Around The Farm: August 15, 2013
Paulino's winning home run, Mejia's development highlight night on the farm
By Jim Piascik
August 16, 2013
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Lake County won by a score of 1-0 Thursday night with Paulino's solo shot being the only scoring on the night. This is just the continuation of Paulino's progression throughout the season from horrid (.496 OPS in April) to below-average (.614 OPS in May, .661 OPS in June, .684 OPS in July) to, finally, above-average (.809 OPS in August). Obviously August is not over, but it seems like the shortstop is getting the hang of things as the season keeps moving along. His season stats are rough, but what is most important is the reps Paulino is taking. I may be a boring broken record at this point, but just seeing Paulino holding his own and improving at this level at 18 years old is so important to his long-term development.
Francisco Mejia (C, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Mejia, a switch-hitting catcher, does not turn 18 years old until late October. As IBI's #2 international prospect entering the year, it is not a shock to see Mejia with a .286/.341/.536 line through 24 games, though the power is a little surprising. The goal for Mejia going into 2013 was to gain consistency and get stronger, so seeing him excel at such a young age and hit for power -- even in the power-boosting Arizona League -- is encouraging. Cleveland is quickly accumulating a great deal of catching depth, but if Mejia continues to hit anywhere close to this, he could end up as the best catching prospect of them all in a year or two.
- Paolo Espino (SP, Columbus): W (3-4), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. Espino will not blow you away, but he is solid, steady, and typically gets results. The right-hander has allowed three runs (two earned) in 11.1 innings since being called back up to Triple-A last week.
- Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): H (2), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Of all the victims of Cleveland's relief depth, an argument can be made that Price and his 65:11 SO:BB in 50.1 innings is the biggest.
- Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 3 SB. This year may have been a disappointment for Fedroff, but Thursday night was fun. Fedroff is not the fastest guy, but he can pick his spots, as evidenced by his three steals.
- Matt Carson (RF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. With an OPS in the .700 range, I could see Carson losing playing time to someone like Carlos Moncrief or Tyler Holt over the last few weeks of the season.
- Cody Anderson (SP, Akron): ND, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. Anderson's Double-A debut went decently, as the right-hander struck out a batter an inning. It is too bad the bullpen blew the lead.
- Akron Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 3 WP, 1 BK. The combination of Jeff Johnson, Trey Haley, and Jose Flores could not hold things down and stretched Akron's losing streak to seven games. As is typical, even when things look like they are turning during a losing streak, something goes wrong.
- Tyler Holt (LF, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB. Holt is not having a great season (.270/.344/.363 line in 115 games), but the outfielder goes out there every day and can handle all three positions in the outfield.
- Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 SO, 2 SB. Like Fedroff, Ramirez went off on the basepaths and stole his 34th and 35th bases. Coincidently, that is more strikeouts than Ramirez has this year (33) and the same number of walks.
- Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): ND, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP. Morimando now has four hits allowed in his last two starts (9.2 innings), though he has replaced hits with walks (13). The left-hander now has 4.93 BB/9 on the season.
- Tony Wolters (C, Carolina): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 E. The power may not be there for Wolters in 2013 (.081 ISO), but with a .363 on-base percentage and developing defense, the catcher is right on target this year.
- Logan Vick (RF, Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 CS. Vick's second game in Carolina went better than his first, as the outfielder got his first hit and his first extra-base hit.
- Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): 0-for-4, 1 BB, 3 SO. Regression continued to get Wendle as the second baseman's line has dropped to .299/.375/.515. Wendle is still having a great year in his first full professional season, though, as it is hard to complain about a .890 OPS.
- Ryan Merritt (SP, Lake County): ND, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Merritt is on a strict innings limit for the rest of the season, but in his five three-inning starts, the left-hander has a 17:1 SO:BB and 2.40 ERA.
- Luis Morel (RP, Lake County): W (5-2), 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP. Morel piggybacked off of Merritt and soaked up innings quite well. The right-hander has 40 walks in 79.2 innings, though his 78 strikeouts make up for a good part of that.
- Richard Stock (DH, Lake County): 1-for-4, 3 SO. The three strikeouts are not pretty, but it is not enough to detract from Stock's strong season in Lake County (.297/.329/.477 line in 44 games).
- Caleb Hamrick (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 2 HBP. It is not often you see a pitcher make it through six innings with such success and so few strikeouts. That is nothing new for Hamrick, who owns a 5.83 SO/9 this year.
- Juan Romero (RF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Romero's .211/.237/.386 line shows that he has some decent pop in his bat, but a 1-for-5 night with a home run makes it hard to maintain any type of on-base percentage.
- Robel Garcia (3B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. Things have not gone perfectly for 20-year-old since going from Lake County to Mahoning Valley (.220/.306/.386 line in 35 games), though more nights like Thursday will help him turn things around.
- Claudio Bautista (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO. Bautista, on the other hand, is looking much better since going down to Mahoning Valley (.284/.348/.415 line in 47 games).
- Sean Brady (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR. The 2013 fifth round pick is looking great in the Arizona League (22:4 SO:BB in 24.0 innings) and the 19-year-old has his career off to a great start.
- Anthony Vizcaya (RP, AZL Indians): W (3-1), 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 2 WP. Since his seven-run implosion in 0.1 innings on July 24, Vizcaya has 11 strikeouts with a 3.75 ERA in 7.2 innings.
- David Cooper (1B, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Cooper's first game with the Cleveland organization went well. Hopefully he is fully healthy and his body will be able to hold up this time around.
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Could be a really interesting guy, at least someone to keep a close eye on this offseason.