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Around The Farm: June 28, 2013

Around The Farm:  June 28, 2013
June 29, 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.

Matt Packer (Akron, SP) – W (6-5), 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP

On a rough night in the organization (like Friday night), it can often be hard to find a feature-worthy performance, but Packer’s six solid innings in Akron certainly qualify.  While the first inning was not exactly a thing of beauty and the pitch count seemed to be piling up on him pretty quickly on him early in the game, he recovered quite nicely to put up six solid innings before turning over the Canal Park mound to closer Jose Flores (The game was the first half of an uncompleted doubleheader – the second game was rained out – and thus was only scheduled for seven innings).

  • Chun Chen (Columbus, 1B) – 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Chen picks up the Clippers only run of their first eight innings on a line drive solo homer to left in the fourth inning.
  • Juan Diaz (Columbus, SS) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 K – Not a great offensive night for the Clippers, so a multi-hit effort certainly merits inclusion here in ATF.
  • Matt Carson (Columbus, CF) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt – He only got one hit, but it was a three run homer to left in the ninth.  If nothing else, it made the score somewhat respectable.
  • Roberto Perez (Columbus, C) – 2-4 – It would be nice to see more of these multi-hit nights from Perez, who is currently below the Mendoza Line (.154).
  • T.J. House (Columbus, SP) – L (1-8), 4.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP – I’m not sure if it’s him taking the send-down from the big leagues hard or just a continuation of his season-long struggles at the Triple-A level, but this outing was not pretty.
  • Scott Barnes (Columbus, RP) – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed – Following a good stretch over a couple of weeks, Barnes posts his second bad outing in five nights.  The last thing he needs to do right now is revert to his form from earlier in the season.
  • Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) – 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Moncrief continues his solid season at the plate with an effort that included the game-winning RBI on a two-run line-drive double to right in the fifth inning.
  • Adam Abraham (Akron, DH) – 2-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – Abraham’s double in the fifth scored Moncrief for an insurance run that looked like it may have been necessary for a good part of the top of the seventh.
  • Jose Flores (Akron, CP) – S (9), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K – Let’s see:  He loaded the bases, but got out of it unscathed for the save (his ninth of the season).  He really does have the stuff of a future Indians closer!
  • Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) – 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – I searched long and hard for an objective criteria for ATF inclusion in this game.  I settled on listing the three guys who got an RBI…
  • Bo Greenwell (Carolina, LF) – 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - …even if they didn’t get a hit (got his RBI on a 6-3 ground out in the fourth).
  • Alex Lavisky (Carolina, C) – 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Given that Lavisky’s numbers have dropped since his demotion from Double-A Akron (from .190/.292/.238 to .158/.261/.211), this is a rare chance to catch him in ATF.
  • Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) – L (1-3), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 2 K – Much like the batting box from this game, not much stood out (good or bad), so I’ll highlight the hard-luck loser of the evening.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) – 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Paulino was clearly the offensive star of the night for the home team at Classic Park with one of only two-hit efforts on the night and the Captains’ lone RBI of the night.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Lake County, 2B) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – The other multi-hit outing of the night for the Captains.
  • Joe Sever (Lake County, 1B) – 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K – He only had one hit, but he made it count (in his slugging percentage if nowhere else) by hitting an eighth inning triple to right (his first of the season).
  • Jeremy Lucas (Lake County, C) – 1-4, 1 3B, 1 K – Same story as Sever (Lucas’ triple was a second inning line drive to right for his second of the season).
  • Jake Sisco (Lake County, SP) – L (4-6), 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 3 K – Sisco has been on something of a “two good outings, one bad outing” run as of late.  His last two outings were good, so his failure to get his won-loss record to .500 was hardly a surprise.
  • D.J. Brown (Lake County, RP) – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K – Three good innings of relief from Brown, but not enough run support to get the team back into the game.
  • Juan Herrera (Mahoning Valley, SS) – 3-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 CS – Juan Herrera just keeps hitting, with a perfect night at the plate (and a 2.667 OPS on the game) taking it to a new level.
  • Robel Garcia (Mahoning Valley, 3B) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 K – Robel Garcia seems to be getting his hitting game back together at Mahoning Valley.  Maybe he can get another chance at Lake County before the season is out.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, 1B) – 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI – Nellie picks up his first multi-hit game of the MV season.  Hopefully, this is a sign of him beginning to get himself together at the Short-Season Single-A level.
  • Joshua McAdams (Mahoning Valley, LF) – 2-4, 1 K – McAdams posts his first multi-hit night in a week.
  • James Roberts (Mahoning Valley, DH) – 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K – Roberts continues to perform well at the plate in his limited playing time with a multi-RBI night.
  • Caleb Hamrick (Mahoning Valley, SP) – L (1-2), 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R (5 earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR allowed – As bad as this looks, this was not the worst outing of the night in the Indians organization.
  • Joshua Nervis (Mahoning Valley, RP) – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP – Joshua’s rough start to the season continues.  Thankfully, it’s early and he still has time to turn things around.
  • Yonatahan Mendoza (Arizona League, SS) – 2-4, 1 BB – Mendoza’s multi-hit performance was a rare bright spot on an ugly offense night for the A-Tribe.
  • Grant Fink (Arizona League, 1B) – 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – On a night like this, an extra base hit gets you into ATF.
  • Francisco Mejia (Arizona League, LF) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B – Not only did he pick up an extra-base hit, he also scored the Desert Wahoos’ only run of the night.
  • Juan Santana (Arizona League, SP) – L (0-1), 1.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R (all earned), 2 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP – Needless to say, this is hopefully a bump in the road from Juan and not something that will become a regular occurrence.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Arizona League, RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Good to see a perfect inning of rehab for Shawn.
  • Ramon Rodriguez (Arizona League, RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Let’s end this generally dreary edition of ATF on a happy note with a perfect eighth inning from Ram-Rod.

User Comments

From The Bleachers
June 29, 2013 - 8:11 AM EDT
This has to be one of the worst years for starting pitching in the Indians minor leagues. Is it the talent or coaching? There hasn't been consistent starting pitching all year. These kids seem to have the talent but lose command once they WALK into Arizona.

How do the Cards & Twins turn out SP after SP that throws K's?
June 29, 2013 - 6:02 AM EDT
What's going on with RRod, is he hurt?

Nice to see Shawn Armstrong with a strong inning of relief in rehab.

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