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Around The Farm: August 29, 2014

Wendle's big night highlights the night on the farm

Around The Farm: August 29, 2014
Joey Wendle (Photo: Jim Piascik)
August 30, 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.

Joey Wendle (Akron, 2B) – 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI

Joey Wendle (Photo: MiLB)Wendle has the best evening of anyone in the organization Friday, with the cycle being a serious possibility at one point in the game.  This effort continued a hot streak for Wendle, who is batting.351 with six RBI and a 3:4 K:BB ratio in his last 10 games.

  • Francisco Lindor (Columbus, SS) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – Lindor has a multi-hit night to break a three-game 1-for-12 (.125) mini-slump.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, DH) – 2-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – The RBI Machine keeps rolling along, increasing his Triple-A season total to 77 Friday.
  • Kyle Davies (Columbus, SP) – ND, 5 IP, 11 H, 5 R (all earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP – It’s a testament to how well the Clipper offense performed on Friday that Davies took the no-decision in this one.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Columbus, RP) – 1 IP, 1 H – The lone bright spot of the evening on the mound for the Clippers Friday.
  • Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – Not a typical ATF-worthy stat line, but he made three incredible defensive plays at first, including an unassisted double play to (mercifully) end the top of the 7th.
  • Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) – 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Wendle wasn’t the only RubberDuck to have a multiple extra-base hit night.
  • Will Roberts (Akron, SP) – ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (all earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP – Most of the negative aspects of this outing (including the fact that he couldn’t stay in longer) can be traced to a rough first inning.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) – 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Medina’s three-hit night ends a three-game 1-for-15 (.067) stretch.
  • Logan Vick (Carolina, CF) – 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K – Vick has the lone multi-run game of the night for the Mudcats.
  • Ryan Merritt (Carolina, SP) – ND, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP – On the Night of No Decisions, Merritt has a solid outing undone by…
  • Grant Sides (Carolina, RP) – L (4-2), 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K – Not a bad outing, just short of perfection when perfection was needed.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) – 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K – Nellie-Rod had the only extra-base hit of the night for the Captains.
  • Sicnarf Loopstok (Lake County, C) – 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB – Loopstok scored their only run.
  • Paul Hendrix (Lake County, 3B) – 1-4, 1 RBI, 3 K – Hendrix drove him in.
  • Anderson Polanco (Lake County, SP) – ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 8 K, 1 WP – Another game, another no decision.
  • Greg Allen (Mahoning Valley, RF) – 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Allen puts a six-game 1-for-21 (.048) stretch behind him in grand fashion.
  • Ordomar Valdez (Mahoning Valley, 3B) – 2-3, 2 R, 1 SB – Valdez has his first multi-hit night in a week.
  • David Speer (Mahoning Valley, SP) – W (3-1), 5 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – Finally, a starter getting a decision.  Even better, it’s a win.
  • J.P. Feyereisen (Mahoning Valley, CP) – S (4), 1 IP, perfect, 3 K – Feyereisen strikes out the side in order for the save.

User Comments

Tony
August 31, 2014 - 1:58 AM EDT
I'm not so sure Wendle is still a top 20 guy, especially after some of the guys picked up in the draft, his step back this year and some others emerging/solidifying their status. He just may be still be in the top 20, but he is certainly going to slip some in the rankings. Just how far remains to be seen.
Young at heart
August 30, 2014 - 8:25 PM EDT
Good luck to the Clippers in the playoffs but I bet a $100.00 they have to do it without either Adams or Price. The Indians can use the young arms (no disrespect to Giambi) and those are the two best in the farm for middle relief or even a spot closer.
LaborDayWeekendLaughs
August 30, 2014 - 5:53 PM EDT
Whenever I need a good chuckle, I can always count on "pathofkindness" for a large dose of humor. Talk about a high bullshit quotient. Thanks for all you do to let everyone know how big an imbecile you truly are.
Homer
August 30, 2014 - 5:25 PM EDT
I'm not a huge Wendle fan but I disagree. He's been fairly solid at AA, but missed valuable time to injury -- that's unfortunate. I could see him out of the system next yr, but only through a trade. He's an offensive oriented 2b, always has been in my book. I think he's a legit prospect, fringe top 10, maybe top 15 with some of the new blood added this yr. Assuming JRam is graduated, maybe Aguiler he might have a shot at the top 10.
Tony
August 30, 2014 - 4:41 PM EDT
Fyi, but Zimmer and Brady are being promoted to Lake County. They will be there for the playoffs and maybe even for the regular season games on sunday or monday. Been saying this would happen for a few weeks so it is good to see both will get a little experience at low-A this season. Zimmer probably goes on to high-A next season but Brady should be in the Lake County rotation to start next year.
pathofkindness
August 30, 2014 - 4:31 PM EDT
Nice to see Wendle raking it after returning from injury, but still, the guy is going to get passed over really quickly. I predict he's out of the prospect picture by the end of next year, as I think his path will be very similar to Cord Phelps. He's getting old (24 at AA), he doesn't have any versatility re position, he doesn't get on base at a high rate, he isn't a great fielder, and in fact, doesn't do anything particularly well. He's definitely not a top ten prospect in any good system, even a mediocre but improving Tribe system. Maybe he's top 20, but his prospect light is fading fast...
Walter
August 30, 2014 - 1:50 PM EDT
I hope we have realistic expectations for Merritt next year when he pitches in Akron. Anderson had a great year in 13 at Carolina. Look what has happen to him this year, in which he has had a tough year with Rubber Ducks.

art
August 30, 2014 - 1:18 PM EDT
Another good outing by Ryan Merritt. He leads the Carolina League in wins, by a good margin, is 3rd in strikeouts. Among the pitchers with at least 100 innings, he is 2nd in WHIP and 4th in ERA.
DaveS
August 30, 2014 - 12:30 PM EDT
A very solid year by David Speer at Mahoning Valley. 2.74 ERA with a 47K to 8BB ratio in 42.2 innings. Keep an eye on this lefty in the future.
Tondo
August 30, 2014 - 10:19 AM EDT
Polanco actually took of since starting: in 6 starts 27.2 IP, 14H, 32:8 K:BB. Pretty impressive.

I really like Wendle, but after this draft and the emergence of SS/3B Chang, I see him more in the 11-15 range, although he didn't do anything to hurt his ranking. Just some higher ceiling guys entering the scene.

And I agree with the numbers and depth. Good problem to have indeed
Homer
August 30, 2014 - 10:13 AM EDT
Tondo,

I'd say Wendle might still be a top 10 guy. I haven't looked over the rankings recently but he should still get consideration there. There are probably 50 guys to consider for the top thirty and 70 for the top 50. I great problem to have. Considering the number of rookies seeing time with the Tribe this season and the volume of talent that's in the system...I'd say, this (depth) is a great problem to have. The farm system may not produce mega stars, but as long as it keeps churning out talent this club will have some serious options moving forward.

Polanco's production as a RP had been solid - although he walked a lot of batters in previous yrs. It's great to see him transitioning into the starting rotation. He's soon to be 22 so there's still plenty of upside there.

Really like the Feyereisen pick. I'm not sure why he hasn't gotten a bump up LC - he's been absolutely lights out. That may still be in the cards as the season draws to a close. I think he has 16IP 1BB 8H 23K and a perfect 0.00 ERA. It's hard not to like those numbers...
Tondo
August 30, 2014 - 9:25 AM EDT
Too bad Wendle was injured, but he's still a top 20 guy.

This Polanco kid is a nice surprise. Could turn into a top prospect, if he performs like this in Carolina next season. He has some strange reverse splits, so there's some real upside for more in him.

Looks like the Indians found another BP gem in Feyereisen. He's been almost unhittable

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