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Fishing for Mudcats: "Floating to Nowhere"

Fishing for Mudcats: "Floating to Nowhere"
July 25, 2012
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Where We Stand After Week #16:

Second Half Record: 17-15 (6-7 the past two weeks, 49-53 Overall), 2nd Place in the Southern Division second half, 3 games behind Myrtle Beach

Week #15 & #16 Games:

June

 
13 @ Frederick, L 8-9 (WP: E. Beaulac; LP: K. Blair; SV: R. Berry)
14 @ Frederick, W 3-1 (WP: M. Packer; LP: D. Bundy; SV: J. Flores)
15 @ Frederick, W 10-6 (WP: J. Cooper; LP: E. Beaulac)
16 vs. Winston-Salem, L 7-8 (WP: B. Blough; LP: J. Reichenbach; SV: T. Thompson) 
17 vs. Winston-Salem, W 7-6 (WP: R. Nixon; LP: T. Marin; SV: J. Flores)
18 vs. Winston-Salem, W 11-9 (WP: F. Jimenez; LP: S. McCray; SV: J. Reichenbach)  
19 vs. Winston-Salem, L 0-7 (WP: B. Blough; LP: J. Colon; SV: T. Marin)
20 vs. Lynchburg, W 3-0 (WP: J. Cooper; LP: M. Lee; SV: G. Sides)
21 vs. Lynchburg, W 4-2 (WP: M. Rayl; LP: A. Northcraft; SV: C. Cook)
22 vs. Lynchburg, L 4-7 (WP: D. Delgado; LP: M. Goodnight; SV: M. Chaffee)
23 @ Winston-Salem, L 3-12 (WP: S. McCray; LP: F. Jimenez)

Week #15 & #16 Transaction:

No listed roster moves for the week of July 3rd through July 9th.

07/20/2012 Brett Brach assigned to Carolina Mudcats from Akron Aeros.
07/19/2012 Matt Packer assigned to Akron Aeros from Carolina Mudcats.
07/18/2012 RHP Joseph Colon assigned to Carolina Mudcats from Lake County Captains.
07/17/2012 Placed RHP Kyle Blair on the 7-Day disabled list. Sprained right ankle.
07/17/2012 RHP Rob Nixon assigned to Carolina Mudcats from Lake County Captains.

The Offense:

Week #15

Player

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Alex Monsalve

9

1

3

0

0

0

0

2

1

0.333

Anthony Gallas

11

1

4

1

0

0

3

0

4

0.364

Bo Greenwell

18

4

10

1

1

0

3

0

1

0.556

Carlos Moncrief

15

5

6

1

0

2

5

4

3

0.400

Delvi Cid

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.000

Dwight Childs

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

Giovanny Urshela

16

2

4

1

0

1

4

1

5

0.250

Jesus Aguilar

17

2

3

0

0

0

2

2

5

0.176

Justin Toole

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.250

Ronny Rodriguez

15

2

2

0

0

2

3

1

4

0.133

Tony Wolters

17

4

6

0

0

1

3

0

3

0.353

Tyler Cannon

7

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.000

Totals

140

24

39

4

1

6

23

10

30

0.279

 

Week #16

Player

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Alex Monsalve

14

1

3

1

0

0

1

0

0

0.214

Anthony Gallas

26

4

8

3

0

0

7

1

5

0.308

Bo Greenwell

28

3

9

1

0

1

5

3

3

0.321

Carlos Moncrief

19

4

6

0

0

2

5

5

8

0.316

Delvi Cid

15

4

5

1

0

0

2

1

3

0.333

Dwight Childs

9

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

3

0.111

Giovanny Urshela

25

1

5

1

0

0

2

0

2

0.200

Jesus Aguilar

11

4

3

2

0

0

0

5

2

0.273

Justin Toole

22

2

4

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.182

Ronny Rodriguez

9

2

3

1

0

1

4

0

1

0.333

Tony Wolters

26

3

10

2

0

0

2

4

3

0.385

Tyler Cannon

26

3

8

2

1

0

1

1

3

0.308

Totals

230

32

65

15

1

4

29

22

35

0.283

 

The Good…

There isn’t a better player going right now than Tony Wolters. He may be the best player in the entire organization right now, as he’s just lacing the baseball. The fact that he skipped a level to get to Carolina has gone from a negative to a positive as he proves that the Indians have made the right move. He clearly has a lot of room to grow, but it seems as though he takes major steps every game. The only thing missing from his game right now is the power, and he still has that gap power that can get him doubles and speed to get him some triples. The best thing about Wolters is his attitude, and as long as he stays as positive as he has been this season, there’s no reason to think he won’t be a major leaguer in two or three seasons.

Bo Greenwell isn’t the prospect that his Dad was, but he certainly has a nice minor league skill set. This is his third season in the Carolina League, and the trait that he’s shown at all levels has been the ability to hit for average out of the gate. Right now, he’s hitting the ball a ton, and showing a bit of power, although it’s not enough to take him to the next level. Greenwell is more advanced than some of the other guys on the team, but he’ll never really be that type of prospect that is a lock for the bigs. Still, you have to like his style of play. He really needs to stay consistent, and hope for the best.

Most of you are probably sick of me talking about Carlos Moncrief, but I’m telling you, this kid could be the best of the prospects in Carolina right now, especially with Jesus Aguilar scuffling right now. He’s rolling right now, and in the past two weeks, is hitting .359, with 10 runs, two doubles, four homers and 11 RBI. He’s struck out eleven times, but he’s actually walked nine times, which has lifted his OBP to .479. His OPS is a sick 1.197 over the stretch since last we talked, and it looks like the toolsy outfielder is starting to make the Tribe brass take notice. With the state the Tribe outfield is in, you have to believe that he can move quickly through the system, if he maintains this momentum.

…the Bad and the Ugly…

Giovanny Urshela is a guy that I could really get behind if he could ever maintain that offense over a long period of time. While he often will show off a nice, quick swing, his old habits often rear their ugly head. He isn’t seeing the ball well right now, and he’s become a liability at the plate. He has to showcase consistency to ever have a chance to start, and not be a defensive replacement.

Jesus Aguilar has been extremely disappointing over the past two weeks. He’s hitting only .188, over his past 10 games, without a homer and only two RBI. He’s walked eight times, and struck out nine times, which shows that he’s still taking his walks better than in the past, but the offense has to be a bit disconcerting for the big first baseman. He’s still a legit top five guy in the system, but perhaps stamina is an issue at this point, and he plays in the hot Carolina summer.

The Pitching:

Week #15

Cole Cook

3

1

0

0

3

1

0

0.00

Danny Salazar

3

5

4

4

1

4

2

12.00

Francisco Jimenez

4.333

7

7

7

3

2

2

14.54

Grant Sides

2

0

0

0

2

1

0

0.00

J.D. Reichenbach (L, 3-5)

2.333

4

3

3

0

2

1

11.57

Jordan Cooper (W, 5-3)

5

6

2

2

1

2

0

3.60

Jose Flores (S, 14)

2.667

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Kyle Blair (L, 5-2)

2.667

2

2

2

4

3

0

6.75

Matt Packer (W, 1-0)

5

3

0

0

1

4

0

0.00

Michael Goodnight

5

3

2

2

5

2

0

3.60

Mike Rayl

5

10

7

7

3

2

1

12.60

Will Roberts (H, 1)

3

4

1

1

1

1

0

3.00

Totals

43

45

28

28

24

24

6

5.86

Starters

22.33

28

20

20

13

14

5

8.06

Relievers

20.67

17

8

8

11

10

1

3.48

 

Week #16

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Brett Brach (H, 1)

1.333

2

0

0

0

2

0

0.00

Cole Cook (S, 2)

1.667

2

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

Danny Salazar

4

2

0

0

2

5

0

0.00

Francisco Jimenez (W, 8-6)

12

14

8

8

3

7

0

6.00

Grant Sides (S, 4)

1

0

0

0

2

2

0

0.00

J.D. Reichenbach (S, 1)

0.333

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

Jordan Cooper (W, 6-3)

4

0

0

0

0

4

0

0.00

Jose Flores (S, 15)

1.333

1

0

0

1

0

0

0.00

Joseph Colon (L, 0-1)

5

9

7

2

1

2

2

3.60

Michael Goodnight (L, 2-9)

10.667

11

10

7

6

9

0

5.91

Mike Rayl (W, 6-7)

6

7

2

2

1

3

0

3.00

Rob Nixon (W, 1-0)

6

13

10

9

3

3

0

13.50

Will Roberts (H, 2)

7.667

6

6

6

3

5

1

7.04

Totals

61

68

43

34

22

44

3

5.02

Starters

37.667

43

27

19

13

26

2

4.54

Relievers

23.333

19

10

9

6

13

0

3.47

The Good…

If I say it once, I’ll say it again, Danny Salazar has the potential to be a big time starter. It’s hard right now to call him that though, as he’s still building up his arm. Still, the kid has a bunch of intangibles that are promising, and has continued to pitch really well. It will be interesting to see if they keep him in the four inning range this season, or if they open it up to five innings, plus.

Mike Rayl has been an intriguing option, as well as Michael Goodnight. The two of them have been joined at the hip over the past couple of seasons. Rayl is ahead of Goodnight right now, and made an outstanding start this past week. He’s still struggling for consistency, but seems to make more and more strides as he advances through the system. He’s not a stud starter, but he is an innings filler.

…the Bad and the Ugly…

Rob Nixon got a rough start to his career in Carolina. He got ripped for nine hits and eight runs in his second appearance over an inning and two thirds. He had two other outings that were much, much better, but boy, what a welcome.

Week #16 Awards:

Hitter of Week 16: Carlos Moncrief
Pitcher of Week 16: Danny Salazar
Player of Week 16: Carlos Moncrief
The Archives:
Hitter of Week 1: Tyler Holt
Hitter of Week 2: Jesus Aguilar
Hitter of Week 3: Jake Lowery
Hitter of Week 4: Giovanny Urshela
Hitter of Week 5: Jesus Aguilar
Hitter of Week 6: Ronny Rodriguez
Hitter of Week 7: Tyler Holt
Hitter of Week 8: Tony Wolters
Hitter of Week 9: Jesus Aguilar
Hitter of Week 10: Tyler Cannon
Hitter of the First Half: Jesus Aguilar
Hitter of Week 12: Jesus Aguilar
Hitter of Week 13: Jesus Aguilar
Hitter of Week 14: Tony Wolters
Hitter of Week 15: Bo Greenwell
 
Pitcher of Week 1: Cody Allen
Pitcher of Week 2: T.J. House
Pitcher of Week 3: Mike Rayl
Pitcher of Week 4: Shawn Armstrong
Pitcher of Week 5: Dale Dickerson
Pitcher of Week 6: Francisco Jimenez
Pitcher of Week 7: Shawn Armstrong
Pitcher of Week 8: Kyle Petter
Pitcher of Week 9: Kyle Blair
Pitcher of Week 10: Tyler Sturdevant
Pitcher of the First Half: Shawn Armstrong
Pitcher of Week 12: Grant Sides
Pitcher of Week 13: Michael Goodnight
Pitcher of Week 14: Mike Rayl
Pitcher of Week 15: Matt Packer
 
Player of Week 1: Cody Allen
Player of Week 2: T.J. House
Player of Week 3: Jake Lowery
Player of Week 4: Shawn Armstrong
Player of Week 5: Jesus Aguilar
Player of Week 6: Francisco Jimenez
Player of Week 7: Tyler Holt
Player of Week 8: Tony Wolters
Player of Week 9: Jesus Aguilar
Player of Week 10: Tyler Cannon
MVP of the First Half: Jesus Aguilar
Player of Week 12: Jesus Aguilar
Player of Week 13: Jesus Aguilar
Player of Week 14: Mike Rayl
Player of Week 15: Mike Greenwell

Here Comes Week #17:

July
 
24 @ Winston-Salem, L 3-10)
25 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 PM 
26 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 PM 
27 @ Wilmington, 7:05 PM 
28 @ Wilmington, 6:05 PM 
29 @ Wilmington, 1:35 PM

 

The View Astern:

In the land of relief pitchers, Shawn Armstrong is another guy that ran right through Carolina on his way to Cleveland. Cody Allen started the run of elite arms, and Shawn Armstrong isn’t far behind him. He’s not quite the pitcher that Allen is, but he’s got many of the same traits. He’s in Akron right now, and likely won’t be long their either. It’s distinctly possible that the bullpen in Cleveland will have both Allen and Armstrong. Now, we’ve got Grant Sides…the next elite arm. There are many…and many more coming…

Have a fantastic week…everybody…

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

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