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Around The Farm: May 14, 2013

Around The Farm:  May 14, 2013
May 15, 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.

Trey Haley (Akron, RP) – L (1-1), 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 4 BB, 1 WP– Trey Haley had been the Rock of Gibraltar in his first seven outings of the season for the Akron Aeros.  Immovable.  Indestructible.  Invincible.  Through 10 IP of work, he had an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.20 (only that high due to a tendency to walk a lot of batters – even then his K/BB was 1.57).  All that changed tonight.  In an outing that transcended “Rat Fiesta” and reached into the deepest depths of the IBI Transaction God Scale of Awfulness, earning a “Clown Show” rating, Haley handed the ballgame to the Binghamton Mets on a silver platter.  This outing is a prime example of why Haley needs to work on his control issues.  While he had managed to walk the proverbial tightrope for a month and a half, when a walk-prone pitcher’s night goes bad, it goes nuclear.  Hopefully we don’t see too many (if any) more nights like this from Trey.  Given his prior performance so far this season, I have reason to believe we won’t.

LeVon Washington (Lake County, LF) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 SB – “Washtime” is in full effect in Eastlake and those of you in the Northeast Ohio area would be wise to take in the LeVon Washington Show before it packs up and moves on to the Raleigh-Durham area.  LeVon’s strong night was merely an extension of an almost unbelievably strong season thus far (.347/.458/.510).  Just imagine what it would’ve been without the injury and the accompanying assignment to “Mahoning Valley” (It was almost as if the Captains were allergic to using the 7-day DL early in the season.).  How he doesn’t get called up to the Carolina Mudcats sooner than later is beyond me.

  • Jose Ramirez (Akron, SS) – 0-4, 1 K, 1 GIDP – Ramirez continues to struggle in his return from the Disabled List (0-10 in his two games since coming off the 7-day DL).
  • Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K – A welcome night given Holt’s recent struggles at the plate.
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen (Akron, 1B) – 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K – Not a multi-hit night for the hot-hitting Chen, but his lone hit of the night (a first-inning single) resulted in two RBI.  He also avoided committing an error while playing first, something of an accomplishment for him.
  • Kyle Bellows (Akron, DH) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Third straight multi-hit game is just a continuance of his hot 2013 season thus far (.302/.326/.465).
  • Paolo Espino (Akron, SP) – ND, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 6 K – Not a dominating performance, but one of Espino’s better ones of the year and one that should have been good enough to win.  For reasons covered above, it was not.
  • Rob Bryson (Akron, RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Pure domination in Bryson’s 2013 Double-A debut.  Looks like somebody wants to get back up to Triple-A (and ultimately the Majors) very fast.
  • Charlie Valerio (Carolina, C) – 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Pretty much the entire Carolina offense tonight.
  • Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B – And here’s the rest of it.
  • Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) – 1-4 – On a night like tonight, getting a hit becomes the criteria for ATF inclusion.
  • Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) – 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K – Even better, a walk and a hit.
  • Cody Anderson (Carolina, SP) – L (4-2), 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 9 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP – If you looked up “tough-luck loser” in the dictionary, you’d probably see Cody Anderson pictured next to the entry.  Six extremely solid innings on the mound negated by an utter lack of run support.
  • Grant Sides (Carolina, RP) – 1 IP, perfect – While his perfect ninth inning was not enough, it was still perfect, and therefore worthy of mention here in ATF.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Lake County, DH) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – Another strong night from a player who has made the most of his limited playing time (.333/.412/.467 in 9 Single-A games).
  • Richard Stock (Lake County, C) – 3-4, 2 RBI - A big night for Stock in his second meaningful game of the season following his hitless 2013 debut on Saturday.
  • Michael Peoples (Lake County, SP) – ND, 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 4 K – Peoples’ recent struggles continue, with his poor form probably not helped by the jolt to his routine of  having to make a spot start rather then come in out of the bullpen.
  • D.J. Brown (Lake County, RP)  – L (1-1), 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (none earned), 2 BB – While his pitching was not exactly stellar tonight, the real culprit in this Captains' loss was the fielding Rat Fiesta that unfolded behind him during the fifth inning.
  • Jack Wagoner (Lake County, RP) – 2 IP, perfect, 3 K – Wagoner’s perfect sixth and seventh innings merit him automatic inclusion in tonight’s edition of ATF.
  • Tim Fedroff (Columbus, CF) - 3-7, 1 R, 2 K - Even in a 14-inning game, a three-hit night is impressive.
  • Cord Phelps (Columbus, 1B) - 2-7, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K - Good to see a multi-hit night from Phelps, even if it took 14 innings to do it.
  • Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, DH) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 BB, 1 K - A much needed solid night at the plate for the Clips' struggling DH (especially with Chen breathing sown his neck in Akron).
  • Cedric Hunter (Columbus, RF) - 2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Hunter picks up his first hit in five days as well as his first RBI in the same time period, not to mention his first extra-base hit since April (If I wasn't pushing past deadline just to include this game, I'd look up the exact date of his last XBH).
  • Joe Martinez (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 WP, 1 HR allowed - A second straight rough outing for Martinez leads to a 14-inning marathon in Syracuse, NY.
  • Fernando Nieve (Columbus, RP) - BS (1), 0.2 IP, perfect - Listed solely for the statistical oddity of a blown save in a perfect outing (allowed the tying run to score on a Will Rhymes sac fly to left field).
  • Scott Barnes (Columbus, RP) - L (2-2), 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 2 K - Somebody was going to pick up the decision in this seemingly never-ending game, and it was Barnes, and it was a loss.

User Comments

May 15, 2013 - 9:28 PM EDT
Even Tony doesn't mention Washington. He might not have been on everyone's Top 10 but he was #5 on mine. Only health concerns kept him out of the top 3. Also, my #25 "prospect", a Jeremy Lucas/Richard Stock catching platoon, had a very nice night.
May 15, 2013 - 2:55 PM EDT
Anderson has been really impressive so far - sub-3.00 ERA, K% just over 20%, 37:9 K:BB, 1.09 WHIP, and .240 BAA with .290 BABIP (not just lucky). It's also great to see his BB% continually drop from 17.4% to 7.2% to 4.9% from MV to Lake Co to Carolina.

Any word on how his changeup and curve are developing?
May 15, 2013 - 9:21 AM EDT
Things tend to not look good when your better players are not performing....but there is a lot to like right now. Four of the Indians top 5 prospects are living up to expectations (Lindor, Bauer, Ramirez, Salazar) and then you have Naquin and Allen doing well, so 6 guys overall in the top 10 playing well. Really, the only real big disappoints so far in the Top 30 are Paulino, Aguilar and Ronny Rodriguez. I give Wolters a pass right now because of his position change. By the same token, some encouraging things going on with Cody Anderson, Ryan Merritt, Shawn Morimando, Joey Wendle, Chun Chen and others. I think overall, to this point, the system has done as expected and may be a little stronger overall with the return of Adams and some lower level players coming to the forefront.
May 15, 2013 - 9:20 AM EDT
Keith Law ranks our system 19th, which I think is just about right.
League Park
May 15, 2013 - 9:10 AM EDT
What is the current ranking of our farm system? I'm not impressed with it
May 15, 2013 - 9:08 AM EDT
AAA is usually this way, guys that can be called on by the big club in case of an emergency. Occasionally, prospects are there to finish off their development but for the most case the real development goes from rookie -> AA.

Also the development of prospects takes time and patience. Yes Paulino is struggling but it's too early to call him a bust. What is true is that he isn't the rocket that we all hoped he'd be. Today could be the day he starts getting it all together or it could be next week, next month.......Every level you go up requires adjustments....
May 15, 2013 - 8:54 AM EDT
I think the Indians' system is pretty much right where everyone thought it was: a handful of very good prospects, some very intriguing, high-upside players in the lower levels, and a total lack of pitching.

To answer your question, no there really aren't any legit SP prospects at Carolina other than Anderson. However, I really disagree with your take on the Lake County lineup. They're not putting up a ton of runs, but Lake County has a ton of very young, talented position players in the lineup. One month of struggles as an 18 year old in a full season league is no reason to start calling Paulino a bust.
May 15, 2013 - 8:30 AM EDT
Another strong outing by Anderson. I tend to think he could be working his way into the rotation at Akron some time soon.

RE: lack of SP

There are some talented arms in the system that could develop, but the certainly needs to be an influx of arms this summer. The Tribe has the 5th pk in the draft come June which could be a pitcher - should be some a decent choice or two there, and the Tribe has the 5th largest International FA spending pool which could help in a number of ways being tradeable up to half of the pool. There is also the potential for the Tribe to swing a deal that impacts the big league club now & later with arm or two.
May 15, 2013 - 7:46 AM EDT
should of read:

At Carolina, are there any other viable pitching prospects other than Anderson. I know lindor and Naquin are prospects for hitting.
May 15, 2013 - 7:45 AM EDT
I'm sort of surprised at just how weak the Indians farm system is this year, as former hyped players don't seem to be progressing. Columbus for the most part puts out an every day batting order of journeymen types. Akron's rotation minus Salazar is pretty weak. At Carolina, outside of Anderson are there any other viable prospects? Lake County has an ugly everyday lineup, Washington is basically the only one with a possible future in this organization. Paulino is looking like a bust.

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