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Around the Farm: August 5, 2014

Around the Farm: August 5, 2014
Zach McAllister (Photo: Columbus Dispatch)
August 6, 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, Mahoning Valley was off on Tuesday.

Zach McAllister (Columbus, SP) - W (6-0), 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R (unearned), 3 BB, 6 K - McAllister dominates Pawtucket Red Sox hitting to remain perfect (six wins in seven outings, and the seventh was a game where he threw four scoreless innings to start the game but didn't make it the required five innings to earn the individual win in Columbus.  He is clearly making a case for yet another return to the Big Club, possibility given the revolving door nature of the backend of the Indians rotation.  The key, however, will be if he can translate some of his Columbus form to the major league level in Cleveland.

Michael Bourn (Akron, starting CF) - 0-3, 1 K - The good news:  Bourn is getting at-bats in and apparently feeling no ill effects from his injury.  The bad news:  you would expect more than an effort like this against Double-A pitching from a guy before you put him in a major league lineup on an eveyday basis. He is expected to be on a rehab assignment for a few more days so hopefully his timing comes back soon.

  • Dusty Brown (Columbus, C) - 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E -Dusty made his Indians organization debut in grand style on Tuesday night with a two-homer effort.  Right now, Columbus is the best of both worlds for a minor league baseball fan, stellar prospects and enough solid veterans to keep the team at the top of the standings.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - The RBI Machine rolls along, picking up his 65th of the season on a solo shot in the eighth for his 15th homer of the year.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 1-2, 2 BB, 1 K - Gio Urshela's bat and eye combine for a solid night at the plate.
  • Zach Walters (Columbus, LF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K - Walters is off to an incredible start in the Indians organization, posting a .455/.455/.818 slash line with 2 HR and 8 RBI in his first five games in the system (all with the Clippers).  While these numbers won't stay this high in the long run, they are hopefully an indicator of what he is capable of and not merely a total fluke.
  • Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, 2B) - 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K - Ciriaco extends his hitting streak to three with his first multi-hit night in a week.
  • Austin Adams (Columbus, RP) - H (5), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - Austin recovers from a rough outing his last time out to return to his usual form and make it nine scoreless appearances in his last ten.
  • C.C. Lee (Columbus, CP) - S (3), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Just C.C. being C.C.. as he extends his shutout streak to 6.0 IP in 5 outings.
  • Anthony Gallas (Akron, DH) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB - Gallas makes it back-to-back games with multiple hits, even if Tuesday night's outing wasn't as spectacular as his three-hit, three-RBI day on Sunday at Harrisburg (Nationals).
  • Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R - LaHair's feast or famine offensive pattern continues as nine of his last ten games have been either multi-hit or hitless.  He needs to start showing some more consistency between the huge outings like last night.
  • Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, Picked Off 1 time - While he had only one hit on the night, ihe had a big two-run double in the bottom of the third to tie the game up at two runs apiece.
  • Duke von Schamann (Akron, SP) - W (6-6), 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R  (both earned), 4 K,1 HR allowed - Von Schamann makes it four straight solid outings in a row.  Maybe the Duke of Canal Park is starting to turn things around.
  • Elvis Araujo (Akron, RP) - H (1), 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K - Araujo continues to dominate Eastern League hitting, extending his scoreless treak to eight games and 9.0 innings.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron, CP) - S (13), 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Armstrong strikes out the side to pick up his 13th save of the season.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, LF) - 2-4, 1 K - The Undrafted Wonder makes it two multi-hit nights in his last three and three in his last five ballgames.
  • Alex Monsalve (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Monsalve has a multi-extra-base hit, multi-RBI night.  While such nights have been uncommon from Monsalve, that still doesn't diminish this effort's worthiness.
  • Logan Vick (Carolina, RF) - 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B - Hopefully, this is the beginning of a turnaround for Vick, whose last ten games batting average just reached the Mendoza Line with last night's huge outing.
  • Cole Sulser (Carolina, SP) - L (4-10), 4.1, 10 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Sulser seems to be alternating between mediocre outings and terrible ones.  While the bullpen has, rightly, been portrayed as the weak spot of the Mudcat pitching staff, it is obvious that the rotation has been inconsistent as well.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 E - Nellie-Rod remains unstoppable at the plate as his last ten games' slash line is now at .324/.425/.647 with 3 HR and 7 RBI.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, LF) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Paulino ends a three-game hitless streak with his first multi hit game in eight days.
  • Brian Ruiz (Lake County, DH) - 2-3 - Ruiz has been batting .333 in his last ten games, but it is a product of four multi-hit games and four hitless games (including a two-game hitless streak entering last night's action).  The performance is there.  Hopefully, the consistency follows.
  • Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) - ND, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Lugo has his best outing since mid-June and almost sees it undone by poor run support.
  • Justin Brantley (Lake County, RP) - W (3-0), BS (2), 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K - Normally, I have an issie with the blown save and win being earned by the same player, but I will make an exception in this case as he blew the save allowing an inherited runner to score and thus wouldn't have taken the loss if the Captains didn't come back in the bottom of the eighth.  Heck, if he had come in to start the ninth inning, he'd have earned the save.
  • Bobby Ison (Arizona League, CF) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Ison extends his hitting streak to six games (with multiple hits in each of his last three games), a period in which he is posting a .393 (11-for-28) batting average (he is 7-for-13 for a .538 BA during his three-game multiple-hit streak).
  • Francisco Miguel (Arizona League, RF) - 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Miguel has his fourth multi-hit, multi-RBI night in his last ten ballgames.
  • Willi Castro (Arizona League, 2B) - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E - This is the type of night we need to see from the struggling Castro (who was 4-for-28 [.143] in his last nine games before last night) more often.
  • Jodd Carter (Arizona League, LF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly, 1 SB - Carter is now posting a .325/.372/.403 slash line with 10 RBI and 5 SB in 23 games on the AZL season and a .421/.452/.579 slash with 7 RBI and 3 SB in his ten most recent ballgames.  Arizona League pitching has tried to stop him and they have ended up kneeling before General Jodd.
  • Sicnarf Loopstok (Arizona League, starting C) - 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB - Loopstok starts his 2014 season in grand fashion at the plate and not quite as grand of fashion behind it.
  • Casey Shane (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R (3 earned), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP - While the defense didn't exactly help matters, this was hardly a good outing, either.
  • Johan Puello (Arizona League, RP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 5 R (3 earned), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - See above.
  • Cortland Cox (Arizona League, RP) - L (2-1), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned) - Talk about a tough-luck loser.  The first two pitchers put up the numbers listed above and Cortland takes the loss for giving up one lousy run at the wrong time.  Too bad the loss couldn't be charged to Shane or Puello (or both) on scorers' discretion.

User Comments

yourtribe
August 6, 2014 - 10:16 PM EDT
MOVE UP GOMES!!!! How much longer must I say it?????
Walter
August 6, 2014 - 10:09 PM EDT
Good to see Loopstock make a great debut at the plate. We were wondering what happened to him. Also Wendle has started his rehab to get back to Akron last night.
Tony
August 6, 2014 - 4:11 PM EDT
Dusty Brown is a free agent the Indians picked up a few days ago...
Chip
August 6, 2014 - 4:03 PM EDT
Who is Dusty Brown and where did he come from?
Tony
August 6, 2014 - 3:30 PM EDT
There is really nothing that Marcum can do at this point this season to lock down a spot for next season.
MT88 in WI
August 6, 2014 - 3:21 PM EDT
I see the performances by Tomlin and McAllister and I have flashbacks to Mad Max Beyond ThunderDome.... "Two men enter, one man leaves..... two men enter, one man leaves"

Hopefully Marcum returns to health and can lock down a rotation spot for next season....
Seth
August 6, 2014 - 2:30 PM EDT
I really doubt McAllister can do anything to get a call up at least before rosters expand. They were stretching out Carrasco, so, he probably gets one more shot.
Sternfan10
August 6, 2014 - 2:04 PM EDT
Frazier is starting to trend towards a low average guy

Nellie-I cannot believe the Indians have not put him into a nutrition program

Fink-Not going to make it

Brantley-Why is he still at LC, move him up to Carolina

Loopstick-This guy should of been getting at bats to begin with

Bradley-Move him to the Valley

Vick-Why is he still getting any at bats?

Sulser-Needs to go to the pen

Ronny Rodriguez-His ship has sailed, no longer a viable prospect

VOn Schamann-Why do people think he is a prospect?

Ramsey-Boy is this guy a windmill, 8 at bats and 4 k's

Dusty Brown-Who is this guy

McAllister-He will be pawned off in the offseason

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