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Around The Farm: May 3, 2014

Around The Farm:  May 3, 2014
Trevor Bauer (Photo: MiLB)
May 4, 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.

Trevor Bauer (Columbus, SP) - ND, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K - Bauer continues to make his case for a call-up to the Big Club with this stellar, albeit wasted, effort.  His numbers on the Triple-A season stand at a 1.10 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and .207 opponents batting average through five starts.  These numbers, coupled with his strong spot start for the Tribe in their April 9th doubleheader against the Padres, make a strong case for him to get an extended look at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Unfortunately, he is not filling the fifth starter void in Cleveland as the Indians announced on Saturday that Josh Tomlin will get the nod.

Bryson Myles (Akron - Game 1, LF) - 2-2, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - Hopefully this incredible stat line (in seven innings, no less) represents the completion of Bryson's emergence from his recent mini-slump (6-for-31 in eight games before Friday night's multi-hit game).  Myles is a player who has shown he can perform better than he did during that stretch as he is batting over .300 oin the season.  Friday night's all-around solid effort at the plate gave us a glimpse of what his ceiling might look like.

Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI - While Haase has not been performing well as of late (even with this feature-worthy effort on the day his last 10 games batting average is still below the Mendoza Line), it is impossible to ignore this kind of a day at the plate.  Three runs, three RBI, two hits (one a triple and the other a home run).  That kind of day is deserving of the spotlight.

  • Frank Herrmann (Columbus, RP) - L (1-1), 1.1 P, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP - On a night where the Clippers' pitching staff got literally zero run support someone had to suffed the loss.
  • Tyler Naquin (Akron - Game 1, CF) - 2-3, 1 R, 2 Sac Flys - Naquin continues his recent solid form (.351/.409.541 in his last 10 games) with this solid outing.  As spectacular as these numbers are, what makes them even more incredible is that they were acheived in a seven-inning game.
  • Tyler Holt (Akron - Game 1, DH) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB - Holt picks up two hits in a seven inning game and steals his sixth base of the season.
  • Francisco Lindor (Akron - Game 1, SS) - 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB - Lindor continues his recent strong form with a multi-RBI, multi-stolen base opener to Saturday's doubleheader in Altoona.
  • Gabriel Arias (Akron - Game 1, SP) - W (3-2), 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP - Not Arias' finest outing of the season, but the RubberDucks' offensive explosion means it's enough for the win.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron - Game 1, RP) - 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB - Cooper ends a three game scoreless streak with a thud.  He faced six batters and threw just 12 of his 24 pitches for strikes.
  • Tyler Sturdevant (Akron - Game 1, CP) - S (3), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Tyler becomes the second RubberDuck relief pitcher to get his third save of the season.
  • Torsten Boss (Carolina, 2B) - 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - Boss got his first start in almost a week and was solely responsible for the entirety of the Mudcats' scoring (a solo homer to right to lead off the bottom of the ninth).  Why doesn't he get more playing time?  Because, even with Saturday night's relatively stellar effort (compared to those of his teammates), his numbers in a Mudcats uniform still stand at .089/.146/.178 with a 5.00 K:BB ratio and his home run accounts for his only RBI.
  • Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) - L (3-1), 3.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R (3 earned), 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR allowed - While this stat line doesn't  look bad, keep the following three things in mind:  First, five of the runs were unearned, so much of this was on the seven guys behind him.  Second, two of the three earned runs scored on one pitch (a first-inning homer by Wilmington Blue Rocks [Royals] CF Bubba Starling)..  Third, it is one bad outing in an otherwise solid season thus far.
  • Carlos Melo (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - Melo's perfect inning is by far the best performance by a Mudcat on the evening.
  • Claudio Bautista (Lake County, 2B) - 0-5, 2 K - Even amidst the Captains' recent offensive explosion, Bautista just can't seem to get hot at the plate.  He is .179/.195/.282 in his last ten games and .213/.265/.340 on the season (25 games).
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - The kind of night we need to see more of from the struggling Nellie-Rod.  Hopefully his two multi-hit games in the last two days are the beginning of a positive trend in his hitting numbers.
  • Paul Hendrix (Lake County, SS) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly - Hendrix remains strong at the plate as he is now .286/.447/.429 in his most recent ten contests.
  • Adam Plutko (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 5 K - A solid effort by the rookie out of UCLA, but not enough to pick up what would've been his second victory of the season and, thus, of his professional career.
  • Wander Beras (Lake County, RP) - H (1), 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 2 HBP - This outing is noted primarily for the rampant control issues Wander was struggling with during it.

User Comments

May 5, 2014 - 1:57 PM EDT
In order for Bauer to clear Super Two status...he'd have to stay in Columbus til around the 4th of July, and even that may not guarantee it. I don't think Super Two status is something the Tribe is worried about with Bauer (though could be wrong). They appear to have gotten another year out of him by keeping him down this long...that's probably good enough. Now if the team just tanks in may and early June...maybe they call it a lost year and hold off on Bauer, but my guess is they'll bring him up whenever they feel they need the extra arm, be it an injury, Salazar struggling, Tomlin struggles, etc.
May 5, 2014 - 12:29 PM EDT
Jake, I live in the Triangle and had the pleasure of watching Bryson Myles all last year at Zebulon. He's a poor man's Tim Raines; loved watching the guy play.

I'm also pleased that Tomlin was first up to fill a rotation spot; as good as Bauer is pitching, Tomlin's effort the other night in Durham was eye-popping. Bauer wasn't near as good despite similar results. They started that game in the late afternoon for some reason, and the shadows were the worst I've ever seen; the hitters couldn't see for practically the entire game (note that no one scored until the 12th inning). Tomlin didn't have that advantage. Still, Bauer is throwing more strikes and if Salazar is sent down for more seasoning and Trevor clears Super 2 concerns, it's nice to know we have options.
May 4, 2014 - 4:04 PM EDT
DVS has been treated as a starter since coming over from LAD.

Akron has basically one starter too many right now so he and Arias have been piggy-backing starts.

His ERA in college was low and in a good league (B12). His progression has been something to keep an eye on, especially his command and ability to pitch to contact.
MT88 in WI
May 4, 2014 - 12:56 PM EDT
You know, DVS or 'devious' is a really cool nickname for a pitcher. A complement as well for the pitcher.
May 4, 2014 - 12:37 PM EDT
We will see if his hot bat is for real. I like Urshela, he's got a big league glove, not sold on his bat yet.

DVS looks like a steal right now...can never have too much pitching.
May 4, 2014 - 12:11 PM EDT
I was discussing Urshela to Columbus in here last week, because a) he's repeating the level and performing and b) there's no one blocking him at 3B in AAA and c) it's an org need. It made too much sense, so it's good to see them push him and be aggressive
MT88 in WI
May 4, 2014 - 11:02 AM EDT
Walt - it might be more to do with JRam moving up for Kipnis.
While it helps Giovanny, it also releases some of the Akron constraints with Ronnie, Lindor, Wendle plus in Akron...
May 4, 2014 - 10:45 AM EDT
In Minor league transactions for the Clippers yesterday it shows that Giovanny Urshela was called up to Columbus. Is this a temporary move because of the moves the Indians made yesterday? Or is this a promotion to AAA to develop his skills further and become a step closer of becoming a option for the Indians?
MT88 in WI
May 4, 2014 - 10:32 AM EDT
I'm thinking Bauer will flip spots with Salazar around mid month if Danny doesn't pick it up. For Danny he needs to have better location of the other offerings. He can't be a starter with only an effective fastball...

Really thinking that the tribe made a good deal getting Duke aka DVS. That deal might one day get in the same category as the Aviles/ Gomes, ACab and getting Choo deals..
Jake D.
May 4, 2014 - 10:04 AM EDT
Oh also, Tyler Holt has flown under the radar most of the season thus far with all the other talent now in AA, but quietly, he has put up good numbers. After 20 games, he is batting .328 with a .423 OBP. He has drawn as many walks as strikeouts (11) and has racked up seven stolen bases while only being caught once.
Jake D.
May 4, 2014 - 9:52 AM EDT
I actually don't have a problem with keeping Bauer tucked away in Columbus until we really need him. To be honest, I'm more interested to see if Tomlin can translate his recent success back to the big leagues. His career average K/9 is 4.9. So far between spring training and AAA this year, his K/9 is 7.9.

As for Von Schamann, he's certainly someone to keep an eye on. Young, throws strikes and pitches to contact, but he can get a whiff if he needs to. He first caught my eye when he pitched 5 no-hit innings in relief of Gabriel Arias during the first Akron home stand.

Also, come down and watch Bryson Myles play if you ever get a chance. Among other great prospects here in Akron, this guy has pure, raw talent. Hopefully he can stay healthy.
May 4, 2014 - 9:32 AM EDT
With Tomlin getting the nod on Tuesday in Cleveland, I wonder how long will he be in the rotation? I also wonder how long Bauer will be in Columbus before he get the call up to help the team?
Joe Chengery
May 4, 2014 - 9:16 AM EDT
Meant to say "definitely intriguing" regarding Van Schamann.
Joe Chengery
May 4, 2014 - 9:15 AM EDT
If I'm correct, that was the game where Herrmann did NOT have good command: 18 B, 17 S, a rarity for Herrmann, even after TJ surgery. Hope it was just one of those nights and are few and far between (if not extinct).

Van Schamann is definitely- caught my eye a few weeks ago based on his stats, as well as being younger than expected age at AA.

Also, Melo's last two outings have been much better command-wise- hope this is a start of a trend.
May 4, 2014 - 8:56 AM EDT
an ideal farm system is when you have multiple options at all the components of a baseball team this allows you to slide guys to filll holes at the major league level but it also allows a team to make a deal for what they perceive as a critical piece of the puzzle from position of strength. It appears that the tribe has the farm system about to the point that it is a bumper crop.
May 4, 2014 - 8:37 AM EDT
Yeah, a shame van Schamann isn't even mentioned ;-)

He's outperforming Anderson, who's considered the best SP below AAA, and he's younger than Anderson.

Some interesting, significant splits that have caught my eye:

- looks like Naquin is a pure platoon bat. Myles is crushing LHP though, although he seems acceptable vs RHP too. Those two could replace the Murphy/Raburn platoon as soon as 2016.

- Haase has all his stats and power with bases empty. With runners on, he's 2-32. Not good.

- NRod is the opposite. Hitting with runners on. Another Aguilar?
Canadian Joe
May 4, 2014 - 8:37 AM EDT
As a note of interest, throughout the system yesterday, in 6 games, the organization committed 14 errors. These numbers are unbelievable. Obviously there is a need to go back to basics in catching and throwing the ball. Makes it tough to win if the other team is getting extra outs every game.
May 4, 2014 - 8:18 AM EDT
Van Schamann's father is Uwe Van Schamann, the former Miami Dolphin placekicker. Maybe Duke can play for the Browns if his baseball career doesn't pan out.

Seriously, this kid is getting interesting. He's pitching in AA at age 22 with a 0.93 ERA so far and a 19/2 strikeout to walk ratio.

Last year he had a 4.67 ERA for the season, so I'm wondering if he found a new pitch or something. Maybe a Tribe scout spotted something and suggested we pick him up.
May 4, 2014 - 1:36 AM EDT
I will give out a little love out to Duke Van Schamann. He started the second game of the DHm in which the RubberDucks won 2-1.

Pitched 6 innings 1r/not earned 6hits, 1BBm 4 SO lowered his ERA to 1.23

So far a good pick up from the Dodgers

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