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Fishing with Mudcats: "We'll drive backwards"

Fishing with Mudcats: "We'll drive backwards"
August 17, 2012
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Fishing with Mudcats is back and better than ever after a two week break. With that said, we'll use the next two days to catch you up with the last two weeks of action, before rejoining the fray with next week's report. Today we'll take a look at Week #18's report, and roll out week #19 Saturday afternoon.

Let's get fishing....

Where We Stand After Week #18:

Second Half Record: 22-22 (3-3 the past week, 54-59 Overall), 3rd Place in the Southern Division second half

Week #18 Games:

July 2012

31 vs. Myrtle Beach, W 2-1 (WP: D. Salazar; LP: R. Henry; SV: T. Haley)

August 2012

1 vs. Myrtle Beach, W 5-0 (WP: M. Rayl; LP: R. Rojas)
2 vs. Myrtle Beach, L 0-3 (WP: L. Jackson; LP: M. Goodnight; SV: B.Rowen)
3 vs. Lynchburg, L 2-7 (WP: G. Schlosser; LP: W. Roberts)
4 vs. Lynchburg, L 2-10 (WP: C. Martin; LP: J. Cooper)
5 vs. Lynchburg, W 7-6 (WP: G. Sides; LP: R. Weber)

Week #18 Transaction:

08/04/2012 Brett Brach assigned to Akron Aeros from Carolina Mudcats.
08/03/2012 Carolina Mudcats activated LHP J.D. Reichenbach from the 7-Day disabled list.
08/03/2012 Trey Haley assigned to Akron Aeros from Carolina Mudcats.
08/03/2012 RHP Danny Salazar assigned to Akron Aeros from Carolina Mudcats.
08/03/2012 RHP Jeff Johnson assigned to Carolina Mudcats from Lake County Captains.

The Offense:

Week #17

Player

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Alex Monsalve

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.667

Anthony Gallas

15

3

2

1

0

0

1

1

4

0.133

Bo Greenwell

18

1

7

3

0

0

1

5

3

0.389

Carlos Moncrief

23

1

7

3

0

0

2

1

6

0.304

Delvi Cid

11

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

5

0.091

Dwight Childs

14

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

4

0.000

Giovanny Urshela

25

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

4

0.240

Jesus Aguilar

23

2

5

1

0

0

3

1

1

0.217

Ronny Rodriguez

19

3

7

1

0

0

2

4

4

0.368

Todd Hankins

11

1

4

1

0

1

3

0

3

0.364

Tony Wolters

23

5

9

2

1

1

4

2

4

0.391

Tyler Cannon

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

0.000

Totals

196

18

50

12

1

2

18

14

43

0.255

The Good…

It’s not even close in week #18, as Tony Wolters just took this team on his shoulders. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much help from the rest of the team. Wolters was in the lead (by himself or in a tie) in runs, hits, triples, homers, RBI and average. While Wolters definitely hasn’t gotten BETTER than last season, he’s definitely playing on an even par. Remember, Wolters was a top 5 prospect, and while his stock has seemingly dropped, his performance definitely hasn’t. This kid has fantastic skills, and while he isn’t a player that’s going to take over a team with home runs or an overabundance of power, he is a guy that starts, and provides backbone to any team.

Ronny Rodriguez joins Wolters as the real factors on the Mudcats at this point. There’s no doubt that Rodriguez has passed Wolters, in my opinion. Not because Wolters has faltered, but because Double R has really picked up his game. This kid has it all, he can field, has decent speed and power, and has a high baseball IQ. He’s essentially set career highs in all major categories this season, and that plus improvement has really taken him far this year. The middle infield in this system is strong, and it starts right here in Carolina.

My Boy Carlos Moncrief had another good week. It wasn’t spectacular, and he struck out a bunch, as always, but he did make some contact when he had to. You know my thoughts on this kid. He has spectacular talent, but is still getting caught up to his move from pitcher to outfielder. Next year will be a massive year for  Moncrief.

Bo Greenwell has entered this season on fire, and you wonder when the shoe is going to drop. Alright, not trying to be negative. Maybe the shoe will never drop. Greenwell always seems to start the season like he’s the best hitter in the system, then seems to drop off a cliff as the season progresses. This year, Greenwell started his season late. Can he play this well all year? We shall see…

Todd Hankins made his Carolina debut, and while he didn’t shatter the speed of sound or anything like that, he did hit the baseball. Hankins can fly, so look for his speed to start to show as the season enters the last four weeks.

…the Bad and the Ugly…

Jesus Aguilar is really struggling right now with the bat. He’s still one of the best offensive players on the team, but you have to wonder if it’s his mental toughness. There’s no doubt that Aguilar has worked tremendously hard on his approach, and after bouncing around from all-star games to suspensions, perhaps it’s just a short-term struggle.

Anthony Gallas has started to drop off the face of the earth on this team. He’s not a prospect in this system, but I do have to say that I was rooting for this kid. He’s not done by any stretch, but you still have to wonder if he’s a viable member of this organization with a  boatload of prospects coming up form below.

The Pitching:

Week #18

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Cole Cook

2

0

0

0

1

2

0

0.00

Danny Salazar

5

3

1

0

1

4

0

0.00

Francisco Jimenez

2.66

4

2

2

1

2

0

6.75

Grant Sides

3

3

1

1

4

4

0

3.00

J.D. Reichenbach

1

1

3

2

0

1

0

18.00

Jeff Johnson

2

3

1

1

0

0

0

4.50

Jordan Cooper

8.67

10

4

4

1

8

1

4.15

Kyle Blair

4.33

7

6

6

2

4

0

12.46

Michael Goodnight  

6.67

7

3

3

2

3

0

4.05

Mike Rayl

7

4

0

0

1

2

0

0.00

Rob Nixon

3.66

3

2

2

2

4

0

4.91

Trey Haley

2

0

0

0

1

2

0

0.00

Will Roberts

6

6

4

4

0

6

1

6.00

Totals

54

51

27

25

16

42

2

4.17

Starters

33

33

14

13

6

22

2

3.55

Relievers

21

18

13

12

10

20

0

5.14

The Good…

Danny Salazar finally got a win. To be fair, Salazar finally pitched five innings…for the first time this season. He’s the one pitcher on this staff that I feel could be a big-time starter down the road. The only problem is his arm. Is he a starter down the road, or a reliever? I think he really could excel at both. At the same time, I’m not sure you build up this kid’s arm as a starter, just to make him a reliever. Whatever he is, he’s likely to be a good one. It all really started here.

 As good as Salazar was, he wasn’t the best pitcher on this roster. That designation goes to Mike Rayl. Rayl isn’t a star, but he is an innings eater that can dominate at times. That’s what he did this week with one of his best starts of the season. He may finally be catching his stride this season, and while I don’t think he’s going to turn into an ace any time soon, he will likely be a factor as a back-of-the-rotation starter at some point

…the Bad and the Ugly…

J.D. Reichenbach really had a bad week, to go along with a really bad season. With a system loaded with reliever prospects, Reichenbach better watch his back.

Kyle Blair’s worst season every continues…and I’ve really got nothing more to add to it….than that.

Week #18 Awards:

Hitter of Week #18: Tony Wolters
Pitcher of Week #18: Mike Rayl
Player of Week 18: Mike Rayl

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
 
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
 
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

Here Comes Week #19:

August
 
7 @ Salem
8 @ Salem
9 @ Salem 
10 @ Lynchburg
11 @ Lynchburg
12 @ Lynchburg
13 vs. Frederick

The View Astern:

Trey Haley returned for a brief visit, pitched extremely well, then was on his way to Akron. He has an elite arm, and is still young, but has struggled with injury over the years. If he can stay healthy and gain consistency, it won’t take him long to add his name to the Columbus Clippers roster in 2013…and ultimately the Indians. He’s at least a year away, but could provide a big arm whenever he gets the call up.

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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