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Around the Farm: June 26, 2013

Around the Farm: June 26, 2013
June 27, 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.

Note: Columbus was suspended in the third inning, so no players are included.

Clint Frazier (DH, Arizona): 3-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, K, CS.
Frazier played his second pro game, and it was a lot like his first game with a lot of offense. He racked up three hits and is now 5-for-11 in his first two games with a strikeout and two extra base hits. He even got things moving on the bases but he was caught stealing. He is still being slowly built back up to full game readiness and should soon find his way onto the field. No doubt, though, his good showing out of the gates is extremely encouraging and if he keeps it up for three or four weeks, the Indians may be forced to find a better challenge for him.

Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, HR, RBI, K.
Wendle has really had a nice season as even though he missed several weeks in May he is still hitting a nice .306 with 8 HR, 32 RBI and .954 OPS in 45 games. He’d be primed for a callup to Double-A Akron if not for the presence of high priority prospects Giovanny Urshela at third base and Jose Ramirez at second base. It appears only an injury or a position change will get Wendle out of Carolina this season. Even so, he’s done a nice job of improving his prospect standing and is certainly one of the Indians better hitting prospects and just adds to their wealth of middle infield prospects.

  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI. Aguilar added on to his big RBI total so far this season and he keeps pace to eclipse 100 on the season as he currently projects to about 114 RBI.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI. Urshela continues to have a solid season at Akron and just continues to improve little by little as the season wears on. He doesn’t strikeout much, but he doesn’t walk much either – something he has to do a little more of (9 walks).
  • Quincy Latimore (LF, Akron): 1-for-4, 2 E. Latimore’s night at the plate was nothing special, but his night in the outfield was an adventure as he committed a throwing and fielding error, his sixth and seventh errors already on the season.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Akron): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, HR. Roberts has pitched much better at Akron this season than he has at Carolina the past two years, but he has really struggled his last three times out allowing 16 runs (14 earned) in 14.2 innings.
  • Rob Bryson (RP, Akron): 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, K, HR. Bryson has absolutely imploded this season. Whether he is burned out after pitching winter ball right up until the start of spring training, or he’s just frustrated with the way the Indians have handled him, he’s done his career no favors. He now has a 8.69 ERA this season in 24 appearances, and has 27 walks in 29.0 innings.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Carolina): 1-for-1, BB. Rodriguez left the game due to a recurring shoulder injury and will be reexamined on Thursday.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, 2 2B, K. Sabourin just continues to rake and is hitting .314, good for second in the Carolina League. He’s still a marginal prospect because of the lack of power at a position that demands it, but he keeps performing and has earned more attention and has put himself on the prospect radar.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, BB, 4 K, HR. While it was not a bad outing, it was a very inconsistent one for him. He battled his way through five innings, and even though he was iffy on the day he kept his team in the game and battled.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K. Sides continues to rack up strikeouts as he has 42 in 36.2 innings this year, but he also has 29 walks as well. The command issues have really hurt him this season and he is still working to rekindle his success from last season.
  • Fabio Martinez (RP, Carolina): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, K. Martinez has been very bad this season as in 14 games he is now 0-2 with a 15.07 ERA. He has 15 strikeouts in 14.1 innings, but he has also walked 20 batters and given up 24 runs in those 14.1 innings. He’s working his way to a release.
  • Jorge Martinez (LF, Lake County): 0-for-3, 2 K. Martinez is now hitting just .178 with a .482 OPS in 60 games this year for Lake County. It is tough to see the Indians sticking with him much longer in Lake County.
  • Dorssya Paulino (SS, Lake County): 1-for-4. Paulino is showing some signs of life in June hitting .247 with a .651 OPS, but his performance and production have been way under expectations.
  • Luis DeJesus (SP, Lake County): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K. This was DeJesus’ best outing of the season, so perhaps this is the start of something for him. He needs it as the first half of the season was a nightmare for him as the 16 home runs he has allowed lead the league by seven!
  • Luis Morel (RP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Morel is like Jekyll and Hyde where one outing he is brilliant and the next it is a nightmare. He has interesting stuff and some power, so if he can ever develop some consistency he could turn out to be a good bullpen arm.
  • Robel Garcia (3B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB. Garcia got some love before the start of last season by a lot of national pundits, but he has since been a dud and not done much the last two seasons. He is hitting just .197 with a .672 OPS this season, and that home run was the first one for him on the year.
  • Paul Hendrix (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, K. This was only his fourth game as a pro and he looks like he has shaken off any rust he may have had before signing. He’s been hit or miss in the early going with 6 strikeouts and 4 hits in his 16 at bats.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-4, 3 K. You have to wonder if the Indians maybe pushed Rodriguez a little too much too soon. He struggled at Lake County where he hit .194 with a .561 OPS and had 53 strikeouts in 160 at bats. So far in 35 at bats at Mahoning Valley he has 13 strikeouts and is hitting just .171 with a .510 OPS.
  • Nick Hamilton (LF, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-3. Hamilton is just 4-for-17 on the young season, and the Indians appear to be pushing his versatility to the limit as they have him playing some left field.
  • Cole Sulser (SP, Mahoning Valley): 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4R/4 ER, BB, 3 K, HR. This was Sulser’s second pro appearance, and it was much different from his memorable first outing when he threw three shutout innings and allowed 1 hit, 1 walk and punched out 5 batters.
  • Breily Puerta (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K. It was not a clean outing, but Puerto is showing some strikeout ability with his small, stocky frame. He had a solid showing in the offense dominated Arizona League last season, and is a relief prospect to keep an eye on.
  • Grant Fink (1B, Arizona): 0-for-4, R, 2 BB, 3 K. Fink was drafted as a third baseman but has mostly played first base so far in his pro debut, so it appears the Indians will have him play there and maybe some third base to give him some versatility.
  • D'Vone McClure (OF, Arizona): 1-for-6, 3 K. McClure has a hit in four of his five games, but has not yet had a multi-hit game and is just 4-for-21 at the plate with 9 strikeouts.
  • Victor Cabral (RF, Arizona): 2-for-5, R, RBI, K. His best game in the early going out in Arizona. He is one of several guys on the AZL roster who are hoping to make a name for themselves this summer.
  • Joel Mejia (CF, Arizona): 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B, K. A much needed game from Mejia who was 0-for-10 in three games leading up to Wednesday night's multi-hit effort.
  • Mitch Brown (SP, Arizona): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 3 K. I'm starting to get a little concerned with Brown. I know he has battled bicep soreness which shut him down for some time, but his performance before and after the injury has not been pretty. Hopefully he turns it around and finishes strong.
  • Anderson Polanco (RP, Arizona): 4.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 5 K. The big lefty was dominant and has been great in the early going of the AZL season throwing 7.0 innings and allowing 1 run, 1 walk and has 8 strikeouts.

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User Comments

June 27, 2013 - 9:52 AM EDT
Wendle continuing his severe left/right split batting issue. Yesterday, against a left handed starter who went deep into the game he had no hits, and likewise he had no hits against the left handed starting pitcher today and the first relief pitcher, also a lefty. However, the next two relief pitchers are right handed, and he homers and gets another hit.

Brings his batting against left handed pitchers to .128/.222/.256 but against right handed pitchers he is batting .359/.438/.656.

I know sample size is still relatively small for left handed pitchers, but that is one massive split.

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