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Around The Farm: September 1, 2013

Around The Farm:  September 1, 2013
September 2, 2013
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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.

Luis GomezCarlos Melo, and Kerry Doane (Mahoning Valley, Pitchers) - Combined No-Hitter - Normally, feature entries here in ATF consist of a lengthy excursus on the featured player's recent performance and future (or lack thereof) within the organization.  While there is a time for such analysis (i.e. almost all of the time), today's feature outing requires a much simpler examination:  9 IP, 2 BB, 12 K, 1 HBP.  That's Sunday's combined pitching box score for the Scrappers.  No hits, no runs.  That's all there is to say.  Well, except congratulations to Luis, Carlos, and Kerry!

  • Nate Spears (Columbus, 1B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 SB - The only multi-hit effort on a day when the Clippers' victory had more to with their pitching than anything that happened at the plate.
  • Josh Tomlin (Columbus, SP) - W (2-0), 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 5 K, 1 HBP - While he didn't get the start for Cleveland on Sunday as suggested earlier in the week, a decision that worked out very well for the Big Club, once again showing why Chris Antonetti is a Major League General Manager and I am not), Josh proved very critical to the Columbus Clippers' win.  Tomlin will be up in Cleveland on Tuesday.
  • Vinnie Pestano (Columbus, RP) - H (5), 0.2 IP, perfect, 1 K - In 13 appearances he has 5 holds and a 3.46 ERA (mostly the prodcuct of a few bad outings).  He will be recalled on Tuesday.
  • Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF) - 3-5, 1 K - The star performance of a big offensive day (twelve hits) that the Aeros were unable to turn into much where it counted (only three runs).
  • Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - L (6-6), 5 IP, 12 H, * R (all earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Toru had the type of outing that really magnifies the offense's inability to make anything sinificant of a twelve-hit day.
  • Logan Vick (Carolina, RF) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E - Kind of hard to ignore this outing as Logan put up a number in almost every column of the boxscore.
  • Alex Lavisky (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 2 RBI - Lavisky's two-hit effort provided two-thirds of the Mudcats scoring on the day.
  • Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) - L (8-13), 2 IP, 6 H, 7 R (all earned), 6 BB, 1 K - Thankfully, this rough outing won't be the final impression he leaves on the Tribe brass for the season as he will be reporting to Instructional League in a couple of weeks.
  • Owen Dew (Carolina, RP) - 3 IP, 4 H, 2 K - A gallant, but ultimately futile, effort to salvage a lost cause.
  • Richard Stock (Lake County, C) - 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K - While the Captains offensive day overall was much like that of the Akron Aeros - much sound and fury from the bats signifying next to nothing in terms of run production - Stock's day was just the opposite. His lone hit of the game (a line-drive fifth-inning double to right) provided half of the Captains scoring on the day.
  • Dylan Baker (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 6 K - It wouldn't be the last weekend of this season without yet another Dylan Baker quality start going to waste.  Maybe next year he'll get some support.
  • Jordan Milbrath (Lake County, RP) - H (1), L (0-1), 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R (3 earned), 2 BB - While I'm not going to get too worked up over Milbrath having a rough full-seaon debut, I do have one serious question:  How does this effort qualify for a hold?
  • Jack Wagoner (Lake County, RP) - BS (4), 0.0 IP, 3 R (all earned), 3 BB, 1 HBP - Whatever chance of a Captains victory that may have remained after Jordan Milbrath's rough introduction to Midwest League hitting was gone after this followup showing by Wagoner.
  • James Roberts (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 2-5, 1 R, 3 RBI - Sunday's game in Batavia was obviously primarily about the pitching, but the offensive side of the Scrappers boxscore also provided some notable performances, including this three-RBI gem from the light-hitting (.143/.211/.171 in his last ten games) Roberts.
  • Grant Fink (Mahoning Valley, 3B) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E - Grant puts up his second stellar night in as many games at Mahoning Valley after his callup from the complex-based rookie-level Arizona League Indians after their elimination from the playoffs on Friday.
  • Paul Hendrix (Mahoning Valley, SS) - 4-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI - On a normal day, this may have been a featured performance.  As you have already read, this was no normal day.....but what a great game anyway.

User Comments

September 3, 2013 - 4:35 PM EDT
Joe, take a look at Crowe's numbers. When he was at Kinston, same year in development as Naquin, he walked 17.6% of the time compared to 16.8% K-rate, with a .142 ISO. Also hit .329! Naquin's ISO in Carolina was .147, so they showed virtually identical power, but Crowe's plate discipline was actually excellent, while Naquin's is atrocious (for a guy with Trevor Crowe power, that is). And Naquin's been worse across the board so far at Akron.
September 2, 2013 - 8:15 PM EDT
Adam, I agree that Price has definitely turned a corner this year. I talked to the pitching coordinator about him at length over the weekend and he had some interesting things to share....which will come soon in an upcoming article. But he's certainly elevated himself, and is probably why a guy like Langwell was deemed expendable. There was no room to add him to the ML roster for September, but he is in consideration for the 40-man in the offseason. He's not a slam dunk to be added since there are several interesting pen arms to be added....but he is definitely in consideration.

Dennis, I talked to Dave Wallace on Sunday afternoon before the game and he mentioned that Wolters would probably play some SS the last game or so. More to get him acclimated to play there some in the AFL because I guess he could end up playing some middle infield. He's still viewed as a catcher for next season.
Joe Chengery
September 2, 2013 - 7:33 PM EDT
Seth, big difference: Naquin has had one full season in the Minors, whereas Crowe did that throughout his whole Minor League career. Let's give Naquin another year or two before we start claiming Naquin is another Crowe, never mind the fact Naquin has hit a lot of 2Bs, something I don't recall Crowe being proficient at (and certainly wasn't at the ML level).
September 2, 2013 - 1:31 PM EDT
Shy, you obviously haven't watched Price in a long time and are just responding based on Tony and staff comments a long time ago. He has been very consistent this year with 3 pitches and obviously throwing strike out pitches.
September 2, 2013 - 1:24 PM EDT
Bryan Price is probably in the same category as Bryan Shaw, Power arm, insconsistent focus and control, throws only 2 pitches for strikes, so if you're a good hitter you can sit on one of them. Tomlin I like him, quintessential Maddux type. Not going to blow anybody away w the fastball but great athlete, great pitching instinct and mound presence, and mentally tough. I think he is successful next year in Cleveland or somewhere else, Naquin somebody needs to get demoted to junior assistant scout for that pick...
September 2, 2013 - 12:47 PM EDT
Congratulations to the no hitter the MHV pitchers threw yesterday. During the short season MHV pitching staff has had a good year. Too bad they did not receive much run support. Probably many of these pitchers could be at lake county in 2014.
September 2, 2013 - 12:22 PM EDT
Tomlin's at 89-91? Damn, I was hoping he could throw 95 mph now, like Salazar and Carrasco.

I was looking at Naquin's numbers yesterday. We beat the Indians up for the Trevor Crowe pick a few years back, but Naquin makes Crowe look like a brilliant pick; at least Crowe performed well in the minors. Naquin has shown no power, no speed, (almost as many CS as SB), and horrible plate discipline, with a 22% K-rate in Carolina and 26.6% in Akron. What a waste of a pick.

September 2, 2013 - 11:59 AM EDT
Good luck to Matt Langwell in the DBack organization.
Wolters was at SS yesterday at Carolina is there any significants there?
September 2, 2013 - 10:25 AM EDT
I was at the Clippers game yesterday, and I can report he's the same old Josh Tomlin. 89-91 with the fastball, great control (11 balls, 40 strikes If I remember correctly). He was throwing his secondary stuff in all kinds of different counts, so clearly not limited there. Hopefully he can provide a little help down the stretch.
September 2, 2013 - 10:24 AM EDT
I am shocked at the Indians moves or lack there of on Bryan Price. He obviously has it figured out. His numbers for AA and AAA we great this year and remove two road bump outings and they were off the charts. Price has similar numbers to Salazar and Guilmet and in some categories better numbers. He should be protected. If not, I believe he will be rule 5 no question. All 4 outs he recorded were by Ks and he struck out the side in the 9th to get the save after getting in a jam. I think we are missing something here with him. Shouldn't we put him on the 40 man???

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