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Around the Farm: June 24, 2014

Around the Farm: June 24, 2014
Cole Sulser (Photo: IBI)
June 25, 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.

Note, it was a quiet night on the farm thanks to Mother Nature. All three of Double-A Akron, Low-A Lake County and short season Single-A Mahoning Valley were postponed because of rain and Triple-A Columbus had their game suspended in the fourth inning (results from that game will post in the next day's ATF.

Cole Sulser (Carolina, SP) - L (2-7), 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - All of the runs came on one swing of the bat, but it was an otherwise overall solid performance by Sulser in this one as he earned a quality start. This was a nice rebound outing after a tough start last time out when he allowed 10 runs (9 earned) on 10 hits in 4.1 innings.

  • Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, RF) - 1-3, 2 BB - Lu-Rod continues to have a good eye at the plate as of late (5:7 K:BB ratio in his last 10 games) and benfitted from it on Tuesday reaching base in three of his four plate appearances.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 3-5 - Diaz has his third multi-hit game as in last four and pushed his season batting average up over .300 to a healthy .306 mark. He's been swinging a hot bat over his last six games going 11-for-27 during that stretch.
  • Joe Sever (Carolina, 1B) - 2-5, 1 K - Joe continues to dominate Carolina League pitching, posting a .397/.465/.444 slash line in 16 games this season and a .447/.523/.500 line in his last 10 games.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, LF) - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB - The Undrafted Wonder breaks out of a 6-for-34 (.176) slump in his last nine games.  Performances like this one need to be more commonplace for him because as a player struggling after a demotion he is an easy target for some of the cuts that are likely coming with the large number of draft picks that have been recently signed.
  • Ryan Battaglia (DH, Carolina): 0-4, K - Battaglia does not play all that often, but had a chance to get into this game. He has now gone hitless in 10 of the 14 games played with Carolina and is hitting just .128 with a .508 OPS in 15 combined games between Carolina and Low-A Lake County this season.
  • Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed - See above. All six runs the Mudcats gave up on the night came off of two swings thanks to them being three-run homers. Nixon needs to pitch much better than this because he is on the immediate roster bubble with all the new players recently added to the organization.
  • Benny Suarez (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 1 WP - Suarez rebounds nicely from two tough outings has prior two times out. He's another guy that can ill afford a slip up at this time and will need to be lights out in order to stick around.

User Comments

June 25, 2014 - 10:56 AM EDT
Division lead would be easier than Wild Card. Too many strong AL East / West teams.
June 25, 2014 - 10:54 AM EDT
***contending for than anything but the Division...not the Wild Card***

June 25, 2014 - 10:40 AM EDT
I really hope the Tribe doesn't waste some of the better prospects for rentals (i.e. Jason Hammel). At this point, I can't see this team contending for anything more than the Wild Card. It just seems like this is one of those "take a step back, to take a step forward yrs." Being realistic about this team, they could be buyers and sellers come the trade deadline. Personally, I think they should be open to moving ACab and maybe Justin Masterson too. I think keeping Masterson might payoff, with a draft pk from a QO or a 1 yr deal - with the hope Masterson can regain previous form, either way, unless they can get a cpl young near ready arms I wouldn't see the need to move him. Plus, it wouldn't be a "punt" type move to hold unto him.
June 25, 2014 - 10:22 AM EDT
Diaz is still pretty new and also had the unfortunate hand injury which forced him to miss time. Also, there has to be a place to play him although at the moment nothing is blocking him in Akron at third base as long as Ronny Rod continues to bounce around. I have a feeling that after July 31 trade deadline there will be some openings on rosters at AAA/AA where we start to see some player movement and it will allow for someone like Diaz and even LeVon Washington to maybe move up. Also, Merritt and Morimando should finish at Akron at some point.
June 25, 2014 - 10:19 AM EDT
How aggressive does the brass plan on being with Yandy Diaz? With Cuban prospects rocketing through the farm systems to MLB teams the past few years (Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Abreu, Leonys Martin, Yasiel Puig to name a few), I was curious about Diaz's path through the farm system?

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