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Around the Farm: April 13, 2014

Around the Farm: April 13, 2014
Bryson Myles (Photo: Akron RubberDucks)
April 14, 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.

Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 3-for-4, R, 2B, 3B. Myles is off to a good start this season hitting .423 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1.272 OPS in 8 games. Since returning home on Thursday he is showing a liking to the confines of Canal Park as he is 8-for-14 (.571) with a 1.714 OPS in four home games so far this season. Of interest is more than half of his hits going for extra bases as he already has six extra base hits.  If he is able to showcase more consistent power this season and can stay healthy, he has the goods to see a significant increase to his prospect rating.

D.J. Brown (SP, Carolina): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Dylan Baker was supposed to start the game but came down with a lower right leg injury while warming up before the game, so Brown was called upon for a spot start. Given the circumstances, he put together one heck of an outing and may have opened some eyes to consider starting him again in the future. On the Baker front, hopefully the injury is not serious. He is day to day at the moment and will be re-evaluated in the next few days. If Baker has to miss any time then Brown's nice outing could give him an opportunity to fill in temporarily in the rotation.

  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 1-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, 3 K. Moncrief is off to a bit of a tough start hitting just .171 with a .465 OPS in his first 10 games. Also, 5 of his 8 strikeouts have come in his last three games covering 14 at bats.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K. There are few hitters off to a hotter start this season in all the minor leagues than Aguilar. He is hitting .417 with a 1.266 OPS in his first 10 games with 7 of his 15 hits going for extra bases.
  • Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB. Fedroff may have slipped off the Major League radar, but he’s off to a solid start hitting .320 with a nice .393 on-base percentage. His value strictly derives from his ability to get on base, something he didn’t do last year and greatly diminished his value. Hopefully he is on his way up and catches the eye of the Indians or another team.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Columbus): 1-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, 3 K. A rather strange line for Perez as he pounded a three-run homer his first time up in the second, but then struck out his final three times up to the plate.
  • Travis Banwart (SP, Columbus): 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K. After a nice outing his first time out on April 8th when he allowed one run in 6.0 innings, he really struggled with his command in this one walking three and threw 98 pitches in just 3.2 innings of work.
  • Scott Barnes (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. He is off to a solid start as he has allowed just one run in 6.2 innings over four appearances.  He also has a .167 batting average against and a 3:7 walk to strikeout ratio.
  • Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Since being optioned out to Columbus last week, Pestano has responded well and thrown two shutout innings of relief over two appearances. The performance is there at the moment, so hopefully his confidence and his stuff are starting to return.
  • Mark Lowe (RP, Columbus): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 K. He was signed to a minor league deal a few weeks ago and has not pitched very well at the outset of the season. In four appearances covering 5.0 innings he has allowed 5 runs on 8 hits, 3 walks and has 6 strikeouts.
  • Michael Bourn (CF, Akron): 1-for-4, BB, 2 K. Bourn was in center field the entire game and looks to be about ready to rejoin the Indians on Tuesday in Detroit. Rehab assignments are more about health and less about performance, but in five games he is just 3-for-20 (.150) with 5 strikeouts. Yuck.
  • Jason Giambi (DH, Akron): 0-for-4, K. Giambi is not 0-for-6 with 3 strikeouts in his two rehab appearances with Akron. He is eligible to be activated on Tuesday, so it looks like Tuesday is shaping up to be an interesting day from a roster decision standpoint.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 2-for-4, R. So I wonder how many fans that attended this game were upset to see Rodriguez in at shortstop instead of Lindor? Lindor can’t play every day of course, and perhaps the complaints were at a minimum considering two Indians big leaguers were in the lineup on a rehab assignment.
  • Tony Wolters (2B, Akron): 2-for-4, R, RBI, K. Wolters is off to a nice starting going 11-for-29 (.379) at the plate with a 3:6 walk to strikeout ratio. He also gave way to the catching position for the day and got some work at second base. His ability to play middle infield and catch is a unique skill and one he should put on display quite regularly this season at Akron.
  • Alex Lavisky (C, Akron): 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI. Lavisky played in just his second game this season. His role is clearly defined at the moment as an extra on the roster who will play about once or twice a week, and he made the most of his limited playing time with a two-run bomb to left in the third inning.
  • Kyle Davies (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, HR. Okay, I know that had Ronny Rodriguez made a nice throw to get the final out of the fourth inning that Davies would have escaped the inning without any damage. However, I am just not a fan of every run going down as an unearned run because the pitcher couldn’t work his way out of a jam – and gave up a home run to boot. I know the rules say otherwise, but I have never been a fan of some of the reasoning behind so runs that are “unearned”.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Carolina): 0-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K. Vick has had a rough go of things in the early going as he is just 2-for-29 at the plate (.069) and has 13 strikeouts; however, he does have 8 walks.
  • Jeremy Lucas (C, Carolina): 1-for-4, R, HR, 4 RBI, BB. Lucas has been one of the best early season performers in the Carolina lineup and been a leader on the team. He is hitting .324 with 1 HR, 8 RBI and 1.013 OPS in 9 games, and has a nice 6:6 walk to strikeout ratio.
  • Anthony Gallas (RF, Carolina): 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI. After a slow start to the season where he went just 1-for-11 in his first three games, he has since gone 10-for-27 (.370) and looks like he is starting to heat up.
  • Rob Nixon (RP, Carolina): 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Wow did Nixon need an outing like this. His perfedt outing helps lower his season ERA to 8.31 and combined with his scoreless outing last time out should provide a nice confidence booster for him.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 0-for-3, 2 K, 2 PB. Not only was it a tough game at the plate for Haase with the two strikeouts in three hitless at bats, but he also surrendered two passed balls behind the plate as well.
  • Grant Fink (3B, Lake County): 1-for-3, RBI, K. Fink continues to be a consistent performer in the early going for Low-A Lake County. While he is hitting .355 (11-for-31), he has yet to showcase his good power as he is homerless and just two of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases.
  • Josh McAdams (RF, Lake County): 0-for-3, 2 K. McAdams has now played in just two games and has struck out in three of his four at bats this season. If the Indians are not going to play him regularly they are better off sending him to Arizona in order to continue to work at developing his hitting skills.
  • Mitch Brown (SP, Lake County): 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K. Brown has allowed a lot of traffic in the early going with 8 hits and 4 walks in just 7.1 innings, so there are concerns things will eventually catch up with him. That said, it is encouraging to see him battle and work to limit the damage.
  • Matt Whitehouse (RP, Lake County): 3.1 IP, 4 HR, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K. Whitehouse has really struggled in the early going as he has allowed three or more runs in each of his two outings thus far. One encouraring part of his performance is the 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in 6.1 innings, so if he keeps up that K/BB and K/9 ratio then his numbers should eventually improve.

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User Comments

Hermie13
April 15, 2014 - 9:22 AM EDT
@Robert

Problem isn't the power so much as it's the OBP/hitting in general. Really pulling for him though and would love to see him succeed.
Robert
April 14, 2014 - 7:08 PM EDT
Lavisky has 16 home runs in his last 500 at bats. He is a good defensive catcher, good arm, and good leadership. He really should be playing more.
Walter
April 14, 2014 - 3:01 PM EDT
I forgot to mention...Yandy Diaz on 7 day DL...Is there an injury update on him. Is he expected to be back soon?
Walter
April 14, 2014 - 1:52 PM EDT
On the Clippers site they have House listed tonight and Tomlin for tomorrow night and TBD for Wednesday in Toledo. That could all change based on the weather for today and tomorrow.
Tony
April 14, 2014 - 1:48 PM EDT
Yep John you are right, completely forgot about McAdams being on the DL.

As for Bauer, the Indians have a TBA scheduled for tonight for the Clippers.....have to believe Bauer pitches for them today.
Walter
April 14, 2014 - 1:30 PM EDT
I know Bauer pitched last Wednesday in Cleveland. Since being sent down to Columbus I have no seen when he scheduled to start again. Any idea when he is back in Clippers rotation?
John
April 14, 2014 - 12:15 PM EDT
McAdams just came off the 7 day DL with an ankle injury. That's why he has not played regularly
Tondo
April 14, 2014 - 12:11 PM EDT
Would be a really bad break for Baker if he misses that much time.
- Moncrief is looking more and more like a prospect that had a couple of hot months last season and that's it. Disappointing, as I hoped he turned a corner then.
- Aguilar otoh, position or not: the Indians play in the AL and have no DH. That's all the room his stick needs. His runners on/bases empty splits last season suggested that he was a much better hitter than his overall numbers and it's showing.
- Tony Wolters is heading towards a top5 ranking. Unlike other higher ranked hopefuls, he keeps developing at a young age for the level and adding defensive versatility only helps his stock.
- You gotta root for guys like Fedroff and R.Perez. Fedroff got a raw deal when he didn't even get a cup of coffee in 2012. That was harsh imho and probably influenced his game last season. It probably won't be as an Indian, but he can be a useful 4th OF type in the Majors.
- Perez keeps finding ways to improve his hitting bottom line every time he repeats a level. I really hope he gets a chance to be the Indians backup C at some point. He'd be perfect for it.
- J.Lucas = Lowery 2.0. Is there any hope left for him as a C? or will he only be a DH/1B type? Not sure the Indians need to draft any C this draft with the depth they have there right now and Meija and Loopstok still sitting in ARZ
A
April 14, 2014 - 11:28 AM EDT
Have heard the Baker injury is more serious than a day-to-day thing. Could be out 2 months or more.
Tony
April 14, 2014 - 9:38 AM EDT
I like Aguilar, but there are concerns outside of the organization about whether he can stay at first base in the big leagues and whether or not his swing and approach will survive the transition to Major League pitching. Needless to say, he continues to make strides with his swing and approach and has really won over a lot of people the last year-plus. He's not a savior for the lineup in Cleveland, but should be a solid right-handed bat that can eventually settle in and be a good complementary type player - with the upside to be more. We will see. That move from AAA to MLB is so tough to predict sometimes.
Tony
April 14, 2014 - 9:35 AM EDT
Yep, as soon as Frazier gets the all clear and joins Lake County, I would expect one of Ruiz or McAdams to go back to Arizona....probably McAdams. Fedroff probably has no shot to make it to Cleveland this year - in fact I'd go as far as to say no shot - so he is playing for his next contract since he is a minor league free agent at the end of the season. The Baker setback is interesting.....will try and find out more there. Hopefully it is just a slight muscle pull and not anything more serious with the leg. And I have inquired about Washington to see what is up but have no heard anything yet. Since he was out of the lineup on Sunday you have to believe it is some kind of injury, which if true, is unfortunate.
Jarad regano
April 14, 2014 - 9:32 AM EDT
Tony, is baseball looking at Aguilar at a top prospect yet? Is this someone who can turn into a middle of the order hitter or a AAAA type that everyone thought a year ago at this time? I find it odd he is still not on any top 100 lists?
Rocky55
April 14, 2014 - 9:26 AM EDT
I'm worried about Michael Bourn's health. I really think the fresh air in Akron would be better for him than being so close to the Lake. Meanwhile, the offense starved Indians would just have to muddle through with Nyjer Morgan, who's actually hitting the ball.
Walter
April 14, 2014 - 9:13 AM EDT
I think the reason McAdams has not played so much is because Brian Ruiz has taken advantage of his playing time and is providing good results. McAdams might go back to Arizona probably as soon as Frazier is ready to go to LC.

It would be great if Fedroff does have a good year and becomes an option for the Indians. Maybe he needed a another year at AAA to get his hitting skills down. Can become a trade chip for the Indians.

Hope Baker injury is not serious. He had that great first outing. Is there a new injury for Washington? Has not played the last couple of games.
Tony
April 14, 2014 - 9:06 AM EDT
Well, it is important to remember that Giambi's role is a bit different than what Aguilar's role would be if he were to go to Cleveland. If Aguilar comes up, it would be to play regularly....whereas Giambi's role is as a 24th or 25th guy on the roster who rarely plays.

That said, if Aguilar keeps this up and the Indians continue to struggle against left-handed pitching....it won't be long before we see him. The DH spot is wide open in Cleveland.
Rich
April 14, 2014 - 8:48 AM EDT
Somebody tell Myles not to get hurt. No diving for fly balls, no headfirst sliding into bases, no trying to leg out an infield hit. Just stay healthy and keep swinging that stick.

Jesus Aguilar is tearing up AAA. If he keeps this up how can they justify keeping Giambi around to DH and hit under .200 against only right-handed pitching while Jesus is destroying AAA pitching?

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