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Around the Farm: May 9, 2014

Around the Farm: May 9, 2014
Giovanny Urshela (Photo: Brittany Chay)
May 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.

Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - Urshela continues to dominate International League pitchers at a rate exceeding even his very good early season performance from the Double-A Eastern League.  He is batting .400/.400/.920 with 3 HR and RBI in 7 games (including a debut in which he did not come to the plate) since his call-up from Akron (where he put up a nice .300/.347/.667 slash line with 5 homers and 19 RBI in 24 outings to start the season).  While this level of performance may or may not continue for the entire season, a run of form anywhere close to this for the rest of the Clippers season should get him on the big league roster this offseason and even make him a candidate for a September call to 2401 Ontario Street.

  • Justin Sellers (Columbus, LF) -  2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Sellers has his second straight multi-hit game after an eight-game stretch in which he went 6-for-35.  Sellers also got the eventual game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth on a bases-loaded walk.
  • David Cooper (Columbus, DH) - 1-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI - Cooper only had one hit on the night, but it was a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth to give the Clips three insurance runs and all but put the game away.  Cooper is performing better than his earlier season form as of late.  He is batting .275/.356/.325 in his last 10 as opposed to .250/.312/.290 on the season in 26 games.
  • T.J. House (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K - House rebounds from a rough outing and resumes normal service with this dominant outing at the corner of Neal and Nationwide.
  • Nick Hagadone (Columbus, RP) - BS (1), 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed - A rare rough outing for Nick at the Triple-A level.
  • Vinnie Pestano (Columbus, RP) - W (1-2), 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K - Pestano continues to pitch well in C-Bus and may get a second chance at the closing gig in Cleveland if John Axford continues to make things a little too entertaining in his closing appearances (he at least would come up and first pitch in middle relief).
  • Tyler Holt (Akron, DH) - 2-2, 1 R, 2 RB, 1 CSI - Holt continues to dominate Eastern League pitching as he is .342/.449/.367 in 26 games and a red hot .389/.477/.417 in his last 10.  Columbus-bound?
  • Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS - Much like Cooper, Lindor's night at the plate centered around a bases-clearing double that provided key runs.  Lindor's came in the bottom of the second, providing the fourth, fifth, and sixth runs, which proved to be important in the RubberDucks' 8-4 win over Altoona (Pirates).
  • Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - LaHair is hitting pretty much like you would expect a 195-game Major League veteran to against Double-A pitching (.357/.449/.561 with 8 RBI in 11 games).  What waits to be seen is if it earns him another shot at Triple-A Columbus, where he struggled to start the season (.114/.139/.171 in 10 games).
  • Tony Wolters (Akron, 2B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Wolters has been an unstoppable force of nature in his last 10 games, posting a slash line of .316/.341/.395.
  • Gabriel Arias (Akron, SP) - W (4-2), 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 BB, 3 K - A pretty typical Arias outing this season, not dominant but good enough to get the win.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - S (5), 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K - Armstrong joins Kyle Crockett in the RubberDucks' 5-save club with two solid innings that came just as the game began slipping away from the Mallards of Main Street.
  • Ollie Linton (Carolina, RF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 cS - As good as Wolters' recent form in Akron has been, Linton's in Zebulon, NC has been even more so (.364/.436/.424).
  • Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, DH) - 2-4, 1 R - The only other Mudcat to get multiple hits on a rough nigh tin Salem, VA.
  • D.J. Brown (Carolina, SP) - L (2-2), 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 5 K - Brown's worst outing of the season.  Let's all hope this is just an aberration and he gets back to pitching like he did in his last few outings his next time out.
  • Benny Suarez (Carolina, RP) - 3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP - Suarez keeps the game from getting out of hand but it's not enough on a night when the run support was light.
  • Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 2-5, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Frazier continues to adjust to full-season pro ball as he is .326/.404/.500 in his last 10 games.  Any early concerns about his performance seem to have been unfounded.
  • Paul Hendrix (Lake County, 2B) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB (1 intentional), 1 K - Hendrix is another player whose adaptation to full-season ball has gone especially well as of late.  His last 10 slash line is .333/.457/.639 with 3 HR and 8 RBI.
  • Anthony Santander (Lake County, DH) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 BB - Santander has really improved as of late, posting a .350/.409/.500 slash line is his last 10 games as opposed to a .196/.264/.289 in all 25 games in which he has played this season.
  • Grant Fink (Lake County, 3B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Fink posts his second straight multi-hit effort but still is only at .167/.318/.361 in his last 10 ballgames.  Hopefully these two most recent contests are a sign of improvement from his recent form.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 1-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Nellie-Rod ends a three-game hittless streak with this productive evening at the dish.
  • Mitch Brown (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed - Brown rebounds from a disastrous outing his last time out with an effort that would be good enough for the win on most other nights. Those walk totals are still a concern...
  • Luis DeJesus (Lake County, RP) - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed - Luis has been in extended spring training, but his first "real game" debut of the season does not go as hoped.
  • Wander Beras (Lake County, RP) - W (2-0), 3 IP, 1 H, 4 K - While this was technically a "right place, right time" win, Wander certainly pitched well enough to earn it.

User Comments

Fan10
May 11, 2014 - 8:00 PM EDT
Considering all the HRs and hits given up by the relief pitchers, Brown pitched better than the stats show. The BG hitters had no problem knocking the slower pitches out as the wind was simply carrying the balls out of Classic Park.
Billy
May 11, 2014 - 1:27 PM EDT
What is T.J. House doing this season to be so dominant? His ERA is a sterling 1.77, and FIP is a very good 2.86. His peripherals are good, but nothing jumps out to explain his solid start. Any insight?
Tony
May 10, 2014 - 11:18 PM EDT
Urshela is notably stronger. Also he's always had the ability to hit for power, but it has often been his Vladimir Guerrero swing at everything style which has resulted in lots of weak contact. He's getting better at being a little more selective and is picking pitches he can drive......and hence the bump in power. But yeah, he has also filled into his body well and shown some maturity too.
BrianM
May 10, 2014 - 7:30 PM EDT
I would be very welcome to a Chiz/Urshela platoon, but I'm pretty sure Gio is actually way better against righties than lefties. I'm to lazy to look it up, but I know he has a longer swing and prefers the ball moving away from him.

If Urshela does hit enough to make it in Cleveland, I'd like to see Chiz start doing some work at 1st. Chiz at 1st, Urshela at 3rd, and Frankie Lindor at SS should give us a much needed boost to our infield defense. We would just need to find a franchise RF to bat in the middle of the lineup.
GSon
May 10, 2014 - 6:27 PM EDT
@Adam.. conventional wisdom says he'll regress to some unnamed or counted norm.. It's most likely..but, he's always had the pop in his bat and plays defense at the hot corner like Brook Jacoby.. He's got a well above average glove.. Frankie, Gio and Jesus could make for one helluva trio at the top of the Indians lineup before the 2014 season is done..
Adam
May 10, 2014 - 1:23 PM EDT
For anyone that has seen Urshela this year-- how real is his spike in power? Is he just hot, or does he seemed to have turned a corner? We've never seen him hit anything like this in the past.
Rocky55
May 10, 2014 - 12:56 PM EDT
Frankie Lindor with the 3 run double, Gio Urshela with the 2 run bomb off of former Tribe draftee Taylor Hill. Your future left side of the IF continues to produce. Benny Suarez with 3 hitless IP in relief. Nice to see something positive for Mitch Brown.
art
May 10, 2014 - 12:52 PM EDT
Urshela seems to have had some real and significant improvements this last off season, just as you always hope to see in a very young minor league player. As often stated, power is one of the last attributes to develop, and since he already had a decent contact rate perhaps he has learned when he can drive the ball (or just gotten a bit stronger).

I always liked him a bit more than Ron Rod, and still think he may actually end up being our starting 3rd baseman in the near future. After the failed Andy Marte problem and the somewhat disappointing Chisenhall issue that would be a welcome outcome.

I still think Chisenhall can have a Casey Blake level bat, but the splits and fielding may still provide an opening for Urshela.
Walter
May 10, 2014 - 11:14 AM EDT
Urshela is hot in Columbus in May, as Aguilar was in April. If he continues to improve, he does become an option for the Indians. Maybe not this year. I could see him in 2015.

I think Linton next destination should be Akron.

Good to see Brown have decent outing. If he can his walks down he could begin to see better results.

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