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Around the Farm: June 8, 2013

Around the Farm: June 8, 2013
June 9, 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.

Trevor Bauer: SP, Columbus: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K:

This was far-and-away Trevor Bauer’s best ballgame as a member of the Indians organization. Bauer is a battler, which is why I’ve been calling for his promotion permanently all season long.  The feeling I get is that he performs to the level he’s at, and while it may take him some starts to get there, he will. I know there’s disagreement there, and I get it, but I’m on the side of throwing him into the situation, and let him pitch into it. He was outstanding on Saturday, which is hopefully a first step that ultimately gets him to the majors.

Tyler Naquin: CF, Carolina Mudcats: 2-for-5, 2 R, HR, 1 RBI, 2 K:

Naquin has been hot of late, but was coming off a two-game stint in which he went hitless. So much for that. Naquin, who’s quickly showcasing one of the better bats in the system, broke out of his “mini-slump” with his fifth multi-hit game out of his past nine. He also hit his second home run in his past seven games, and now has five overall. No, it’s not overwhelming power, but not bad for a kid that many were describing as a kid who lacked power. It appears that Naquin wasn’t as big an experiment as some had professed. As good as Lindor has been this year, Naquin may be the guy that gets the Akron call-up in the next few weeks. A couple of things to watch out for with Naquin is his walk-to-K rate, and what he’s doing against lefties. He’s walked 20 times against 59 Ks, and is only hitting .229 against lefties.

  • Ezequiel Carrera: RF, Columbus: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB: Carrera seems to disappear for three or four games, then have a multi-hit game in between. It’s hard to think that he’ll be back with the Indians’ organization next year in any capacity.
  • Chun Hsiu Chen: 1B, Columbus: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB: Chen Raked in Akron to start the year off, but hasn’t been able to put anything together of note in Akron. He has hits in seven of his last nine games, but all were one hit games. He now has three Triple A homers, and six Double A homers.
  • Tim Fedroff: CF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 2 K: Fedroff hit seventh on Saturday. Not used to seeing the top-of-the-order hitter way down there, but his .264 average probably forced the issue.
  • JC Romero: RP, Columbus: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K: The latest potential lefty signed with the Indians recently, and made his first appearance on Saturday. It wasn’t good.
  • Preston Guilmet: Closer, Columbus: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K: Guilmet gave up a lead-off double and put himself in trouble out of the gate. He got a fly out and then a strike out and seemed to get out of the inning and save the game when a Nate Spears  error gave up a run instead of ending the game. A wild pitch and a single tied the game. Guilmet would get out of the inning with the tie, but he should have had the save.
  • Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Akron: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 SB: This was Rodriguez’ second straight two-hit ballgame, as well as his second straight game with two runs. Rodriguez is talented for sure, but I just don’t think he’s got the type of game that will ultimately translate into a starting job in the big leagues. He has good speed and decent power, but he doesn’t have that one standout skill that makes you think major leagues. He still is a good player with upside, but perhaps just not enough.
  • Tyler Holt: CF, Akron:  2-for-4, 1 R: Holt continued a solid 2013 season with another multi-hit game. That’s his fourth in the past nine games. He’s got the kind of tenacity and skills that are interesting year-after-year, but is definitely another utility-ish player if he ever gets his cup of coffee.
  • Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: So, Aguilar has 49 RBI right now, with a grand total of 15 extra base hits total. He’s certainly a product of players getting into scoring position for him at this point. He has a matching 49 K’s.
  • Carlos Moncrief: RF, Akron: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 K: Moncrief has a current nine-game hit streak and a four-game multi-hit streak. He’s hitting .447 over the nine-game stretch, and has a .588/.611/.824 slash line over his last four games. Might he be figuring things out? The ability has always been there, and there have been streaks like this before. When will it stick?
  • Jordan Cooper: SP, Akron: 6 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K: Cooper only gave up one hit in the win, but did struggle with three walks. He threw 82 pitches, with only 48 as strikes.
  • Bryce Stowell: RP, Akron: 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K: Ouch. Stowell has been showing signs of struggle. He hasn’t imploded like on Saturday, but he has given up runs in five on his previous nine appearances, which isn’t good for a short-inning reliever.
  • Jose Flores: Closer, Akron: S (6), 1 1/3 IP, 3 K: Flores continues to defy the odds, with his sixth straight appearance without giving up a run. Smoke. And. Mirrors. Perhaps it’s clicking for Reyes.
  • Bo Greenwell: LF, Carolina: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K: Greenwell was 0-for-14 heading into Saturday night’s ballgame, but broke out with a two-hit performance. He’s only hitting .266 in Carolina, and really needs to find his bat to have any sort of chance to get to the upper minors, which is clearly his ceiling.
  • Tony Wolters: C, Carolina: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB: Wolters has been doing a nice job behind the plate on defense, and with the stick. He’s 9-for-27 over his past seven ballgames.
  • Shawn Morimando: 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR: Morimando gave up his first runs over his last three starts, but still pitched well. Morimando is an interesting watch for the rest of the season. Is he special, or just in the midst of a streak.
  • Grant Sides: RP, Carolina: 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R/1 ER, 2 BB: Sides has been terrible this year. He gave up a lead-off walk, then committed an error on the follow-up sacrifice bunt. He seemed to get out of it by fielding a pop-out bunt for the first out, then gave up back-to-back singles. After another out, he would give up a walk and a single before leaving the game. Not a good year for Sides.
  • Joseph Sever: 3B, Lake County: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI: Sever continues to hit after earning the Indians minor league player of the week award. He’s 11-for-33 over his last ten games, with four runs, three doubles and six RBI.
  • Jeremy Lucas: C, Lake County: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Lucas has been mired in a massive slump, going 0-for-17 in the five previous games before Saturday’s breakout. He hit his third double and is second homer of the season.
  • Luis DeJesus: SP, Lake County: 5 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 K: Dejesus has struggled this season, but had his second solid start in a row. It wasn’t perfect, but it certainly was better than a two game stretch at the end of May that saw him give up 14 earned runs in only eight innings over two starts.
  • Josh Martin: RP, Lake County: 1 2/3 IP, 2 BB, 5 K: Martin seems to be finding his groove right now. He has given up one run over his last four games totaling 8 2/3 innings. During that stretch, he’s struck out 14, while walking only two.
  • Felix Sterling: RP, Lake County: BS (1), 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K: Yikes. He hadn’t given up a run in his previous four appearances….but boy, he really can’t help but have these implosions. Remember though, he just turned 20.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

User Comments

June 9, 2013 - 9:58 AM EDT
I was at the Clippers-G-Braves last night.

1. Bauer only got into trouble twice....Once in the first with 2 outs and a fly ball to right center went for 3 bases after Fedroff and EZ collided. Then in the 6th he loaded the bases with 1 out but 2 fly balls to shallow right stranded the runners.

2. Chun Chen was the hero offensively early. A second inning bomb to left. In the 5th he walked, stole second and when the throw got by the SS, Chun raced from second to home for the run.

3. Chiz walked his first time but then put up an 0-4 performance but hit two balls on the screws right at the LF and CF respectively. He also made two nice defensive plays at 3B.

4. Bullpen blew it......Romero was lucky to only give up 1 run. Espino lost it in the 10th on a mistake by Phelps (LF). With 1 out, Jose Constanza hit the ball to left towards the line....Phelps dove for the ball and missed and Jose raced to third....Phelps shouldn't have dove for that ball (don't dive for a ball towards the lines with nobody on.....the single turned into a triple).
June 9, 2013 - 4:51 AM EDT
I hope to see Moncrief patrolling right field in Cleveland in the near future. He's the best OF prospect Cleveland's had in quite some time.

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