Around The Farm: June 6, 2013
Sabourin's steadiness, Carrasco's mysterious scratch headline night on the farm
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.
Jerrud Sabourin (DH, Carolina): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO
At this point, we here at IBI have made Sabourin overhyped as opposed to undervalued. We have taken so well to our Sabour-Tooth Tiger that expectations for the undrafted first baseman may be too high. He does not hit with nearly enough power to be a first baseman (.101 ISO) and he is 23 years old in High-A.
Still, there is no reason to not love Sabourin. He plays the game hard, he plays the game well, and he produces (.310/.389/.411 line in 46 games). It is great to see the stars and major leaguers of tomorrow when you go to the minor league ball park, but I also love watching players like Sabourin who play the game right. Not everyone has a major league future -- that is a sad but simple fact -- but players like Sabourin make the minor leagues work and are great to follow.
- Jerry Gil (SP, Columbus): ND, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Carlos Carrasco was supposed to start this game but was scratched for an unknown reason. Gil filled in pretty well on short notice.
- Scott Barnes (RP, Columbus): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. Cleveland needs left-handed relief help. Unfortunately, Barnes is not looking anything like the answer.
- Cord Phelps (LF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB. Phelps continues to hit well, though it continues to not translate to the majors. Hopefully it will sometime.
- Lonnie Chisenhall (3B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Maybe Chisenhall will be called up soon. Maybe not. Either way, he is doing what he can on offense to get back to Cleveland.
- Omir Santos (C, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 SO. Santos continues to produce at Triple-A (.291/.350/.400). Hopefully he will not be needed in Cleveland, but if he is, maybe he will bring some of that bat with him.
- Toru Murata (SP, Akron): W (3-3), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR. Murata continues to get results most of the time. He is still not a real prospect, but someone who helps in the upper levels.
- Trey Haley (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO. This was Haley's first outing since May 19. There has been no word on why he was shut down for so long -- he did not go on the DL -- but it is good to see him back.
- Jose Ramirez (2B, Akron): 2-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. More hitting for Ramirez. Not that anyone should be surprised by that by now.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Like last night, Urshela showed some of the pop that will help carry him going forward. Power plus defense at third base is a good combination.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI. Once again, I will take the position that the lack of power attached to Aguilar's three RBI tonight makes them pointless. The bottom line is that if Aguilar is not hitting for power -- no matter how many RBI he has -- he loses his prospect shine.
- Cody Anderson (SP, Carolina): L (5-3), 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 5 SO, 2 WP. Anderson has been dominant in 2013, though he hit a speed bump Thursday. This was Anderson's first outing this season that did not last at least five innings.
- Francisco Valera (RP, Carolina): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO. Valera came in for Anderson and turned in his first scoreless inning with the Mudcats. He has allowed four, one, and no runs in his first three outings; it's all about progress.
- Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, 1 E. Nothing wrong with Wendle, as the infielder just continues to hit. No one is arguing with a .315/.402/.537 line in the Carolina League.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 2-for-5, 2 R. Lindor's past 10 games before tonight had been pretty bad, but that is just the ups and downs of a long baseball season. There will be more nights like this in the future.
- Jake Sisco (SP, Lake County, Game 1): L (2-5), 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 3 SO. The unearned runs show someone not getting any help from his defense. Unfortunately, four walks in three innings also shows that Sisco did not help himself.
- D.J. Brown (RP, Lake County, Game 1): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO. Brown pitched in relief of Sisco and kept the game as close as possible. The right-hander has done well in 2013 (3.24 ERA, 2.60 FIP in 16.2 innings).
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County, Game 1): 1-for-3, 1 2B. Lake County only managed three hits in game one, with Paulino supplying one of two extra base hits. Paulino has six doubles since May 29.
- Richard Stock (DH, Lake County, Game 1): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Stock, on the other hand, went deep for the Captains' only run. Normally a catcher, Stock has flashed some power in limited time (two doubles, two home runs in 12 games).
- Logan Vick (CF, Lake County, Game 2): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB. Vick celebrated being named an All-Star by getting on base twice in game two. He now owns a .265/.373/.398 line in 52 games this year.
- Richard Stock (C, Lake County, Game 2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 SO. After only managing three hits in game one, Lake County dipped to two in game two. Stock continued his hot day and his show of power.
- Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County, Game 2): 0-for-1, 2 BB, 1 SO. Santander did not have any hits, though he did add two walks. The 18-year-old continues to do well in his first experience in full season ball (.265/.324/.382 in 29 games).
- Josh Martin (SP, Lake County, Game 2): ND, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. The Captains made it through game two with a bullpen game, though the team lost that game as well. Martin did well, though Benny Suarez followed with a less-than stellar outing (three runs in two innings).
- Louis Head (RP, Lake County, Game 2): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. Head was also named an All-Star before the game, though he saw his six game scoreless streak end Thursday afternoon.
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If Chisenhall continues to roll out his LaPorta-like Triple A to Major League performances, Urshela may pass him up simply because of his glove.
Us Sabour Tooth Tigers have to unite.
The thing about Sabourin, and guys like him, is that they DO play the game right. They maximize their potential, and give them a shot to be in the equation. It's one of those things where your mind says, "There's no way this kid makes it to the bigs," but you keep thinking that there's a chance.
Thing is, if he continues to play the way he's played the past 15 months in Akron and eventually Columbus, he gets into the conversation...and if you asked Jerrud two years ago if he'd be in the equation...
I think he'd jump all over it....