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Around the Farm: August 23, 2014

Around the Farm: August 23, 2014
Bradley Zimmer (Photo: Ken Carr)
August 24, 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.

Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, Caught Stealing 1 time - Bradley Zimmer has beensimply unstoppable as of late.  He is posting a .444/.556/.667 slash line with 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 SB, and an 8:6 K:BB ratio in his last 10 games.  His season numbers are none too shabby either at ,320/.409/.490 with 27 RBI in 39 games.  He is showing everybody why the Indians took him in the first round of this year's draft and is having an excellent pro debut. With Lake County in the playoff hunt, don't be surprised if he is promoted there when the postseason starts - like Tyler Naquin and Joey Wendle were in 2012.

  • Francisco Lindor (Columbus, SS) - 4-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, Caught Stealinhg 1 time, Picked Off 1 time, 1 E - Lindor remains hot at the plate, but not so much on the basepaths and in the field. He is 8-for-9 over his last two games raising his Columbus average from .242 to .287 in the process.
  • James Ramsey (Columbus, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - The only other mult-hit efort of the night for the Clippers as well as the other home run (only way they scored on the night).
  • Matt Carson (Columbus, LF) - 0-4, 4 K - This golden sombrero was pretty indicative of how the night went for the Clippers offensively.
  • Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SP) - L (6-3), 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed - Arias makes it two implosive outings in a row.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 1 WP - I just hope this was a bad night and not injury-related as this was a pretty serious lack of control on display. He threw just 14 of his 32 pitches for strikes and really struggled in his one inning of middle relief.
  • Mark Lowe (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - A nice outing from a guy who is pretty much just playing out the string this season and for a job with a team next year.
  • Ollie Linton (Akron, CF) - 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 E - Linton was one of three RubberDucks to get on base twice on the night, all with at least one walk.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Akron, SS) - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Gonzalez was the only of three to have a hit mixed in and drove in the only run of the game.
  • Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) - 0-2, 2 BB, 1 SB - Jordan was the third to get on base twice in the night's offensive debacle.
  • Justin Toole (Akron, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 K - Here's the other hit and the only run of the game for the Mallards of Main Street.
  • Duke von Schamann (Akron, SP) - L (7-8), 5 IP, 10 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - The Duke of Canal Park seems to have reverted to his earlier form.  After an impressive string of seven inning outings, he has really struggled his last two times out allowing 10 earned runs on 19 hits in 9.2 innings.
  • Elvis Araujo (Akron, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K - Araujo extends his streak of not giving up an earned run to 15 IP in 13 games. Suddenly, the Indians have tons of left-handed relief depth.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) - 2-5, 1 R, 2 K - Medina is now 7-for-19 (.368) in his last five contests he has appeared in.
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K - The good news:  Yandy has multiple hits in three of his last ten games.  The bad news:  He is hitless in the other seven.
  • Alex Monsalve (Carolina, C) - 2-5 - Monsalve extends his hitting streak to five games.
  • Torsten Boss (Carolina, RF) - 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Boss makes it back-to-back multi-hit nights.
  • Logan Vick (Carolina, CF) - 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - Not a great day with the bat, but his eye at the plate makes up for it.
  • D.J. Brown (Carolina, SP) - W (3-7), 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R both earned), 1 BB, 3 K - This makes three solid outings in a row.  Has he finally turned the corner?
  • Michael Peoples (Carolina, RP) - H (3), 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K - A solid outing from Peoples to keep the Mudcats in the lead.
  • Grant Sides (Carolina, RP) - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - See "Shawn Armstrong" above.
  • Benny Suarez (Carolina, CP) - S (2), 0.1 IP, 1 K - A second night in a row with a one-out save in the Tribe org.
  • Ivan Castillo (Lake County, SS) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI - Castillo has now hit safely in his last nine games with multiple hits in five of those, including his last three.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, LF) - 2-5, 2 RBI - Dorssys makes it back-toback multi-hit, multi-RBI ballgames.
  • Grant Fink (Lake County, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B - Fink has one of only two extra-base hits on what was actually a pretty solid, if unspectacular, offensive night for the Captains.
  • Caleb Hamrick (Lake County, RP) - 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Hamrick has now allowed only one earned run in his last four outings (8.0 IP).
  • Justin Brantley (Lake County, RP) - H (3), 1 IP, perfect - Just Justin Brantley being Justin Brantley.  He now has a 1.42 ERA in 22 appearances (38.0 innings).
  • Carlos Melo (Lake County, CP) - W (2-1), BS (1), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 HBP - Win.  Blown Save.  Same pitcher.
  • Greg Allen (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 0-2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 HBP - Allen has a huge night without getting a single hit.
  • Casey Shane (Mahoning Valley, SP) - W (1-0), 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 K - Shane's Short-Season Single-A debut is a stellar one. He's had quite the impressive first full season in the organization and made some big strides since his struggled in his pro debut last season.
  • Edaward Estrella (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 2 IP, 1 K - The first batter he faced reached on a pitching error and kept this from being a perfect two innings of relief work from Estrella.
  • Dominic DeMasi (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - More or less what we've come to expect from DeMasi.
  • Emmanuel Tapia (Arizona League, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K - Really the only offensive performance worth mentioning from a rough night in Scottsdale.
  • Justus Sheffield (Arizona League, SP) - L (3-1), 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 4 K - A rough fourth inning gives Sheffield his worst outing of his nascent pro career.  He has rebounded well from rough outings earlier this season.  Hopefully, this time is no different.
  • Jordan Dunatov (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Dunatov has yet to allow an earned run in 9 IP in nine outings in his pro career.  Not bad for a 12th round pick.

User Comments

Tony
August 24, 2014 - 11:47 PM EDT
Injury does not slow the Rule 5 clock. Do a guy could be drafted out of college....play 1 season but miss most of three seasons with injury....and be Rule 5 eligible.
Homer
August 24, 2014 - 10:51 PM EDT
Thought he had two extra yrs bc of injury, regardless I think they should protect him.
Tony
August 24, 2014 - 10:12 PM EDT
Araujo is Rule 5 eligible. Was eligible last year and the year before that.
Homer
August 24, 2014 - 9:53 PM EDT
I think the following players are eligible for the rule V draft....

Cody Anderson
Will Roberts
Ryan Merritt
Shawn Armstrong
Tony Wolters
Jake Lowery
Bryson Myles
Jordan Smith
Todd Hankins
Luigi Rodriguez
Homer
August 24, 2014 - 9:39 PM EDT
Just checked on that, Araujo is not eligible until 2016.
hawk1228
August 24, 2014 - 7:24 PM EDT
I am not clear on the rule 5 eligibility
How is Araujo eligible? this being his 4th season in the minors
yourtribe
August 24, 2014 - 6:29 PM EDT
Zimmer continues to be stuck at MV for some unknown reason?? Dumb.
Homer
August 24, 2014 - 1:49 PM EDT
Tondo,

Castillo is consider minor league depth at this point. He's definately turning some heads with his performance though.

I'd prefer the Tribe roster Araujo over Soto. I think it's a certainty someone with Araujo's handedness, size, velocity and age would be picked. Soto maybe not so much as he's had several yrs battling injuries.

Good to see Casey Shane make the jump up to MV. He's had a solid yr and has really impressed all yr.
Danny65
August 24, 2014 - 1:42 PM EDT
Hamrick is getting some swing and misses as a reliever. Maybe a young reliever, I think his starting days are over.
Walter
August 24, 2014 - 10:49 AM EDT
Good to see Zimmer finishing his season strong. Hopefully the Indians would rewaed him with post season action at LC or Carolin if theses teams make the playoffs.

I have a question, does instructional league season help to determine where the minor league prospects might play in 2015?

Rocky55
August 24, 2014 - 9:12 AM EDT
Big news, Casey Shane moves up to the Valley on his birthday, throws a 5IP, 0-ER, 0-BB gem. Keep it up, kid.
Tondo
August 24, 2014 - 9:04 AM EDT
Lindor is just 20yo, just a reminder. He's improving in AAA and will be a good one, little doubt about that.

NRod with 5 Ks in one game? Ugh

Good to see both Zimmer and Papi improving.

Speaking of, Castillo is making big strides with the bat in LC. Monthly OPS from May to August: .407, .562, .660 and .899. He's very young (born 1995) and was known more for his defense at SS. What's his prospect status? He might be what Paulino was supposed to be...

Araujo and Soto will be Rule 5 LOOGY targets if left unprotected. Will be interesting which one, if any, the Indians put on their 40 this offseason.

I'm probably the only one, but there's something about T.Boss that makes me hope he gets another season.

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