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Around the Farm: July 28, 2014

Around the Farm: July 28, 2014
Dorssys Paulino is congratulated at home plate by his teammates after his walkoff home run. (Photo: Tim Phillis/TCP Photography)
July 29, 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, High-A Carolina was off on Monday.

Dorssys Paulino (LF, Lake County): 2-for-3, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI. Paulino was the hero in the first game of the doubleheader with a walkoff three-run homer to give the Captains a 9-8 win. Hopefully that hit can jolt him to finish the season strong. He has had a disappointing year in that he was a higher viewed prospect coming into the season coming off a subpar year in 2013 in which many felt a repeat of the same level would bring consistency to his game. Unfortunately, that has not happened this season as he had to make a switch from shortstop to left field and is hitting just .242 with 3 HR, 27 RBI and .661 OPS in 81 games, and has a 26-74 walk to strikeout ratio. He’s going to really have to step his game up next season considering how much depth the Indians have now in the outfield in the lower levels of the system.

Bobby Bradley (1B, AZL Indians): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB. Bradley continues to be the most impressive draft pick in the early going from a performance standpoint. This is the kind of showing you want to see from a top draft pick who is 18 years old fresh out of high school and with tons of potential. In 23 games he is now hitting .366 with 4 HR, 27 RBI and 1.082 OPS, and has a solid 14-22 walk to strikeout ratio to boot. He has a .624 slugging percentage and .258 isolated power, some of which is obviously influenced by the dry air and poor pitching in the AZL, but still impressive nonetheless.

Brian Ruiz (OF, Lake County): 4-for-5, 2 RBI, BB. The Captains had a doubleheader on Monday, but Ruiz was the only one to really do anything in both games. He reached base a combined five times in six plate appearances between the two games. He is red hot of late and has really taken advantage of an opportunity to play a little bit more as he is hitting .387 with a .441 on-base percentage in his last 10 games. He is still struggling with his approach, but it has shown sharp improvement of late.

  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Columbus): 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI, K. Lindor racks up yet another multi-hit game with Columbus, his third straight and fourth overall in seven games since his promotion. The number two spot in the Cleveland order looks like it is his in the very near future.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 3-for-5, 2 RBI, CS, PO. The numbers just continue to steadily improve for Moncrief this season. His walk rate is down from last season (10.0% to 6.8%) and his strikeout rate is up (17.8% to 24.6%) but those numbers have been improving all year.
  • Kyle Davies (SP, Columbus): 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Davies continues to eat innings at Triple-A. He has no value as a Major League option, but with the constant shuffling of the rotation in Columbus you need guys like him to fill gaps.
  • C.C Lee (RP, Columbus): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Lee is a Major League ready pen arm who continues to be blocked. Perhaps with a trade of John Axford he will get a chance to come up to Cleveland and stick.
  • Austin Adams (RP, Columbus): 1.1 P, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. Adams was tagged with the blown save and the loss all in the same game while only allowing one run. That’s because he allowed an inherited runner (tying run) to score in the eighth and then a homer in the ninth.
  • Erik Gonzalez (SS, Akron): 3-for-4, R. Gonzalez has been a hitting machine at Akron. He has two straight 3-hit games, three straight multi-hit games, has hit in 9-straight games and has multiple hits in seven of those nine games.
  • Anthony Gallas (RF, Akron): 1-for-3, BB, K. It was a quiet night offensively for Akron as they managed just 8 singles and 4 runs. Gallas continues to pump out quality games as he reached based two out of four plate appearances.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Akron): 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 K. After three straight strong outings at Double-A Akron where he went 6.0 innings each time and allowed two runs in total, Morimando suffered his first troublesome outing. He threw 82 pitches (46 strikes) and just had issues with his command all night.
  • Adam Miller (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. I think at this point the hopes and dreams of Miller finally making it to the big leagues this year have all but evaporated. What a great story it might have been. He has just been too inconsistent this season.
  • Trey Haley (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Haley has really taken a step back this year. A lot of that is because he is still coming back from a shoulder injury, but the hope was that he would take some steps forward with his command. Even still, with his arm, you can’t give up on him just yet.
  • Paul Hendrix (SS, Lake County): 4-for-7, 2 R, RBI, K. Hendrix had two hits in each game of the double-header and was part of the big ninth inning rally which saw the Captains score four runs for an emotional comeback win. Since the All Star break he is hitting .226 with a .708 OPS in 30 games.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 3-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K. Haase has cooled off from the torrid extra base hit pace he was on earlier in the season which has hurt his power numbers, but at the same time he is making a little more consistent contact and hitting for more average.
  • Jordan Milbrath (SP, Lake County): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. After a hot start and then a lull in May and June, Milbrath is starting to find some consistency again in July. The strikeouts are really down, which is a concern, but overall it has been a nice season for him and he has put himself on the map.
  • Trevor Frank (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. It is not very often you will see a closer blow a 5-4 lead and leave the inning down three….and then end up with the win. But that’s exactly what happened when the Captains rallied for four in the bottom of the ninth to win 9-8. Frank has been great al year so he just had a rough night. It happens.
  • Robbie Aviles (SP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Aviles makes his first appearance in almost two months since going down the first week of June with a bothersome right arm. He is being built back up to start and even though it was one inning this was a very encouraging return.
  • Steven Patterson (2B, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, RBI, BB. Patterson continues his solid pro debut and with another multi-hit game and reaching base in three of his four plate appearances. He’s hitting .281 with a .374 on-base percentage in 29 games.
  • Ordomar Valdez (3B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-2, 2 R, 3B, BB, K. The Scrappers were held to just five hits and three runs on the night, and Valdez scored two of those runs by getting on base in two of his three plate appearances. He has moved around the infield and puts up a quality at bat (12 BB, 10 K).
  • Austin Fisher (SS, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-3, RBI, PO. Fisher and Patterson combined for four of the five hits on the night for the Scrappers. Fisher now has multi-hit games in three of his last five games and is hitting .303 over his last 10 games.
  • Sean Brady (SP, Mahoning Valley): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K. Brady just continues to give forth solid yet unspectacular outings. He doesn’t overpower anyone, but he knows how to pitch and can work himself out of jams. He has allowed just six earned runs in his last 8 starts covering 41.2 innings.
  • Luis DeJesus (RP, Mahoning Valley): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. DeJesus got the win in relief in this one thanks to the Scrappers scoring two in the eighth to take the lead. He’s pitched better of late allowing just two runs in his last 11.0 innings.
  • Luke Eubank (RP, Mahoning Valley): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Eubank earned his first career save by closing out a 3-2 lead in the ninth. He’s shown some strikeout ability in the early going of his pro career (11 K, 9.2 IP) and some command (2 BB) though is getting hit a little too much (13 H, .317 BAA).
  • Silento Sayles (CF, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, 2 R, BB, 2 SB. Sayles is having a really nice season in the Arizona League, one that may be overlooked by many because of the big performances from others. But you have to love the on-base ability (.413), stolen bases (13) and discipline (14 BB, 14 K).
  • Francisco Miguel (RF, AZL Indians): 3-for-5, R, 2B, 3 RBI. Miguel has not played much this season and his he has not played well when he has, but he has really turned it on of late with three straight multi-hit games going 7-for-14 over that period.
  • Thomas Pannone (SP, AZL Indians): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K. The Indians are continuing to work with Pannone and developing him as a potential starting pitcher. The results have mostly been positive for him so far as he has 35 K in 28.0 innings and a .200 BAA, but the walks (16) are a focus in his development.
  • Erick Algarin (RP, AZL Indians): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Since his hiccup in his pro debut on June 21st when he allowed four runs in 4.0 innings, Algarin has settled in nicely allowing just two runs over his last 18.0 innings. He has a 6-22 walk to strikeout ratio overall in 22.0 innings.
  • Jordan Dunatov (RP, AZL Indians): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Dunatov has yet to allow an earned run in five appearances covering 4.0 innings, though he did allow four unearned runs on July 19th. He has allowed 7 walks in those 4.0 innings and 4 hits as well, so he has been rather fortunate so far.

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User Comments

Ryan
August 1, 2014 - 2:39 AM EDT
It would be nice to see the Indians be aggressive with hitters like Chu, Chang and Bradley that are proving to be special and send them to OH to end the year and even Carolina next year to start. Indians are notoriously cautious and it would be nice for them to let loose every once in awhile.
Tony
July 29, 2014 - 10:00 PM EDT
I expect Bradley to spend a bulk of the season at Arizona.....but that he will finish the season at Mahoning Valley for probably the last 1-3 weeks.
Andy
July 29, 2014 - 2:35 PM EDT
Is there any chance Bradley sees game action in MV this season? There doesn't seem to be much in the way of a priority prospect at 1B blocking him, but you don't often see HS players moved out of rookie ball in their draft year.

Aguilar has split his time almost 50/50 between 1B and DH since the AS break. It's about a 70/30 1B/DH split on the season so far. Any chance the Indians are getting him used to DH duty as a precursor to another callup? Swisher's languishing bat in RF is slightly better than Murphy's languishing bat since he's a switch hitter.

Jorge Martinez got released on Sunday. Unfortunately I see a lot of similarities between his stalled progression and Paulino's struggles to date. I really hope I'm wrong on that one, though.
MT88 in WI
July 29, 2014 - 1:52 PM EDT
If Adam Miller does decide to hang it up, I hope the Tribe finds a role for him somewhere in the organization, maybe a roving assistant that focuses on the injured and rehabbing players... Someone that has been there and can help those players get thru the mental hurdles that are associated with returning from injuries...
Tondo
July 29, 2014 - 12:06 PM EDT
Add Linares to the potential big money bust list...

Bradley is simply amazing. His OPS is .200 points higher than Frazier's last season in AZL. Both have had high BABIP (over .400) numbers to boost their stats, but Bradley's would still have very good stats without the luck. And Bradley is 8 month younger than Frazier and has better BB:K ratios too. He's a top 10 lock, might make my top 5 if JRam graduates.

And before anyone dismisses his performance with "it's only the AZL", go look up what the other HS bats picked over him have to show for: Gatewood, Chavis, D.Hill, B.Davidson, M.Ramos, Forbes, M.Wilson, Reetz, Twine etc. He's owning pretty much any HS bat right now and that includes Alex Jackson in pretty much every category....that's how good he's doing.

Yeah, I'm bullish on Bradley if you haven't noticed yet, lol
Homer
July 29, 2014 - 12:05 PM EDT
Leandro Linares signed for $950K and hasn't looked good either. He's got power stuff, but no control. The big bonus international signings from the last few yrs (Paulino, Caro, and Linares) have all struggled. But players like Luis Lugo and Francisco Mejia (both $300K signings) have prospered.
Tony
July 29, 2014 - 11:25 AM EDT
I could see the Indians bringing back Miller to use as a depth arm next year at AA/AAA....but yeah, his ship looks to have officially sailed. Which of course is too bad as I was really pulling for him - even given the long odds. A lot of people new to the Indians system or families of players who check out this site don't really know his history.....a sure thing can't miss prospect beset from the flukiest of injuries. Kid had it all to be one of the game's greats.

Art, yeah, the Indians haven't done too well in Latin America of late at least with their high dollar signings. Paulino it falling rapidly and Caro looks like a bust at this point. Though while there are some big misses there, they have been hitting on others like Chang, Mejia, etc.

Shy, I am 100% on the Bradley bandwagon. You won't find a first baseman in a lot of top 10-20 rankings....but he's a no doubt Top 20 guy and someone who I will strongly consider for top 10. I need to get out to Arizona first and see him in Instructs and also get more info on his reports and some other insight from coaches and such on how his development is going....but wow, what a start to his pro career. He's outdoing what even Clint Frazier did last year.
shy
July 29, 2014 - 11:06 AM EDT
Bradley may be the best highschool hitter I've seen in some time. A lot can happen between 18 and 20. Girls, drugs and alcohol, injuries. That said, this kid can really hit a baseball. His HS coach said people would be surprised how quickly he advances in the system. I'm hopin'!
art
July 29, 2014 - 10:36 AM EDT
If I'm not mistaken, Paulino was one of our $1 million plus bonus foreign signings a few years ago. I also think that we signed another foreign player last year to a $1 million plus contract a couple of years ago (Hector Caro???) and also is doing poorly at a low minor league level.
Canadian Joe
July 29, 2014 - 9:44 AM EDT
Sad to see Adam Miller struggle. Looks as though this could be the end for his return. Could have been something really special. Haley seems to be heading in the same direction. Boy, some high end arms have really fallen on hard times the last few years.

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