Around the Farm: July 6, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Danny Salazar (SP, Columbus Clippers): Game 1, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K.

Reports circulated this week that Salazar, not Trevor Bauer, could be next in line for a call-up to the Cleveland Indians rotation. After nights like this, it’s easy to see why. Salazar was very efficient as he needed just 60 pitches to make it through five shutout innings while also striking out eight batters. In other words, his performance was basically the definition of dominant. Due to his small frame, there are still concerns as to whether or not his body will hold up, but he’s definitely a guy that the Indians are going to want to take a look at sooner rather than later. It’s very hard not to get excited when you see outings like this.

Jose Ramirez (SS, Akron Aeros): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, SB, CS.

With his three-hit performance, Ramirez has raised his average all the way up to .258. He also hit his ninth double of the season on Saturday. In all honesty, the jump to Double-A has not been as easy as some had expected, but it looks as if Ramirez may finally be getting a grasp of the league as he has multi-hit performances in five of his last eight games. Though perhaps the most encouraging aspect of Ramirez’s game is the fact that he has now drawn 32 walks this season while striking out just 28 times in 78 games. That is incredibly impressive, especially for a player his age. Ramirez also stole his 30th base of the season on Saturday, and is now on pace for about 50. Due to his lack of power, Ramirez is never going to be a five-tool player, but he really seems to excel in just about every other facet of the game. It’s going to be fun to watch him close out this season, hopefully on a high note.

Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina Mudcats): 3-for-4, 1 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI.

Can Joe Wendle do any wrong? He had arguably the finest night of his professional career Saturday as he recorded three doubles, which set the Mudcats’ franchise record. The three doubles was also just one shy of the entire Carolina League record. Wendle is now hitting .320/.396/.581 this season. As the IBI’s Tony Lastoria has indicated, Wendle’s stock continues to rise and it’s because of performances just like this. The Carolina League is notoriously known as a league that benefits pitchers, yet Wendle has gone out this season and terrorized pitchers night after night. However, the best thing about Saturday’s performance was that Wendle’s first two doubles came off a left-hander, which is the one area he’s struggled this season. This has to be considered a positive and hopefully a sign that Wendle is making progress in this area.

Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley Scrappers): 4-for-4, 1 RBI.

While Wendle may have arguably had his best professional performance on Saturday, Nellie Rodriguez definitely had the best night of his professional career Saturday as he went 4-for-4 for the Scrappers. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that all four hits were singles, which is somewhat odd considering that Rodriguez is known for his power. On the positive side of things, this could be a good sign and indicate that Rodriguez is not stressing too much at the plate. He struggled mightily earlier this season in Lake County, but he’s been good so far for Mahoning Valley, and his average now sits at .300. Let’s hope that Saturday was just the first of many more performances just like this for Rodriguez.

  • Tim Fedroff (LF, Columbus): Game 1, 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Fedroff has not been nearly as impressive as he was last season, but he did manage to hit his fifth home run in game one on Saturday.
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen (1B, Columbus): Game 1, 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 K. Chen has not dominated Triple-A like he dominated Double-A, but he was not the only Clipper to struggle Saturday as the team collected only five hits in game one of the doubleheader.
  • Tim Fedroff (DH, Columbus): Game 2, 2-for-3. Fedroff came out and collected two more hits in game two of the doubleheader. His two hits were exactly half of the Clippers’ offense as the team mustered only four hits in the 1-0 loss.
  • Chen-Chang Lee (RP, Columbus): Game 2, 1 IP, 2 K. The Indians need some bullpen help, and Lee could be a prime candidate. The right-hander now has eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings with the Clippers this season.
  • Tyler Holt (CF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB. With two hits, Holt raised his average to a very respectable .276. He’s also now hit in nine straight games, which has allowed him to raise his average from .266.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 2-for-5, 1 RBI. With two more hits, Moncrief now has a nice little three-game hit streak. He’s been arguably the biggest breakout star in the entire Indians system this season and should be promoted to Columbus before the season comes to an end.
  • Justin Toole (DH, Akron): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI. Toole raised his line to .315/.388/.361 with two more hits. He’s shown nice patience (12 walks compared to 13 strikeouts), but he only has a total of five extra-base hits in 33 games, which leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Will Roberts (SP, Akron): (W, 6-6), 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K. This was arguably Roberts’ most impressive outing this season as it was the first time he has allowed zero runs since his season debut on April 30. He’s been impressive in his last two outings as the right-hander has allowed just three earned runs in his last 12 2/3 innings pitched.
  • Enosil Tejeda (RP, Akron): 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K. After another dominant outing, Tejeda’s ERA now sits at 1.40. Hard not to love that.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 3B, 1 BB. Naquin recorded his fifth triple Saturday. However, the best thing may be the fact that he grabbed a walk and did not strikeout, which is an area where he really needs to show continued improvement.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 K. This is essentially what Lindor has done all season as the top prospect collected two more hits and his average now sits at .310.
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 R. Myles has now had two straight impressive nights at the plate, but it’s going to take more nights like this to turn his season around as his average still sits at just .241.
  • Cody Anderson (SP, Carolina): (W, 7-2), 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Anderson provided another strong start on this night. His ERA now sits at 2.55, and he is also now 7-2. There are mixed opinions on what his ultimate ceiling may be, but there is no denying that his stock has definitely risen during the course of this season.
  • Paddy Matera (DH, Carolina): 2-for-2, 1 2B, 3 RBI. Okay, so Matera is 25 years old and really not a prospect, especially since he was just recently signed from the Independent League. Nonetheless, he’s provided a boost to the Mudcats this season, which is really all you can ask for from these types of signings.
  • Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County Captains): 1-for-3. Paulino’s four-game hit streak came to an end on Friday, but he hopefully he can now start a new one after collecting a hit Saturday. His average now sits .238, which is much improved from what it was in the beginning of the year. Given that he’s only 18, this season has to be looked upon as a huge success if Paulino can get the average up to .260 to close the year.
  • Erik Gonzalez (3B, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 R. Gonzalez has been impressive as of late and has now hit in six straight games. Gonzalez’s season line now sits at .257/.313/.413 after Saturday’s two-hit performance.
  •  Jeremy Lucas (C, Lake County): 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB. This was a great game for Lucas as he got on base three times and drove in two runs with a nice triple. Lucas has shown an advanced approach at the plate this season as he’s drawn 22 walks now and only struck out 27 times. His average is also quite respectable at .280.
  • Richard Stock (DH, Lake County): 2-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Stock has been on a tear as he’s hit in five straight games and recorded two hits in four straight games. His average is now .259, which is a marked improvement from where it sat before his current hit streak (.191).
  • Luis DeJesus (SP, Lake County): (L, 3-9), 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K. The rough outings continued for DeJesus on Saturday. His season ERA now sits at 6.02, and it’s not been below 5.00 since April 16.
  • Claudio Bautista (DH, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB. Bautista has performed well since coming over to Mahoning Valley and now owns a .324/.378/.514 line for the Scrappers.
  • Juan Romero (RF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4, 1 R,  1 3B, 3 K. Romero certainly has some nice raw power, but he also remains quite “raw” overall. He now has 16 strikeouts in 14 games.
  • Paul Hendrix (2B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-4. With a single on Saturday, Hendrix extended his hit streak to six games, and he currently owns a .313 average.
  • Luis Gomez (RP, AZL Indians): 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R/0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. The left-hander continued to rack up strikeouts as he recorded seven in four innings of work. Gomez now has 17 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings of work this season.
  • Clint Frazier (CF, AZL Indians): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K. The hot start continued for the Tribe’s 2013 first round pick on Saturday. Frazier recorded his second double and third triple of the season, and he’s only played in eight games. It appears as if he’s looking just as good as advertised.
  • Joel Mejia (RF, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB. Outside of Frazier, Mejia has been arguably the next most impressive offensive player for the AZL Indians. On the season, he already has three doubles, four triples and he boasts a .370 average.
  • Gerald Bautista (DH, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Bautista hit his third double Saturday and also drove in his fourth and fifth run of the season.

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