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Around the Farm: August 4, 2014

Around the Farm: August 4, 2014
Jordan Carter (Photo: IBI)
August 5, 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, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina and rookie level Arizona were all off on Monday.

Jordan Carter (SP, Mahoning Valley): 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. This was another strong outing for Carter, and is his second straight outing where he has gone over three innings and pitched into at least the fifth inning. In his first eight appearances he pitched out of the bullpen or in a piggyback situation but had not started a game and the numbers were nice with a 2.14 ERA and .195 BAA. But since being inserted into the starting rotation for his last two appearances he has yielded just 1 run in 9.2 innings and has not walked a batter while striking out 6. He’s a command and control artist much like a Josh Tomlin. He still has his work cut out for him to distinguish himself as a prospect in the system, but he’s off to a nice pro debut and really making a name for himself with his consistency.

  • James Ramsey (CF, Columbus): 0-for-3, 3 K, HBP. Ramsey went for the hat trick with three strikeouts in his only three official at bats on the evening. The one plate appearance where he did not strikeout he was hit by a pitch, so it was a tough night all around for him. He is just 1-for-16 since joining the Indians.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 0-for-3, BB, 2 K. Aguilar is having a solid season overall (.277 AVG, .838 OPS) and aside from one awful month of May when he hit .183 with a .577 OPS, he has been over an .800 OPS every month.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 1-for-4, 2B, K. Urshela had the only extra base hit on the night for the Clippers, a game where they were held to a measly four hits and were shutout. He’s played rather well over his last 10 games hitting .361 with a 1.050 OPS and 4-5 walk to strikeout ratio. What a year he is having.
  • Zach Walters (DH, Columbus): 1-for-4. Walters was limited to just a single in four at bats and now has a hit in all four games he has played with the Clippers. Contrary to Ramsey, he is off to a good start with his new team going 8-for-18 at the plate in four games.
  • Tyler Cloyd (SP, Columbus): 7.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR. Fresh off his no-hitter his last time out, Cloyd was much more human this time around surrendering a high amount of hits and baserunners. That said, he pitched deep into the game, competed and threw 74 of his 100 pitches for strikes.
  • Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Pestano has been very good for Columbus this season posting a 1.78 ERA, .209 BAA and 37 strikeouts in 30.1 innings over 32 appearances there this season. While he has unfortunately slid into a depth pen arm role, he should get another shot in Cleveland when rosters expand in September – if not earlier.
  • Claudio Bautista (2B, Lake County): 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 K. Bautista has a promising bat for a middle infielder, some versatility, and can run a little bit, but if he doesn’t develop a better approach at the plate (8 BB, 83 K) he is not going to get much higher than High-A.
  • Mike Papi (RF, Lake County): 0-for-4, K. Papi has the approach, but has had a hard time getting things going in his pro debut. In 14 games with the Captains he is now just 5-for-49 at the plate (.102) with just one extra base hit. He does have a nice 8-11 walk to strikeout ratio and he has put up quality at bats, so the hope is that it is but a matter of time before he gets rolling offensively.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, 2 2B, K. Haase’s power numbers have tailed off considerably in the second half as he has just two homers and nine total extra base hits (.299 ISO) in 28 second half games compared to the 12 homers and 22 extra base hits (.121 ISO) in 44 first half games.
  • Paul Hendrix (SS, Lake County): 1-for-3, K. Hendrix continues to put forth a solid season by reaching base in two of his four plate appearances in this game. He now has a .376 on-base percentage, .466 slugging percentage and .178 isolated power percentage – a very good numbers from a middle infielder.
  • Dace Kime (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Kime took the loss in this one and dropped to 6-13 on the season. He continues to work this season on his conversion to a starter’s role and there have been a lot of bumps along the way, but he continues to work hard and develop his five day routine, the command of his breaking ball and trust in his fastball.
  • Anderson Polanco (RP, Lake County): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Polanco is a guy often overlooked as a relief prospect, but is someone people should keep their eye on as a solid lefty pen prospect. While command is something he is still working on, he gets strikeouts and limits good contact off him.
  • Trevor Frank (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Frank has had a very nice season as the main backend arm for the Captains with 10 saves and a 2.98 ERA and .220 BAA. His seven strikeouts for every one walk is impressive.
  • Greg Allen (CF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4. After a rough July where Allen only hit .207 with a .612 OPS in 24 games, Allen was happy to see the calendar flip to August as he is hitting .438 with a .971 in four games. He has been filling in at center field while Bradley Zimmer sits out and has been undergoing a few tests after a face first collision into the outfield wall a few nights ago.
  • Leo Castillo (1B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, R, BB, K. Castillo continues to rake and perform very well of late as he has a strong .324/.390/.541 slash line over  his last 10 games. His confidence is soaring and perhaps he is finally putting it all together at the plate.
  • Juan De La Cruz (RF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, K. De La Cruz provided the fireworks for the Scrappers with his three-run homer in the fourth that proved to be the game-winner in their 4-1 win. He was a catcher until this season and has mostly played first base at Mahoning Valley. He has played right field the last two games because Josh McAdams fractured his hand and David Armendariz is still en route to the team from Arizona.
  • Luke Eubank (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Eubank has now made 11 appearances with Mahoning Valley and in 14.0 innings has allowed 16 hits, no homers, 3 walks and has 14 strikeouts. Those are some strong numbers in the early going and he looks to be getting stronger each time out.
  • J.P. Feyereisen (RP, Mahoning Valley): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Feyereisen is off to a very strong pro debut as he has now recorded three saves. In seven appearances he has yet to allow a run in 9.1 innings and has allowed just 5 hits, 1 walk and has a whopping 14 strikeouts.

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User Comments

Roger
August 5, 2014 - 11:11 PM EDT
tony in the right ball park would tomlin have any trad value? Seattle safeco field might be a fit for him. he is just not gonna get it done in cleveland to many homers allowed. we are not a team that can operate from that far behind. i know that tito and company personally like josh but his numbers indicate that he isnt thrifty enough with the dingers.
yourtribe
August 5, 2014 - 10:18 PM EDT
heck yeah, give carlos another shot. what do we have to lose?
liquid pencil
August 5, 2014 - 9:28 PM EDT
i don't see anyone in AAA but - as mentioned in other spots on this site... but is it time to give Carrasco another shot?
yourtribe
August 5, 2014 - 7:39 PM EDT
I see Tomlin needs to join Zach. Anyone in AAA we can give a shot?
Roger
August 5, 2014 - 4:44 PM EDT
i know this is a day early but zac mac blew the pawsox away again. 6-0 1.87 era and today 1 h no er
7 innings. does the tribe have a shrink employed who can get inside zac's head. My god he has been lights out in C-bus in that band box of a ball park yet he cant seem to locate in the big leagues and that has never been a problem before and not sure if he can find it in columbus he looks like he is just overpowering every team he goes up against. calling dr kildare
Tony
August 5, 2014 - 11:18 AM EDT
The 30-50 players the Indians prioritize is kept confidential, though I have a good idea who most of them are. I did see this list one time about 4 years ago.....very interesting and something I wish I could share. Especially with how they stack players and list guys on the bubble and as fill ins and such. An eye opener.
Walter
August 5, 2014 - 10:56 AM EDT
The part I dont understand is why the Indians are batting Ramsey lead off. Did he lead off in the Cardinal system? You could tell he is pressing to show he was worth trading for. They should move him down the lineup bat him around #6.

The 50 players that Indians prioritize are not necessarily rank 1-50 in 2014 Indians Baseball Insider? Do they keep that list confidential or you do have a good idea of who are those 50 players?
Hiram
August 5, 2014 - 9:58 AM EDT
I understand where you coming from Tony
Trollfan10
August 5, 2014 - 9:57 AM EDT
Michael Brantley didn't hit a homerun yesterday...duhh....send him to Lake County. Mike Papi didn't get a hit, release him. duhhhh..
Tony
August 5, 2014 - 9:24 AM EDT
Hiram, the reality is that over half of drafts picks each year are not prospects. I mean, all players are prospects, but an organization maybe only prioritizes about 50 total players in their system. They place those players where they should be and then everyone else around them. Every players gets a shot to step and become of of those priority guys, but at any given time only about 50 are ones that have true value to the organization.....and I have heard sometimes as low as 30 guys. So with that in mind, when you are a mid-round pick, a college senior signing, don't have a lot of prospect pedigree and don't have plus stuff on the mound....well, that's why you have a long way to go....especially when the upside is limited.
Sternfna10
August 5, 2014 - 9:04 AM EDT
Paulino-has any player lost more value in the past year and a half than Paulino? This guy went from being a top tier prospect to becoming a guy that should not be playing everyday.

Papi: Pull the plug, send him to MV, they are going to wreck this kids confidence by allowing him to get destroyed at LC.

Kime-Is definitly a ham and egger type of prospect! Struggling at Low A, is a sign that this guy may be better suited to a bullpen role.

De La Cruz-Yep he homered last night, but why is he still getting at bats the guy simply cannot hit and the Indians are wasting time and at bats on him.

FIsher-Looks like fill material for the Tribe, no bat to speak of, drafted way to ohigh.

Feyereisen-Move this guy up, he is not challenged at his current level

Ramsey-There is a reason the Cards gave up on this guy, 3 at bats last night and 3 K's as the leadoff man.
Hiram
August 5, 2014 - 8:38 AM EDT
Tony,

this Feyereisen kid has been very impressive. Why do you think Carter has a ways to go to establish himself as a prospect? It seems as though he's doing well in what they are asking him to do.

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