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Around The Farm: June 29, 2013

Joe Wendle continues to emerge as an infield prospect for the Cleveland Indians

Around The Farm:  June 29, 2013
June 30, 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.

Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina Mudcats): 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB.

Wendle is in some kind of zone at the plate right now. He hit his fourth home run in his last eight games, and his prospect value continues to grow. On the season, Wendle is hitting .319 with 17 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 35 RBI. Some are still concerned about his lefty (.167) and righty (.364) splits, but that concern may be a tad premature as Wendle only has a total of 42 at-bats against left-handers. The other nice thing to make note of with Wendle is his advanced approach at the plate. So far, he’s drawn 21 walks while striking out just 28 times. It’s clear that he’s a player that may not be great in any one area but is good in every area, and that will definitely help him along the way. When the time is right, Wendle will certainly be a prime candidate for a promotion to Double-A Akron.

  • Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Columbus Clippers): 2-for-4, 1 K, SB. This was Carrera basically being Carrera. He collected a couple of hits and also stole his 22nd base of the season for the Clippers, which is an area where he always seems to excel.
  • Cord Phelps (2B, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K. The switch-hitting Phelps continues to perform. He’s been especially hot this June as he owns a .320 average for the month. Now let’s just hope that all of that Triple-A offensive ability will eventually translate to the Major Leagues.
  • Juan Diaz (SS, Columbus): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI. Well, that was odd. Perhaps no player in the entire Indians system has had a tougher offensive season than Diaz, but everything seemed to click for him on Saturday. Even with this performance though, his average still sits at .228.
  • Preston Guilmet (RP, Columbus): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 5 K. This was about as dominant an outing as a relief pitcher can have as five of the seven outs that Guilmet recorded came via the strikeout. He does not overpower hitters, but he’s still able to rack up the strikeouts as evidenced by nights like this. Sometime this season it seems likely that Guilmet will get his chance in Cleveland.
  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron Aeros) Game 1: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B. Ramirez had gone hitless in his last two contests, but broke out of his mini-slump with this nice two-hit performance.
  • Cedric Hunter (DH, Akron) Game 1: 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB. Hunter may be nothing more than organizational depth, but he’s certainly making a strong case for a promotion to Columbus. In 24 games, Hunter has now gone 28-for-92 (.304) with six home runs and 16 RBI.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron) Game 1: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. Moncrief’s average rose all the way up to .299 after this contest. He’s certainly been turning a lot of heads with his performance as of late, and he’s now driven in 42 runs.
  • Brett Brach (SP, Akron) Game 1: (W, 5-4) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. Brach’s been a consistent starter/reliever for years in the Indians system. He had another nice performance on Saturday and earned a win in game one of the doubleheader.
  • J.D. Reichenbach (RP, Akron) Game 2: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Not much went right for the Aeros in game two of the doubleheader and Reichenbach played a big part in that. The Aeros were only down 3-0, but the lead became insurmountable after Reichenbach allowed four earned runs.
  • Aeros lineup Game 2: 4-for-26, 1 BB, 4 K. It was unfortunately one of “those” games for the Aeros’ offense. The team mustered only four hits, and none of them were of the extra-base variety. Additionally, the team drew just one walk to give them just a total of five base runners for the entire contest.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, CS. There was some good and bad from Naquin’s performance. The good is he collected his 21st double of the season. However, the bad news is that he also struck out two more times to bring his season total to 75. That is pretty darn rough, especially when you consider that he’s drawn only 28 walks on the season.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K. It was not a perfect performance by any means, but it was still a nice night at the plate for Lindor. With one more walk and strikeout, Lindor’s season totals both remain equal at 32 each.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Smith’s an intriguing player, but one of the unfortunate things is that he’s yet to show much power this season. He did manage to drive in 29th run of the season on Saturday, but he still only has two home runs on the season. That’s just not going to cut it for a corner outfielder.
  • Nick Pasquale (SP, Carolina): 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K. This was a nice way for Pasquale to recover from his last outing where he allowed seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Aside from that blunder, Pasquale has been solid this season as he’s allowed two or less earned runs in six of his nine starts with the Mudcats.
  • Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County Captains): 1-for-2. Santander started out quite hot in his promotion to Single-A Lake County, but he has fizzled as of late. In his last five games played, he’s gone only 3-for-18. Hopefully, the talented outfielder can start to have some consistent success, but he’s just been unable to do so to this point.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 0-for-4, 1 K. Whenever it seems as if Paulino is about to figure things out, he goes out and has games like these. Paulino’s mini three-game hit streak was snapped on Saturday, and his average now sits at .229.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 2 K. Vick is a favorite player of the IBI’s Jim Pete, and he has definitely had his moments this season. He’s been cold as of late though as he’s gone 3-for-23 in his last eight games.
  • Ryan Merritt (SP, Lake County): (L, 4-8), 6.1 IP, 12 H, 5 R/ER, 2 K, 1 HR. Merritt unfortunately followed up his best outing of the season with this clunker on Saturday. The left-hander got hit around pretty good, and his ERA now sits at 4.03. Perhaps the one positive was that he was still able to provide length for the Captains.
  • Claudio Bautista (2B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Bautista continues to perform well since being reassigned to Mahoning Valley. In 12 games, the right-handed hitter currently owns a .327/.382/.531 line with 10 RBI.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI. This was definitely a step in the right direction for Rodriguez. We all know about his massive power potential, but he unfortunately underwhelmed at Lake County, which ultimately led to him being reassigned to Mahoning Valley. He’s still struggled with his consistency, but he now has had two straight multi-hit games, which is something he did only once in 47 games with the Captains.
  • Josh McAdams (LF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-5, 1 R. The early season success continues for McAdams, who recorded his second straight multi-hit game on Saturday. The right-handed hitter is now hitting .277 for the Scrappers.
  • Tyler Booth (CF, Mahoning Valley): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, SB. Booth provided great production from the No. 9 spot in the lineup on Saturday as he collected three hits and recorded his first steal of the season. The overall numbers still leave a lot to be desired though as Booth has still just gone 4-for-30 in 10 games with the Scrappers even after Saturday’s offensive outburst.
  • Robert Whitenack (SP, Mahoning Valley): (W, 1-1). 6 IP, 5 H, 2 K. The recent success continued for the Mahoning Valley right-handed starter. In his last two games, Whitenack has now pitched a total of 11 innings and allowed just one earned run.
  • Harold Guerrero (RP, Mahoning Valley): 1.1 IP, 5 K. Yep, you read that right. Guerrero recorded just four outs, yet he struck out five batters. This of course was because of a dropped third strike in the eighth inning. Guerrero has racked up his fair share of punchouts this season as he now has 12 in just 6 2/3 innings of work.

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User Comments

June 30, 2013 - 1:39 PM EDT
Harold Guerrero never heard of him until last nite. Yes I saw the 5ks in 1.1 innings and was hooked. He's 6'4/230 and LH so I'm assuming he throws 95+. Does Tony have a book on him? Watched the Rays get the walk off on the Tigers last night against Bruce Rondon. Same age as Guerrero, from Venezuela, maybe related to Hector don't know. But he's 6'3/270 and was hitting 100MPH. The Tigers are desperate for relief help, they promoted this kid from DoubleA. I think the WhiteSox will be dealing Crain at the deadline, that guy is filthy, hope the Tigers don't get him.
June 30, 2013 - 8:58 AM EDT
Guerrero is 23, that's a bit old for MV. But he's a LHRP, which is obviously an organizational need. Hopefully he's a late bloomer.

Nice to see Tyler Booth put up some nice numbers. I hope he keeps it up.

Moncrief has been impressive... I'd rather see him get promoted to AAA than Cedric Hunter.
June 30, 2013 - 7:53 AM EDT
Who is Harold Guerrero?

Should we be getting interested in a guy who has struck out 12 in 6 2/3 innings at MV?

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