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Around The Farm: May 23, 2013

Moncrief's power, Washington's all-around game highlight night in the minor leagues

Around The Farm: May 23, 2013
Tyler Holt (Photo: Lianna Holub)
May 24, 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 Carolina was rained out last night.

Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO

Moncrief has so much talent and the ability to take over games and he did that again Wednesday. He mentioned after the game that his home run was the one at bat he wasn't trying to hit a home run, proving once again that baseball is a funny sport. The right fielder still has plenty of work to do on utilizing that talent on a game-to-game basis, but when things are clicking, it is impressive to watch. You can't rush the 24-year-old adjusting to the Double-A level, but hopefully he will make the jump throughout the summer, as Moncrief's time pitching is working against him.

LeVon Washington (DH, Lake County): 3-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SB

Five times on base, an extra-base hit, and three steals for #WashTime. It has never been a question of talent with Washington -- as I'm sure you know -- but the injuries that have kept him off the field. Now that he is healthy, Washington is tearing up Lake County with a .357/.477/.529 line, 10 doubles, nine steals, and a 14:16 SO:BB in 20 games. Now, some of this is fluky in a small sample size, but clearly quite a bit of it is health. Washington could get pushed to Carolina before too long to make up for lost time.

  • Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Columbus): 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Carrera may not be able to hold down a major league spot right now, but at least he is showing some life in Triple-A.
  • Omir Santos (C, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Santos is not more than catching depth, but it is still nice to see him doing work in Columbus.
  • Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB. If Fedroff is going to make it to the majors, he will need to hit and get on base. Thus, Thursday was definitely good to see out of the outfielder.
  • T.J. House (SP, Columbus): ND, 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 3 HR. I can't think of a single scenario where a pitcher allowing three home runs in an outing can be spun into a positive. House is typically a groundball pitcher, so he will need to find a way to keep the ball on the ground in the future.
  • Nick Hagadone (RP, Columbus): L (1-1), 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. Hagadone dominated in terms of strikeouts but still allowed a run per inning. Cleveland needs left-handed relief help, but Hagadone is not inspiring too much confidence in Columbus.
  • Cedric Hunter (LF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said that Hunter is in Double-A to work on a few tweaks in his swing. So far, so good.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB. Every time I watch Holt play, I come away impressed with how hard he plays. He has major league range in the outfield according to his manager and I believe it. Plus he just hits and gets on base. Holt truly is a treat to watch play baseball.
  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 PO. Ramirez has not made the immediate adjustment to Double-A, but he has hit at every other level he's been at. It's probably only a matter of time before Ramirez starts hitting here too.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Akron): W (3-2), 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. Roberts has been bouncing between really good and really bad outings. This is his first taste at Double-A though, so hopefully some consistency will follow.
  • Ryan Merritt (SP, Lake County): L (2-4), 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. Another quality start for Merritt, giving him three out of his last four. He is looking good so far in 2013 with a 40:12 SO:BB and 3.31 ERA.
  • Felix Sterling (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 SO. Well, Sterling managed to avoid allowing any earned runs. Of course, the fact that allowing unearned runs counts as progress is not a good sign.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 1-for-3, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 E. Haase is still making the adjustment to full-season ball, but two walks is a good sign (especially considering he came into the night with 42:10 SO:BB).
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 0-for-4, 2 SO, 1 HBP, 1 E. Maybe I was a little premature declaring Wednesday the beginning of Paulino's turnaround. But hey, Thursday's just one day; who's to say that it is not just a blip on the turnaround trail.

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User Comments

Bleacher GM
May 24, 2013 - 2:44 PM EDT
Who was the last Starting Pitcher (CC?) that was drafted by the Indians and made a significant impact in the rotation? Is it who the Indians are drafting or is it a development issue. Something has to change because the Tribe can not pay for starting pitching and sure as hell haven't had an impact SP in a long time. Minor league starters have been very inconsistent this year. Calling it inconsistent is being overly generous.

Here's an idea why not send #Washtime to Akron, if he plays well keep him there if not then Naquin should be ready to move up. From what I've seen of Washington it seems he needs a push to keep his attention. If Indians leave him at Lake County too long he will become complacent and start to slack off. I may be completely off base but that's the way it looks from the bleachers.

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