Around The Farm: May 21, 2013
Chun Chen (Columbus, 1B) – 3-4, 1 R - Chun Chen’s adjustment to the Triple-A level has been nothing if not speedy. After a 1-for-5 debut Sunday, he has posted two straight three-hit outings. He is showing that he can hit well at a high level, however, for him to make it long-term in the Major Leagues, he will need to shore up his defensive game or hit so well that he merits a full-time gig at Designated Hitter.
Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) – 0-4, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt – Lindor’s numbers have been down as of late (.250/.340/.350 in his last ten games as opposed to .323/.390/.455 for the season as a whole). While this is likely nothing more than a garden variety slump, it may give the Indians brass pause regarding any thoughts of rushing him through the system. The biggest concern is this rough stretch becoming a mental issue, which is the last thing any team wants when a prize prospect is making a transition as difficulyt as the one from Advanced Single-A to Double-A.
Richard Stock (Lake County, C) – 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Stock is beginning to pick up some more regular playing time in Lake County and his ability to regularly post big nights like tonight’s is a big part of the reason. Stock seems to have the makings of a breakout star as he has posted a .409/.409/.636 slash line and has carried over his solid production from a part-time role to a more regular one. If he can keep up numbers anywhere close to those listed above as an everyday player, he will become a player the Tribe’s player development bigwigs won’t be able to ignore.
- Matt Lawson (Columbus, 2B) – 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – While not a consistently great hitter, Lawson has nights like this that keep his stats in the solid range.
- Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus, SS) – 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Rohlinger continues his recent strong form (.343/.452/.486 in his last ten games).
- Carlos Carrasco (Columbus, SP) – W (2-0), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K – While not exactly dominating, six innings of shutout baseball is six innings of shutout baseball. He continues to pitch well at the Triple-A level. Unfortunately, the eight-game suspension hanging over his head will likely keep us from finding out if he can translate these Columbus results into a newfound confidence under the bright lights of Progressive Field until at least September.
- Preston Guilmet (Columbus, CP) – S (14), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1BB, 2 K – Guilmet extends his International League saves lead in 4-out fashion after Gio Soto nearly blows the hold. Definitely a guy to look out for as a potential major league bullpen prospect.
- Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) – 2-5, 1 R, 2 K – Holt’s third straight multi-hit game in a row.
- Cedric Hunter (Akron, LF) – 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 CS – Hunter has the look of a guy trying to get his way back to Triple-A as fast as he possibly can.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 2-4, 1 RBI – Another day, another RBI for Aguilar. This guy is good.
- Roberto Perez (Akron, C) – 0-1, 3 BB, 1 K – There’s a good eye at the plate and then there’s this. Too bad it was wasted on such a poor pitching effort.
- Jordan Cooper (Akron, SP) – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R (all earned), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed – After a strong start at the Double-A level, Cooper suffers his second straight ugly outing. This is most likely just a sign of Double-A hitting getting used to him, and hopefully that’s all it is.
- Rob Bryson (Akron, RP) – 1 IP, 3 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K – While his first two Double-A outings following his demotion from Columbus were solid, this outing certainly did him no favors in his quest to return to Huntington Park.
- Jose Flores (Akron, RP) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 K – The usually-dependable Flores doubled his earned runs allowed total for the season.
- Cole Cook (Akron, RP) – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – Cole Cook is starting to get adjusted to the Double-A level and this semi-respectable outing brought a merciful end to tonight’s rat fiesta at Canal Park.
- Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) – 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Even on a one-hit night, Naquin is productive, picking up an RBI.
- Jordan Smith (Carolina, RF) – 2-5, 1 R – Smith continues to be consistent at the plate. Definitely a guy to look out for in Akron by 2014 opening day at the latest.
- Tony Wolters (Carolina, C) – 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K – A marked improvement at the plate (3-for-9 compared to .205 on the season) for Wolters upon his return to meaningful baseball games from paper move purgatory.
- Joe Sever (Carolina, 1B) – 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 E – Sever does quite well at the plate filling in for the recently-DLed Undrafted Wonder (Jerrud Sabourin), but not so well at first base.
- Jacob Lee (Carolina, SP) – ND, 4.2, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 2 K – While hardly his worst outing of the year, failing to get out of the fifth inning qualifies as a continuation of Lee’s rough season thus far.
- Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Yeoman’s work from the Mudcats reliever in keeping the team in this game and getting the game to extra innings.
- J.D. Reichenbach (Carolina, RP) – L (1-2), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K – A not exactly-perfect outing at a time that called for an exactly=perfect one is not the best thing for the psyche of a solid pitcher already reeling from his first truly horrid outing in almost a month two days ago. This will be a true test of his ability to get over it and focus on the next time out on the mound, a necessary skill for one to master to become a good reliever. Let alone a Major League one.
- Eric Haase (Lake County, C) – 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – Haase hasn’t had the best of season at the plate (.246/.299/.437), but tonight was an all-around solid effort.
- Nelson Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) – 2-4, 1 R – Another poor hitter (.203/.319/.254) finally having a solid night, only to have it wasted on a horrendous night of pitching.
- Dylan Baker (Lake County, SP) – ND, 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 earned), 3 BB, 2 K – Baker’s wildly inconsistent season continues and, true to form, his bad nights on the mound are really bad.
- Josh Martin (lake County, RP) – L (2-3), BS (2), 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB – While Martin has had some less than stellar outings this season (his ERA now stands at 5.23 after this one), tonight’s represents a new low.
- Francisco Valera (Lake County, RP) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1K – The highly-dependable Valera performs as per usual. Unfortunately, it was in a damage control situation.