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Around the Farm: June 30, 2013

Around the Farm: 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.

Note: Columbus’ game was postponed on Sunday.

Dylan Baker (SP, Lake County): 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K

Baker had a near-perfect day on the mound and if not for the limitations with his pitch count he would have been given a chance for the complete game shutout. This is the kind of outing you want to see out of him as he is a high profile pick from last year’s draft and he has impressive stuff, so it is just about being more consistent with his outings. There are lots of other things with his mechanics, stuff and so on he is working on, but consistency from outing to outing is a big thing and was a problem for him early in the season. Of late, he’s really settled in as he has not allowed an earned run in three of his last four outings, and in his last four outings has thrown 27.1 innings and allowed just 4 runs (2 earned).

Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron): 2-for-5, R, K, SB
Ramirez has been playing a lot more shortstop of late because regular shortstop Ronny Rodriguez has been nursing a sore left hamstring. The numbers have not been as eye popping this year, but considering he will play the entire season at age 20, has proven he can play shortstop, and has maintained a good approach all year all while completely skipping the High-A level, he has more than proven himself worthy of a Top 10 ranking. His 30:26 walk to strikeout ratio in 304 at bats is incredible.

Cody Anderson (SP, Carolina): 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HR
Since the start of June the Indians have really limited Anderson’s outings. He was going 6.0 innings on a regular basis before June 1st but in six June starts he did not go more than 5.0 innings even once and went 4.0 innings or less four times. The Indians are monitoring his workload again as he only threw 98.1 innings last year and can only go about 120-130 innings this season. He is now at 83.1 innings, so with about 10-12 starts left at about 4.0 innings an outing, that should put him right on track for his innings threshold.

  • Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, K, 2 SB. A classic Holt kind of game getting on base three times, stealing two bases, scoring two runs, and playing great defense. He’s a solid depth option in the outfield for the Indians in the near future.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, K. Don’t worry, Aguilar did not leave the game because of injury. He was limited to just two at bats because he was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing a third strike call.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 1-for-4. A quiet day for Moncrief, one we are not used to after his blazing hot June where he hit .370 with 5 HR, 22 RBI and 1.087 OPS in 27 games for the month.
  • Jordan Cooper (SP, Akron): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 3 K, HR. Cooper struggled with his command all day throwing 103 pitches but only 52 of them for strikes. For as off as he was with his command, he battled and was a third of an inning short of a quality start.
  • Shawn Armstrong (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Talk about being thrown right into the fire. Armstrong made his triumphant return to Akron after missing almost two months with a hand injury and came in and dominated in the ninth inning of a one-run ball game.
  • J.D. Reichenbach (RP, Akron): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K. Reichenbach came in relief into a hairy situation in the eighth inning and ended up walking in the tying and go ahead runs. His line in two games at Akron is not pretty: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 K.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 1-for-5, 2B, RBI, K. Naquin continues to perform like a league MVP in Carolina as he is hitting .304 with a .823 OPS in 74 games, but I suspect he will spend at least the last four to six weeks of the season at Akron.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 2-for-4, BB, SB. Lindor reached base three times and swiped a bag; two things he has become well known for this season. He had a little bit of a hiccup with his performance earlier in the month, but he has bounced back nicely and is hitting .350 with a .888 OPS in his last 10 games.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 2-for-5. Another multi-hit effort for Wendle - his second straight game and the seventh time in the last nine games. With the way he hits and the good approach he has, he would of already been promoted now if not for the presence of Giovanny Urshela and Jose Ramirez in Akron.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 1-for-3, R, 2 BB, K. Sabourin just keeps performing, which is great for him and continues to raise his stock a little bit every game. He has an exceptional 35-32 walk to strikeout ratio in 240 at bats, and continues to be a leader and play very good defense.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Carolina): 0-for-1, R, K. HBP, Assist. Smith gunned down a runner from right field early in the game, but was hit by pitch and stayed in the game and scored a run before he was ultimately removed from the game for precautionary reasons.
  • Jeff Johnson (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 K. It wasn’t pretty, but Johnson recorded his 7th save of the season. He is having another good season and continues to show improvement as an interesting bullpen prospect for the Indians.
  • Todd Hankins (3B-CF, Lake County): 0-for-3, R, BB, K. Hankins is back in Ohio after rehabbing out in Arizona for two months after a rough hand injury. He is hitless in seven at bats since joining Lake County on Saturday.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 1-for-4, 3B, RBI. Slowly but surely, Paulino is starting to settle in and play better at Lake County. His RBI triple in the third inning was the difference in the ballgame as the Captains won 1-0.
  • Richard Stock (DH, Lake County): 2-for-3. Stock finished June with a multi-hit day, something he was unable to do the rest of the month as he hit just .175 with a .600 OPS for the month.
  • Josh Martin (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K. Martin is going to be sad to see June go as he finished the month with a 1.32 ERA in 8 appearances, and in 13.2 innings allowed 9 hits, 2 walks and had 23 strikeouts. The spike in his strikeouts is very noteworthy, and that along with his good outings could earn him a promotion to Carolina soon.
  • Paul Hendrix (2B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-1, R, 3 BB, PO. This was only Hendrix’s sixth game as a pro, but so far he is off to a solid start with a .294/.429/.353 triple slash line. He played shortstop in college but is going to play a lot more second base in the pros.
  • Juan Herrera (SS, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-4, 3 K, E. It was not a very pretty night at the plate for Herrera, but he is still off to a good start hitting .306 with a .802 OPS in 13 games. The Indians are very high on him and think he has some true upside as a middle infield prospect. Could he be another Jose Ramirez?
  • Nelson Rodriguez (DH, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, RBI. It has been a tough first full season for Rodriguez this year as he makes an adjustment to playing pro ball and playing every day. In 60 games he is hitting just .206/.313/.263, and his inconsistency has resulted in him not showing any of his raw power this season.
  • Juan Romero (RF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI, K. The Indians have not yet given up on the powerful Romero, and it is games like this where you can see why they will give him every opportunity to have success and be patient with him because of his big time raw power with the bat and his arm.
  • Matt Whitehouse (SP, Mahoning Valley): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K. It was not as impressive as his first two outings, but he threw three scoreless innings nonetheless. In three appearances he has thrown a total of 9.0 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits, 1 walk and has 7 strikeouts.
  • Kyle Crockett (RP, Mahoning Valley): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K. In his pro debut Crockett had a perfect inning of relief. He is an arm that could really move fast and might be one the Indians consider in late July or mid-August as a solution to their left-handed relief needs. The odds are against that happening, but it certainly is possible.
  • Joel Mejia (CF, Arizona): 3-for-5, R, 3B, 3 RBI, SB. Mejia is off to a good start hitting .333 with a 1.133 OPS in six games and he has been one of the top performers for the AZL Indians through the first week-plus of their season.
  • Clint Frazier (DH, Arizona): 2-for-3, RBI, K. Frazier played a full game, though has yet to play a game in the field. That could be coming next. He is now 7-for-17 at the plate in the early going of his pro debut.
  • D’Vone McClure (LF, Arizona): 2-for-4, 2 2B, K. McClure needed a game like this to get him jumpstarted, and it is his first multi-hit game of the still young AZL season. That strikeout rate is still concerning as he now has 11 strikeouts in 27 at bats.
  • Luis Gomez (SP, Arizona): 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, BB, 3 K. This was Gomez’s second start in the AZL and a bit different from his 4.0 scoreless innings on June 23rd when he allowed 2 hits, no walks and had 7 strikeouts.
  • Jose Zapata (RP, Arizona): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K. After a rough first outing, Zapata has really settled in and now has 11 strikeouts in 7.0 innings.

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