Around The Farm: June 11, 2013
Daisuke Matsuzaka (Columbus, SP) – 2.2 IP, 2 H – The Indians can’t even keep their bad starting pitchers healthy. Making his first start since April 28th in Pawtucket, Matsuzaka only managed to get eight outs before having to leave the game with an injury to his right thumb. Between his inability to stay healthy and less-than-stellar pitching performances on the rare occasion he is, it looks like the Dice-K experiment - already a failure in regards to the big league rotation (or even as depth for the same) - now seems to be a bust from the Triple-A veteran signing perspective as well.
Lonnie Chisenhall (Columbus, 3B) – 4-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Kick Butt. Take Names. Repeat. That has been the mantra of Lonnie Chisenhall’s tenure in AAA Columbus this season. Lonnie the Chiz has been dominant in the International League this year, posting a .402/.473/.707 in 23 games with the Clippers thus far this season. Normally, these numbers are the type that would have Indians fans calling for the immediate call up to the corner of Carnegie and Ontario of the man responsible for posting said numbers. The problem, however, is that in his early-season stint in Cleveland, Lonnie put up far less impressive numbers (.213/.253/.351 in 26 games). While it is understandable that a player is not going to perform as well against Major League competition as he would against Triple-A opponents, this massive falloff is confounding to say the least. The enigma that is Lonnie the Chiz continues to puzzle the powers that be at 2401 Ontario as well as professional scouts all over baseball hoping to land the next barraging basement reclamation project.
Paolo Espino (Columbus, RP) – L (0-3), 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 earned), 3 BB, 1 K – Paolo Espino was called in as an innings eater once Matsuzaka had to leave the game and this outing shows why he is an innings eater. This outing was indicative of his season as a whole (5.91 ERA in 10 relief appearances in Columbus and 4.80 ERA in 10 appearances – 9 starts – in Akron). While the lack of a consistent role may not be helping him, Paolo also has to prove himself worthy of a consistent role if he wishes to have such a comfort zone afforded to him.
Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, SS) – 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 E – On the hitting side, the recent news has all been good for Ron-Rod. He put up his fourth straight multi-hit night on Tuesday night (a stretch during which he is 9-for-16) with three hits, all of them of the extra-base variety. Hopefully, this solid offensive form can continue for him. On the fielding side, however, the news continues to be almost all bad. He picked up his thirteenth error of the season on an errant throw in the sixth inning. His fielding is beginning to become a bit of a concern regarding this otherwise elite prospect.
Tyler Naquin (Carolina – Game 1, CF) – 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI – Naquin’s third-inning grand slam to right field singlehandedly produced a stat line that would look good in the boxscore of a nine-inning game. The thing is: this was a seven-inning game (game one of a doubleheader). Such a night is hardly surprising given Naquin’s impressive performance all this season. Naquin is truly an elite prospect and the fans in the stands at Five County Stadium are seeing why. Maybe the Canal Park spectators will get their chance to witness this soaring star soon.
Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina – Game 1, 1B) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – The Undrafted Wonder started the run fiesta for the Mudcats (eleven in all in game one) with a three-run first-inning homer to right. While we clearly aren’t talking about a prospect on the scale of Tyler Naquin (at least not yet...), Sabourin’s upside is tantalizing given the relatively low initial investment the Indians made in him (non-drafted free agent signing in 2011). If the Indians could get any kind of a major leaguer out of such a signing, it would be a major coup. While I’m not sure about his major league prospects, I have a feeling that he will at the very worst make a decent living for a few years as a Triple-A veteran signing once he makes it to seven-year minor league free agency.
- Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, CF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – Eze Carrera has been showing some signs of life as of late (5-17 with three runs, four RBIs, and three stolen bases in his last four games). Hopefully, this resurgence can continue and he can become once again a legitimate major league depth option in the outfield.
- Nate Spears (Columbus, 2B) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – A seventh-inning home run to right field makes for an impressive looking stat line for a player who has not exactly impressed in limited playing time at both Columbus (.167/.412/.417 with one homer and three RBI in four games) and Double-A Akron (.167/.286/.222 with three RBI in four games). Too bad his moment in the sun couldn’t have come in a game where it may have been meaningful.
- Matt Carson (Columbus, RF) – 1-5, 3 K, 1 E – Carson has been striking out at a rate of exactly one per game (56 in 56 games through the day), but he took it to another level by picking up the hat trick. The error is of less concern as it only represented his third fielding miscue of the year.
- Cole Cook (Columbus, RP) – 0.2 IP. 5 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – Cole Cook’s terrible sixth inning (or two-thirds thereof) was where this game officially descended into rat fiesta. Until further notice, it’s not a good idea to measure his season by his AAA stats as his numbers have been blown to oblivion by this outing (now a 12.60 ERA in three outings). However, his Akron numbers still don’t speak all that highly of him (6.42 ERA in 18 games).
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Another day, another RBI for the RBI Machine, who reached the half-century mark on the night.
- Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 K – Moncrief continues his hitting streak with a multi-hit night.
- Quincy Latimore (Akron, LF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 K – Quincy Latimore comes through with one of the big nights he has proven himself capable of on occasion.
- Adam Abraham (Akron, DH) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Despite being 4-for-21 in the preceding six games, Abraham makes his mark on this one with a multi-RBI night.
- Jake Lowery (Akron, C) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Jake Lowery continues to play better in AA Akron than he did at High-A Carolina.
- Matt Packer (Akron, SP) – W (4-5), 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K – Packer continues his strong form, which he has exhibited since mid-May, with this scoreless gem.
- Enosil Tejeda (Akron, RP) – 1.1 IP, perfect, 1 K Four up, four down. Perfect. Just like his unblemished Double-A ERA.
- Joey Wendle (Carolina – Game 1, 2B) – 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Wendle continues to be highly productive with a solid outing at the plate in the opener, complete with a solo homer to right field in the third inning.
- Jordan Smith (Carolina – Game 1, RF) – 2-4, 1 R – Jordan Smith continues a hot recent run (9-25 in a six game run ending in the night’s opener) with a multi-hit night.
- Bo Greenwell (Carolina – Game 1, LF) – 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B – Greenwell’s second good outing at the plate in four days. It looks like Bo may finally be shaking the rust off.
- Cody Anderson (Carolina – Game 1, SP) – W (6-3), 5 IP, 1 H, 4 K – Yet another utterly dominating outing from Cody Anderson. While he is capable of some really bad nights, when he is on, he is really on.
- Paddy Matera (Carolina – Game 2, 3B) – 2-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – The newcomer’s fifth-inning solo shot to left-center was pretty much the entire Mudcats offense in the nightcap.
- Tyler Naquin (Carolina – Game 2, CF) – 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K – In a contest like the night’s nightcap, getting on base gets you into ATF.
- Francisco Lindor (Carolina – Game 2, SS) – 0-2, 1 BB – See above.
- Jordan Smith (Carolina – Game 2, RF) – 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K. Again.
- Ryan Battaglia (Carolina – Game 2, 1B) – 0-1, 1 BB, 1 K – One more time.
- Nick Pasquale (Carolina – Game 2, SP) – L (0-4), 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K – Not exactly a terrible outing, but not enough to make up for the utter lack of run support. That would’ve required near-perfection.
- Robert Nixon (Carolina – Game 2, RP) – 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 4 K – See “Pasquale, Nicholas”.
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B – Not exactly a great season for Paulino at the plate (barely staying above the Mendoza line), but he puts up a multi-hit effort on the night.
- Joe Sever (Lake County, 1B) – 2-5, 1 R – Joe continues to make consistent contact with the ball as he tries to work his way back to Advanced Single-A Carolina.
- Eric Haase (Lake County, C) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B – Eric continues his solid recent form (.294/.324/.412 in his last 10 games).
- Jorge Martinez (Lake County, LF) – 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – The light-hitting J-Mart (still trying to attain the Mendoza line) picks up half the Captains’ RBI.
- Ryan Merritt (Lake County, SP) – L (3-6), 5 IP, 11 H, 6 R (4 earned), 3 K, 1 HBP – Just when it looked like Merritt had turned things around at the end of May, he reverts to prior form and makes it two horrible outings in two games pitched in June. Hopefully, he can snap back out of it soon before he starts putting his position in the organization in danger.