Around The Farm: May 29, 2013
Morimando's dominance, Lee's return headline Around The Farm
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.
Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): W (3-5), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 SO
Sometimes pitchers seem to just put everything together. With a fairly problematic 34:25 SO:BB in 51.0 innings so far in 2013, it is not quite time to anoint Morimando the next big thing, but he is turning some heads. The left-hander has struggled from time to time in 2013, but when he is on, things have looked very good. Over his last three starts, Morimando has 17 strikeouts, four walks, and three runs allowed (two earned) in 17.0 innings, a really good run for the 20-year-old. Of course, that ignores the 14 runs allowed (12 earned) in his 14.0 innings before that, but the point is that Morimando is capable of overpowering the opposition. Morimando should spend the entire season in High-A, so hopefully the left-hander will be able to establish some consistency throughout the rest of 2013.
Chen-Chang Lee (RP, Lake County, Game #1): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
A simple three-up, three-down inning is rarely cause for celebration, but an exception is easy to make in Lee's case. The right-hander took care of business in his first outing since having Tommy John surgery last June, striking out the only three batters he faced. As Lee continues to work through his rehab he will face better competition in higher levels of the minors, but this first step is important to see. Lee was given the Bob Feller Award in 2011 as the best minor league pitcher in the organization and is someone I think will be a legitimate, potentially impact major league reliever. Personally, I am very glad to see Lee back and getting off on the right foot.
- Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): L (2-2), 4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 4 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP. There is not much to do after an outing like this than try to move on and forget it ever happened. Allowing four home runs in one game... Ugh.
- Lonnie Chisenhall (3B, Columbus): 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI. Chisenhall is in Triple-A to re-find his swing and confidence. So far, so good (.340/.424/.620 in 12 games).
- Cord Phelps (2B, Columbus): 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI. Speaking of players still looking to establish themselves at the major league level. Phelps started out slow but has turned it around (.257/.335/.479), hopefully giving the switch-hitter another shot at the majors at some point this season.
- Jeremy Hermida (RF, Columbus): 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI. Luckily, Cleveland has not needed any outfield help yet in 2013. If Hermida is called upon, though, the team could do much worse (.244/.401/.452, 53:43 SO:BB in 48 games).
- Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP. Price pitched well in Akron, but after getting the call back to Columbus, he has allowed four runs in 4.1 innings.
- Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Akron): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI. It is a little bit of fun with arbitrary endpoints, but over the past two weeks, Rodriguez has really come on. Considering how he started 2012, this could be another case of Rodriguez heating up with the weather. Maybe.
- Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 CS. Some rare power from Ramirez, who typically makes his name by just getting hits. After skipping the High-A level, Ramirez is still holding his own in Akron (.261/.325/.337 in 44 games).
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Urshela may not be getting on base enough (.294 OBP), but it is encouraging to see him square the ball up and hit in his first exposure to Double-A (.275 AVG).
- Lou Marson (C, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 SO. Not a bad beginning to Marson's rehab stint. He may not be popular thanks to Yan Gomes, but Marson adds depth and experience to Cleveland's catching corps and it is important that he gets healthy.
- Will Roberts (SP, Akron): W (4-2), 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR. A quality start and dominate SO:BB for Roberts, who seems to be acclimating pretty well to the Double-A level.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 2-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 SF. Another two hits for Lindor as he has his way with Carolina League pitching. What more can you say about what he has done this year?
- Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Similarly, another hit for Naquin as he makes his case to move up to Akron. As a college bat, I hope to see him in Double-A soon.
- Luigi Rodriguez (DH, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 SO. Rodriguez may not have started the year well in Lake County, but since moving up to Carolina, he has hit quite well (.278/.371/.411 in 26 games).
- Joe Sever (3B, Carolina): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO. It has only been 21 games, but so far Sever is taking well to the Carolina League (.316/.366/.368). Sever is not a high priority guy, so it is good to see him taking advantage of his situation so far.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County, Game #1): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI. Paulino continues to tread water as an 18-year-old in the Midwest League. As I have said before, that in itself is an accomplishment and having patience with Paulino is very important.
- Erik Gonzalez (2B, Lake County, Game #1): 0-for-0, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 SB. A weird line for sure, but whatever works. Despite the four walks Gonzalez's SO:BB only moved to 38:14, still not all that impressive.
- Luis DeJesus (SP, Lake County, Game #1): L (0-6), 4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR. Like Bauer, DeJesus struggled to keep the ball in the park on Wednesday. The right-hander's 37:18 SO:BB in 49.0 innings is nice, though the 13 home runs allowed take the shine off of his season.
- D.J. Brown (RP, Lake County, Game #1): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. After DeJesus, Lake County's bullpen overpowered Bowling Green, starting with Brown's strong outing and ending with Lee's first appearance of 2013.
- Nelson Rodriguez (1B, Lake County, Game #2): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SAC. It took him a while, but Rodriguez finally hit his first home run of the season Wednesday. There is plenty of power in Rodriguez's bat and he should hit more homers as he continues to adjust to the league.
- Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County, Game #2): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB. I love watching Santander handle Low-A ball at this young age and he did it again here, with his walk-off double giving Lake County the win. Santander is currently hitting a very remarkable .289/.341/.434 in 21 games.
- Eric Haase (C, Lake County, Game #2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E. We are still waiting on Haase's plate discipline to mature (48:12 SO:BB, .297 OBP in 39 games), but while we wait, it is nice to see this power (four home runs, .191 ISO).
- Luis Morel (SP, Lake County, Game #2): ND, 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 1 WP. Morel may have been a spot starter, but you have got to pitch better than this. He hauled some innings for the Captains, but they were far from pretty.
- Benny Suarez (RP, Lake County, Game #2): W (1-0), 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP. Suarez, on the other hand, looked good in his first action of the season and he got the decision for his effort.
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The Indians have several young players that have been placed aggressively throughout the system. Some are working through it (paulino, JRam, RRod, LRod). Others (Lindor, Santander) are putting on an impressive display. Overall, there's a lot to like out of these guys.