Around the Farm: June 27, 2013
Luis Lugo (SP, Mahoning Valley): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
Another very good outing from Lugo to start his 2013 campaign at Mahoning Valley, and he is now 1-1 with a 0.60 ERA in three starts, and in 15.0 innings he has allowed 10 hits, 1 home run, 1 walk, and has 8 strikeouts. Lugo has gone exactly five innings in all three of his starts and is showing that he may have found some consistency with his fastball and his secondary offerings. If you wanted to single out one lower level pitching prospect in the Indians system, Lugo would be the guy.
Eric Haase (DH, Lake County): 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB. If you want an example of a young player that is quietly having a good season, well, then Haase would be your guy. He has not been flashy or had prolonged hot or cold streaks this season, but he has done a nice job at the plate hitting .260 with a .790 OPS. He’s an exciting hitter to watch because he has some good power and he piles up extra base hits with ease – 25 of his 56 hits are for extra bases. At this point it is all about plate discipline with him as his 19-70 walk to strikeout ratio in 215 at bats is concerning. He is working on developing a more patient approach at the plate and have a better understanding of what pitches he can drive.
- Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 4-for-8, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 K. Fedroff was the only hitter to do much for the Clippers in both games of the doubleheader, though he did much more damage in the nightcap getting on base in 3 of his 6 plate appearances. He has a 10-game hitting streak going.
- Matt Lawson (2B, Columbus): 2-for-2, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB. Lawson only played one of the games in the doubleheader, but he made the most of it reaching baser in all four of his plate appearances. It has been a tough year for him as he is hitting .225 with a .632 OPS in 49 games.
- Nate Spears (3B, Columbus): 3-for-6, 2 R, 2B, RBI, SB, 3 K. When Spears put the ball in play he banged out 3 hits, but when he didn’t he struck out 3 times. No disrespect to Spears or anyone else, but the Indians need some prospect sizzle in Columbus and fast as it is a very boring “prospect” team to follow.
- Danny Salazar (SP, Columbus): 3.0 IP, H, R (0 ER), 3 BB, K. Salazar actually started this game on Wednesday night, but the game was suspended which is why he only went three innings. The outing was a step in the right direction as he has had some trouble of late allowing runs.
- Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. A much needed good outing for Price, and one where he provided the Clippers some length out of the pen since he came into the game after the game was picked up from where it was suspended on Wednesday night. In his last 9 appearances he has allowed just 4 runs in 16.1 innings (2.20 ERA) and just 2 walks compared to 21 strikeouts.
- Diasuke Matsuzaka (SP, Columbus): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. It might be time to pull the plug on the Matsuzaka charade. He has not been awful, but he’s been barely average and is a shell of his former self. If the Indians have to pitch him this year in Cleveland it means they are in big trouble.
- Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron): 0-for-4, RBI. Rodriguez may not be hitting .300 like he has in his last two seasons, but he has had a solid campaign at Akron this year and lived up to his hype as a legit prospect for the Indians. He has proven he can play shortstop, and you have to love his 29 walks and 25 strikeouts – what a ratio.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, BB, SB. Moncrief had another good night stuffing the stat sheet, and with just a few days left is still hitting a ridiculous .368 with a 1.105 OPS in June. What a first half for him.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 2-for-3, R, RBI. Urshela is having a solid season, and is a notorious second half player so the best may still be yet to come for him. He had the game winning hit with an RBI single in the eighth inning.
- Jake Lowery (C, Akron): 2-for-4. Lowery is now hitting .305 with a .879 OPS in 28 games with Akron. His base hit rate on balls in play is high, so he may be in line for a drop in performance, but you have to love what he has done when pushed to Akron this year.
- Toru Murata (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Murata doesn’t intimidate anyone as his stuff is average, but he has proven to be a solid pitcher in the upper levels and gets results. He now has a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts for Akron, and a nice 7-51 walk to strikeout ratio.
- Joey Wendle (2B, Carolina): 3-for-5, 2B, RBI. That is Wendles’ second straight multi-hit game and his five multi-hit game in six games. He has had a very good season, though there are some concerns over his severe platoon split as he is only hitting .167 with a .536 OPS against lefties but is hitting .361 with a 1.100 OPS against righties.
- Tony Wolters (C, Carolina): 3-for-4, R, HR, RBI, E. This was a much needed multi-hit effort from Wolters as he has recorded more than one hit in a game in eight of his last ten games. He has done a nice job transitioning to the catcher position, though threw a ball away for an error.
- Michael Peoples (SP, Carolina): 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K. After a dominating campaign at Lake County earlier in the year where he compiled a 2.64 ERA in 11 appearances, he has struggled at the High-A level as he is now 0-4 with a 5.87 ERA in six starts.
- Yhoxian Medina (2B, Lake County): 2-for-4, K. Medina continues to hit well at Lake County, though it should be noted he is 23 years old and the upside is limited. That said, you have to like how he has pushed himself into a starting role.
- Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 0-for-3, BB, K. Vick is a solid prospect. He is not a high profile one, but he has some potential as a role player at the big league level. He got off to a quick start this year but has faded over the past five or six weeks, though he does sport an interesting 47-50 walk to strikeout ratio.
- Robbie Aviles (SP, Lake County): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 K, HR. This outing was really the first time all year that Aviles’ command got away from him. There is still some upside in his arm, but the performance has just not been there on a consistent basis.
- Josh Martin (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Martin set down all six men he faced in impressive fashion and blew away five of them for strikeouts. He has had a very nice season at Lake County with a 3.38 ERA and a nice 7-43 walk to strikeout ratio in 37.1 innings.
- Claudio Bautista (2B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI. Bautista hit a solo homer to get things started for the Scrappers, and in 10 games has really settled in well (.350 AVG, 1.000 OPS). He really struggled earlier in the year with Lake County where he hit .157 with a .459 OPS.
- Brian Ruiz (LF, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-3, 3 K. The Cleveland area product has had a rough go of it so far this season. He has only had 28 at bats but has struck out 10 times.
- Trevor Frank (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Frank has been near perfect in his pro debut throwing 5.0 innings and allowing just 2 hits, no walks and has 5 strikeouts.
- Manuel Carmona (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Carmona picked up the save (2) and was dominant in his short stint. He has a very powerful fastball, but the problem with him has been walks.
- Joel Mejia (CF, Arizona): 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 3B, 2 RBI, BB. After going hitless his first three games, that is now two straight multi-hit efforts from Mejia.
- Todd Hankins (3B, Arizona): 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, SB, 2 K. Hankins is on the mend from an early season injury and looks like he will be ready to be activated very soon. This was his fourth game and he could return to Carolina by this time next week.
- D'Vone McClure (LF, Arizona): 0-for-2, R, K, 2 HBP. McClure was beaned not once but twice, and after the second time he was lifted from the game. Hopefully it was precautionary and it is nothing serious.
- Yonathan Mendoza (2B-SS): 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB. If you have the 2013 IBI prospect book, then you know Mendoza is an interesting Latin prospect coming stateside this year. He reached base three times in the game, and he has recorded at least one hit in every game he has played.
- Kieran Lovegrove (SP, Arizona): 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, HR. After a nice four inning shutout performance his first time out last Friday, things were not so good the second time out for Lovegrove. The numbers still remain secondary as he is still learning to pitch and develop consistency.
- Thomas Pannone (RP, Arizona): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 4 K. Well, this was an odd performance. On the plus side, of the five batters he retired, four of them were via strikeout and he also did not walk a batter. But on the negative side, he was knocked around for five hits and a lot of runs.
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Has something developed for him, a new pitch perhaps?