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Around the Farm: April 10, 2014

Wendle and Haase's extra base output highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: April 10, 2014
Joe Wendle (Photo: David Monseur)
April 11, 2014
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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. 

Joe Wendle (2B, Akron): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B

Joe Wendle (Photo: MiLB)Everyone knows it is still early and we cannot draw any firm conclusions from the games played just yet, but Wendle is putting together a compelling case that he will maintain his production after making the jump to Double-A. Wendle was a little old for High-A last year, and though he tore up the Carolina League, there was still a question of whether the soon-to-be 24-year-old was just taking advantage of being more experienced than the other players. With a .308/.419/.500 line and 4:5 SO:BB in seven games, Wendle is simply continuing to do what he does best: hit the ball. If he keeps hitting like this, the second baseman will finally shed the asterisks people have put by his production so far in his career.

Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 SO

Eric Haase (Photo: MiLB)Following a .250/.322/.439 line in 104 games for Lake County last year, it looked like Haase could be challenged with a promotion to High-A from the outset of 2014. But a combination of the catching depth in the upper levels plus Haase's rough around the edges profile in 2013 (his 27.9 percent strikeout rate and inexperience defensively, for example) will give him things to work on in Low-A for the time being. The 21-year-old is red-hot at the plate right now, but he is still striking out quite a bit (five times in five games). Haase has balanced that some with four walks, but the bat is still developing for the catcher. With a little more work and polish (and some movement above him), Haase should find his way to Carolina before too long.

  • Josh Tomlin (SP, Columbus): ND, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. Despite an uncharacteristic four walks, Tomlin managed to limit the damage and make it through six two-run innings. You cannot ask for much more from your starter.
  • Austin Adams (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. Adams did not give up any big hits, but the right-hander was singled to death after a leadoff walk.
  • Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO. On the other side of the spectrum, Pestano was solid in his first outing after being sent down Wednesday. Pestano has work to do to get back to Cleveland and outings like this are the first step in that process.
  • Nick Hagadone (RP, Columbus): L (0-2), 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO. Another pitcher looking to get back to Cleveland, Hagadone did not do a good job here, nor has he so far in 2014 (9.82 ERA, two home runs in 3.2 innings).
  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB. Just Jose Ramirez doing Jose Ramirez things here, consistently getting on base and making things happen with his legs. After starting the first four games of the season at second base, this was Ramirez's third-straight game at shortstop.
  • Michael Bourn (CF, Akron): 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 SO. Bourn was not on at the plate, but the center fielder looked good in the field as he works his way back to Cleveland. He will play again in Akron Friday night, joined by Jason Giambi.
  • Cody Anderson (SP, Akron): L (1-1), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR. After allowing a home run on the first pitch of the ballgame, Anderson made it through six innings and kept the RubberDucks in the game. Anderson admitted afterward that he got too fastball-heavy in the early going, something the opposing team jumped on, and that he needs to work his secondary stuff in earlier.
  • Giovanni Soto (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. A strikeout per inning, a double play ball, and groundballs; the perfect Soto combination. After missing most of last year with back issues, Soto is off to a strong start in 2014 (no runs or walks, one hit, three strikeouts in four innings).
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI. Urshela's blast kept the RubberDucks close as the third baseman continues to flash his power in 2014 (.560 slugging percentage in seven games). Unfortunately, not many other hits have fallen for Urshela thus far (.240 batting average).
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO. With a .313/.389/.500 line and two steals in five games, Myles is living up to his billing as a power-speed guy in his first exposure to Double-A.
  • Michael Peoples (SP, Carolina): ND, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP. Peoples' 4.91 ERA on the season is a little unsightly, but the right-hander's 3.84 FIP and 9:3 SO:BB so far point to better things to come.
  • Louis Head (RP, Carolina): S (3), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 E. Through four innings in 2014, Head has nine strikeouts, only two walks and two hits allowed, and no runs. The right-hander is flat-out dealing to start the season.
  • Alex Monsalve (DH, Carolina): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO. Monsalve continued to handle Carolina League pitching Thursday night, improving his on-base percentage to .423 and doubling for his first extra base hit of the season.
  • LeVon Washington (LF, Carolina): 2-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 PO, 1 SF. The caught stealing is obviously less than ideal, but the rest of Washington's night pushed his OPS to .990 through seven games.
  • Anthony Gallas (RF, Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO. Not the hottest start to the season for Gallas (.567 OPS in six games), but the outfielder is getting playing time and the opportunity to turn things around.
  • Dace Kime (SP, Lake County): L (0-2), 3.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR, 2 E. With 14 runs (12 earned) allowed in his first 6.1 innings, Kime's stats will take a while to look good again. Keeping that in mind, how the right-hander responds to this early-season adversity will be more important to watch than his ERA in the coming weeks.
  • Alexis Paredes (RP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2 WP, 1 BK. The game was already pretty out of hand, but Paredes still came in and started getting some outs for the Captains. The right-hander has a 7:2 SO:BB in six innings so far in 2014.
  • Brian Ruiz (LF, Lake County): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO. The Cleveland product has made the most of his Lake County opportunity, posting a .286/.375/.381 line in seven games.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. It could be another tease. It could just be nothing. But with doubles on back-to-back days (and three hits in nine at bats), Paulino could be starting to heat up following a pretty rough beginning to 2014.

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User Comments

Jim Piascik
April 11, 2014 - 9:07 PM EDT
Ah come on Rocky55, I'm high on Lowery too. Haha. Just got bumped because of ATF space limits. Just can't fit everyone in sometimes.
Tony
April 11, 2014 - 2:34 PM EDT
Mejia is a priority guy, but so is Haase and several of the other catchers above him. Also, important to note that Mejia had an injury this spring which I noted in the notebooks, so that clearly has had an impact on the decision.
Shawn
April 11, 2014 - 2:30 PM EDT
When you have a player as talented at Mejia, why would you let another lower prospect hold him back. I would think if you have a guy that can hit like that, you'd force room for him.
Also can you tell Carolina's manager to move Levon Washington up in the lineup, not a huge deal but probably cost him some AB, he's the best hitter on the team. Should be hitting leadoff, not 7.
Walter
April 11, 2014 - 2:14 PM EDT
What is the latest on Yandy Diaz injury? Will he be back in the Carolina lineup soon? The Indians have given up on Soto being a starter?
BrianM
April 11, 2014 - 1:51 PM EDT
I was disappointed to hear that Mejia will be held back and will start in MV rather than LC to start his year.
Tony
April 11, 2014 - 1:44 PM EDT
Some blockage in system with the catching as Monsalve is down a level at Carolina and Haase down a level at Lake County. Until those two move up a level, Mejia is probably not going to Lake County. Looks to me now that Mejia may join Lake County later in the year after Haase departs or go to Mahoning Valley. As for Frazier, unless he had a setback, he is expected to be ready any time. Question though is whether the Indians are just going to be ultra conservative and not risk injury playing him in cooler weather and the excitement of competition by just keeping him in Arizona another few weeks or month.
Shawn
April 11, 2014 - 1:28 PM EDT
Do you think we'll see Clint Frazier in the next couple weeks? How about Francisco Mejia, as much as he was raking in spring, I would have thought he'd be at Lake County.
Rocky55
April 11, 2014 - 12:03 PM EDT
It's okay Jake, I noticed that your 2-4 night raised your BA to .357, even if ATF didn't. Nice .979 OPS also. Keep up the good work, kid.
Tondo
April 11, 2014 - 11:15 AM EDT
Mudcats team has been the surprise so far. That rotation is looking really solid with Baker, Morimando, Merritt and Sulser in it. Even Peoples, while not much of a spec, is a solid 5th SP.

Lowery and Lucas keep getting overlooked. Watch out for them.

Nellie Rod will fly through the rankings if he can keep this up at 19yo

With Soto and Crockett probably ahead of Barnes and Hagadone now (or soon to be), I'd like a small trade with some LOOGY-depth needy team for some low level Minors hopeful. Hagadone has some ML experience and the pedigree that could be enticing for teams to take a flyer on
Tony
April 11, 2014 - 10:02 AM EDT
Head is a solid prospect. Probably the only real bullpen prospect in the lower levels. He finished the last two months or so with Carolina last season, so if he continues to do this I would not be surprised to see him in Akron very soon.

Soto and Crockett are low 90s guys. And I don't see a rapid push for Wendle. He probably spends the whole season at Akron no matter what he does. A lot of that has to do with nowhere to put him at Columbus (Ramirez is the primary 2B there....only playing SS a lot right now because Sellers is gone). What I think you will see is Wendle stay in Akron to continue to perform and add to his trade value, and also potentially work on another position to add some versatility.

Yeah, Kime's start is disappointing, but one thing to keep in mind is he's really working on the secondary stuff and trying to develop a third pitch. When you use your third (or fourth) weapon consistently in order to try and develop it, these kinds of outings can occur. Same if some mechanical adjustments are being made. Like Jim said, it will be interesting to see how he performs in his next few outings.
Walter
April 11, 2014 - 9:48 AM EDT
Meant arm
Walter
April 11, 2014 - 9:37 AM EDT
I know its early, but Kime performance is just brutal. He not having any are or shoulder problems?
LeaguePark
April 11, 2014 - 9:14 AM EDT
Hag-a-done is having an awful start. Jose Ramirez should be in Cleveland where he can help this team way more than career retread Elliot Johnson.

I have no interest in seeing Bourn or Giambi on the Cleveland roster. Giambi is just taking up space that we could use for someone who can still play the game. Bourn is over the hill and his contract is a burden,
Jim Piascik
April 11, 2014 - 9:08 AM EDT
Probably not on Wendle. It's the same idea as Moncrief last year. The organization seems to like having prospects really prove themselves at Double-A and make it through the year (and multiple times through the Eastern League) successfully before moving them up.
Hiram
April 11, 2014 - 8:42 AM EDT
Tony,

Is Wendle is hitting .300 by June do you think he gets pushed up to AAA??
Hiram
April 11, 2014 - 8:40 AM EDT
Tony,

how hard does Soto and Crockett throw?... Hagadone can't find the plate consistently and I think he's right where he should be... Good to Pestano get a good first outing... Let's hope that Myles and Washington can stay healthy because if they can they are very good prospects
Rich
April 11, 2014 - 8:14 AM EDT
Looks like Hagadone is continuing to reinforce the idea that he has topped out as a AAA pitcher.

So far so good for Bryson Myles and LeVon Washington.

Is Louis Head for real?

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