Around the Farm: June 5, 2014
Anderson's turnaround, McAllister's rehab start highlight the night on the farm
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.
Cody Anderson (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO.
There were some rough patches earlier in the season for Anderson, but the organization's top non-Bauer pitching prospect has turned things around of late. After Anderson's 10-run implosion on May 7, the right-hander has put up a 2.15 ERA and in 29.1 innings (five starts). Anderson had a few good starts before the May 7 blowup, but those outings featured more walks than strikeouts. Changing that has been the key turnaround for Anderson lately, as the right-hander owns a 22:9 SO:BB in the 29.1 innings that have constituted his recent rebound. Anderson is not all the way back to where he was last year, but the right-hander does seem to be putting things together. Given his relative lack of experience -- both at Double-A and as a pitcher in general -- these bumps and bruises were bound to happen. What is most important for Anderson is to keep growing as a pitcher, something he seems to have been doing over the last month.
Zach McAllister (SP, Lake County): ND, 4.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
Making his first rehab start since going on the disabled list May 22 with a lower back strain, McAllister got knocked around by Low-A hitters. Of course, the raw results of a rehab outing do not really tell us much. The fact that McAllister struck out four hitters while only walking one in his 4.1 innings point to the right-hander making a conscious effort to fill up the strike zone. The most important thing for McAllister is getting back to what was working for him earlier in the season -- and possibly pre-injury -- which could just be getting the ball over the plate. McAllister seemed to start struggling with walks as he neared his disabled list stint, something that was not an issue Thursday. He is not major league ready yet, but McAllister is on his way back.
- Tyler Cloyd (SP, Columbus): W (3-3), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP. Cloyd gets a complete game* thanks to the rain shortening the Clippers' win. This complete game* makes it two in a row for Cloyd as the right-hander has pitched well over his last four starts.
- Roberto Perez (C, Columbus): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Perez's offensive breakout in 2014 continued Thursday with the catcher adding two more hits and an extra base hit. He will likely cool at some point and has never hit for this much power before, but given his ability to draw walks and play stellar defense, even keeping some of this improvement will go a long way in getting Perez to the majors.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B. Urshela is still working on improving his on-base percentage to go with his good power in Columbus. The third baseman is getting there and has hits in seven of his last eight games.
- Elliot Johnson (RF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Between Audy Ciriaco -- whom Tony wrote about yesterday -- and Johnson, Columbus has a ton of flexibility in its lineups. Johnson has never really hit at the major league level but the 30-year-old is doing well in Triple-A this season with a .278/.356/.433 line in 25 games.
- Jose Ramirez (SS, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Following a brief second base/center field interlude, Ramirez was back at shortstop Thursday. With nine games at shortstop in the 13 since Ramirez returned to Columbus, the 21-year-old is likely either gaining experience for a future utility infield position or being showcased as a potential trade chip down the line.
- Adam Miller (RP, Akron): L (0-2), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. One mistake proved to be the difference in this game as the solo home run Miller allowed accounted for all of the offense in this game. The home run aside, Miller's line is pretty solid as the right-hander continues down the comeback trail.
- Jordan Smith (RF, Akron): 2-for-3, 1 SB. Smith's first 50 games were 50 to forget, but given the 23-year-old's history of on-base ability and plate discipline, it is well-worth seeing if the outfielder can make the adjustments needed to stick in Double-A.
- Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 SB. There was not much offense for Akron Thursday, but Lindor did single and steal his 14th base of the season.
- Jake Lowery (1B, Akron): 0-for-3, 2 SO. Though Lowery struggled Thursday, just being back on the field is an accomplishment for the 23-year-old. This was Lowery's first game since being hit in the face by a pitch on April 18.
- D.J. Brown (SP, Carolina): ND, 4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP. Brown initially pitched well after filling Dylan Baker's spot in the Carolina rotation, but lately the right-hander has stumbled. The 23-year-old has allowed four or more runs in five of his last six starts.
- Josh Martin (RP, Carolina): W (3-3), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. After allowing two runs his last time out, Martin got back on track Thursday. Martin now owns an impressive 31:7 SO:BB in 29.2 innings and should be in consideration for an Akron bullpen spot when one opens up.
- Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 2-for-2, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E. Except for the error, this was a perfect day for Sabourin. The Sabour-Tooth Tiger showed some pop and put his willingness to take a walk when it is given to him on display.
- Luigi Rodriguez (LF, Carolina): 1-for-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 E. After only playing 56 games in 2013, Rodriguez is still looking to make up for lost time and get going this year. Thursday's double was the first extra base hit for Rodriguez since May 10.
- Joe Sever (DH, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO & Yandy Diaz (3B, Carolina): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB. Both Sever and Diaz made their first appearances since getting hurt on opening night. These two are interesting prospects who deserve more looks, which they can finally get now that they are healthy again.
- Caleb Hamrick (RP, Lake County, Game 1): W (2-3), 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP. Piggybacking on McAllister's rehab outing, Hamrick snapped his recent skid with this solid outing. The right-hander had allowed 15 runs in his last 7.2 innings entering Thursday.
- Claudio Bautista (2B, Lake County, Game 1): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 SB. Bautista is still an intriguing prospect based on this kind of raw ability. The second baseman has multiple hits in each of his last three games, though the 20-year-old (like many 20-year-olds) is looking to be more consistent with his talent.
- Dorssys Paulino (LF, Lake County, Game 1): 2-for-2, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E. On the whole, Paulino is still struggling at the plate since his outfield conversion. Given the learning curve of undergoing a complete position change midseason, it would not be surprising if that is potentially seeping into his production at the plate.
- Paul Hendrix (3B, Lake County, Game 1): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 SO. Hendrix's game one basically sums up his season to date: power and strikeouts. After this game the infielder owned a .220 isolated power, 20 extra base hits, and 55 strikeouts in 45 games.
- Mitch Brown (SP, Lake County, Game 2): ND, 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 2 WP. Thursday was a bit of a step back for Brown, but the right-hander did tie his season-high in strikeouts. The strong strikeout-walk combination Brown showed here is important given his 42:34 SO:BB in 54.0 innings on the season.
- Matt Whitehouse (RP, Lake County, Game 2): W (2-1), 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP. Whitehouse is another pitcher who has looked better of late, only allowing one run while striking out 10 batters in his last two outings (eight innings). The left-hander's 4.83 ERA in 31.2 innings is not great, but Whitehouse's 32:10 SO:BB gives hope for him going forward.
- Dorssys Paulino (LF, Lake County, Game 2): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 E. Paulino continued his big day with the bat in game two, though the left fielder also committed his second error in as many games and third in the last four.
- Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County, Game 2): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 BB. Frazier, last year's first round pick, might be adjusting to full season ball as he has nine hits in his last six games. The center fielder is still getting his power to translate to games, though just learning how to consistently get on base has value for the 19-year-old.
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A good example is the case of Mike Piazza being taken in the 62nd round in 1988...sure, he didn't debut until 1992...but there had to be a turning point of when scouts and management began to take notice. I guess I am asking you if these "moments" are visible, or do we only see and hear about them after the fact?