Around the Farm: June 19, 2014
Roberts' best outing of the season, Lindor's power highlight the night on the farm
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.
Will Roberts (SP, Akron): W (7-7), 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1 HBP
Roberts' longest and best outing on the season is the headline of Thursday's Around the Farm, but really this performance should bring some light to the rest of the right-hander's solid 2014. The 23-year-old does not have an outing under five innings, and while he does not strike out a ton of batters, Roberts' 3.67 ERA and 63:20 SO:BB in 83.1 innings is not bad at all. Roberts does not profile as a front-of-the-rotation starter, but the right-hander does have decent stuff and is showing the ability to harness it. After spending most of 2013 in Double-A, Roberts has thrown 217.1 innings with Akron in his career. Given that mark and Roberts' performance to date, a push to Columbus once some spots open up would not seem outrageous.
Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 CS
Even with three extra base hits in the last two games, Lindor is still only putting up decent power numbers, both on the season (.116 isolated power in 68 games) and lately (.116 isolated power in 17 June games). Which, as I wrote in yesterday's Around the Farm, is perfectly fine. Though Lindor's overall batting line is more good than great (.282/.365/.398), just playing great defense at shortstop gives the 20-year-old plenty of value right out of the gate. Plus, once you add in that it does not take much offense to be league-average as a shortstop (major league shortstops are averaging a .252/.311/.372 line in 2014), it puts Lindor's offense into perspective. His .764 OPS is not groundbreaking, but for a shortstop, it is pretty good.
- Travis Banwart (SP, Columbus, Game 1): ND, 3.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. Banwart allowed quite a few hits during the first part of this game Wednesday night before it was suspended due to the weather. The right-hander avoided giving up many runs despite the hits, though, and had the Clippers in good position when the game picked up Thursday.
- Nick Hagadone (RP, Columbus, Game 1): L (2-4), 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. That good position ended when former Cleveland farmhand Jared Goedert launched a three-run homer off Hagadone. Despite the home run, the left-hander has actually pitched quite well in Triple-A, posting a 40:10 SO:BB in 26.1 innings.
- Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus, Game 1): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Fedroff's problem this year has been power, as this was only his 13th extra base hit (all doubles) on the season. But Fedroff continues to get on base at a great rate with a .399 on-base percentage in 56 games.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus, Game 1): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI. Urshela made his one hit in the first game count, launching his 20th extra base hit in 43 games. The third baseman has been the opposite of Fedroff during his time in Columbus, putting up big power numbers but struggling to get on base consistently.
- T.J. House (SP, Columbus, Game 2): L (1-3), 6.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR. House made it through six innings in his first start back in Triple-A, but the left-hander did not make it through unscathed. This is easily House's worst start in Columbus on the season and a bit surprising considering he pitched solidly -- albeit with some home run trouble -- while in the majors.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus, Game 2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI. Another big game continued Moncrief's June resurgence. Beyond hitting five home runs in 16 June games, an increase in Moncrief's plate discipline (12:5 SO:BB in June compared to 55:12 SO:BB in 51 April/May games) is helping the right fielder immensely.
- Tyler Holt (CF, Columbus, Game 2): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 HBP. There is not much power in Holt's game, but he is doing everything else well to make up for it. The outfielder has a .463 on-base percentage, six steals, and a 19:22 SO:BB in 23 Triple-A games.
- Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus, Game 2): 2-for-4, 2 SO. With two hits in each game of the doubleheader, Fedroff really showed off the on-base ability that is his calling card.
- Bryan LaHair (1B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. The power has started to come for LaHair of late, as the first baseman has gotten on base perfectly fine for the RubberDucks but has lacked his usual amount of pop.
- Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 1-for-5, 1 R, 4 SO. Naquin got a single Thursday after going hitless in his last two games, but the center fielder did see a flare-up of his strikeout issues as well, putting up the golden sombrero in his non-hit plate appearances.
- Cole Sulser (SP, Carolina): ND, 4.1 IP, 10 H, 10 R (9 ER), 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR. Believe it or not, Carolina won this game. Much like Thursday, Sulser has shown an ability to get strikeouts and limit walks despite a lot of balls finding holes and leading to a bunch of hits and runs (5.19 ERA, 77 hits, 72:18 SO:BB in 69.1 innings).
- Joe Sever (1B, Carolina): 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E. Sever continued making up for lost time on Thursday, pushing his OPS to .966 in his 11 games so far this season. After going on the disabled list on opening night, Sever needs to keep this going to avoid falling behind.
- Yandy Diaz (3B, Carolina): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E. Diaz -- who also went on the disabled list on opening night -- hit well too on Thursday, though the third baseman has not done as well as Sever since returning. The 22-year-old is a higher priority prospect than Sever, however, and should have a decently-sized leash to find himself.
- Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Carolina): 1-for-2, 3 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB. The switch-hitting Rodriguez is doing a great job of drawing walks and getting on base in 2014 (26 walks, .361 on-base percentage in 41 games), but with only eight extra base hits on the season, the 21-year-old could use a little more thump to raise his offensive game a bit.
- Dace Kime (SP, Lake County): W (2-9), 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 E. After a rough start to the season, Kime has begun to show why he was a third round pick last year. The right-hander has only allowed 13 runs (11 earned) in his last seven starts (38.1 innings).
- Ben Heller (RP, Lake County): S (4), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Striking out the side gives Heller 46 strikeouts in 29.2 innings on the season as the right-hander keeps up his push to make it to Carolina this year.
- Dorssys Paulino (LF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Paulino's bat has really started to emerge since his transition to the outfield, as the 19-year-old owns a .265/.344/.382 line with a 16:10 SO:BB in 26 games since the move. Additionally, Paulino seems to be hitting better now that he has over a month at the position under his belt.
- Grant Fink (3B, Lake County): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. A three-hit game is pretty good, but long-term, Fink racking up his 97th strikeout in 64 games remains a huge concern for the infielder.
- Sean Brady (SP, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): ND, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO. Even though he did not have a strikeout, tossing four one-hit innings is a marked improvement over Brady's first start as the left-hander pitches outside of the Arizona League for the first time.
- Josh McAdams (CF, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): 2-for-2, 1 BB. Even though McAdams does not have an extra-base hit with the Scrappers, the outfielder is still off to a much better start than the one he had in Lake County earlier in 2014.
- Leo Castillo (1B, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): 1-for-1, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB. Castillo had a huge game one in Mahoning Valley's doubleheader as the soon-to-be 21-year-old tries to another shot in Lake County.
- Ordomar Valdez (2B, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 PO. A hit and two walks pushed Valdez's on-base percentage to .467 in the early going as the switch-hitter has shown the ability to get some hits, draw a walk, and limit strikeouts (he has none in five games).
- Juan Santana (SP, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): L (0-2), 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. Just like Brady, Santana also pitched much better in his second outing of the season. Santana got one spot start in Lake County last year, but beyond that, the soon-to-be 21-year-old is also spending his first real time above the Arizona League.
- Drake Roberts (SS, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): 1-for-2, 1 SO, 1 HBP. The Scrappers only managed two hits in the second game of the doubleheader, with Roberts getting one. Roberts also got on base by being hit by a pitch, his third on the day after being plunked twice in game one.
- Josh McAdams (RF, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): 1-for-3, 1 SO. McAdams had the other hit in game two as the outfielder continued to perform much better after hitting the reset button with the Scrappers.
- Jorge Martinez (LF, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 SO. Though it is still early, Martinez has drawn quite a few walks in Mahoning Valley and Lake County this year, a development that, if it sticks, could help the 21-year-old overcome his high strikeout rate.
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With so many players at MHV at this time, I'm assuming some might be moved to LC even if there not ready for LC.