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Around the Farm: May 5, 2014

Around the Farm: May 5, 2014
Cody Ferrell (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.

Brian Ruiz (RP, Lake County) and Cody Ferrell (RP, Lake County):1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 6 BB, 1 K.  This was a game that would just never end. Both teams scored early and the score was tied at 2-2 in the third inning after the Captains plated both of their runs, and from there both teams combined to shut each other out for the next 13 innings before things got crazy in the top of the 17th inning. Brian Ruiz (2-for-7, R, RBI, K) looked like he was going to be the hero after delivering a clutch RBI single to put the Captains up 3-2 going into the bottom of the 17th inning, but things got even crazier from there. With the Captains out of pitchers Ruiz was called upon to close out the game, but it was not meant to be as he allowed the tying run to score in the inning. After the Captains were held scoreless in the top fo the 18th inning they turned to Cody Ferrell (0-for-7, 2 K) to pitch the bottom of the 18th to try and send it to the 19th but he walked the bases full and eventually walked in the winning run. It is very rare when one position player pitches in a game, but two? In any case, it was a very noteworthy game that had an unfortunate ending.

Matt Carson (CF, Columbus): 3-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB, SB, A. Geeze Carson, have yourself a game. Not only was Carson a perfect 3-for-3 on the night at the plate, but he also walked in his other plate appearance, he piled up two extra base hits and also stole a base. He was a triple shy of one heck of an impressive and nearly perfect box score. He is having another solid season for Columbus hitting .284 with a .782 OPS in 26 games is a solid insurance plan if the Indians need another outfielder beyond Nyjer Morgan.

  • David Cooper (DH, Columbus): 1-for-3, BB, K. I am beginning to wonder how much longer the David Cooper experiment will last. He’s nowhere close to a Major League option at this point and is limited to mostly DH duties while hitting just .220 with a .545 OPS in 22 games.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 1-for-4, 2B, K. Nothing really special from Aguilar on this night, but what makes him noteworthy are some rumblings that he could be called up to Cleveland very soon. It remains to be seen what kind of impact he really will have at the big league level, but at this point the Indians may have no choice but to find out for themselves.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 R, 3B. Urshela has not skipped a beat in the early going since his promotion to Columbus as he is 3-for-8 with a triple and homer in limited time. Boy would it be nice if this is all for real as just a steady bat to go with his exceptional defense would be a welcomed addition in Cleveland.
  • Tyler Cloyd (SP, Columbus): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. Cloyd with another subpar outing. He has still only pitched into the sixth inning once this season and has been pounded by opposing hitters to the tune of a .338 batting average.
  • Nick Hagadone (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Hagadone with another strong outing and his first in Columbus since returning after a very brief call to Cleveland. He now has a 3.38 ERA in 11 appearances and 17 strikeouts in 13.1 innings.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 2-for-6, 2 R, K. Naquin has slowly improved his batting line over the past few weeks and is now hitting a healthy .271 with a .713 OPS in 28 games. The numbers offensively are not eye-popping, but solid nonetheless, especially considering all of the other things he can do.
  • Tyler Holt (DH, Akron): 2-for-4, RBI, K. Holt racks up another multi-hit game, his fourth in his last six games. He is now hitting .343 with a .798 OPS on the season and is a guy who probably deserves to be in Columbus but isn’t because Nyjer Morgan, Matt Carson and Tim Fedroff are there as center field options.
  • Bryan LaHair (1B, Akron): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K. The Indians shifted LaHair down to Akron last week in order to get him more regular at bats, but they may want to consider pushing him back to Columbus in order to offer up the best challenge.
  • Joe Wendle (2B, Akron): 2-for-5, 2 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, K. If there is anyone out there who needed this kind of performance it was Wendle. He lined a grand slam in the fifth inning and also had a triple in the game, which is encouraging as the power that was so intriguing last season at Carolina has yet to show itself this season.
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 2-for-4, 2B, RBI. Myles continues to put forth a consistent outing every night and his overall play reflects that as he has not been overly streaky this season. In 26 games he is now hitting .315 with a .852 OPS.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (3B, Akron): 2-for-5, 2B, K. With Urshela out of Akron this should open up the door for Rodriguez to play third base quite regularly and keep him from bouncing around the field as much as he was the first month of the season. Maybe moving him around less will result in a spark to his bat.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Akron): 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Roberts has his second straight very good quality outing and moves to 4-2 on the season in six starts. Hopefully this is a sign of him really starting to settle in and have the kind of career the Indians envisioned for him as a higher round pick.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Carolina): 1-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI. I know other places had Rodriguez ranked very high in their prospect rankings coming into the season, but he is a guy who did not fare well in my rankings and I have been off for a year. He’s off to a solid start at Carolina with a .381 on-base percentage.
  • Logan Vick (CF, Carolina): 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K, SB. The walks are great and all as he now has 18 in 23 games, and even though he is hitting just .163 on the season he has a .337 on-base percentage. His problem in the early going is a lack of consistent contact and some non-existent power.
  • Jeremy Lucas (DH, Carolina): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K. Lucas is having himself a nice season so far in Carolina hitting .274 with 4 HR, 19 RBI and .854 OPS in 25 games. His firepower in the early going is somewhat surprising though totally not unexpected. He looks like a solid backup option for the Indians down the road, which will be determined by his development as a catcher.
  • Anthony Gallas (LF, Carolina): 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, K, SB. Gallas continues to put up solid night after solid night and is now hitting .313 with a .867 OPS in 25 games. The walk-strikeout thing is still an issue but it is great to see him performing. I want to see even more so that the Indians are forced to challenge him at a high level.
  • Jerrud Sabourin (1B, Carolina): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, K. Sabourin has handled last week’s reassignment to Carolina well, and unfortunately, it was a reality check for his standing in the organization. He has only played in six games with Carolina and is hitting .409 with a 1.095 OPS.
  • Michael Peoples (SP, Carolina): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Peoples put forth his second best outing of the season and is now 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA. He has been held back by a bunch of nagging injuried so hopefully if they stay at bay he will pitch with more conviction.
  • Josh Martin (RP, Carolina): 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB,  2 K. Martin has served the Carolina middle relief corps well. He has made eight appearances out of the bullpen, mostly in long relief, and he now sports a 1.88 ERA and a 1-16 walk to strikeout over 14.1 innings.
  • Lake County offense: 12-for-63 (.190), 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 18 K. A tough night for the Captains though they did get three hit efforts from Nellie Rodriguez and Josh McAdams. The rest of the Captains lineup did not do much as they struck out 18 times and had just one extra base hit all game. ONE! In an 18-inning game.
  • Robbie Aviles (SP, Lake County): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 3 K. Another very encouraging outing from Aviles and he just looks to be getting stronger and stronger as the season progresses. This was by far his longest outing of the season and it was great timing as the Captains emptied their bullpen in this never-ending 18-inning affair.
  • Kerry Doane (RP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. This was Doane’s 2014 season debut as he was just called up from extended spring training. He danced around a few baserunners but otherwise had an effective first outing and combined with Aviles allowed the Captains to get 10 innings into the game with just two pitchers.
  • Alexis Paredes (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Paredes had another consistent outing, this time scattering three baserunners over two innings of work. On the season he owns a 2.37 ERA and has a 1.73 GO/AO, no homers allowed and .214 batting average against, so he has been tough to hit and lift the ball against.

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User Comments

Walter
May 7, 2014 - 12:20 AM EDT
I know there has been a lot movement through minor league system. Most recent Ivan Castillo and Luis De Jesus joining LC. Just curious when will the depth chart be updated.
reliable source
May 7, 2014 - 12:13 AM EDT
Paulino made the decision himself to switch positions
Rocky55
May 6, 2014 - 11:58 PM EDT
One other thing, wouldn't it be great to have Urshela & Lindor playing together in Cleveland? Try hitting through that side of the IF.
Rocky55
May 6, 2014 - 11:50 PM EDT
Tony, Robbie Aviles' performance lately is indeed good news. Couple of us were surprised when we drafted him a la Dillon Howard. Aviles' recovery from surgery was a bit on the slow side but this season it seems worth the wait. He's age appropriate in LC so now it's just onward & upward. Nice point about Gio Urshela. Be great to have someone with that kind of glove added to our defensively confused collection. ; )
Tony
May 6, 2014 - 2:52 PM EDT
All of those guys likely debut at Mahoning Valley or Arizona.
Hermie13
May 6, 2014 - 2:09 PM EDT
@Walter

I can't imagine the Tribe would change their draft approach and focus on a SS just because Paulino is being moved off. You don't draft for position in baseball like you do in other sports. Definitely could look at one of the guys you mentioned, but then guys like Gatewood and Chavis likely move off SS as well (especially Chavis).

I'd be all for a guy like Chavis though (don't get me wrong). Just don't think the Paulino situation plays into it at all.
Hermie13
May 6, 2014 - 2:06 PM EDT
If you don't want to watch player development and watch a team that winning is the #1 thing at the moment...go watch the big league club. Minor leagues are about player development. Minor league season is essentially one long practice for the real thing.
Walter
May 6, 2014 - 2:05 PM EDT
With Paulino moving to the OF, would that lead the Indians in the June draft to draft a SS like Chavis,Gatewood or Forbes.
Yesterday Doane made his debut, any word when Casey Shane, Thomas Pannone, Cortland Cox and Justin Garcia will make there debut's?
Tony
May 6, 2014 - 1:47 PM EDT
Just got confirmation and talked about the change with the Indians. Paulino is indeed converting to the corner outfield. I will have more on this in Thursday's edition of Happenings. Today's version is on the pitching.
Tony
May 6, 2014 - 1:44 PM EDT
Bill, I hear you and will say I don't necessarily agree with the practice. It's just the unfortunate reality where the parent clubs care little about the team results with wins-losses and care mostly about things on an individual level with the players and their health, performance and development. It is odd when you think about it how for a team sport the results as a team are greatly overlooked in favor of the individuals.
MT88 in WI
May 6, 2014 - 1:29 PM EDT
Paulino is now being sent for position change work?? Wow..

I've wanted Paulino moved from SS previously so making the change is welcome but I have to question the timing. I fail to see why they stuck with him at SS during the offseason, spring training and now a month of the season before making the change. It was clear that a change would eventually happen. They should have started it 5 months ago so he could continue working to develop thru all of this season.
Bill
May 6, 2014 - 1:01 PM EDT
Tony - Gotta vent a little bit here...

You said " last night was a prime example how winning is always secondary in the minors as teams focus on development and protecting arms first and foremost before trying to win." That's all well and good, but how do you sell that to those of us that plunk down hundreds of dollars each year for Captains season tickets? What's that slogan look like - "Come watch the Indians of tomorrow learn how to lose"???
Tony
May 6, 2014 - 12:59 PM EDT
Paulino was sent out to work on a position change, likely to the corner outfield.
Bill
May 6, 2014 - 12:56 PM EDT
I saw that Paulino was sent back to AZ today. He was only DHing the last few days. Is there something wrong with him, or is this a result of needing another pitcher after last night (or both)?
Andy
May 6, 2014 - 12:54 PM EDT
Paulino was assigned to AZL Indians on 5/5? I'm guessing the mental break that was mentioned in the ATF for 5/4 is turning into some sort of sabbatical?
Willie
May 6, 2014 - 11:49 AM EDT
You said it...
Tony
May 6, 2014 - 10:06 AM EDT
Nagging ladies. Nagging injuries. All the same lol.;)

Thanks for catching that Willie. No idea what happened there.
Willie
May 6, 2014 - 9:56 AM EDT
Re: Michael Peoples he was held back by a bunch of nagging ladies?
Tony
May 6, 2014 - 9:47 AM EDT
As it is, Paredes was used on back to back days and was extended out to two innings nonetheless, two things that are rare. So they exhausted every bullpen option. The other available arms are starters. If it were the big leagues, then one of the starters would definitely be used, but last night was a prime example how winning is always secondary in the minors as teams focus on development and protecting arms first and foremost before trying to win.
Tony
May 6, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
Jorge, the Captains were out of pitchers. Managers are under strict orders not to pitch a guy on back to back days in the lower levels, and the piggyback guys need their normal four days rest, so all of the available arms were gone. The unfortunate byproduct when you have a thin bullpen because of 7-8 guys starting or in a piggyback role.
Jorge
May 6, 2014 - 9:34 AM EDT
I'm disgusted with what happened last night with LC, I consider disrespectful to the work of the pitchers, fans and even the team, the attitude of the manager when after 16 innings, was Used players of position to perform functions of pitcher. What is this?. despite having pitchers on the bench did not use. A game that could be defended to the end, after an excellent job of pitching, literally threw the game to the trash. this reminded me the boxing, when they throw in the towel when a fighter is taking a beating!. In my humble opinion, these are the things that lower the morale of a team.
Tony
May 6, 2014 - 9:22 AM EDT
Brady's innings are being monitored on the front end. A good chance he joins Lake County some time this month a la what Shawn Morimando did two years ago. If not, then yes, definitely goes to Mahoning Valley.....but I believe there is a good chance he ends up in Lake County soon.
luke
May 6, 2014 - 9:15 AM EDT
When do we expect to see Sean Brady debut in the system? I saw this guy pitch and he has major upside. Are the scrappers his destination this year?
Walter
May 6, 2014 - 9:04 AM EDT
Even though it was only 3 singles, McAdams might have had his best game hitting in so far this year. Strike outs still a problem and the development of his power.

There have been many interesting pitchers who have pitched well throughout the minor league system. Hope it continues and hopefully some of them would make to Cleveland in next couple of years.
Tony
May 6, 2014 - 8:35 AM EDT
Missed the assist but it is in there now.;) That's a pretty damn impressive game from him.

Myles is probably on the Carlos Moncrief track. Should play all year in Akron no matter what and then if he has a successful/healthy year go to Columbus next year and see what happens. Still kind of raw as a player but the skills are definitely there.

If the Indians pull the plug on Cabrera at shortstop I still believe Aviles will play shortstop. A lot of people keep suggesting Ramirez play shortstop but it likely is not going to happen - at least on an everyday basis. I don't know where all this love for him at shortstop started, but he has minimal experience there and has more limitations there as a defender (average to maybe slightly average defender there). His impact is as an everyday second baseman or as a utility guy playing all over.
martyinnewyork
May 6, 2014 - 8:31 AM EDT
Carson also had an assist from the outfield last night...
Danny
May 6, 2014 - 8:27 AM EDT
Got a chance to watch Akron play in Erie last night and came away very impressed with Bryson Myles. Tony, any chance we see Bryson move up the ladder within the next couple of years?

Also, my first impression of Lindor is that, offensively, he is still in need some polishing before coming to the bigs. If the Indians do pull the plug on Asdrubal, I would like to see more of Ramirez before rushing Lindor to Cleveland.

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