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Around The Farm: May 21, 2013

Around The Farm:  May 21, 2013
May 22, 2013
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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.

User Comments

nubballguy
May 22, 2013 - 3:15 PM EDT
Don't look now but Nellie Rodriquez is finally up over the Mendoza line with a 2-4 last night and a .333 b/a over the last 5 game hit streak. Looong way to go to, esp with the power outage still in effect but perhaps these are early signs of getting things moving in the right direction. Interesting to see where he goes from here.
Tony
May 22, 2013 - 2:13 PM EDT
Roger, no negotiating on Carrasco's suspension can occur until be appeals it. He has yet to appeal it because he has yet to be added to the major league roster. When he is added to the roster they will appeal so that he can pitch right away, and at that time the league will consider revising it. They have no say on when the suspension starts other than as soon as he comes up it begins (unless appealed). If appealed, he would generally get 2-3 weeks before the appeal process plays out. So, really, I see no way he comes up before September 1st unless an emergency situation arises or they work around the suspension as I have heard around the All Star break.
Roger
May 22, 2013 - 1:22 PM EDT
could the indians use the suspension effective say 9-1-2013 and have his services until then? 8 days is a long time to penalize a team. in addition to the $3,000 fine he forfeits the 8 days pay if i understand the CBA. So maybe torre could at least make the suspension not be a detriment to the whole team and 9 days with a 24 man roster isnt fair to the team in contention. The indians can keep carrasco in columbus until 9-1-2013 if they choose to go that route so let them negotiate this scenario so the suspension gets served and the only penalized person is carrasco himself even though he was maybe a victim of his head hunting reputation. so why not work out an agreement suitable to all parties
Tony
May 22, 2013 - 9:46 AM EDT
Yes, Carrasco is major league ready. Just needs a spot to open up in Cleveland. It is his own fault he is in COlumbus though as had he not thrown at Youkilis then he might of kept that rotation spot and not allowed Kluber to slip into it.
League Park
May 22, 2013 - 9:40 AM EDT
Carrasco does not appear to need more seasoning at AAA.
Tony
May 22, 2013 - 7:46 AM EDT
I've been hearing the Indians may call him up around the All Star break to take care of the suspension issue. We will see. But at this point, he is nowhere close to Cleveland unless a starter gets hurt. With Myers coming back in 2-3 weeks, someone has to come out of the rotation, but who? Technically, Kluber has been more consistent than Kazmir. So there just is no room for Carrasco right now unless an injury crops up or someone craters.
Kenneth
May 22, 2013 - 6:55 AM EDT
I'm not buying your Carrasco scenario. He's pitching too well to be left all year down on the farm. Yeah, I know the suspension is an issue, but we could use him now.

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