Around The Farm: July 26, 2012
By Jim Piascik
July 27, 2012
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.
Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 3-for-4, 4 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
It was going to take a lot to knock Roberto Hernandez’s return off of the top of Around The Farm today, yet Tim Fedroff found a way to do it. The usually light-hitting outfielder absolutely went off on Toledo last night, jacking two home runs and raising his season slash line to .334/.414/.508. Since his callup to Columbus, Fedroff has been even hotter, posting a .383/.446/.617 slash line and hitting six home runs in 34 games. While Huntington Park seems to favor offense, that line is still very impressive, especially when it’s paired with Fedroff’s 22:16 SO:BB. I don’t know if Fedroff will get a chance in Cleveland (I do think that Damon has been much better since his rough start), but he will get a shot somewhere; he’s just been too good this year.
Roberto Hernandez (SP, Lake County): W (1-0), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR
Obviously, that stat line is a great one to welcome Roberto Hernandez back to the United States with. My bigger question is what we call him now. I used to either call him “Fausto” or “Carmona” because both left you with a definite sense of who I was talking about. Now, I feel like if I say “Roberto” or “Hernandez” there will be room for confusion. I’m currently settled on Justin Masterson’s “Old Rob” nickname, but I’m welcome to your suggestions. Anyway, in the big picture, count me on the side of cautiously optimistic for Old Rob’s 2012 campaign. I do think that his return on August 11 could be a big boost for the Tribe on par with any starter they could feasibly acquire at the trade deadline.
Dylan Baker (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 SO
The kid gloves are obviously still on with the Tribe’s 2012 fifth round pick, but the results are still there. Baker was much better with walks and hits last night while still getting his strikeouts, a good development after he struggled a bit in his first Arizona League start. Check back later in the day for IPI’s recap from Arizona for an eyewitness account to Baker’s outing (a much more accurate look than the box score scouting I am forced to do), but for now, let’s just say that Baker’s showing is encouraging. The Indians have a plethora of talent in the lower rungs of the minors that will be exciting to watch grow in the years to come.
- Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI. I don’t know what happened to Carrera, but suddenly he looks like an actual Major League option. I wouldn’t want him on the 2012 Indians as they chase a playoff berth, but maybe someone will bite on his .291/.338/.417 slash line and 23 steals on the season (especially since that includes his ice-cold start to the season).
- Russ Canzler (DH, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB. Again, not someone I think the Indians would be much better off with, but someone having a pretty good year in AAA (.274/.340/.477 slash line, 15 HR). Could the Indians have any more players with that profile in their system?
- Jared Goedert (3B, Columbus): 4-for-5, 2 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI. Yes, yes they could. Once more, I like Goedert quite a bit (same for Canzler and Carrera), but how do they fit in Cleveland? As maligned as Johnny Damon is, ZiPS has him projected for a .256/.325/.400 slash line and .321 wOBA the rest of the season. Can any of those three top that in the Majors? Honestly, I doubt it.
- Chris Seddon (SP, Columbus): W (11-5), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR. Another solid start for Seddon, who lowered his ERA to 3.44 last night. While I would rather have Kluber called up if the Indians needed a spot starter, Seddon has also made himself an acceptable option. Considering where he ranked on that list before the year, that’s great work by Seddon.
- Carolina Offense: 6-for-32, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 BB, 10 SO. Another just awful outing from the Mudcats offense. I can guarantee that they won’t be sad to leave Winston-Salem and head to Wilmington.
- Carlos Moncrief (CF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 SO. Moncrief got the Mudcats’ only extra base hit last night and also contributed two of their strikeouts. Just another day in the life for our favorite toolsy outfielder.
- Mike Rayl (SP, Carolina): L (6-8), 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. 2012 hasn’t been particularly kind to Rayl, who now owns a 4.62 ERA, 73:40 SO:BB, and has allowed 12 home runs in 115 innings. Rayl doesn’t have overpowering stuff, so this is what happens when people figure him out. Hopefully Rayl can make adjustments going forward to fix whatever isn’t working right now.
- Rob Nixon (RP, Carolina): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. Nixon has now given up seven earned runs in each of his last two outings – both of which only lasted 1.2 innings. You don’t need me to tell you that’s not good.
- Cole Cook (RP, Carolina): 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. At least one Mudcats pitcher managed to succeed last night. Cook did it in spectacular style, retiring all seven batters he faced.
- Jose Ramirez (2B, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SO, 1 CS. The Captains only managed two extra base hits last night and Ramirez snagged one of them. Ramirez and his .321/.383/.425 slash line in 33 games between Mahoning Valley and Lake County continue to reinforce the fact that the Indians have about as much depth in the middle infield as possible.
- Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 SO. And here is the other Lake County extra base hit. At age 19, Rodriguez continues to put up some pretty good numbers (.273/.341/.415 slash line, 9 HR, 19 SB) and strikeout too much (102 times in 89 games).
- Todd Hankins (1B-2B, Lake County): 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 SO, 1 SB. Hankins stole his 27th base of the season last night in his 74th game. At that rate, he would steal about 57 bases over a full Major League season. The rest of Hankins’ game leaves something to be desired (.252/.340/.354 slash line), but if he can figure things out, he’s got something special with his speed and basestealing abilities.
- Leonardo Castillo (3B, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E. It’s been a nightmare year for Castillo, who made his 24th error of the season last night to go with his .201/.246/.283 season slash line. But on the bright side, Castillo had a rare great night at the plate, tying the score with a single in the 4th and then serving as the go-ahead run later that inning.
- AZL Indians Offense: 3-for-26, 5 R, 1 HR, 6 BB, 8 SO. It’s not often that you see a team win when they only get three hits, but the AZL Indians pulled that off last night. They also managed five runs on three hits, another remarkable achievement.
- Claudio Bautista (2B, AZL Indians): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI. It was Bautista’s big three run home run in the 7th that put the AZL Indians ahead for good last night. He isn’t a high-end prospect, but he’s also only 18. He still has time to grow.
- Alexis Paredes (RP, AZL Indians): W (2-1), 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO. Like Bautista, Paredes doesn’t have much prospect stock right now, but he’s pitched very well in his Arizona League debut this year. These stats aren’t worth much, but it’s hard not to like a 2.22 ERA and 24:8 SO:BB 24.3 innings pitched.
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I think CLE should move Fed up into the 9 hole play LF and he could eventually leadoff with Brantley in the 2 hole CHOO in the 3 again. 3 LHH but Fed hits both LHP & RHP well. Fed at .280/.340/.420 is better than Damon and Fed Def could save runs as well. Also, this will allow Neal to move up and play AAA.
As for Russ & Joe Dirt why not let them play? Casey will not be back next year and Hammerlesshana is terrible. Russ & Joe can both bat .230 but with more pop.
The PD said Hernandez was mostly throwing between 89-92. I would have thought his velocity would have been up to speed so to speak. I hope he's got more in his arm than what he exhibited last night, as his secondary pitches won't compensate for diminished velocity.