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Around the Farm: April 18, 2014

Around the Farm: April 18, 2014
Matt Whitehouse (Photo: Lake County Captains)
April 19, 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.

Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, Picked Off 1 Time - Lindor ends his brief two-game hitless streak in grand style with the only three-hit statline of the night in the organization.  While Lindor's slash line is still a little on the light side at .263/.333/.421., nights like this one show what he is capable of offensively.  Throw in his potential in the field and on the basepaths and it becomes clear that even if he doesn't get there as fast as everyone thought he would going into this season, his destination remains the same: between second and third base at Progressive Field.

Matt Whitehouse (Lake County, RP) - 4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K - A stellar outing in relief for Whitehouse. He came into the game in the fifth inning with Lake County down 5-0 and locked it down and held the opponent scoreless the rest of the way and gave the offense a chance to get the Captains back into the game. Though he allowed a hit and walk, he only faced the minimum 14 batters thanks to a Erice Haase throwing out a runner attempting to steal second base and a double play. This was a much needed good outing and confidence builder for the soft-tossing lefty as he had really struggled in his first two outings this season (6.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 7 K).

  • Jose Ramirez (Columbus, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB - One of two Clippers on the night to get two hits and the only one to be successful in stealing a base (One other attempt by left fielder Tim Fedroff led to him getting caught stealing).
  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, DH) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - The RBI Machine increases his season total to 10 in 12 games.  His contact numbers are also solid as his batting average is .362.
  • David Cooper (Columbus, 1B) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - The other two-hit night for the Clippers.  Cooper was the only Clipper to record an RBI without an extra base hit on the night.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - Rohlinger was responisble for the Clippers only home run and only double play grounded into of the game.
  • Josh Tomlin (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 5 K,1 HR allowed - While Tomlin had a solid outing, it was undone by minimal run support and the relief work of...
  • Austin Adams (Columbus, RP) - L (0-1), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed - Adams has been wildly inconsistent thus far in the early part of the season, seeming to alternate between scoreless efforts and disastrous outings like Friday night.  Hopefully, the good nights can become a more common occurence for Austin because he is ultra-talented.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB - Urshela is putting up some exciting numbers in his second stint in Double-A ball, batting over .300 (.314) with 11 RBI in 14 games.
  • Bryson Myles (Akron, DH) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB - Myles' numbers are even more impressive, as he is now batting .405 with 3 stolen bases in 11 games.
  • Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) - 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K - Smith has a solid nate at the plate with this multi-hit, multi-RBI effort. The Milk Man has always been a slow starter, so hopefully he is starting to kick things into gear.
  • Kyle Davies (Akron, SP) - W (1-1), 6 IP, 4 H, 6 R (5 earned), 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR allowed - Davies picks up his first win of the season thanks to a large amount of run support in his first truly difficult outing of the year.
  • Enosil Tejeda (Akron, RP) - (H, 1) and Shawn Armstrong (Akron, CP) - (S, 1) - The backend bullpen by committee situation in Akron continues as Tejeda moves to the setup role and Armstrong picks up his first save of the season.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K - Erik's leadoff homer in the seventh provided the entirety of Mudcat scoring on the night. He continues to shine in the early going and is on his way to proving that last season was not a fluke.
  • James Roberts (Carolina, 3B) - 2-2, 1 BB, 1 Sac Bunt - The lone truly consistent offensive performer of the night for Carolina. He's off to quite a nice start in Zebulon.
  • D.J. Brown (Carolina, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K, 1 HR allowed - The antithesis of Davies' outing.  Brown's stellar effort failed to produce a victory due to the struggles of the lineup. In any case, he's stepped up in a starting role and perhaps the Indians have found something here.
  • Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 1-4, 2B, RBI - Frazier absolutely smoked his double off the wall in left center. A lot of people thought it was gone off the bat, even himself as he got into his home run trot before having to turn on the jets to get to second easily since no one was covering. 
  • Paul Hendrix (Lake County, 2B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - The only multi-hit stat line of the evening for Lake County. The part-timer is off to a solid start with an .805 OPS in seven games this season.
  • Cody Ferrell (Lake County, LF) - 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K - While Ferrell didn't get any hits, his plate discipline got him on base twice. He's another guy off to a suprisingly nice start this season.
  • Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - L (0-2), 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 earned), 4 BB, 4 K, 2 WP - Brown's second straight ugly night on the mound after a solid debut start.  Hopefully, he can turn it around soon.

User Comments

LeaguePark
April 20, 2014 - 5:57 AM EDT
Von Schamann was in the Battle of the Bulge
OhioBaseball
April 19, 2014 - 10:35 AM EDT
Erik Gonzalez is a legit prospect. Will be a top 10 guy at the end of the year.
Hiram
April 19, 2014 - 9:59 AM EDT
Walter,

Good points but I hear the Von Schamann guy is nothing more than a organizational guy. I expect the Indians to really go after real high end, top of the rotation starting pitching the next two drafts
Walter
April 19, 2014 - 9:52 AM EDT
Hiram

It looks like there are starting options that are developing this year in there farm system.

Anderson, House, Von Schamann, Merritt, Sulser, Morimando, Milbrath, Plutko, Hamrick. Other to watch Lugo, Colon, and Kime.

The big hit though was the injury to Baker. I agree that this draft would add more pitching options to the farm system. Also later this summer we will probably see Brady and the new Cuban Linares pitch in the short seasons at MHV and AZL.
Hiram
April 19, 2014 - 9:34 AM EDT
Gson,

you are correct about the Farm system. We need alot more starting pitching options but I think the Indians are going to address that in a major come this June and next year. The Farm system is getting to the point where we will get help from it in a major way and will eventually trade some guys on the current team or let them walk. It's a great source to have also in case guys get injured. Love this Indians team
Hiram
April 19, 2014 - 9:32 AM EDT
Tony,

Do you anticipate Gonzalez moving up to AA later this year when Lindor moves to AAA?? Armstrong and Tejeda are looking strong out of the pen, do you see those two moving up anytime soon?
GSon
April 19, 2014 - 9:23 AM EDT
-Bryson Miles..
-Jesus Aguilar..
-Levon Washtime Washington..
-Giovanny Urshela...
-Erik Gonzalez..
-Jose Ramirez..
-Up goes Frazier...
-Francisco Lindor..

This minor league system has a boat load of talent...Some a lot closer to MLB ready than thought.. Miles has been incredible while still searching for his share of Jesus Aguilar's light to shine on him..
Walter
April 19, 2014 - 8:33 AM EDT
Any further medical report on Lowery. Heard he got hit in the head by a pitch during last nights game. I hope he is OK and nothing to serious.

Walter
April 19, 2014 - 8:21 AM EDT
I guess Austin Adams is not ready for the big show. I will take back my comments that he should get a shot with Indians at this time. Why do we have problems with pitchers that throw hard have command issues?

Salazar, Carrasco, Bauer, Hagadone, Wood, Adams, etc...

Good to see Tomlin having a good outing.

Brown still struggling, but is doing better the second time around at LC compared to last year at this time.

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