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Around the Farm: June 6, 2014

Around the Farm: June 6, 2014
Tyler Naquin (Photo: David Monseur/
June 7, 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.

Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - Naquin's stellar night at the plate continues an incredible run of form by Tyler recently.  He is batting .395/.458/.535 in his last 10 games.  He's not exactly performing poorly on the season either, putting up a .310/.369/.424 slash line with 23 RBI and 13 SB in 57 games.  If Naquin keeps playing this well, he may be playing his home games in the Arena District of Columbus before too long.

Bryson Myles (Akron, LF) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - Myles, much like Naquin, had a stellar night on the evening and is in the midst of a solid season with an astounding run as of late.  Myles is batting .293/.362/.436 on the season with 22 RBI in 52 games and .351/.415/.514 with eight RBI in his last 10 nights in the lineup.  Also, like Naquin, he may be a candiate for a call up to Triple-A Columbus at some point in the season.

  • Jose Ramirez (Columbus, 2B) - 2-4, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS - Jose keeps hitting over .300 (.305 on the season and .310 in his last ten games).
  • Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 CS - Tyler continues his strong form since being called up from Double-A Akron with the Clippers' other multi-hit effort.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Gio picks up the other RBI on a fourth inning solo homer.
  • Kyle Davies (Columbus, SP) - L (2-4), 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K - Davies continues his trend of allowing three or four runs per game.  Not terrible, but some better nights need to be mixed in.
  • Kyle Crockett (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Eastern League, International League, it doesn't matter.  Kyle Crockett just shuts the bats down.
  • Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - W (4-1), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (botjh earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Murata pitches well in his return to Akron.  Now if he could just translate this to the Triple-A level, he might put himself back in the big league rotation depth conversation.
  • Tyler Sturdevant (Akron, RP) - H (3), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K - Sturdevant seems to be pushing for a return to Columbus as he has not allowed a run (earned or otherwise) in his last 10 appearances and is posting a 0.99 ERA on the season (27.1 IP in 20 outings).
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron, CP) - S (9), 1 IP, 2 H, 2 K - Armstrong seems to have a solid hold on the Akron closer's job as he is three clear of second place on the team for saves (Sturdevant and Crockett tied at 6).
  • LeVon Washington (Carolina, LF) - 3-5, 1 K - LeVon keeps on raking (.325/.418/.422 in 23 games).  If he can stay healthy, he should be the player we thought he would be when the Indians drafted him back in 2010.
  • Todd Hankins (Carolina, CF) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - Hankins continues his recent improved form (batting .282 in his last 10 games as opposed to .251 on the season).
  • Ryan Merritt (Carolina, SP) - ND, 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K - Merritt is pulled one batter short of earning the win.  Still, an exceptional outing from Ryan.
  • Jacob Lee (Carolina, RP) - W (1-0), 0.1 IP, perfect - The "Right Place, Right Time" win taken to the extreme.
  • Elvis Araujo (Carolina, CP) - S (5), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - Araujo closes out the ballgame for the 'Cats.
  • Claudio Bautista (Lake County, 2B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 CS - Claudio's solo home run in the sixth inning started the Captains' only significant scoring barrage of the game...
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - ...and Nellie-Rod's two-run blast ended it.
  • Jordan Milbrath (Lake County, SP) - L (1-7), 4 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 7 BB, 1 K, 2 WP - Milbrath actually pitched 2.2 solid innings before his control issues got the best of him.
  • Kerry Doane (Lake County, RP) - 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR - Doane's poor relief work in the fifth (five-run inning) did little to help things.
  • Wander Beras (Lake County, RP) - 1.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP - Incredibly, it got even worse after Doane was pulled.  Beras' rough night put the result of the contest completely beyond doubt.
  • Ben Heller (Lake County, RP) - 1.2 IP, perfect, 4 K - And then Ben finally came in and stopped the train wreck that was unfolding on the Classic Park mound and mercifully hastened this game to its conclusion, allowing the fireworks to be shot off before the fireworks curfew set in.  Can you tell I attended this game?  These last few entries have been quite cathartic.

User Comments

June 7, 2014 - 3:47 PM EDT
Tony is it a coincidence Cleveland has so many left-handed hitting outfielders in the minor leagues or do they purposely target them?
They have righties too but they not as highly regarded except for Myles and Frazier. Plus this draft they've already added several more.
June 7, 2014 - 2:56 PM EDT
Washington needs to hit. That is where he can impact as the bat is good. The run tool has eroded some with injuries and he is a left fielder only now. Below average arm and just not a very good defender by Major League standards.
June 7, 2014 - 1:15 PM EDT
G'Son, it's given out annually by the same people who award you the "I don't get this draft pick because I wanted this other guy" trophy.

I have not written Washington off entirely, he has a lot of talent. Fact is the guy is never healthy and I don't believe he'll ever be able to stay healthy long enough to be a real contributor for the Indians.
June 7, 2014 - 11:23 AM EDT
We also complained about Bryson Myles unable to stay healthy. Now having a very successful year in Akron. If that happens with Washington he becomes a legit prospect again. If that happens he might be come a good trade able prospect.

With Naquin being hot at this time has quieted down his critics. I think the Indians want to give Naquin probably a full year at Akron.

June 7, 2014 - 11:11 AM EDT
@ Clay/@Brian/@TWIMC:

I've never understood the urgency to write off a player due to injury or misfortune.. Is there a prize given for being first that the rest of the real world is unaware of?....

LeVon Washington is a superb athlete. He doesn't try to get injured.. The negativism expressed is misplaced and irrelevant.. Enjoy the man's contribution and success while he's on the field however brief or long that may be.. Celebrate his success(es).. There is no shame in becoming injured while pursuing a professional athletic career. It neither reflects on you or your fandom...

MT88 in WI
June 7, 2014 - 10:45 AM EDT
How is the defense for LeVon Washington at this point?? I'm wondering if LeVon could be a 86-Otis Nixon clone at this point (for the Tribe or some other club).
June 7, 2014 - 10:42 AM EDT
I officially gave up on him when he hit the DL for the first time this year. I would actually prefer his name be left off this list. It's like actually trying to find the end of a rainbow.
June 7, 2014 - 10:19 AM EDT
Does anyone really believe LeVon Washington will ever stay healthy for more than 12 minutes?

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