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Around The Farm: June 21, 2013

Around The Farm:  June 21, 2013
June 22, 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.

Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, SS) – 3-6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Ronny Rodriguez’s offensive performance in recent games has been nothing short of impressive (.455/.479/.614 in his last ten games).  He continued this tear tonight with a three-hit outing.  While it is obvious that he won’t keep up this kind of pace long-term, even a fraction of this kind of form in a consistent basis would do much to raise his stock both within the organization and in the eyes of other teams looking for young players to trade for.

Quincy Latimore (Akron, RF) – 2-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – I had to put this performance in the feature section of the article just for its sheer, all-around impressiveness.  The frustrating thing with Latimore, however, is that he tantalizes with big performances like tonight’s (although usually not quite this big), but can never follow it up on a consistent basis.

Erik Gonzalez (Lake County, 3B) – 2-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – While Gonzalez hasn’t been lighting up Classic Park like the Griswold house at Christmastime, this performance was too much to ignore.  However, this was his third straight multi-hit outing.  A sign of better things to come from Erik in the second half?  Let’s hope so.

Claudio Bautista (Mahoning Valley, 2B) – 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – This performance follows a four-hit, four-RBI masterpiece on Thursday.  Maybe he just enjoys hitting in the Batavia ballpark?  Maybe playing in Northeast Ohio just doesn’t agree with him (he had a rough stretch with Full Season Single-A Lake County - .157/.204/.255 in 16 games)? (Hopefully that’s not the case as playing well in NEO is kinda a prerequisite to play for the Indians).  Or maybe, just maybe, he’s finally got this whole “playing in front of crowds” thing figured out.  Hopefully that’s the case, and that’s what I think it is.

  • Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, DH) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Hermida’s first multi-hit night in a while includes a solo shot right in the fourth that accounted for half of the Clippers’ offense on Friday.
  • Cord Phelps (Columbus, 2B) – 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K – Phelps puts up his third multi-hit night in a row and the Clippers’ only other extra-base hit of the night.
  • Tim Fedroff (Columbus, LF) – 2-4, 1 RBI – Here’s the remaining RBI and two hits for the Clippers.
  • Danny Salazar (Columbus, SP) – L (1-2), 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 9 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 HBP – Salazar’s fifth rough outing in a row (6.08 ERA in that stretch).  This is developing into a disturbing pattern very quickly.
  • Matt Langwell (Columbus, RP) – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Two solid innings in relief for Langwell tonight.  Too bad they weren’t backed up by better run support.
  • Jose Ramirez (Akron, 2B) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 Sac Bunt – J-Ram gives the Aeros a lead they would never relinquish with a three-run home run in the second inning.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Aguilar picks up RBI number 57 of the season.
  • Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Moncrief joins the hit parade in Akron tonight with a multi-hit, multi-RBI effort.
  • Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) – 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Tyler Holt continues his recent hot streak (.342/.419/.447 in his last ten games).
  • Will Roberts (Akron, SP) – W (5-4), 5 IP, 11 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP – You know how some pitchers lose games they should win due to a lack of run support?  Well, this is the opposite.
  • C.C. Lee (Akron, RP) – 1 IP, perfect – The requisite ATF mention of a perfect outing.
  • Trey Haley (Akron, RP) – 1 IP, perfect – More perfection at Canal Park tonight in the ninth.
  • Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Smith’s second-inning solo shot provides the Mudcats entire run output for the night.
  • Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) – 1-4, 1 2B, 1 E – Getting a hit gets you into ATF on a night like tonight.
  • Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 CS – Naquin just continues to hit.
  • Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) – L (4-7), 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – Morimando’s uneven season continues with this rough outing to open the second half of the season.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) – 2-4, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt – Paulino stays hot (.317/,317/.585 in his last ten outings) with a multi-hit night.
  • Logan Vick (Lake County, CF) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly  - Vick pickup RBIs 29 and 30 of the season.
  • Joe Sever (Lake County, 1B) – Sever also stays hot (.317/.378/.512 in his last ten) with a multi-hit night.
  • Luis DeJesus (Lake County, SP) – W (2-7), 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP – Pretty much the only way DeJesus can pick up a win recently is insane run support.  He got it tonight.
  • Josh McAdams (Mahoning Valley, LF) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 SB – Alittle bit of everything offensively tonight from Mcadams.  Hopefully this is a sign of him getting himself together after a rough first few games.
  • Ryan Battaglia (Mahoning Valley, C) – 2-4, 1 K – Battaglia picks up his first two hits of the season.
  • Cole Sulser (Mahoning Valley, SP) – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K – Three solid innings from Sulser in an emergency piggyback start situation necessitated by scheduled starter Josh Nervis’ two-inning relief appearance in Thursday night’s game (For those unfamiliar with the level, welcome to the wild world of half-season ball).
  • Matt Whitehouse (Mahoning Valley, RP) – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K, 1 WP – More good pitching on the back end of the piggyback.  (For those wondering, I have no idea if it’s a coincidence that a player named Whitehouse was issued number 44 when the current President is the 44th.)
  • Manuel Carmona (Mahoning Valley, CP) – BS (1), L (1-1), ).1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 1 WP – As good as his first outing of the year was, this one was that far on the other end of the scale.
  • Todd Hankins (Arizona League, DH) – 1-2, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Not the greatest day at the pate, but he still scored three runs.
  • Yonatahan Mendoza (Arizona League, 3B) – 3-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Pretty good day at the dish for Mendoza.  Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come.
  • Kieran Lovegrove (Arizona League, SP) – ND, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 WP – Outside of the wild pitches, a solid first meaningful outing of the season for Lovegrove.  Too bad his pitch count made him come out of the game an out short of being eligible for the win.  Maybe this rule needs to be re-looked at in the short season levels (especially in the complex-based Rookie-class leagues).
  • Anderson Polanco (Arizona League, RP) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 WP – Polanco is the beneficiary of Lovegrove’s early exit from the pitcher’s mound.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Arizona League, RP) – 1 IP, perfect – You know the drill by now:  Pitch a perfect inning (or more) for an Indians affiliate – at least on a night when I’m writing the article – and get your name in ATF.  Congrats, Shawn!

User Comments

June 22, 2013 - 6:47 PM EDT
No way Paulino stays up the middle defensively....ever....they need to "hide" him, so my guess is the outfield...
June 22, 2013 - 6:45 PM EDT
I don't think there's any rush to do anything with Paulino or Lindor. They are both Single A player, and time is the great equalizer. You don't want anyone error prone anywhere, especially at Paulino will likely move at some point, but who knows what happens over the nest three years.

What if it clicks for Paulino?

What if LIndor gets hurt or traded?

What if Paulino gets hurt?

Point is, they have time to move him over the next year or so. It's not like he's going to move to third or right...or left...and become a lock down defender....

No need to rush at this point, but the writing is clearly on the wall...they'll move him if they need to...almost a pointless debate...
Joe Chengery
June 22, 2013 - 6:44 PM EDT
One more thing: Long-term, I think Kipnis, Ramirez, or Rodriguez is your long-term 2nd baseman, not Paulino (as mentioned, likely long-term 3B, RF, or LF).
Joe Chengery
June 22, 2013 - 6:41 PM EDT
Should have said, of late, Paulino has made an error almost every game. Over the last few weeks, I'd say Paulino has made as many errors as Lindor has ALL season.
Joe Chengery
June 22, 2013 - 6:40 PM EDT
No question you move Paulino off SS:

1. Lindor is the better defender- all the stats analysis have indicated this, never mind the fact that Lindor has made far fewer errors at a higher level than Paulino, who is making an error almost every game (I think he has around 30, whereas Lindor might have just reached 10+ recently). And, from I read and heard, Lindor has great range, so I don't think those extra errors are due to the fact that Paulino is getting to more balls- not the case here.

2. Paulino reportedly has more power projection, so he would transition better to 3B or LF/RF than Lindor would long term. Combine that with 1, and I think it's a virtual certainty that Paulino would move off SS moving up, not Lindor.
June 22, 2013 - 5:38 PM EDT
Very unlikely Lindor moves off SS. Some have mentioned Paulino eventually moving to 3rd or a corner OF spot down the line,
June 22, 2013 - 12:56 PM EDT
Between Paulino and Lindor, which one do you move to 2B if they both make it to the majors together with the Tribe?
June 22, 2013 - 10:13 AM EDT
Besides the usual suspects (Paulino, Lindor) I don't see anyone on here that should be a deal breaker for the Indians. Ramirez possibly but eventually someone is getting moved.
June 22, 2013 - 9:16 AM EDT
I agree that RRod is a guy that other teams will look to acquire...but as a bit part. He very well could be a productive major leaguer, but he's not going to be "game-changing" piece with regards to a trade.

IMO...the problem with getting rid of RRod is that you'll also have to give a higher tier player as well.
June 22, 2013 - 8:52 AM EDT
I meant that to read...

"The depth the Tribe has at SS."
June 22, 2013 - 8:50 AM EDT
As Art noted with the trade deadline quickly approaching the Tribe could be shipping off a number of these guys to fortify the big club. I get that, that is what the farm system is in place for - to produce major league talent (one way or another).

There are some of these guys I really don't want to see go, but it's a stark reality with the depth the Tribe has at AA. RRod in particular is a guy I think can and will eventually produce on the big league level. And he's a guy I think most likely will be traded.

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