Around The Farm: August 1, 2013
Myles' all-around talent, Bauer's struggles highlight night on the farm
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.
Note that Mahoning Valley was rained out last night.
Bryson Myles (LF, Carolina): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB
It is great to see Myles healthy again and producing. The outfielder turned in a great July (.326/.389/.505 line in 25 games) and continued that success in August. It is always dangerous to take season splits as signs of improvement or regression, but given the fact that Myles is playing healthy, let's take that jump. Thursday is an example of what makes Myles such an intriguing prospect: he has power, he has speed, and he can make a real impact on the game. Myles may only have 60 games at the High-A level, but when the inevitable Carlos Moncrief and Tyler Holt promotions happen in Akron, I would not mind seeing what Myles can do in Double-A. He has talent, but he is also going to be 24 years old in September; the clock is ticking.
Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): L (5-4), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 E
With another five walks in five innings Thursday night, Bauer has 4.93 BB/9 in Columbus this year, a mark that rises to 5.30 when you add in his time in Cleveland. It is pretty hard to argue that 2013 is not a lost season for the highly-touted right-hander, but there are a few silver linings to look at. First off, Bauer is still very young. While I am always concerned about pitchers who just lose the ability to pitch and locate, Bauer is still only 22 years old and has the raw stuff. Second, we should not forget that Bauer has been working to change his throwing motion since Spring Training. These bumps in the road are to be expected with such a drastic change at these high levels. It may not seem like it right now, but assuming these changes stick, I could see Bauer taking off next year and finally becoming the pitcher we all expected him to be this year.
- Jeremy Hermida (DH, Columbus): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO. There was not much offense in Columbus Thursday night and Hermida provided it all. This was the outfielder's 15th home run of the year, as well as his 123rd and 124th strikeouts.
- Chun-Hsiu Chen (LF, Columbus): 2-for-4, 1 SO. The two hits are good to see, but Chen getting some more time at left field is interesting. He needs more versatility in order to crack the major league roster.
- Tim Fedroff (CF, Columbus): 1-for-3, 1 BB. Fedroff continues to get on-base at a decent clip, but as he has not hit for much power this year, he is still a little to fringy for a callup.
- Columbus Bullpen: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. The dominant combination of Matt Langwell, Blake Wood, C.C. Lee, and Bryan Price could all probably help in Cleveland right now. For now, though, they are shutting it down in Columbus.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Featured in ATF last night, homers today. Coincidence? Yes, yes it is.
- Alex Monsalve (C, Akron): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI. Monsalve is still working his way back after missing most of the season, but hopefully Thursday is the start of something for the catcher.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B. Two more hits for Moncrief as he continues to chase the Eastern League lead. With any luck, however, that chase will become moot soon with a promotion to Columbus.
- Brett Brach (SP, Akron): L (6-8), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR, 2 HBP. Brach has allowed 13 runs in his last two starts and owns a 5.29 ERA on the season. Clearly this is not how the right-hander wanted 2013 to go.
- Rob Bryson (RP, Akron): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2 HR. Akron tried to mount a comeback but Bryson serving up back-to-back home runs ended that. With a 11.65 ERA and 16 walks in 17.0 innings this year, Bryson's prospect standing is falling.
- Nick Pasquale (SP, Carolina): W (4-6), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO. Pasquale's start to his High-A career did not go well, but with three consecutive starts of six or more innings and three or fewer runs is an encouraging development.
- Jordan Smith (CF, Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 SB. Smith continues to be a hitting machine, plus if he can learn to handle center field, it will add to his value going forward.
- Justin Toole (3B, Carolina): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB. It is always great to see Toole, one of the better people and hard workers in the organization, succeed.
- Bo Greenwell (RF, Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI. Injuries may have cost him more time this year, but he is still working hard and playing fairly well.
- Dylan Baker (SP, Lake County): ND, 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 2 HBP. Baker had been scuffling of late -- his last start only lasted 1.2 innings -- but this is a good start to get the right-hander back on track.
- Josh Tomlin (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. Eight pitches, six strikes, three outs. Another successful stop on the Tomlin rehab tour.
- Grant Sides (RP, Lake County): W (1-0), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. This season may not have started well for Sides, but outings like this are a snapshot of why he was considered one of the organization's best relief prospects before the season.
- Jeremy Lucas (DH, Lake County): 2-for-4, 2 2B. All three catchers in Lake County are having pretty good seasons and Thursday was just more of the same for Lucas.
- Dorssys Paulino (SS, Lake County): 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Paulino has gotten better as each month has gone by and got August off to a good start. He is still holding his own at this level and improving.
- Mitch Brown (SP, AZL Indians): L (1-3), 4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP. This season is all about getting Brown accustomed to the pro game and routine, yet it is still hard not to be a little discouraged after another outing like this.
- Naoki Hashimoto (RP, AZL Indians): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. With a 7:12 SO:BB and 13.50 ERA coming into Thursday, a clean inning like this is really good for Hashimoto.
- Clint Frazier (CF, AZL Indians): 1-for-4, 3 SO. Now at 33 strikeouts in 23 games, Frazier is still working on closing up some of the holes in his swing.
- AZL Indians Offense: 5-for-32, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 8 SO. The entire offense was just off Thursday night, especially considering how offense-friendly the Arizona League is. Nights like this happen, however, and this offense should start kicking again soon enough.
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But when? I've been expecting him to have 4/5 good outings in a row. It hasn't happened, it still could, but when does he try to simplify things and go with what works.
Another thought, Jeremy Lucas is ready for a promotion... Quietly, Hitting around .300 with about 20 XBH in just over 200 AB.
I think it's just as likely he'll spend all of next year continuing his quest to find the perfect mechanics, which will involve continually tweaking and changing his throwing motion, resulting in more uneven performances and lots of walks.
This guy is too intelliegent and analytical for his own good. At some point he needs to just stop thinking so much and start throwing strikes. Figure out what his best three pitches are and work on hitting his spots with them. Junk everything else.