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Around the Farm: April 24, 2014

Lindor's hitting, Brown's dominance highlight the night on the farm

Around the Farm: April 24, 2014
Francisco Lindor (Photo: Jim Piascik)
April 25, 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 (SS, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Francisco Lindor (Photo: MiLB)Lindor's overall line (.268/.342/.423) is a little lower than his 2013 mark, but it is still good enough to be above-average in the Eastern League. The offense would not necessarily translate to above-average in the majors right now, but calling Lindor up to Cleveland immediately would improve the team's poor defense, at least a little. However, I also do not think Lindor's 44 errors in 245 minor league games (and three in 18 games in 2014) are a complete coincidence. Errors are an imperfect (at best) measure of defense, but Lindor is still learning how to be consistent -- both at the plate and in the field -- and can still rush things in the field from time to time. Lindor is an amazing prospect and a pleasure to watch in person, but as much as we would like him to be in Cleveland already, the shortstop still needs some more time at Double-A (he only has 39 games under his belt in Akron) to become a finished product.

D.J. Brown (SP, Carolina): W (2-0), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO

D.J. Brown (Photo: MiLB)Since filling in Dylan Baker's spot in the Carolina rotation, Brown has done exactly what minor leaguers need to do when presented with an opportunity: make the most of it. Brown now owns a 1.89 ERA and 3.67 FIP in 19.0 innings with three strong starts once given the chance. Some of those results will skew up once Brown's BABIP stabilizes (he probably will not maintain a .192 batting average against all season), but the right-hander is doing what he can to turn heads while in the starting rotation. Brown is someone who has started in the past and had some problems with his shoulder, so it is great to see the right-hander given another shot to impress and making the most of it.

  • Tyler Cloyd (SP, Columbus): 4.2 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. Other than one brilliant start on April 11, Cloyd has been a train wreck so far in 2014, allowing 20 runs (18 earned) in 20.2 innings. With five home runs and 35 hits allowed, Cloyd's 17:3 SO:BB only means so much.
  • Columbus Bullpen: 6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO. The combination of Mike ZagurskiFrank HerrmannNick Hagadone, and Austin Adams shut things down after Cloyd, allowing the Clippers to get back in the game and eventually win it.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (2B, Columbus): 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. The hero of the night, Rohlinger's 11th inning single gave the Clippers a walk off win. The infielder now owns a .767 OPS on the season.
  • Nyjer Morgan (CF, Columbus): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 PO. Coming into Thursday night with a .366 OPS, Morgan found his stroke for the first time since being sent down on April 15.
  • Matt Carson (RF, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Everyone's favorite September hero from last season, Carson has an active 12-game reached base streak, though the outfielder has struck out 20 times in 17 games.
  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Columbus): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 CS. Playing shortstop for the first time since April 12, Ramirez extended his season-long on-base streak to 19 games.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Columbus): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SAC, 1 SB. Sticking with the streaking theme, Perez extended his season-long hit streak to 12 games with a big night.
  • Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 0-for-2, 3 BB. And finishing our streaking theme, Fedroff extended his reached base streak to 11 games, walking three times.
  • Kyle Davies (SP, Akron): W (2-1), 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 WP. After allowing 12 runs over his past 12.0 innings (only five were earned, but 12 runs is still a lot), Davies was much better Thursday morning. The 30-year-old more than doubled his strikeouts with this outing.
  • Shawn Armstrong (RP, Akron): H (2), 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. With a 1.23 ERA and 9:2 SO:BB in his first 7.1 innings, Armstrong is getting back on track for a major league role in the next year or two. Keeping this up and staying consistent -- an issue for Armstrong -- will be key, however.
  • Giovanni Soto (RP, Akron): H (3), 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. Soto's sixth-straight scoreless outing to open the season comes with a big asterisk as the left-hander left the game with an apparent shoulder injury.
  • Justin Toole (3B, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB. Not a bad RubberDucks debut for Toole. The 27-year-old continues to fill in throughout the system wherever needed, the hero the organization needs, not the one it deserves.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (DH, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB. After missing about a week with a personal issue, Rodriguez is still looking to find his stride offensively. Rodriguez is playing consistently, but it is possible the constant bouncing around from position to position is either (a) messing with his bat or (b) messing with his confidence.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS, 1 PO. The baserunning miscue aside, Vick continues to see some positive regression (he is up 113 points in OPS over the past two games) and finally got his first extra base hit of the season.
  • Erik Gonzalez (SS, Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO. Gonzalez's hit streak is up to 16 games now, though the shortstop will need to fix his strikeout issues at some point in the near future (19 in 20 games).
  • Jeremy Lucas (DH, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 BB. Lucas continues to find his way into the lineup at multiple positions (nine games at catcher, six at first base, four at designated hitter) and consistently produce (.309/.382/.515 line in 18 games).
  • Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Still easing his way into action this season, Rodriguez may only be 2-for-11 through four games, but his three walks are getting him on base at a strong rate.
  • Todd Hankins (2B, Carolina): 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB. The walk and the steal look good, but the other four times at the plate, Hankins struck out, giving him 24 in 18 games this season to go with a .597 OPS.
  • Mitch Brown (SP, Lake County): L (0-3), 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP. Though Brown's results have been pretty poor over his last three starts (12 runs -- 10 earned -- in 11.0 innings), the right-hander did set a season-high in strikeouts. A troubling tidbit, however, is that Brown has at least one wild pitch in each start in 2014.
  • Matt Whitehouse (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 WP. Whitehouse has allowed multiple runs in three of his four appearances, though his 15:5 SO:BB in 13.0 innings could point to some better results on the horizon.
  • Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB. Still no home runs for Frazier, but this triple was his second extra base hit of the season. The center fielder also has more walks (five) than strikeouts (four) in seven games.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E. It has only been two games, but Paulino could be coming out of his early season slump. The shortstop's issues on defense -- he is up to nine errors in 18 games -- are also troubling in the early going, though.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 0-for-4, 3 SO, 1 PB. Not a day to remember for Haase, as the catcher is up to 18 strikeouts in 15 games and allowed his seventh passed ball of the season.
  • Cody Ferrell (LF, Lake County): 0-for-4, 3 SO. Ferrell still has a strong line so far in 2014 (.298/.420/.526), though the soon-to-be 24-year-old also has shown quite a bit swing and miss in the early going (19 strikeouts in 19 games).

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User Comments

Tony
April 25, 2014 - 2:10 PM EDT
Brown doesn't throw very hard but has a good mix of pitches and some nice size which really helps him leverage the baseball. Martin is sort of the some mold with the size and stuff, though probably a tick or two behind Brown. Both are interesting lower level prospects, though Brown is the higher rated one at this time for sure. Martin is still more a depth guy still trying to get on that prospect periphery while Brown is already in there, at least on the fringe of it.
Bryan
April 25, 2014 - 2:07 PM EDT
What's your take on Josh Martin, pitcher for Carolina? I see he is off to a pretty good start in Carolina (10.2 IP, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 13 K's) and over his minor league career so far has a 1:1 K:IP ratio with a pretty good BB rate.
pathofkindness
April 25, 2014 - 12:26 PM EDT
Does anyone know how hard Brown throws? (I don't want to get excited about another guy who fools hitters at A level but who bottoms out at AA because he just doesn't have the stuff)
Walter
April 25, 2014 - 12:06 PM EDT
Would moving Von Schamann into starting rotation could give more time for the Merritt or Morimando and Plutko before they jump to the next level?
Tony
April 25, 2014 - 10:58 AM EDT
I have to think Cloyd is replaced in the rotation by Marcum as soon as he is cleared to go here rather soon, or if Marcum is still a ways away then perhaps they push Davies up to take Cloyd's spot. But I don't see Davies moving up until they are confident in one of Merritt or Morimando making the jump to Akron and also one of the Lake County guys (likely Plutko) making the jump to Carolina. It is a big domino effect when moving one starter up from Akron.....which is why it is just easy right now to just insert Marcum in the Columbus rotation if he is ready soon as all the other rotations at Akron down can remain unchanged.
I used to use a spinning wheel to make potato chips
April 25, 2014 - 10:15 AM EDT
Would have liked to have seen the Columbus game last night... Not too often you're gonna see a Cloyd vs. Floyd match up.
Jim Piascik
April 25, 2014 - 9:00 AM EDT
6-8 weeks for Lowery is what the team released. Which puts him on line for an early-to-mid June return, assuming no setbacks.

I haven't heard anything on Soto yet, though walking off in a 2-2 count clutching your shoulder sounds about as awful as possible...
Walter
April 25, 2014 - 8:53 AM EDT
I have noticed Paulino has started to play better once Frazier arrived at LC. They moved him to the #2 spot instead of leading off and is starting to get better results. He has 9 errors but remember he had 4 errors in 1 game.

Any word how serious is the injury Soto has? Have the Indians say how long Lowery is out after getting hit face last week?

I believe Cloyd days in Columbus could end soon.

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