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Around the Farm: May 12, 2014

Around the Farm: May 12, 2014
Paul Hendrix (Photo: IBI)
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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.

Note, Double-A Akron’s game was suspended after seven innings and will be resumed on Tuesday.

Paul Hendrix (SS, Lake County): 4-for-5, 2 R, 3 2B, K. Hendrix has been some kind of hot since taking over the everyday shortstop duties at Low-A Lake County hitting .390 with a 1.252 OPS in 10 games. He has slugged four homers over that time period, scored 10 runs and 9 of his 16 hits have gone for extra bases. This is the classic case of a lower priority player taking advantage of an opportunity to play every day and starting to open up some eyes. He was not a highly rated prospect coming into the season and was a lower round pick who came into the organization with little fanfare, but has filled in nicely for the recently departed Dorssys Paulino who was sent to extended spring training last week. Hendrix’s play is similar to that of Tyler Cannon a few years ago when he was at Low-A Lake County and he should continue to get regular time at shortstop.

  • David Cooper (1B, Columbus): 1-for-3, R, BB, E. Cooper got some rare action at first base because Jesus Aguilar was given the night off after a collision on Sunday which left him a little nicked up. Cooper is not showing any power whatsoever, but is hitting .308 over his last 10 games.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Columbus): 2-for-3, 2B. Perez had another good outing, though he came out of the game after a bunt single in the seventh. Upon running down the line he was replaced by Luke Carlin, so hopefully he did not injure himself running down the first base line.
  • Justin Sellers (SS, Columbus): 0-for-3, RBI, BB, E. Sellers continues to play a solid shortstop on a daily basis for Columbus, but provides nearly no offense with a .217 batting average and .569 OPS in 31 games.
  • Travis Banwart (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR. I will tell you what, if the Indians have to dip deep into the starting pitching options in Columbus, Banwart is setting himself up well for an opportunity in Cleveland. He only threw 56 strikes in 97 pitches and served up two homers, but he has been rather consistent and competes every time out.
  • Blake Wood (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K. Wood has been sort of forgotten after being sent out to Columbus a few weeks ago. If you ever wanted more proof how ERA can be misleading he has allowed 7 hits and 9 walks in 4.1 innings yet someone has allowed just 3 runs (1 earned). I mean, he literally has a near 4.00 WHIP! Yikes. He’s a looonnnnggg way from coming back to Cleveland.
  • Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. About as good an outing as you can hope from Pestano. He has now racked up four straight scoreless outings where in 4.1 innings has allowed 3 hits, 1 walk and has 7 strikeouts. I wonder if when he eventually comes up to Cleveland if he might replace Axford on the roster and be considered for the closer role?
  • Tony Wolters (C, Akron): 1-for-2, R, BB. Wolter is now hitting .301 and has been moved up in the order to the number two spot in the lineup. He might be having the most consistent, non-flashy season in the system this year.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Akron): 2-for-2, 2B, RBI. Wendle looks to be putting things together as he is now has an 8-game hitting streak and is hitting .406 over that time period.
  • Alex Lavisky (DH, Akron): 1-for-2. Lavisky does not get to play much, but when he has had a chance to get in the lineup he has performed well and is now hitting .297 with a .810 OPS in 35 at bats on the season.
  • Cody Anderson (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. Anderson continues to pitch deep into games but have rather ordinary to poor peripheral numbers. The significant drop in his strikeout rate this season is alarming.
  • Enosil Tejeda (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Tejeda just continues to perform as he has an exceptional 1-14 walk to strikeout rate in 12.2 innings. That ability to limit baserunners and get some swing and miss even though he doesn’t throw hard is what makes him so interesting.
  • Todd Hankins (LF, Carolina): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI. Hankins returned to the Carolina lineup after some time up at Triple-A Columbus. Including his time at Columbus he is 9-for-24 (.375) over his last six games.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, K. Vick has had an absolutely horrific start to his season as he is .179 and we are almost quarter of the way through the minor league season. He has not shown very many signs that he is coming out of his season long funk, but when he does he is due for one heck of a hot streak.
  • Anthony Gallas (RF, Carolina): 2-for-5, 2 RBI. The reigning Carolina League Player of the Week continues his strong showing with a multi-hit night and is now hitting .344 this season.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 3-for-5, R, 2B, RBI. It has only been 13 games, but Sabes is hitting a blistering .404 over his time in Carolina and is giving a clear notice to the Indians that he deserves to be in Double-A at Akron.
  • Torsten Boss (DH, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, HR, 2 RBI. It took some time, but Boss is starting to settle in well with the Indians. He was just 3-for-52 in his first 11 games with the Indians, but has racked up a hit in each of the seven games since and hitting .429 over that time period.
  • Cole Sulser (SP, Carolina): 2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 1 K. Sulser just did not have it on this night. He threw strikes (52 pitches, 36 strikes), but the quality of those strikes was not good and Lynchburg hitters just had him well-timed. This is now three straight poor outings for him, so hopefully it is just a rough patch and not a sign that something may be up physically.
  • Carlos Melo (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 3 H. 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K. I know the guy can throw 100 MPH, but it is interesting that he has lasted this long with the Indians. He has allowed 11 hits and 14 walks (25 baserunners) in his 9.2 innings of work this season.
  • Jacob Lee (RP, Carolina): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Lee put forth a yeoman-like effort in this one eating some late innings in order to make up for the short outing from Sulser. This was one of his best outings of the season for Lee and hopefully something he can build on going forward.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 1-for-3, R, 3B, RBI, 2 BB, K. While the .218 batting average is not very pretty, what is very nice to see is the power as an amazing 14 of his 22 hits have gone for extra bases. He has a .515 slugging percentage and .297 isolated power.
  • Anthony Santander (DH, Lake County): 0-for-4. Santander looked to be coming out of his funk a little over a week ago, but he’s still in it as he is just 4-for-17 over his last five games.
  • Claudio Bautista (2B, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, RBI, SB. Bautista has been one of the biggest disappointments to date at Lake County. In 32 games he is hitting just .195 and .529 OPS. Hopefully this multi-hit game is what gets him going.
  • Dace Kime (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. Kime is now 0-6 on the season in 8 starts, and his pitching line is not very pretty with an 8.51 ERA and .364 BAA. The outings are just not getting any better, so you have to wonder how much longer the Indians will keep him in the Lake County rotation.
  • Luis Lugo (RP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Lugo has actually pitched better than his 6.18 ERA suggests this season. He is holding hitters to a .252 batting average and is striking out well over a batter an inning. If he maintains this performance then the rest of his numbers should level out.

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User Comments

May 13, 2014 - 2:18 PM EDT
Outman doesn't really need sent down....Francona just needs to stop using him for anything other than a LOOGY role.

Outman's 2014 splits:

vs LHH: 26 TBF, 4 hits, 0 XBH, 6 BB, 8 K, .200 BAA, .297 wOBA, .585 OPS, 12.71 K/9, 9.53 BB/9

vs RHH: 22 TBF, 7 hits, 4 XBH, 3 BB, 3 K, .368 BAA, .493 wOBA, 1.192 OPS, 6.75 K/9, 6.75 BB/9

Obviously the walks are an issue, but he's been about as night and day as you can get vs RH/LH batters this year. I know you can't expect him to only face lefties as other managers will pinch hit a RH hitter when he's brought in and you're stuck with him. But 22 of the 48 batters he's faced have been righties (46%).

We still have 8 guys in the pen....there is absolutely no good reason for Outman to be facing that many RHH. Again, Outman needs to limit the walks, but Francona deserves a lot of blame here too for how he's handled Outman.
May 13, 2014 - 2:09 PM EDT
Outman has an option remaining so he can easily be sent down to Columbus. I don't think Hagadone or Barnes are the answer right now, though perhaps they give Hagadone one last crack at the second lefty job. I really think if they decide to send down Outman that it could be Crockett time in Cleveland.
Kelly Holcomb
May 13, 2014 - 1:27 PM EDT
Tony, how much longer do you think the tribe will stick with Outman? Like Wood, his ERA is deceiving (3.72) as his whip is 2.07, ESPECIALLY for a matchup lefty who doesn't usually doesn't start his own inning.

Does he have options? Hagadone and Barnes both seem like bad options at the moment; maybe House or Crockett?
May 13, 2014 - 12:08 PM EDT
I would think Sellers and Wood are next in line for a DFA if needed.

I am not sure Kime is pushed back to MV.....I've seen pitchers stay at Lake County all year even with struggles. I think they will re-evaluate Kime at the All Star break but if he is healthy I expect him to stay at Lake County (unless he just implodes).

Hendrix has been a nice addition to the everyday lineup and definitely helped stabilize the lineup and defense. He's playing well and doing everything he can to try and jump start his prospect value.

David, I have not seen the reading on Anderson over the last month but got him at the start of the season at 90-92. I think the velo is still down a little, but he also has some mechanical issues he is working through. He's showing why he is not really a fast mover but more a slower paced guy we need to have patience on.

Guys who are "reassigned" to MV at this time of the year typically just stick with their current team as a non-rostered player. They workout, take BP and do all of that except dress for games.
May 13, 2014 - 11:58 AM EDT
Tony - What happens to guys like Jorge Martinez and Nick Hamilton that are "assigned" to Mahoning Valley this time of year? I know that it's just a paper move, but where to the guys actually go? Do they stay with the last team they were with (Captains), or do they head back to Arizona Ext. Spring Training (or something else altogether)? Thanks!
May 13, 2014 - 11:42 AM EDT
Tony, not sure you have had a gun on Cody Anderson, or have heard anything, but how is his velocity? He has been rather ordinary this year, and gotten crushed a few times, along with a surprisingly low strikeout rate. Thanks
May 13, 2014 - 10:41 AM EDT
It looks like Wood, Barnes and Sellers are the next set of players that are in jeopardy on staying on the 40 man roster during the year.

Will Kime get pushed back to Mahoning Valley once there season starts?

Hendrix is showing some power at LC. I think he also has stabilized the defense with him playing SS.

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