Around the Farm: June 16, 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.
Note, both High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County were off on Monday for their respective All Star breaks. Double-A Akron had a scheduled day off.
Jorge Martinez (LF, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K. Martinez ripped his first two homers of the season and is off to a hot start at Mahoning Valley recording a hit in all three games and exactly two RBI in each game. For all of his struggles last season and the first two months of this season, he is still only 21 years old and is very talented with the bat and the hope is that it will eventually click for him. His prospect status has really fallen but if he can find some confidence at Mahoning Valley it might be all he needs to go to Low-A Lake County soon and get another shot at showing what he can do there.
- Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 2-for-5, R, RBI. Fedroff’s string of multi-walk games ends at five games, but he still finds a way to get on base with two hits. He may only be hitting .267 over his last 10 games, but has a .500 on-base percentage.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB. Aguilar reached base in three of his four plate appearances and continues to swing a hot bat for Columbus. In 50 games there this season he is hitting .294 with 11 HR, 33 RBI and .934 OPS.
- Elliot Johnson (2B, Columbus): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, K. Johnson continues to fill in where needed and has done a solid job at Columbus hitting .264 with a .747 OPS. The problem is that’s what he was expected to do in Cleveland and at this point he has no shot of getting back there.
- Luke Carlin (C, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, K. The veteran Carlin has not played much this season (66 at bats), but he has fared better of late as he has a 4-game hitting streak and 7-game on-base streak. Most of all he provides good leadership.
- Justin Sellers (SS, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2B, R. Sellers has provided exactly what the Indians wanted out of him this season which is a steady, reliable defender at shortstop and a depth option to call upon in an emergency. His time is short though with the Indians as he won’t remain on the 40-man this offseason.
- Tyler Cloyd (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR. Cloyd continues to give the Indians innings at the Triple-A level which is exactly why they have him in the rotation at Columbus. His performance has leveled out after a horrendous start and he could be in Columbus the rest of the year.
- Austin Adams (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Adams has not walked a batter in his last five outings and has just 7 walks this season in 29.0 innings. He is still not being challenged with pitching on a regular basis as he is pitching once every three to four days, so until he starts pitching back-to-back nights or every other night then he probably won’t be an option in Cleveland.
- Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. All of the numbers are there for Pestano in Columbus as he has a 1.88 ERA, .198 BAA, 7-31 walk to strikeout ratio in 24.0 innings and he has not allowed a homer. The arm and stuff look better, but still not to the level of where he was in 2011-2012.
- Austin Fisher (SS, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-2, 3 BB, K. Fisher reached base in four of his five plate appearances and is off to a solid start in The Valley. He is only 2-for-11 at the plate so far (.182) but has a nice .400 on-base percentage and 4-1 walk to strikeout ratio.
- Francisco Mejia (DH, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4. Mejia has a hit in all three games played so far at Mahoning Valley. He no doubt is the top prospect to watch on that roster and is a special catcher behind the plate. So watch him. His arm will leave you speechless.
- Luis DeJesus (SP, Mahoning Valley): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. DeJesus had a nice outing in his season debut with Mahoning Valley. This is the one place he had a lot of success at in 2012 so maybe a return there can give him the springboard he needs to move to Lake County and pitch much better there.
- Jordan Carter (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. A solid pro debut for the tall, lanky pitcher out of St. Joseph’s (PA). The Indians say that he is expected to start, so he is probably going to be built up in his outings the next few weeks so he can work 4-5 innings a start.
- J.P. Feyereisen (RP, Mahoning Valley): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Feyereisen earned a win in his first pro appearance and pitched well. He is another arm that the Indians plan to mix in and give starter’s innings to this season.
- James Stokes (RP, Mahoning Valley): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. After spending the first two months of the season in extended spring training, Stokes is active and off to a good start at Mahoning Valley. He wiped out the opposition and set them all down 1-2-3 with strikeouts. He now has no walks and 5 strikeouts in 3.0 innings, and if he keeps that up should be in Lake County soon.
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Regarding Martinez, it is only three games. I wouldn't expect too much yet. But I think either way he may move quickly to Lake County to make room for Papi and Zimmer....although the Indians may just have both of them go to Lake County to start.
With Martinez having early success at Mahoning Valley, what is the main difference between MHV and LC in which he has struggled there?