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Around the Farm: June 3, 2014

Around the Farm: June 3, 2014
Tyler Holt (Photo: Brittany Chay)
June 4, 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: 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).

User Comments

June 4, 2014 - 7:51 PM EDT
Tyler Holt is the kind of ballplayer that a blue-collar, baseball-loving town would fall in love with as a platoon/reserve OFer, so hopefully he can be traded to a place like that in the next year.
June 4, 2014 - 4:22 PM EDT
Yes Arthur that would seem to be his ceiling - sorta like Trevor Crowe without the high draft pick pedigree.
June 4, 2014 - 4:19 PM EDT
To be honest, if I thought the ,306 figure was something he could eventually replicate at the MLB level, I would still be thinking he's fourth OF material.
June 4, 2014 - 4:00 PM EDT
GSon - I say knock down the BA because a .389 BA is unsustainable. He has (SSS alert!) only 44 at bats. If just 1 double had gone foul and 2 singles had found a glove, his triple slash would be right back at his usual 306/.419/388 territory and we would not be talking about him.
June 4, 2014 - 1:33 PM EDT
Re: Holt. I can only go by what I see watching the games and looking at the boxscores. I don't have a crystal ball (if I did, I'd be making a lot more money running a scouting service), so I don't know what he's going to do later in the season, but I know what he's doing now, and it's impressive.

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.
June 4, 2014 - 1:20 PM EDT
That is not a surprise as he was close to a return. Could be with the team and activated today or in next few days.....
June 4, 2014 - 1:14 PM EDT
His twitter stated that he was glad to be back with the Mudcats. I assumed that he was going to be activated.
June 4, 2014 - 1:11 PM EDT
Yes, Sever is still on the DL with a hand injury suffered opening night.
June 4, 2014 - 1:10 PM EDT
Is Joe Sever of the DL for the Mudcats?
June 4, 2014 - 11:23 AM EDT
I have to admit I completely forgot about Adam Abraham. Glad to see him still playing. Always seemed like a great org. guy.

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.
June 4, 2014 - 11:16 AM EDT
Holt's season is the perfect example of creating your own luck even thought the odds are stacked against you. It shows how unpredictable and surprising some prospect emergences are. With Carson on the DL, Holt would probably be called up next if one of the OFs in Cleveland hit the DL or miss significant time. OBP and SB are his calling card and as long as he keeps producing there, he's an option to get a shot at the Bigs.

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
June 4, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Would expect Mejia to get a shot at Mahoning to start but we will see. Caro should to to AZL.
June 4, 2014 - 9:52 AM EDT
I'll ask here- any ideas on who we might see start out with the Scrappers this year? I know a lot depends on draft signings. Wondering if Caro or Mejia might play there. Mejia is currently with AZL team, correct? Thanks for any insight.
June 4, 2014 - 8:40 AM EDT
If Holt is able to have good numbers in Triple AAA, he could become the 4th OF for the Indians and replace Rayburn for 15 season.

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.
June 4, 2014 - 8:35 AM EDT
@David: Why would his BA be knocked down?.. Players earn the numbers they get.. If this is an "Ordinary Player", then the Indians need to find 8 more just like him to send up to the big leagues.. Trashing "commentary" about what could/will happen show small mindedness... nothing more..nothing less..
June 4, 2014 - 8:25 AM EDT
Knock Holt's BA back down to what it can be expected to be and things get pretty ordinary pretty fast.

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