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Around The Farm: June 13, 2013

Morimando's outing highlights rain-soaked night on the farm

Around The Farm: June 13, 2013
Shawn Morimando (Photo: Lianna Holub)
June 14, 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 and Akron were both rained out last night.

Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): L (4-6), 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP

Morimando may have allowed three runs Thursday night, but with all of them unearned, this gives the left-hander four out of his last five starts without allowing an earned run. This was not one of the prettiest outings of this stretch, as Morimando only made it through five innings, but he still lowered his ERA to 2.73. Morimando's FIP is pretty high (3.85), a byproduct of his 48:32 SO:BB in 69.1 innings, so there is room to grow if the left-hander wants to sustain his success. Still, if Morimando can build on his early season success, there is no reason that he cannot begin to fill the void of left-handed pitching in Cleveland's organization.

  • Bo Greenwell (LF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO. It is hard not to like Greenwell. When he is on the field, he produces. If only he could stay healthy.
  • Paddy Matera (3B, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 2B. Matera has filled in well so far, going 6-for-19 in six games. Who knows how sustainable it is, but things are good for now.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 BB. Without much offense Thursday night, Sabourin reaching base twice was a rarity. Sabourin's line is now at .312/.395/.418 after two more times on base.
  • Tony Wolters (DH, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 BB. Similarly to Sabourin, Wolters got on base and those behind him could not drive him home. A little more power from Wolters would be nice (.074 ISO), but if he keeps adjusting to catching (though he did not Thursday) and getting on-base, then 2013 will be a success.
  • Francisco Jimenez (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO. There have been a few ups and downs this year for Jimenez, though he has gone seven straight innings (three appearances) without allowing a run.
  • Yhoxian Medina (2B, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO. Medina posted a .232/.267/.256 line in 23 games in Carolina. After Thursday he is up to .333/.383/.500 in 13 Lake County games. Now he just needs to take this success with the Captains back up to High-A.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB. The 22-year-old continues to handle Low-A ball (.257/.371/.388 line in 57 games) and hopefully he will get the call to Carolina before too much longer.
  • Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 SO. Santander cooled of late, but he is still holding his own. Adjustments will be needed in order for the 18-year-old to get back to more successful results, however.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SO. Haase is beginning to warm up, moving his line to .251/.306/.425. If he keeps getting on base, that will allow his power (.174 ISO) to come out.
  • Luis DeJesus (SP, Lake County): L (1-7), 6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. With two strong starts, the thought was that maybe DeJesus was coming out of his season-long slump. Tonight's outing shows that DeJesus still has work to do.
  • Jack Wagoner (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Wagoner, however, continued his strong season with two more scoreless innings. The right-hander now owns a 3.25 ERA and 2.37 FIP on the season.

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User Comments

June 14, 2013 - 11:50 AM EDT
Um, what?
June 14, 2013 - 10:10 AM EDT
its a shame when bloop hit just out of the infield and the runner gets a triple on that wow!!! you try pitching when stuff like that happens when your on the mound looks like other people have to work harder not the pitcher!!! JUST SAYING
June 14, 2013 - 9:36 AM EDT
Does anyone know what is up with Mitch Brown (our second round pick last year) and his injury? Anyone know when he may return? I saw that he might get a start tomorrow for Lake County's doubleheader but I'm not sure. Your help is appreciated! Go Tribe!
Jim Piascik
June 14, 2013 - 9:28 AM EDT
What Matthew said. If Haase continues to struggle to get on base, then his power won't matter as much. Similar to an Adam Dunn idea: He owns a .266 ISO this year, but is below-average thanks to his .282 OBP.
June 14, 2013 - 9:14 AM EDT
If you have good on base skills, meaning you take walks, it means you have good plate discipline, which forces pitchers to throw you more strikes, which allows you to make harder contact, which allows you to hit for more power.
June 14, 2013 - 9:11 AM EDT
I don't understand this comment on Eric Haase:

"If he keeps getting on base, that will allow his power (.174 ISO) to come out."

How does your power come out when you're on base? Don't you have to be in the batter's box for that to occur?
June 14, 2013 - 8:01 AM EDT
Morimando has been a bit lucky that more walks haven't turned into runs (.242 BABIP), but he has an outstanding .214 BAA. Stats aside it is really encouraging to see a 20-yr old compete so well in A+ ball. I'm interested to see if he can keep avoiding blowups via the long ball as he's still a flyball pitcher that doesn't strike out a ton of people and walks a fair share. What a boost to the farm system from a 19th round pick that many thought was unsignable.
June 14, 2013 - 6:31 AM EDT
It's good to see the improvement that Shawn Morimando has made from last yr to this yr. he had some struggles early but has adjusted well. He needs work on his control but that has improved from last yr. it's nice to see the system isn't as devoid of arms as many would contend. Two others I think have made notable impressions are Will Roberts and Cody Anderson. Outside of two bad early starts at AA Roberts has pitched effectively. I've been driving the Cody Anderson bandwagon for over 2 yrs now. Anderson has really shown flashes of dominance at the A+ level and looks to be about ready for a move upward.

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