Around The Farm: June 19, 2013
Fedroff and Hunter's power headlines night on the farm
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.
Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SO
After tearing up the minors last year, 2013 represents a disappointment for Fedroff. Even after Wednesday's strong performance the outfielder only owns a .265/.356/.347 line for the season and is severely lacking in power (.082 ISO). Columbus' home park is pretty homer-friendly so it is a little surprising to see that this is only Fedroff's fourth home run after he hit nine at this level in essentially the same amount of games in 2012. Still, it is possible that Fedroff is just slumping. He likely is not as good as he showed last year (.316/.394/.485), though he is also likely better than this. Meeting in the middle (which would be .291/.375/.416, for what its worth) gives Fedroff a profile that may be able to help the big league club, even if it is not overpowering. Fedroff is not a star, but he could certainly be a contributor.
Cedric Hunter (DH, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
At this point, Hunter clearly should not be in Double-A anymore. The 25-year-old was sent down from Columbus to get consistent work, though that consistent work is just showing that Hunter needs the challenge of Triple-A. Hunter's .327/.383/.727 is certainly not sustainable (that power is just off the charts), but the level of competition is simply not up to the outfielder's level. A shoulder injury he suffered in late May has not put a dent in his production and Hunter continues to drive the ball extremely well. He probably does not have a real major league future, but all we can know for sure right now is that we need to see what Hunter does a level up; he has nothing left to do in Akron.
- Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): ND, 3.2 IP 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO. An abbreviated outing for Bauer, though he was not pulled for injury. A reason outside of that was not given, leaving us with some mystery.
- Paolo Espino (RP, Columbus): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. Espino relieved Bauer and just could not limit Pawtucket. The right-hander owns a 7.36 ERA and 6.19 FIP in 14.2 Triple-A innings and has plenty of room to improve.
- Clay Rapada (RP, Columbus): H (3), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO. A possible left-hander relief option in Cleveland, Rapada's third outing in Columbus was his first one with a run allowed.
- Chris Jakubauskas (RP, Columbus): BS (1), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO. Not a pretty line, though this is the first time he has scuffled with Columbus this season in seven appearances.
- Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Columbus): 2-for-6, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 SO, 1 SB. Power is not typically a part of Carrera's game, but this is his fourth home run of the year. Carrera also stole his 18th base in 38 games Wednesday, showing the other side of his game too.
- Matt Carson (RF, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Carson had not shown much power before Wednesday, though he connected on two doubles to raise his season line to .243/.322/.370.
- Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron): 3-for-5, 1 R. The jump to Double-A has not gone off without a hitch for Ramirez, but nights like this show what he is capable of with his bat at the top of a lineup.
- Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 3-for-5, 1 R. Despite a horrendous start, Rodriguez's season line sits at .280/.300/.425. The fact that his line is so high with his slow start is a testament to how hot Rodriguez has been over the past five weeks.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 2B. Urshela has not found a way to get on base consistently and has shown a little less power than Rodriguez (.277/.300/.407), but he is establishing himself at the Double-A level. That does count for something.
- Brett Brach (SP, Akron): L (4-3), 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP. Outside of a bad fourth inning, Brach battled despite not having his best stuff. The ERA is pretty bad (4.76), but Brach's FIP holds hope for the future (3.83).
- Jose Flores (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 E. Flores' season has been elite (1.83 ERA, 2.33 FIP), but Wednesday was not pretty to watch. Those key strikeouts got him out of the inning without allowing a run.
- Robel Garcia (2B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 SO, 1 HBP. This was a weird game with as many hits (five) as hit by pitches for the Scrappers. Garcia led the offense with his big two-run triple in the seventh.
- Juan Romero (RF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. In addition to his double, Romero had the walk-off walk. Seriously, one of my favorite plays in all of baseball.
- Nellie Rodriguez (DH, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP. Rodriguez made it on base three times Wednesday as he continues to try to press the reset button on 2013 after a rough start in Lake County.
- Robert Whitenack (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP. No matter what level, Whitenack just cannot find any success in 2013 (11.64 ERA in 19.1 innings between Akron, Carolina, and Mahoning Valley).
- Mahoning Valley Bullpen: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP. Ben Heller, Harold Guerrero, and Manuel Carmona, on the other hand, found plenty of success and sealed the first Scrappers win of the season.
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