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Around the Farm: June 9, 2014

Around the Farm: June 9, 2014
Luis Lugo (Photo: Lake County Captains)
June 10, 2014
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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.

Luis Lugo (SP, Lake County): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 10 K. I highlighted Lugo’s performance in Minor Happenings last week. This is a guy who if you look at ERA only you are missing out on a dominating pitching performance this season at Low-A Lake County. His ERA is now 4.56, a high number at first look. But looking deeper he is pitching much better than it suggests as hitters are hitting just .212 off of him, he has an outstanding 18-62 walk to strikeout ratio in 51.1 innings, he is averaging more than a strikeout an inning, and has a 3.14 FIP (not including his Monday night performance). This is a guy who is solidifying his status as a top 15 prospect in the system and showing he deserves consideration as a top 10 guy next season.

Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Naquin is some kind of hot right now. This was his fourth straight multi-hit game and he now has an 11-game hitting streak and has hits in 19 of his last 20 games. In fact, his hit line looks like this since May 3rd: 8-game hitting streak, 1 no-hit game, 6-game hitting streak, 1 no-hit game, 8-game hitting streak, 1 no-hit game and then his current 11-game hitting streak. So he has gone hitless in just three of his last 36 games. That’s consistency and that is also why he hit .328 in May and is hitting a blazing .441 so far in June. It looks like Naquin has definitely arrived as a prospect and could be pushing for an opportunity in Columbus just after the All Star break.

  • Tyler Holt (CF, Columbus): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI. Holt continues to play well at Columbus and has a current 8-game hitting streak (11-for-31). He is hitting .318 with a .432 on-base percentage this season, and has 15 stolen bases, a 38-36 walk to strikeout ratio and plays very good defense. He’s a major leaguer.
  • Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): 0-for-2, 2 BB, K. In a lot of ways, Fedroff was what Holt was 2-3 years ago, a light hitting versatile outfielder who can draw walks, hit well and steal some bases. However, Holt is a superior baserunner and a much superior defender so because of that he may actually get the big league opportunity that Fedroff did not.
  • Ryan Rohlinger (3B, Columbus): 1-for-2, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB. The Columbus offense was on ice in this one as they scored just 2 runs on 3 hits. Rohlinger had the only real highlight of the night with his solo blast.
  • Tyler Cloyd (SP, Columbus): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. A solid effort from Cloyd though he was unable to get through six innings. To his credit his outings have been much improved of late compared to some nightmarish early season outings to begin the season.
  • Scott Barnes (RP, Columbus): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Barnes has quietly put together a solid season with a 3.20 ERA and 11-29 walk to strikeout ratio in 25.1 innings. He’s found his command and has been effective to both lefties and righties.
  • C.C. Lee (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K. This was only Lee’s ninth appearance with Columbus and he really struggled in two of those outings which is why his numbers are a little inflated in a bad way. This was a solid outing and he still looks to be the next pen arm in waiting for a call to Cleveland.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 2-for-5, 2 RBI, K. Lindor is having a solid season at Akron and has been very consistent at the plate putting up a .769 OPS in April and .764 OPS in May. He’s off to a slow start in June, but he is just a good week away from be his consistent self.
  • Tony Wolters (C, Akron): 1-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, K. Wolters hit his first homer of the season and just his 9th extra base hit of the season. He has not shown much power this season but there is no doubt he has the strength to hit for power. His focus has really been on his defense and he continues to make strides there.
  • Ollie Linton (LF, Akron): 2-for-2, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB. Linton reached base three times and has filled his fourth outfielder role well in Akron so far. He actually might be seeing more time now that Bryson Myles will be sidelined for several weeks with a knee injury – though one of Anthony Gallas or LeVon Washington could get a promotion to Akron (I’d bet on Gallas if one is moved up).
  • Duke von Schamann (SP, Akron): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HR. Another good outing for von Schamann as he continues to give quality starts and really pitch deep into games. He was very efficient in this one throwing 89 pitches (61 strikes) over his 7.0 innings.
  • Bryan Price (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. A nice outing for Price and he has been perfect in all three of his outings with Akron since returning from an arm injury. I feel for him as he finally got out of Akron last year but an injury this spring sidelined him and now has him stuck in Akron again until the Indians do some housecleaning with the Columbus roster.
  • LeVon Washington (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K. Some may argue that Washington should be the one that goes up to replace Myles on the roster in Akron, but it is important to note that he still has just 29 total games played at the High-A level – a level considered one of if not the most important level in the minors.
  • Joe Sever (3B, Carolina): 2-for-5, R, 2B, K. It is great to see Sever back in action after missing about two months with a hand injury suffered opening night when he was hit by a pitch. He now has two multi-hit games in a row and has a hit in all five games he has played this season.
  • Anthony Gallas (RF, Carolina): 1-for-4, BB, 2 K. Gallas has struggled of late but he deserves a push to Akron in light of the injury to Myles. But the fact that Myles went on the disabled list on Monday but Gallas was not moved up does not bode well for him. Perhaps they waited until after Monday night’s game to give him the news, but it is still not a good sign and maybe the Indians don’t call anyone up to replace Myles.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (CF, Carolina): 2-for-3, R, BB, CS. It never amazes me how much injuries can really have a dramatic effect on a minor league career. L-Rod has struggled with injuries the last two seasons and it has had an effect on his performance and he just does not look like the same player. This was a good game, but the good ones seem few and far in between right now.
  • Brett Brach (SP, Potomac): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. You can get the adrenaline was flowing for Brach as he faced his former teammates after being released by the Indians last month. He pitched an outing in indy ball before being quickly picked back up as a depth, organizational arm by the Nationals.
  • Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Another good outing from Morimando and his fifth straight outing going 6.0 innings or more. The command has been a little iffy of late, but I am still trying to figure out why he was promoted to Akron, had an excellent debut there, and was sent back to Carolina.
  • Josh Martin (RP, Carolina): 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Martin not only blew Morimando’s good outing, but he was also tagged with the loss. This was a rare rough outing for Martin who has a 2.61 ERA, .161 BAA and 9-33 walk to strikeout ratio in 31.0 innings this season. But he has struggled of late allowing 5 runs in his last three outings covering 5.0 innings.
  • Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, K. Frazier’s performance has stabilized some over the last 10 games as he is hitting .297 with a .774 OPS during that stretch. This is a foundational year for him so it is important not to get too caught up in the numbers.
  • Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 1-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, K. Haase ripped his 11th homer of the season and just continues to be efficient with his hits as 20 of his 38 hits this season have gone for extra bases. The emergence of his power this season has been an exciting development to watch unfold.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 K. Even though this is Rodriguez’s second full season this is also in some ways a foundational year for him. His performance has been better this season but he still has a long way to go before he has a chance to be a more consistent player.
  • Caleb Hamrick (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K. Hamrick’s outings have been limited to around two innings the last two times out and for most of his outings since the first week of May. He is pitching better but he just doesn’t show much swing and miss and is walking too many batters.
  • Ben Heller (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. That’s how you close it out in the ninth inning when saving a game. Heller struck out all three batters he faced and earned his third save of the season. He now has 38 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

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User Comments

Walter
June 10, 2014 - 2:52 PM EDT
Day after Lonnie, Jesus Aguilar has tried to equal his production. In top of the 8th Aguilar is 3 for 4 with 2hrs and 6 rbi's for Columbus this afternoon.
Tony
June 10, 2014 - 1:38 PM EDT
If Holt plays like this through the end of the season he almost has to be added to the 40-man or he will probably be lost via Rule 5. He could also be a guy who is traded in July as part of a package to acquire a need.
Nikolaos
June 10, 2014 - 1:26 PM EDT
I have been a fan of Tyler Holt and I am happy he is playing well. Anyway he finds himself added to the 40 man roster by the end of the season?
Tony
June 10, 2014 - 9:57 AM EDT
Will be interesting to see what happens with McAdams. McClure will be at Mahoning and there will be some draft picks, so I am not so sure there is room but we will see.
Walter
June 10, 2014 - 9:41 AM EDT
Naquin has adjusted well to AA ball. I think after the All Star break maybe a good chance that both Naquin and Lindor will be in Columbus.

After all draft signings happen, there is a good chance that Scrappers could be a interesting team to watch. Do you see the Indians doing the same thing with McAdams as they did with Rodriquez to repeat at MHV?

Tony
June 10, 2014 - 9:40 AM EDT
I don't see a starting pitcher as something that is high on their priority list right now. Maybe more towards the deadline depending on what happens the next 4-6 weeks. I think they will look to add small pieces.....a pen arm and a right-handed bat off the bench.
Hiram
June 10, 2014 - 9:35 AM EDT
Tony,

do you think the Indians are telling teams that they could be looking for another starter and than looking at the Indians' farm system should begin??

The names I'm looking at are Gee, Niese, Latos and Kennedy


Rotation coming down the stretch of Kluber, Masterson, Niese, Bauer, Tomlin would pretty solid with our bullpen.
Hiram
June 10, 2014 - 9:21 AM EDT
Thank you Tony
Tony
June 10, 2014 - 9:20 AM EDT
Mejia is going to play with Mahoning Valley.

Higher upside between Lugo/Baker is clearly Lugo. Had Lugo ranked higher before the season and still do.....plus he's younger and has yet to really tap into everything he can be.
Hiram
June 10, 2014 - 9:08 AM EDT
Tony,

higher upside when healthy Baker or Lugo?
Hiram
June 10, 2014 - 8:55 AM EDT
I like the way the Indians are loading up the system now.

When is it time for Heller to move up to high A because with these numbers no reason for him to be in Lake County anymore?

Naquin is destroying the baseball and should take over for Fedroff as Tony said after the ASB.


Where's Francisco Meijia??
Tondo
June 10, 2014 - 8:53 AM EDT
That's more like the Lugo I had in my top 10 after last season. Was a little worried after his slow start, but he's dealing now. He might be the Indians best SP prospect.

Naquin having his breakout season in AA is very encouraging, as it allows to dream a little bigger on his ML upside.

Agree on Holt. What a nice comeback season. Pretty much all of us have written him off already.

Tough break for Myles. Hopefully he can play again this season
Mike
June 10, 2014 - 2:35 AM EDT
I was at the Lake County game tonight. Lugo looks like hes going to be the real deal. Great explosive fastball from the left side. Hitters had trouble making solid contract against him all night.

Heller also came in with the bases loaded and punched out those three batters.

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