Around The Farm: June 7, 2013
Carlos Moncrief continues to impress in first go-around with Akron
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.
Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) – 3-5, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB – Moncrief is flat out unstoppable in his last 10 games (a .429/.489/.619 slash line with 2 homers, 7 RBIs, and 3 stolen bases). Moncrief is having the best season of his professional career , as he has begun to pair a respectable batting average (.278 so far this season compared to a prior best pro season of .249) with the power production he has been mostly known for and is beginning to make a case to be rated even more highly than he already is within the Indians’ farm system.
Quincy Latimore (Akron, LF) – 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 K – While Latimore hasn’t lit Canal Park up like a Christmas tree, tonight’s outing is just too good to overlook. Anytime a guy, prospect or not, having a good season or not, picks up four RBIs on a 3-for-4 night with two extra-base hits, including a triple, it is still impressive and definitely worthy of featured player recognition here in Around The Farm. Congrats, Quincy, and hopefully you can produce a few more nights like this.
- Tim Fedroff (Columbus, LF) – 1-4 – Another case of a game where a hit merits a mention in ATF.
- Chun Chen (Columbus, 1B) – 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K - See above.
- Matt Lawson (Columbus, SS) – 1-3, 1 K – Again…
- T.J. House (Columbus, SP) – L (1-5), 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R (all earned), 7 BB, 2 K – Admittedly, the above-mentioned offensive struggles really had little impact on the game given T.J. House’s poor performance on the mound. House has clearly struggled since being called up to Triple-A Columbus, but given the issues with pitching on the Big Club, it’s not surprising that there’s been a domino effect leading to minor league pitchers pitching at levels which they are not ready for.
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, SS) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K – After a rough stretch of four games (1-for-17), Ron-Rod broke out of his slump with a multi-hit night. Hopefully we can see more nights like this out of him.
- Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – Another player with a big night after a rough stretch (3-for-20 in his last 5 outings). Hopefully, he can keep up this solid form and break his recent slump completely.
- Brett Brach (Akron, SP) – W (3-2), 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 3 K – Brett backed up the Aeros’ stellar offensive night with a solid game on the mound. It was good to see Brach string together two good outings in a row. Hopefully, this is the beginning of more consistent good pitching from Brach.
- C.C. Lee (Akron, RP) – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 2BB, 1 K – C.C. Lee’s road back to Triple-A hits a small bump. If there’s a night where this had to happen, this was a very good one.
- Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E – Despite the fielding error, clearly the best performance by a position player for the Mudcats tonight.
- Joey Wendle (Carolina, 2B) – 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K – Picked up the only other extra-base hit for the Mudcats tonight.
- Mason Radeke (Carolina, SP) - L (0-1), 3.1, 6 H. 5 R (all earned), 4 BB, 4 K, 3 WP – Radeke struggles in his Advanced Single-A debut. While it was an absolute rat fiesta, don’t read too much into it: T.J. House was unbeatable in his Triple-A Columbus debut and we all have seen what’s happened to him since. Also, keep in mind that Radeke had a decent three-game stint in Double-A Akron last summer.
- Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP – Rob Nixon gives up an earned run for the first time in nearly a month (last did so on May 9 @ Salem).
- J.D. Reichenbach (Carolina, RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – J.D. Reichenbach’s perfect eighth inning earns him an automatic mention in tonight’s edition of ATF.
- Yhoxian Medina (Lake County, 2B) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI , 1 Sac Fly – Medina led off the game with a triple and later picked up an RBI on a seventh-inning Sac Fly to right field.
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI – An almost identical stat line to that of Medina. Paulino followed Medina’s triple with another immediately after, scorin Yhoxian in the process. It was pretty much all down hill from there for the Captains tonight, however.
- Logan Vick (Lake County, CF) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Picked up the only other Captain RBI tonight, also in the first inning on a line-drive double to right field, which scored Paulino. Dorssys later scored on a Kyle Winter wild pitch for the Captains’ other run.
- Aaron Siliga (Lake County, LF) – 1-2, 2 BB – While the stat line may not exactly be as flashy as the ones mentioned above, getting on base three times out of four is nothing to sneeze at, especially out of the nine hole.
- Jack Wagoner (Lake County, RP) – L (2-1), BS (1), 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (all earned), 3 BB, 4 K – Wagoner suffers both his first loss and blown save of the season after a rare bad outing in which he nearly doubled his earned run total for the year. To give you an idea of how unbeatable Wagoner has been most of the season, even with this terrible outing, his ERA is still only 3.33 (and he’s a reliever, a group of pitchers whose ERAs are dented more precipitously from a single bad outing due to having less overall innings pitched).
Moncrief #29 this year.