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Around the Farm: April 4, 2014

Around the Farm: April 4, 2014
Trevor Bauer (Photo: Columbus Dispatch)
April 5, 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.

Note, Double-A Akron was rained out on the night...

Trevor Bauer (Columbus, SP) - 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 9 K - The Pitching Savant was on his game in his 2014 regular season debut.  On most nights, this kind of performance would easily have merited a win, but poor run support denied him the decision this night.  The issue with Bauer, however, is not whether he has nights like this one in him.  Anybody who follows the Tribe farm system closely knows he does.  The issue is whether he can perform at this level consistently and make the jump to the The Show for good.  This season will likely a go a long way in providing the answer.

Dace Kime (Lake County, SP) - L (0-1), 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R (5 earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP - Dace Kime's debut at the full-season level was hardly one to remember.  I won't be too critical of him regarding this outing as it is only the first of many in a season where he will be adjusting to a significantly higher level of play (There's a lot less roster filler on a 25-man full-season Single-A roster than on a 35-man short-seaon Single-A roster.).  That and the fact that I am not entirely convinced that the Lansing Lugnuts didn't borrow some metal bats from the Michigan State Spartans (who they faced in an exhibition game on Thursday nght while the rest of the Midwest League was opening up their regular season) and bring them to Eastlake with them.

  • Matt Carson (Columbus, LF) - 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K - Carson was by far the best offensive performer on a weak hitting night for the Clippers.  Hopefully he can rebound from his rough Triple-A form last year (.252/.322/.394) and return to the .289/.340/.500 range his numbers were in during his prior AAA seasons to solidify his depth status for the Indians.
  • Nick Hagadone (Columbus, RP) - P (0-1), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB - While not a terrible outing from Hagadone, a night like this requires virtual perfection of pitches.  Nick came up just short of this standard and was thus the hard-luck loser on Opening Night at Huntington Park.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, 2B) - 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K - Yhoxian put up the lone truly memorable offensive performance of the night for the Mudcats, who lost 10-5 to the Potomac Nationals.  Even so, he saw his batting average drop 167 points from .500 (1-for-2) to .333 (2-for-6). Don't you just love early season small sizes?
  • Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) - L (0-1), BS, (1), 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB - The Mudcats' bullpen performances, however, were notable, and for all the wrong reasons.  Nixon was responsible for 1.33 times as many runs as Carolina Starter Michael Peoples in 1/15th of the innings (4 in 0.1 IP as opposed to Peoples' 3 in 5 IP).  While Rob alowed what would ultimately be the winning run, the result was put out of doubt by...
  • Carlos Melo (Carolina, RP) - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB- While not a disaster on the scale of Nixon's performance, Melo's night on the mound was not a promising way to start the season, ether.  The key with both of these players is to remember that it is early.  If they're still putting up ERAs of 108.00 and 13.50 at the end of April, then I'll be worried.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) - 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K - While looking at the line score wouldn't make you think so, there were actually some pretty good offensive performances at Classic Park this night by the home team.  Dorssys was one of two Captains to pick up two hits on the night.  Paulino added a walk to get on base three times out of five plate appearances.
  • Eric Haase (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - Haase also had two hits in the Captains' opener.  One of them was the Captains' first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth.

User Comments

Roger
April 5, 2014 - 11:07 AM EDT
Tny, when are we gonna get to see the internationl top 20 prospects in order? I know mejia will prolly be number 1 and paulino number 2 but who comes after and order.
OhioBaseball
April 5, 2014 - 11:04 AM EDT
Trevor Bauer is arguably the most important player in the system, as a potential impact SP this year and next (prospectively replacing Masterson). This start is very encouraging. I will remain cautious on him, though. He's been my boy since he was a sophomore at UCLA; last year was difficult to watch for me. Hopefully this start shows that things are catching on for him.
Walter
April 5, 2014 - 9:32 AM EDT
It was also good to see Adams and CC Lee of to good starts. If they can keep that up they could be one of first call ups the Indians would consider. Hagadone must find a way to get his act together, If not, I believe Crockett is working his way to pass him as an LHP option for the Indians.
Tony
April 5, 2014 - 9:21 AM EDT
I was at the Carolina game. A lot of the middle relief in Carolina won't be around long this season. Hopefully one or two of them figure things out, but it's a spot that is really going to see some turnover in 1-3 months with new guys from Lake County and/or extended filling in there and the others potentially released. Nixon, Sides and others really need to pitch much better than that and hopefully they will.
Walter
April 5, 2014 - 9:17 AM EDT
The Carolina bullpen was terrible last nite. Great to see Bauer of to a good start. Too bad the Clippers could not provide any offense to get the W.
Jim
April 5, 2014 - 9:11 AM EDT
If we're seeing Bauer doing this by the end of June, with minimal setbacks, then it gets interesting.

I guarantee you that the Indians are hoping he turns into their "big trade" at the deadline. If Bauer is right and consistent...

Oh boy...

but oh boy is that a big if.

Great start!...now replicate...
Tony
April 5, 2014 - 9:03 AM EDT
Exactly what we want to see from Bauer. But the important thing for him - and for any prospect - is not just these short bursts of good play....it is about consistency day in and day out. It will be interesting to see if Bauer and Paulino can string together some good performances and get on a role and have the seasons many believe they can - and most importantly make some big strides in their development.
Hiram
April 5, 2014 - 8:37 AM EDT
Good to see Paulino off t a decent start... Going to have my eye on Bauer this year because he can be a key member going down the stretch for the Indians

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