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Around the Farm: April 29, 2014

Around the Farm: April 29, 2014
Mitch Brown (Photo: Brittany Chay)
April 30, 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.

Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - L (0-4), 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP - Brown had his best outing since his opener (4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K).  It was not a very good outing; however, when coupled with a (literally) complete lack of run support, it adds up to his fourth loss in five starts.  Hopefully, this is a sign that he is starting to put things together and is getting himself sorted out.

Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 1-4, 3 K - Frazier continues to struggle in his introduction to bothg full-season pro bsseball and playing in front of large crowds.  His numbers are so low that this effort actually increased his batting average, which now stands at .200.  While it is early, the fact that he is posting roughly a .200 batting average and .600 OPS seems to be worthy of some concern, especially coming from a first-round draft pick.

  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus - Game 1, 1B) - 0-1, 2 BB (1 Intentional) - Even when he doesn't get any hits, the RBI Machine continues to get on base.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus - Game 1, 2B/3B) - 2-3, 1 R - Rohlinger had the only multi-hit effort of the opener for the Clips and scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winng run in the top of the 7th on a wild pitch by Norfolk Tides (Orioles) RHP Brad Brach.
  • T.J. House (Columbus - Game 1, SP) -  5.1 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K - House gave up a lot of baserunners but kept the Tides hitters off the scoreboard. He failed to get the win due to a lack of run support that did not show up until he exited the game.
  • Frank Herrmann (Columbus - Game 1, RP) - W (1-0), 0.2 IP, 1 K - Herrmann picks up a "right place, time" relief win.
  • Mark Lowe (Columbus - Game 1, CP) - S (5), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - Lowe gets to the five-save mark before the end of the first month of the season.
  • Jose Ramirez (Columbus - Game 2, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - J-Ram has the lone two-hit ballgame for the Clippers in the nightcap of the day's doubleheader. Of note, he played center field in Game 1.
  • Tyler Cloyd (Columbus - Game 2, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 4 K - Cloyd has his second solid outing of the season, but fails to pick up the win because of...
  • Vinnie Pestano (Columbus - Game 2, RP) - L (0-2), BS (1), 0.1 IP. 3 H, 5 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - Pestano has his worst outing by far since being sent down from Cleveland.
  • Nick Hagadone (Columbus - Game 2, RP) - 0.2 IP, perfect - Hagadone came in and got the Clippers out of the 6th inning, but it was too little, too late.
  • Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - Naquin continues to perform on the basepaths, picking up his 11th and 12th runs and 5th stolen base.  His batting average is also improving and now stands at .267.
  • Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 SB - Lindor has been playing very well as of late, with a .306/.390/.389 slash line ih his last 10 games going into the night.  He picked up his 12th and 13th RBI and 5th stolen base of the season.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Urshela's sixth-inning homer was his fifth of the season and increased his RBI total to 19 in 23 games.
  • Tyler Holt (Akron, LF) - 2-4, 1 SB - Holt continues to bat well as he is hitting .319 and he gets his fourth stolen base of the season.
  • Jordan Cooper (Akron, RP) - W (2-0), 3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Cooper's third straight scoreless outing earns him his second relief victory of the year.
  • Tyler Sturdevant (Akron, CP) - S (2), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - The "Wheel of Saves" lands on Tyler for the second time this season.
  • Grant Fink (Lake County, 3B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K - Fink was the only Captain to get multiple hits on Tuesday evening.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 0-3, 1 K - Rodriguez is in a horrendous slump hitting just .105 (4-for-38) over his last 10 games.
  • Matt Whitehouse (Lake County, RP) - 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Whitehouse has a solid outing, something which has been hard to come by in the early going. Unfortunately, it was not enough due to the poor hitting and starting pitching.

User Comments

matt underwood
April 30, 2014 - 4:39 PM EDT
they drafting and development of drafted players by this organization is beyond god awful. yet the idiots are still in charge.

forces the club's hand to have to over pay for players like bourn and swisher when there are no in house replacements.
Tondo
April 30, 2014 - 1:25 PM EDT
Some of the blame has to go towards the coaching at LC. Just too much talent on both sides to sport those bad overall numbers. Other teams are developing players too there, so that's not much of a valid apology.

I guess Whitehouse is a low priority or did he lose out in the SP battle? Would have him still starting or piggybacking
Walter
April 30, 2014 - 12:43 PM EDT
It looks like the pitching staff down LC are starting to turn things around slowly. Lugo, Hamrick and now Brown had there best outings of the season the last time they pitched. Hope that means better performances are on there way. Will find out tonight if Lugo can put back-to back good outings.

It interesting the lack of consistency with the hitters at LC. Rodriquez was hot at the begining now cold. Santander very cold, now has started to heat up.
Canadian Joe
April 30, 2014 - 12:06 PM EDT
Thanks Tony. Glad it wasn't Dr. Silverman's dreaded flexor. Under performance has been the operative word this year from the Tribe bats on down. Hopefully the weather will warm up soon, and so will the bats !!!
Tony
April 30, 2014 - 11:54 AM EDT
I would assume that the Indians don't make a DL decision on Kipnis today since it is the last game of the trip and they are off tomorrow, plus there may be some difficulties getting a guy out to Anaheim. If they really wanted to push it they could, but we might see Aviles in there today and/or Johnson. I agree though, Ramirez should get the call....though I am not confident the Indians will go that route. Would be unfortunate if that is the case.

Paulino will eventually move to another position. No harm in exhausting every opportunity with him as a shortstop and still developing that skills set for versatility down the road. I don't see the rush to throw him over to third base or second base or the outfield.

A majority of the higher profile bats from Akron on down have been a huge disappointment thus far. Outside of two guys at Columbus, one at Akron and one at Carolina, no higher profile bats have impressed. It's early! It's early! (just keep saying it)

Washington has the dreaded oblique issue. That's something that keeps guys on the shelf for weeks. I have no word of him being close to a return, though that doesn't mean he can't return in the next few days. Odds are he's out for some more time though.
Canadian Joe
April 30, 2014 - 11:33 AM EDT
Dr. Silverman- Glad you are not my doctor. Don't want to know treatment !!!!
Dr. Silverman
April 30, 2014 - 11:09 AM EDT
Canadian Joe,

Washington sprained his wrist flexors jerking it, now he's on the DL
Walter
April 30, 2014 - 10:45 AM EDT
This site is obsessed with K's and players that have slow starts. They want to hit 300 right out of gate. I believe Lindor struggled at the beginning of his first year at LC. They want there prospects to be ready for the majors in less than 2 yrs. Well if it was that easy everyone would be playing for the big money.
Canadian Joe
April 30, 2014 - 10:35 AM EDT
Jorge, you are right, however I think offensively, they were expected to be better. Frazier, Paulino,Santander, Haase and Rodriguez are badly under performing, and until they start putting up some offense, the future is not good.

Tony, any Washington sightings? This does not bode well for his future. Way too many injuries to deal with, and tough to sustain any offensive growth.
Jorge
April 30, 2014 - 10:19 AM EDT
The Captains are in a very worrying situation offensive, the rotation with positive progress, but literally no offensive support. The position of team is very committed in last place, even though the season starts, I think you have to make adjustments in time, before it's too late.
Sternfan10
April 30, 2014 - 9:41 AM EDT
A. Where will the Indians move Paulino, this guy is a butcher at SS and has no future there. Maybe 3rd base or RF?

B. Columbus got stymied by three former Tribe farmhands: McFarland, De La Cruz and Guilment

C. When will the Indians take a look at the minor league hitting coordinator, they need to make a change the amount of strikeouts up and down the organization is huge.
Canadian Joe
April 30, 2014 - 8:34 AM EDT
If Kipnis is out for a while, could be a good audition for Ramirez. He may never see Triple A again.
Also might be a good time to bring up Aguilar to see what he can do. After all, how much worse can he be. Finding someone to drop shouldn't be a problem.
The team is really struggling right now, and some fresh bodies might help.

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