Around the Farm: May 6, 2014
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.
Kyle Davies (Columbus, SP) - W (1-0), 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 2 K - Davies continues his strong form from Double-Akron in his first start after receiving a promotion to the AAA level. While he isn't as immediate an option as Josh Tomlin (who started for the Big Club Tuesday night) or Trevor Bauer and T.J. House, Davies might be an option for the Indians rotation if the injuries pile up and they want an arm with Major Leaue experience.
Jerrud Sabourin (Carolina, 1B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B - The Undrafted Wonder is dominating the Carolina League since his send-down from AA Akron (.444/.483/.667 in 7 games). This isn't particularly shocking as he had some strong stretches in the CL last season and got off to a blazing red hot start there the first month-plus of the season before cooling considerably. The real question is whether he can take this confiedence and use it to perform better when and if he gets the call back to Akron (where he hit .152/.189/.182 in 12 games to start the season).
Ryan Merritt (Carolina, SP) - ND, 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 earned), 7 K, 1 BK - This was another good outing for Merritt who has now allowed three runs in each of his last two outings after four shutout or one-run appearances to start the season. Strangley, even though he has given up more runs the last two times out, his K:BB ratio has improved to 12.00 in the two most recent games from 3.00 in his first four.
Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB - Frazier continues to improve as he adjusts to playing "real" pro ball in front of a crowd in a more competitive environment instead of the relative anonymity and low pressure of the Arizona League and extended spring training. He is hitting .295/.392/.477 in his last 10 games as opposed to .273/.380/.426 in all 19 games since being called up from extended spring training.
- Tim Fedroff (Columbus, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB - Fedroff picks up his first multi-hit game in weeks. Hopefully, this is the beginning of him breaking out of his recent slump.
- David Cooper (Columbus, 1B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K - Much like Fedroff, Cooper is a player in need of a big rebound. This was his second multi-hit effort in three games.
- Matt Carson (Columbus, CF) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Carson also seems to be coming out of a rough stretch and in grand style. He is 5-for-6 with 4 R, 2 HR, and 6 RBI in his last two games. Not bad, now the key will be consistency.
- Vinnie Pestano (Columbus, CP) - S (2), 1 IP, 2 H, 2 K - Pestano continues to pitch well at the AAA level as he seeks a return to the Show.
- Bryson Myles (Akron, LF) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Myles reaches the 10-RBI mark on a stellar night at the plate which raises his batting average to .326.
- Ronny Rodriguez (Akron, 3B) - 1-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fky, Picked Off 1 time - A solid but unspectacular night for the suddenly light-hitting Ronny-Rod though he did rack up 3 RBI, which nearly doubled his season total (He had 4 going into this game).
- Toru Murata (Akron, SP) - W (2-0), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K - Murata rebounds from his disastrous prior outing with a performance that was almost as good as his last one was bad. Hopefully we see more of this Toru Murata and less of the one who showed up last time out.
- Kyle Crockett (Akron, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K - Crockett becomes the second RubberDuck to four saves (after Shawn Armstrong) in nerve-racking fashion. He also gave up his first Double-A run in the process.
- Luigi Rodriguez (Carolina, CF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K - This is the kind of ballgame we need to see more out of Lu-Rod.
- Ollie Linton (Carolina, RF) - 2-5, 1 K - It has been feast or famine for Linton lately as he has either had a multi-hit night or a hitless night in each of his last five games.
- Erik Gonzalez (Carolina, SS) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 SB, 1 CS - Gonzalez ends a four game hitless streak, hopefully beginning a return to his usual form (.297/.333/.423 on the season as opposed to .220/.256/.293 in his last 10).
- Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, C) - 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 K - Lucas' second straight 2-for-5 night. Hopefully this is a sign of a step up in performance from Jeremy.
- Anthony Gallas (Carolina, LF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 CS - Gallas is unstoppable as of late, posting a .368/.415/.500 slash line in his last 10 games. His season numbers aren't exactly shabby, either, at .317/.349/.525 with 10 RBI in 26 games.
- James Roberts (Carolina, 3B) - 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E, 1 HBP - The 2 errors on the night bring Roberts' season total to 8 in 26 games. Hopefully, his defense improves as the season rolls along.
- Louis Head (Carolina, CP) - S (7) - 1 IP, perfect - If Louis keeps dominating Carolina League batters like this, he may be the answer to the RubberDucks' "Wheel of Saves" bullpen by committee situation.
- Josh McAdams (Lake County, RF) - 2-4, 1 K - A good night from a guy who could stand a few more of them. Even with this solid multi-hit effort, McAdams' slash line on the season remains at .197/.247/.197 with 5 RBI in 20 games. He still has zero extra base hits in 71 ABs. Hopefully this is the first step in his turnaround so he can consistently show more flashes of brilliance like he did on this night.
- Dace Kime (Lake County, SP) - L (0-5), 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - This was actually his second best outing of the year after the scoreless effort his last time out wen he left with a minor injury. His season stats sit at an 8.06 ERA, 2.03 WHIP, and .357 opponents' BA.
The issue with Ronny-Rod was not his performance last night, but on the season as a whole, especially recently. He is suddenly not performing up to the level we all know he is capable of. I get a feeling that he will be taking up a lot of the roving hitting instructor's time the next time he comes through Akron. He can, and likely will, turn it around. It's just a matter of getting it done.
Good to see Frazier improving. That's what true top prospects do even at a younger age and that's why Paulino never established as a top prospect for me. Speaking of, Nellie Rod is off to a hot start in May and his 3 walk game yesterday was nice to see. He is the same age as Frazier and they have very similar stats, just saying...would be nice to have some elite corner-power again in the system.
Good to see Lugo back to his form. He has delivered exactly 6:1 K:BB in each of the past 4 games. A 24:4 K:BB ratio in 19IP with only 16H allowed is more like what I expected from him at LC.
Merritt might be the best of a pretty good rotation at Carolina. He is 2nd in the league in ERA and 1st in WHIP. Impressive.
Jeremy Lucas has been the most consistent hitter in the whole system along with Urshela. Both have 21 RBIs. Lucas is 3rd in the league only behind top prospects C.Hawkins and J.Gallo
Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives in the system so far, especially with some emergences from some fringe specs making up for some top 20 disappointments. System depth is much better than in years past.
Jesus Aguilar didn't get a hit.. didn't get an RBI.. didn't do anything noteworthy !!
0-5 for a night... maybe he shouldn't attempt to play 3B?
Look out, baby, here we go.