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Around the Farm: July 1, 2014

Around the Farm: July 1, 2014
Anthony Gallas (Photo: AIP Photo)
July 2, 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.

Anthony Gallas (Akron, LF) - 4-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI - Gallas' incredible night on Tuesday is representative of how he has performed at the plate since getting the callup from advanced Single-A Carolina.  He is now batting (.410/.405/.641) in his last ten games and (.397/.390/.685) in 18 games at the Double-A level for the RubberDucks.  This is especially impressive when you consider that he only batted .276/.331/.480 in 58 games for the Mudcats.  While he won't stay this hot forever, hopefully he is able to carry his strong Double-A performance through the rest of the season. If he does, then who knows, he just may have a shot to so someday reach the highest level of professional baseball.

  • Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI - Hopefully this second three-hit effort in as many games marks a returm to his strong form he displayed immediately following his call up from Double-A  Akron.
  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, DH) - 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB - Even on a one-hit night, the RBI Machine drives in two.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI - Gio Urshela continues to hit well recently as his last 10 slash line is now .357/.386/.714.
  • Zach McAllister (Columbus, SP) - W (4-0), 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R (all earned), 0 BB, 9 K - McAllister keeps his Triple-A record unblemished and has a strong outing. He looks to be ready for a recall to the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
  • Mark Lowe (Columbus, RP) - S (10), 1 IP, perfect, 3 K - Lowe gets all three Bats hitters swinging in the top of the seventh to close out the rain-shortened contest.
  • Jake Lowery (Akron, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K - Lowery has a solid night highlighted by a two-out, three-run homer to right in the top of the fourth inning.
  • Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI - Smith now has five multi-hit nights in his last seven and is batting .342/.375/.474 in his last 10 games.
  • Gabriel Arias (Akron, SP) - W (6-2), 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB - A pretty typical Arias outing.  While his performance in Double-A is nice to see, he is going to have to do a better job of keep runners off base in the upper levels in order to continue pitching well.
  • Louis Head (Akron, RP) - 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (earned), 2 K, 1 HR allowed - Head's recent form has been feast or famine.  While the six scoreless outings out of his last 10 are a good sign, he needs to keep the rough nights from getting out of control.
  • Enosil Tejeda (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Enosil rebounds nicely from a bad night in his last outing on Friday against Harrisburg (Nationals) at Canal Park.
  • Joe Sever (Carolina, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K - Sever continues his recent solid form (.302/.348/.349 in his last 10 games).
  • Yandy Diaz (Carolina, 3B) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB - Diaz's plate disipline and bat have both been solid as of late, as eveidenced by his .333 BA and .600 OBP in his last 10 ganes.  The pop has been lacking though, as his SLG is also .333.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Again, we all know that the Undrafted Wonder can hit at the High-A level.  The two question surrounding his career in the Indians org now are whether he can translate that to the Double-A level and if he will get another chance there.
  • Alex Monsalve (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K - As impressive as four RBI in a game is, it is made even more impressive by the fact that all four came with two outs.
  • Shawn Morimando (Carolina, SP) - W (8-2), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP, 1 BK - Morimando's third straight solid outing was one bad pitch away from being a scoreless one.
  • Clayton Cook (Carolina, RP) - 3 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K - Cook continues to work his way back from injury. He allowed a lot of baserunners but worked his way out of trouble.
  • Grant Sides (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 1 K - Sides' six-game (6.0 IP) scoreless streak comes to an end.
  • Paul Hendrix (Lake County, SS) -  0-1, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 Sac Fly - Hendrix's plate disipline is one of the few noteworthy things about this anemic offensive effort by the Captains.
  • Torsten Boss (Lake County, RF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Torsten's fifth-inning solo shot is another.
  • Luis Lugo (Lake County, SP) - L (5-7), 4.2 IP, 12 H, 7 R (6 earned), 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR allowed - Lugo's season hasn't exactly been one that has been impressive from an ERA perspective, but he continues to rack up strikeouts.
  • Alexis Paredes (Lake County, RP) - 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - Another case of a pitcher who can't keep bad outings from becoming ugly.
  • James Stokes (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - Stokes shows the kind of form that earned him the call-up from Short-Season Single-A Mahoning Valley.
  • Ben Heller (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 3 K - Heller strikes out the side to extend his scoreless streak to nine outings totaling 12.2 IP.
  • Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - Zimmer has his best offensive night yet as a pro (admittedly a small sample size as it was only his fifth professional game).
  • Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, C) - 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K - Mejia increasees his short season RBI total to 12 in 17 games driving in both Scrapper runs on the night.
  • Taylor Murphy (Mahoning Valley, DH) - 2-4, 1 K, Caught Stealing 1 time - Taylor continues to hit well as Tuesday night's effort raises his slash line to .370/.433/.407 in 7 games.  Not a bad start to a pro career.
  • Sean Brady (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP - Brady has his first rough outing of the season.  Hopefully, this is just a bump in the road for him and not a sign of things to come.
  • Jose Zapata (Mahoning Valley, RP) - L (0-1), 1.2 IP, 5 H,3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 BK - See above.
  • Alexis Pantoja (Arizona League, 2B) - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - A big night at the plate for Pantoja, who came into the night at .280/.357/.320 in his first seven professional games.  A bit of 2014 MLB Draft trivia:  Pantoja is the only signed Indians draft pick from this season who could be sent down to the DSL ballclub (Puerto Rican residents are the only draft-eligible players who can be assigned to the Dominican or Venezuelan Summer Leagues).
  • Bobby Bradley (Arizona League, 1B) - 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K - You know a game is long when a player gets a hat trick for strikeouts even in a three-hit effort.
  • Trey Haley (Arizona League, SP) - 0.1 IP, perfect - Yep, haley was pulled after facing only the leadoff hitter.  I hope this is not injury-related, but fear it is.
  • Leandro Linares (Arizona League, RP) - 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP - Normally, the longest outing of the game coming in the middle of the game (fourth through eighth innings) would be unusual, but this is the Arizona League.
  • Randy Valladares (Arizona League, RP) - L (0-1), 3.1 IP, 4H, 3 R (2 earned), 3 BB (1 intentional), 2 K, 1 HBP - Valladares' first rough pro outing costs the A-Tribe the game.
  • Johan Puello (Arizona League, RP) - 0.2 IP, perfect, 1 K - Puello still has yet to allow an earned run, despite having allowed four unearned runs in his first two outings and an unearned inherited run on a throwing error by catcher Li-Jen Chu tonight.

User Comments

Rich
July 4, 2014 - 8:40 AM EDT
Urshela at 3rd and Chisenhall at 1st? I like it, but that puts Santana at DH, so where does that leave Jesus Aguilar?

I'm assuming we release Giambi and bench Swisher in this scenario.

I agree that Perez will probably replace Koutaris/Santana as the backup catcher next year.
Chip
July 2, 2014 - 6:20 PM EDT
Rich, Perez is not another LaPorta or Marte because of his position and defensive quality. He only has to hit "a little" to be a useful big league backup. I think it's easy to see that he brings more quality than say a Lou Marson.

After the Swisher debacle is over, I can see Urshela manning 3B while Lonnie moves to 1B. I'm ready for that to happen soon, but that is wishful thinking. I guarantee that Urshela can atleast hover around the mendoza line which is almost 20 points higher than Swisher's average all the while playing gold glove caliber defense at 3B.
Tony
July 2, 2014 - 3:21 PM EDT
Gallas is not a "legit" prospect. He's a good player and someone who I think has a chance to have a long career in the minors....but is going to be hardpressed to get to the big leagues. He's going to have to hit a ton from here on out to get consideration. I like the comparison to Jared Goedert.....and look how he has been stuck in Tripe-A for a half decade. You always hope for the best with any of these players, but he is 26 years old and doesn't have a lot of pedigree. The odds are very much against him....though he's a guy I would never count out because of who he is.
Walter
July 2, 2014 - 11:10 AM EDT
Pantoja is of to good start hitting. I thought the scouting report on him that he is weak hitting shortstop. With Lindor, Myles, Naquin, and Wendle be out, Jordan Smith has picked up his game and is producing.

Urshela this year is showing that he might be the real deal. I think Roberto Perez should be the current back up catcher to Gomes.
Hiram
July 2, 2014 - 11:00 AM EDT
Tony,

is Anthony Gallas a legit prospect??
Nikolaos
July 2, 2014 - 10:21 AM EDT
They really need to promote Morimando, Merritt, Joe Colon and Levon Washington. Good to see Jordan Smith starting to really pick it up.
Homer
July 2, 2014 - 10:11 AM EDT
Gio. Urshela is quietly good. He's a guy I've said, will be at least a backup big leaguer with an avg. bat. I suspect he could become a starting 3b. Perhaps as soon as next yr. Another thought here, consider his age for the level he's played at, he's always been pretty young for the level. At 22, he's younger than some of the recent draft pks. I think we are getting a glimpse of the player he can become at the big league level.
art
July 2, 2014 - 9:40 AM EDT
Urshela, on the other hand, looks more like the potential "real deal" than Gallas to me. I was surprised he wasn't on the list of 7 players who has most improved his prospect standing so far this season.
art
July 2, 2014 - 9:38 AM EDT
I was going to mention the low walk rate too as a concern for Gallas.

He has gone through these types of streaks before this season, specifically back in Lake County in 2011. He does have, and always did have, a high doubles rate. But his walks have lessened as he has advanced and unless he has a new "creative" approach at the plate he looks more like a Jared Goedert type of player to me.
Tony
July 2, 2014 - 9:04 AM EDT
Gallas has just 1 walk but has three sac flies, so he is 1-for-4 there in the on-base department....so that is why his on-base is less than his batting average. For as good as he has played, that low walk rate is a concern because at some point his performance will normalize so he is really going to have to put up patient, quality at bats to stay consistent.
Rich
July 2, 2014 - 8:54 AM EDT
I just checked, Urshela's numbers are almost identical both home and away. It's not a fluke.

Roberto Perez, OTOH, has an OPS that's 260 points higher at Huntington Park. Is he another LaPorta or Marte, who teased us with great numbers at Columbus that were aided considerably by the home park skew?
Rich
July 2, 2014 - 8:50 AM EDT
Looking at Gallas' slash line, I was just wondering how you can have on OBP that's lower than your batting average. The only thing I can think of is if you never drew a walk but got thrown out trying to stretch a hit?

Urshela with a .714 slugging percentage in his last 10 games. Wow. Were they all in Columbus?

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