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Around the Farm: April 11, 2014

Around the Farm: April 11, 2014
Francisco Lindor (Photo: Akron RubberDucks)
April 12, 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.

Michael Bourn (Akron, CF) - 1-5, 1 K, 1 SB - I understand that rehab outings are more about getting work in than the stats, but at what point does 2-for-16 against Triple-A and Double-A pitching begin to raise some red flags about Michael's readiness to face hurlers who have managed to actually make a major league 25-man roster?  Maybe he can flip a switch and turn it on at the big league level, but are the Indians really in a position where they can afford to gamble on Bourn magically getting his hitting stroke back upon returning to The Show? Especially with Nyjer Morgan playing so well in the early going?

Jason Giambi (Akron, DH) - 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K - Giambi began his road back to the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario with this less-than-stellar outing.  The good news is that he is just starting his rehab and has some time to get himself back into big league form.  Hopefully it doesn't take him long as it seems to be taking Bourn (better weather than what we've been getting lately here in Ohio would go a long way toward helping as well).

Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 1-6, 1 R, HR, RBI, K. The stat line from the game is nothing overly exciting. Sure, he hit a home run, but he also was just 1-for-6 at the plate. That said, it was the timing of that home run which made his performance memorable on this night. He lead of the bottom of the 12th inning having gone 0-for-5 up to that point, but proceeded to hit a bomb to center field for a walkoff homer and the RubberDucks first home win of the season. The 2014 Lindor Watch carries on!

LeVon Washington (Carolina, DH) - 0-2, 1 BB - This line is notable only because #washtime was pulled for pinch-hitter Logan Vick in the eighth inning.  Given LeVon's injury history, the logical conclusion, until proven otherwise, is that any such substitution is injury-related.  Hopefully it wasn't, but there is definitely reason for concern, especially because he was only DHing to begin with.

  • Jose Ramirez (Columbus, SS) -2-5, 1 RBI - J-Ram was one of two Clippers with a multi-hit night and an RBI.  Ramirez is hitting well in his last two games as he has posted back-to-back two-hit nights and three of his four RBI on the season in the Clips' first two road games of the season.
  • Matt Carson (Columbus, RF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - The other such multi-hit night belonged to Carson, who brought his season batting average over .300 (.304 through seven games) with the effort.
  • Tyler Cloyd (Columbus, SP) - 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R (unearned), 7 K - Cloyd turns it around 180 degrees from his disastrous season debut, in which he gave up 7 runs (6 earned) on 11 hits without even getting out of the fourth inning.  Hopefully we see more of this Tyler Cloyd and less of the "2014 debut" Tyler Cloyd this season in Columbus.
  • Mark Lowe (Columbus, CP) - S (2), 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K - Lowe picks up his second save of the season in pretty typical fashion for a Tribe organization closer (in other words, stress-inducing).
  • Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B - One of only two multi-hit efforts on a night when pitching carried the RubberDucks to their first home victory of their web-footed era.
  • Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) - 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K ,1 CS, 1 PO - An incredible night at the plate coupled with a rough one on the basepaths.
  • Joseph Colon (Akron, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 4 K - A solid effort from Colon that would have earned him the win on almost any other night.  Also, good to see another Tribe farmhand starter turn things around from a rough 2014 debut.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 2-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS - One of only two notable offensive performances on a rough night all around for the Mudcats.
  • James Roberts (Carolina, 3B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HBP - Here's the other.
  • Josh Martin (Carolina, RP) - L (1-1), 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 K, 1 HR allowed - Martin follows up two scoreless outings to start the season with a rough one on Friday night.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI - Nellie-Rod's two solo homers literally provide half the Captains' offense on the night. He's off to a much better start this season than last year at Lake County.
  • Brian Ruiz (Lake County, LF) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 K - Ruiz continues to hit well early in the season as his batting average increases to .360 on the season with Friday night's stat line.
  • Caleb Hamrick (Lake County, SP) - L (0-1), 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 earned), 3 BB, 2 WP - It is tough to put into words the struggles that Hamrick has had in the early going this season as the stat line has not been pretty in two outings: 8 IP, 11 H, 10 R (9 earned), 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 10.13 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, .324 opponets batting average.  Hopefully he can turn things around in his next start.

User Comments

Arthur
April 12, 2014 - 1:28 PM EDT
meant "input", not "inout" on the last comment
Arthur
April 12, 2014 - 1:27 PM EDT
Shawn,

I try to focus on what I consider the most important performances of the day, with an emphasis on those that impacted the outcome of the game or that have larger implications (i.e. rehab appearances, injuries, or continued good or bad streaks that may result in a player's movement up or down the system).

Trying to strike a good balance between being too sparse and turning every ATF into a Russian novel (I couldn't help the latter on the 7-game day) is always difficult. Any inout about how I'm doing is always welcome. Thanks for the feedback!
Shawn
April 12, 2014 - 12:34 PM EDT
I love waking up and reading the ATF's, but Arthur I wish you add some performances when you do them. The other writers usually have about 5-10 more players than you.
James
April 12, 2014 - 9:46 AM EDT
0-2 with a walk and 2ks is Giambi's big league form....
Walter
April 12, 2014 - 9:42 AM EDT
Still a small sample size but if Nellie Rodriquez continues to play excellent baseball he might end up in Carolina by the end of season. Because of being only 19, I think the Indians will probably keep him in LC the entire year to develop his game for the next level.

Milbrath followed Hamrick and had another 4 excellent innings of pitching.

Surprised with the Ruiz showing so far in LC. I thought he came close of the Indians releasing him. What changed in his game that he is having this type of results?
Hiram
April 12, 2014 - 9:17 AM EDT
Tony,

any news on LeVon Washington??
Ross
April 12, 2014 - 8:33 AM EDT
Your article points out that Carolina P, J Martin, had a bad outing and lost the game for the team, but failed to mention that R. Merritt started the game and pitched well: 5.2 IP, 1 ER with 6 K's. Also, it pointed out how badly C. Hamrick pitched for LC, but did not say anything about J Milbrath pitching 4 good innings with 0 ER and 3 K's.

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