Around the Farm: May 1, 2014
Tomlin's complete game, Frazier's first home run highlight the night on the farm
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.
Note that Akron was off Thursday.
Josh Tomlin (SP, Columbus): W (2-1), 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 SO
Some nights you just have it. Thursday was certainly one of those nights for Tomlin, as the right-hander filled the zone (70 of his 89 pitches were strikes) and mowed down the Durham Bulls. Not normally a strikeout guy, Tomlin managed to get double-digit strikeouts for only the second time in his professional career (he also did it on May 19, 2007 while with Lake County). Though Thursday was easily his best performance of 2014, Tomlin's other starts have not been bad; the right-hander has not gone fewer than six innings in any start and owns a 2.06 ERA and 3.49 FIP in 35.0 innings. Some of that could be the 29-year-old using his command and experience to carve up Triple-A hitters, but with the struggles in the major league rotation, Tomlin's making a compelling case to get a look in Cleveland in the near-future.
Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Finally, the first home run of the season for the power-hitting Frazier. The center fielder's first taste at Lake County has not been the smoothest ride, as it took Frazier 14 games to get that first home run. Plus, Frazier has 15 strikeouts in those 14 games, a rate a little higher than ideal for the center fielder. But even though he is struggling a little bit, Frazier should continue to see his offense improve as the season goes on. Frazier's .711 OPS is solid, but it should get even better as his .289 BABIP rises. That mark is only slightly below-average, but the center fielder's swing and hitting ability should lend itself to higher-than-normal BABIPs in time. That potential BABIP increase -- plus assuming the development of more power -- would put Frazier's offense closer to the elite level expected of him based on his scouting reports.
- Nyjer Morgan (CF, Columbus): 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 SO. Even with this strong showing, Morgan is only up to a .522 OPS in Columbus. Part of that is the result of a .216 BABIP, but Morgan's 13 strikeouts in 13 games are not helping, either.
- Tim Fedroff (DH, Columbus): 1-for-5, 2 SO. Though this night is not great on the surface, it extended Fedroff's on-base streak to 16 games. That streak is supporting Fedroff's .400 on-base percentage, but with only one extra base hit, Fedroff's offense still has a few holes.
- Justin Sellers (SS, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 2B. With a five-game hitting streak and hits in seven of his last eight games, Sellers has improved his OPS to .661 in 20 games this season. Thursday's double is Sellers' fifth extra base hit on the season.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 SAC. Moncrief's ascension from his ice-cold start to the season continued Thursday. Since April 19, Moncrief has increased his OPS by 206 points, bringing it up to .657.
- Ryan Rohlinger (2B, Columbus): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 SF. Meet a contender for Columbus' new starter at second base. Some guy named Jose Ramirez left the job behind after being called up to Cleveland.
- Ryan Merritt (SP, Carolina): W (4-0), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR. A little bit of natural regression for Merritt, as he went from one earned run allowed on the season to four. The left-hander still has a 1.19 ERA, however, and holds some strong peripherals with a 23:7 SO:BB in 30.1 innings.
- Elvis Araujo (RP, Carolina): H (2), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Araujo seems to have found a good home in the bullpen as the left-hander owns a 12:3 SO:BB in 8.1 innings and has only allowed a run in one of his seven outings.
- Louis Head (RP, Carolina): S (6), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. With 17 strikeouts in 9.2 innings and a 0.93 ERA, Head continues to make the case that he is ready for a bigger challenge in Double-A.
- Todd Hankins (2B, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Hankins' .222 BABIP is currently holding down his overall line (.167/.280/.321 line), but that .154 ISO is some pretty decent power from the 23-year-old.
- Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO. After posting one extra base hit in 12 games in Akron, the Sabour-Tooth Tiger has one in each of his first two games in Carolina.
- Ollie Linton (RF, Carolina): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS. The 28-year-old Linton is obviously a little old for a prospect, but the outfielder is doing what he is supposed to and performing well in Carolina (.828 OPS in 14 games).
- Dace Kime (SP, Lake County): ND, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Kime left Thursday's game early after being hit on the forearm by a line drive. IBI's Hayden Grove (who was on site shooting video for an upcoming IBI on Site) reported that Kime is expected to be fine and the cold likely made it hurt a little more.
- Alexis Paredes (RP, Lake County): 3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. Paredes came in after Kime's injury and stumbled a bit, allowing two runs. The walks now give Paredes eight in 16.1 innings, though the right-hander also owns a 2.76 ERA.
- Ben Heller (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. After starting slow, Heller has not allowed a run in his last six outings and has 13 strikeouts in 9.2 innings.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 SO, 1 E. A bit of a mixed bag for Paulino as the shortstop gets his seventh double of the season, but also his 30th strikeout and 13th error in 24 games. Paulino has at least one strikeout in each of his last eight games.
- Paul Hendrix (2B, Lake County): 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 SO. On a night where the Captains had four hits and three walks, Hendrix accounted for three of those times on base. The 22-year-old now owns a .417 on-base percentage in 16 games this season.
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As for J.Martin. Yes, he was a SR signing, but still must have been a preferred one out of all the available SRs. What's the difference between him and Sulser, who was a much later drafted SR? I just have a soft spot for performing guys that get overlooked because of prospect hierarchy
Josh Martin is interesting. The round he was taken doesn't mean much as he was a senior signing selected in the top 10 rounds to give the Indians more bonus pool money to play with. But there is some size there and the stuff is solid. Problem is there is nothing that truly stands out about him from a stuff standpoint....and he is in the bullpen....and is 24 years old....which goes back to my value article last week.
Outstanding job by the coaching staff there btw. Team numbers are excellent on both sides considering the talent.
I'd keep Merritt at Carolina all season. Morimando and Sulser should be the only promotion probables because of repeating level/Age respectively
First and foremost to Ramirez for getting his second promotion to Cleveland. This kid can flat out play the game and has performed well at every level (including Cleveland last year). Second to Josh Tomlin. Very encouraging start from a guy that definitely deserves another shot with Cleveland, hopefully, at some point this year. If not for Bauer's fantastic start to 2014, he would be there next week. Finally to Frazier in knocking the monkey off his back and smashing his first bomb in full season ball. No doubt, this will become a more familiar occurrence throughout the year.
On another note...
Very interested to see how the promotions work out next week. Assuming the obvious that Bauer goes to Cleveland and Davies follows to Columbus. Morimando is the most likely choice for Akron, but it will be hard to keep Merritt in Carolina much longer than the All-Star break at his current pace. The backfill for Carolina is anyone's guess. Baker's injury along with Sisco's retirement and DeJesus move to the pen really open up opportunities in High-A. Anxious to see how it unravels...