Around the Farm: June 3, 2013
Trevor Bauer: SP, Columbus Clippers: 5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K:
Bauer isn’t perfect. He threw 111 pitches in 5 2/3 innings pitched. He only threw 60 strikes in those 111 pitches. But, he managed to strike out eight, limit the damage, and hold Indianapolis to one run. It’s clear that he has to become more efficient on the mound, but what’s really impressive about the Clippers’ righty is how he has learned to battle, which really isn’t something that can be taught. Bauer’s mentally ready for the big leagues, and I really don’t think that there’s much left for him to learn at the minor league level. Unfortunately, or fortunately…depending on how you look at it, there’s not a spot for him at the big league level as we speak. That will eventually change as the year progresses.
Shawn Morimando: SP, Carolina Mudcats: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K:
Shawn Morimando has been really, really good. How good? He hasn’t given up a run in his last three starts covering 18 innings, and it’s actually 20 total, bleeding into his fourth start. Over his last four starts, Morimando is 3-0 over 24 innings, giving up 10 hits, two earned runs and six walks. He’s struck out 23 during that stretch, and has the lowest ERA in the league during that stretch. He’s lowered his overall ERA from 4.24 to his current 2.79 since May 12th, and was currently named the Carolina League’s pitcher of the week. It appeared as though Cody Anderson was heads and shoulders the best pitcher in Carolina, but it looks like Morimando may have something to say about that before the season is over.
Bo Greenwell: LF, Carolina Mudcats: 3-for-4, 2 R, 12B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K:
As I mentioned in last night’s ATF, Greenwell is playing in his fourth season in the Carolina League thanks to injuries. He started the year off in Akron, but was demoted to the Muddies in late May. He’s doing everything that he can to move back up. He has hits in ten of his last 12 games, has scored nine runs, hit five doubles, a triple, two homers and driven in ten. Those are monster stats for Greenwell, which is understandable. He’s a 24-year-old playing in High A, who likely should be at least in Akron. I don’t think he’s a future major leaguer for the Indians with some of the other players at the big league level, as well as well as the prospects throughout the system. His ceiling seems to be as a fourth outfielder.
- Ezequiel Carrera: LF, Columbus: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1RBI, 1 K: Carrera came into the game in the seventh inning and blasted a home run, his third of the year. Zeke has struggled this season, and the writing is on the wall for his future. Hopefully, he’ll be able to catch on with another team at some point.
- Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus: 1-for-4, 2 K: Chisenhall extended his hit streak to 13 games. During the streak, he’s 22-for-52, with 9 runs, three doubles, a triple, four homers and 12 RBI. He’s also struck out 12 times against only five walks, but he is hitting .286 against lefties. Will there be a call-up soon?
- Chun-Hsiu Chen: DH, Columbus: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K: Chen has struggled in Columbus. He had back-to-back multi-hit games in his second and third games after his call-up, but hasn’t had one since. The past two days are his first hits in back-to-back games since the 21st and 23rd.
- Tyler Naquin: CF, Carolina: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K: Naquin now has multiple hits in four straight games. During that time, he’s 10-for-19, with two runs, four doubles, a homer, two RBI and a walk. His OPS is 1.445. Sure, it’s a small sample size, but Naquin now has the average up to .317, which is currently second in the league, passing teammate Jerrud Sabourin.
- Joe Wendle: 2B, Carolina: 2-for-5: Wendle upped his hit streak to five games and is 7-for-21 during that stretch. Something to note though, he’s hitting .382 against righties, but only hitting .091 against lefties. That has to improve as he heads up through the system.
- Jordan Smith: RF, Carolina: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 K: Smith is another one of the Carolina-hitting-streak brotherhood. He now has back-to-back-to-back two hit games, and has hit in six straight. Over that stretch, he’s 9-for-20, but only has one RBI during that stretch. He’s getting hits, but they are all singles. If he continues to put the wood to the ball, he’ll starting driving it sooner or later. His average is up to .271, up nearly 20 points over the past week.
- Tony Wolters: C, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 K: Wolters has a three-game hit streak, going 5-for-11 during that stretch. There may not be a more interesting player in the system than Wolters, who’s back in Carolina learning a new postion.
- Erik Gonzalez: 3B, Lake County: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B: Gonzalez has hits in three straight games, and in five of six.
- Logan Vick: CF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, SB: After a cold spell, Vick now has hits in four of his last five ballgames, including three two-hit games.
- Anthony Santander: RF, Lake County: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS: Santander is an interesting talent. The 18-year old is hitting .277 on the year, and broke an 0-for-10 mini-slump. This kid should develop some pop, and has good speed to go with it. He’s only scratching the surface.
- Luis DeJesus: SP, Lake County: W (1-6), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 K, 1 HR: DeJesus came into the season as one of the more promising youngsters in the system. Two months does not make a career, but he’s certainly curbed some of the top prospect discussion with his early struggles. His ERA is sitting at 7.35.
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In his book, Tony mentioned Morimando impressing the staff with his ability to absorb lessons and make adjustments between starts, and retain what he learns (paraphrasing a bit here, but that was the essence of the comment). So I thought something might have happened here to suddenly improve his performance.
Monsalve and Lavisky will probably be out awhile longer...I had a large injury update last week or the week before on them in Minor Happenings.
Command is something every pitcher can magically 'learn.' Bauer is never going to have Cliff Lee command. His peripheral stats show that he should be the next pitcher called up.
Really? He can't throw a strike consistently but you think there isn't much left to learn in the minors?