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Around the Farm: June 8, 2014

Around the Farm: June 8, 2014
Yandy Diaz (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.

Yandy Diaz (3B, Carolina): 5-for-5, R, 2B. It took a few games for Diaz to get settled in, but in his fourth games back from injury he had a huge day for Carolina with a perfect day at the plate. He was just 1-for-11 at the plate in his first three games since returning on Thursday from his broken wrist and came up with a big day at the plate on Sunday. This is the offensive upside that was so exciting to watch firsthand in Arizona this spring and why it was so unfortunate when he got hurt in the first game of the season. With his return to Carolina suddenly that lineup is a lot more exciting and he offers up someone to really pay close attention to there and see how he performs and develops.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, K. In his first game back at Triple-A, Aguilar was right at home as he launched his 8th home run of the season. After a red hot start in April with a .356 average and 1.107 OPS, he has cooled considerably since as he hit just .183 with a .577 OPS in May at Columbus and did little in the limited about of time he played in Cleveland. He was subbed late in this game by Adam Abraham, but that was not due to injury but because Aguilar was ejected from the game.

  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Columbus): 2-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI, K. Ramirez continues to play well at Triple-A as he is hitting .304 with an .800 OPS, 11 stolen bases and nice 16-19 walk to strikeout ratio. His performance in Cleveland left a lot to be desired but it is important to remember he is just 21 years old and did not get consistent playing time.
  • Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB. This was a nice game from Fedroff as he reached base in three of his five plate appearances. That is his game is to get on base as that has been the one skill he has been consistent at showing throughout his minor league career.
  • Gabriel Arias (SP, Columbus): 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. Arias is not really fooling anyone at the Triple-A level and has really struggled in his four starts with Columbus going 1-2 with a 5.56 ERA – and it could be a lot worse. If Matt Packer proves ready at Akron, he could swap places with Arias at some point.
  • Vinnie Pestano (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Pestano has now put up nine straight scoreless outings covering 8.2 innings. The performance has been there at Columbus with a 2.21 ERA, 7-28 walk to strikeout ratio in 21.0 innings and a .211 BAA.
  • Frank Herrmann (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. Herrmann’s outings continue to be inconsistent, though such struggles were expected in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. The command comes and goes and with now he has a 4.76 ERA and has a 11-20 walk to strikeout ratio in 17.0 innings.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 2-for-4, R, K, SB. Naquin currently has a 10-game hitting streak and has a hit in 18 of his last 19 games. He has been unbelievably hot during is 10-game streak hitting .455 with a1.101 OPS, and is now hitting .316 with a .799 OPS on the season.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, SB, CS, PO. Lindor has gone through a little bit of a cold stretch the last 10 games hitting .179, but he has maintained a good approach with 8 walks and 6 strikeouts. As long as that approach stays consistent, the hits will come again.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, HBP. Another solid outing from Roberts who continues to put up consistent outings and give innings. He needed 93 pitches (59 strikes) to get through six innings in this one and a did a nice job limiting the opposition to just 5 baserunners.
  • Enosil Tejeda (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Tejeda is about as consistent a reliever as the Indians have had over the past few seasons. That along with the quality of his outings should have him on the big league radar though he’s a little further down the pecking order behind other right-handed options.
  • Louis Head (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K. This was Head’s second outing with Akron and he continues to pitch well. He has thrown 2.0 shutout innings at Akron and allowed 1 hits, 1 walk and has 3 strikeouts. Overall this season he is holding the opposition to a .143 average and has an 8-37 walk to strikeout ratio in 22.1 innings.
  • Anthony Gallas (RF, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, HR, 4 RBI. Gallas continues to be a productive hitter for Carolina as he hit his 8th homer of the season and drove in his 31st run of the season. He has cooled off some at the plate hitting .179 over his last 10 games and is now hitting .276 on the season after sitting above .300 for most of the season.
  • Alex Monsalve (C, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, K. This is a guy that needs to get it going. He’s one of the strongest players in the entire system and he has a ton of ability as a hitter and catcher, but he has never really put it together over a long stretch. In 41 games he is hitting just .231 with a .615 OPS.
  • Adam Plutko (SP, Carolina): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. Plutko is still adjusting to the much tougher High-A level and one thing that continues to be a problem is his inability to prevent baserunners from scoring as he has allowed 22 baseunners and half of them have scored.
  • Rob Nixon (RP, Carolina): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. Nixon has really struggled over his last 10 outings putting up a 7.62 ERA, .340 BAA and has allowed 25 baserunners in 13.0 innings. He has to pitch much better than this if he wants to stick on the roster at Carolina, especially since after the draft the Indians will be releasing some players at High-A and below.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Carolina): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Sides has had a nice rebound performance this season. He really struggled at Carolina last season with 32 walks in 39.2 innings, which was a big reasons for his struggles. This season the command is much better as he has 11 walks in 25.1 innings and is putting himself back in the mix as a bullpen prospect.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, K, E. Rodriguez has done a solid job drawing walks and hitting for power (.173 ISO) but he just does not make enough consistent, hard contact as he is hitting just .229 and has 64 strikeouts in 214 at bats.
  • Dorsyss Paulino (LF, Lake County): 1-for-4, RBI. Paulino is still adjusting to the outfield and it will be a continued work in progress all season, so mistakes are bound to happen and happen often. He’s looked a little better at the plate since returning from extended and moving to the outfield and is hitting .306 with a .831 OPS in his last 10 games.
  • Richard Stock (C, Lake County): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, K. With the just completed draft it means role players like Stock are in a lot of trouble as far as their standing in the organization goes. After hitting a promising .280 with a .773 OPS at Lake County last year he has slipped to .195/.512 this season in limited time.
  • Dace Kime (SP, Lake County): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 6 BB, 2 K. Kime drops to 0-9 on the season, and while wins and losses often are not indicative of success in the minors, his record shows how much he has struggled early in games and with avoiding walks. It looked like he was turning the corner over  his last four outings before this one, so hopefully this is just a hiccup in his performance.
  • Alexis Paredes (RP, Lake County): 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. This was an interesting performance from Paredes as the Indians pushed him over three innings for the first time this season. He has regularly gone around 2.0 innings but was pushed out to 3.1 innings in this one, and considering the bullpen was well rested perhaps the Indians are extending him out and considering him for a piggyback role.

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User Comments

Norm
June 9, 2014 - 7:26 PM EDT
I cannot speak to Diaz' defense but he has a very good looking bat. He is RH but reminds me of a sweet swinging 1B we used to have that succumbed to injury but from the other side. Good bat speed and leverage.

It is really nice to see an article on IBI that doesn't project Naquin with a declining BABIP. In fact, it keeps going up in spite of the dire predictions, The nice thing is that if you keep saying it, sooner or later you will be right. Along with defensive stats, it is not useful at the minor league level because of variables. Just opinion lads.
Walter
June 9, 2014 - 7:10 PM EDT
LC transactions states that Kerry Doane has retired from baseball. Was a pick from last year's draft.
Tony
June 9, 2014 - 5:52 PM EDT
Diaz is being evaluated at third base. Really that and first are the only positions he can play in the infield....may end up in the outfield. He's an average defender at best with a good arm and doesn't project to get much better.
Walter
June 9, 2014 - 4:15 PM EDT
If Moncrief could had better numbers at home, he would definitely be considered a potential call up by the Indians. Maybe he needs to take the same approach as he does on the road.

Ryan
June 9, 2014 - 4:05 PM EDT
How does Yandy's glove project as a 3Bman? Plus defense? Geezus, where are all these infield prospects sprouting up like weeds throughout the system coming from?
Did Kime have this kind of control problems in college? And Plutko's peripherals from his last start make me a lot less discouraged by the overall results.
Matthew
June 9, 2014 - 2:47 PM EDT
Tony--

Not too look too far ahead, but Yandy seems like a prime candidate for the AFL, right?. Needs the extra ABs after missing 2 months, should be somewhere in that A+/AA limbo at the end of the season where a lot of those guys come from.
Tony
June 9, 2014 - 2:18 PM EDT
Yep, the Indians picked up Diaz in January out of Cuba. Had about as great a spring training as I have seen from an Indians minor league player in recent years, especially for a new guy. The bat is very interesting. Too bad he got hurt in the first game with a freak injury sliding into third base.....but now he is back and healthy so it will be interesting to follow him the rest of the way this year.
Nikolaos
June 9, 2014 - 1:11 PM EDT
Naquin seems to be putting together a pretty good streak of at bats. How long until he gets a bump to Columbus?

It is good to hear that Pestano is pitching well. Has there been any word on his velocity? It has been down the past season and a half now...
Tondo
June 9, 2014 - 12:24 PM EDT
Kime was a College JR, which makes his 0-11 pro record even worse. Luckily, the Indians picked Crockett with their next pick, which softens the blow a little.

It's still early though, but it doesn't look good and a move back to the pen seems in his future.

Yandy Diaz is a nice wildcard to have at a position of need in the system.

Will Roberts will pitch in the Majors and will surprise people.

Moncrief with another 2-4, 2B, BB game. Like last season, he seems to heat up with the weather. He also has interesting home/away splits. He's much better on the road (.818 OPS) than at home (.571), which is odd since the Clippers' ballpark is considered hitter friendly. Maybe he tries to do too much there.
art
June 9, 2014 - 12:11 PM EDT
Two of our highest drafted high school pitchers the past couple of years, Dace Kime and Mitch Brown, are a combined 0-15 so far this season. I'm a bit surprised and disappointed, to say the least.
Walter
June 9, 2014 - 12:03 PM EDT
I wonder if Diaz did not have the injury could he already be in Akron. It would interesting to watch his progress the remainder of the season. Hope he can stay healthy.

I think the Indians will give Kime the rest of the year to prove if he can start. Might become a bullpen guy next year.
Matthew
June 9, 2014 - 12:01 PM EDT
Tony will know more, but my understanding is he defected last year and we signed him at some point during this past offseason. He had been playing professionally in Cuba for a couple years, so he could be a quick mover if he finds a position.
Hawk1228
June 9, 2014 - 11:38 AM EDT
When did we sign Yandy Diaz?
Sternfan10
June 9, 2014 - 10:56 AM EDT
Kime is a bust, move him back to the pen

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