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Around The Farm: July 15, 2014

Dominican Summer League action highlights a quiet night on the farm

Around The Farm: July 15, 2014
Campo Las Palmas, the Dodgers' Dominican Summer League stadium (Photo: MLB.com)
July 16, 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 that every minor league affiliate except the Dominican Summer League team was off Tuesday.

Gabriel Mejia (starting CF) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 SB, 1 E

If only one D-Triber was going to have a multi-hit game, Mejia would be a reasonable guess as to whom it would be.  Mejia has had an incredible season at the plate, batting .359/.443/.421 with 11 RBI and 43 stolen bases in 38 games entering today's game against the Rays.  Even more impressive is his recent performance, posting a .429/.467/.476 slash line in his last 10 games.  He has also played well in the field as today's error was his first of the season.  Look for him stateside next year in either Arizona of Mahoning Valley.

Junior Soto (RF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI

Even on a one-game day where it was necessary to look overseas for that much, we have a case of a one-hit outing with an outsized impact on the game.  Soto's eighth-inning triple scored two runs, accounting for half of the DSL Wahoos' scoring in a 13-4 loss to the Rays' Dominican squad.  If you count Soto scoring on the next at-bat on a 4-3 ground out by first baseman Emmanuel Beltre, Junior was responsible in one way or another for 75% of the Indians organization's scoring on the day.

  • Domingo Jimenez (SP) - L (1-3), 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 1 K - This outing is pretty much the story of Jimenez's season so far:  solid pitching undone by a lack of run support, poor relief pitching, or (as was the case Tuesday) both.
  • Rodolfo Villasmil (RP) - 0.1 IP, 4 R (all earned), 3 BB, 1 HBP - I normally don't include outings this short in ATF, but this is one of the rougher examples of control from a pitcher I have ever seen in a professional box score.  Unfortunately, this appearance was typical of Rodolfo's performance as of late.  In his last four outings, he has posted a 67.50 ERA, 7.50 WHIP, and a 0:7 K:BB ratio in only 1.1 IP of work.  He pitched much better in the first month of the season and hopefully a return to that form is in the very near future for him.
  • Rainer Florez (RP) - 0.1 IP, perfect - Yes, this is another one-out performance, with this one lasting only one batter.  It is included for similar reason to Villasmil's, except in this case, it is illustrative of how well Florez has pitched. The right-hander has posted a 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 5:3 K:BB ratio and .116 opponents' batting average against in 5.1 IP in five relief appearances.  If you take away a rough outing June 17 against the Royals, those numbers would be 0.00, 0.46, 3:1 and .077 in 4.1 IP.

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