the bigs very well, something which is going to happen at some point next season if all continues to go well.
June 11, 2014 - 9:30 AM EDT
The Captains piggyback starting pitchers so in order to get Brown and Whitehouse their needed innings of work, Brown was pulled after 5 innings even though he threw less than 65 pitches. The 5 innings pitched isn't an indication of his stamina or pitch count. Whitehouse left the game with an injury last night. Hopefully, its nothing serious.
June 11, 2014 - 9:09 AM EDT
It's time for the Indians to clean up some of the under performers in their minor league system and give others a shot. These guys need to be released or sent back a level:

Stock, Nellie (way too many k's), Fink, Castillo, Whitehouse, L. Rodriguez, Jordan Smith and Cody Anderson, being smacked around like a pinata).

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