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Around the Farm: September 2, 2013

Around the Farm: September 2, 2013
September 3, 2013
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Carlos Moncrief (Akron RF): 2-3, 2 R, 2B, 3 BB: One of the most impressive seasons for Akron this season ends with a bang. Moncrief showed an impressively disciplined approach this season which was born out Monday with three walks. Perhaps Moncrief hitting .219 in the month of August was deflating; however, he took a giant step forward this season and has been a joy to follow.

Joe Wendle (Carolina 2B): 2-4, 2 RBI: Wendle ended his season much the way it began, getting hits. Of course the same things haunt Wendle in that he is old for his level and a limited defender; however, it is hard to look past his .330 average against righties and his .885 overall OPS. Wendle may not be a high priority prospect but his transition to Akron next year will certainly be interesting.

  • Ezequiel Carrera (Columbus CF): 2-5, R, K: The speedy centerfielder had a solid night offensively as he drifts into the fog of relevant Tribe farmhands of the past.
  • Matt LaPorta (Columbus DH): 2-4, 1 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB: Speaking of exiting into the shadows this is in all likelihood the final game in Matt LaPorta’s tenure as an Indians farmhand. His disappointment has been profound but his quality of character has never come up short.
  • Chun Chen (Columbus LF): 4-5, R, RBI, K: There was so much hubris following Chen’s domination of Akron that perhaps his stock became inflated. His time in Columbus has been nothing but under impressive.
  • Omir Santos (Columbus C): 1-4, R, RBI, HR: As minor league filler goes, Santos has had an adequate season. Obviously the front office had no interest in him as even a third catching option in September, hence the Shoppach acquisition.
  • T.J. House (Columbus SP): 6.2 IP, 6 R(ER), BB, 6 K: Well House threw a lot of strikes, in fact 71-101 pitches were strikes. Unfortunately for House, he might have thrown too many as the Mud Hens hit him hard all over the yard.
  • Brett Brach (Akron SP): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, K, HR: Brach offered one of his best starts of the year as Akron’s season drew to a close. While his stuff and strikeout rate show he is not exactly overpowering, he was still able to limit base runners and runs themselves.
  • Trey Haley (Akron RP): 2 IP, 2 K: Haley has been a wholly inconsistent being this season. Though his stuff is impressive one thing from this season was clear: the lack of control ( 39BB/43IP) is very disturbing and threatens his ability to be a competent back end guy.
  • Matt Lawson (Akron 2B): 2-5, 3 RBI, BB, K: The ultimate professional, the definition of organizational depth provided the Aeros with a victory on the season’s final day.
  • Jake Lowery (Akron C): 2-6, 2 K: Lowery has resurrected a little of his shine this season at Akron. Although his splits against left handed pitching (.196/.281/.373) are miserable he has taken a step forward offensively in 2013.
  • Alex Monsalve (Akron DH): 2-4, 2 K: The 21 year old has been very impressive during his short 21 game stint in Akron this season. Of course, the K/BB ratio of 15/1 is concerning but this is his first taste of AA baseball.
  • Joseph Colon (Carolina SP): 6 IP, 2 H, R(Unearned), BB, 3 K: A tremendous final appearance for Colon. Talk about a strong WHIP. Three pitcher allowed runners in six innings. Fabulous.
  • LeVon Washington (Lake County CF): 2-3, 2B, BB: #Washtime was one of the few Captains to perform adequately on Monday as they were romped 10-2.
  • Eric Haase (Lake County C): 2-3, R, 2B, BB: A really strong season for the 20 year old in low-a. The power numbers are especially encouraging. 23 doubles, 3 triples and fifteen dingers make for a nice season.
  • Leo Castillo (Lake County DH): 2-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Castillo absolutely dominated at the plate in two appearances before being pulled from the game for pinch-hitter Richard Stock in the seventh inning.
  • Juan Santana (Lake County SP): L (0-1), 4 IP, 10 H, 6 R (5 earned), 3 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Another day, another pitcher getting touched up in his full-season debut.  As with Milbrath on Sunday, the impressive Santana had a rough welcome to the Midwest League.

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User Comments

Rocky55
September 4, 2013 - 12:05 AM EDT
Old friend in the Akron boxscore, Dan Cevette. Had a lot of tough breaks. Love to see him make it to the Majors.
Seth
September 3, 2013 - 4:57 PM EDT
You're talking about two different things Tony. Operating income is not profit. The Braves, for example, might be drawing 30K per game, but they have one of the absolute worst TV contracts, getting somewhere between 10-20 million a year, compared to Cleveland's 40 million. The big local revenue moneymakers are attendance and local TV, so it's pretty tough to argue that the Braves are taking in significantly more income than the Indians. If they draw a million more fans, then it's about even. You don't see the Braves owners whining about their situation though and saying they're operating in the red with their $89 million payroll, while the Dolans claim they are losing money. I don't have a problem with the Indians' payroll at its current level and they did a fine job going after free agents this past year, but I do think their public statements are their financial situation are disingenuous. They aren't making Dodgers money, but they aren't in rough shape (and they don't have Dodgers debt either) If they're losing money, then teams like the Braves are losing more.
Tony
September 3, 2013 - 11:59 AM EDT
It was I think mentioned in a comment in another thread that outside of the Astros that no one is making more in revenues than the Indians.

That said, I'd like to ask why anyone thinks the Indians are top 10 in revenues. They obviously are near dead last in gate revenues. Their TV deal is one of worst in baseball (bottom third). Do they sell more merchandise and get more advertising dollars than half the MLB teams? I'm just curious where all this revenue people talk about is coming from. They do get money from revenue sharing, and it is ultimately what keeps the Indians and other like teams in the black.
Nick
September 3, 2013 - 11:29 AM EDT
@ Tony, maybe I missed it but who mentioned the Indians being a top team in revenues? I see profit mentioned and I don't have the numbers in front of me but I'd imagine they are in the Top 10 and possibly even #2 as stated, but I can see what the poster is saying in regards to that.
art
September 3, 2013 - 10:37 AM EDT
I guess the site doesn't like my iPad, I posted the comment about draft and international expenditures.
anonymous
September 3, 2013 - 10:21 AM EDT
Indians haven't been tight about drafted player expenditures, spend their full budget. Before the new contract controls went into place, the Pirates spent a wad on draftees and the results are starting to show. Cubs made a huge international splash this year, but Indians haven't been cheap internationally either.

Overall, you can complain about selections but not expenditures.
Tony
September 3, 2013 - 10:15 AM EDT
I'd love to hear how Dolan makes more in revenues than the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, etc. I mean, he just gets so much more in gate revenues, TV money, merchandise, and advertising money than all of those teams. (sarcasm alert)
q7zqgz
September 3, 2013 - 9:57 AM EDT
Norm ,

You better check your facts on Dolan's profit from the Indians. Outside of the Astro's, Dolan makes more of a profit thatn any owner. Yes, he has a right to earn a profit, but the patrons also have the right to boycott his product, since he has failed to reinvest those profits into to the team. Bottom line, Dolan got snookered and overpaid to Jacobs, they are purely trying to make up that loss at the expense of the fans. If he spends the MAX LEVEL on drafts and international free agents then why is the farm system stuck in mediocrity? I know Shapiro destroyed the farm system with all his poor drafts, but the past 3-4 drafts have been Shapiro free, but the lack of impact players is staggering.
Norm
September 3, 2013 - 9:48 AM EDT
Hey sternfan, Dolan also has the lowest revenues of almost any team and is among the fan bases with the least upside. He may make a profit some years but that is the idea of a business investment and he certainly does make the big bucks of most of his competition. As far as a farm system goes, it is neither the best or the worst and he spends max amounts on draft an foreign players. What exactly are you talking about?
Sternfan10
September 3, 2013 - 9:09 AM EDT
Seriously, Dolan is raking in a tidy profit, and has one of the lower payrolls in baseball,so why has he not poured money into the farm system? If you look at the Columbus lineup each day it doesnt have a single viable potential MLB impact player in he batting order. The rotation has Bauer and that's it, House will never be a consistent starter at the big league level. At Akron, outside of Cody Anderson, there is no potential starting pitcher, please don't tell me Packer! The lineup at Akron, has alot of guys that strike out alot at AA, Aguilar, Moncrief, Rodriguez etc, and Lindor is hurt. Naquin, 4th outfielder at best. Where's the superstar prospects at Carolina and Lake County, I don't see any. It's too early to judge the players at MV and Zona, but why is Dolan not pumping huge amounts of money into the system since he has one of the lower payrolls in baseball?
Tondo
September 3, 2013 - 9:05 AM EDT
I've been one of the few that had Lowery as a borderline Top20 guy. I had Moncrief in my tp 10, but he has dropped fr me after a disappointing August. Overall, I consider Moncrief, Aguilar, Lowery and Myles to be pretty close somewhere in the system's top 11-20.
Haase, J.Smith and Colon had nice Augusts to get back into prospect relevance. Very curious to follow them hopefully a level higher next year.
Still don't know what to think of Monsalve. His hitting stats at prior levels are not screaming top prospect. Being young for the level has been his calling card so far. Need to see more at Akron next season.
I still believe in Chun Chen's bat, the track record's too good. He ended this season stronger and think he will master AAA next year and force a 40men/callup decision at some point.
art
September 3, 2013 - 2:15 AM EDT
An interesting set of statistics at Akron:

Moncrief .284/.354/.470/.824 (age 24)
Aguilar .275/.349/.427/.776 (age 23)
Lowery ,275/.363/.449/.812 (age 23)

Perhaps Lowery should get a little more attention based on his recent batting performance. I don't know much about his defensive abilities at catcher, but he does throw out about 30% of players attempting to steal. I know he faded as the season went on, but his overall performance appears competitive, and he plays a tougher position.

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