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Around the Farm: May 25, 2013

Naquin, Lindor impress for the Mudcats in Saturday night action

Around the Farm:  May 25, 2013
May 26, 2013
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Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina Mudcats): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 BB.

Naquin has made a good first impression this season with the Carolina Mudcats and he is now hitting .311 this season. Naquin has been a quiet leader for such a young team, and has gained more supportors because of it. He looks like he could soon use a challenge at the Double-A level.

Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina Mudats): 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB.

Well, there have been plenty of effective Indians’ players this season, but arguably no two players on any team have been as good as the one-two punch of Naquin and Lindor at Carolina.  Both players are high-quality competitors who have played a key role in the offense and defense for Carolina, especially Lindor who just continues to raise eyes with his offense this season. Let’s hope both players continue to prove that they’re the real deal.

Danny Salazar (SP, Columbus Clippers): 4 IP, 1 BB, 4 K.

Salazar has clearly been on a tight pitch count as he needed only 45 pitches to make it through four shutout innings while allowing no hits. However, the results so far cannot be denied as he left the game with a no-hitter after four innings. He was simply removed for precautionary reasons as he is battling a sore shoulder.

  • Chun Hsiu-Chen (DH, Columbus): 1-for-5, 3 K. Chen is still hitting a respectable .321 in Triple-A play, but he’s struck out nine times and drawn just one walk. That type of ratio must change if he plans on making it to Cleveland.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (3B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 K. Rohlinger may be nothing more than organizational depth, but he’s still hitting an impressive .285 in 37 games for the Clippers this season, which is not too shabby.
  • Jerry Gil (RP, Columbus): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K. This was a nice performance by Gil, and he now has a 3.38 ERA on the year. He has been a solid signing and done what the Indians needed him to when they signed him to a minor league contract in the offseason.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SP, Akron): 1-for-3. Rodriguez may have only collected one hit in three at-bats, but he looks to slowly be turning things around offensively after a rough start this season.
  • Paolo Espino (SP, Akron) 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K. It wasn't one of Espino's better outings, but he still has a 4.80 ERA this season and continues to be solid upper level starting depth for the Indians.
  • Joe Wendle (3B, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Wendle is building his prospect value and has been impressive since his return and has recorded at least one hit in his last three games.
  •  Tony Wolters (C, Carolina): 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI. Wolters may still be learning the catcher position, but he did an impressive offensive job on Saturday and threw out his first runner. Wolters has now recorded at least one hit in his last seven games.
  • #WashTime (LF, Lake County Captains): 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI. The Captains only recorded five hits on Saturday, and LeVon Washington recorded two of them. Washington has now hit in five straight games and recorded at least two hits in four of those five games.
  • Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 K. Santander has been almost equally as impressive as Washington in the early going of the 2013 season. Santander has currently gone 18-for-61 (.295) in 17 games.
  • Leo Castillo (3B, Lake County): 1-for-3. Castillo only mustered one hit in the contest, but he’s now gone 3-for-7 over the course of the past two days, so maybe there’s some signs that he could be coming around.

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User Comments

League Park
May 26, 2013 - 12:16 PM EDT
Congressional hearings demanded to get to the bottom of this scandal!
May 26, 2013 - 12:11 PM EDT
to add one more brief comment based on SMALL SAMPLE sizes if giambi ubaldo and kubler dont perform or continue to struggle we have 4 guys to look at in danny salazar carlos carrasco lonnie chisenhall and to a lesser degree matt laporta although he did start like a house afire but has gone back to normal recently. A 270 avg at columbus isnt good enough lonnie wake up and start taking direction you sweet swing isnt enough the front office never perceived you to be a .270 minor league hitter but the further and further you hit 270 the more likely it looks like that is the type of hitter you are. Lonnie that isnt gonna get you to cleveland in the short term future. Suggestion to matt and lonnie START RAKING YESTERDAY and not as member of the ground crew either. Giambi may be showing his 43 yr age factor and there might be a place for both of you but YOU HAVE TO EARN IT!
May 26, 2013 - 11:06 AM EDT
Just a small little update.....for those that read the original version of this ATF, my apologies again on that. Long story short, it was actually not Steve's original version as it was much different than the one he posted late last night thanks to a friend who is staying with him this weekend pulling a prank and editing it while Steve was still logged into the site management system and he had gone to bed. Moving beyond that, I want to make it clear that Steve does a great job here at IBI and is part of our strong core of writers and is someone I trust immensely, so hopefully no one took offense to what was posted. Like I said, it won't happen again!
May 26, 2013 - 9:47 AM EDT
to answer stern no team has double digit numbers of legitimate prospects you can only have so many turnovers over a fixed5 or 6 yr window. Salazar and Washington injury records are in fact scary, as for carrasco he has had Tommy John which is 18 months off time and remove those month from his age makes him under 25 which isnt old at all. Lindor, Naquin, Bauer, Carrasco, Washington, Sandander, and yes regardless of age Paulino are very very very legitimate prospects blue chippers indeed. And there are some others not to be mentioned that have talent that maybe above the level they should be at age wise. I will take our top twenty which of course is way more than we will ever need to use at least i hope not, over just about any other team in the major leagues. I however am concern most about Salazar limitations of pitch count that troubles me. To get perspective of the quality of our farm system two of our pitchers were taken in the draft and are both on the 25 man rosters of the orioles and the cubs. Not often does a team lose two prospects in the same year, that is indicative of the depth of our system.
May 26, 2013 - 9:34 AM EDT
I actually think the Indians farm system has shown improvement this season. Lindor has solidified himself as a superstar in the making, Naquin is underrated, Cody Anderson has emerged as a legit MOR prospect, Jose Ramirez has cemented himself as the real deal, Anthony Santander is showing why he was overlooked by a lot of people last year and is one of the most exciting prospects in the system and so on. I think outside of Paulino's tough start, everyone has performed as expected or better. It's a system that is not one of the better ones in baseball, so there are few true "impact" prospects, but there are a ton of guys at High-A and below that have lots of upside still.
May 26, 2013 - 9:29 AM EDT
I'm really disappointed in the Indians farm system this season, it appears to be weaker than anyone thought. The system only has about five players that could possibly be impact players at the big league level: Bauer, Salazar, Carrasco, Lindor and Washington. Two of those Washington and Salazar are question able due to persistent health issues, Carrasco is getting pretty old, so that pretty much leave Bauer and Lindor. I did not include Naquin, I think he will be a 4th outfielder type at the big league level. I was under the impression that the farm system had improved, but when you look at the lineups of all four current active Indians minor league teams, the lineups are full of average players. The rotations pretty much have no one with a huge upside outside of the Columbus staff. Are all of are so-called top prospects being stashed in Arizona getting ready to play for Mahoning Valley or Arizona?
May 26, 2013 - 8:48 AM EDT
Ouch. I did some serious re-editing to that this morning. Needless to say, that kind of post will NEVER happen again. Sorry everyone.
May 26, 2013 - 7:56 AM EDT
League Park
May 26, 2013 - 6:50 AM EDT
Naquin and Lindor are Nittany Lions? I didn't know that!
May 26, 2013 - 6:41 AM EDT
Somebody pour Steve another drink.

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