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Around the Farm: August 19, 2014

Around the Farm: August 19, 2014
Jerrud Sabourin (Photo: IndyWeek)
August 20, 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, Short-A Mahoning Valley and rookie level Arizona were off on Tuesday.

Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, LF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB - The Undrafted Wonder has a colossal night at theplate highlighted by a second-inning three-run homer which all but put the game out of the reach of the visiting Frederick Keys (Orioles).  Jerrud now has a four-game hitting streak and hits in six of his last seven and is hitting .313 and .375, respectively, in those two stretches.  In 85 Advanced Single-A games on the season, Sabourin is batting .301/.378/.415 with 44 RBI.  Maybe it will be enough for him to get another chance at Double-A ball come next April.

Ryan Merritt (Carolina, SP) - W (13-3), 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 4 K - Following an uneven July, Merritt has returned to his early season form by going four outings allowing two or less earned runs in each appearance.  Merritt's season numbers speak for themselves.  Even with his midseason struggles, he is still posting a 2.55 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 113:24 K:BB ratio, and .208 opponents' batting average.  I look forward to seeing him pitch at Canal Park next season.

Greg Allen (New York-Penn League South All-Stars, starting CF) - 0-2, 1 K - I will not be commenting much on the Scrapper's All-Star representatives' performances on the night as the All Star game was about as nondescript as a baseball game can be (there wasn't even a winner).  The story of Allen's season has largely been one of good plate discpline waiting for the bat to catch up.  He is posting a .367 OBP in 46 professional games despite only batting .259 and slugging .319 and has walked as many times as he has struck out (21 each).

Taylor Murphy (New York-Penn League South All-Stars, reserve LF) - 0-2 - Murphy's introduction to the pro game has been a solid, if unspectacular one.  He is posting a .265/.371/.364 slash line with 3 HR and 17 RBI.  While it would be nice to see some better numbers from him of late after a hot start, it is early in his career and it will be interesting to see what he can do after an Instructional League this fall and minor league spring training - both places where he can get instruction in the professional game from the Indians developmental staff in a more individualized environment away from the glare of the fans and the media in the Mahoning Valley.

Francisco Mejia (New York-Penn League South All-Stars, starting C) - 0-0, 1 BB, 1 HBP - Unlike the first two All-Stars listed here, the last two are not professional rookies but instead are playing their second pro seasons after debuting with the Arizona League Indians last summer.  While Mejia has not reached last season's lofty numbers (.305/.348/.524), especially in the slugging department, that is nothing to be worried about as those numbers were put up in the arid climate of suburban Phoenix, Arizona.  That said, he is still batting .280/.330/.382 with 27 RBI in 55 games so far this season.  He is definitely a prospect to watch in the coming seasons.

Sean Brady (New York-Penn League South All-Stars, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Brady, surprisingly, has been pitching worse this season than he did in the launching pad of Arizona last summer.  He is posting a 2.85 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 39:22 K:BB ratio, and .239 opponents' BA.  Those are all good numbers, and just show how impressive his numbers were last year in Arizona when he posted a 1.97 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 30:6 K/BB ratio, and .205 BAA.

  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 3-4, 1 2B - While The RBI Machine didn't add to his total on the night, he did have a three-hit game and extended his hitting streak to eleven games.
  • Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, DH) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB - Moncrief has the only other multi-hit effort of the evening for the Clippers and made it back-to-back games with multiple hits.
  • Kyle Davies (Columbus, SP) - L (8-8), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - Davies has another rough outing as his early August turnaround is starting to look more like a mirage.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - One bad pitch ruins an otherwise solid Triple-A debut.
  • J.C. Ramirez (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 K, 1 HR allowed - Ramirez's scoreless streak ends in catastrophic fashion, putting any doubts there may have been about the outcome of the game to rest.
  • Ollie Linton (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - Linton was one of two RubberDucks to pick up two hits and score a run in a game mercifully ended early by rain.
  • Justin Toole (Akron, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, Caught Stealing 1 time - Toole was the other.  He also had the only extra-base hit of the night for the Mallards of Main Street.
  • Anthony Gallas (Akron, DH) - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Gallas had the only other notable offensive night, getting on base twice and driving in one of the Ducks' two runs.
  • Will Roberts (Akron, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR allowed - A solid outing where he worked around a lot of traffic and amazingly allowed just two runs on solo homers.
  • Giovanni Soto (Akron, RP) - L (0-2), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - Soto allows runners to cross the plate for only the second time in his last 14 outings, in both cases allowing two earned runs.
  • Adam Miller (Akron, RP) - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Miller has his worst outing in a few weeks.  Thankfully, it was shortened by rain before it could get any worse.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB - Yhoxian has a multi-hit, multi-run outing to break a three-game hitless streak.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 0-1, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K - Diaz may not have gotten a hit on the night, but his eye at the plate allowed him to have a huge night without ever putting the ball in play.
  • Torsten Boss (Carolina, RF) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Boss had only one hit on the evening, but it was a two-run ground-rule double to right field to open the scoring for the Mudcats on the night.
  • Josh Martin Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Martin now has six multi-strikeout outings in his last 10 appearances (all 2.1 IP or less).
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - Nellie-Rod may have struck out twice, but the one time he did make contact, he hit a two-run homer in the top of the first to give the Captains all the scoring they would need on the night.
  • Mike Papi (Lake County, RF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - Papi's solo shot to right in the seventh inning provided the Caps with an insurance run.
  • Richard Stock (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B - Stock had the lone multi-hit night for the Eastlake nine, with both being of the multi-hit variety.
  • Anderson Polanco (Lake County, SP) - W (3-0), 5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K - Polanco has a dominant night on the mound to make it-back-to back scoreless outings and seven of his last ten starts without allowing an earned run.  Polanco's season stat line now stands at a 2.06 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 43:14 K:BB ratio, and .179 opponents' BA.
  • Wander Beras (Lake County, RP) - H (3), 2,2 IP, perfect, 6 K - Beras seems to be over his struggles from early in the month as he has now had three straight relief appearances without allowing an earned run.  Hopefully, his rough start to the month was merely a blip in a run of form that has been solid since for most of the second half of the Single-A season.
  • Carlos Melo (Lake County, CP) - S (2), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Melo sets down the side in order to secure the victory for the Captains.

User Comments

Homer
August 20, 2014 - 10:47 PM EDT
Walters has 30 hr power...no question. He seems bound to post 100-150K depending on the number (600 AB+ ?) of at bats he gets, but he's definitely got game changing power. He's been a very nice pickup for the Tribe.
Rich
August 20, 2014 - 10:45 PM EDT
Yeah, Walters has tremendous bat speed, but he could be another Russell Branyan - a solid diet of strikeouts punctuated by an occasional massive HR. He swings at the first pitch every time, so I can't believe Nolasco threw him a first pitch strike. Walters needs better plate discipline, but the potential it there. I can't believe he's a shortstop.

I definitely like him better than the guy we gave up for him, though.
Nick
August 20, 2014 - 8:33 PM EDT
Well, I'm not patient enough to wait for the game thread tomorrow....man does Walters have pop. Crushed an upper decker to right center. Beast! This could be a steal of a trade.
Homer
August 20, 2014 - 8:29 PM EDT
That's a typo.
Rich
August 20, 2014 - 5:38 PM EDT
How did Adam Miller manage to get four K's in 2/3 of an inning? A couple of wild pitch third strikes?
Homer
August 20, 2014 - 1:31 PM EDT
I known Paulino has been a disappointment this season but I haven't quite written him off yet. Paulino has posted similar or better stats to last yr in 100 less at bats. However, he's also matched his K total (and BB) for last season. I'm curious what his numbers look like since his conversion to the OF.
Nikolaos
August 20, 2014 - 12:16 PM EDT
Just out of curiosity, has anybody heard anything on Naquin since he went down injured?
Tondo
August 20, 2014 - 12:05 PM EDT
Tony,
do you still consider Paulino a top 20 talent after the position switch and another disappointing season repeating the level? He didn't impove on anything, it seems. I can see him starting at Carolina, because opening a 3rd straight season at LC would be deflating. It will probably be his last chance as a priority spec though.

Papi should move quickly from here on out. A+/AA next season and in 2016 AA/AAA with a September callup a possibility.

LHP looked like a weakness before this season and it seems it was a priority to add some lefties the past 2 years. It's looking better now with Brady, Lugo, Sheffield, Hentges, Polanco, Pannone, Maronde, Morimando, K.Mathews in the fold and the steady progress of Merritt, who is probably the most consistent pitcher in the entire system.

It will be a packed top 20 and the system is pretty deep after this draft, even with the probable graduations of Bauer, House, JRam, Perez, CC Lee, Adams, Holt and Walters, but Nellie Rod has to be in any top 20 and certainly be put in front of the likes of Paulino and RRod
Tony
August 20, 2014 - 10:51 AM EDT
Man, I could have sworn Polanco was 6'0" or 6'1".....thanks for the correction as I did not check his measurements when posting that. I've seen him pitch a half dozen times and the height never stood out....
Hawk1228
August 20, 2014 - 10:46 AM EDT
Tony
I saw Polanco at 6'3 by small do you mean weight wise?
Tony
August 20, 2014 - 10:21 AM EDT
I think Paulino (LF) and Papi (RF/1B) will for sure be in the starting outfield in Carolina next year. I am not sure both Zimmer and Frazier are in Carolina as I think at least to start the org would rather have one in Lake County and one in Carolina playing everyday in CF.....so either Frazier repeats at Lake County or Zimmer just goes to Lake County. But I could see how both could be at Carolina if the organization is fine with them splitting time in CF and then playing RF/DH when not in CF (Papi at 1B/DH in those games).
Walter
August 20, 2014 - 10:15 AM EDT
It looks like Mike Papi has found his hitting groove after a very slow start. I don't see why he would not start at Carolina next year. What are the chances of seeing an outfield of Papi-Zimmer-Frazier next year? IMO I believe that Zimmer would start at LC. I also believe that both LC and Carolina are going to have very interesting teams in 2015 to follow.

Tony
August 20, 2014 - 10:01 AM EDT
Polanco, conveniently, will be this week's Diamond in the Rough feature posted on Friday.....so I will share a lot more on him then. But he is an interesting lefty, though kind of small, who the organization likes and I believe should get an opportunity to piggyback next season to continue working as a starter not so much to develop into one, but to work on his routines, get more work on the mound, really refine his pitches and just be exposed to many situations.
art
August 20, 2014 - 9:57 AM EDT
So Anderson Polanco has had some good performances lately, and seems to be getting more innings each start. Any insights as to his long term abilities, is this a possible prospect to watch?
Homer
August 20, 2014 - 9:48 AM EDT
NRod w/ hr #20.

Good to see Shawn Armstrong up to Columbus. Gave up a hr but also had 3K's in his AAA debut.

Polanco with another good start. He is definately making a strong bid for a shot at starting next season.

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