Around the Farm: June 3, 2014
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: Low-A Lake County had a scheduled off day on Tuesday.
Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Yes, we all know that Holt has been raking this season, especially since his callup to the corner of Neil and Nationwide, but Tuesday night's outing was incredible even by the standards of his meteoric start to his Triple-A career. Holt's Triple-A numbers are now at .389/.488/.500 in nine games. If he keeps this up, he may make it very hard for the powers that be at 2401 Ontario Street not to call him up when the roster expands in September.
- Adam Abraham (Columbus, 1B) - 3-4, 2 R - Abraham's return to competitive baseball from the baseball Siberia of extended spring training is a triumphant one to say the least.
- Justin Sellers (Columbus, SS) - 2-2, 2 BB - Sellers has been hot since his last send down from the Big Club. He has batted 6-for-17 (.353) in those five games and took it to another level on this night with a perfect night at the plate getting on base all four times he came to the plate.
- Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SP) - W (1-2), 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K - Gabriel has his best outing by far of the three turns he has had in the Clipper starting rotation since being called up from Double-A Akron. If he can pitch regularly like this at the Triple-A level, he can put himself in the conversation regarding major league starting depth.
- C.C. Lee (Columbus, RP) - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Lee's third straight solid outing in a row. Hopefully, he's past his early season struggles.
- Kyle Crockett (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Just Kyle Crockett being Kyle Crockett.
- Joe Wendle (Akron, 2B) - 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K - Another example of a player with one hit having an outsized impact on the game. Wendle's lone hit of the game was a two-run triple in the second to start the evening's scoring for the RubberDucks.
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 3B) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K - Ronny-Rod's fourth multi-hit outing in his last six games. He is 13-for-25 (.520) in that stretch. Hopefully, this is the beginning of him getting over his spring slump.
- Will Roberts (Akron, SP) - W (5-6), 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP - A typical Will Roberts outing: Not dominant, but enough for the win on a night where he gets some run support.
- Enosil Tejeda (Akron, RP) - H (5), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - Enosil continues to pitch well and rack up the holds.
- Shawn Arnstrong (Akron, CP) - S (8), 1 IP, 1 H - Armstrong shuts down the Rock Cat bats to close out the game for the Mallards of Main Street.
- Anthony Gallas (Carolina, RF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Gallas has been all or nothing as of late, getting either multiple or no hits in his last seven games and nine of his last ten.
- Alex Monsalve (Carolina, C) - 2-4 - Monsalve is batting .282 in his most recent 10 contests as opposed to .233 on the campaign (33 games).
- Adam Pluko (Carolina, SP) - L (1-1), 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - Plutko's second High-A outing is better than his first, but is undone by poor run support.
- Clayton Cook (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 2 K - While allowing two hits in an inning is hardly ideal, this stat line represents a nice rebound from his disastrous previous outing on Friday (0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R - all earned, 1 HR allowed, 1 BB, 1 K).
Also, keep in mind that the Indians promoted him to Columbus for a reason, and I highly doubt it was either for the heck of it or because his name came up on the "Wheel of Guys to Call Up to Triple-A".
Re: Plutko, some struggles are to be expected as he is pitching in High-A in his first year of pro ball (admittedly, out of college, but still his first year of pro ball). If he gets himself going well in Carolina and can earn a call up to Akron to start next season, all will be well. If he repeats a-Ball, then we can start to be a little worried.
I'd love to see Holt keep this up and earn that spot as the 4th OF next season. He's a righty bat and can play all 3 spots. Perfect fit in that role.
Will Roberts actually dominated for 5 IP, allowing only one hit, he then got hit around in the 6th/7th. He's really an under the radar performer, who has all the makings of a durable BOR innings eater. Can't have enough of those
Plutko first 2 outings at Carolina has been good, but in both outings he has had problems in the 1st inning by giving up 2 and 3 runs in that inning.