Around the Farm: June 23, 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.
Note, Low-A Lake County had a scheduled off game on Monday.
Joseph Colon (SP, Akron): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 K. Colon was efficient and pounded the zone as he needed 92 pitches (63 strikes) to get through his seven innings of work. The outing pushed his season record to 7-4 and his ERA down to 2.84, but the most impressive thing about him is his ability to pitch deep into games, give innings, and fill up the zone with strikes with his sinker. I said before the season that the key for him was health and to show he can pitch a full season, well, so far he has done that and as a result has had his coming out party as a legit Major League starting pitching prospect.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI, BB. Moncrief did not stand out in this game with any big production or extra base hit numbers, but he got on base in two of his four plate appearances. He’s still having a good month hitting .310 with a .952 OPS in 20 games this June.
- Audy Ciriaco (2B, Columbus): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI. Ciriaco is blazing hot right now having recorded a homer in three straight games and multi-hit games in three straight games as well. Over his last three games he is 8-for-12 with 3 HR and 9 RBI.
- Travis Banwart (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 9 K. Banwart put up another quality start and needed 105 pitches (62 strikes) to get through six innings. He’s been a nice free agent pickup for the Indians and filled in nicely at Triple-A going 4-2 with a 3.39 ERA in 15 starts.
- C.C. Lee (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Lee has been on a roll having not allowed a run in his last four outings covering 5.0 innings of work. The ERA (4.02) may be a little high by his standards, but he has really had a good season at both Columbus and Cleveland.
- Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 2-for-3, R, RBI, BB. Naquin has cooled off some since his 17-game hitting streak was snapped going 6-for-28 (.214) over his last seven games. The success he has had with the bat this season is very encouraging.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, K. Lindor ripped his sixth homer of the season which ties his career high that he set in his full season debut in 2012 at Low-A Lake County. With his solid play at Akron and the trade deadline looming, you have to wonder if we will in fact see Lindor up in Cleveland very soon.
- Joe Wendle (2B, Akron): 0-for-2, R, BB. Wendle was subbed out for Justin Toole in the top of the seventh innings, something which does not normally happen. Without seeing the game firsthand, the way he was removed implies that he might have been injured in this game. We shall see.
- Jake Lowery (1B, Akron): 3-for-4, R, 2B, K, PO. This was a nice showing from Lowery and a much needed one at that. Prior to this game he had just 4 hits in his last 9 games and was just 3-for-33 at the plate.
- Bryan Price (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Price continues to mow them down in Double-A Akron, a level he probably does not deserve to still be at but injuries have sort of forced the Indians to have to pitch him at a lower level so that he can rebuild his confidence after another injury.
- Shawn Armstrong (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Armstrong has been one of the Indians most consistent relievers this season. He has now made 25 appearances and is 1-1 with a 2.15 ERA. His peripherals look great as he has 11 walks, 36 strikeouts and .202 opponent’s batting average against him.
- LeVon Washington (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, R, 2B, BB, K. Washington is a lot like Joseph Colon as a player who has missed a lot of time the previous few seasons but has always been a performer. Even though he missed about five weeks with an oblique injury he’s really played well this season hitting .331 with a .856 OPS in 32 games.
- Joe Sever (1B, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB. Sever stays hit with his seventh straight game with a hit. He’s only played in 15 games this season thanks to a hand injury suffered on opening night which forced him out of the lineup for two months, but he has made the most of it hitting .397 in 15 games.
- Jeremy Lucas (C, Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 RBI, K. Lucas has been one of the mainstays all year in the Carolina lineup and had a very solid season. He’s on pace to hit about .260 with 10 homers, 65 RBI and .777 OPS with about 60 walks and only 75 strikeouts….not bad numbers for a catcher.
- Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Carolina): 2-for-4, R, 3B, HR, RBI. L-Rod may have finally found his groove. He has struggled for most of the season, but over the past seven games is 12-for-25 (.480) and has boosted himself up to a .271 average and .797 OPS in 45 games.
- Michael Peoples (SP, Carolina): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Peoples labored as he threw 83 pitches (50 strikes) and was only able to get through four innings. His outings have to get a lot more consistent if he has any visions of remaining a starter simply because the Indians have a boatload of starting pitching options now in the lower levels after the recent few drafts.
- D.J. Brown (RP, Carolina): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 3 K. Brown has overall had a pretty good season filling in as a starter at Carolina and has emerged as an interesting starting pitching prospect. With his size and stuff there is some intrigue to him which should allow him to finish out the year as a starter and possibly continue in such a role next year either by repeating at Carolina or going to Akron.
- Greg Allen (CF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, R, RBI BB. Allen put forth his second straight multi-hit game to begin his pro career and is now 5-for-9 to start his career. He obviously will not hit .556 for long, but the good start is nice to see and a glimpse into what kind of prospect he can be for the Indians.
- Bradley Zimmer (DH, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, RBI, 2 K. This was Zimmer’s pro debut and although it was rather ordinary he did have a nice at bat in the fourth inning driving in a run with a line drive single. He is the priority center fielder, so it is going to be interesting to see how he and Allen coexist on the roster once he is cleared to start playing games in the field.
- Francisco Mejia (C, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, RBI, BB, K. Mejia had a big opening night with three hits but then followed that up with just 2 hits in six games, but is getting things going again with 5 hits in his last three games. The arm is something you have to go see firsthand if you get a chance. It is special.
- Cameron Hill (SP, Mahoning Valley): 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. This was Hill’s second outing as a pro and the first he started and was able to pitch deeper into the game. The Indians have a lot of starters in Mahoning Valley but there should be a lot of piggyback situations in order to get them all the required time and innings.
- Luke Eubank (RP, Mahoning Valley): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K. This was Eubank’s pro debut and not the most memorable one as he blew the save late allowing two runs in the eighth inning and in the process letting a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth slip away.
- Alexis Pantoja (2B, AZL Indians): 3-for-4. Offense is not where Pantoja’s strength lies, but in this game he put together a couple of good at bats and had a very nice three hit game. He played second base in order to allow Willi Castro time at shortstop. Both Pantoja and Castro are priority shortstop prospects.
- Emmanuel Tapia (1B, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI. Tapia’s sixth inning solo blast provided the only run of the game for the Indians and was really the only offensive highlight to speak of in this 9-1 blowout loss. Tapia has a hit in all three games played so far.
- Simeon Lucas (C, AZL Indians): 0-for-3, BB, 2 K. Lucas is hitless in his first two pro games going 0-for-5. I know we often times focus in on the results and such, and I have made note of some hot starts by guys making their pro debuts, but the most important thing for all of the players this season is not the numbers but building a foundation and routine in order to have more consistent success later.
- David Armendariz (DH, AZL Indians): 2-for-4. A nice start to Armendariz’s career with two multi-hit games to kick it off. He was the DH in this game but he should be in the outfield mix quite often with the extra outfielders rotating in at DH to keep them in the lineup on a consistent basis.
- Grofi Cruz (3B, AZL Indians): 2-for-4. Cruz was a noteworthy international pickup two years ago and is one of the Indians top international prospects coming over to the states for the first time this season.
- Leandro Linares (SP, AZL Indians): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. In terms of money Linares was the top player the Indians signed during the International Signing Period last year. He did not pitch in the DSL last year so this was his pro debut. There is a lot to like about him, but he is young and inexperienced so it is going to be some time before his outings are more consistent.
- Ping-Hsueh Chen (RP, AZL Indians): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. This was Chen’s pro debut and a nice clean outing to boot. Chen actually signed with the Indians almost two years ago but he had numerous injuries that have pushed him back, so it is nice to see him finally out there and all of the hard work to get back really paid off.
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The system is very deep with decent to good talent. What it lacks in high end talent it does have in depth, so before you lose talent in the Rule 5 or have to block specs out of their development due to a filled system, it does make sense to trade from several areas of strength.
David Price would be my target. If the Rays would listen to anything starting with Frazier+House+ +...then I would do it, but I guess it would take Frazier or Lindor + one of Bauer/Salazar. Not sure I'd go that far.
With the recent OF-heavy draft, I think that Frazier could become the centerpiece of a bigger deal.
And yes, if the Indians do in fact make a trade or two, they are going to pull from some depth and a few favorites will go as a result. Probably one of the toughest things for me is seeing a guy traded.
Do you expect the Indians to make a major trade before the deadline? If yes will it purge a lot of the upcoming prospects?