Around the Farm: June 1, 2014
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.
Giovanni Soto (Akron, RP) - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K - Soto's last 10 mound appearances paint a picture of a discouragingly negative trend line. The first five of these outings were all but scoress (1 run in 8.1 IP) and the one run he did allow was unearned. Also, he posted a 5:2 K:BB ratio in these games. Conversely, his last five outings (since his May 16th return from the DL) have ranged from iffy to disastrous. He has allowed 8 ER in 4.2 IP in his five outings since returning from injury. I don't know if this is a matter of him just needing to shake off three weeks of rust or if, even worse, he is still partially injured, but whatever the cause, post-DL Gio Soto is looking almost nothing like pre-DL Gio Soto. Needless to say, that's not a good thing.
- Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI - Urshela's fifth inning triple accounted for both of the Clippers runs.
- Kyle Davies (Columbus, SP) - L (2-3), 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R (all earned), 6 K, 1 WP - Davies has a decent night on the mound, but it's not enough on a night when all of the team's offense comes on one swing of the bat.
- Frank Herrmann (Columbus, SP) - 1 IP, perfect - A perfect inning that the Clipper offense couldn't back up with a ninth inning comeback.
- Tyler Naquin (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Surprisingly, this was the only multi-hit effort on a solid offensive night for the Ducks.
- Alex Lavisky (Akron, DH) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K - Lavisky nearly doubles his run scoring total from his previous nine games (3).
- Jordan Smith (Akron, RF) - 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K - Smith has a decent night at the plate, largely thanks to an unusual amount of plate discipline for a guy with a K:BB ratio over 3.00 (41:13 in 48 games).
- Joe Colon (Akron, SP) - W (5-2), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR - Colon follows up his Memorial Day complete game shutout with a less spectacular outing, but a solid one and one still good enough for the win.
- Bryan Price (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K - Bryan makes his return from the DL with a respectable inning that gives reason for hope about his potential once he is fully comfortable with pitching in official minor league games again.
- Tyler Sturdevant (Akron, CP) - S(6), 1.2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Sturdevant sends the last five Senator batters down in order to put the game away for the RubberDucks.
- Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, 2B) - 2-4, 1 RBI - The lone multi-hit effort of the day for the Mudcats.
- Logan Vick (Carolina, LF) - 0-1, 1 R, 2 BB, Caught Stealing 1 time - Not a multi-hit effort, but still better than the bulk of the Cats offense on the day due to the two walks.
- Ryan Merritt (Carolina, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 4 BB, 5 K - A solid outing for Merritt. Even the walks aren't much of a reason to be concerned as any control issues on this day are an isolated incident (Ryan has a 54:15 K:BB ratio on the season in 11 starts).
- Josh Martin (Carolina, RP) - L (2-3), H (5), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 3 K - For any readers wondering how Josh both earned a hold an the loss, here is what happened: Josh left the game with the lead intact, thus he earned the hold; however, he allowed the runner who scored the eventual winning run to get on base, so he also took the loss.
- Grant Sides (Carolina, CP) - BS (1), 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 K,2 WP - As you probably guessed by now, Sides was the one who allowed the winning run to score.
- Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - Back to back multi hit games. Maybe last year's first round pick is finally starting to get the hang of full season ball. Let's hope so.
- Claudio Bautista (Lake County, 2B) - 2-4, 1 SB, 1 E - The only other multi-hit effort of the day is overshadowed by a seventh inning error that allowed two unearned runs to score.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 0-4, 3 K - Nellie-Rod's third straight hat trick is the only thing of note happening below the top two lines of the offensive box score.
- Dace Kime (Lake County, SP) - L (0-8), 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 earned), 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR allowed - One of Kime's better outings of the season, but still not enough for his first professional win.
- Wander Beras (Lake County, RP) - 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both unearned), 1 K, 1 HR allowed - This is what one bad pitch and a lot of bad fielding looks like.
One of the players you want to demote or cut has 2 hrs and 3 rbi tonight for LC.
You've got 3 intriguing reclamation projects down there in Akron; Price, Miller and Sturdevant. If healthy, all three could be seen as contributors to the big league club. Even if unlikely to do so in reality with the depth of arms above them. Regardless, still fun to watch.
Lake County (the worst minor league team in baseball): Bautista, Rodriguez, Boss, Santander, Ferrell, Hamrick.
Carolina: Vick, Rodriguez, Peoples
Akron: Jordan Smith, Valera
CBus: Cooper, Davies and Arias
The majority of these guys should be released, they have no chance of ever sniffing the bigs. Some of them could be sent to Arizona to get their minds and game together. Al lof these players have stunk all year, give someone else a chance instead of wasting the innings and at bats on the undeserving.