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Around The Farm: June 21, 2014

Around The Farm:  June 21, 2014
Roberto Perez (Photo: Brittany Chay)
June 22, 2014
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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.

Roberto Perez (Photo: MiLB)Roberto Perez (Columbus, C) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Perez has a huge night at the plate and continues a solid season.  His numbers now stand at .315/.426/.523 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 41 games.  While his numbers in his last ten games have not been as impressive, they are still good at .294/.429/.500.  Maybe he is the long-term answer to backing up Gomes in Cleveland?

LeVon Washington (Carolina, LF) - 4-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB

LeVon Washington is batting like, well, LeVon Washington.  It has indeed been #WashTime in Zebulon this spring and early summer, at least when he is healthy.  He is batting .321/.427/.413 with 12 RBI and 5 steals in 30 games this season.  The issue, as always for him, has been staying healthy.  If he can do so, the ceiling for a talent him is indeed very high.  Let's just hope we look back on these years of his career as the rise of a superstar and not as a reminder of what could have been.

  • Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 1-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Even on a light-hitting night, Holt scores three times.  He is quickly transitioning from recent callup on a hot streak to bona-fide Triple-A star.  Maybe September call-up is his next step?
  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 2-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - The RBI Machine picks up another one and has a solid offensive night overall.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, starting 3B) - 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI - Gio had three hits with one less plate appearance than everyone else as Urshela was pulled for defensive replacement Adam Abraham at the start of the bottom of the seventh.  Hopefully this move was not injury related.
  • Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, RF) - 4-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Carlos continues his recent run of raking (now .323 in his last ten ballgames) with this four-hit effort.
  • Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, 2B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 HBP - When you're getting production like this out of the eight hole, you know you're having a good offensive night.
  • Zach McAllister (Columbus, SP) - W (2-0), 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R (both earned), 6 K - McAllister's rain makeup outing goes, well, like you would expect one by a fully healthy major league pitcher against Triple-A guys to go.
  • Tyler Sturdevant (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Tyler's 2014 Triple-A debut goes about as well as can be expected.
  • Anthony Gallas (Akron, LF) - 2-4 - He had a multi-hit game; that's enough to get you mentioned here in ATF from a game like this.  Owning a .357/.349/.643 line with two home runs and six RBI in ten games since being called up from Advanced Single-A Carolina doesn't hurt, either.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 3B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B - The star offensive performance of another rough night at the plate for the RubberDucks.
  • Cody Anderson (Akron, SP) - L (2-6), 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R (all earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR - With the lack of run support the RubberDucks hitters have been providing, an outing like this is pretty much game over.
  • Todd Hankins (Carolina, CF) - 2-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HBP - Hankins continues his recent hot streak, raising his last ten numbers to .333/.391/.500.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 2-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI - Gonzalez follows up a huge Friday night with a two-hit, two-RBI effort.  He may just be getting himself back together at the plate.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, RF) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - Lu-Rod is now .438/.537/.688 in his most recent ten contests.
  • Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) - W (7-2), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 BK - A solid outing that easily held up combined with the offensive outburst.
  • Clayton Cook (Carolina, RP) - S (1), 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - Another appearance of the rare three-inning save.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - A solid night at the plate for Nellie-Rod.
  • Ivan Castillo (Lake County, SS) - 2-5, 2 R, 2 K, 1 E - A rare big night offensively for the typically light-hitting Castillo.
  • Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP)  - ND, 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 5 K - A dominant start undone by...
  • Wander Beras (Lake County, RP) - BS (1), 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed - The only good thing about this outing is that the offense was able to come back and tie the game and force it into extra innings.
  • Anderson Polanco (Lake County, RP) - W (1-0), 2 IP, perfect, 3 K - His dominant performance in extras kept the Silver Hawks at bay until the Captains could come back with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th.
  • Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, C) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B - Mejia's best offensive night since his three-hit performance in last Friday night's opener.
  • Jorge Martinez (Mahoning Valley, LF) - 2-4, 2 RBI - Martinez continues to hit well early in Mahoning Valley (.286/.355/.607 with two home runs and 10 RBI in eight games).  The 8:3 K:BB ratio is a cause for concern, however.
  • Drake Roberts (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 K - This draft pick keeps looking like a better and better decision every game.
  • Luis DeJesus (Mahoning Valley, SP) - L (0-1), 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (all earned), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - Unfortunately, this looked more like than DeJesus from his Lake County stint earlier this season than from his dominant Short-Season Single-A season debut on Monday.
  • Dominic DeMasi (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 1 K - DeMasi's introduction to pro ball continues to be a rough one.  Keep in mind, it is very early in his pro career.  Don't get too worked up about his poor performance at this stage of his career.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (Arizona League, DH) - 2-4 - The only multi-hit performance of the night for the A-Tribe.
  • Alexis Pantoja (Arizona League, 2B) - 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K,1 E - The only other noteworthy offensive performance of the night in the AZL comes courtesy of Pantoja's good eye at the plate.
  • Thomas Pannone (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - Pannone's 2014 competitive season does not begin as he would have hoped.
  • Erick Algarin (Arizona League, RP) - L (0-1), 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 K, 1 HBP - Same with Algarin, except that this was also a U.S. debut (at least in an official game).

User Comments

June 22, 2014 - 9:25 PM EDT
I fully agree fully with Art--Mitch Brown is doing exactly what he needs to be doing, which is developing. His percentage of getting ahead of the hitters is going up and he is finding a way to dig deeper into himself when he gets into trouble and find a solution it's fun to watch. He is also getting that there is a team behind him and they helping a lot--just need to get some help so Mr. Brown can get his first win.
June 22, 2014 - 1:18 PM EDT
I like the Molina comp for Perez. He should be an Indian for a long time and could surprise down the road.

Todd Hankins is a real prospect with several tools. I think too many are sleeping on him.

The lower levels are loaded. There will be some tough cuts and decisions to be made for next season. LC to Akron should be full of homegrown talent for the first time I can remember
June 22, 2014 - 12:40 PM EDT
Perez always had outstanding plate discipline, so a major development problem many young players have was never an issue for him.

Mitch Brown has really started to turn it around his last few starts. In his last three outings he has pitched a total of 17 innings and given up only 7 hits and 5 walks, while striking out 14 batters. In his previous starts you'd always see some problem pop up, especially walks, but not so his last three starts. Keeping in mind he just turned 20 a couple of months ago, he seems to be doing a good job in his talent development.

Pitching is always interesting to follow in the minors, unlike batters it often happens that you see a rapid change in performance, both better and worse. I don't get too concerned at the lower levels when a highly regarded pitcher struggles a bit, after all this is supposed to be about player development and they are learning to use pitches they recently developed in various key situations in a game. This can have bad results, but can also be a very positive learning experience for the long term.

I'm very encouraged by Mitch Brown's performance, worth following as another potential "big leap forward" guy in the prospect rankings.
June 22, 2014 - 11:45 AM EDT
Roberto Perez is simply hitting too many good pitchers in too many situations in too many counts to say it's an anomaly and he is not a good hitter. He reminds me of the Molinas- excellent catchers, excellent pitching staff handlers and the offensive game just grows w practice. In Perez's case, the Bell's Palsy was devastating as it is w all who get it, and really sidetracked his development. But he's come out the other side one of the elite catchers in Triple A.
June 22, 2014 - 11:20 AM EDT
Most unexpected performance so far? I'd say Roberto Perez.

Most disappointing? Cody Anderson

Comeback of the year? Mitch Brown?

Biggest tease? LeVon Washington, same as every year.
June 22, 2014 - 10:23 AM EDT
On Captains site under transactions states that Robbie Aviles on the DL. What happened to him?

Mitch Brown probably had his best outing since being drafted 2 yrs ago last night.

Denise & Dave
June 22, 2014 - 10:11 AM EDT
Did you overlook another impressive outing by Ben Heller, Lake County?? He has been lights-out lately!

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