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Around the Farm: August 28, 2014

Rodriguez's 21st home run, Shane's shutdown outing highlight the night on the farm

Around the Farm: August 28, 2014
Nellie Rodriguez (Photo: Brittany Chay)
August 29, 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.

Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO

Nellie Rodriguez (Photo: MiLB)The raw number totals for Rodriguez this season are pretty staggering for a 20-year-old in Low-A: 31 doubles, 21 home runs, 54 extra base hits total, and 137 strikeouts in 127 games. Of course, the strikeouts are less of a problem thanks to Rodriguez's power, and the first baseman's .266/.348/.474 line and .208 isolated power will have him moving up the rankings this offseason. Where Rodriguez ultimately ends up is still an unknowable part of the future -- even assuming he starts 2015 in Carolina, his realistic major league debut would come in late 2017 at the earliest -- but it is hard not to be encouraged by this season's great performance. Rodriguez struggled in Lake County last year and made the corrections needed to find success. Learning to cope with failure and overcome it is a big part of a prospect's growth and Rodriguez has already gotten that out of the way.

Casey Shane (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 E

Following an impressive showing in the offense-friendly Arizona League (2.72 ERA, 7.8 SO/9, 2.9 BB/9), Shane picked up right where he left off with the Scrappers. The 19-year-old -- who just celebrated his birthday this past Saturday -- has only allowed two runs (one earned) in his first 11.0 innings above the Arizona League, a very nice start for the 2013 sixth round pick. Though Shane is not overwhelming hitters with a ton of strikeouts, the right-hander has put together a stronger performance in 2014 than in his debut season (6.52 ERA, 6.8 SO/9, 5.0 BB/9 in 29.0 Arizona League innings) and has seemingly taken a step forward in his first full professional season. The road ahead for Shane is still long -- he is five promotions from the majors, after all -- but the 19-year-old is clearly on the right track and has time on his side.

  • Gabriel Arias (SP, Columbus): L (6-4), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 5 SO, 2 WP, 1 E. Though the walks are less than ideal, Arias managed to limit the damage to just two runs in this outing.
  • Austin Adams (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. This was not a flawless appearance for Adams, but the right-hander did lower his ERA to 2.55 to go with his 8.7 SO/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 53.0 Triple-A innings.
  • Elliot Johnson (DH, Columbus): 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB. Johnson was the sole bright spot offensively for the Clippers Thursday as he launched his fifth home run of the season and walked twice.
  • Duke von Schamann (SP, Akron): W (8-8), 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 WP. Though he did not give up many runs, allowing 14 baserunners in under six innings is still problematic for von Schamann.
  • Giovanni Soto (RP, Akron): H (12), 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO. Soto's overall stats this season remain strong (3.33 ERA, 8.2 SO/9, 2.1 BB/9 in 51.1 innings), but his downright filthy performance against lefties is where the left-hander is really shining (.145/.187/.188 line against, 25.3 percent strikeout rate, 5.3 percent walk rate).
  • Ryan Raburn (RF, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI. Raburn's results looked good in his rehab on Thursday, with the utility man lining three singles to the opposite field.
  • Jason Giambi (DH, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Giambi also hit well in his rehab, though the 43-year-old's positives came in the form of an extra base hit.
  • Jaime Pedroza (3B, Akron): 3-for-3, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP. Pedroza may not have started the season in the organization, but the 27-year-old is making a good first impression (.989 OPS in 18 games).
  • Jordan Smith (CF-RF, Akron): 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Though Smith's .529 OPS in August is a throwback to his early-season struggles, the outfielder's approach seems more solid now and could set him up for a bounce back season in 2015.
  • Erik Gonzalez (SS, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB. Gonzalez has cooled since his red-hot start to his Double-A career, though the soon-to-be 23-year-old still owns a .353/.390/.457 line in 28 games.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Akron): 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO. Wendle is still rounding himself into playing form since returning from a broken hamate as the second baseman has posted a .526 OPS in his first seven games back.
  • D.J. Brown (SP, Carolina): L (3-8), 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR. Home runs have not been a large issue for Brown this season -- he has allowed eight in 123.2 innings -- but they were his undoing in this start.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. This season has proved to be more average than outstanding for Rodriguez, but the outfielder will play nearly 100 games after only making it into 56 last year.
  • Joe Sever (1B, Carolina): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP. A rough month of August (.186/.306/.200 line in 21 games) has lowered Sever's season stats as the 24-year-old has found himself unable to hit for power of late.
  • Yandy Diaz (3B, Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 SO, 1 CS. All in all, 2014 has proven to be a solid debut for Diaz, as his great approach (34:47 SO:BB, .398 on-base percentage in 73 games) should look even better when his power starts to come through in games.
  • Jordan Milbrath (SP, Lake County): ND, 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP, 1 WP. Though Milbrath allowed four runs in just five innings, it is encouraging to see the right-hander get back to his early-season form of racking up strikeouts while also limiting walks.
  • Caleb Hamrick (RP, Lake County): H (3), 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP. It may not be much, but Hamrick has put a bit of a positive spin on a rough season lately. In his last four appearances, Hamrick has 11 strikeouts, two walks, and one unearned run allowed in 9.1 innings.
  • Claudio Bautista (2B, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Bautista continued to flash his skills and upside Thursday by connecting for his 21st double of the season, increasing his isolated power to .160 in 115 games.
  • Ivan Castillo (SS, Lake County): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 2 SO. Castillo's golden August rolled along here with the 19-year-old seeing his OPS jump up to .810 in 25 games this month.
  • Steven Patterson (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 SO. The 2014 10th round pick continues to show a good approach at the plate and decent on-base skills (.342 on-base percentage in 50 games), though it will interesting to see if spending time in a professional setting will help him get stronger and improve his .121 isolated power a bit.
  • Francisco Mejia (C, Mahoning Valley): 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 CS, 1 E. Mejia's solid 2014 season continues here as the 18-year-old utilized a solid approach to reach base twice in this game.
  • Mason Radeke (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. Radeke put together another solid rehab outing Thursday in his second time out since Tommy John surgery.
  • Leandro Linares (RP, AZL Indians): W (2-3), 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. Linares did a good job of limiting runs here, though the 20-year-old is still looking to lower his 7.62 ERA and 6.7 BB/9 in 39.0 innings on the season.
  • Micah Miniard (RP, AZL Indians): S (1), 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Though Miniard stumbled out of the gate in his professional debut, the 2014 eighth round pick has only allowed one run and two walks with six strikeouts in his last eight innings.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (3B-SS, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 E. The Arizona League team did not light it up offensively Thursday, but they still scored five runs in the win. Chang led the way for the team as he maintained his elite .986 OPS through 42 games.

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User Comments

Ryan
August 29, 2014 - 5:33 PM EDT
Do the Yankees have any games left with the Royals? Maybe they are sending Outman to deal with Moustakas and Gordon for the Yankees. Yankees are definitely playing way above their heads, but it is the Yanker way, somehow, once players put on pinstripes they end up becoming Most Improved Player candidates.
Ryan
August 29, 2014 - 5:08 PM EDT
Rookie level teens rarely get traded, but I guess it is possible. The Indians traded Herrera for Scrabble, so it would not be unprecedented. Don't give up on Duke yet, he is only 23.
Ryan
August 29, 2014 - 4:49 PM EDT
Diaz is a corner infielder, not an outfielder, but don't let facts get in the way of your random rants. N-Rod is out of shape? Based on your expert...eye? Have you seen him in person? And for those "wasted" draft picks, what do you think is the percentage of draft picks in the top 10 that become ML players?
I want some of what they're smokin'
August 29, 2014 - 4:41 PM EDT
They signed Branyan??? Well I guess Tito and Giambi must need another golfer for there foursome for the upcoming AARP best ball tournament. Talk about a slap in the face to Aguilar IMO.
Homer
August 29, 2014 - 3:50 PM EDT
Tondo,

It's a PTBNL or cash in return for Outman. Btw, I agree, I'm a little surprised he wasn't traded when they DFA Outman earlier this season.

Why sign Branyan? Maybe he comes back next yr as some sort of coach? Just to see if he has anything left? Probably amounts to nothing.
Dan
August 29, 2014 - 2:32 PM EDT
And yet the Yankees will probably get a decent performance out of Outman and end up getting a wild card spot over the Tribe. It's absolutely mind boggling how they are not 10 games under .500 with the (lack of) talent hey're putting out there each night, particularly the starters when they've lost Sabathia , Tanaka, Nova and Pineda to injuries. Credit to Girardi and the coaches I guess. They've done with guys like Huff, Brandon McCarthy, even last year with Derek Lowe, what teams like Cleveland can't, which is to get the most out of whatever (often rather limited) talent the player has. I love the Tribe don't get me wrong, but it's exasperating how the damn Yankees can still be in this when they want a guy for their ML team that we had flaming out in our minor league system.
Tondo
August 29, 2014 - 2:13 PM EDT
MT, he was DFA'ed earlier this season, but I still don't see how you can give the Yanks a LOOGY (and he's still good at that or at least better than the other Indians trash they're running out there in R.Hill and D.Huff). An upgrade is an upgrade and the team they just traded with is one game ahead of the Tribe. If they didn't get at least a low minors lottery ticket, then it would simply be a stupid thing to do. It's not like Outman was blocked for eternity with the Indians and they wanted to be nice to him. He would be on a new team a couple of months from now anyway. It better be a PTBNL. Any news on that front? There's no news on Indians sites while mlb.com has a headline article about it, strange...
MT88 in WI
August 29, 2014 - 2:01 PM EDT
Outman pitching in Sept for the Yanks might actually benefit the Tribde....
Don't think Outman was on the 40 man still, but if so it does open one more spot for September call ups and off season rule 5 consideration....
indiansfan2314
August 29, 2014 - 1:56 PM EDT
so overall nothing positive about any player sternfan10? maybe you should quit reading stats so much and pay more attention to tools and you clearly don't understand that minor leagues is for developing. you can't get better without plenty of opportunities. not every player is mike trout. you are absolutely ridiculous man. i can promise you that you have no future in a baseball job.. stick to whatever terrible job you really have....
Andy
August 29, 2014 - 12:51 PM EDT
Outman was fairly terrible at the ML level this season, so salary dump or not he wasn't going to pitch up there again with both Crockett and Hagadone seemingly ready to stick. Plus it opens a bullpen spot in AAA for the playoffs, maybe for Araujo.
Homer
August 29, 2014 - 12:43 PM EDT
If Colt Hynes could net DVS surely they could get something similar. I'm with you, I'd take high upside talent yrs away over low ceiling but solid players on this kind of move.
David
August 29, 2014 - 12:43 PM EDT
sterrfan, your act has gotten old. Please go away. You must be a lot of fun at parties!
Tondo
August 29, 2014 - 12:28 PM EDT
Does anyone know what the signing bonus for Yandy Diaz was?

With those LOOGY numbers at that age, Soto won't make it out of the Rule 5, if left unprotected.

Speaking of LOOGYs, why did the Indians trade Outman to the Yankees? It has to be a PTBNL offer, right? Otherwise, it makes no sense helping a WC competitor. Don't tell me they did it just to save the remaining 200k on his contract. If Pestano can fetch a C prospect, so can Outman. Some rookie level teenager would be o
I drove a Yugo in Italy. They called me Mr. Fiat not
August 29, 2014 - 10:44 AM EDT
Good one, Marty... Well... When all your eggs are essentially in Low-A/Short season A and rookie ball it's hard for me to get as excited as many are with our "depth".. Next year will go a long way... Is Bradley for real (he might have to be the systems "top" prospect bat at this point) plus another handful of AZL guys.. Hopefully they won't go the way of Paulino, Santander, Sterling, etc.. If they continue to produce next year then we really might have something...

If Nrod can do something about his K's and I do agree with Sternfan that his conditioning is of concern, he will really shoot up the rankings. A lot of good signs and a few red flags but I am not concerned with Frazier or Papi or etc.. yet.. The full season A teams should be fun to watch next season..
Walter
August 29, 2014 - 10:41 AM EDT
Good to see Linares have his best outing of the season. 1st year being stateside. I expect to see better results from him next season. Miniard continues to impress. Going to be interesting to watch the progression of Sheffield, Hockin, Hentges and Miniard going forward. All have had decent debuts down in AZL.
art
August 29, 2014 - 9:57 AM EDT
Chu threw out another baserunner last night, now has a 41% caught stealing rate. Either has a quick release or a hell on an arm.
art
August 29, 2014 - 9:52 AM EDT
N Rod's performance for the past couple of months has been outstanding. Combined, he has an average of about .312 and an on base percentage nearing .380, while hitting 11 HRs.
marty
August 29, 2014 - 9:46 AM EDT
If Sternfan ran the system, each of our affiliates would be operating with a 2-man roster...
Sternfan10
August 29, 2014 - 8:44 AM EDT
Papi, over drafted by Indians, .613 OPS which is terrible for an advanced hitter

Paulino will not well enough to play a corner outfield spot ,looks like he was over hyped

Nellie Rod-Great season, but this guy is so out of shape, I think his lack of conditioning will eventaully catch up to him

Fink-Too bad this guy is a K machine since he seems to have decent power

Hamrick-Wow, has he been a bust

Milbrath-Another soft tosser that looks like a long man type of pitcher

Chang-Why was this guy not bumped up to the Valley

Castro-Big disappointment, lacks the ability to hit for average and has little power

Linares-Really struggled this year,

Allen-Probably drafted to ohigh, won't hit well enough to advance above High A

Fisher-Terrible draft pick

Shane-Looking strong, wish he could generate more K's

Diaz-Good hitter, but lacks power to play a corner outfield spot

Washington-Time to pull the plug, he is not going to hit well enough to play a corner outfield spot

Haase-Way over-matched at Carolina

Vick-Time to release this guy

uigi Rodriguez-Another guy that was over-hyped on this forum, he is nothing but filler at this point

D.J. Brown-Seriously, why do they keep starting this guy, he is getting lit up

Jordan Smith-Another outfielder that has no power

Wendle-A wasted year for him this season

Schamann-Another soft-tosser getting starts for the Indians minor league teams, way too many soft tossers

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