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Around the Farm: July 22, 2014

Around the Farm: July 22, 2014
Bryson Myles (Photo: IBI)
July 23, 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, Lake County had a scheduled off day on Tuesday.

Bryson Myles (Arizona League, RF) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - Myles has has a highly successful rehab stint thus far (10-for-20 [.500] with 5 doubles, 2 home runs, and 3 stolen bases in five games), but he took it to a new level with Tuesday night's offensive explosion.  I'm not sure if the Tribe minor league brass wants him to get more plate appearances before returning to Canal Park, but he sure seems to me that he is ready for a return to Double-A ball.

Francisco Lindor (Columbus, SS) - 1-5, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB -While he did not have a typical feature-level night, this appearance was about more than that.  It was about where he appeared, a Triple-A ballpark (Louisville Slugger Field), and what he appeared in (a Clippers uniform).  Yes, for those of you who hadn't heard yet, Francisco Lindor is now only two hours and one call-up away from Progressive Field.  I would be surprised if he isn't at least a September call-up to the Big Club.

Adam Plutko (Carolina, SP) - L (2-5), 0.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 HR allowed - This was another poor performance for Plutko since being called up from Low-A Lake County. He has been up and down with his performance at Carolina, but his bad performances can best be described as implosive.  These implosions hit a new low on Tuesday night.  This is another case where I'm hoping it's just a bad night and not something else (an injury).

  • Tyler Holt (Columbus, DH) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt, 1 SB - Holt remains an unstoppable force of nature at the Triple-A level. With Tuesday night's performance he raised his season numbers to .316/.434/.417 with 14 RBI and 16 SB in 50 Triple-A games (when you add his 39 games with Double-A Akron, his RBI and SB totals are 28 and 27 respectively) and his last 10 games totals to .390/.444/.488.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP - Urshela has his third multi-hit game in his last four, a significant turnaround from going 3-for-14 (.214) in his prior six games.
  • Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, RF) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Moncrief has the kind of night that may have been featured if not for the biggest prospect in the org making his AAA debut.
  • Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, 2B) - 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI - Ciriaco has a multiple-RBI night that almost gets lost in between Lindor's debut and the other big performances.
  • Kyle Davies (Columbus, SP) - W (6-7), 6.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Davies didn't have a great night on the mound, but the offense provided enough run support to make it enough for the win.
  • Bryan Price (Columbus, RP) - H (3), 1 IP, perfect - A perfect inning of work from Bryan to pick up the hold.
  • Austin Adams (Columbus, CP) - S (3), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Austin Adams does the same for his third save of the season.
  • Jordan Smith (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Smith has one of only two multi-hit performances on another rough offensive night for the suddenly struggling RubberDucks.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Akron, starting SS) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI - Gonzlaez increses his Double-A slash line to .355/.375/.613 in 7 games before being pulled  for defensive replacement Tony Wolters to start the ninth inning.  Hopefully this is not injury-related.
  • Will Roberts (Akron, SP) - L (10-10), 5.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR allowed - Roberts has his worst outing in a while on an all-around rough night for the Mallards of Main Street.
  • Adam Miller (Akron, RP) - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed - Miller gives up his first earned run since coming off the DL on a solo homer.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Maybe one of these days he'll get another save opportunity rather than coming in for mop-up duty in the lost causes Akron games have become as of late.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) - 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Yhoxian was the only Mudcat to get on base twice on an utterly forgettable night for the suburban Raleigh team.
  • Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K - Nixon has his fifth scoreless outing in his last six.
  • Benny Suarez (Carolina, RP) - 2 IP, 2  K - So much good pitching in the org on the night, so much of it in garbage time.
  • Greg Allen (Mahoning Valley, RF) - 3-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 SB - Allen continues to rake early in his pro career, posting a .316/.471/.421 slash line with 10 RBI, 5 SB and a 3:8 K:BB ratio in his most recent 10 contests.
  • Bradley Zimmer (Mahoning Valley, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 2 K - Zimmer extends his multi-hit streak to three games and increased his last 10 ballgames slash line to .308/.400/.513 with 11 RBI nad a 4:5 K:BB ratio.
  • Leo Castillo (Mahoning Valley, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K - Another Scrapper on a recent tear.  He is posting a .325/.386/.600 slash line with 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 12 RBI in his last 10 games.
  • Taylor Murphy (Mahoning Valley, LF) - 0-2, 2 BB - Murphy has a rare bad night with the bat (.351/.467/.595 in his last 10 ballgames) but is saved by good plate discipline.
  • Cameron Hill (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB - Another example of why the five-inning minimum for an individual win rule should not apply in the half-season levels.
  • Edward Estrella (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (2-0) - Edward makes it three straight scoreless outings as he seems to be over his late June struggles.
  • Luis Gomez (Mahoning Valley, RP) - H (1), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K - Luis rebounds quite nicely from a disastrous outing last Thursday (0.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R [all earned], 2BB).
  • J.P. Feyereisen (Mahoning Valley CP) - S (1), 1 IP, 1 K - J.P. strikes out State College (Cardinals) DH Alex De Leon swinging to earn his first professional save.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (Arizona League, 3B) - 4-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E - Chang contnues to perform well in his rookie season in North American pro ball.  He is now batting .324 after Tuesday night's big outing.
  • Emmanuel Tapia (Arizona League, DH) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP - Tapia continues to perform well in his stateside debut season, raising his batting average to .313 with Tuesday night's performance.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Arizona League, C) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K - Chu's 2-out, 2 run homer in the first helps make it a huge night for the A-Tribe's Taiwanese contingent.
  • Thomas Pannone (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 3 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all unearned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed - Pannone has a solid outing.  The seven men behind him, not so much.
  • Cortland Cox (Arizona League, RP) - W (2-0), 2 H, 3 K - Cox remains unscored upon in 10.2 IP in nine outings this season.
  • Erick Algarin (Arizona League, RP) - H (4), 3 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Algarin makes it four scoreless outings out of six on the season in his first year in the States.
  • Argenis Angulo (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Angulo has a rare rough night in a generally solid season.

User Comments

Wake up butthead and make me breakfast.
July 23, 2014 - 7:25 PM EDT
Ryan... Depends on the bat but because he has to be on the 40 man roster... I'd say no.. I am still not a believer myself... Still need to see some power develop a bit more OR walk more and strikeout less. Next year will go a Looooooooong way in determining if he is the goods or not.
Ryan
July 23, 2014 - 6:36 PM EDT
Does Gonzalez have enough value to headline a package for a rental bat?
Ross
July 23, 2014 - 3:58 PM EDT
I wish to make a correction. I meant to say I agree with OhioFan
Ross
July 23, 2014 - 3:56 PM EDT
I agree with Tondo. Based on what I saw in spring training games, Gonzalez has the quickness, good hands and very strong arm to allow him to become a very good fielding SS in the big leagues. I think Chang deserved a feature write up after having a 4 for 5 night with a HR.

OhioBaseball
July 23, 2014 - 12:56 PM EDT
Tondo, I think Erik Gonzalez has a very projectable body frame and athleticism. I can see him adding a good deal of muscle mass and it won't slow him down much. I look at draft prospects a lot and had Erik Gonzalez been in this last draft, I think he would have been a later 1st round pick. He's going to get stronger and add bat speed and power. I think the Indians knew what they were doing when they added him to the 40-man roster last year -- kind of a Danny Salazar-type of under the radar roster transaction. He's an underrated athlete. I do worry about the poor historical BB:K ratios with Gonzalez, though.

I agree with Tony's assessment on him. I think he's a good prospect.
Tondo
July 23, 2014 - 11:13 AM EDT
Guess then I'm the last one that does not believe in Gonzalez yet. I think his trade value is as high as it will get and I'd look to deal him.

If you look deeper, he's been basically the same player in Carolina as he was in LC last season. That is an accomplishment of sorts, though he wasn't young for the league in both seasons. He may crack my top 20 because of it, but I doubt it.
His 4 point jump in BA correlates with the same jump in BABIP, which is at a career high .355. ISO is the same, BB:K ratio hasn't improved.

With the BABIP falling back to his career .300ish, we're looking at a career .250 hitter, with average power at best (down to .120 in CAR from .180 in LC at average age level).

I honestly think he'll duplicate Ronny Rod's career and his value will decline, if the Indians hang onto him. Sell now ! He has no room on the roster anyway, short, mid or long term, so use him in a trade.

Urshela otoh is the real success story in this system. He's even a couple of months younger than Gonzalez and has shown improvements everywhere, even during the season. His biggest problem was his approach at the plate, but in June+July his BB:K is almost 1 (11:12) and his BABIP is even below .300 despite a solid K rate and a serious spike in power. Unlike Gonzalez (and Haase), he's not a mirage and as long as he improves his game and is young for the league, who knows how much upside is still left?
What a nice comeback season from Urshela, from prospect periphery into the top 10, if not 5.
Walter
July 23, 2014 - 11:05 AM EDT
Jose Ramirez in the starting lineup today for the Indians. Playing SS and batting 2nd behind Kipnis. I hope relaxes let his talent show. He could be a factor going down the stretch. Any word when Cabrera might end up on the DL?

When will Myles return to Akron? They could use his bat in that lineup.

BigTex
July 23, 2014 - 10:21 AM EDT
It's too bad Gonzalez falls in behind a future ML All-Star on the Indians depth charts. He will make a fine ML shortstop at some point and could possibly be an All-Star as well. The kid hits well and fields great. Hopefully he finishes out the year strong in Akron and makes the move to Columbus next year when Lindor gets the final call up.

As for Myles, if it wasn't for the health issues I would have to believe he would be on the 40-man next Spring. Given his age and injury history, next year may be his last opportunity to prove he is capable of handling a full season.
Tony
July 23, 2014 - 10:19 AM EDT
Nickolas, I don't see a Fedroff-like fall for Holt simply because he is such a good defender and can play anywhere in the outfield. The defense alone makes him an asset.

Clay, Urshela without a doubt is an option for the Indians at third base....possibly even as early as May next season. They need to sort out what to do with the three-headed monster of Chisenhall, Santana and Swisher at 1B-DH as I just don't see Chisenhall being an everyday option there going forward (occasional yes, everyday no). Urshela can no doubt pick it as well as some of the top defenders at third in the bigs.....the only question is whether he hits enough.

Dan, the Indians have been quiet on Maronde. I will speculate that they have shut him down temporarily in order to work through some delivery adjustments that they want to hone in on before throwing him into games. Also they may be building up his arm to maybe even start. All speculation there as I have not heard a peep from them yet on him.
Dan
July 23, 2014 - 9:59 AM EDT
When and where is the new guy Nick Maronde going to start pitching?
Clay
July 23, 2014 - 9:42 AM EDT
Urshela.

Columbus padded stats or is he coming around to be a legit 3rd base option for the Indians in a year or so? Would be a big improvement on the left side of the infield with Urshela & Lindor vs Cabrera & Santana/Chisenhall/Aviles.
Nikolaos
July 23, 2014 - 9:30 AM EDT
I agree...Myles and Gonzalez both have made me "buy in" so to speak. Tyler Holt falls into that category as well...lets hope he doesn't have a "Fedroff" like fall from grace as they have a similar skill set offensively (defensively, Holt is fantastic). Also good to see Moncrief didn't strikeout last night and even had a walk...he needs to work on his approach/plate discipline.
Tony
July 23, 2014 - 9:23 AM EDT
I wasn't a believer in Gonzalez before the season as I wondered if the out of nowhere showing in 2013 was for real and if some of the Indians brass were inflating his value.....but I am now completely on board with him. He can PLAY the shortstop position and has an interesting bat to boot. Lots to like with that frame, size, athleticism and more.
GSon
July 23, 2014 - 9:14 AM EDT
E-Gonz may have some competition for most underrated from Bryson Myles.. what a player...speed, power and work ethic.. He just needs to stay on the field..
Sternfan10
July 23, 2014 - 9:03 AM EDT
Plutko looks overwhelmed at High A, send him back to LC and give Kime a shot at Carolina.

What are the Indians going to do with all these contact hitting outfielders, Naquin, Zimmer, Washington and Allen are all basically contact hitters that lack power.

Adam Miller, I know he is a sentimental favorite, but isn't it time to pull the plug?

What purpose does Kyle Davies provide in Columbus? Wouldn't it be better off pulling someone up from Akron to get his starts instead of wasting them on a journeyman type of pitcher.

Looks like the Indians deep thinkers have finally concluded that the Logan Vick experiment is worthless
OhioBaseball
July 23, 2014 - 9:01 AM EDT
Erik Gonzalez = possibly the most underrated prospect in the Indians' system

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