Around The Farm: June 14, 2013
Cord Phelps (Columbus – Game 1, 2B) – 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – While Cord Phelps’ offensive numbers have not been much to write home about this year, what numbers he does post seems to be products of mega-nights like this one. The problem isn’t so much how good he is when he is on, it is maintaining consistency night in and night out. What’s amazing is that it was only a couple of years ago when it was a serious question of who would be the Tribe’s second baseman of the future (now present) between Phelps and Jason Kipnis. I think that question has been answered pretty definitively by now.
Jose Ramirez (Akron, 2B) – 2-5, 3 R, 1 K, 1 SB – J-Ram had the type of night that he needs more of (.195/.277/.244 in his last ten games). While crazy numbers like these can’t realistically be expected every night, he needs to get hits and get on base more consistently. His recent form has been marred by too many 0-for's, so hopefully this gets him going.
Cedric Hunter (Akron, DH) – 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – While we’re obviously not talking about a big-time prospect here, he is maybe a guy with the makings of a solid Triple-A veteran. In his ten Double-A games so far this season, his slash line is .282./.349/.667 and Friday night’s three-hit, two-RBI performance took this stellar run to another level.
Tony Wolters (Carolina, C) – 3-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB – Wolters’ offense continues to improve (.368/.442/.474 in his last ten games), but the big concern remains his transition to catcher. He did have a passed ball on the night, but it was only his third of the season. If he can keep miscues like last night’s to a minimum, his season will likely be considered a success (barring a complete and utter collapse at the plate).
- Matt Carson (Columbus – Game 1, RF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Carson continues a strong recent stretch (.282/.349.410 in his last ten games) with a multi-hit evening in the opener.
- Chun Chen (Columbus – Game 1, 1B) – 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 K – This just in: Chun Chen can hit. The big news is that he seems to be translating his hitting prowess to Triple-A quite well. Big Club DH of the future?
- Trevor Bauer (Columbus – Game 1, SP) – W (3-2), 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, (1 earned), 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP – Huntington Park’s resident intellectual assassin/pitching savant has his third straight dominant outing.
- Jerry Gil (Columbus – Game 1, RP) – S (3), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K – Gil’s third good outing in nine days nets him the six-out save.
- Nate Spears (Columbus – Game 2, 2B) - 1-1, 1 BB – Only Clipper to get on base twice in the nightcap.
- Matt Carson (Columbus – Game 2, CF) – 1-3, 1 K – The only other Clipper hit of the night.
- T.J. House (Columbus – Game 2, SP) – CG, L (1-6), 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 6 K – Okay, the hit total was a little much, but it’s pathetic that such a solid performance goes to waste. This man cannot catch a break. He finally gets another win-worthy performance in Triple-A and the offense apparently mails the game in postage due.
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, SS) – 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Ron-Rod continues his recent hot stretch (.72/.391/.605 in his last ten games).
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 2-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Another day, another run driven in by the RBI machine. If he fails to get an RBI, it’ll probably get a mention here just because it will be so shocking.
- Jake Lowery (Akron, C) – 2-4, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E – Lowery continues to outperform his Advanced Single- A Carolina numbers at a higher level.
- Brett Brach (Akron, SP) – W (4-2), 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 4 K – Not his greatest outing of the season, but good enough for the copious run support he received.
- Jose Flores (Akron, CP) – S (7), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Flores throws a perfect ninth inning to pick up his seventh save of the season.
- Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) – 3-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Naquin just continuing to be Naquin. Just one of many good nights at the plate on the night for the Mudcats.
- Joey Wendle (Carolina, 2B) – 3-5, 2R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Another strong hitter having a stellar night for the ‘Cats.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K – The Undrafted Wonder rolls along.
- Bo Greenwell (Carolina, RF) – 2-6, 2 RBI – Greenwell seems to be regaining a grip on things. Hopefully he can continue to play well enough to get the call back up to Double-A Akron and translate the confidence he’s beginning to pick in up in Advanced Single-A to solid performance at that level.
- Bryson Myles (Carolina, LF) – 2-5, 1 K – Myles needs to have nights like this more often.
- Michael Peoples (Carolina, SP) – L (0-2), 5 IP, 7 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HBP – With all the offense mentioned above, how could the Mudcats possibly lose? This line. That’s how.
- J.D. Reichenbach (Carolina, RP) - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HBP – This line didn’t exactly help either.
- Fabio Martinez (Carolina, RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – On a brighter note, Martinez closed out the game with a perfect inning.
- Yhoxian Medina (Lake County, 2B) – 2-3, 1 BB – The lone multi-hit night for the Captains.
- Logan Vick (Lake County, RF) – 1-3, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB – Vick only got one hit, but also walked twice and stole two bases.
Between AAA and Cleveland he has 47 walks in 74 innings pitched. That's almost 7 BB/9!! And his FIP between AAA and Columbus is over 5.
I'm not saying we should put him in the bullpen now. I'm saying that if he doesn't fix these command issues, that's where he is going to end up. He'll never make it through 5 innings consistently if he pitches like he has to this point in 2013.