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Around the Farm: June 11, 2014

Swisher's rehab outing highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: June 11, 2014
Tyler Naquin (Photo: Jim Piascik)
June 12, 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.

Note that Columbus was off Wednesday and Carolina was rained out. 

Nick Swisher (1B, Akron): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Nick Swisher (Photo: MiLB)Swisher looked much better in his second rehab game in Akron, launching an opposite-field double in the first inning and another double up the middle in the fifth inning. Following coming out of the game after seven innings -- a move that was planned before the game -- Swisher expressed confidence that his knee issues are in the past, both at the plate and in the field. Akron manager Dave Wallace agreed with that sentiment, saying he did not see any hesitations or limitations out of Swisher. During the first inning double, in fact, Swisher had to run hard the whole way and slide into second base. Outside of his performance on the field, Wallace also liked the energy Swisher brought to the clubhouse and outfielder Tyler Naquin appreciated the first baseman taking the time to talk about the finer points of the game with him. In particular, Naquin said Swisher told him one of his throws to first base -- which was low to the ground and bounced multiple times -- was well-executed so Swisher could make sure to keep it in front of him. Now that his rehab assignment is done and Swisher is set to join the team Thursday, the hope for Cleveland is that a few weeks on the disabled list will help the first baseman regain his offensive form, which had slipped greatly (.211/.312/.319 line through 49 games) in 2014.

  • Toru Murata (SP, Akron): L (4-2), 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP. For the most part, Murata has been a rock for the RubberDucks in 2014, though he was just not hitting his spots Wednesday. Wallace was still happy with Murata's outing, though, and the way he battled, eating some innings and saving the bullpen a little bit.
  • Akron Bullpen: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1 E. Tyler Sturdevant pitched well Wednesday, but other than that, it was a bad night on the mound for Enosil TejedaLouis Head, and Bryan Price.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Akron): 3-for-5. Wendle saw three hits fall in Wednesday as the second baseman continues to make good contact. The second baseman's season stats are still on the lower side, but Wendle is hitting the ball much better than those season stats show.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (3B-1B, Akron): 3-for-5, 1 R. Like Wendle, Rodriguez is someone making a lot of contact but not typically seeing as many hits fall in. Since his disastrous start to the season, Rodriguez has hit much better (.331 OPS in April, .745 OPS since).
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SF. Naquin's first inning double extended his hitting streak to 14 games and gave him three extra base hits in the last four games.
  • Anthony Gallas (LF, Akron): 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 SO & Jake Lowery (DH, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Gallas and Lowery had a couple of firsts Wednesday as Gallas got his first Double-A hit and Lowery got his first hit since returning from being hit in the face by a pitch in mid-April.
  • Jordan Milbrath (SP, Lake County): L (1-8), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP. After a hot start to the season, Milbrath has allowed three or more runs in five of his last six starts. Those recent struggles are at least partly due to Milbrath losing his control, as the right-hander has allowed 11 walks in his last nine innings.
  • Justin Brantley (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR. Outside of the home run pitch, Brantley's organizational debut went well. The right-hander is Michael Brantley's cousin.
  • Trevor Frank (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. Though Frank has not struck out a batter in his last two outings, the right-hander is keeping opponents off the scoreboard. On the season, Frank owns a 2.45 ERA and 22:4 SO:BB in 25.2 innings.
  • Torsten Boss (DH, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. It was a down night for the Lake County offense as the Captains only managed three hits. Boss had one -- the only extra base hit -- and drove in two of Lake County's runs.
  • Paul Hendrix (SS, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB. Hendrix has cooled a little lately, but the shortstop still owns a strong .322/.413/.514 line in 52 games. The infielder also drew his 22nd walk in 52 games, a solid rate that balances out some of his strikeouts.
  • Richard Stock (C, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E. Stock added Lake County's final hit of the night, though he also had his sixth error of the season. The catcher has struggled to get going in 2014 as he owns a .511 OPS in 25 games.
  • Dorssys Paulino (LF, Lake County): 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP. Paulino did not have a hit Wednesday, though he did add two walks and a hit by pitch. Though there are massive small sample size and arbitrary end point caveats attached to this stat, Paulino has performed better in June, posting a .300/.447/.467 line in 10 games.

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User Comments

June 12, 2014 - 3:44 PM EDT

I agree with Gson

Haslem and Gilbert are competing of who has the best circus in town. The problem is the fans have bought there kool aid.
June 12, 2014 - 3:34 PM EDT
Haha...if there is someone playing in spite of another player possibly able to do better, that is Francona, not Dolan. To think otherwise is laughable.
June 12, 2014 - 11:18 AM EDT
Mr Dolan is the best sports franchise owner in town.. he has made it clear to everyone who cares to listen (that excludes you Stern).. they hire smart guys & let them do their job.. You will NEVER EVER see a Dan Gilbert-like meddling approach or a Jimmy Has-been demand on the Browns hierarchy. The Indians ownership know what they're doing.. The other sports franchises in Cleveland..NOT SO MUCH..
June 12, 2014 - 8:35 AM EDT
There isn't a better player to play over Swisher right now, so kind of a moot point complaining about that.
June 12, 2014 - 8:20 AM EDT
Swisher's contract is going to end up haunting the Indians much more than Hafner's contract ever did. Swisher is untradeable at this point, and the Dolan's would never allow Tito to bench him in favor of playing a better player.
June 12, 2014 - 8:08 AM EDT
Nice to see Swish have a good game prior to his return.. The clubhouse presence in Akron, his infectious personality has to give the youngsters a boost.. Now if Swish can "Boost it" of Fenway, that would be sweet....

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