Around The Farm: May 17, 2013
Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, LF) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 CS – Carrera’s time with the Clippers since returning to the org after being claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies (and a short stint with the Big Club) has not been marked by high-quality hitting. That’s why Friday night’s outing was so exciting. Nights like this give you hope that he has more games like this in him and may yet prove to be a viable outfield depth option for the Major League ballclub in Cleveland.
Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) – 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 E – Just Naquin being Naquin. When he goes out and shows off a little of everything like this with consistency, power, clutch hitting, and a good eye at the plate, you see why he is so highly valued in the Tribe organization.
Charlie Valerio (Carolina, C) – 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB – Valerio has had a solid, if unspectacular season thus far and had a big multi-extra base hit, multi-RBI night. While his prospects as a Major Leaguer may not be as high as some of the high profile players in Carolina, he has a strong standing within the organization and the Indians are excited about his potential.
Jeremy Lucas (Lake County, C) – 2-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB – While Lucas has only recently begun playing regularly for the Captains, he has made the most of whatever playing time he has been able to get. Friday night’s three RBI effort is yet another example of this tendency. He may find himself continuing to play more regularly if he can keep this kind of baseball up. The unfortunate part is that no other Captains were able to pitch in an RBI or two to get the team over the top against the Tincaps.
- Lonnie Chisenhall (Columbus, 3B) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – Chisenhall raised his average with his best night batting average-wise since being sent down. Unfortunately, he’s still below the Mendoza Line at Triple-A.
- Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, DH) – 0-2, 1 RBI, 3 BB – No hits from Hermida, but a good eye at the plate got him on base three times via balls. He also picked up an RBI on a first inning ground out.
- Juan Diaz (Columbus, SS) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – A good night for Diaz and hopefully we see some more of them. He needs them because he has some pretty talented shortstop prospects breathing down his neck.
- Brett Brach (Columbus, SP) – W (1-0), 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB. 3 K – In his second Triple-A start of the year, Brach picks up the win in impressive fashion.
- Jose Ramirez (Akron, 2B) – 2-4, 1 CS – The requisite inclusion of a multi-hit night here at ATF. Ramirez has struggled a little of late, so hopefully this gets him going.
- Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) – 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B – Literally half the Aeros offense on Friday night in terms of runs scored. He's having a fine season as the tablesetter in Akron.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 0-4, RBI - Once again, Aguilar picks up another RBI in a hitless effort, getting him 33 on the season on an eighth inning fielders choice.
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, SS) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – His seventh inning homer retied the game and put the Aeros in a position to win the game in the eighth.
- Brett Myers (Akron, SP) – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB – Three solid innings for Myers on his path back to the Big Leagues, although only 13 of his 28 pitches were strikes.
- Will Roberts (Akron, RP) – W (2-2), 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 4 K – Roberts’ first quality outing since his Double-A debut 18 days ago. Maybe he should always come in mid-game.
- Bryan Price (Akron, CP) – S (2), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Price continues to be a dependable go-to pitcher for the Aeros.
- Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) – 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – Not his best night of the season, but he still got on base twice, stole a base, and scored once. That’s the sign of a very good player in the making who can impact a game in various ways even when limited to one hit in five at bats.
- Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) – ND, 6 IP, 3 R (2 earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed – While not his worst outing of the year, Morimando continues to struggle on the mound.
- Owen Dew (Carolina, RP) – H (1), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 HR allowed – While he picked up the hold, Dew continues to struggle. He has now given up 9 runs in his last four outings covering 8.0 innings.
- LeVon Washington (Lake County, LF) – 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K - #Washtime seems to be encountering some downtime. Hopefully it’s just a minor blip on the radar as after a hot start he is now down to a .309 average.
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) – 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB – Hopefully Paulino’s strong form over the last few games continues into a longer-term pattern.
- Luis DeJesus (Lake County, SP) – L (0-4), 6.1 IP, 4 R (all earned), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – The positive momentum from his last outing went out the window as DeJesus had yet another rough outing for Lake County. He has allowed 3 runs or more in all eight of his starts this season.
- Luis Morel (Lake County, RP) – 2.2 IP, 4 BB, 5 K – Morel did all he could to give the Captains an opportunity to win, but the run support just did not come through.
"Maybe he should always come in mid game..."
Not sure if you are serious or just kidding here. Ultimately I could see him pushed to the bullpen as long man type - I think he could add a few ticks to his velocity. But I think they have to try to develop him as a SP. Maybe adding a pitch to his mix could help him out or continued physical maturation. Roberts is a tall slim arm who was placed aggressively at AA, IMHO.