Around the Farm: June 20, 2014
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.
Danny Salazar (Columbus, SP) - L (1-4), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 9 K, 1 WP, 1 BK -Salazar's form upon returning from the 7-day DL is hardly any better than it was before it. His K:BB ratio is impressive at 13:3, but he is simply not pitching well, be it in the majors or Triple-A. I understand that he is working on some pitches in Columbus, but his minor league performances have still been disconcertingly poor for a guy with Major League experience. Hopefully, his form of past seasons is reclaimable, but there does seem to be reason for worry.
Alex Lavisky (Akron, C) - 2-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB - Lavisky has a perfect night at the plate to continue a recent hot streak in which he is .389/.450/.472 with 5 RBI in his last 10 games. His full-season numbers are also impressive at .318/.357/.449 with 3 HR and 13 RBI in 31 games. His recent performance has done nothing but help his prospect staus within the Indians organization. Maybe the St. Edward's grad will play at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario ( a park where, ironically, some fans park at St. Ed's rival St. Ignatius' campus) sooner rather than later.
Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 2-3, 2 R, 2 BB (1 intentional), 2 SB, picked off 1 time - Gonzalez, on the other hand, has had a relatively rough last 10 ballgames (,250/.348/.300). On Friday night he got his first hits in almost a week and a half. Hopefully, this outing represents a return to his form from the early season (,296/.345/.407 with 31 RBI and 10 SB on the season in 52 games).
- Tim Fedroff (Columbus, LF) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS - Fedroff has the only multi-hit effort for the Clippers in a 4-3 loss.
- Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - Even on a rough night, the RBI Machine increases his season total to 35 in 54 Triple-A games.
- Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus, 2B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 rBI, 1 BB - No numbers particulary jump off the page here, but a solid offensive night nonetheless.
- Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 1 BB - Another solid night at the plate for a guy who went into the night with a .314/.379/.433 slash line, 27 RBI, and 14 SB in 69 games on the season.
- Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) - 2-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS - A very impressive outing, especaially when you consider it was from the eight hole.
- Justin Toole (Akron, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R - An almost as good evening from the nine spot in the batting order.
- Gabriel Arias (Akron, SP) - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 9 K, 3 WP, 1 BK - Arias shows no signs of a funk after being sent down from Triple-A Columbus (well, except for thr three wild pitches).
- Enosil Tejeda (Akron, CP) - S (3), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Enosil's perfect inning closes out the game and increases his save total to three.
- Todd Hankins (Carolina, CF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 3 SB - Hankins has his second multi-hit night in a row and third in his last five games.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K - The Undrafted Wonder shows the form that got him a spot on the RubberDucks opening day roster. The question is whether it will be enough to earn him a trip back to Akron.
- Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, C) - 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E - Lucas only gets on base twice in five plate appearances, but scores both times and drives two runs in.
- Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, RF) - 2-4 - A multi-hit effort from the nine hole. Not bad at all.
- Adam Plutko (Carolina, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 6 K - Plutko's second staright solid outing indicates that he is adjusting to the Advanced Single-A level quite well. Okay, this is where the good pitching news out of Carolina on the night stops.
- Josh Martin (Carolina, RP) - (H, 6) - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 K - The Mudcat bullpen performed so poorly on the night that even the guy who managed to pick up a hold had a lousy stat line.
- Elvis Araujo and Grant Sides (Carolina, RPs) - Blown Save each - I won't bore you with the particulars of these two outings. I just felt the need to point out that there were two blown saves in the same game.
- Benny Suarez (Carolina, RP) - L (1-2), 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB (intentional), 1 WP - And the wasting of a solid night from Plutko and the starting lineup is complete.
- Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 2-4 - Last year's first round pick was one of only two Captains with a multi-hit outing on a rough offensive night in which the Captains lost 8-1. Hopefully, this outing is more indicative of how Clint's second half will unfold than the previous night's 0-fer.
- Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB - The Eastlake side's catcher had the other multi-hit game. Hasse topped Frazier in that he got on base three times and knocked in the only Caotains run of the night.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 1-2, 1 2B, 2 BB - While not a multi-hit effort, Nellie-Rod got on base three times and had the only extra-base hit of the evening for the Caps.
- Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) - L (5-5), 5.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 7 K, 3 HR allowed, 1 HBP, 1 E - Lugo gives up as many home runs as he has in his first 13 outings (8 starts). Lugo is capable of far better than this.
- Justin Brantley (Lake County, RP) - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Brantley continues his solid form from his first two professional appearances. The early returns are promising, but this night's effort showed some control issues.
- Trevor Frank (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 K, 1 BK - Frank's first runs allowed in almost three weeks. I'll hold of on being too concerned about this. Let's just hope it doesn't turn into an Adam Millersituation.
- Juan De La Cruz (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R - A good night at the plate, but still only raises his slash line to .130/.130/.174 in 6 games.
- Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, C) - 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K - On one hand, his two walks show good plate discipline. On the other hand, two strikeouts indicate it may not have been that good.
- Josh McAdams (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP - McAdams has been hitting well in MV thus far (.333/.417/.381 in 6 games). The question is if he can convert this into hitting above the Mendoza Line if he earns a trip back to Full-Season Single-A Lake County. That said, this is a confidence builder and great to see.
- Yonathan Mendoza (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 0-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K - While plate discipline is nice, Yonathan needs to start pairing it with some hitting (5-for-27 [.185] in 8 games).
- D'vone McClure (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB - Another player with a good eya at the plate (7:3 K:BB ratio) but needs to pair it with a better bat (2-for-12 [.167] in five games).
- Drake Roberts (Mahonong Valley, SS) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Roberts continues to adjust to pro ball pretty quickly, posting his first muti-hit stat line in his fifth game.
- Kieran Lovegrove (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - If nothing else, this is an improvement over his first outing of the short season last Sunday.
- Jordan Carter (Mahoning Valley, RP) - L (0-1), 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 earned), 4 K, 1 WP - Yes, two of the runs were unearned, but this outing was still a rough one.
- David Speer (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K - Speer continues his strong start to his pro career, having yet to allow a run in 3.0 IP in 2 two outings.
- James Stokes (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - Stokes' second straight scoreless inning after an iffy two-inning season debut on Opening Night a week ago in Jamestown.
- Silento Sayles (Arizona League, CF) - 2-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB - Sayles opens his competitive season with a huge night. If he keeps playing like this, he may find his way to one of the Northeast Ohio affiliates by season's end, which would be huge for a player like Silento repeating the AZL.
- Emmanuel Tapia (Arizona League, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - A stellasr stateside debut that is hopefully a sign of things to come.
- Li-Jen Chu (Arizona League, C) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - See above, except this one was also an Indians organization debut.
- Francisco Miguel (Arizona League, RF) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI - Two RBIs in his U.S. debut seems like a promising start to his career in the States.
- Casey Shane (Arizona League, SP) - W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 1 r (earned(, 1 BB, 6 K, 3 WP - A solid start to his second season in the Valley of the Sun, but the three wild pitches give some insight into why he is repeating the AZL.
- Randy Valladares (Arizona League, RP) - 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - A solid enough outing from a man whose name I had never seen before in my life until the AZL Tribe released their roster on Friday.
- Yoiber Marquina (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K - Yoiber's pro pitching debut is marked by him doing a good job of keeping the ball away from AZL Dodger bats, sometimes too good (as evidenced by the two walks in one inning).
The AZL roster also has Juan Romero and this draft's 23rd rounder Armendariz listed as pitchers. Both have been position players. Conversion to pitching or mistake? Tony?
Salazar throwing 95 pitches in 5 innings not good. Until he can prove he could go farther than 5 innings he is not an option for the Indians at this time.
Small sample size, but Speer is a leading candidate to see LC down the road.