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Around The Farm: June 20, 2013

Haase's home runs, Arizona League debuts highlight night on the farm

Around The Farm: June 20, 2013
Eric Haase (Photo: Lianna Holub)
June 21, 2013
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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.

Note that Carolina was off.

Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI

With two more home runs Thursday, Haase continued to show the power that makes him standout as a prospect. He was advertised as having plus power potential and Haase has done nothing to discredit that in 2013, hitting nine home runs and 13 doubles in 54 games with a .225 ISO. Being a 20-year-old in Low-A is not a bad thing -- it is normal on the age curve -- and Haase is showing the ability to succeed at this level. He will need to continue refining his receiving as he moves up the ladder and probably could use some more balance in his strikeouts and walks (64:14 SO:BB), but that largely does not matter now. What does matter is that Haase is hitting very well and is improving his stock every time he goes out on the field.

  • T.J. House (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 2 HBP. House gets the quality start, though the 10 combined baserunners in six innings does leave something to be desired. Still, only 11 starts into his Triple-A career, this is an encouraging outing for House.
  • Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO. He may not be on the major league radar as of right now, but Price does flash this overpowering stuff. A little more consistency could get him into the conversation.
  • Cord Phelps (2B, Columbus): 2-for-4. It was a rough night for the Clippers as they only managed five hits. Phelps had two of them, though, as he continues to pull himself out of his early-season slump.
  • Tim Fedroff (DH, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB. The star of last night's ATF had Columbus' only extra base hit. I still hope to see Fedroff get a shot in Cleveland this year even if he has not hit as well as he did in 2012.
  • Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS. Carrera continued to flash his speed, stealing his 19th base of the season. He also was caught for the eighth time, leaving him at a decent 70 percent success rate.
  • Jordan Cooper (SP, Akron): L (3-3), 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. Yet another example of why pitcher wins and losses are useless. Cooper obviously pitched extremely well, but he gets the loss due to a complete lack of offense. That certainly is not his fault.
  • Austin Adams (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. Another clean outing for Adams, who lowered his ERA to 2.70 and his FIP to 3.27. Hopefully get gets a shot in Columbus at some point this year; I think he is ready for it.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SB. Like Columbus, Akron was shut out Thursday night. Holt was one of the rare bright spots as he simply got on base and tried to make things happen.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 SO, 1 SAC. This was not a pretty night for Rodriguez -- neither was particularly well-hit -- but he still got on base and kept his hot streak going.
  • Cedric Hunter (DH, Akron): 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 SO. Hunter saw his five-game hit streak end (he went 10-for-21 during those five games), though he still got on base twice. The streak may be over, but isn't getting on base what really matters? I applaud Hunter's night.
  • Erik Gonzalez (3B, Lake County): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 PO. Another great day for Gonzalez when I am on ATF. If I wrote ATF every night I swear Gonzalez would be hitting .500. As it is, he improved his line to .250/.301/.408 with this performance.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E. Paulino continued heating up as time passes, hitting his second home run of the year and improving his June OPS to .746.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Vick showed why he was an All-Star. launching his third home run of the season. I hope to see him in Carolina in the near future to see if he can keep this going.
  • Dylan Baker (SP, Lake County): W (3-5), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP. Things have been up and down for Baker at times in 2013, but this is his second consecutive dominant outing. Maybe this is the start of something for the 21-year-old.
  • Claudio Bautista (2B, Mahoning Valley): 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB. Bautista struggled in Lake County earlier this year (.459 OPS), but he is off to a hot start in Mahoning Valley. It is great to see him respond in this way.
  • Robel Garcia (3B, Mahoning Valley): 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI. The same goes for Garcia. He was slightly better with the Captains (.604 OPS) but also is looking good with the Scrappers.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB. Rodriguez got on base, scored runs, and made things happen. Not a bad outcome for the first baseman.
  • Michael Goodnight (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP. Goodnight was sent down to Mahoning Valley before the game to try to get back on track. He left with an apparent injury and a poor outing. Just nothing good here at all.
  • Mahoning Valley Bullpen: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 HBP. Luckily the Scrappers bullpen picked Goodnight up, with James StokesJoshua NervisRafael Homblert, and Alexis Paredes holding the Muckdogs in check.
  • Mitch Brown (SP, AZL Indians): L (0-1), 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. After stumbling at Lake County and being put on the disabled list, it is probably time to start wondering what is wrong with Brown.
  • Grant Fink (1B, AZL Indians): 0-for-4, 2 SO. Not the greatest debut for Cleveland's 23rd round pick. Of note is that Fink was listed at third base during the draft but played at first here. Could be something, probably is nothing.
  • Mike Giuffre (DH, AZL Indians): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB. Giuffre, Cleveland's 36th round pick, saw his debut go much smoother. It is fun seeing these debuts come so quickly after the draft.
  • D'vone McClure (LF, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO.  Last year's fourth round pick started the year well, connecting for the team's only extra base hit of the night.
  • Ivan Castillo (SS, AZL Indians): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Castillo owned the best stateside debut of an international prospect, turning in the only multi-hit performance for the team.

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User Comments

June 21, 2013 - 10:40 PM EDT
Cool cool, thanks Tony
June 21, 2013 - 4:04 PM EDT
The IBI depth chart shows Howard as being on the temporary inactive list (TIL), which seems like a weird catch-all for a player that can't play. Hopefully it's nothing serious.
June 21, 2013 - 1:38 PM EDT
Howard is not injured. I will have an update on him and lots of other MIAs in a special Monday edition of Minor Happenings.
June 21, 2013 - 12:10 PM EDT
I'm assuming DIllon Howard is injured then ?
June 21, 2013 - 10:18 AM EDT
Velocity has been down a little for House this year and not up where it was in the AFL last year.
June 21, 2013 - 10:15 AM EDT
How has TJ House's ve;ocity been lately? He seemed to pick it up a tick last AFL.
Jim Piascik
June 21, 2013 - 9:24 AM EDT
Ran out of room for Mejia, but he should be a fun follow all year.

Adams was hitting 94-96 last night consistently. Still a little wild and doesn't always seem to know where the ball is going, but that happens with power guys. The velocity's all there.
June 21, 2013 - 8:47 AM EDT
Velocity is back for Adams. He is showing a no fear approach to his injury return, something that can stick in the head of a lot of relievers after a shoulder injury. I think he will soon move to Columbus along with Chen Lee. And Mejia is a guy I am excited to watch this summer.....the numbers may not end up great, but he is a fast rising prospect and a guy that could be in the Top 50 for sure next year.
June 21, 2013 - 8:13 AM EDT
Francisco Mejia made his organizational debut as well yesterday. He was the toast of minor league ST, and as a 17-yr old switch hitting C he'll be a fun summer follow.
June 21, 2013 - 1:58 AM EDT
How has Adams velocity been of late? He seems like he could be a great addition to the bullpen with the injuries of late. He has filthy stuff if he could improve his walks I see him as a great option here in the near future.

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