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Around the Farm: May 18, 2014

Around the Farm: May 18, 2014
Duke von Schamann (Photo: Ken Carr)
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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.

Duke von Schamann (SP, Columbus): 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Be careful what you wish for. After lots of clamoring to “promote him” over the past few weeks, fans got their wish on Sunday when von Schamann was moved up to Columbus. It wasn’t the greatest of outings, but considering the circumstances it is expected that he might struggle his first outing or so. This is his first exposure to Triple-A so there will surely be an adjustment, but the Indians felt strongly enough about his body of work at Double-A Akron and some improvements he was making to push him up. The question now is whether he sticks in Columbus. Danny Salazar will slide intoTrevor Bauer’s slot in the rotation once Bauer is called up on Tuesday, and von Schamann filled in for T.J. Housewho is temporarily up in Cleveland, so he may be sent back down to Akron once House returns to Columbus on Tuesday. It is also possible he ends up replacing Kyle Davies or Tyler Cloyd in the rotation.

Cody Anderson (SP, Akron): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. Now that is more like it. Anderson has now thrown two straight good outings and has done so in four of his last five outings. This is the first time all season he struck out more than a batter an inning – or even came close – and would probably qualify as his best outing of the season. His peripherals still look ugly for a top ranked pitcher, so it will take some time for those numbers to recovery, but in the meantime this is a positive trend for Anderson with his recent showings and hopefully a step in the right direction to getting him back on track.

  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 2-for-5, RBI. After cooling off considerably at Columbus, Urshela put together a good weekend going 5-for-13. After a hot start, his numbers are starting to come back down to earth as he is hitting .287 with 8 HR, 29 RBI and .865 OPS in 40 games between Columbus and Akron.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 3-for-3, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI, SAC. After a very tough start Moncrief is starting to stabilize his performance. He has not been great of late, but had been solid hitting .278 with a .732 OPS in his last 10 games.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (2B, Columbus): 2-for-4, RBI. Rohlinger is such an unsung hero in the upper levels of the system. He’s a depth guy filling a Triple-A roster spot, but any role the organization asks him to step into he fills it and does a solid job.
  • Justin Sellers (SS, Columbus): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI. Sellers has played a little better of late as he has a five-game hitting streak and is hitting .270 with a .666 OPS in his last 10 games. He is still hitting just .225 with a .591 OPS in 36 games with Columbus.
  • Austin Adams (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Adams got hit around a little but he kept the opposing team off the scoreboard. He’s really made some considerable strides with his strike throwing ability this season.
  • Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Pestano is pitching well at Columbus as he has a 3.14 ERA in 13 appearances and in 14.1 innings has allowed just 5 walks and has 22 strikeouts. Unfortunately, he is probably still behind at least the recently optioned C.C. Lee as the next pen option in Cleveland.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 2-for-5, 2B, K. Naquin continues his unspectacular yet solid performance and has hits in six straight games. He is hitting .349 with a .884 OPS in his last 10 games and is having a nice season overall hitting .292 with 1 HR, 11 RBI, 9 stolen bases and .755 OPS in 39 games.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-4, RBI, K, E. Lindor committed his 8th error of the young minor league season. I wouldn’t worry though because official scorers in the minors tend to be much more by the book and less lenient to give hitters hits than in the big leagues.
  • Tony Wolters (C, Akron): 2-for-4. Wolters continues to rack up the singles as 34 of his 41 hits are have been of the one-base variety. He is hitting .304 with a .717 OPS in 36 games this season.  
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 2-for-4, R, K. Myles has cooled off some of late hitting just .243 with a .727 OPS in his last 10 games, but is once again having another consistent showing at the plate as this is his fourth pro season and he has yet to hit under .285.
  • Tyler Holt (DH, Akron): 2-for-4, R, 3B, RBI, K. Holt continues to perform and fill a fourth outfielder role at Akron, though you have to wonder when he will move up to Columbus. He has been in Akron for three straight seasons and is ready for the challenge at Triple-A.
  • Jordan Cooper (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K. Cooper continues to eat innings in middle relief and has overall been pretty solid with a .263 BAA and in 19.1 innings has allowed 5 walks and has 16 strikeouts.
  • J.C. Ramirez (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Ramirez was a perfect 6-for-6 setting down the six batters he faced and needed just 14 pitches (11 strikes) to get through his two innings of work. That’s some effective and efficient pitching in his season debut after missing time due to injury.
  • Todd Hankins (2B, Carolina): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB. Hankins has been on some sort of role since returning from his brief call up to Triple-A. Whatever it is he ate up in Columbus it has him hitting to the tune of .405 with a 1.193 OPS in his last 10 game at Carolina.
  • LeVon Washington (LF, Carolina): 0-for-3, BB, 2 K, SB. Washington is 0-for-5 with a walk in his two games since his return from an oblique injury. It will be interesting to see if the injury impacts his performance and whether or not he can remain healthy the rest of the way.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Carolina): 1-for-3, R, BB, 2 K. Vick is very slowly starting to put things together at the plate. The Indians have slid him down from the two-spot in the order to the bottom third in order to take some of the pressure off of him as a tablesetter at the top of the lineup.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Morimando put forth another good outing and quality start, and of the 87 pitches he threw 53 of them were strikes. He really struggled his previous three outings, so this is good to see him back into his early season form.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Sides continues to show some encouraging signs with his performance. The walks are still a concern but his walks at this point are way down from where they were last season.
  • Elvis Araujo (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Few teams have a big, physical lefty coming out of the bullpen to pitch in the late innings of games, but that is what the Indians have in Carolina with Araujo. He’s having a nice season limiting hitters to a .160 BAA and has 16 strikeouts in 15.0 innings.
  • Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 0-for-4, 3 K. I think at this point everyone is waiting to see Frazier go on a big tear like he is so capable of doing. He’s a good two week stretch of hot play away from his numbers truly standing out. He has 41 strikeouts in 120 at bats.
  • Paul Hendrix (SS, Lake County): 0-for-3, 3 K. You are not going to score very many runs when your 1-2 hitters in the lineup combine to go 0-for-7 with 6 strikeouts! Hendrix struck out in all three plate appearances yet continues to play well defensively.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, K. The batting average (.236) may not be pretty, but Rodriguez has really had a productive and solid showing so far at Lake County with a .781 OPS and 25-42 walk to strikeout ratio.
  • Jordan Milbrath (SP, Lake County): 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 K. Milbrath was bound to have a rather sudden regression with his numbers as he was just near perfect for so long. Even two straight poor outings, he still owns a 2.79 ERA, 1.94 GO/AO, .240 BAA and 15-31 walk to strikeout ratio.
  • Caleb Hamrick (RP, Lake County): 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 0 K. Hamrick followed up his best outing of the season with this subpar effort. He is now 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA in nine appearances, and the time may be coming soon where he takes a step back to Mahoning Valley or extended spring training in Arizona.

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User Comments

May 19, 2014 - 5:24 PM EDT
When is Mathews coming off the dl & get some innings ?
May 19, 2014 - 2:56 PM EDT
Have not confirmed, but pretty sure Barnes is spot starting and it will be deep bullpen game today. Bauer and House are being skipped in the rotation so they need someone to fill.
May 19, 2014 - 2:51 PM EDT
Just checked the Clippers site. Scott Barnes is the starting pitcher tonight.
May 19, 2014 - 12:01 PM EDT
Haven't been seeing Roberto Perez in the Columbus box. I know they have Kottaras and Carlin, but Perez is the most interesting to me in terms of upside Front office signed 3 guys at $125 mil- Santana, Swisher, Bourn w a collective batting average in the .190's 45 games in. I think they need to sit Santana and Swisher for sure and look to unload them/ eat the contracts whatever. If I'm running the team I play Chisenhall everyday at 3rd- Gomes at first when he's not catching and maybe give Perez a shot. He is an excellent defensive catcher, and even if he hits .220- it's still 70 points higher than Santana. Santana and Swisher are both below average defensively- if they were hitting .270 maybe you can justify playing them but they are no where close and they're not getting better.
May 19, 2014 - 9:41 AM EDT
DVS threw a lot of pitches, not his normal character. I hope he gets to stay and get a little more comforatable.

I watched a replay of the game this morning and he could have been out of the 2nd inning with out any damage. With 2 outs, they were playing a shift and Laird his a ball thru the shift that would normally be a routine ball to SS. All 3 of the runs scored after that.

Oh well, that's baseball.
May 19, 2014 - 9:37 AM EDT
I would see if Von Schamann can handle AAA for the rest of the season. I think he might be better option than Cloyd. I think the Indians want to develop him so he does become an option for depth in starting rotation for 15.

Good debut for J.C Ramirez.

I know Araujo has had injuries in past, but how hard is he able to throw? What kind pitches is he able to throw at this time? Only fastball? It looks like the future for Araujo could be the bullpen.

May 19, 2014 - 9:04 AM EDT
Urshela definitely adds a wildcard to the mix. I am not certain the Indians would go with wholesale changes to the infield in less than a year with Urshela, Lindor and Aguilar all getting spots.....but it is something that could very well happen a few years down the road. If Urshela is just an average player offensively....he has the defense to impact. A left side of Urshela and Lindor - at least from a defensive standpoint - would be one of the better ones in the league.
May 19, 2014 - 8:45 AM EDT
if you're serious about a better infield defense, kipnis is going to have to be moved back to the outfield. i don't think the indians would do it, but ...
May 19, 2014 - 8:38 AM EDT
Vinnie with 22 K's in 14.1 innings. He's getting there.
May 19, 2014 - 8:36 AM EDT
I'm starting to get a little optimistic about Urshela. At Akron this year he hit .300/.914 despite being 2.6 years younger than league average.

Since moving up to Columbus, his OPS is a very good .790 despite being 5.3 years younger than the league average.

I keep hearing he's an outstanding defensive 3rd baseman. The idea of having a good defender on the left side of the Indians infield has me salivating, especially if he can get through a game without making an error.

Next year it's Urshela at third, Lindor at short, Kipnis at second, Santana/Chisenhall at first, Chisenhall/Aguilar at DH, and Swisher cheering from the bench.

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