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Around the Farm: June 2, 2014

Around the Farm: June 2, 2014
Erik Gonzalez (Photo: IBI)
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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, Double-A Akron had a scheduled off day on Monday.

Erik Gonzalez (SS, Carolina): 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, BB, K, E. Gonzalez is back to his old form and racked up the extra base hits and filled the box score in his fifth game back from his finger injury. He has really had a nice season and proven to be a nice shortstop prospect for the Indians and helped prove some of the naysayers wrong that felt last season’s big performance was a fluke. He’s maintaining a strikeout rate around 18-20% the last two seasons, which is not great, but is acceptable for an aggressive hitter like himself considering he makes such good, hard contact. His power is down some this season, but like in this game he shows an ability to pile up doubles and triples with his decent speed and athleticism. With his ability to run well and his improving shortstop play, you have yourself a pretty good middle infield prospect.

Claudio Bautista (2B, Lake County): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI. Bautista is starting to show the type of offensive player he can be on a more consistent basis. He really buried himself the first six weeks of the season as he was hitting .182 with a .491 OPS through May 18th, but in the two weeks and 14 games since he is hitting .357 with 4 HR, 12 RBI and 1.011 OPS. He’s had a tough time adjusting to Low-A but things appear to be coming around with him and if so he is a prospect worth watching because of his upside with the bat and his natural athleticism in the field, at the plate and on the bases.

  • Tyler Holt (CF, Columbus): 1-for-4, 2 K. The Columbus offense was quiet all night as they scored just one run and had eight total baserunners with 12 strikeouts. Holt did not do much, but he does have hits in seven of his eight games in Columbus and owns a .344 average and .447 on-base percentage.
  • Tim Fedroff (DH, Columbus): 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 K. Fedroff reached base in two of his four plate appearances this game, the only Clipper to do that. He continues to show a solid approach (29 BB, 36 K) and gets on base at a good clip (.374 OBP).
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Columbus): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K. Moncrief chipped in the only RBI of the night with a second inning double to right field. The strikeouts continue to be a problem as he struck out in two of his four plate appearances and how has 58 strikeouts in 189 at bats this season.
  • Travis Banwart (SP, Columbus): 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R/ER, 5 BB, 3 K. Banwart has mostly done a good job of eating innings this season and pitching deep into games, but not this time out as he really struggled with his command. He threw 113 pitches (64 strikes) in his 4.1 innings with a 56.6% strike percentage.
  • Austin Adams (RP, Columbus): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Adams did a nice job in relief of Banwart and settled things down in the fifth and sixth inning by keeping Louisville off the board. His strikeout rate is down this season, but he’s also throwing more strikes and doing a nice job of limiting walks.
  • J.C. Ramirez (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. After five games with Double-A Akron, Ramirez made his Columbus debut and is where he was slated to open the season. He looks to be 100% recovered from the thumb injury he suffered in spring training.
  • Yhoxian Medina (2B, Carolina): 2-for-6, 2 R, K. Medina racked up his second straight multi-hit game to kick off June. After a very slow start to his season he has turned things around some at the plate hitting .342 with a .813 OPS in his last 10 games.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 2-for-5, RBI, K. Sabourin is having a steady showing at Carolina hitting .274 with a .660 OPS in 31 games there. Of his 37 total hits this season just 8 have gone for extra bases, which leaves him with a .313 SLG and .066 ISO.
  • James Roberts (3B, Carolina): 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB. Roberts has been in a slump over the past week-plus going just 6-for-28 (.214 AVG) over his last nine games. Still, a home run is nice to see as the power is what is missing from his game. Of his 46 hits all year just 5 of them have gone for extra bases.
  • Cole Sulser (SP, Carolina): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 K. This was a strong effort from Sulser and he earned his second win of the season in the process. He looks to be past his struggles from a few weeks ago and is throwing more effectively having gone at least six innings and allowing no more than three runs in each of his last three starts.
  • Jacob Lee (RP, Carolina): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K. Lee’s up and down season continued. Even though both runs were unearned he did allow 4 baserunners in 2.0 innings which is not very good. With his power stuff, the lack of strikeouts this season are concerning.
  • Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 2-for-5, R, K, A. Frazier looks to be getting hot at the plate as he has three straight multi-hit games and is 7-for-13 at the plate with a homer and 2 RBI in those contests. The strikeouts are still concerned as he has stuck out at least once in 4 straight games and has 59 on the season.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 2-for-4, RBI. With his multi-hit effort Haase has his batting average up to .250 on the season. He’s more of a slugger so batting average is less important and power and production will be what guides him offensively.
  • Shane Rowland (DH, Lake County): 2-for-4, RBI, 2 K. Rowland doesn’t get a chance to play much as an extra catcher on the roster, but he took advantage of an opportunity in this one with a multi-hit effort and his first two hits at Lake County. He is now 2-for-10 in three games.
  • Luis Lugo (SP, Lake County): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K. This was Lugo’s second straight good outing and you have to hope that the adjustments he has made with his delivery and approach are finally taking hold. Over his last two games he has thrown 10.0 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, 5 walks and has 8 strikeouts.
  • Trevor Frank (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Frank notched his fourth save of the season in this one. The save opportunities have been very few and far in between for Lake County this season, but when he has gotten a chance he has been rock solid in late inning situations.

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