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Around the Farm: August 24, 2014

Around the Farm: 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.

Note, rookie-level Arizona was off on Sunday…

Torsten Boss (RF, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, K. Boss has had a tough season. First, he was traded at thestart of the season and yanked out of the Orioles farm system in exchange for Preston Guilmet. Then he cratered with his performance in his first foray at Carolina hitting .188 with a .590 OPS in 27 games before being sent to Low-A Lake County in late May. Things were not much better at Lake County as he hit just .198 with a .684 OPS in 37 games, but still found his way back to Carolina about two weeks ago. Since returning to Carolina he has been sizzling hitting .391 with a 1.283 OPS in seven games, easily his best stretch of play all season. On top of that, he arguably had the biggest hit of the season for the Mudcats on Sunday. With his team down 5-4 with two outs and two on, he ripped a three run homer to put them up 7-5 and keep their playoff hopes alive.

  • James Ramsey (CF, Columbus): 2-for-4, R, 2 2B, RBI, 2 K. Since going 2-for-21 in his first five games at Columbus and in the Indians organization, he is hitting .369 (24-for-65) in the 17 games since. With Masterson struggling in St. Louis, Ramsey is looking like a nice pickup for the long term.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI. Aguilar is finishing his Triple-A season strong hitting .329 with 5 HR, 12 RBI and .936 in 19 August games. He’s also hitting .404 with an .892 OPS in 133 at bats this season. Yet, the Indians inexplicably have him off the Major League roster.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 0-for-2, 2 BB, K. Looking beyond the drop in his walk rate and jump in his strikeout rate – something we have followed and pointed out all season – Moncrief has still had a nice Triple-A season hitting .278 with a .773 OPS.
  • Kyle Davies (SP, Columbus): W (9-8), 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Davies has had a nice return this season and even though he is 30-years old he has probably set himself up for a minor league contract with a Major League spring invite from someone this offseason.
  • Austin Adams (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Adams bounced back nicely from a rough outing the previous time out (1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K). He should be up in Cleveland once rosters expand on 9/1, quite possibly even if Columbus is playing in the postseason.
  • Bryan Price (RP, Columbus): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Price has only made 26 appearances this season after missing the first few months because of an arm injury in spring training. He’s been good (2.62 ERA, .206 BAA, 1.11 WHIP, 34.1 IP, 12 BB, 41 K) and should be a September callup once Columbus’ season ends.
  • Justin Toole (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, K. Toole was one of the few bright spots for an Akron lineup that struggled on Sunday. He’s always bounced around levels in the past, but this season has spent virtually the entire season at Akron and played well (.288 AVG).
  • Anthony Gallas (DH, Akron): 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI, K. It has gotten to the point where we should just ignore whether or not Gallas is a prospect or not, or whether or not what he has done at Akron is real or not, and just sit back and enjoy his magical Double-A debut. In 66 games at Akron he is hitting .315 with 16 HR, 46 RBI and .938 OPS.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (1B, Akron): 0-for-3, 2 K. He is still only 22 years old, but he will be 23 years old at the start of next season. You combine him no longer being overly young and with significant upside along with a poor showing this season (.229/.273/.329/.602) and you have a player barely holding onto “prospect” status.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Akron): L (12-12), 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Mr. Decision racked up another one on Sunday, though this time it was an unfavorable one. He has amazingly recorded a win or loss in 24 of his 26 starts this season.
  • Louis Head (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. This is more like it. After a tough first exposure to Double-A in June (4.66 ERA, 9.2 IP, 8 BB, 8 K) and a rough July (5.11 ERA, 12.1 IP, 5 BB, 13 K), he looks to have found himself in August (0.00 ERA, 11.1 IP, 2 BB, 14 K).
  • Enosil Tejeda (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Tejeda just continues to roll along and put up some impressive numbers. In 42 appearances this season he has a 2.18 ERA, .216 BAA, 1.01 WHIP and in 53.2 IP he has allowed 12 walks and has 59 strikeouts.
  • Alex Monsalve (DH, Carolina): 1-for-4, 2 RBI, K. It has been an up and down year for Monsalve. He’s one of the most physically imposing players in the system, yet he has been unable to consistently tap into that strength at the plate. Also of note, he is hitting .184 with a .545 OPS against lefties but is hitting  .291 with .757 OPS against righties.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (LF, Carolina): 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, CS. Rodriguez will turn 22 in November, yet he is still in High-A and he is still struggling with maintaining consistency with his performance. A lot of that has been due to injury the last two seasons, but it is time for him to step it up.
  • Ryan Merritt (SP, Carolina): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Not one of Merritt’s better outings, but he was able to get through six innings which can be a rarity at this time of the season since the Indians often cut down on the outings of pitchers in order to keep them in their season innings threshold.
  • Jacob Lee (RP, Carolina): W (3-0), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Lee is having a nice bounce back season posting a 3.15 ERA, .240 BAA, 1.18 WHIP and 18:50 BB/K ratio in 68.2 innings this season. The problem is he turns 25 in October and he is still in High-A.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB. Nellie continues his strong second half as he is now hitting .306 with 12 HR, 53 RBI and .944 OPS in 58 games. There are some very encouraging things with the bat when you consider the walks (59 BB), power (.205 ISO) and age (20).
  • Grant Fink (3B, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, RBI, K. Fink has not had the kind of season he probably hoped for at the outset of the season (.227 AVG, 166 K), but he has the makings of a good approach, some good power when he gets to it and is a great teammate. I’m a fan.
  • Brian Ruiz (LF, Lake County): 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K. The growth of Ruiz has been nice to see this season. He’s gone from a guy who could barely get a ball out of the infield his first two seasons to someone who is starting to show flashes of gap power.
  • Anderson Polanco (SP, Lake County): 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Not the kind of outing we have grown accustomed to seeing out of Polanco of late. This was easily his worst outing of the season, but he still has a 2.22 ERA, .182 BAA, 1.03 WHIP and 17-54 BB/K ratio in 44.2 innings.
  • Alexis Paredes (RP, Lake County): 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K. This outing pretty much summed up Paredes’ season to date. He give up too many hits (.320 AVG) and walks (31 BB, 62.1 IP) and hence deals with a lot of traffic when he is on the mound (1.83 WHIP) which leads to runs.
  • Robbie Aviles (RP, Lake County): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. It is too bad that Aviles suffered the shoulder issue in early June as he really looked to be coming into his own in the rotation. Since then the Indians have been overly cautious with him, and even though he is no longer starting this season it is great to see him out there pitching than not at all.
  • Steven Patterson (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI. It has been a bit of an inconsistent showing for Patterson in his pro debut, but you see flashes of potential with the bat. He looks all but certain to be the starting second baseman at Low-A Lake County to start next season.
  • Leo Castillo (1B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Castillo is still only 21-years old, but his career looks to have bottomed out now that he is back in Short-A after two seasons in Low-A. His inconsistent bat to go along with his struggles defensively at third base have really pushed him back in the pecking order.
  • Taylor Murphy (LF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-5, 2B, K. Murphy’s pro debut has been much like Patterson’s, which is a hot start followed by a lot of inconsistency since. He’s another guy who looks ticketed to Low-A Lake County to start next season.
  • Martin Cervenka (C, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, K. Cervenka has some impressive size and has some potential defensively, but he has just not progressed as hoped. He is now 22 years old and he’s going to be on the roster bubble next spring.
  • Julian Merryweather (SP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. The outings are getting shorter, but Merryweather continues to get his innings in and should have one more appearance before the end of the season. He’s been solid in his pro debut (3.66 ERA, .260 BAA, 1.29 WHIP).
  • David Speer (RP, Mahoning Valley): W (2-1), 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. Speer looks like a lefty specialist in the making. He doesn’t throw hard and is more of a command and control kind of lefty, but he dominates lefties (.176 BAA, 1 BB, 28 K, 0.68 WHIP) and struggles with righties (.304 BAA, 6 BB, 16 K, 1.48 WHIP).

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User Comments

Vincent
August 26, 2014 - 7:41 PM EDT
Why hasn't Tyler sturdevant been called up to the bigs yet and will he be called up at all this season?
Ryan
August 25, 2014 - 6:28 PM EDT
Sounds like they are trying to talk themselves into picking up his contract next year. If they don't call up Ramsey (which I personally do not think they should) then there is room on the 40-man to keep him through ST and see if he is really all the way back by then, however, the way Walters, Holt and JRam have been performing, there is no realistic reason he should be playing at all at the ML level the rest of the year, especially with Aguilar a prime candidate for a September call-up as well. I just wish that Francona would actually take advantage of the fact we have these RHH on the bench available to start against lefties instead of insisting on putting Mr. ".253 OBP" Bourn at the leadoff spot and that maybe a RHH OB machine like Holt is a better fit. And that Kipnis, especially with his defensive liabilities and a supposedly sore oblique really should not be on the field and/or hitting every day still and maybe resting against LHP might be a good idea with his .526 OPS and maybe Chisenhall deserves PT with a .841 OPS (I know he has been slumping but still). I guess even with Gomes healthy and Aguilar recalled there probably is still some PT available for Raburn if Francona is willing to commit. Ideal lineup against LHP:
Holt CF
JRam SS
Brantley LF
Santana 1B
Gomes C
Walters 2B
Aviles 3B
Aguilar DH
Raburn RF
Seth
August 25, 2014 - 1:29 PM EDT
But that's Raburn's m.o. isn't it, that he doesn't hold up to everyday play, and has these long periods of being horrible due it injury or otherwise, then takes a break/gets sent to the minors and comes back and is great for a while. Pretty much your standard Raburn experience with Detroit. At this point he's getting pretty old though, so might not have another bounce back in him. Regarding Aguilar, I would think there would be some good reasons to think Walters is a better option than Aguilar. Walters has a poor approach but has shown a lot more power than Aguilar and can at least theoretically play a bunch of infield and even outfield positions, instead of being limited to DH (since Santana's got 1b locked down).
art
August 25, 2014 - 12:01 PM EDT
Boss was once a fairly high rated prospect for Baltimore, ranking #15 by Baseball America prior to the 2013 season.
Tony
August 25, 2014 - 11:31 AM EDT
Yes, the excuses will start to come in for Raburn. Yet, they amazingly played the guy all season even supposedly knowing he was not right. Crazy.

Bob, I just don't see Price as a guy who will come up right away. He might....but he looks and sounds to me more like a guy who is part of the second wave of callups once Columbus' season ends. I also think Sturdevant has a shot to be added as well, sort of like how Pestano was at the end of September in 2010 once Columbus was done in the playoffs.

Hiram, Gallas should open at Double-A next season unless there are several trades (or he is traded). With Moncreif, Naquin, Holt and Ramsey all at Triple-A next year....he's likely to be back. A good year for him, but he still has a lot he can work on at Double-A.

I don't see a successful winter season helping out the status of L-Rod and Ronny Rod right now. For one, they are getting older and two they probably won't get much playing time from their winter ball teams - though you never know. Plus they are coming off poor seasons whereas Ramirez and Gonzalez were coming off good ones.

Not sure on Santander at the moment. Will get a lot of updates once I get to Arizona....but believe he is on track to play at some point in 2015.
Walter
August 25, 2014 - 9:41 AM EDT
The last 2 off seasons successful winter ball play by Ramirez and Gonzalez has led them to successfully rise in the Indians system, with Ramirez making it to the big leagues. Could a successful winter season for Luigi and Ronny Rodriquez help there prospect status or they both a lost cause?

What is the latest on the recovery of Santander? Will he be able to play in 15?
Hiram
August 25, 2014 - 9:11 AM EDT
Tony,

does Gallas go to AAA next year because his overall year has been impressive??
Bob
August 25, 2014 - 9:04 AM EDT
Tony, I see Price going up as soon as the rosters expand. He is back to form and deserves an opportunity to prove himself. Adams, Price go up. Sturdevant deserves a shot too. Maybe he is put on the 40 man late. Is that a possibility?
Rich
August 25, 2014 - 8:39 AM EDT
Ryan Raburn 0-for-4 in Columbus. Now they're saying he never was quite right after running into the outfield wall in spring training.

Lindor got a day off after going 8-for-9 in his last two games? Don't they know you never mess with a streak? It's like when Francona gave Chisenhall a day off when he was red hot back in early June. He hasn't hit since.

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