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Around the Farm: June 12, 2014

Frazier's big night, Moncrief's power highlight the night on the farm

Around the Farm: June 12, 2014
Clint Frazier (Photo: Brittany Chay)
June 13, 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 that Carolina was rained out Thursday.

Clint Frazier (DH, Lake County): 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 2 SO

Clint Frazier (Photo: MiLB)Much like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Frazier's statistical performance largely does not matter this season. Things would be easier if the 19-year-old was tearing up the Midwest League, but as it is, Frazier is still in good shape. Even though his .250/.336/.356 line and 69 strikeouts in 52 games is a little underwhelming, the more important thing in the big picture is getting Frazier adjusted to the professional game in his first full season. As has been pointed out on this site already, Francisco Lindor's year as an 18-year-old in Lake County was pretty pedestrian -- in 122 games, Lindor posted a .257/.352/.355 line -- as the shortstop went through the grind of the minor league baseball season for the first time. Lindor took off in year two, leaving his Lake County struggles behind, something Frazier will look to do in 2015 as well. We can see flashes of Frazier's talent on nights like Thursday, but though we would all like to see it more consistently, if it does not come all the way through in 2014, it is not the end of the world.

Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP

Carlos Moncrief (Photo: MiLB)After struggling to hit for much power at the start of 2014, Moncrief is finally starting to drive the ball. Those extra base hits are the source of Moncrief's recent hot streak as he has three doubles and three home runs in his last eight games. Of course, in those eight games, Moncrief has six strikeouts and only one walk, as even in this surge the right fielder's issues with plate discipline are hanging over him. Right now it seems that 2013 was the outlier for Moncrief, as his walks have plummeted and his strikeouts have skyrocketed this season. Moncrief seems to be making strides with his plate discipline lately and is finding more power at the plate, but he still has a ways to go before he will be all the way back to the 2013 form that had him looking ready to help in Cleveland in the very near future.

  • Kyle Davies (SP, Columbus): W (3-4), 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR. Davies continued eat innings Thursday, as he has made it through at least six innings in all but one of his eight Columbus starts. The right-hander does not strike out many batters, but has only walked seven in 50.2 Triple-A innings.
  • Mark Lowe (RP, Columbus): H (1), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. Even though Lowe allowed his first home run of the season, the right-hander struck out three batters, pushing his Triple-A total to 30 in 20.2 innings.
  • Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): S (4), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. It has been almost a month since Pestano allowed a run as the right-hander has 10-straight scoreless outings since May 14. Additionally, Pestano has only allowed a run in three of his 22 Triple-A outings.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Urshela is slowly seeing his stats rise as he gets on base more consistently. The power never really left for Urshela, and combined with getting on base more, the third baseman is looking more like he did earlier in the season.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Perez has fallen off his scorching-hot April pace, but given his plus defense, even hitting at an average rate leaves the catcher with plenty of value.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Columbus): 0-for-4, 2 SO. Thursday snapped Holt's nine-game hitting streak and gave him only his second game without a hit since being called up to Triple-A. Even after this 0-for-4, Holt still owns a .450 on-base percentage and .883 OPS in 17 games.
  • Joseph Colon (SP, Akron): L (5-4), 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Colon has come back down to Earth recently as hitters have started to square him up and take advantage of his pitch-to-contact approach. The right-hander has allowed 16 hits and 10 runs (eight earned) in his last nine innings (two starts).
  • Adam Miller (RP, Akron): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 2 BB. Things started to unravel for the RubberDucks here as Miller's recent issues continued Thursday. After starting strong, Miller has allowed 11 runs in his last 5.1 innings.
  • Giovanni Soto (RP, Akron): 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2 WP. The wheels really came off with Soto as the left-hander simply got knocked around. Soto had found his early season form in his last two outings, but as a whole, he has not looked the same since coming off the disabled list (0.00 ERA, 6:2 SO:BB in 9.1 pre-disabled list innings; 12.54 ERA, 7:6 SO:BB in 9.1 post-disabled list innings).
  • Anthony Gallas (LF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Gallas is going to get a lot of playing time with Bryson Myles sidelined and he is off to a great start in what should be his first sustained exposure to the Double-A level.
  • Bryan LaHair (1B, Akron): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB. The home runs have not come easily for LaHair in Akron as this was only his second in 39 games. Still, the first baseman is getting on base and hitting well overall, even if his power is not quite showing with the RubberDucks.
  • Jake Lowery (C, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO. After getting hit by a pitch in the face and missing so much time, it was not shocking to see Lowery struggle a bit out of the gate. But the 23-year-old seems to be putting things back together lately with hits in each of his last two games.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 1-for-5. This was not a good night on its own for Naquin, but the center fielder's eighth-inning single gives him a hit in 15 consecutive games, 23 of his last 24, and 43 of his last 48.
  • Robbie Aviles (SP, Lake County): ND, 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. Aviles had made it through at least six innings in each of his seven starts in 2014, but the right-hander got roughed up Thursday. Sometimes the hitters have a pitcher's number, and given Aviles' success the rest of the season, that is probably the case here.
  • Alexis Paredes (RP, Lake County): W (2-1), 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP. The organization is starting to stretch Paredes out, and so far, the results have been mostly good. Though he allowed a few runs Thursday, Paredes filled up the zone en route to his longest outing of the year.
  • Ben Heller (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Heller continued his dominant run in 2014 as the right-hander owns a 3.38 ERA and 41:12 SO:BB in 26.2 innings.
  • Grant Fink (1B, Lake County): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. A game like this is why you can live with Fink's strikeouts, as the infielder has shown an ability to be successful on offense despite 92 strikeouts in 60 games. Of course, things would be even better if Fink could cut down that strikeout rate even a little bit.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Vick continues to get on base and, more importantly given his issues in Carolina, get hits since being sent down. The outfielder owns a .261/.414/.435 line through seven games.
  • Cody Ferrell (RF, Lake County): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP. Ferrell was ice-cold in May, posting a .389 OPS after putting up a much better .835 mark in April. Some of his May struggles could be injury related, however, as this is only Ferrell's second game back since going on the disabled list in late-May with a groin strain.

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User Comments

Norm
June 13, 2014 - 3:50 PM EDT
Nice write Jim. Spot on with Frazier, IMO. Still has the bat speed but may have to tighten his swing a bit. Reminds me a bit of Gutz who never learned to do that consistently. I suspect that Frazier will.

Although I would strongly consider replacing Hagadone with Pestano, I would not be ready to give up on Hagadone. Just like Carrasco, you do not want to give up on arms that are that special. Both could yet find their way in Cleveland.

You and I can look on the bright side. For a day, you are right about Naquin's BABIP.:)
shy
June 13, 2014 - 12:25 PM EDT
Yeah they keep making the same mistake w Hagadone and he keeps making them look stupid. You can't compete in the show when you can only throw one pitch for a strike and batters sit on it. Even if you can throw it like Aroldis Chapman, which Hagadone cannot. Frazier comp w Lindor? Don't know about that. I think a good possibility the Grant and the Indians scouts got snookered AGAIN. Frazier does not look the same as he did senior year in highschool. Hitting stats aside, he looks smaller. Indians scouts and front office people should be locked in a room made to watch Brady Anderson before and after videos until they get it. Or fired.
Gson
June 13, 2014 - 11:09 AM EDT
@Walter: Maybe Akron's Pen can be reinforced..send Hagadone to the Ducks.. promote Vinnie to the parent club and move Sturdevant to Columbus?..

Hagadone's inability to throw a curve ball says he belongs back in the minors.. plain and simple.. Even with facing only RH hitters, Vinnie P is better than having Hagadone implode...
Walter
June 13, 2014 - 8:57 AM EDT
I think Frazier will have a better second half of the season than the first half. It would be interesting to see him play when the Indians do send Papi and Zimmer to LC.

Is Heller eventually going to replace Head at Carolina?

Akron's pitching staff has imploded the last 3 games both starting and the bullpen.

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