Around The Farm: August 29, 2013
Haase's power, Myles' sustained success highlight night on the farm
By Jim Piascik
August 30, 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.
Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO
Cleveland may not have top-end catching prospects that project to be the next Buster Posey, but they are loaded with some intriguing names to watch. One of those is Haase, who is finishing his first year in a full season league. Haase still has holes in his approach (that 117:39 SO:BB still needs work), but the 20-year-old's power is what makes him special. With 21 doubles and 14 home runs in 102 games, Haase is adding value with his bat while doing well in his first taste of Low-A. The catcher needs to continue this while likely moving up to Carolina in 2014, but as of right now, Haase has only helped himself in 2013.
Bryson Myles (LF -- Game 1; DH -- Game 2, Carolina): 4-for-9, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO
One of the most alluring parts of Myles' game is his power-speed combination. Yet, in order to have success day-in and day-out, you need days like Thursday. The home run from the outfielder is obviously huge, but reaching base four other times is what will keep Myles' line full going forward. Health tends to be the big separator in which prospects make it and which do not, and provided that Myles finally stays healthy, 2013 could be the start of something for him.
- Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): L (6-7), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP. Only allowing two runs is great. Walking seven and hitting a batter shows just how far Bauer has to go.
- Columbus Bullpen: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO. Vinnie Pestano, Blake Wood, Clay Rapada, and Matt Langwell held down the fort after Bauer ran his pitch count up, though a lack of offense made the effort all for naught.
- Columbus Offense: 5-for-31, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 6 SO. As a whole, Columbus is pretty barren of prospects. When they turn in offensive performances like this, it is hard to watch.
- Will Roberts (SP, Akron): ND, 6.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. This was better than Roberts' recent starts, though the right-hander was still hit around more than one would like to see.
- Trey Haley (RP, Akron): L (1-4), 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP. A late home run from Alex Monsalve extended this game, but unfortunately for the Aeros, things came apart for Haley in the 11th.
- Alex Monsalve (C, Akron): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Monsalve's home run in the ninth tied the game and almost sent the fans home happy in the final home game of the season. The catcher played quite well in limited time after missing most of the season with an elbow injury.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 SF. While RBI are not the best measure of individual achievement, Aguilar extended his Akron record to 103 with two Thursday night.
- Jordan Smith (CF, Carolina, Game 1): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI. Smith was featured in last night's ATF thanks to his emerging power. Good to see more of it from the outfielder.
- Joseph Wendle (DH, Carolina, Game 1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. Wendle continued his successful campaign Thursday night and will get the chance to continue it in the Arizona Fall League this October.
- Ryan Merritt (SP, Carolina, Game 1): ND, 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP. After a successful first outing in High-A (one run in five innings), Merritt struggled in his second go with the Mudcats.
- Nick Pasquale (SP, Carolina, Game 2): ND, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR. Pasquale pitched a good game for the most part, but the two solo home runs let the Hillcats hang around.
- Owen Dew (RP, Carolina, Game 2): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. Dew struggled at times this year, but the right-hander strung together 8.1 scoreless innings of late.
- Jordan Smith (CF, Carolina, Game 2): 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Smith's power potential continues to become present power. This is great to see for his development.
- Joseph Sever (3B, Lake County): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI. Despite a bit of an August swoon, Sever still has 34 extra-base hits in 97 Low-A games in his first full professional season.
- LeVon Washington (CF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Despite how hot #WashTime has been with the Captains, this was his first home run with Lake County on the year.
- D.J. Brown (SP, Lake County): W (5-4), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. Brown spent most of the season in Lake County's bullpen, but in two starts, the right-hander has 10 strikeouts and only two runs allowed in 10.0 innings.
- Kent Mathews (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. Mathews rebounded from his worst professional start (five runs in 4.1 innings) with a much better effort Thursday night.
- Alexis Paredes (RP, Mahoning Valley): W (2-2), 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Following Mathews, Paredes came in and dominated, as he has for most of the season (39 strikeouts in 41.0 innings).
- Trevor Frank (RP, Mahoning Valley): S (2), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Frank came in next and, just like Paredes, continued mowing down opposing hitters (39 strikeouts in 33.0 innings).
- Martin Cervenka (C, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB. The Scrappers barely managed two runs, but Cervenka's night led the offense in getting just enough to win.
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Wait some time on Bauer and Carrasco before throwing in the towel from what I see. Remember that much the same was said about Masterson, MacAllister and Kluber during their development. Rushing to judgment, no matter how many times you do it, is a bit foolhardy IMO. Staying healthy and learning is a big key.
Not sure that Bryson or Smith are real high on the prospect radar. Both appear to be fringe ML/4th OF types with their age and lack of starter power. Neither is a great defender but appears adequate for a reserve role. I would guess that the younger prospects like LRod, washtime, Santander and Frazier would pass them before too long if they are healthy.