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Around The Farm: June 12, 2013

Rodriguez, Paulino both showing great improvements in June

Around The Farm: June 12, 2013
Ronny Rodriguez (Photo: Lianna Holub)
June 13, 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.

Note that Columbus was off yesterday.

Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI

Rodriguez through the months:

April: .245/.250/.351 line, .601 OPS, .106 ISO in 24 games

May: .262/.292/.437 line, .733 OPS, .175 ISO in 27 games

June: .381/.400/.595 line, .995 OPS, .214 ISO in 10 games

Small sample sizes throughout, but with the knowledge that Rodriguez changed his swing about a month ago, the progression makes sense. Rodriguez's approach has been much better in recent weeks and it is showing up in the stats.

Of course, plenty of attention is still paid to Rodriguez's seven walks in 61 games this year. He is limiting strikeouts (only 37), but the low amount of walks keeps his on-base percentage down (.297).

Interestingly, a scout told me a few years ago that he does not care about walks at this level because the pitchers miss much worse than in the major leagues. In his view, it is much easier to see your pitch coming in Double-A and doing something with it is more important.

I would still want to see my top prospects drawing walks and showing good pitch selection, but if that pitch selection is leading to hits over walks, that is not actually a bad thing. Sometimes -- and this is coming from a SABR guy -- walks are overrated.

Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 E

Time for more fun with month splits!

April: .208/.288/.208 line, .496 OPS, .000 ISO in 20 games

May: .223/.284/.330 line, .614 OPS, .107 ISO in 24 games

June: .268/.262/.439 line, .701 OPS, .171 ISO in 10 games

Once again, Paulino made an adjustment in his hitting around a month ago and it seems to be leading to better results. Most importantly, Paulino his hitting for some power after not having a single extra-base hit in April. Plenty seem to have soured on the IBI's #3 prospect, but truth be told, the 18-year-old is adjusting and surviving. For someone that young, showing this growth and development is huge.

  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. The reigning minor league player of the week continued to hit, adding his 10th double of the season. Moncrief's power is necessary for him to succeed going forward and it is starting to come out (.088 ISO in April, .151 ISO in May, .190 ISO in June).
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Holt struggled to make contact over the past week or so but he did well Wednesday. The center fielder continues to run out there every day and should end up in Columbus at some point this summer.
  • Toru Murata (SP, Akron): ND, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. Murata got away without any earned runs thanks to a Jose Ramirez error, though he did allow a home run in the inning. The right-hander shut down the Fisher Cats outside the third inning, however.
  • Trey Haley (RP, Akron): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP. Haley's outing as he started the ninth with a four-run lead: hit by pitch, single, swinging strikeout, swinging strikeout, double. Some overpowering stuff but no real success; a pretty good microcosm of Haley's season so far.
  • Jose Flores (RP, Akron): BS (1), L (5-2), 0.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO. Finishing Akron's ninth inning from hell: single, single, single, single. Flores has done quite well this year, though (1.95 ERA, 2.18 FIP); sometimes the hits just fall in.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 E. Wendle's ultimate ceiling may be unknown right now, but the infielder is hitting for power, getting on-base, and showing some good plate discipline. You can't ask for much more.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 SB. The 63 strikeouts in 61 games are concerning, but Naquin is hitting well (.307/.370/.472) in a pitcher's league in his first full season. He should be pushed to Akron soon, in my opinion, and hopefully he will keep hitting this well when he gets there.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 CS. Just another ho-hum productive day from the Sabour-Tooth Tiger. Though maybe he should try to avoid any more steal attempts.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 2-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB. Like Naquin, Lindor is showing some offensive chops in a pitching-first league. I see Lindor spending most (if not all) of 2013 in Carolina, however, as he remains quite young.
  • Mason Radeke (SP, Carolina): L (0-2), 2.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 0 BB, 2 SO, 2 WP, 1 HBP. With 13 runs allowed, it is predictable that Carolina's starting pitcher stumbled. Radeke now has 11 runs (10 earned) allowed in 5.1 High-A innings in 2013.
  • Carolina Bullpen: 7.0 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 10 SO, 2 WP, 1 HBP. Francisco ValeraFabio Martinez, and Michael Goodnight turned on the power with their strikeouts, though they also allowed a run per inning. The Mudcats simply have not had much to celebrate in the bullpen this year.
  • Dylan Baker (SP, Lake County): W (2-5), 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 2 WP. Cleveland's fifth round pick from last year's draft has not had a perfect adjustment to professional ball, but the 21-year-old is hanging around. They key is just pitching like this more often. That can't be that hard, can it?
  • Erik Gonzalez (3B, Lake County): 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E. It feels like every time I write ATF, Gonzalez is getting on base and hitting for power. With a .255/.305/.412 line, that cannot be true, but Gonzalez is certainly flashing what he is capable of.
  • Joseph Sever (1B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Sever has hit well between Carolina and Lake County, though he did not hit a home run until Wednesday. As he has spent the most time at first base, some more power would be good to see.
  • Richard Stock (C, Lake County): 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. When Stock is hitting for this power, it helps cover up his issues getting on base (.271 OBP). His .218 ISO is nice, but without reaching base, Stock's value is limited.
  • Leo Castillo (LF, Lake County): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI. The home run for Castillo is nice. Getting his first start in the outfield on the season -- something that could add to his utility resume -- is even better.

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User Comments

Jim Piascik
June 13, 2013 - 2:44 PM EDT
Thanks Jim. That weather part plays a big part for sure.
Jim
June 13, 2013 - 1:41 PM EDT
Good points about Paulino Jim...you could also make a case for the weather being a piece of this. He's never played in a cold weather city prior to this...so that can always be part of the issue. That will get better, of course, as he becomes acclimated...
Homer
June 13, 2013 - 8:37 AM EDT
That sounds like wisdom art. I think we often forget RRod is only 21. That's a cpl yrs younger than league avg most yrs. that says something for the talent that is there, IMHO. Ultimately, I think RRod may be a trade chip long term but I wouldn't be surprised to see him develop into at least a ML utility guy at some point.
art
June 13, 2013 - 1:20 AM EDT
Five multi hit games in a row for RRod, plus a couple of walks during that span. Also, no strikeouts the past four games. I'm far from on his bandwagon, but credit is due where it is earned.

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