Around the Farm: May 4, 2013
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.
Carlos Moncrief: RF, Akron Aeros: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K:
If you’ve followed my ATF’s over the past three years, you’ll know that Moncrief has been one of my favorite minor leaguers over that time. The kid is absolutely loaded with talent. Unfortunately, he was drafted as a pitcher, and didn’t move to the outfield until the 2010 season. It’s hard to say how much his run as a pitcher slowed down his progress, but he’s still trying to figure things out as a hitter. He’s struggled this season, but seems to be putting it back together in his first foray as a Double A player. He singled in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 3, scoring Jose Ramirez, to give the Aeros a walk-off, 4-3 win. He’s now hit in six straight games, and has brought his average up from .221 to .261 during the streak. He’s also really cut down on his strikeouts, having struck out only 12 times against eight walks. He’s got it all, but time is running out. It will be interesting to see if he can maximize his five-tool ability over the next two seasons.
Luigi Rodriguez: LF, Carolina Mudcats: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K:
I really love it when a plan comes together. Whenever anyone mentions Carlos Moncrief, I think Luigi Rodriguez. Whenever anyone mentions Luigi Rodriguez, I think Carlos Moncrief. Tonight, they were busy showcasing the reason why. Rodriguez carries a similar toolsy skill set to his game as the older Moncrief. Rodriguez has been up with the Muddies over the past six ballgames, and has looked pretty good in his short sample size. He’s hit safely in three straight, and on Saturday night, scored his first High A runs, and had his first High A extra base hit. They’ll be the first of many.
- Ryan Rohlinger: 3B, Columbus: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB: No, Rohlinger isn’t a prospect in this system. No, I don’t think he’s ever going to make it to Cleveland, and if he does, heaven help us all. What I do know is that he had two extra-base hits on the night, which is good enough for me to get him in here.
- Jeremy Hermida: RF, Columbus: 2-for-4, 2 RBI: Hermida has been extremely productive for the Clippers, driving in his 20th RBI on the season. He’s leading the Clippers in that category, and is tied for fifth overall in the league.
- Matt Lawson: 2B, Columbus: 2-for-4, 1 2B: Okay, so Matt Carson plays centerfield, and Matt Lawson plays 2B. Carson and Lawson aren’t the same guy? Well, this Matt is hitting .303, and the other is hitting .214, so no, I guess they aren’t.
- Toru Murata: SP, Columbus: L (0-2): 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR: Murata has given up four runs in both of his six inning starts for Columbus. His stuff isn’t electric, and his move to Triple A shows that. He can still be effective once he settles in, but I have to believe this is as far as he’ll ever advance.
- David Huff: RP, Columbus: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 2 K, 2 HR: The good news? Huff only gave up two hits. The bad news? Both were solo home runs. Huff has to be exceptional to be considered for any sort of roll with the Indians, and he just doesn’t seem capable of that right now. It may be because of frustration, but that can’t be an excuse.
- Chun-Hsiu Chen: DH, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB: Chen had his five game hit streak broken on Friday night, but began another one with another two-hit performance. It was his 13th two-hit/multi-hit game out of 26, and his .344 average is near the top of the Eastern League standings.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K: Aguilar has had an up and down year with regards to power. In 26 games, he only has six extra-base hits. With that said, he’s managed to drive in 26 runs, which was leading the Eastern League heading into Saturday Night’s game.
- Roberto Perez: C, Akron: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K: I need to be the agent for Roberto Perez. I love the guy, and think he can bring exactly what’s needed for a major league back-up catcher. Sure, he’s only hitting .179, and sure, he’s never going to hit much, but HE’S GOOD. Trust me…
- Blake Wood: RP, Akron: 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB: Blake Wood made his first appearance as a member of the Cleveland Indians’ organization in a rehab start for Akron. It wasn’t any good, but it’s his first game back after Tommy John surgery. He’s still got a long road back to the majors, but this was his first step.
- Paolo Espino: RP, Akron: 6 1/3, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K: Espino was fairly dominant “in relief” of Blake Wood. He did what he does when he’s on at this level, and that’s look really, really good. His eight K’s were the most in any game for the right this year.
- Bryce Stowell: RP, Akron: W (2-0): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K: I’ve said that Stowell is done as a prospect a lot over the past year, and there is nothing I’d like more than for Stowell to prove me wrong. He got touched for two earned runs on May 1st, but rebounded with another two-innings of shutout baseball. Prove me wrong Bryce.
- Francisco Lindor: SS, Carolina: 2-for-5, 1 R: Lindor has been nothing short of spectacular this season, in every facet of the game. He’s known for his defense, but his offense has really taken off so far in 2013. Lindor is on a five-game hit streak, and has multiple hits in four of the five games. During that five game stretch, he has a slash of .522/.577/.826, with 12 hits, five runs, two doubles, a triple, a homer and four RBI. Enjoy him in Carolina while you can, but he won’t be long there.
- Delvi CID: CF, Frederick: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 PO, 1 E: I knew CID was playing for the Orioles High A team, but was still left surprised on Saturday night when I saw him in the field at Five County Stadium. CID returns!!!! He did nothing good for Frederick, but perhaps he was doing what he could for his former Mudcats’ teammates.
- Elvis Araujo: SP, Carolina: 4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R/1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K: Araujo made his 2013 debut for the Mudcats, and looked good for the most part. He was perfect through the first three innings, before things started unwinding in the fourth inning, but it certainly was a promising beginning to the season.
- Lake County Offense: 6-for-32, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 10 K: There just wasn’t anything worth mentioning here. Not one player had multiple hits, or anything else. Just a bad performance for the Captains offense.
- Dylan Baker: SP, Lake County: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R/0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K: Baker deserved better than this, but the offense did absolutely nothing for him. It was the righties best performance of the young season, and one to build on as we head towards the summer.
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