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Fishing with the Mudcats: Suspension of Disbelief

Fishing with the Mudcats: Suspension of Disbelief
August 1, 2012
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Where We Stand After Week #17:

Second Half Record: 19-19 (2-4 the past week, 51-56 Overall), 3rd Place in the Southern Division second half, 2 games behind Myrtle Beach

Week #17 Games:

24 @ Winston-Salem, L 3-10 (WP: S. Snodgress; LP: J. Colon)
25 @ Winston-Salem, L 5-7 (WP: S. Upchurch; LP: J. Cooper; SV: T. Thompson)
26 @ Winston-Salem, L 1-11 (WP: E. Johnson; LP: M. Rayl)
27 @ Wilmington, L 2-6 (WP: B. Pounders; LP: M. Goodnight)
28 @ Wilmington, W 8-4 (WP: W. Roberts; LP: C. Boruff)
29 @ Wilmington, W 5-2 (WP: J. Colon; LP: J. Adam; SV: C. Cook)

Week #17 Transaction:

7/25/12: Activate RHP Kyle Blair from the 7-Day DL
7/25/12: Place LHP J.D. Reichenbach on the 7-Day DL with a Left Oblique Strain
7/27/12: Assign Jose Flores to Akron Aeros
7/28/12: Activate RHP Trey Haley from the 7-Day DL

The Offense:

Week #17

Player

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Alex Monsalve

13

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

3

0.231

Anthony Gallas

19

3

3

2

0

1

7

0

8

0.158

Bo Greenwell

19

2

3

0

0

0

0

2

5

0.158

Carlos Moncrief

18

3

2

0

1

1

1

2

7

0.111

Cole Cook

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

Delvi Cid

21

8

8

2

0

1

1

2

4

0.381

Dwight Childs

6

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.167

Giovanny Urshela

20

4

7

2

0

0

5

2

3

0.350

Jesus Aguilar

16

1

4

1

0

0

3

1

7

0.250

Justin Toole

13

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

0.154

Ronny Rodriguez

11

1

2

0

0

0

2

0

3

0.182

Tony Wolters

20

1

4

0

2

0

2

1

5

0.200

Tyler Cannon

18

0

5

1

0

0

2

1

7

0.278

Totals

194

24

44

8

3

3

23

14

56

0.227

The Good…

I haven’t done a lot of talking about Delvi Cid this year, but he has had a tremendous season. It has all culminated in the past week, when Cid became a true offensive threat. He led the team in average for the week, with a .381 average, with two doubles and a surprising home run. He stole an impressive give bases, and was only caught once. His line for the week was a bloated .381/.435/.619, with eight runs in only six ballgames. Cid has speed, and that just can’t be taught. He seems to have a ceiling of Double or Triple A, but there’s a small part of me that thinks he could be a Scott Podsednik-type, if he ever had the chance. In the Indians organization, I’m not sure he’ll get the chance.

There isn’t anything more frustrating than watching a young player in the midst of trying to figure out how to be an offensive thread in the minors. That’s what Giovanny Urshela is doing right now, and while it’s frustrating to watch his many weeks of struggle, it’s equally exhilarating watching his weeks like the past six ballgames. He has moments in which he can take a really long swing, and shorten it, as he did this week, only striking out three times, compared to two walks. He’s got really good upside going forward, and it would be interesting to see what the system does if his offense continues to grow.

…the Bad and the Ugly…

There isn’t anyone on the team that I like better than Carlos Moncrief, but it’s weeks like this that make you understand what type of player he is, even at this advanced age for the level. In five ballgames, Moncrief struggled with seven strikeouts, while walking only two times. You can overlook that when he’s hitting, but when he’s not, it’s incredibly painful.  He has plus speed, but he didn’t even try to steal a base, because to be quite honest, he just wasn’t on base enough.

Bo Greenwell has exploded on the scene this year after an injury, but he’s mostly stuttered this past week. Greenwell has had a history of struggle after hot starts, so it will be interesting to see if he continues his trends of the past couple of healthy seasons, or if this is just a lull in the middle of a renaissance for this underappreciated Tribe prospect.

Tony Wolters has had a solid season, but hasn’t shown much of that with the stick this week. He’s struck out five times against only one walk. He can lose rhythm and flail a bit when he’s off, which is clearly what was happening this week.

Ronny Rodriguez and Jesus Aguilar both returned from a suspension from an incident earlier in the season, and their lack of production may have done this team in for the second half. They had a bad week, and it’s no coincidence that their suspension were a part of it.

The Pitching:

Week #17

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Brett Brach (H, 2)

6.334

5

2

2

3

1

1

2.84

Cole Cook (S, 3)

2.666

0

0

0

0

3

0

0.00

Danny Salazar

4

4

1

1

0

4

0

2.25

Francisco Jimenez

2

4

2

2

1

1

1

9.00

Grant Sides

3

5

4

4

2

3

1

12.00

Jordan Cooper (L, 6-4)

3

7

6

6

1

0

1

18.00

Joseph Colon (W, 1-2)

9.333

12

10

10

6

9

1

9.64

Kyle Blair

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Michael Goodnight (L, 2-10)

5

5

2

2

2

6

0

3.60

Mike Rayl (L, 6-8)

4

7

4

4

3

3

1

9.00

Rob Nixon

1.667

4

7

7

2

0

1

37.79

Trey Haley

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0.00

Will Roberts (W, 4-6)

5

6

2

2

0

3

1

3.60

Totals

48

61

40

40

21

33

8

7.50

Starters

24.333

32

19

19

12

23

3

7.03

Relievers

23.667

29

21

21

9

10

5

7.99

The Good…

There wasn’t much good about anyone on this pitching staff, but Brett Brach had a nice week for the Muddies in relief. The problem with that is that when Brach is leading your team for the week, your pitching staff is likely struggling. This isn’t anything against Brach, who has been known to have big weeks, but this guy isn’t a prospect. He’s a fill guy, who can start or relieve, but do neither all that well. This was a good week for the kid though.

Michael Goodnight has been all over the place this season, but had one of his better recent starts. He didn’t get the win, but was in control of the game, striking out six against only two walks, but this seems to be his luck on the season. When he has a solid start, the offense just isn’t there.

Will Roberts is a guy that the Indians are high on, but he’s gotten lit up this season. This week was a different story, as Roberts pitched extremely well. He wasn’t dominant, which is what the Indians are hoping for, but he got outs, which is something that he’s struggled with this season.

…the Bad and the Ugly…

I could talk about a bunch of guys here, but this slot goes to Joseph Colon, who may have been the worst pitcher in the league this week.  He had a really, really bad start, in which he gave up nine runs in 4 1/3 innings. His saving grace is that he backed it up with a great start, perhaps the best of the week. Still, overall, this isn’t what I’d hoped for with regards to Colon’s promotion. Give him time though…he’ll be just fine.

Week #16 Awards:

Hitter of Week 17: Delvi Cid
Pitcher of Week 17: Michael Goodnight
Player of Week 17: Delvi Cid

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
 
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
 
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

Here Comes Week #18:

July

31 vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:05

August

1 vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:15 PM
2 vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:15 PM
3 vs. Lynchburg, 7:15 PM
4 vs. Lynchburg, 6:15 PM
5 vs. Lynchburg, 2:00 PM

The View Astern:

Jose Flores takes one of the worst deliveries to Akron, where he’ll continue his climb through the system. Somehow, he’s managed to have an incredibly productive season. That said, Flores is gone, and Trey Haley has taken his place. This just goes to show you that injuries can derail a progression. Haley is a much better prospect, and should be many levels above Flores. Such is life.

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing Flores again…

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.

User Comments

Jim
August 4, 2012 - 7:01 AM EDT
Norm--

I think they are ready to unleash the hounds with Salazar...up to five innings...

and not sure if you noticed, but they called him up to Akron. He's definitely a sleeper in this system.

Tony's right in everything he's said, but if there's one thing I'm re-learning about this system this season, is that's it's screwed the hell up. It's like a bunch of per-pubescent teenagers running the asylum.

They start off with one plan, then convolute the plan throughout the year. I wouldn't be surprised, at this point, to see Salazar go nine...
Tony
August 2, 2012 - 11:56 PM EDT
I get the thinking that Salazar is going to pitch in Carolina all year, but you never know. He's on a tight pitch count and I was told the number one goal this year with him was monitoring his health....so it would seem pushing him and challenging him at a higher level would be out of the question. I think someone like Rayl could move up to Akron if needed, or they just send Brach back there.
Norm
August 2, 2012 - 4:31 PM EDT
What are the chances of Salazar being promoted to the open spot in the Akron starting rotation? I understand he is still on limited pitch count but he is really the only serious prospect in a pretty sad starting rotation.

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