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Around the Farm: May 2, 2014

Around the Farm: May 2, 2014
Brian Ruiz (Photo: Lake County Captains)
May 3, 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.

Brian Ruiz (Lake County, LF) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS - Scoring the game winning run capped off a stellar night for Ruiz, who was a late addition to the Captains' starting lineup (Cody Ferrell, who walked and later scored earlier in the 10th in a pinch-hit appearance replacing DHAnthony Santander, was supposed to start at LF and bat ninth).  It was nice to see him play well considering his recent run of form where even with the offensive explosion his last 10 games' slash line is still only .194/.265/.290. Not to be missed, he his two-out triple scored the tying run in the 10th and set up the winning play from...

Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K - Maybe Clint is starting to settle in as he is 6-for-12 with 3 RBI in his last three games and got the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the tenth. With two outs, a full count and the winning run on third he hit a high chopper down the third base line that he initially thought was foul and didn't run as hard out of the box so he barely beat the throw by a step for an infield single to score the winning run.

Nyjer Morgan (Columbus, CF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K - Morgan's second straight 2-for-5 night.  Hopefully this is the beginning of him breaking out of the slump he has been in since being sent down from the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.  He played better than his recent form with the Big Club, so we all know he has it in him to do it in Triple-A.  It's just a matter of him showing it, which he has the last two nights.

Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 K - LaHair continues to perform well at the Double-A level with this dominant three-hit effort.  He is .350/.409/.450 through 5 games with the RubberDucks with 6 RBI.  Whether or not this gets him a second oppurtunity with the AAA Clippers, with whom he posted a .114/.139/.171 slash line to start the season, remains to be seen.  His K:BB ratio has also improved in AA to 1.00 (2:2) from 10.00 (10:1).

Kyle Crockett (Akron, RP) - 1.0, perfect, 2 K - Crockett remains unscored upon in 10.1 IP in ten relief outings.  He has given up only three hits while striking out 11 and walking only one on the season.  To make all of this even more impressive, both of his strikeouts on the night were of the called variety.  He should be receiving a bus ticket to Columbus very soon.

  • Jesus Aguilar (Columbus, 1B) - 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB - The RBI Machine increases his total to 17 on a first inning ground out to third.
  • Carlos Moncrief (Columbus, RF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B - Moncrief is on an unstoppable roll.  He is .394/..429/.606 with 3 RBI nad 3 SB in his last 10 games.  The K:BB ratio remains a concern though (4.00 [8/2] in his last 10 games and 3.67 [20/6] on the season).
  • Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus, 2B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Rohlinger has also been strong in his last 10 games, posting a .333/.390/.417 slash line.
  • Travis Banwart (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP - Banwart reverted to his earlier form after a solid start in his last outing, but avoids picking up the loss.
  • Mike Zagurski (Columbus, RP) - 0.2 IP, 1 H - Zagurski gets a "right place, right time" win for his first victory of the season.
  • Mark Lowe (Columbus, CP) - S (6) - 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Mark Lowe strikes out the side for his sixth save of the season.
  • Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly - Lindor has an all-around solid night at the plate and continues his recent solid form (.333/.390/.556 with 8 RBI and 2 stolen bases in his last 10 games).
  • Bryson Myles (Akron, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - Hopefully we can see more nights like this out of Myles, whose recent performance (.205/.262/.205 in his last 10 contests) is hardly on par with his usual level of play (.303/.357/.447 in 22 games this season).
  • Tony Wolters (Akron, C) - 2-4, Wolters' second multi-hit performance in his last three games.
  • Cody Anderson (Akron, SP) - W (2-2), 6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 1 K - More hits than you would like to see, but he kept the runners from crossing home plate safely, and that's what really matters in a pitching performance.  Hopefully, he can become more consistent in putting up such low-scoring stat lines.
  • Toru Murata (Akron, RP) - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned) - Hopefully this effort is nothing more than a blip on the radar for Toru as continuing to pitch as poorly in Akron as he did in Columbus would be a very quick way for him to find himself out of the organization entirely.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron, CP) - 0.1 IP, 1 BB - Armstrong only needed to face two batters to become the first RubberDuck to reach the three save mark this season.
  • Anthony Gallas (Carolina, LF) - 2-4, 1 K - Gallas goes 2-for-4 for the third straight game.  He is now batting .324/.342/.514 in his last 10 games.  Hopefully he can keep this form up.
  • James Roberts (Carolina, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R - James, who scored the Mudcats only run on the night, is on a similar tear as of late, posting a .344/.417/.375 slash line in his last 10 games.
  • Cole Sulser (Carolina, SP) - L (0-3, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 1 K - Sulser had a rough outing and was taken out after the first inning because of the organization's 35-pitch limit an inning policy.
  • Rob Nixon (Carolina, RP) - 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K - Nixon performed admirably after being pressed into emergency service, but it wasn't enough on a night of poor run support.
  • Carlos Melo and Granmt Sides (Carolina, RPs) - both 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - The two relievers provide the 'Cats with identical dominant innings in the eighth and ninth respectively.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - The type of stellar night at the plate that we need to see more of from Nellie-Rod, who was 0-for-34 in his last nine games entering the night.
  • Anthony Santander (Lake County, starting DH) - This multi-hit effort raises his last 10 slash line to .325/.372/.525, far superior numbers to his .193/.260/.295 season slash line (in 23 games).
  • Caleb Hamrick (Lake County, RP) - 4.1 IP., 7 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB (1 Intentional), 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Hamrick's ERA is now at a 7.62 ERA and he has a 1.81 WHIP and .308 opponents' batting batting average through 26.0 IP in six outings (four of them starts).  The Indians will probably continue to give him opportunities to turn things around in Lake County, but because of his youth he might eventually take a step back to extended spring training to get him righted and return to Lake County (or Mahoning Valley) shortly thereafter.
  • Kenny Mathews (Lake County, RP) - W (2-2), 0.2, 1 IP - While this was a "right palce, right time" win to some extent, he played a crucial role by keeping the game close enough for the offense to stage their bottom-of-the-tenth comeback.

User Comments

Willie
May 3, 2014 - 4:01 PM EDT
Imhof isn't sexy but should develop into a very solid #3 type starter. He's big, durable, gets K's and will log innings. Not a high ceiling guy, but certainly a high floor guy, IMO. Personally, I think he continues to develop and will add a little 1-2 mph (more consistently) on his FB as he gets stronger.

Weaver and Cosart are the guys I think could be more upside candidates. Not to leave out Chris Ellis, bc I think he could add some velo (1-2 mph) and strength. That's the thing with this draft class, plenty of talented arms with upside remaining.
Justin Rusnak
May 3, 2014 - 3:30 PM EDT
Gotta tell you...super nice guy...but not impressed by Matt Imhof at all. Saw him pitch in person and it was not anywhere near as dominant as I thought he would be. I though Reed Riley, the closer for Cal Poly, was way more dominant.

I am hoping we find a way to scoop up JD Davis from CS Fullerton.
Willie
May 3, 2014 - 3:12 PM EDT
Hiram,

I think they could come away with at least 5 or more players that push their way into the Tribes top 20 prospects. Consider last yr Frazier, Kime, Crockett, and Brady are in some ppl's top 20 lists. If they could land five or more prospects that slide into the top 20 that's big for this org.

For example: lets say the Tribe goes something like this...
1.21 Luke Weaver
1.31 Matt Imhof
1.38 Chris Ellis
2.67 Jake Cosart
3.97 Cobi Johnson

That's some serious talent there, adding three college arms, one JC and one HS arm in the process. It may be a matter of opinion, but I would suggest those at least 4/5 of those arms would force their way into the top 20.
Adam
May 3, 2014 - 2:56 PM EDT
I think the Indians need 4-5 years in a row of good drafting, international signing, and developing in order to erase the damage that's been done over the past decade or so. We have a depth of role player type prospects but very little in the way of impact talent. Frazier, Lindor and Bauer are the only guys who really project to be star level players. It's good to have depth, but we need impact pitching and power hitters in order to really get much out of the farm system.
Hiram
May 3, 2014 - 11:36 AM EDT
Willie,

I totally agree with you on the pitching and this is the draft for it too because it's a ton of good college pitching that will be available. I think this farm system is two good drafts away from being really good. It feels good to be able to call up guys and have them contribute. I like what I'm seeing
Walter
May 3, 2014 - 10:29 AM EDT
I think we have a future right fielder if only he could learn how to hit. McAdams threw out another runner out at the plate. Also he did get a hit and rbi in this game after striking out 7 times in row earlier this week.
Willie
May 3, 2014 - 10:12 AM EDT
Hiram,

Completely agree, this draft is big to restock the system. I'm hoping the come away with an abundance of pitching. Most of that from the college side with a cpl HS and JC arms sprinkled in.
Willie
May 3, 2014 - 10:10 AM EDT
I'm not convinced JRam has graduated the system... The Tribe will likely bounce him back to AAA once Kipnis returns unless he's added to the lineup (like I think he can).

Btw, sending him out a few more days would mean the difference in control for another yr. As we Tribe fans know that is a concern for the Tribe.
Canadian Joe
May 3, 2014 - 9:51 AM EDT
Hiram..... correction. A lot of guys should be graduating to Cleveland soon !!!! Ramirez should be the first. Oh !!! Missed that one !!!!
Roger
May 3, 2014 - 9:51 AM EDT
tony, why is kyle crockett still in akron i think it is rather obvious that he can batters out left and right in AA. I know they have some quality pitching in C-bus but i do suspect they could fit crockett in their bullpen nicely. it is time to see if he can continue to progress. no runs allowed in a month of the season is quite impressive and southpaw to boot
Hiram
May 3, 2014 - 9:31 AM EDT
Good night for the farmhands.

I cannot emphasize enough how important this June draft is for the Indians because with five picks in the top 100. It can really give the Indians system a major jump because alot of guys will be graduating to Cleveland soon

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