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Around the Farm: August 12, 2014

Around the Farm: August 12, 2014
Anthony Gallas (Photo: David Monsuer)
August 13, 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, High-A Carolina and rookie level Arizona were postponed because of rain. Low-A Lake County was suspended because of rain.

Anthony Gallas (DH, Akron): 4-for-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI. Gallas continues his all-out artillery assault on Double-A withanother big night in the box for Akron. This has been one of the greatest stories of the season. Finally healthy after three seasons of various injuries, he is putting together one heck of an exceptional campaign. He is hitting .329 with 12 HR, 38 RBI and .950 OPS in 55 games at Akron, and was hitting .276 with 8 HR, 31 RBI and .810 OPS in 58 games at Carolina. Overall, he is hitting .302 with 20 HR, 69 RBI and .879 OPS. This is an out of nowhere performance that is great to see. Again, it hasn't exactly put him in the big league plans, but it definitely has raised his stock and at least solidified himself as a depth guy with power at the Double-A and Triple-A level like the Indians had with Jared Goedert a few years back.

Danny Salazar (SP, Columbus) - W (4-6), 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR. Salazar has a very good return to the Triple-A level in what is expected to be his only start for Columbus before being recalled to the Indians early next week.  This is the kind of outing you expect from a guy who belongs at the Major League level and is nice to see.  The question remains as to whether he will be able to translate such a performance to the Major League level. He has been better of late both at Triple-A and the big leagues, but he needs to be a lot more consistent in order to really help the Tribe rotation down the stretch.
  • Michael Bourn (CF, Columbus): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Bourn's rehab continues to progress well in C-Bus as he has a hit in both games he has played thus far for the Clippers after an 0-for-10 showing with Double-A Akron. He is expected to be activated in Cleveland this weekend.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI. Lindor makes it two multi-hit nights in a row after an eight-game 5-for-37 (.135) stretch.  One of his hits in this one was a three-run homer in the fourth inning. He has some sneaky power, but he is at his best when he is working counts and spraying the ball all over the field.
  • Jesus Aguilar (DH, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB. Aguilar did not add to his RBI total but had a good night at the plate to push his last 10 games' batting average ober .300 (,306). He has really had a nice season at Columbus hitting .286 with a .383 on-base percentage and .186 isolated power in 104 games.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B. Moncrief extended his hitting streak to seven games, a streak which includes three multi-hit nights. He is another guy who has had a solid season at Triple-A; though there are some concerns with the dip in the walk rate, increase in the strikeout rate, and drop in stolen bases.
  • Elliot Johnson (2B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB. Johnson has his first multi-hit game in over a month. He continues to be an uber-versatile player and leader at Columbus even though he is probably playing out the string with the Indians organization.
  • Luke Carlin (C, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 2B, 1 BB. This was a big night from a player that really needed one. While he is only hitting .211, he puts up a quality at bat, has some pop in his bat and most of all is one of the main leaders on the team.
  • Ollie Linton (CF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Linton makes it back-to-back multi-hit nights and  three in a row with at least one hit. He is now up over .300 at Akron as he is hitting .302 in 32 games, and is hitting .310 overall in 55 games between Akron and High-A Carolina. He's been a nice addition this season.
  • Jaime Pedroza (backup SS, Akron): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B. Pedroza had a big night after coming in for starting shortstop Erik Gonzalez in the bottom of the seventh as a defensive replacement. Obviously, Gonzalez is a priority shortstop and a good one to boot, so something is up here. It is unknown if it is injury releated or a manager's decision as to why he was removed.
  • Justin Toole (3B, Akron): 2-for-3, R, K. Toole is another player who has quietly had a very good season. He's filled in very well at third base in Akron since Giovanny Urshela was promoted to Columbus, playing solid defense, hitting well (.301 AVG, .730 OPS) and offering up some versatility still as well.
  • Joseph Colon (SP, Akron): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Colon left after just three innings and 68 pitches. The reason why is not clear at the moment. On one hand, his innings are getting up there this season so the Indians may be cutting back his workload the rest of the way....or it could be an injury. Let's hope for the former.
  • Adam Miller (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. A shaky outing as Miller allowed three baserunners in his one inning of work, but he was able to escape without any damage. He's pitched better of late but has still been prone to big blowups - thankfully he avoided one on this night.
  • Shawn Armstrong (RP, Akron): W (6-2), 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Armstrong was a vulture in this one getting a late inning win and lowered his season ERA to 2.20 in the process. He has had a very good season pitching many high leverage innings in Akron, piled up strikeouts and really rebounded well from a lost 2013 campaign.
  • Steven Patterson (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-5, R, 2B, K. Patterson needed this night as he has really been in a funk of late with the bat. In seven games this month he is hitting just .143 with a .456 OPS - and that is after his multi-hit game on Tuesday night.
  • Bradley Zimmer (CF, Mahoning Valley): 3-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K, SB. Zimmer is having one of the quietest good pro debuts I have seen in some time. He is not flashy and does not excite (yet) with the power, but he is now hitting a very healthy .298, has a .372 on-base percentage and .819 OPS in 31 games.
  • Taylor Murphy (LF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, R, BB, K. Murphy has cooled since a very hot start as he is hitting just .182 over his last 10 games, but he's a guy who has impressed providing some pop and a very patient approach. I'm curious to see how he progresses next season with a full season Single-A team.
  • Yonathan Mendoza (3B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI. The Indians like Mendoza but he has had some trouble this season and in the past with consistency. He will provide spurts of good play and have games like he did on Tuesday night, but he has trouble sustaining it.
  • Justin Merryweather (SP, Mahoning Valley): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Merryweather has really pitched well in his pro debut. Even though it was only three innings this was one of his best performances of the season. Aside from the one blowup on July 9th (3.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R) he's done a nice job and should pitch in the starting rotation at Lake County or Carolina next season.
  • David Speer (RP, Mahoning Valley): W (1-0), 4.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Speer seems to be a fan favorite already. He doesn't have a lot of pedigree with his draft status or overpowering stuff, but fans always seem to like those "crafy lefties" and pull for them. I am in that group as well. He's an intriguing prospect who may get a chance to start next year at least in a piggyback role.

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User Comments

antonio
August 16, 2014 - 2:50 PM EDT
i Heard mendoza started to switch hit, he may be doing some adjusments on the left side...
Ryan
August 14, 2014 - 3:22 PM EDT
I feel that the consideration for positions is a bit overrated when talking about your top prospects and the need to challenge them and really see what you have in them. Just because Zimmer is primarily a CF, his development curve is more tied to his hitting and not his defensive development, so even if he has to play a different position or alternate with Frazier, that shouldn't be a detriment to his need to be challenged. He and Papi are already 21/22 and thus they are already 3-4 years behind the curve in comparison to Frazier, so even though Frazier might be drafted a year earlier, Papi and Zimmer should be given priority in promotions if they show the deserve it. This is similar to what happened with Wendle when he was tearing up A+. Instead of being aggressive with him as a 23 year old and possibly pushing his stock up, they kept him there all year and now he is hurt at AA and his value as a prospect/trade bait further drops. If they had moved him up to AAA last year in the late season and if he flops, there is no harm, if he takes off, his stock rises dramatically.
yourtribe
August 13, 2014 - 3:27 PM EDT
thanks. just thought it would be wise to move up zimmer to face better competition esp. for batting.
Tony
August 13, 2014 - 3:13 PM EDT
One is probably moving off center at some point, but no reason to push that decision now. Next year one of Frazier/Zimmer will be the everyday center fielder at Carolina or Lake County. Frazier definitely is still a center field prospect right now.
yourtribe
August 13, 2014 - 3:02 PM EDT
tony, thought frazier was a corner? anyhow, doesn't zimmer have more speed? my kids saw him at mv and said he really looked lean- all legs. was there last week but he was still out. bummed me.. once he gets in the offseason program, he'll only get bigger and faster.

so then what do we do with 2 CFs only two years apart and both high picks? one is probably ending up a corner. thought it would be frazier?
Tony
August 13, 2014 - 2:20 PM EDT
Don't see the rush to get Zimmer out of MV. He's doing well there and getting a chance to play center field everyday. If you push Zimmer to Lake County, then the Indians can't play Frazier in center field - and that's a position they are still committed to developing him at as a priority guy. That's why Papi was pushed to Lake County and Zimmer was not....because Papi is a corner outfielder and sometimes first baseman.
Kenneth
August 13, 2014 - 1:46 PM EDT
I've been assuming Tomlin would get the call today.
Adam
August 13, 2014 - 11:49 AM EDT
Anybody know who the call-up will be for today's double header? With the lefty Nuno going for the D-Backs, wouldn't mind seeing Aguilar in at DH.
yourtribe
August 13, 2014 - 11:33 AM EDT
Again, get Zimmer out of mv. An AA after 3 yrs of college. Papi got moved up weeks ago.

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