Around The Farm: July 3, 2013
Lindor's greatness, Sever's power highlight night on the farm
By Jim Piascik
July 4, 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.
Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI
What more is there to say about Lindor? Really, so much ink is spilled over how great of a prospect he is, how he is continuing to handle the High-A level at 19 years old, and how the shortstop could (should?) get pushed to Akron before too much longer. Personally I want to see him pushed so I can see him playing at Canal Park, but I want to take this moment to just appreciate Lindor. Prospects this good are rare and, in our rush to get him to Cleveland, we should not underrate what he has done. His .314/.383/.426 line, 18 doubles, six triples, 19 steals, and 32:33 SO:BB are simply amazing. Paired with his elite defense? This is a top-five prospect in all of baseball. Sometimes it is best to just marvel at a player like Lindor and just say 'wow.'
Joe Sever (1B, Lake County): 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SO
Lake County's offense was on fire Wednesday night, but no Captain was as hot as Sever. The first baseman finished a double shy of the cycle and pushed his Lake County season line to .291/.360/.417. Considering that Sever is now spending most of his time at first base, this kind of power will quickly need to become a part of his skillset. He has not done poorly in the power department per se -- that .127 ISO is slightly below average -- but teams look for power out of their first basemen. Sever has shown an ability to get on base and, if he adds some more power to that mix, he could make himself a name to watch.
- Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): W (4-2), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP. While the lack of strikeouts is a little weird, I am not going to pick too much at this outing. Bauer retired hitters, limited damage, and got a quality start; that's enough for now.
- Carlos Carrasco (RP, Columbus): H (1), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO. Maybe I missed something, but I am not sure why Carrasco pitched out of relief. I doubt he is becoming a reliever for this year, but the usage obviously raises some questions. (If this is something that was announced beforehand, feel free to correct me in the comments)
- Matt Carson (RF, Columbus): 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS. Carson may not be having the most glamorous season (.251/.333/.384), but tonight he was the linchpin of the Clippers' attack.
- Jeremy Hermida (DH, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Some nice pop from Hermida, though his inability to limit strikeouts (91 in 79 games) does not bode well for the 29-year-old former top prospect.
- Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 SB. With a monthly OPS progression of .688-to-.627-to-.625, we are still waiting to see Ramirez fully break out at the Double-A level. Maybe this will start a dominant July, though.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 RBI. Two singles and an RBI. It may be Aguilar's 63rd RBI of the season, but really the development of his power through the course of the year is more important. It was not on display tonight, but it has been there.
- Matt Packer (SP, Akron): W (7-5), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP. Another great start from Packer. At this point, with 322.1 total innings at the Double-A level, I would really like to see the left-hander get a shot in Columbus.
- Enosil Tejeda (RP, Akron): H (2), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO. With a 1.50 ERA and 2.42 FIP in his first 18 Double-A innings, Tejeda looks like another worthy reliever in the seemingly endless stream of bullpen arms in this system.
- Tony Wolters (C, Carolina): 3-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI. A dramatic transition from middle infield to catching cannot be easy, but Wolters continues to handle it and not let his batting be too affected (.265/.341/.374 in 40 games).
- Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Naquin is still hitting well (.303/.368/.455) and, as a college bat, needs to be pushed to Double-A very soon. Personally, I expect it to happen after the Eastern League All-Star game next week.
- Michael Peoples (SP, Carolina): ND, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR. Being promoted to High-A has not been kind to Peoples as he is still struggling to put everything together. The strikeouts and walks were there Wednesday, but the two home runs torpedoed his overall line and moved his ERA to 6.00.
- Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB. Nothing to see here, just an outfielder showing off the on-base skills and speed he has been flashing all year (.393 OBP, 16 steals).
- Anthony Santander (RF, Lake County): 4-for-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Lake County pounded out 21 hits in this game en route to their 10 runs. Four were from Santander -- including two doubles -- as he continues to push out of his June slump (.537 OPS).
- Jake Sisco (SP, Lake County): ND, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. Even though most of Sisco's pitching recently has been hot and cold, the right-hander owns a 3.69 ERA. The 4.82 FIP is not good, however, so hopefully Sisco will pitch better going forward.
- Mahoning Valley Pitching, Game 1: 9.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 5 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 E. As this was a continuation of Wednesday's game, Luis Lugo was not able to come back after only pitching the first inning. It was no problem for the Scrappers, though, as James Stokes, Harold Guerrero, Joshua Nervis, and Ben Heller combined to limit Jamestown and get the win.
- Claudio Bautista (2B, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 SO. Naturally, getting the win also entailed getting some offense. The Scrappers were led by Bautista, who continued his Mahoning Valley resurgence (.328/.385/.500 in 14 games).
- Cody Ferrell (CF, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 SO. He may have gone undrafted, but Ferrell has back-to-back two-hit games to start his professional career. Not a bad way to turn some heads.
- Manuel Boscan (DH, Mahoning Valley, Game 1): 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 SO. Boscan came into the year with questions surrounding his bat. While a night like tonight is a good step, he will need more of this -- and some power -- to improve his standing going forward.
- Ryan Battaglia (C, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO. This was Battaglia's first home run of the season. The catcher has not shown much pop this year (six extra-base hits in 25 games) despite his raw power.
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): 2-for-3. Rodriguez now has two hits in five of his last six games. This season may not have started well (and the power's not there yet) but it seems to be turning a little bit of late.
- Caleb Hamrick (SP, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): L (1-3), 4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 3 SO. After two good starts to start the year, Hamrick has turned in two clunkers. The eighth round pick in 2012 should get better with more time in his first exposure above rookie ball, though.
- Kyle Crockett (RP, Mahoning Valley, Game 2): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Another scoreless outing for Crockett. He could be a quick mover and is doing nothing to change that thought.
- D'vone McClure (DH, AZL Indians): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO. Four doubles in nine games. McClure may have started a little slow out of the gate but he is looking better already.
- Francisco Mejia (RF, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 SO. Like McClure, Mejia's three doubles and home run in eight games is impressive. The raw prospect only has a .233 on-base percentage, but the power is nice to see out of the 17-year-old.
- Mitch Brown (SP, AZL Indians): ND, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO. Brown has seen his share of struggles in 2013, but Wednesday went well. This was Brown's first truly effective start of the season and maybe will be a building block for him going forward.
- Jordan Milbrath (RP, AZL Indians): S (1), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. A nice and easy outing for Milbrath in his professional debut. Hopefully there are many more like it in the future for the 35th round pick.
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I realize Washtime is a disappointment, primarily because of his health. When I met him in ST, he seemed as unhappy about it as everyone else. When we think of the OF losers we are keeping in the organization, I am not sure why we dump Wash when we have so little in the way of prospects who could actually play in the MLs. Keep him around for two more years. What does it hurt?
Washing is 21 years old, he has never advanced above Low A ball, so he is hardly a great prospect at this point. At his age, he should be at least knocking on the door of the Aeros. I doubt he could fetch much in a trade package, not much desire for teams to pick up an injury prone guy
Bauer still having control problems with three walks, a wild pitch, and a hit batter in six innings. But yeah, he did get some batters out and limit the damage to three runs in six innings. Baby steps.