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Around the Farm: May 26, 2014

Around the Farm: May 26, 2014
Jesus Aguilar (Photo: Brittany Chay)
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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.

Jesus Aguilar (DH, Columbus): 0-for-1, BB. Aguilar was pinch hit for in the 7th inning, though he was not injured. With Nick Swisher getting hurt on Monday the Indians either A.) removed Aguilar from the lineup to ensure he is not hurt and have him on standby as they decide what to do with Swisher, or B.) they have already decided to place Swisher on the DL and wanted to get Aguilar on a plane to Chicago as soon as possible so he can play on Tuesday against lefty Chris Sale (I vote for the latter being the case).

Joseph Colon (SP, Akron): 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. This was a special outing from Colon as he needed just 95 pitches (66 strikes) to get through it and in the process he threw his first minor league shutout and complete game in the same game. If you don’t know who he is you better start paying attention as he is one of the Indians best starting pitching prospects and is having a breakthrough season. In 10 starts he is now 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA and has a 23-40 walk to strikeout ratio, .210 BAA and 1.08 GO/AO.

Robbie Aviles (SP, Lake County): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. This is getting crazy. Aviles put forth another stellar outing and since being inserted into a regular starting role rather than a piggyback role he has now made five starts and gone at least 6.0 innings in all of them and allowed a total of 6 runs. He is not blowing people away as he has just 31 strikeouts in 49.1 innings, but he is limiting hits (.192 BAA), walks (7) and getting a lot of groundballs (1.50 GO/AO). Maybe the advanced metrics don’t like him because he relies on groundballs and his defense so much, but in any case, this is a very nice showing and you have to wonder how much longer the Indians can keep him in Lake County.

  • Jason Kipnis (2B, Columbus): 0-for-4, K, E. Not the greatest of games for Kipnis, but then again a minor league rehab assignment is all about getting your work in and not having any injury setbacks. Kipnis could be on the same flight with Aguilar to Chicago.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 0-for-3, BB, 2 K. Urshela is really struggling at the Triple-A level as the league has adjusted to him and he has yet to make an adjustment to it. He has a 2-17 walk to strikeout ratio and is now hitting .227 in 23 games with Columbus.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Columbus): 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, K. Holt came through with a big knock in the 9th inning ripping an RBI double to left field for his first Triple-A hit and knotting the score at 3-3 and sending the game into extra innings.
  • Tyler Cloyd (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K. After a horrific start to the season, Cloyd looks to be settling in over his last two outings as he has totaled 11.0 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 11 hits, 2 walks and has 7 strikeouts.
  • Nick Hagadone (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Everyone keeps writing this guy off but I still hold out hope that he can put it together and show at least enough consistency to stick at the Major League level in a middle relief role. He’s dominating right now in Triple-A with a nice 9-28 walk to strikeout ratio in 18.2 innings.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, K. Naquin was removed from the game after the 5th inning as Ollie Linton replaced him. It is possible that an injury cropped up, but with the score 9-0 in favor of Akron heading into the 6th inning it looks like Naquin was just getting some well-deserved rest.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Akron): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, K. His slash line of .231/.294/.387 may not be pretty and pales in comparison to what he put up last season at High-A Carolina, but he does have 19 extra base hits and has put up better at bats of late.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB, SB, E. Francisco swiped his 11th bag of the year and reached the double digit mark in stolen bases (10). He continues to show his ability to fill a box score and impact a team in several different ways.
  • Bryan LaHair (DH, Akron): 2-for-4, 2 RBI. LaHair is now hitting .326 with a .865 OPS in 25 games with Double-A Akron. He still only has one homer all season and is a player who should be moved up to Columbus and just might end up doing so if Swisher is placed on the DL and Aguilar is called up on Tuesday.
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 2-for-4, K. Myles has been a model of consistency all season. He is still not running a lot as he has just 5 stolen bases, though he is hitting for close to average with a .284 batting average and getting on base (.353).
  • Yhoxian Medina (SS, Carolina): 0-for-3, 2 BB, K. The Mudcats had just 4 hits and 7 walks on the day and scored just one run. With the walks Medina now has an 8-game on-base streak going.
  • Anthony Gallas (LF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI. Gallas knocked in the only Mudcats run of the day and continues to shine offensively for the club. In 45 games he is hitting .300 with 6 HR, 24 RBI and .871 OPS. Get creative and find a way to get this guy to Akron already!
  • Michael Peoples (SP, Carolina): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K. This was Peoples’ best outing of the year. He tied for his longest outing of the season with 6.0 innings of work, tied for a season low in runs, and had a very nice 1-7 walk to strikeout ratio.
  • Clayton Cook (RP, Carolina): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. After going 5.2 innings and getting a start his first time out on May 21st the Indians had Cook work in the backend of a piggyback role in this one. This is not unexpected since he has barely thrown any innings the previous two seasons and the Indians will want to really limit his workload – but still give him starter’s work.
  • Paul Hendrix (3B, Lake County): 2-for-3, BB, CS. Hendrix with yet another multi-hit game this month. He reached base in three of his four plate appearances and provided three of the eight baserunners Lake County had all game.
  • Claudio Bautista (2B, Lake County): 1-for-3, 2B. Bautista continues to put up solid performances and continues to hit as he now has a 10-game hitting streak and is hitting .459 with a 1.149 OPS over that period.
  • Alexis Paredes (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Paredes was tagged with the loss in this one because he allowed the only run in the entire game. The walks got him in trouble and he had problems getting ahead of hitters, and it ultimately cost him and his team.
  • Trevor Frank (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Frank was his typical, reliable self in this one with a clean inning of work. He’s had few chances to close games for Lake County this season because they very rarely have a lead to protect.

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User Comments

Walter
May 27, 2014 - 2:38 PM EDT
By the time Colon makes it to Cleveland part of that disaster infield will not be there since Lindor will be the anchor at SS.

Seth
May 27, 2014 - 2:13 PM EDT
Yeah, Kluber K/9 was 10 at AA for SD, and was around 9 in Columbus. He was always considered a guy with great stuff who was just inconsistent and couldn't put it together.

Colon or any non-strikeout pitcher would be a disaster in Cleveland with their defense, at least with the current roster. Look what happened to poor Tomlin when he gave up a rare ground ball yesterday.
Willie
May 27, 2014 - 12:54 PM EDT
Kluber got a ton of K's in the Texas League. His cutter has really set him apart.
Canadian Joe
May 27, 2014 - 12:31 PM EDT
Kluber was not a big strikeout pitcher in the minors, but as his secondary pitches developed and he began to trust them, the K's increased. McAllister also saw a jump in Cleveland. Once they develop a cutter or a splitter, I think their numbers will improve also.
Tony
May 27, 2014 - 12:25 PM EDT
Like everyone else said.....Colon and Aviles are not soft-tossers.:)
Jim Piascik
May 27, 2014 - 12:08 PM EDT
Colon was popping 93-94 on the Canal Park gun.
Pathofkindness
May 27, 2014 - 12:05 PM EDT
How hard were Colon and Aviles throwing yesterday?
allhailshapiro
May 27, 2014 - 11:53 AM EDT
Location and command are harder to figure out than an out pitch. I'll take the young pitcher who has some velocity who can spot his pitches and bank on him having the acumen to eventually add a swing-and-miss breaking ball. New grip is easier to learn than how to spot a fastball. N Colon and Aviles have some arm strength. Intrigued.
Willie
May 27, 2014 - 11:29 AM EDT
Hardly soft tossers Colon hits 94, Aviles 95.
Sternfan10
May 27, 2014 - 10:54 AM EDT
Aviles and Colon are typical Indian soft-tossers, more guys that don't have the arm to pitch at the big league level. I don't understand why the Indians consistently invest in soft tossers.
Sternfna10
May 27, 2014 - 10:50 AM EDT
It's time to shake up the lake County everyday players, it's ridiculous watching guys hitting below .200 0r slightly above .200 at this juncture of the season. Let's be honest these types of players are not going to make it, bring up some youngsters from extended training and give them a shot, they cannot do any worse.
Tony
May 27, 2014 - 10:48 AM EDT
Swisher hurt his knee yesterday and will be re-evaluated today. Carlos Santana is also maybe dealing with a concussion and will be re-evaluated today. It looks like Aguilar will be up to take one of their spots.

Colon is definitely putting himself into consideration for a starting job in Cleveland....but not this year. He's still not Major League ready and likely won't be an option until sometime next year. If he pitches this season it would probably only be out of desperation because of injuries, and even in that case I am not sure that happens.
Hiram
May 27, 2014 - 10:46 AM EDT
GSon,

like how you're thinking and from my understanding it's loaded with pitching so, I would like to see the Indians go that route as much as possible with a bat or two in the mix. I think if they draft right it could really elevate this system into one of the better one's but they need to execute.
GSon
May 27, 2014 - 10:24 AM EDT
@Hiram... the draft has a lot of talent this year.. The latest mocks are all over the place.. ranging from Sean "Nuke'em" Newcomb or Casey Gillaspie @ # 21 to other sites that have, Sean Reid-Foley @ # 21, AJ Reed @ # 31 & Erick Fedde @ # 38, Jeff Hoffman @ # 21 & AJ Reed @ # 31, Brandon Finnegan & Derek Fisher @ # 21 & # 31, respectively. The sites include SI, MiLB, MyMLB, MLB, BA etc.. So, there is absolutely no consensus. FWIW, I like SI's pick.. but wouldnt' be upset with BA (Mock 2) or any of them.. Just as long as the selection doesn't smell like a 'bargain' for the purpose of spending more on picks later in the draft.. This might be the best year to use that strategy..but, the talent at the top of this draft is just good enough that the Indians must take an impact guy.. imho...

Thoughts?..
Hiram
May 27, 2014 - 9:57 AM EDT
I wonder if Colon will get consideration for the Indians down the line if he keeps this up. Indians could use another innings eater in the rotation and I know it's a big jump.


Looking forward to the MLB draft where the Indians have five picks in the top 100
Canadian Joe
May 27, 2014 - 9:32 AM EDT
Love seeing Aviles getting back in the mix. Would think he has to be Carolina bound not later than the All-star break. All he is missing now are a few more K's to complete his resume.
Colon has certainly put his name up there as well. Again, a few more K's would be nice to see. These 2 guys are looking very strong right now. Nice to see some pitchers stepping it up. A strength of a farm system.
Tony, I know you say that winning is not paramount in the minor leagues, but, boy, all teams are really struggling right now. I still think won/loss records are a good indicator of the development of young players, and right now, aside from a few, we just are not seeing it !!!
LeaguePark
May 27, 2014 - 9:00 AM EDT
What happened to Nick Whiffer?

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