Around The Farm: June 18, 2013
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.
Chris Perez (Akron, 2nd Rehab SP) – L (0-1), 1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 K, 3 HR allowed, 1 HBP – While the story of a rehab assignment is usually “He got his work in. He felt no pain. Good.” The problem here is that the performance was so dismal as to be indicative of a need for additional rehab work. Let’s be fair, needing more than two rehab appearances, especially for a reliever who can accrue such appearances quickly, is hardly a disaster. However, it would also be a mistake for the Tribe brass to rush him back up to the Big Club too quickly and have him blow a crucial game (which every game seems to be for the Indians right now). Hopefully, he can get his stuff back together quickly and get back to being the dominant closer the Wahoos need and allow Vinnie Pestano to return to his eighth-inning comfort zone.
Francisco Lindor (Carolina, Carolina League Starting SS) – 1-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Lindor walked in the first inning and proceeded to steal second base as part of a double steal before being stranded at third. He then struck out swinging in the third before wrapping up his day at the plate with a two-RBI line drive double to center field in the fourth. He was pinch hit for by Myrtle Beach Pelican shortstop Luis Sardinas in the next inning.
Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, Carolina League Starting 1B) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1K, 1 Sac Fly – The Undrafted Wonder started the record-setting scoring for the Carolina League on Tuesday night with a Sac Fly to right in the first inning, scoring Potomac Nationals right fielder Billy Burns. He proceeded to ground out 4-3 in the 4th, single to right (and later score) in the next inning, ground out softly 1-3 in the following frame, and strike out swinging in the ninth to round out his evening at the plate. Since each league only dressed thirteen position players, half of the field players (as well as the DH) on each side had to go the distance (rare in an all-star game). Sabourin was one of two Mudcats to pull such “ironman” duty on the night.
Tyler Naquin (Carolina, Carolina League Starting CF) – 2-5, 2 R, 2 K - The Mudcats other “ironman” struck out swinging in the second before singling on a line to center in the fourth (later scoring). He reached on a fielders’ choice in the next inning and scored again (Who didn’t score in at least one of those innings for the Carolina Leaguers?). Naquin swung on strike three again in the seventh before winding up his night at the plate in the ninth with a ground ball single to left (was stranded at first after Myrtle Beach Pelicans second baseman Rougned Odor grounded out on a tapper to the mound to end the top of the ninth).
Cody Anderson (Carolina, Carolina League RP) – H, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 HR allowed – If a pitcher this good is going to have a hiccup, better that it happens in the All-Star Game as opposed to one that counts. He started off the third inning by giving up a long home run to right field to catcher Robert Kral (the Lake Elsinore Storm’s lone representative). He began to settle down after that, but not before surrendering a one-out ground ball double to right to Lancaster Jethawks center fielder Andrew Aplin (which was exacerbated by a passed ball on the part of Salem Red sox catcher Blake Swihart).
Logan Vick (Lake County, MWL East Starting RF) – 1-2, 1 K – Vick was called out on strikes in the third and reached on an error by West (and Cedar Rapids Kernels) second baseman Jorge Polanco in the fifth before being removed from the game for South Bend Silver Hawks right fielder Alex Glenn in the following inning.
Louis Head (Lake County, MWL East RP) – H, 0.2 IP, 1 BB – Head entered the game to start the top of the seventh inning and walked Kernels shortstop Niko Goodrum, who was doubled off on the next plate appearance on a grounder off the bat of Beloit Snappers first baseman Matt Olson. Head was then pulled from the game in favor of Lansing Lugnuts righty Wil Browning.
- Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, CF) – 3-5, 1 K – While Carrera has not had the greatest season thus far (.233/.305/.393 in Columbus heading into tonight’s game), but it was still nice to see him put up his first multi-hit night in a week.
- Omir Santos (Columbus, C) – 2-4, 1 2B – Omir Santos is beginning to look like the Omir Santos from when he was getting more regular playing time (i.e. getting on base regularly, albeit with not much pop), picking up his first hits in 10 games. However, since he has played little recently, it was only a two-game hitless slump he broke tonight.
- Juan Diaz (Columbus, SS) – 0-1, 3 BB, 1 K – It was a refreshing change of pace to see Diaz finally exhibit some discipline at the plate. With a K/BB ratio approaching 4.00 going into tonight, one can only hope that tonight signals a beginning of a new approach at the plate for Juan, maybe even one that van yield some hits (.215/.280/.315 going into tonight).
- Joe Martinez (Columbus, SP) – ND, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR allowed – Martinez posts his second solid start in a row, but he fails to get a decision due to the lack of run support.
- Preston Guilmet (Columbus, RP) – L (2-4), 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 K – Tonight’s hard-luck loser. He was a victim of a complete rat fiesta of a defensive meltdown by the Clipper infield (three errors on the inning), nothing more.
- Cedric Hunter (Akron, DH) – 2-4, 1 K – Hunter continues to hit at the Double-A level. He was posting a .298/.365./.681 slash line going into tonight’s multi-hit effort. Maybe he’ll get another chance in Triple-A Columbus before the season is out.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 1-3, 1 BB – Back-to-back games with no RBI for Aguilar?! Even more shocking: The earth is still spinning on its axis and the sun is expected to rise in the east tomorrow (Judging by what I am seeing from the Cal/Carolina League All-Star Game, it appears to be setting in the west tonight, as well).
- Matt Packer (Akron, Scheduled SP) – ND, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K - I think it is safe to declare Matt Packer’s season turned around after his sixth straight good outing (a stretch that runs about a month in length). Unfortunately, his bid to get his winning percentage back up to .500 was foiled by Perez’s “not quite ready for prime time” rehab outing.
- Blake Wood (Akron, Rehab SP) – 1 IP, 1 H, 3K - Blake Wood’s “on again, off again” rehab schedule continues with tonight’s solid first inning. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a consistent rehab program that can get him back to the major leagues. The Indians’ bullpen needs all the middle-relief help it can get.
- Juan Herrera (Mahoning Valley, SS) – 2-4, 1 K – Herrera doesn’t seemed to be too fazed by the prospect of playing in front of a crowd for the first time. If nothing else, we know he isn’t rattled easily.
- Joshua McAdams (Mahoning Valley, RF) – 1-2, 2 BB, 1 SB – McAdams did a good job tonight getting on base and advancing once he got there. Too bad no one could get him home.
- Caleb Hamrick (Mahoning Valley, SP) – L (0-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 earned), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR – Hamrick’s solid first outing of the meaningful season goes for naught due to an absolute lack of run support.
- Alexis Paredes (Mahoning Valley, RP) – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – A prime example of how one bad outing can ruin a reliever’s ERA (Paredes’ is now 9.00), especially early in the season.
- Trevor Frank (Mahoning Valley, RP) – 1 IP, perfect – A perfect professional debut for the Tribe’s eighth-round pick. Congratulations, Trevor!
A note to the editor that Hamrick had 5 SO and 0 BB according to the MiLB box. That's a heckuva lot better than 5 BB and 0 SO.
RE: Chris Perez. I think that's about par for the course... Uninformed people speaking without any real (substance) knowledge of the situation. I'll leave that at that. But prime that with this, I banged the drums for the Tribe to trade him all off season. He has been one of my favorite Indians over the last few yrs, but it is impractical to think the Tribe will tolerate much more. First, he simply costs too much. Second, his actions are detrimental to the club. Finally, the Tribe has other options.
Good to see Blake Wood dominate AA hitters. This guy was considered a potential Closer candidate in KC. Prior to injury he was sitting mid to upper 90's. The Royals were in a roster crunch this past offseason and tried to sneak him through waivers. I think the Indians may have stolen a good one.
A good night by young power hitter Josh McAdams and a nice debut from Trevor Frank.