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Around The Farm: July 26, 2014

Lindor's two-homer game highlights the night on the farm

Around The Farm: July 26, 2014
Francisco Lindor (Photo: Patrick L. Pfister)
July 27, 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. 

Francisco Lindor (Columbus, SS) - 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, Caught Stealing 1 time

Francisco Lindor (Photo: MiLB)Lindor had the best performance on a relatively quiet night in the Indians farm system and his biggest night of the five he has spent in a Clipper uniform.  He hit his first two Triple-A home runs, which also gave him his first two RBI at the level, and also raised his batting average to .333.  While his stats in the International League continue to represent a small sample size and therefore aren't as reliable an indicator of his performance as they will be in five weeks when the Triple-A regular season ends, tonight's performance does give an indication that he is beginning to acclimate to the level more quickly than hoped.

  • Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, DH) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Moncrief continues to rake as of late, raising his last 10 games' slash line to .405/.463/.622 with 10 RBI.
  • Audy Ciriaco (Columbus, 1B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Ciriaco has only one hit on the night, but it's a two-run home run to left field in the second inning.
  • T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - L (1-4), 6.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Let's hope this is merely him being in a funk after being sent down from the major leagues.
  • Austin Adams (Columbus, RP) - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Solid as usual relief work from Adams, who hasn't been allowed a minor league run in over a month.
  • Tim Fedroff (Akron, LF) - 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - A big night that hopefully represents an improvement in form for Fedroff, who has struggled since being sent down from Triple-A Columbus, batting only .186/.238/.220 in 15 games.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Akron, SS) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K,1 SB - Gonzalez, on the other hand, has hit the ground running in Double-A since a call-up from Advanced Single-A Carolina, posting a .341/.357/.537 slash in nine games.  The 10:1 K:BB ratio is a concern, though.
  • Joseph Colon (Akron, SP) - L (8-6), 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - I will cut Colon some slack as this was his worst outing in seven weeks.
  • Enosil Tejeda (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - A perfect inning of relief to keep the RubberDucks in the game.
  • Adam Miller (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - See above.
  • Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) - 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB - Medina makes up for a rare weak night with the bat with good plate discipline.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, DH) - 2-5, 1 2B - Lucas continues to mash as he is now .341/.413/.610 with two homers and seven RBI in his most recent 10 ballgames.
  • Alex Monsalve (Carolina, C) - 2-4, 1 K - Monsalve gets his last 10 games' batting average to exactly .300 with this multi-hit outing.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, LF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K - The Undrafted Wonder has his first multi-hit night since his five-hit explosion a week ago.
  • James Roberts (Carolina, 2B) - 2-4, 1R, 1 K - Roberts continues to roll.  He is now batting .359/.375/.487 in his last 10 games, albeit with a 9:1 K:BB ratio.
  • Josh Martin (Carolina, RP) - L (4-5), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K - Martin's three-game, six-inning scoreless streak comes to an end at the worst possible time.
  • Taylor Murphy (Mahoning Valley, LF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K - There really weren't any offensive performances to write home about in tonight's Scrappers game, but Murphy's was notable primarily because his lone RBI was the game-winner in the top of 10th on a single to right to score catcher Francisco Mejia.
  • Julian Merryweather (Mahoning Valley, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K - Merryweather makes it two dominant outings in a row after a couple of rough efforts.
  • David Speer (Mahoning Valley, RP) - 3.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K - Speer continues the Mahoning Valley mound dominance as he extends his scoreless streak to three games and 9.2 IP.
  • J.P. Feyereisen (Mahoning Valley, RP) - W (2-0), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K - Feyereisen remains unscored upon in five outing and 7.1 IP.
  • Silento Sayles (Arizona League, CF) - 2-6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 3 SB - While this game also represented Sayles remaining hot at the plate (now batting .321 in 16 games on the season), the most notable fact about this performance is that he stole three bases, bringing his season total to 11.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (Arizona League, 3B) - 3-6, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI - Another player with a big night that represented the continuation of a big season (.329 in 21 games).
  • Li-Jen Chu (Arizona League, C) - 3-4, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - This is the type of performance that would normally merit feature status.  Unfortunately, this game ended at two in the morning, I am typing this at 2:15, and have a church service to usher in just under eight hours.
  • Justus Sheffield (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 3 K - Some control issues, but, all in all, a solid start to the game.  Unfortunately, this was the front end of a piggyback with...
  • Leandro Linares (Arizona League, RP) - 3 IP, 4 H, 6 R (5 earned), 5 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP, 1 BK - Linares has struggled all season (9.13 ERA in 23.2 IP in six outings) in his first season as a professional pitcher.
  • Cortland Cox (Arizona League, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 K, 1 BK - Cortland remains unscored upon in 12.0 innings in 10 outings.

User Comments

markn95
July 27, 2014 - 7:08 PM EDT
good point about murphy, shy. it's really too bad the Raburphy platoon in on next season's books for $8.5 million because I'd like to see a Holt (R)/Moncrief (L) platoon get a chance sooner rather than later in RF. Not to mention Myles (R)/Naquin (L) down in Akron.
art
July 27, 2014 - 1:28 PM EDT
Though this daily update doesn't cover the DSL, Gabrial Mejia had his 50th stolen base in only 48 games. Also, he also leads the league in walks, and is in the top 20 for batting average. Keep in mind, the league has 36 teams, so leading in anything is tough.
Jack Hammerhan
July 27, 2014 - 1:13 PM EDT
I don't think Lindor would be overmatched at the major league level with his approach and style of hitting. Another month in AAA, then bring the franchise up so he can get his feet wet because as of 2015 opening day that should be his position for the next decade plus.
shy
July 27, 2014 - 11:23 AM EDT
Rich I'm with you. Would love to see Lindor playing at the Jake. You do run the risk of him being overmatched by big league pitching at this level and putting too much pressure on himself- like Xander Bogaerts who has all the prospective talent in the world but is having a very rough year after being brought up "early". I'd also like to see Moncrief while he's hot. Last 10 games he's hitting .405 w a .463 OBP and a 1.085 OPS. Last 10 Swisher hitting .167 w a 32%K rate, Swisher is killing the Indians, no two ways about it. And Moncrief is a plus defender in right- Murphy is a C- rightfielder at best, and he is not hitting.
Walter
July 27, 2014 - 10:13 AM EDT
Another person who having a good start to his pro season in AZL is Jodd Carter. Good to see Sayles succeeding in AZL. I think it might be time to see what he could do at MV. There is about 6 players that are having good seasons in AZL that I would want to see how they would do in MV. Until some of the players from MV get promoted, they are stuck in AZL.
Tondo
July 27, 2014 - 10:11 AM EDT
Adams looked dominant in his 1st inning vs the Tigers, retiring A.Jackson, Kipnis and then striking out Miggy. Francona kept him in the game for a 2nd inning and he retired both Martinez' before he walked Torii and then Castellanos doubled him in. His workload got monitored in Columbus, so maybe he tired at the end, as he's usually only used for one inning (42IP in 32 games). He's definitely a keeper with backend stuff, in fact, when he has everything working he'd be starter material.

Some very promising performances in the AZL, who's not the crazy offense league anymore. There are only 2 qualifying players with an OPS above 1.000 and they're B.Bradley and Cheng Chang. Only 7 with an OPS over .900 and the other 5 are 1-4years older and/or repeating.
Sayles is another promising spec: .443 OBP with a 13:11 BB:K and 11/12 in SB. If it wasn't for Zimmer and G.Allen, he'd be ths starting CF in LC next season, but I guess he will go to EST for a 3rd year and play in MV
LeaguePark
July 27, 2014 - 9:47 AM EDT
Usher Swisher out on town!
Rich
July 27, 2014 - 9:12 AM EDT
Correction - those numbers are for Adam's last 14 appearances, not 20. Wish this thing has an "edit" feature.
Rich
July 27, 2014 - 9:12 AM EDT
Austin Adams' last 20 appearances in AAA:

20 innings, 9 hits, 3 walks, 0 runs, 20 K's.

Wow. This guy is killing it. He got lit up his first two appearances in Cleveland, but maybe he was a little amped up. Now that the Tribe's season is pretty much flushed, it's time to give this guy a long look. We can make room for him by releasing Axford or sending Hags back down.

Lindor should play shortstop every day in September after we trade Cabrera (hopefully) in the next couple of days.

And the way Moncrief is hitting, he deserves a shot in right field once we officially pull the plug.

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