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Around The Farm: May 16, 2013

Top prospects shine in Carolina, pitching is superb in Columbus

Around The Farm: May 16, 2013
Francisco Lindor (Photo: Lianna Holub)
May 17, 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.

Note that Akron was off last night.

Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 SB

It is getting harder and harder to keep seeing Lindor still down in Carolina. The shortstop is one of the best prospects in all of baseball, though he still needs time down in High-A to get more reps and see how the league adjusts to him as time goes on. The lack of teams in the Carolina League makes adjustments paramount and it will be interesting to see how Lindor reacts two, three, four times around the league. If the shortstop keep producing at anywhere near this level (.340/.408/.480 line, 16:17 SO:BB), then he will move much quicker than the original plan for him this year.

Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI

Naquin's situation is very similar to Lindor's in that he is off to a torrid start in Carolina (.304/.360/.462). It's different in that Naquin is a few years older and should move through the system quicker. Naquin has not done a great job of controlling the strike zone yet in 2013 (36:12 SO:BB), but considering it is his first full season in professional ball, I am willing to cut him a little slack. The polished bat Naquin was rumored to have is there and it is showing up in the offense-suffocating Carolina League. The outfielder should stay in Carolina for a few more weeks to make sure that he is ready for an aggressive jump, but if he were to make his way to Akron at some point in June, I think I would be okay with it. I want to see what Naquin has and how the 22-year-old handles Double-A.

  • Carlos Carrasco (SP, Columbus): ND, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 SO. Somehow that line drive that went off of Carrasco's elbow does not seem to have affected him at all. His suspension is still an issue, but at least Carrasco seems to be healthy and all the way back from Tommy John surgery. 
  • Scott Barnes (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO. Pitching night in Columbus continues with Barnes, who absolutely tore apart Syracuse. I still wish Barnes stayed as a starter for at least one more year, but he probably would have ended up in the bullpen anyway. Guess there's not much reason to complain.
  • Matt Langwell (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP. Langwell rarely overpowers batters but he just gets the job done. The team has not dipped too deep into their bullpen depth yet this season, but when it happens, Langwell should get the call at some point.
  • Preston Guilmet (RP, Columbus): W (1-2), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. Aside from the ultimately harmless home run, Guilmet wrapped up pitching night in Columbus well and closed out the 11 inning win. Like Langwell, Guilmet just gets the job done.
  • Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 3-for-6, 1 RBI, 2 SO. The byproduct of me calling it pitching night in Columbus is the lack of offense for the Clippers, though Fedroff paid that no mind. Even though there are questions about Fedroff's ultimate place in the big league picture, he is an enjoyable player to watch who just knows how to hit.
  • Ryan Battaglia (1B, Carolina): 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Battaglia came on in relief of Jerrud Sabourin and got the game-winning hit. We will see what happened with Sabourin, but for today, this is a nice moment for Battaglia.
  • Zach MacPhee (DH, Carolina): 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI. Before Thursday, MacPhee only had three extra-base hits before last night. Of course he hit two doubles last night. Baseball makes no sense a lot of the time.
  • Robert Whitenack (SP, Carolina): ND, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 WP, 1 HBP, 1 E. Whitenack's first outing with the organization took place in Akron and he allowed four runs without recording an out. Thursday was not pretty, but it was technically progress.
  • Dylan Baker (SP, Lake County): L (1-3), 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 ER), 6 BB, 4 SO. Coming into Thursday, Baker had 30 strikeouts to go with six walks. Naturally, he went out and doubled that walk total. Baker has looked good so far in 2013 and it will take more than one bad outing to change that.
  • Josh Martin (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. Martin may have allowed a run, bumping his ERA to 3.72, but the right-hander is sporting a strong 16:4 SO:BB. That ratio looks good even if the ERA is a little high.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI,  2 SO. Lake County only managed three hits Thursday and Paulino had the only extra-base hit. This was Paulino's first extra-base hit since May 2. This year has not been kind to Paulino.
  • Jorge Martinez (LF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 SO. Martinez has a ton of promise and potential, though his .538 OPS and 28:5 SO:BB is disappointing. He is adjusting to the outfield, though, and is still just 20 years old. It may not feel like it, but there is still development left in Martinez.
  • LeVon Washington (CF, Lake County): 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 E. Strangely, not every hit is falling in for #WashTime anymore, but despite Washington's bad day, he is still hitting .327/.444/.481 with a 10:11 SO:BB.

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User Comments

Adam
May 17, 2013 - 11:02 AM EDT
I wonder how many times Lindor will actually make it through the league before he's promoted to Akron. Listening to Atkins, he was saying that it's difficult to find the balance between keeping him challenged and making sure they aren't too aggressive. I feel like he wont really be challenged until AA.
Steve
May 17, 2013 - 8:03 AM EDT
Re: Naquin - I'm hoping the Indians minor league organization has a shift in philosophy that doesn't use age/level as a cause to move guys quickly through a system.
Arthur
May 17, 2013 - 12:32 AM EDT
It doesn't say much for Whitenack that his ERA no longer being infinity is progress. It also doesn't say much for him that the Indians have tried their hardest to find a place for him that is anywhere but an actual minor league baseball roster.

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