Around the Farm: June 13, 2014
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.
Joe Wendle (Akron, 2B) - 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Wendle's second three-hit effort in three nights was a perfect one at the plate and came with 3 runs batted in. It's hard to do much better than that. Hopefully, these recent stellar performances are a sign that Wendle is starting to put it together at the Double-A level and might begin to show some of the promise he displayed in lower levels the last two seasons.
Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, C) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI - While the night's other three-hit, three-RBI performance came in five plate apearances, it was no less spectacular, especially when you consider that it happened in Francisco's first game in front of a significant crowd. Nights like this make it clear why he is the number 5 prospect and top catcher in the Indians minor league system. He will definitely be an intriguing player to watch in Mahoning Valley this summer.
- Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, RF) - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, Caugnt Stealing 1 time - Carlos fails to get a hit but his plate discipline allows him to have a good night at the plate.
- Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K - Audy's two-out, three-rum homer in the second inning represented the bulk of the Clippers offense on the night.
- Justin Sellers (Columbus, SS) - 2-3, 1 2B - Amazingly, the only multi-hit effort of the night in the Clips' 4-3 win.
- Travis Banwart (Columbus, SP) - W (4-2), 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR allowed - A typical Banwart performance, not dominant, but enough to win with a good amount of run support.
- Austin Adams (Columbus, RP) - H (4), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Adams now has ten scoreless outing in his last eleven.
- Vinnie Pestano (Columbus, CP) - S (5), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Vinnie has pitched well in Columbus and you wonder if he can transfer some percentage of his success at the Triple-A level to the major leagues. He'd be a shot in the arm in Cleveland.
- Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B) - 3-4, 2 RBI - While such a performance might seem like something you would expect from a nearly 200-game major league veteran like LaHair at the Double-A level, it is actually a welcome departure from his recent form (.216/.286/.351 in his last ten games).
- Anthony Gallas (Akron, LF) - 2-4 - Anthony's multi-hit night continues a strong start to his serious Double-A career (He played one game in a temporary org soldier capacity with the then-Aeros in 2011). He is now 5-for-13 (.385) in his three games since being called up from Advanced Single-A Carolina.
- Will Roberts (Akron, SP) - W (6-7), 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 4 K, 1 HBP - While the hit total was a bit high, Roberts kept the Sea Dogs from scoring and earned the win. His second good start after a string of iffy or worse ones gives some hope that he has turned the corner and is starting to figure out the Double-A level.
- Enosil Tejeda (Akron, RP) - H (6), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Enosil seems to be developing into an effective set-up man, as evidenced by his ever-increasing holds total.
- Louis Head (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 3 K - Pitching innings don't get any better than this.
- Alex Monsalve (Carolina - Game 1, DH) - Alex's double was the only remotely noteworthy thing I could find in the rubble of the Carolina offensive boxscore in Game 1. Maybe not having to deal with the extra burden of fielding allowed him to reach such lofty heights as getting an extra base hit. Okay, Carolina fans, breathe in, breathe out. Two more days and this nightmarish first half is over.
- Cole Sulser (Carolina, - Game 1, SP) - L (2-6), 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 earned), 3 K, 1 HR allowed - A solid outing, but the position players lack of run support and poor defense did not help.
- Clayton Cook (Carolina - Game 1, RP) - 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 1 K - See above.
- Todd Hankins (Carolina - Game 2, CF) - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI - The nightcap was a far better effort by the Mudcats offense, as evidenced by Hankins out performing the entire Mudcats lineup from Game 1.
- Jeremy Lucas (Carolina - Game 2, DH) - 2-4, 2 2B - Lucas has his first multi-hit night in nine days.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina - Game 2, 1B) - 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI - The Undrafted Wonder with the eventual game-winning RBI in extra innings (eighth inning of a doubleheader game).
- Adam Plutko (Carolina - Game 2, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K - A solid outing by the rookie, but not enough for the individual win.
- Elvis Araujo (Carolina - Game 2, RP) - BS (1), 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB (1 Intentional), 1 K,3 WP - A rare rough night from Araujo.
- Grant Sides (Carolina - Game 2, RP) - W (1-0), 1.1 IP, perfect - Grant shuts down the Blue Rock bats and seals the win for the 'Cats.
- Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 2-4, 1 3B, 1 K - Frazier's second multi-hit night in a row and third in his last five games gives hope that he is beginning to be comfortable with playing baseball amidst all the trappings and distractions of franchise (non-complex based) affiliate pro ball.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB - Don't look now, but Nellie-Rod is beginning to bring some consistency to his offense. He is .294/.314/.471 in his last ten games and, while he didn't get a hit tonight, he used a good eye at the plate to get on base twice and score both times.
- Brian Ruiz (Lake County, DH) - 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K - Ruiz drives in more runs tonight than he has in his last nine games combined (2).
- Ivan Castillo (Lake County, SS) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B - A good night from Castillo, whose offensive performance has been improving as of late. He is batting .313/,324/.406 in his las ten games as compared to .216/.241/.270 in 23 games on the season.
- Dace Kime (Lake County, SP) - W (1-9), 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB - Dace finally picks up his first professional win after 11 losses across two seasons.
- Justin Brantley (Lake County, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 H - If his pro debut tonight is any indication of what is to come from Brantley, his future in the org is quite bright indeed.
- Trevor Frank (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H - Trevor has now not allowed a run in nine of his most recent eleven outings.
- Austin Fisher (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 1-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB - Fisher has a multi-run night and a stolen base in his professional debut.
- Leo Castillo (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Castillo has a multi-hit night in his return to competitive baseball after a rough start to the season in Lake County.
- Josh McAdams (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 1-4, 2 R, 3 K, 1 HBP - It was feast or famine for Josh on the night as he either scored or struck out in every plate appearance.
- D'Vone McClure (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 0-1, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP - An example of extremely good plate discipline resulting in runs.
- Yonathan Mendoza (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K - Yet another multi-hit effort on an explosive opening night for the Scrappers offense.
- Jorge Martinez (Mahoning Valley, LF) - 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - Only one hit, but still a solid offensive night for Jorge, who is hoping to earn a ticket back to Full-Season Single-A Lake County.
- Ordomar Valdez (Mahoning Valley, 2B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E - Valdez's franchise short season Mahoning Valley pro ball debut is marked by a great night at the plate and a rough one in the field.
- Sean Brady (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R (all earned), 3 K, 1 WP - I'm going to go ahead and chalk this one up to first game jitters from pitching in front of a crowd for the first time.
- Luis Gomez (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (1-0), 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR allowed, 2 WP, 1 BK - The individual win tonight was an utterly irrelevant statistic, as evidenced by the stat line attached to it.
- James Stokes (Mahoning Valley, CP) - S (1), 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K Seriously, this was the best pitching performance of the night by the winning team. If the remaining 75 games are going to be this crazy, Scrapper fans may need defibrillators by season's end.
I wonder what happens to the MHV outfield once Zimmer, Papi, Ison and Allen are signed. Assuming Allen should be going to MHV soon since he signed yesterday.
I hope that just start Zimmer and Papi with LC.
Let's hope he is starting to become a good starting P.