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Around the Farm: May 29, 2014

Myles' offensive explosion, Plutko's Carolina debut highlight the night on the farm

Around the Farm: May 29, 2014
Bryson Myles (Photo: Jim Piascik)
May 30, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB

Bryson Myles (Photo: MiLB)Every RubberDucks batter had a hit Thursday night, but Myles' night really stood out. The full range of the outfielder's power-speed combination was on display as Myles cracked two extra base hits, got a steal, and reached base four times. There are some issues Myles will need to correct in the future -- namely getting his strikeout rate better under control -- but the most important thing for the 24-year-old so far has been maintaining his above-average offense after making the jump to Double-A. That is no small feat, especially considering how many hitters never manage to make that leap. We cannot say anything definitive after only 46 games -- even more so considering how important it is to make sure Myles has finally put his injury issues behind him -- but the outfielder certainly is making some real noise as the calendar approaches June.

Adam Plutko (SP, Carolina): W (1-0), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR

Adam Plutko (Photo: MiLB)Making his first start with the Mudcats, Plutko was pretty good, especially after he got back on tracking following a three-run first inning. The right-hander made it through six innings, missing bats and limiting his walks, but Plutko also allowed four runs. Given his strong peripheral stats -- both in this start and in Lake County -- it is likely Plutko will see his ERA drop, but it is something to pay attention to in the future. Plutko's ERA was higher than his FIP in Lake County (3.93 ERA, 2.11 FIP in 52.2 innings), something that could either point to coming positive regression or Plutko being too hittable. The right-hander has filled up the zone in 2014, but given the results so far, he might actually benefit from missing a little bit more and trying to get hitters to make weak contact chasing pitches out of the zone.

  • Gabriel Arias (SP, Columbus): L (0-2), 4.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR. Things snowballed on Arias after a second-inning error as the right-hander let all six runs in well after the error occurred. Arias has not been too bad in his first exposure to Triple-A, though the 24-year-old is still looking to settle in.
  • Benny Suarez (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4 HR. Things did not get any better for the Clippers after Suarez came in. This was the right-hander's first appearance in Columbus in 2014 after being officially called up from Carolina earlier in the day.
  • Elliot Johnson (1B-P, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E; 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO). This one got so out of hand that Johnson came on to finish things out on the mound. Though the error was harmful early in the game, Johnson produced in every other facet Thursday.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (DH-1B, Columbus): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB. Rohlinger's plate discipline really paid off Thursday with the infielder taking the two walks when they were there and driving the ball for two extra base hits in his other plate appearances.
  • Audy Ciriaco (2B, Columbus): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Ciriaco had been in a slump lately as this was the infielder's first multi-hit game since May 7. He also got his first extra base hit since May 13.
  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 SO. Ramirez has a hit in each of his six games since coming back down from Cleveland, though this was easily the best overall performance. Of note, Ramirez has started all six of those games at shortstop.
  • Duke von Schamann (SP, Akron): W (2-0), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2 HBP, 1 BK. This was kind of a weird outing for von Schamann, with no walks and two hit batters. Yet the right-hander still put up a quality start, his second such outing since returning from Columbus.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 4-for-6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. After seeing his eight-game hit streak snapped in game two of Wednesday's doubleheader, Naquin started a new one and gave himself a hit in 23 of his last 26 games.
  • Bryan LaHair (1B, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO. This is another example of why LaHair needs to be challenged in Columbus. LaHair may not be showing significant power in Double-A, but he has more walks (18) than strikeouts (17) and a .418 on-base percentage through 28 games.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Akron): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Smith has been cooler than cool -- or as Andre 3000 would say, ice cold -- this season, though Thursday is a taste of what the right fielder is capable of once he makes the adjustments needed to succeed in Double-A.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 SF. Among the 17 hits and 12 walks the RubberDucks put up, a performance like Lindor's could easily slip through the cracks. But this was Lindor continuing to chug along, getting on base and making things happen just as he has all season long.
  • Jacob Lee (RP, Carolina): H (3), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. This was a pretty nondescript outing for Lee as the right-hander went six-up, six-down without any strikeouts. After allowing six runs over his last 4.1 innings, this was a much needed turnaround for Lee.
  • Louis Head (RP, Carolina): S (9), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Head stumbled in his last two outings, but the right-hander got it back on track Thursday. Even with the recent hiccups, Head has been one of the best relievers in the system and should get a chance in Akron before long.
  • LeVon Washington (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. The refrain remains the same for Washington as he keeps stuffing the stat sheet night-in and night-out. Provided he stays on the field, it is not too late for the 22-year-old to jump start his career and get moving up the ladder.
  • Jeremy Lucas (1B, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO. Eric Haase continues to destroy Midwest League pitching, but Lucas remains the guy for the Mudcats, for good reason. Lucas has cooled a bit lately, but the 23-year-old has done enough to warrant a continued look behind the dish in High-A (though he was at first base Thursday).
  • Alex Monsalve (C, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R. Monsalve was the higher priority catching prospect heading into the season, but the 22-year-old is struggling so far in 2014. After missing most of 2013 with an elbow injury, Monsalve has stalled a bit in his development as he has only played 80 games above Low-A in his career.
  • Caleb Hamrick (SP, Lake County): L (1-3), 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. Another poor outing pushed Hamrick's ERA up to 8.62 as the right-hander has nearly allowed a run per inning this season. With almost as many walks (22) as strikeouts (24) through 39.2 innings, Hamrick just has not been able to get anything going in 2014.
  • Kerry Doane (RP, Lake County): 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO. Doane got the Captains back on track in his longest outing of the season. The right-hander got out of the gates rough, allowing runs in three of his first four appearances, but he was much better Thursday.
  • Alexis Paredes (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP. Like Hamrick, Paredes has nearly as many walks as strikeouts in 2014 (18:14 SO:BB in 26.1 innings) as the right-hander has struggled to find any consistency throughout the season.
  • Grant Fink (3B, Lake County): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB. The Captains only managed three hits Thursday with Fink coming through with two of them. The third baseman also added a walk, a good trait Fink is displaying in 2014 and one that does a decent job of balancing out his extreme strikeout rate.
  • Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 0-for-3, 1 BB. Frazier also has plenty of strikeouts in 2014, but the outfielder is walking enough to get on base at a decent .323 clip. Of course, Frazier's big calling card is his power, making the fact that he only has one extra base hit in his last 16 games a bit of a concern.
  • Paul Hendrix (SS, Lake County): 0-for-1. Hendrix left the game before the start of the third inning. Whether for injury -- he had not recently batted or been a part of a play in the field -- promotion, or whatever, is unknown as of this time. [UPDATE 9:56 a.m.]: IBI's Tony Lastoria reports it is a hamstring tweak for Hendrix.

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User Comments

Jim Piascik
May 31, 2014 - 10:11 PM EDT
A little late on this reply, but we can't do everyone in ATF. I couldn't justify Sturdevant over any RubberDuck in here. But he did pitch tremendously, just as he has all year.
May 31, 2014 - 1:15 PM EDT
No comment on Sturdevant this outing?
May 31, 2014 - 5:22 AM EDT
Brian, Cabrera is a free agent of the end of the year - he's not going to be playing any 3B this season as that would severely damage his future earnings potential.
May 30, 2014 - 4:55 PM EDT
I think Asdrubal Cabrera is heading to the DL soon. He's hobbling too much....and I think now that Kipnis is back we see Aviles slide to shortstop and potentially Ramirez move up to fill a utility need. It is important to note that Ramirez is not much of an upgrade defensively at shortstop as an everyday guy. Solid defender, but not borderline plus if even that.
May 30, 2014 - 4:18 PM EDT
With DSL season starting tomorrow, are any of the international players listed in extended spring training staying stateside or went back for the DSL season?
May 30, 2014 - 3:06 PM EDT
Ramirez starting 6 straight games at SS seems significant to me. I wonder if we could see a defensive shakeup in our IF the 2nd half of the season. Maybe Chisenhall gets a little work in at 1st, and Asdrubal starts taking some reps at third.

Santana, Aviles, and Swisher have been nightmares defensively, and ACab and Chiz have been below average as well. I would think having Asdrubal at 3rd, Ramirez at SS, Kip at 2nd, and Chiz and 1st could potentially gives us a significant upgrade in the infield.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?
May 30, 2014 - 12:45 PM EDT
Plutko's outing was not much different than what he has done in Lake County. A 6-1 strikeout to walk ratio, 8 total baserunners in 6 innings (which is good) and pitching at least 6.0 innings and deep into a game. He gave up three runs in the first inning on 3 hits and a walk and I am sure some nerves played into things. His final five innings he allowed 1 run on 3 hits and no walks. I think we need to see more before we just lump him in with other advanced college guys who have success in Low-A but struggle in High-A.
May 30, 2014 - 12:33 PM EDT
Plutko's first outings at High A... show what is to be expected.. He's a good lower level minors guy. Once the more advanced hitters see what he has.. they tee off on him.. This won't be the last mixed results outing from the former UCLA starter..

A healthy Bryson Miles is a dangerous thing.. Since he was drafted, he had the goods to be special.. Wash-time too.. sadly, he hasn't been able to remain healthy...
matt underwood
May 30, 2014 - 11:04 AM EDT
Myles 24 years old already?!!?
May 30, 2014 - 9:58 AM EDT
I would think if LaHair moves up that Sabourin fills his spot in Akron. Or, as suggested, maybe they go with a first base by committee approach with Valerio/Lowery.....though Valerio is a guy that is not and should not play much. He's a filler guy on the roster there. LaHair probably has not moved up because they expect Aguilar back really soon and Cooper may not be out long.
May 30, 2014 - 9:55 AM EDT
Time to move LaHair to Columbus ASAP. Columbus needs a hitter in the middle of there line up. Would than give Valerio an opportunity to play 1b/DH. With Holt now at Columbus, and moving Lahair to Columbus, maybe Gallas gets promoted to Akron.
Jim Piascik
May 30, 2014 - 9:48 AM EDT
For those who love arbitrary endpoints, Naquin's May stats:

27 games, .319/.360/.407 line, .088 isolated power, .366 BABIP, 21:9 SO:BB.
May 30, 2014 - 9:24 AM EDT
Don't look now...but Naquin's season K-rate is now less than it was at Carolina last year (albeit barely) at 22.3%.

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