Around the Farm: September 10, 2014
Zimmer's all-around game highlights the night on the farm
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.
Bradley Zimmer (RF, Lake County): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 SB, 1 HBP
The Lake County Captains fell to the Kane County Cougars 4-3 in Game #1 of the Midwest League finals Wednesday night, though Zimmer did everything in his power to avoid that result. The 2014 first round pick reached base every time he went to the plate Wednesday and stole two bases, improving his playoff performance to 8-for-18 with two doubles, a triple, two walks, and two steals in five games. This hot streak comes on the heels of Zimmer's strong three-game regular season callup to Lake County (3-for-11 with a double, two home runs, two walks, and a steal) and an .865 OPS with 11 steals in 45 games with Mahoning Valley. Whether the 21-year-old starts 2015 in Carolina (where he would likely split time in center field with Clint Frazier), begins the season with some time in Lake County (considering he has only played eight games at the Low-A level), or makes the jump all the way to Akron is still to be decided, but Zimmer is clearly putting together some strong performances in his first exposure to professional baseball.
- Mitch Brown (SP, Lake County): L (1-1), 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2 E. Brown has been one of the hottest pitchers in the system, but the right-hander did not have it in this game. Before Wednesday, the last time Brown allowed more than one earned run in a start was July 13.
- Caleb Hamrick (RP, Lake County): 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. Hamrick's shutdown outing kept Lake County within striking distance, however, and is a nice sight to see as the right-hander looks to put things together for a bounce back in 2015.
- Robbie Aviles (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP. The bullpen version of Aviles continues to find decent success with his trademark extreme pitch-to-contact approach, which gave the Captains a couple more chances to pull this one out.
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. The anchor of the Captains' lineup was not off-the-charts in this game, but he did contribute positively to the team's efforts.
- Claudio Bautista (2B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. The same goes for Bautista, who was ice-cold in the playoffs before this solid night on Wednesday.
- Paul Hendrix (3B, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E. Hendrix reached twice, but his second-inning fielding error allowed the fourth (and ultimately deciding) run to score for Kane County.
- Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 0-for-5, 3 SO. Frazier had been a key cog in the Captains' playoff run heading into Wednesday, but the recently-turned 20-year-old simply had a bad game in the series opener.
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1. Javier Baez doesn't recognize pitches out of the pitcher's hand. He has more swing and miss than just about any other "highly" rated prospect that you'll ever see. His glove is mediocre to substandard and is probably better suited as a LF/DH more than any other position. He would NOT be nearly the player cubs fans have idolized during his ascent through the Cubs minor league system.
2. The Cubs do have some interesting talent that is coming close but are not yet or will not be Rule V eligible that might be of interest include Don Vogelbach and Dillon Maples. They'll be relevant to Rule V consideration after the 2015 season.. Otherwise.. not really much to get excited about with the Flubs..
Houston does have a lot of talent.. much of which is now playing at the ML level.. Teams are loath to let talent get away via Rule V and it perhaps the least valuable source of talent for major league clubs going. TBH..eliminating it wouldn't hurt anyone's feeling and it would end some of the moronic rosterbation moves that clubs have been forced to make while attempting to retain marginally better than AAA talent.
Gomes still 7????????? Helloooo Tito!
Jram at 2d once Lindor arrives. Not even debateable.
I've heard the Astros are concerned about losing some players this offseason. I think they will try to pkg some players / prospects and make a big splash. I haven't heard much on the Cubs, but I think they are still a season or two away.
Thanks for info on the Rule 5 draft eligible regarding the Indians. My main question related to the Cubs and Astros. Is some of there top talent is exposed to the rule 5 this year or are we still a year away in which that happens.
Hiram, Chang is not as good as Lindor from a prospect perspective.....but he's still pretty good. He's definitely in the Top 10 this year. No doubt. Going to be a very loaded, crowded top 10-20 this year. Some guys in the 25 range would normally be 10-17.
What about the Tribe working out Trevor Bauer or Carlos Salazar for Javier Baez to play 3b or RF. It would meet a need for both clubs and provide yrs of control.
The Indians will have several players that will need protected from the rule 5 draft. IMO, it seems likely the Tribe loses one or two players...it happens every yr it seems. I've posted an extensive list in the last mth. If I have time I might post that on the boards as a point of reference and discussion. Off the top of my head...
I keep hearing about this Yu Cheng Chang. How's his fielding because I hear the ball jumps off his bat. Sounds like he could be a better prospect than Lindor at the same stage. For him to be already top 10 with this team is saying alot
Indians need to win both games today and then sweep the Tigers or at least 2/3... #RollTribe
I like the idea of trading with the Pirates.. but I don't think Josh Harrison is going to be blocked. The Pirates like Pedro Alvarez, however, he's never developed the kind of consistency they thought he could or should have. Alvarez's season may be over from a foot injury.. His Pirate career may be over based on his salary situation.. It's unclear, but he may have one more year remaining. IDK.. At any rate, Josh Harrison has stepped up in so many ways, He's so versatile.. and brings an energy to that club that is infectious.. I doubt the Pirates would consider letting him go. They would appear to be more ready to let Alvarez walk. That said, the Pirates remain a good trade partner based on their needs and the Indians surpluses. I'd love to see the Indians steal away one or more of their pitching prospects.. Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon are their two best and both are on the precipice of becoming ML relevant. With the pending loss of Francisco Liriano, neither one of these two guys are possible. But, Nick Kingham and Luis Heredia may be.. and they aint chopped meat.. It's pretty certain that Frazier would not be of interest to the Pirates.. but the need for a middle infielder like E-Gonz could be highly interesting to them..indeed
Gabriel Mejia will be here. I can't wait to see him. I am going Oct 6-10.
I'm not going to start a rant about acquiring talent, utilizing effective means (draft and trade) that best suit the Indians...well never mind. I completely agree, the Marlins have traded their pick several times. That's the pick to target in say, a much larger trade. They have several players that I'd like to see the Indians get, off the top of my head... Stanton, Ozuna, Heaney, Dunn and of course their comp. pk.
Considering the depth of pitching talent coming in the 2015 draft, getting two first round picks is good.. Getting a third via a Competitive Balance Lottery pick would have been great.. The Indians and GM Chris Antonetti would be very wise to consider making a trade with any one of the five teams ahead of them. Those teams include the Marlins, Rockies, Cardinals, Brewers, & Padres. Too bad the Indians couldn't/didn't get the Cardinals Competitive Balance Lottery pick from the Cardinals along with Jimmy Ramsey in the Justin Masterson trade, but, I guess, that would be pretty much overkill, in hindsight...
Gabriel Meijia is on the instructional league roster. It was posted somewhere - I can't remember - I think Bleacher Report is where I read it last night, under the Indians tab.
With Ramsey, Frazier, Zimmer and Naquin the Indians have 4 CF in their top 10, with Shuck, Holt, Myers as depth. Something has to give. Frazier and Naquin should be trade chips this offseason. Same thing at SS, EGonz looks to be the odd man out, coming off a breakout season, but blocked by JRam/Lindor.
Any deal that starts with Frazier+EGonz will have the attention of other GMs. Middle of the order power bats will be more expensive than SP this offseason, so I'd try to trade for blocked players from other teams. Van Slyke or Josh Harrison are possibilities