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Around the Farm: June 29, 2014

Around the Farm: June 29, 2014
Adam Abraham (Photo: David Monseur/Akron RubberDucks)
June 30, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Note, rookie level Arizona was off on Sunday.

Adam Abraham (DH, Akron): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, BB. This was a big showing from one of the organization’s most liked players in the system. I know being shuttled off to Akron is probably not what Abraham had in mind after a nice start in Columbus, but he is more of an organizational guy to the Indians and they had a need to fill at Akron and he has done it. What is nice to see is his good showing offensively early in the season. He missed about the first two months of the season with an arm injury, but since returning is hitting .313 with 3 HR, 15 RBI, 882 OPS and 9-10 walk to strikeout ratio in 20 combined games between Akron and Columbus.

  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 1-for-4, RBI. After a torrid April where he hit .356 with 7 HR, 16 RBI and 1.107 OPS in 24 games, since May 1st he is hitting just .220 with 5 HR, 23 RBI and .701 OPS in 39 games.
  • Travis Banwart (SP, Columbus): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Banwart was on top of his game in this one throwing 101 pitches (65 strikes) and picked up the win to move to 5-2 on the season. Over his last 10 outings he is 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA.
  • C.C. Lee (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Lee has not allowed a run over his last six outings and has not allowed an earned run over his last seven appearances. Over those seven appearances he has totaled 9.0 shutout innings and allowed just 1 hit, no walks and has 8 strikeouts. That’s dominance.
  • Austin Adams (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Adams has really had a fine season in his Triple-A debut as he is now 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA, and in 35.0 innings has allowed 32 hits, 3 homers, 7 walks and has 29 strikeouts. I’m still waiting for him to be used more often and on back-to-back days or every other day before I get a sense he is big league bound.
  • Erik Gonzalez (SS, Akron): 3-for-4, 3 R, RBI, BB, SB. After going 0-for-9 in his first two games with the Ducks, Gonzo came through with a big day reaching base four times in five at bats.
  • Anthony Gallas (LF, Akron): 2-for-4, RBI. Gallas continues to hit and hit well since his promotion to Akron. In 16 games with Akron he is now hitting .344 with a .932 OPS. His 1-12 walk to strikeout ratio is something to file away as a possible concern for down the road.
  • Tony Wolters (C, Akron): 2-for-4. After a steady April (.286 AVG, .654 OPS) and May (.263 AVG, .680 OPA), Wolters has struggled some in June hitting just .205 with a .563 OPS. There has not been much power (.059 ISO), but he has held his own with the bat and continues to evolve into a good receiver behind the plate.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Akron): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, CS. Okay, I am starting to get excited now. Smith is officially red hot have racked up four multi-hit games in his last five games after just 10 in his first 62 games. His small hot streak has raised his average 24 points.
  • Joseph Colon (SP, Akron): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 5 BB, 4 K. This was a start that Colon toughed out because he clearly just did not have his command. He threw 91 pitches (52 strikes) and gave up a season high 5 walks in the process.
  • Jeremy Lucas (C, Carolina): 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI. Lucas has really had a nice, steady season offensively and is now hitting .259 with 7 HR, 39 RBI and .774 OPS in 68 games – and has a good 35-44 walk to strikeout ratio to boot. He’s lived up to his billing as an offensive-oriented catcher, but the defense is steadily improving as well.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 3-for-3, 2 R, 2B. Sabourin has had a tough year. First he opened at Akron but hit just .152 with a .371 OPS in 12 games before being reassigned to Akron. He then lost his position at first base and started playing some outfield. But through it all he has been a solid contributor offensively hitting .287 with a .728 OPS in 49 games with Carolina.
  • James Roberts (2B, Carolina): 2-for-4, R, RBI, K. This was Roberts’ third consecutive two-hit game. He’s done a nice job this season filling in at third base and second base in Carolina to absorb injuries to top prospects at infield positions in Akron and Carolina.
  • Cole Sulser (SP, Carolina): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Sulser is a guy that advanced stats like. His outings have largely been solid and he has had a few big hiccups in his performance which has spiked his ERA and such, but a 9.4 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and 3.86 FIP make him very intriguing.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 3 K. Lake County had just four hits and scored four runs on the day. Rodriguez drove in one of the runs and had the lone extra base hit, though hat the hat trick in strikeouts and now has 82 in 74 games.
  • Caleb Hamrick (SP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K. After a tough April (7.06 ERA) and May (10.50 ERA), Hamrick has had a nice rebound in June going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five appearances. He has thrown 14.2 innings and allowed 9 hits, 2 runs (0 earned), no homers, 6 walks and has 7 strikeouts.
  • Anderson Polanco (RP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Polanco began the year in extended spring training and was initially sent to Mahoning Valley but did not appear in a game there and has since landed in Lake County. He’s an interesting left-handed arm to keep an eye on as a potential lefty relief prospect.
  • Trevor Frank (RP, Lake County): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K. I still wonder why Frank is still in Lake County. Yes, I know he’s a lower level prospect, but he has been a performer and considering his 4-31 walk to strikeout rate and overall effectiveness he is more than due for a challenge at High-A.
  • Greg Allen (CF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B. Allen is really off to an impressive start in his pro career as he is now hitting .323 with 3 RBI, .901 OPS, 3 stolen bases and 3-4 walk to strikeout ratio in 8 games.
  • Taylor Murphy (RF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, R, RBI, K. Not to be outdone, Murphy has been almost as equally impressive in his first week-plus in the organization hitting .348 with 4 RBI, .814 OPS and 3-4 walk to strikeout ratio in 7 games.
  • D’vone McClure (LF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, R, 2B, K, CS. The walks have tailed off since his first two games but he still has a 7-7 walk to strikeout ratio in 9 games, though is still working to make ore consistent, hard contact.
  • Cameron Hill (SP, Mahoning Valley): 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Hill has really impressed in his pro debut and continues to get better each time out. It is extremely early as he is one or two tough outings from his numbers going in the completely opposite direction, but even though stats in the lower levels of the minors are not that important you have to love how so many draft picks are performing in the early going.
  • Luis Gomez (RP, Mahoning Valley): 3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K, HR. A prime example yet again why wins and losses for pitchers are over-rated. Gomez “earned” the win in this one simply because he came into the game in the fifth inning and was the pitcher of record after it, even though Hill outpitched him and did not allow a single run.

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User Comments

June 30, 2014 - 5:08 PM EDT
Maybe sooner than September if they find someone who wants ACab.
June 30, 2014 - 4:41 PM EDT
With Lindor out for the next 10 days, Gonzalez could be auditioning that he could handle AA. He is successful in this short period, I could see him becoming a trade chip or he could finish the year in Akron and force Lindor to Columbus which would set up a September call up for Lindor.
June 30, 2014 - 4:25 PM EDT
Glad to see Jordan Smith really coming around. I have a mutual friend with him, he can't say enough about him as a person. He's a good young ball player with his priorities straight. Hard not to cheer him on.
June 30, 2014 - 3:11 PM EDT
At this point only Perez really fits into any backup catching plans, and even that is borderline. Lavisky is more of an organizational guy at the moment but has a chance at a cup of coffee at some point. Wolters is still developing and has a chance to be a starter down the road, but next season will be a big year for him to put it all together offensively and defensively - and yes, I think he could be a trade possibility as well.
June 30, 2014 - 1:40 PM EDT
Papi is going to sign today (Tuesday) and go to Mahoning Valley maybe next week.
June 30, 2014 - 12:32 PM EDT
How do you see the backup CA situation playing out with the Indians after the All-Star break this season or looking ahead to 2015? Perez or even Lavisky project more as pure backups with Gomes pretty well locked in at CA for the next couple seasons, so just curious how you see Wolters fitting in with the Indians or if he's like R-Rod with more potential value as trade bait.
June 30, 2014 - 11:00 AM EDT
With the surplus of OF at the lower levels, some of them have to be on the Carolina roster to begin next season, ready or not. Do you see Zimmer and Allen start their full season career at A+ along with Frazier? Would be a nice OF there. With probably Vick and Paulino as backups. That would leave the likes of McClure, McAdams, Ison, Murphy, Armandariz for LC. And where does Santander fit in? Sayles could open at LC too and even H.Caro considering the investment.

OF is crowded and at least J.Martinez, Ruiz and Ferrell are all in roster limbo for next season.
June 30, 2014 - 10:59 AM EDT
Why are the Indians not using Adams in the bullpen every other day? Are they still concerned about his past injuries? Any word on Papi? I am assuming that the Indians will bring him into town on next home stand. Yankee series?

With Allen of to a fast start, could he be the first to be moved to LC?

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