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Around the Farm: May 13. 2014

Around the Farm: May 13. 2014
Anthony Gallas (Photo: IBI)
May 14, 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.

Anthony Gallas (Carolina, DH) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB - The A-Train just keeps rolling along as Gallas has a stellar day at the plate, highlighted by a three-run homer in the third inning that started the Cats' offensive onslaught in their 13-5 win over Lynchburg (Braves).  Gallas' numbers now stand at .349/.396/.597 with 6 HR and 20 RBI in 33 games.  Even more impressive are his last 10 numbers, which now stand qat .475/.553/.800 with 2 HR and 10 RBI.  His K:BB ratio has also improved in his last 10 games, from 13:3 in his first 23 games to 6:7 in his last 10 ball games.

Trevor Bauer (Columbus, SP) - L (4-1), 5.2, 9 H, 6 R (all earned), 3 BB, 4 K, 4 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Bauer suffers his first Triple-A loss of the season, due largely to a horrendous fifth inning when he allowed 5 runs.  And he was smoked for FOUR home runs. Given his strong performance thus far this season, he is more than deserving of the benefit of the doubt in relation to this outing and now has had just one bad inning all season. It will be interesting to see how he responds his next time out.

  • Elliot Johnson (Columbus, CF) - 1-1, 1 BB - Johnson has a nice night at the plate. He joined Columbus last weekend after accepting an outright assignment.
  • Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, SS) - 1-1, 1 2B, 1 BB - Ciriaco extends his hitting streak to five games.
  • Joe Wendle (Akron - Suspended Game, 2B) - 3-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - An incredible performance by Joe across two nights in this rain-suspended contest that began Monday night at Canal Park.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (Akron - Suspended Game, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K - Ronny-Rod had only one hit, but it was a grand slam that provided over half of the runs in the Ducks' seven-run bottom of the seventh which put the result of the contest beyond doubt.
  • Enosil Tejeda (Akron - Suspended Game, RP) - W (2-0), 1.2, 2 H, 2  - While this was a :right place, right time" win, he certainly earned it as he had to pitch on two different nights to pick up the victory.
  • Kyle Crockett (Akron - Suspended Game, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 H - Kyle Crockett just keeps being Kyle Crockett as he posts yet another scoreless performance.  His ERA now stands at 0.57.  Combine that with a 0.70 WHIP and a 17:3 K:BB ratio and that equals pure dominance.
  • Tony Wolters (Akron - Scheduled Game, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI - Wolters continues his recent hot streak in which he is hitting a solid .324/.395/.405 in his last 10 games.
  • Joe Wendle (Akron - Scheduled Game, 2B) - 1-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI - While not as as spectaular of an outing as his performance in the suspended game, it is still notable for the three RBI and yet another extra base hit for him.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (Akron - Scheduled Game, SS) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB - Ronny's night was sort of Joe Wendle's in reverse, with the gaudy numbers coming in the game played entirely tonight.
  • Tyler Naquin (Akron - Scheduled Game, CF) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - While this line may not seem as impressive as the other RubberDucks stats posted here tonight, Naquin was arguably the most important of the game for the RubberDucks as he made a spectacular running catch in the top of the ninth to prevent the tying run (at least) from scoring and ending the game.
  • Duke von Schamman (Akron - Scheduled Game, SP) - ND, 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K - The Duke of Canal Park's second straight rough start thankfully comes on a night where the run support was flowing like tap water.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron - Scheduled Game, RP) - W (4-0), 1,1 IP, 1 H - Cooper keeps the game within reach and improves his record to 4-0 (all in relief appearances).
  • Adam Miller (Akron - Scheduled Game, RP) - H (1), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - While the second outing of his return to the Tribe org didn't go as smoothly as his scoreless on Sunday against Altoona (Pirates), it's enough to pick up his first hold of the season.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron - Scheduled Game, CP) - S (6), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Armstrong pitches two solid innings to pick up his sixth save of  the season.
  • Todd Hankins (Carolina, LF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB , 1 HBP - Hankins continues his recently improved form on a day where he hit a three-run home run.  Hankins is now hitting .270 in his last 10 games as opposed to .211 in all 25 games in which he has played for the Carolina side this year.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI - Gonzalez extends his hitting streak to four games (three of them multi-hit efforts), a stretch during which he is batting .450 (9-for-20).  It appears that his recent six-game stretch in which he only batted .154 (4-for-26) was thankfully only an aberration (he is batting .306  with 17 RBI on the season in 34 games).
  • Ryan Battaglia (Carolina, C) - 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 PB - The Backstop from Brisbane picks up his first two hits of the season Monday afternoon.  Hopefully, this is a sign of what he is capable of this season.
  • Logan Vick (Carolina, CF) - 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K -  A testament to the power of plate discipline.  Vick failed to get a hit but scored two runs after walking twice in Monday's contest.
  • Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) - W (4-2), 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP - Far from Morimando's best outing of the season, but a vast improvement over his last appearance and more than enough to pick up a win on a day when the run support is this plentiful.
  • Louis Head (Carolina, CP) - S (8), 2 IP, 3 K - Head dominates Hillcat hitting to pick up his eighth save, staying one save ahead of Wilmington (Royals) closer Mark Peterson in the Carolina League saves race.
  • Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 1 3B - One of only two multi-hit performances on the night for the Captains.  It says something about how well the season has been going for the Tribe farm system that it took until May 13th for me to have to apply the "anybody with a multi-hit night" standard of ATF notability to a game.
  • Josh McAdams (Lake County, RF) - 2-3, 1 K - Here's the other.
  • Jordan Milbrath (Lake County, SP) - L (1-3), 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R (5 earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP - Milbrath's worst outing of the season raises his ERA from 1.04 to 2.13,  That's a pretty big jump for a starter's eighth appearance of the season.
  • Caleb Hamrick (Lake County, RP) - 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K - A glimmer of hope amidst both Monday night's ugliness in Fort Wayne and Caleb's own rough start to the season.

User Comments

Joe Chengery
May 14, 2014 - 7:37 PM EDT
If Bauer has his focus next time out, a perfect game, no-hitter, or a strong run at either/both might not be out of the question, since he has taken a corner this year to regaining much of his prospect status.

Also of note from that game, it was raining- I don't know if that had any effect on his pitching and the mound,but it's likely it didn't help and may have helped to cause that unusual inning. In addition, Bauer wasn't as sharp as it had been in his other starts (look at his S/B ratios- much poorer than his other starts).

So, I'm willing to chalk that up as a fluke for now. As I said above, if Bauer is focused in his next start, it wouldn't surprise me if he makes a run at a perfect game or no-hitter, and if things go right, might even get it, since he has looked that dominant in most of his starts this year.
May 14, 2014 - 7:32 PM EDT
OK I agree with the concept. It doesn't seem to me that the coaching is following this. What happened to Mathews ? He's always been a starter but only has 17 innings. I know he's on the dl right now. His numbers are pretty good..
May 14, 2014 - 7:26 PM EDT
Piggybacking simply is having two starters pitch on a given night. So once the first pitcher is done after five innings another starter comes in and pitches the final four innings (depending on his pitch count limit). What this does is allow a team to develop 7-8 starters at any given level rather than the normal five. This helps them not give up on a starter too soon.
May 14, 2014 - 7:23 PM EDT
Can you comment on what the "piggyback pitching system" is and how affective it is for the pitchers. I can't believe how bad some of the starting pitching is at Lake County. Maybe they should consider some changes.
May 14, 2014 - 5:31 PM EDT
The split personality is on this site, Every player has to play to 100% perfection under there criteria. If not they get blasted with criticism.

It's good to see Hamrick have his best outing of the year. I hope he is able to build on that going forward.

Masterson, Bauer and Milbrath had poor outings. Plutko had his today by giving up 5 runs in one inning.
May 14, 2014 - 4:55 PM EDT
A single outing..a single inning.. a complete melt down.. Not to be expected from the best of the best.. but, not unexpected from time to time.. it's baseball..

Quoting Lou Brown in response to giving up Clu Heywood's granny: Let's see how he reacts..

If it's interesting.. that's bad.. if it's boring.. that would be better...
May 14, 2014 - 4:24 PM EDT
So the guy has a bad inning/game (something every pitcher has) and he's got a split personality?
May 14, 2014 - 11:12 AM EDT
The Bauer blow-up is ugly. 4 bombs in 5 innings against minor league batters. Especially disturbing after seeing him pitch like Clayton Kershaw in Columbus. Lends credence unfortunately to my earlier contention that he may have a split personality. Most of us have different aspects to our personalities but we stay between the foul poles most of the time. This guy just goes off the rails...

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