Around The Farm: July 18, 2013
Myles' walk-off, Lake County's home runs headline night on the farm
By Jim Piascik
July 19, 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-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
It took 14 innings for Myles and the Mudcats offense to win, but they eventually broke through. Myles sent the fans home happy Thursday by launching a three-run walk-off home run in the 14th inning, giving the Mudcats a 5-2 victory. July has been kind to Myles (.296/.356/.481 line in 14 games), though combining some early struggles and yet another injury, 2013 as a whole has not been memorable. As Myles is starting to get a little up there in age -- he will be 24 in September -- and that the outfielder has missed time with injuries in each of his three professional seasons, Myles could be in a little trouble going into 2014 without putting things together the rest of the way. Luckily for Myles, things have been looking up of late and Thursday was just the latest example of that.
Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO
Like Myles, Santander only had one hit Thursday night, but he certainly made it count. That home run was one of four for Lake County, but Santander's long shot showed a continued improvement in the young outfielder's game. After a particularly rough June (.172/.250/.287 in 24 games), Santander is showing some signs of life in July (.319/.373/.468 in 12 games). While that is a smaller sample size than we would like to be dealing in, the power surge Santander is showing in July is the really encouraging part. Santander had seven extra-base hits in May and six in June, but he has almost topped both of those totals in July with five already. Youth remains on Santander's side and the fact that he has 59 games so far at Low-A under his belt before his 19th birthday is huge for his future. That, plus how his power seems to be coming on, is great to see.
Joseph Sever (1B, Lake County): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Now that Sever is playing first base full time, this kind of power output is needed. First base is a position that requires power and nights like these show that Sever is capable of filling that role. Now, Sever has not been able to hit for a ton of power consistently so far in 2013 (.140 ISO), but as is the usual for prospecting, patience is required. This is Sever's first full professional season, meaning that it is the first time he has played baseball this long against competition this tough. The most important thing is improving as a player and the signs so far are that Sever is doing that (.814 OPS in June, .928 OPS in July). Sever came into the season unranked in IBI's top 100, but that does not mean he does not have value. If he keeps hitting like this, Sever could start making a name for himself.
- Zach McAllister (SP, Columbus): W (1-0), 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO. McAllister breezed through six innings, throwing his curveball and only needing 69 pitches. Barring any soreness and setbacks, he should be back in the big league rotation shortly.
- Danny Salazar (RP, Columbus): S (1), 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. The pitcher McAllister is replacing, Salazar pounded the zone and generally got results Thursday. As much as I would like to see Salazar starting every fifth day in Cleveland, for now there is no room.
- Ryan Rohlinger (3B, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Rohlinger continues to just plug away in Columbus, giving the Clippers decent stats and production (.271/.359/.365 line in 55 games).
- Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS. The two hits give Fedroff 100 on the year, but the lack of power (.076 ISO) and struggles stealing bases (13-for-23 this year) are still holding Fedroff back.
- Paolo Espino (SP, Akron): L (2-3), 3.0 IP, 14 H, 11 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3 HR. Sometimes the other team just has your number. Espino is certainly not this bad, though it will take a while to erase the effect these numbers will have on his statistics.
- Akron Bullpen: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO. Shawn Armstrong, Jeff Johnson, and Jose Flores may not have pitched in a high-leverage situation, but they did pick up Espino and keep the game as reasonable as possible.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Maybe now that Moncrief has 12 home runs at the Double-A level we can send him up to Columbus for a harder challenge. I really want to see what he can do in Triple-A.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 SB. The Akron offense may have been stagnant Thursday, but it was not Lindor's fault. He certainly has not let Double-A phase him one bit so far.
- Cody Anderson (SP, Carolina): ND, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP. With a 2.31 ERA and 92:26 SO:BB in 101.1 innings, Anderson has become one of the top pitching prospects in the system. The right-hander should push for the top 10 heading into 2014.
- Carolina Bullpen: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO. Louis Head, Rob Nixon, and Owen Dew all chipped in to give the Carolina offense time to score in this 14-inning marathon. That trio plus Anderson also completed the game without allowing a walk.
- Paddy Matera (3B, Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB. With Lindor's promotion to Akron, there seems to be room in the infield for Matera, who certainly is not letting his chance in affiliated ball go to waste (.327/.437/.531 line in 30 games).
- Luis DeJesus (SP, Lake County): L (3-10), 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. There is just no getting around how bad 2013 has been for DeJesus. With a 6.41 ERA and 18 home runs allowed, DeJesus has a ton of work to do going forward.
- Jeremy Lucas (C, Lake County): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Lucas joined the Captains' home run binge Thursday, moving his line to .292/.396/.465 in 42 games.
- Yhoxian Medina (2B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Medina hit his first professional home run in the same inning and same spot as Lucas' homer.
- Kenny Mathews (SP, Mahoning Valley): ND, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. The 2013 seventh round pick was stretched to three innings for the first time and the results were still great. He now has 11 strikeouts in 9.0 professional innings.
- Kyle Crockett (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP. The 2013 fourth round pick was also stretched, throwing two innings for the first time and he still did not allow an earned run. In 8.1 innings, Crockett has 14 strikeouts.
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-5, 2 SO. Rodriguez followed up his career night without any power, though the first baseman did get two hits. The hits moved Rodriguez to .325/.384/.482 in 30 games at Mahoning Valley.
- James Roberts (DH, Mahoning Valley): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 PO. Roberts has not had an issue getting on base so far in 2013 (.415 OBP), though Thursday marked his first extra-base hit.
- Clint Frazier (CF, AZL Indians): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. With nine extra-base hits in his first 16 games, Frazier is showing his raw power. His 18:4 SO:BB indicates that the first round pick still has some work to do on his approach, however.
- LeVon Washington (LF, AZL Indians): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB. Every time Washington is on the field, he produces. Now we just need some doctors to channel their inner #WashTime and get the outfielder fixed for good.
- Juan Santana (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP. After allowing 17 runs in his first 13.2 innings, Santana twirled five scoreless Thursday. It is not about the past, it is all about progress, and Santana will look to keep that going in his next start.
- Casey Shane (RP, AZL Indians): BS (1), W (1-0), 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 E. Shane's adjustment to pro ball had not gone well in his first two appearances, but this one was worse than the others. The high schooler is still raw, though, so this is just a natural bump in the road.
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Of course, that also gives them the benefit of easing the logjam of middle infielders on the Akron roster in the short-term, so I wonder how much of the caution ties into that. I think the logjam will resolve either by trade or by promotion, but right now, sitting Ramirez for a few days helps.