Around the Farm: August 6, 2013
By Jim Pete
August 7, 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.
Bryson Myles: LF, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K:
Bryson Myles may be the most intriguing prospect in the entire Indians' system. When the speedy outfielder has been healthy, he's showcased some of the best upside of any prospect not named Lindor. The former big time Texas football prospect is showcasing that talent daily in Carolina. While his numbers weren't the best in the system on Tuesday night, he did up his hit streak to 18 games, which is the longest hit streak in the Tribe's entire system this year. He also did it in grand fashion, hitting a game-winning, two-run triple, which kept the Muddies tied for first place in the second half chase for the playoffs. Myles is really starting to flash some skill, and really just needs to stay healthy next year to potentially make a big move, from Double-to-Triple A.
- Matt LaPorta: DH, Columbus: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: The Columbus Clippers managed to put up one run, and it was all thanks to one Matt LaPorta. LaPorta’s days with the organization are certainly numbered, so it’s good to see the former top prospect getting a big hit. Of course, the Clippers offense did absolutely nothing else in support of Trevor Bauer.
- Trevor Bauer: SP, Columbus: L (5-5): 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 2 HR: Bauer continues to struggle with control, as he has all season. Over his last 16 1/3 innings, he’s walked 13, and struck out 10. He threw 112 pitches overall, and only 68 were strikes. He has to find that efficiency to reclaim a top spot in the prospect rankings.
- Bryan Price: RP, Columbus: 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 4 K, 1 HR: Price is a guy a lot of stat watchers are liking right now, and he really has come around this season. The former Red Sox prospect, who came over in the same deal that brought the Indians Justin Masterson and Nick Hagadone, gave up his first earned run since July 4th.
- Jesus Aguilar: 1B, Akron: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB: Aguilar upped his hit streak to ten games, but the better sign is that he’s hit four homers over that stretch, and seems to be regaining some of that power that folks were worrying about earlier in the season. He’s walked seven times during the hit streak, while striking out only three times.
- Carlos Moncrief: RF, Akron: 2-for-4: Moncrief only hit two singles, but his hot summer continued. He’s 4-for-8 over his last two games, and still has the average over .300. He is striking out a bit more, but has clearly improved his approach at the plate.
- Jake Lowery: C, Akron: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI: Lowery hit his first homer since July 7th, but continues to play solid baseball offensively at Double A. He’s not a top prospect by any stretch, but he’s an interesting player to watch if he can continue to hit at the upper levels.
- Matt Packer: SP, Akron: L (10-7): 2 1/3 IP, 12 H, 10 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 HR: Well, there really isn’t much to say about this one, other than to say it’s an outlier compared to the rest of his starts this season. Still, not good, but his overall ERA is only 3.29 AFTER getting bombed. So that should let you know how good he’s pitched this year.
- Shawn Armstrong: RP, Akron: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Armstrong is one of the better young relief arms in the entire system, but hasn’t been able to get on track in 2013 after being injured to start the season off. This was a positive outing, but the hope is he’ll be back to his old self at the beginning of next year, if not sooner.
- Austin Adams: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 K: Adams was efficient, and continued a resurgent year with his one perfect inning.
- Trey Haley: RP, Akron: 1 IP, 1 K: Haley matched Adams with a perfect inning of his own. He really needs to stay healthy, but like Adams, is an electric arm.
- Jordan Smith: RF, Carolina: 1-for-2, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB: Be honest. How many of you knew that Smith has 17 stolen bases? No, he’s not a speed demon, but he’s a solid baserunner, and a good all-around ball player. If he could just showcase some power, he’d have tremendous upside, but he just hasn’t done that yet.
- Joe Wendle: 2B, Carolina: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K: Wendle is tied for sixth in the league with 26 doubles. He’s seven behind the league leader, and he’s played in at least 20 games less than all those ahead of him except for one player, Jeremy Farrell, who has two more doubles than he does, in 18 more games.
- Bryson Myles: LF, Carolina: 1-for-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K: Myles upped his hit streak to 18 games in grand fashion, hitting a game-winning, two run triple. Myles is really starting to flash some potential…now that he’s healthy.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Carolina: 3-for-4: Sabourin does what he does, and that’s get hits. He’s 5-for-11 in August, after a terrible month of July, in which he hit only .167.
- Francisco Valera: RP, Carolina: W (2-3), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Valera relieved Joe Colon after six middling innings, and stole the win.
- LeVon Washington and Dorssys Paulino: CF/SS, Lake County: 0-for-8, 1 K: There won’t be many games in which these two fail to get on base…even with Paulino’s offensive struggles this year.
- Logan Vick: RF, Lake County: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB: Vick’s had a nice season so far, hitting .278, with 23 doubles and 25 stolen bases.
- Todd Hankins: 2B, Lake County: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB: The speed specialist really hasn’t hit much anywhere, but when he gets on base, he can really create some mayhem.
- Dylan Baker: SP, Lake County: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R/2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR: The Alaska native rebounded nicely from three rough starts in July, with two solid starts in August. It’s not been perfect for Baker, but he is showing a nice make-up for a starter moving forward.
- Grant Sides: Closer, Lake County: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1: Sides pitched like garbage in Carolina, but he’s been light’s out in his time with Lake County over the past month. He’s saved four games over his last six, and has a 0.63 ERA, while striking out 19 in 14 1/3 innings. He still struggles a bit with control at times, but good to see Sides working things out.
- Martin Cervenka: C, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B: The Czech catcher has been terrible offensively, so it’s always good to see a bit of extra-base offense from the youngster.
- Cody Ferrell: CF, Mahoning Valley: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB: Ferrell was a free agent signing out of Oklahoma City University, and he’s really nothing more than minor league fill, but this was one of his better games with the Tribe.
- Kenny Mathews: SP, Mahoning Valley: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K: The 2013 seventh rounder has really been making an early name for himself, as he’s dominated the New York-Penn League since joining the Scrappers in July. He’s given up only three runs since he’s turned pro, and has shown pinpoint control. In 19 innings, he’s struck out 19, and walked only two.
- Clint Frazier: CF, AZL Indians: 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 K: The AZL Tribe had only four hits total, and Frazier had two of them. He hit his fifth triple in only 26 games. Of course, he only has four doubles overall, so I’m not really sure what that means.
- Mitch Brown: SP, AZL Indians: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K: Brown has been all over the place this year, but he was fairly dominant on Tuesday, with undoubtedly his best appearance of the season. Brown has a bunch of upside, and at only 19, has a long way to go to reach the goal.
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Any chance that Adams and Haley be looked again as starters in 2014, or has that ship sailed for good?