Around the Farm: June 5th, 2012
By Jim Pete
June 5, 2012
Around the Farm was originated here at Indians Prospect Insider, and takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians’ prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
The MLB first-year player draft isn't the NFL draft, or even the NBA draft. No, it's an animal all on it's own, with it's fast-paced, player-outta-nowhere mentality. For IPI, it's the best week of the year, as the system gets topped off with the potential of signing 20 or more players to fill up the system. Players littered across ATF will keep an eye on this week's draft, knowing that some of them might become dinosaurs, as this talent has to start somewhere. While many will locate themselves in Mahoning, there is always a push of some players to Low A Lake County in that inevitable domino effect.
Tyler Naquin joins the Tribe as their first round pick. For many, it was a reach, but I haven't even seen this guy play, other than the videos put up at the site earlier tonight. According to many draftniks out there, while Naquin is a reach, he's got first round talent, a cannon arm, good speed, and the potential to be a high average centerfielder going forward. He's also a guy that could find himself up the charts in the system early on, as he's pretty advanced at the plate. If he signs early, he could potentially find himself taking over for Tyler Holt, when Holt moves on to Akron.
No, he's not the bust folks are making him out to be, even though he isn't that massive, right-handed power hitter from a corner position that many wanted. It's distinctly possible the the Indians have targeted a player or two that fit that mold in the later rounds that will slot higher, we'll just have to wait and see.
Until then, welcome to the Tribe Tyler. I'm sure you'll find your name amongst the stars here in ATF soon enough. Now let's get to the Farm, shall we?
Mason Radeke: W (3-1), 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K:
There’s really not a whole lot that you can add to that stat-line that will make it sound as good as it really was. Okay, I’ll try. He made his first appearance on Monday night in the tenth inning, and promptly struck out the side. In the 11th, he struck out the lead-off batter for four in a row, before giving up a single. The runner was thrown out trying to get to second. Radeke celebrated by striking out the last batter of the inning, for 5-of-6. In the 12th, he walked the first batter, struck out the second batter for 6-of-8, then forced the final batter into an unassisted double-play, line-out to Jerrud Sabourin at first. In the 13th, he gave up a lead-off single, then saw that runner get to second on a sacrifice bunt. His reply to that? He mowed down the last two batters. It was utter dominance for Radeke, which is really something new to the reliever this season. He’s given up 13 earned runs in his last ten games, and given up a run in eight of those games altogether. He’s given up multiple runs in four of his last ten. His four innings tonight dropped his ERA to a solid 3.58 though, which shows you just how good he looked. Perhaps this will springboard Radeke a bit, as he’s working out of the pen for the first time this season, after starting for Mahoning last year.
Carlos Santana: DH, Lake County Captains: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI:
I’m not sure who this kid is, but it’s interesting that he came out of nowhere in the system to hit a two run blast in the eighth inning to tie the game on Monday night, sending the game into extra innings. The Captains would eventually win the game. Okay, seriously, I know who Santana is. The Tribe’s catcher got his first taste of action in what’s likely a short run back to the big league club. How short? Expect everybody’s favorite guitarist back in the Tribe’s line-up in tonight’s game against Detroit.
Jordan Smith: RF, Lake County Captains: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB:
Smith has had a scintillating stretch of baseball in which the rightfielder has hit .460 over the past fourteen ballgames. During that time period, he’s hit a homer, five doubles, a triple and seven RBI. The 21-year old has hit safely in ten straight games, and is hitting .439 during that stretch, with five multi-hit games, and has four multi-hit games in his last five. Smith has his average up over .300 (.305), and has seen it jump up incrementally as the summer has warmed up. He hit .255 in April, .284 in May, and pretty decent .643 in June. Smith wasn’t named to the all-star game. Why? Managers clearly don’t pay attention to recent streaks. Perhaps something will be done about that over the next week or so.
- Jason Donald: 2B, Columbus: Game 1: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB: Donald drove in the only run of the game in the third inning with a single. Overall, he’s hitting .306 in Columbus, and has hits in five of his last six games.
- Russ Canzler: LF, Columbus: Game 1: 2-for-4, 1 K: Canzler was the only player for the Clippers with more than one hit in the two-day affair. He’s only hitting .259 on the season, and .143 over his last ten games. He’s just not had much of an impact this season.
- Zach McAllister: SP, Columbus: Game 1: 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 5 BB, 4 K: Not sure what the deal was with McAllister’s control on Sunday, but he was all over the place with five walks. He’s only walked three batters total in his previous three starts. Overall, his ERA is still a fantastic 2.84, which is about where it was this time last year.
- Matt Langwell: RP, Columbus: Game 1: 2 2/3 IP, 1 K: Langwell was outstanding, coming into the game today to take over for starter McAllister. He was perfect, after being less-than perfect in his last two appearances, in which he gave up three runs in 4 2/3.
- Cody Allen: RP, Columbus: Game 1: L (1-2), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K: Allen committed the cardinal sin when he walked the lead-off hitter in the ninth, then gave up a single, advancing the runner to third. He almost got out of it by striking out the next two batters, but a single scored a run, before he struck out his third batter of the inning to end the scoring. Allen is struggling, and has given up seven earned runs in his last 13 2/3 innings.
- Ezequiel Carrera: CF, Columbus: Game 2: 2-for-2, 1 BB, SB (8): Columbus got four hit, and Carrera had two of the hits, and the only walk. Other than that, the Clippers did absolutely nothing.
- David Huff: SP, Columbus: Game 2: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R/ER, 3 K, 2 HR: Huff wasn’t horrible, but he did give up two dingers, while the Clip-Show was busing sleep-walking on offense. He didn’t have a chance.
- Tyler Holt: CF, Carolina: 1-for-3, 1 K: Holt had one of only two Carolina hits in a field-condition-shortened ball game. He’s hit safely in three in a row, and in seven of eight ballgames.
- Ronny Rodriguez: SS, Carolina: 1-for-2: Rodriguez got the other hit, and has hit safely in 8-of-10. His average over that stretch is a solid .314, and he has the average up to .250 on the season.
- Francisco Jimenez: SP, Carolina: L (5-3), 4 1/3 IP 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 B, 1 K: Jimenez pitched a solid game, but was done in by the game being shortened, and the Mudcats offense disappearing.
- Todd Hankins: LF, Lake County: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K: Hankins just hasn’t been consistent offensively, even though the Captains have him hitting in the lead-off slot on occasion. While he had a nice night, you just can’t strike out fifteen times in your last ten games, and 42 times in 40 games overall. Still, he hit the game-winner tonight, so let's give the kid his props. He's earned it.
- Jerrud Sabourin: 1B, Lake County: 0-for-6, 1 K: Say it and so, Jerrud!?! Okay, it doesn’t have the same ring, but Sabourin had his worst day at the plate since mid-May.
- Alex Monsalve: C, Lake County: 4-for-6, 1 2B, 1 K: Any time you catch a 13-inning game, you worry about stamina, but Monsalve showed a bit of character tonight. Perhaps he was showing off a bit for Santana’s cameo, or perhaps that bat is starting to catch fire. He’s gone 6-for-10 in his last two games, and his hitting .275 over his last ten. Of course, he did get thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the 13th after a lead-off double, but was bailed out when Todd Hankins drove in the winning run in the very next at-bat.
- Joseph Colon: SP, Lake County: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 R: Colon is so on the radar right now, and it’s games like this that has to impress the coaching staff and the front office. He didn’t have his best stuff tonight, and still managed to fight through seven innings, which ultimately saved his bullpen in a 13-inning ballgame. He has been electric this season, and hasn’t had a bad start since an April 29th game in which he gave up five runs, four of them earned. His consistency…well…dominance this season has made him the ace of a vaunted staff, and got him an appearance in the Midwest All-Star game. Well-earned, as he’s 5-5, with a 2.78 ERA.
- Cole Cook: RP, Lake County: 1 IP, 1 BB: Cook continued a solid season with one shutout inning. It was a good rebound from his May 31st implosion that saw him give up three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings.
- Jeff Johnson: Closer, Lake County: 1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K: No, you don’t want to see two walks from your ninth inning ace, but it’s certainly better than giving up a run, which he’d done in his previous two appearances. He actually came into the game with a runner on in the ninth after Cook walked the first batter. He promptly walked his first batter, threw a wild pitch to move the runners up, then loaded the bases with another walk. Perhaps he was channeling his inner Joe Borowski.
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Of course, the Indians have to be willing to move some of the vast array of fringe (or less) players they have stashed in Akron and Columbus. So far, injuries have cleaned up the rosters but it looks ot me like some of the clones in Columbus would be a start.