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Around The Farm: May 22, 2013

Paulino's attempt to get back on track highlights the night in the minors

Around The Farm: May 22, 2013
Dorssys Paulino (Photo: Lianna Holub)
May 23, 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 Columbus was off Wednesday night.

Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 E

Would it be wholly irresponsible to declare Paulino's season-long slump over after one impressive day? Of course. Is it possible that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel? I think so. As much as Paulino has struggled so far at Lake County in 2013, there is one very important thing to remember: Paulino does not turn 19 until November. People his age are typically preparing to go to prom and walk at their high school graduation, not putting in work in Low-A ball. Sure, Paulino has had a rough go of things so far and only has five extra-base hits after two Wednesday morning, but things are going to get better. His manager said that Paulino is making adjustments and striking the ball harder (hat tip to Stephanie Metzger and her upcoming feature on Paulino on that one) and maybe this is the start of that. We shall see.

  • Brett Myers (SP, Akron): L (0-1), 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 1 HR. Myers struggled a little with his control and his fastball topped out at 87 MPH, but the right-hander recovered after a bad first inning. It was not a pretty outing to watch, but Myers did get the job done outside of his three-run first.
  • Blake Wood (RP, Akron): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 SO. Wood's third rehab outing of the year went well enough before an error helped things unravel. He threw 24 pitches and I would guess will try to make it through two innings his next time out.
  • Brett Brach (RP, Akron): 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP. With the game threatening to get out of hand, Brach came in from the bullpen and ate up enough innings to finish the game. Brach is flexible enough to bounce between starting and relieving and just generally does whatever the team needs and does it well.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB. On base two times with one of them being a home run? Sign me up for that line from Aguilar every time.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 E. Rodriguez came through at the plate, though his ninth error of the season came at a terrible time for the Aeros. That error took a 3-2 game in the sixth to a 6-2 one and his manager, Edwin Rodriguez, did not seem thrilled that R. Rodriguez is still rushing throws and making those kinds of errors.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 SO. Rodriguez was given the challenge of playing in High-A ball and he has taken to it. The 25 strikeouts in 21 games is concerning, but overall, Rodriguez is making the jump well (.276/.341/.395).
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 BB. Make that 29 straight games for Lindor reaching base (counting fielder's choices). There is no stopping Lindor, who is one of the candidates for the title of baseball's #1 prospect in 2014.
  • Bo Greenwell (LF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO. Greenwell had Carolina's only extra-base hit Wednesday, making him a shoe-in for Around The Farm. The outfielder started his season in Akron, and with plenty of past experience in High-A, hopefully will make his way back up there before too long.
  • Robert Whitenack (SP, Carolina): L (0-1), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP. The peripherals are not all that pretty, but at least it is better than the eight runs in 4.2 innings Whitenack had going into Wednesday.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Carolina): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. Sides is a talented reliever; this much is true. What is also true is that Sides needs to stop walking so many batters (14 in 20.0 innings) and let that talent help him get outs.
  • Erik Gonzalez (3B, Lake County): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SO. Gonzalez came into the season unranked in IBI's Top 100, but he doing his best to change that by showing some pop. Of course, his .299 on-base percentage erases most of that, but at least Gonzalez is showing something.
  • Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO. Another game, another day of Santander hitting. Santander is only about a month older than Paulino and hitting .291/.339/.400 so far in 15 games.
  • Jorge Martinez (LF, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB, 1 CS. Martinez has fallen pretty far after being given a huge bonus as the outfielder seems to take a long time to adjust to a new level. Sometimes his talent shines through, though, teasing us with what he is capable of if he could put it all together.
  • Luis DeJesus (SP, Lake County): L (0-5), 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 2 HR. The good news is DeJesus struck out two batters per inning. The bad news was everything else. DeJesus' biggest problem seems to be home runs, as the right-hander has allowed 10 in 45.0 innings. If he can find a way to keep the ball in the park, his 33:15 SO:BB is actually not all that bad.

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User Comments

Jim Piascik
May 23, 2013 - 10:18 AM EDT
Ronny's still young for Double-A, plus the jump from High-A to Double-A is considered one of the hardest (if not the hardest). I want to see him get a shot all year to see if he can adjust just like last year. I want to see how he does and adjusts going forward.
May 23, 2013 - 9:59 AM EDT
Agree about not "freaking out" about Paulino, I"m still confident he'll be a plus batter. However, I don't see RRod as a prospect, not with that awful (and deteriorating) walk rate.
May 23, 2013 - 7:35 AM EDT
Good to see Paulino produce like that. I expect we will see more of that as the whether warms up. Way too early for people to freak out about some of these guys that have been placed aggressively. Like Paulino and RRod. Truth be told they both should probably be a level lower than where they are placed IF they had progressed at a normal pace.

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