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Fishing for Mudcats: "Waiting to Exhale..."

Fishing for Mudcats: "Waiting to Exhale..."
August 29, 2012
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Here is this week’s ‘Fishing With Mudcats,’ focusing on games from Tuesday August 21st through Monday August 26th.

Where We Stand After Week #21:

Second Half Record: 29-34 (2-5 the past week, 61-72 Overall), 4th Place in the Southern Division second half

Week #21 Games:

August 2012
21 @ Potomac, W 4-0 (WP: J. Cooper; LP: R. Ray)
21 @ Potomac, L 0-3 (WP: M. Grace; LP: F. Jimenez)
22 @ Potomac, L 8-9 (WP: N. Holland; LP: F. Martinez)
23 @ Potomac, L 5-7 (WP: A. Meyer; LP: M. Goodnight)
24 vs. Salem, L 2-8 (WP: M. McCarthy; LP: W. Roberts)
25 vs. Salem, W 4-2 (WP: J. Cooper; LP: M. Celestino)
26 vs. Salem, L 5-9 (WP: M. Rivera; LP: J. Reichenbach)

Week #21 Transaction:

08/24/2012 Anthony Gallas assigned to Columbus Clippers from Carolina Mudcats.
08/26/2012 Benny Suarez assigned to Carolina Mudcats from AZL Indians.
08/26/2012 LeVon Washington assigned to Carolina Mudcats from AZL Indians.

The Offense:

Week #21

Player

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Alex Monsalve

19

2

4

0

0

0

0

1

5

0.211

Anthony Gallas

15

2

4

1

0

1

2

1

2

0.267

Delvi Cid

22

2

5

4

0

0

3

1

5

0.227

Dwight Childs

8

0

1

1

0

0

1

1

4

0.125

Giovanny Urshela

28

4

9

1

1

2

4

1

4

0.321

Justin Toole

30

2

7

1

0

0

2

1

5

0.233

LeVon Washington

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.000

Marcus Bradley

9

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

3

0.111

Rob Nixon

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

Ronny Rodriguez

25

3

7

0

0

2

4

2

5

0.280

Todd Hankins

16

3

4

2

1

0

2

1

5

0.250

Tony Wolters

27

5

8

4

1

1

4

3

5

0.296

Tyler Cannon

19

3

4

1

0

0

3

7

7

0.211

Totals

221

28

54

15

3

6

25

21

51

0.244

The Good…

Giovanny Urshela is having one fantastic baseball season. In case you forgot, the Carolina League is a notorious pitcher’s league. There are currently only five players hitting over .300 in the league as we speak. Urshela isn’t one of them, but he is hitting .276 on the season, which just happens to be 12th in the league for players that are eligible. He’s second on the team in hitting on the season (Aguilar hit .277). While this isn’t a guarantee of success as he moves up through the system, he sure has improved his stake. If he can build upon this season in Akron and Columbus, he can certainly be a serviceable infielder in the bigs, at the very least. This kid still has a lot to offer.

Wolters continues to rebound after rough weeks, like last week. But, here he is again, tying for the team lead in doubles, leading the team in runs, and tying for the team lead in RBI. While he certainly isn’t the premiere player in the organization, I think there is a lot more than meets the eye with Wolters. While he may be the odd man out in the infield prospect watch right now, there’s a long time between today and his time in Cleveland. The upside seems limited, but I think he’ll be a surprise. Is he better than the shorts or second base options we have? No…not yet.

Ronny Rodriguez is turning out to be the best offensive product in Carolina. The only thing that will keep him from 20 homers is the potential to get sent up to Akron for the playoffs, which is likely. That said, the kid has been nothing but consistent, and he followed that up with another big week. Rodriguez is toolsy, but he has a growing abundance of power, and if that continues to develop, he could turn into a special prospect…if he isn’t already.

I’d be remised if I didn’t talk about Justin Toole. He played every position on Sunday showcasing his mad defensive skills. That’ll be Toole’s calling card in the future…as a minor league uber-utility guy.

…the Bad and the Ugly…

Alex Monsalve continues to try to work through his initial months in High-A baseball. I’m high on this kid, especially with regards to his offense. He’s young, and at 20, has a long way to go. Still, he has power-hitting potential from the right side that will keep him in the intriguing category going forward. He’ll need to put together better weeks than this one though.

Tyler Cannon is one of my favorite under the radar players for the Muddies. This week, he wasn’t anywhere close to the radar. Cannon is similar to Justin Toole, although overall I think he’s a better offensive player. I think he’s future is pretty locked as a minor league utility fill, but if he can get some consistent offense, there’s something to Cannon. I’m just not sure that he’ll get enough time anywhere to show off that “something.” This week was a case in point.

Delvi Cid has been playing well, but this week, his bat took a step back. I don’t think Cid is a massive prospect. I do think he’s got potential as a speed guy in the system, especially if he continues his 2012 play in Akron in 2013. I know that’s a stretch, but he’s 30 stolen bases waiting at every level…if he gets a chance.

The Pitching:

Week #21

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Benny Suarez

3.667

4

1

1

1

2

0

2.45

Fabio Martinez (L, 0-2)

1

2

3

3

2

1

0

27.00

Francisco Jimenez (L, 8-8)

1.667

3

3

3

3

1

1

16.20

Grant Sides

4

4

4

2

2

5

0

4.50

J.D. Reichenbach (L, 5-7)

6

8

7

7

3

6

0

10.50

Jeff Johnson

4

1

0

0

0

4

0

0.00

Jordan Cooper (W, 8-7)

12

11

0

0

1

9

0

0.00

Justin Toole

1

2

2

2

0

2

2

18.00

Kyle Blair

3.667

1

0

0

1

4

0

0.00

Michael Goodnight (L, 2-13)

6

6

6

5

4

5

1

7.50

Mike Rayl

5.333

5

4

4

5

3

0

6.75

Rob Nixon (H, 2)

5.333

3

0

0

1

4

0

0.00

Will Roberts (L, 4-9)

4

11

8

8

3

3

0

18.00

Totals

57.667

61

38

35

26

49

4

5.46

Starters

32.667

40

22

21

17

23

2

5.79

Relievers

25

21

16

14

9

26

2

5.04

The Good…

Jordan Cooper dominated this week in the starter role. He made two starts, went 2-0, gave up 11 hits in 12 innings, and walked only one, while striking out nine. I’m not sure where he stands in the system. He’s 23, and while he was a ninth rounder, I’m not sure that he’s a guy that’s going to be pointing towards the top of the system. Of course, with the upper levels lack of prospects, he could be pitching well at the right time.

Rob Nixon has turned downright wicked after getting bombed early in his Muddies debut. Nixon is closing in fast on 24, so he needs to get himself promoted soon, or find himself in the “too old to be a prospect” mold. Right now, he’s pretty much assured himself of a look in Akron. Now he’ll just have to avoid the initial struggle he suffered in Carolina.

…the Bad and the Ugly…

There really weren’t many good outings from anyone on this staff. That starts with Mr. Fabio. He gave up three earned in an inning. Boy, what a great outing for the late seasons acquisition.

Francisco Jimenez has quickly seemed to lose any steam that he seemed to have over the past season. He’s always been a relatively middling pitcher, who at best, is a minor league fill. This only confirms it.

Will Roberts got torched for 11 hits and eight runs in four innings. He had been pitching well, but isn’t really an elite sort of pitcher. I think he can be good, and potentially an innings-eater, but right now, he’s just another guy.

Week #21 Awards:

Hitter of Week #21: Giovanny Urshela
Pitcher of Week #21: Jordan Cooper
Player of Week #21: Jordan Cooper

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
Hitter of Week 16: Carlos Moncrief
Hitter of Week 17: Delvi Cid
Hitter of Week #18: Tony Wolters
Hitter of Week #19: Giovanny Urshela
Hitter of Week #20: Tyler Cannon
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
Pitcher of Week 16: Danny Salazar
Pitcher of Week 17: Michael Goodnight
Pitcher of Week #18: Mike Rayl
Pitcher of Week #18: Mike Rayl
Pitcher of Week #20: Rob Nixon
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
Player of Week 16: Carlos Moncrief
Player of Week 17: Delvi Cid
Player of Week 18: Mike Rayl
Player of Week #19: Giovanny Urshela
Player of Week 20: Rob Nixon

Here Comes Week #22:

August
21 @ Potomac, 6:05 PM 
21 @ Potomac, TBD 
22 @ Potomac, 7:05 PM 
23 @ Potomac, 7:05 PM 
24 vs. Salem, 7:15 PM 
25 vs. Salem, 6:15 PM 
26 vs. Salem, 2:00 PM 

The View Astern:

Mike Rayl headed on up to Akron almost a year after heading to Carolina. My best guess is that it’s going to be permanent, and it’s well deserved. This was the first year in Carolina in recent memory that the staff wasn’t loaded for bear with big-time starters. Rayl was absolutely the best overall starter all season. No, he isn’t an all-star caliber guy, but he’s pretty good. Not sure if he’s a big league prospect, but there’s something to be said for consistency.

Have a beautiful weekend 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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