Around The Farm: June 25, 2013
Clint Frazier homers in first professional at-bat to highlight night's action
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.
Dylan Baker (Lake County, SP) – W (4-5), 5.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 5 K – While the final line may not exactly look like the stuff of feature status, his five no-hit innings to start the game showed why he was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week while the game was in progress. The two runs charged to him in the sixth inning were the first he had surrendered since June 7 in South Bend (the last of a rough four-game stretch for Dylan surrounding Memorial Day). If he can continue these kind of dominant outings, he could be a guy to watch out for in a few years.
Chris Perez (Mahoning Valley, Rehab RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Perez rebounds from the Akron Rat Cinco de Mayo to pitch a perfect inning at the ol’ mall parking lot (For those not familiar, Eastwood Field is literally in the back corner of a mall parking lot, right behind the Target – seriously.). While it is clearly a good sign to see Perez get his confidence back, it would probably be beneficial for him to get a solid outing in against some high-level minor league opposition (Triple-A or Double-A) before going back into the major league save situation pressure cooker.
Clint Frazier (Arizona League, DH) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI – What a way to make his professional debut for Clint Frazier! The Tribe’s first-round draft pick put up two extra-base hits including a homer to left to lead off the game, picking up four RBI along the way. I know it’s only one game, but this guy is showing why the Indians used the fifth overall pick on him. For those wondering, his career pro slash line now stands at .400/.400/1.400. Not bad.
- Claudio Bautista (Mahoning Valley, 2B) – 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – “2”s everywhere tonight for Bautista. Second base, two hits, two runs (both doubles), two runs batted in, two strikeouts. It seems as if Claudio has found his level (.355/.417/.516 in eight games with Mahoning Valley going into tonight) after a rough stretch in Lake County (.157/.204/.255 in 16 games) earlier in the season. Hopefully, he can keep playing well enough in Niles to get another chance at Eastlake. How he performs then will be crucial.
- Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, RF) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – While Hermida’s season has hardly been stellar (especially his last 10 games in which he is below the Mendoza Line), but tonight was a solid effort, including a second-inning line-drive solo home run to left field to lead off the Clippers’ scoring.
- Tim Fedroff (Columbus, CF) – 2-3, 1 RBI – Tim Fedroff stays hot (.400/.486/.600in his last ten games) with a multi-hit night and an RBI.
- Paolo Espino (Columbus, SP) – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 K – Espino performs well in his return to starting (a role he held in Double-A Akron) in an emergency piggyback spot start situation.
- Benny Suarez (Columbus, RP) – 3 IP, 3 H, 4 K – Suarez also performed impressively and represented the back end of the piggyback.
- Matt Langwell (Columbus, RP) – BS (3), L (3-2), 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB – Matt Langwell does not have a poor outing often, but when he does, it’s an utter rat fiesta.
- Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – His fifth inning solo shot to right was the entire Aeros offense on the night.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 1-4, 1 K – The RBI machine goes RBI-less for the third straight evening. Must be the full moon.
- Jordan Cooper (Akron, SP) – L (3-4), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed – Not a terrible outing for Cooper, but nowhere near enough to be successful on a night like tonight when the Aeros’ offense sputtered badly.
- Cole Cook (Akron, RP) – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 K, 1 WP – While Cooper gave up the winning run, Cook’s eighth-inning collapse effectively ended any chance of an Aeros comeback.
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) – 0-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – The Undrafted Wonder posts a statistical oddity of a line with two runs and no hits. He scored in the fourth after walking and in the eighth after reaching on a fielder’s choice.
- Bo Greenwell (Carolina, DH) – 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Bo extends his hitting streak to three (5-for-13 with 3 RBI in that stretch). Hopefully this is the beginning of a turnaround for him.
- Francisco Jimenez (Carolina, SP) – 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K – A solid outing for Jimenez, but he couldn’t stay in the game long enough to pick up the win.
- Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) – W (1-2), 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K – Two innings of solid relief for Nixon to pick up the win.
- Jeff Johnson (Carolina, RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – A perfect ninth inning to seal the win for the Mudcats.
- Jeremy Lucas (Lake County, C) – 3-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP – Lucas continues a strong recent run of form (.353/.463/.647) with a perfect night at the plate.
- Yhoxian Medina (Lake County, 2B) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K – Pretty much Yhoxian’s season in a nutshell – hit or strikeout. He’s sort of like a younger Mark Reynolds without the pop.
- Felix Sterling (Lake County, RP) – H (1), 1.1 IP, 2 H – Sterling comes up big when he’s needed to keep the Captains in the game.
- Cody Penny (Lake County, CP) – S (1), 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K – Not his best outing of the year, but good enough for his first save of the season.
- Juan Herrera (Mahoning Valley, 3B) – 3-4 , 1 HBP – Herrera continues to hit (.333 in his eight games so far), but his 6:1 K:BB ratio is worrisome for a guy with little pop (.394 SLG).
- James Roberts (Mahoning Valley, SS) – 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 E – A good night at the plate, but not in the field, for Roberts in his professional debut.
- Matt Whitehouse (Mahoning Valley, SP) – 3 IP, 4 K, 2 WP – Another “piggyback” start situation necessitated by Chris Perez’s aforementioned mid-game rehab appearance. The only reason this wasn’t three perfect innings from Matt was that one of those wild pitches came on strike three to Doubledays right fielder Wilman Rodriguez in the second inning, which allowed him to reach base.
- Kerry Doane (Mahoning Valley, RP) – W (1-0), 3 IP, 1 H – Three innings of near-perfect relief to pick up the win on a crazy night at Eastwood Field.
- Todd Hankins (Arizona League, 3B) – 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B – Hankins looks like an Advanced Single-A guy mashing Rookie-level pitching all over the park, mainly because he is. Still, good to see his rehab going well.
- Felix Lora (Arizona League, RF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 K – Lora has a solid night in his first start of the season (He did pinch hit DH Todd Hankins last Friday at the Reds, striking out looking in the ninth.). Hopefully, he can top last year’s slash line (.095/.174/.238 in 11 games with the AZL Tribe).
- Anthony Vizcaya (Arizona League, SP) – ND, 3 IP, 8 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K – With all the offense mentioned above, how could the A-Tribe possibly lose tonight? Lines like this are how, although the aforementioned run support kept Vizcaya from being assigned the loss in the pitching boxscore.
- Martin Alcantara (Arizona League, RP) – L (1-1), 1.2 IP, 3 H, 6 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP – While not the worst outing of the night (more on that later), Alcantara’s fifth inning thermonuclear meltdown erased all doubt that remained regarding the outcome of this game.
- Naoki Hashimoto (Arizona League, RP) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 5 R (all earned), 4 BB, 1 K – This was the worst outing of the night.
Also, Bryson Myles hits a homerun. That should have gotten a mention.