Around The Farm: May 31, 2013
Mason Radeke (Lake County, SP) – W (1-0), 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K – In his first competitive mound appearance of the 2013 season, Radeke was flat-out dominant. Only four days after his reprieve from the purgatory of Extended Spring Training, Mason imposed his will on the Dayton Dragons lineup. If he can keep up this kind of pitching, he will be one to keep an eye on regarding a call-up to advanced Single-A Carolina very soon.
Joe Martinez (Columbus, SP) – 5.1 IP, 16 H, 10 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP – This hasn’t exactly been a good year for Joe Martinez, but tonight took things to a new low. I don’t know if his problem is mechanical, mental, or both, but he needs to get himself sorted out quick as he is making the decision very easy for the Indians if they need to clear a roster spot in Triple-A.
Tyler Holt (Akron, CF) – 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Holt has begun to show some signs of life in his last few games (6-13 since May 29), but Friday's three-RBI performance represented a new level for the Akron center fielder, who nearly doubled his season RBI total in one night. While this may not necessarily be a signal of anything, it is an impressive performance in its own right and certainly deserving of a featured player status here in ATF.
Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 2B) – 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – Another three-RBI night from a struggling player who has had some recent success. While we would all like for these to be indicators of something greater, past performance seems to indicate that we would be wise to just sit back and admire these spectacular individual performances until we can get some more results and put the run of success in greater context. Nonetheless, it is great to see Ronny Rod starting to heat up.
- Lonnie Chisenhall (Columbus, 3B) – 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HBP, 1 E – Despite the throwing error, a rare bright spot in this utter rat fiesta of a game.
- Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus, 1B) – 1-4 - On a night like tonight, a hit merits inclusion.
- Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, RF) – 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K – See above.
- Chun Chen (Columbus, 1B) – 1-3, 1 K – See entry “Carrera, Ezequiel”.
- Preston Guilmet (Columbus, RP) – 1 IP, 1 BB – Great inning, too bad it came in the baseball equivalent of garbage time.
- Jose Ramirez (Akron, SS) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt, 1 SB – Solid all-around night for J-Ram.
- Roberto Perez (Akron, C) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – Hopefully, we can see more multi-hit nights out of Roberto.
- Jesus Aguilar (Akron, 1B) – 0-5, 3 K – The Jesus Aguilar steamroller hits a speed bump.
- Toru Murata (Akron, SP) – W (2-3), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 1 WP – Toru’s wild inconsistency continues. Tonight was his good night. Let’s see if he can string together two in a row.
- Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E – Tyler Naquin continues to hit and he continues to give encouraging signs about his big league potential. Don’t get too worked up about the throwing error, it was only his third of the season.
- Charlie Valerio (Carolina, DH) – 2-3 –His second two-hit game in three outings. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.
- Francisco Lindor (Carolina, SS) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E – At the plate: Just Lindor being Lindor. In the field: Reason for concern? (ten errors already on the season).
- Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) – 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly – Even on a hitless night, the Undrafted Wonder still picks up an RBI.
- J.D. Reichenbach (Carolina, RP) – 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (none earned), 1 BB, 1 K – A new contender for the title of “Worst Victim of Bad Fielding in the 2013 Season in the Cleveland Indians Farm System”.
- Yhoxian Medina (Lake County, 2B) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B – The Captains’ lone run of the night…and the only one they would need.
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) – 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E – The man who drove in Medina for the aforementioned run. However, his fielding is getting to be a significant concern as his error total hit 19 with tonight’s fielding gaffe.
- Josh Martin (Lake County, RP) – H (1), 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K – Three better-than-solid innings out of Martin for his first hold of the season.
- Louis Head (Lake County, CP) – S (3), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – A perfect ninth inning nets Head his third save of the season.
It's much easier to move middle of the diamond guys out than corner guys in. There's a lot of positions Paulino can move to. He could also develop into a MLB shortstop.....it all comes down to the nature of the errors....Plus guys coming over from Latina Am are not accustomed to smooth fields....and the repetition of playing every day.
How can they possibly consider him a future major league shortstop, even if they didn't have Lindor in the system?
As for Chisenhall, I saw a game last week where he missed the first baseman by 10 feet and the ball ended up in the right field seats. And now another throwing error last night? Even if he hits in the bigs can we trust him to field his position?