Cleveland Indians Minor-League Update: May 18-24

Preston Guilmet - Jake Roth - USA Today

Prospects That Matter (PTM) statistical updates, the past week's transactions, and prospects that could be added to the PTM list soon.

Previous Minor-League Updates

April 6-12April 13-19April 20-26 (PTM) April 27-May 3

May 4-10 May 11-17

Permanent Prospect That Matters post

PTM Update

Stats are either major-league stats (if the player is presently in the majors) or overall minor-league stats (if the player is presently in the minors). Rule 5 picks TJ McFarland and Hector Rondon's major-league stats are with Baltimore and Chicago (NL), respectively.

Position Players

Age Position/Player Level PA BA/OBP/SLG OPS 2B HR SO BB
25 C/IF Yan Gomes MLB 50 .271/.280/.521 .801 2 2 6 1
24 SS Juan Diaz AAA 151 .206/.253/.319 .572 7 3 42 8
23 1B Jesus Aguilar AA 164 .248/.311/.362 .673 5 4 39 14
21 SS Ronny Rodriguez AA 160 .217/236/.329 .565 5 2 26 3
21 3B Giovanny Urshela AA 134 .297/.321/.422 .743 8 2 17 5
20 2B Jose Ramirez AA 150 .246/.311/.291 .602 1 1 14 13
21 C/2B Tony Wolters
A+ 41 .200/.268/.257 .525 2 0 12 4
19 SS Francisco Lindor A+ 183 .327/397/.459 .856 10 1 16 18
20 CF Luigi Rodriguez A+/A- 166 .264/.341/.361 703 9 1 17 5
18 SS Dorssys Paulino A- 140 .205/.279/.227 .507 3 0 26 12

Jose Ramirez is back off the DL and back hitting like he had before: lots of singles, excellent bat control, and almost zero power. Diaz and Rodriguez both continue to struggle at AAA and AA, but Francisco Lindor is treating the Carolina like high school. Lindor now has more walks than strikeouts. He and Texas prospect Rougned Odor (nephew of Tribe minor-league hitting instructor Rouglas Odor) are the only teenagers in the Top 40 in OPS in the Carolina League. Dorssys Paulino is still struggling in Lake County, but his decent SO/BB ratio gives me hope.

Tony Wolters will re-join the Mudcats today as a full-time catcher, so it should be interesting to see how his hitting is affected by the posistion switch. Geovanny Urshela has far outpaced the other members of the Akron infield on offense. He's not having any problems making contact against AA pitchers, but it would be nice to see some more walks.

Pitchers

Age Role/Player Level IP G ERA H/9 SO/9 BB/9
25 RP Cody Allen MLB 19.1 17 2.33 7.0 11.2 2.8
25 RP Hector Rondon (5)
MLB 15.2 13 4.60 6.9 6.3 4.6
24 RP TJ McFarland* (5)
MLB 18.1 9 2.95 10.3 9.8 2.9
25 RP Scott Barnes* AAA 14.0 11 6.43 9.0 10.3 5.1
23 SP TJ House* AAA/AA 51.2 9 4.35 9.1 8.5 2.6
22 SP Trevor Bauer AAA 24.2 4 2.55 5.5 11.3 3.6
22 RP Giovanni Soto*
AAA 7.0 7 5.14 7.7 6.4 7.7
23 RP Trey Haley AA 10.1 8 3.48 7.0 9.6 9.6
23 SP Danny Salazar AAA/AA 38.2 8 2.33 6.8 13.0 3.0
22 RP Shawn Armstrong (DL)
AA 5.2 6 6.35 12.7 9.5 4.8
19 SP Mitch Brown (DL)
A- 15.2 5 11.49 12.1 10.3 6.3

Not many changes here, except that Giovanni Soto is off the DL, giving the Columbus bullpen three quality left-handed relievers. In fact, most of the best pitching prospects (or non-prospects, as in Carlos Carrasco) are on the Columbus pitching staff. Three-fifths of the current Columbus rotation (Trevor Bauer, TJ House, and Danny Salazar) are on this list.

Cody Allen will probably graduate from the PTM when it's revisited in June, as he now has 48.1 major-league innings pitched. PTM uses the MLB rules for rookie status, and pitchers lose rookie status once they reach 50 innings pitched (or 45 days of non-September service time).

Prospects That Might Matter Update

I'll be revisiting the PTM list at the end of May, when there's enough of a 2013 sample to make any kind of judgment. But until then, here's a list of the prospects not currently a PTM who meets the age criteria, along with some prospects that are producing but need a promotion to make the list (in italics):

Columbus (25 and younger)

  • C Chris Wallace (Age 25) 29 PA, .333/.379/..481
  • OF Cedric Hunter (Age 25) 106 PA, .250/.305/.365
  • RHP Preston Guilmet (Age 25) 21.1 IP, 3.80 ERA

Akron (23 and younger)

  • C Jake Lowery (Age 22) 19 PA, .333/.368/.500
  • C Alex Lavisky (Age 22) - On Disabled List
  • RHP Will Roberts (Age 22) 23.0 IP, 4.30 ERA
  • OF Quincy Latimore (Age 24) 140 PA, .242/.307/.398
  • OF Tyler Holt (Age 24) 160 PA, .256/.341/.375
  • DH Chun Chen (Age 24) 164 PA, .328/.427/.547
  • RHP Jose Flores (Age 24) 19.2 IP, 0.92 ERA
  • LHP Mike Rayl (Age 24) - On Disabled List
  • C Roberto Perez (Age 24) 78 PA, .219/.359/359
  • RHP Rob Bryson (Age 25) 2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA
  • LHP Matt Packer (Age 25) 47.0 IP, 3.83 ERA

Carolina (21 and younger)

  • OF Aaron Siliga (Age 20) 39 PA, .143/.211/.200
  • 1B Ryan Battaglia (Age 21) 13 PA, .333/.385/.417
  • LHP Shawn Morimando (Age 20) 40.0 IP, 4.05 ERA
  • LHP Elvis Araujo (Age 21) - On Disabled List
  • C Charlie Valerio (Age 22) 132 PA, .271/.333/.432
  • CF Tyler Naquin (Age 22) 184 PA, .309/.374/.473
  • 2B Joseph Wendle (Age 23) - On Disabled List
  • 1B Jerrud Sabourin (Age 23) 162 PA, .324/.407/.415
  • RHP Cody Anderson (Age 22) 46.0 IP, 2.74 ERA
  • RHP Jeff Johnson (Age 23) 10.1 IP, 1.74 ERA
  • RHP Joseph Colon (Age 23) - On Disabled List

Lake County (Age 19 or younger)

  • RF Anthony Santander (Age 18) 47 PA, .256/.319/.302
  • 1B Nelson Rodriguez (Age 19) 150 PA, .183/.307/.238
  • 3B Leonardo Castillo (Age 19) 99 PA, .215/.263/.355
  • 2B Claudio Baustista (Age 19) 27 PA, .167/.231/.292
  • C Eric Haase (Age 20) 119 PA, .244/.289/.437
  • CF LeVon Washington (Age 21) 67 PA, .309/.433/.455
  • RHP Jake Sisco (Age 21) 33.2 IP, 2.94 ERA
  • RHP Michael Peoples (Age 21) 22.1 IP, 2.82 ERA
  • LHP Ryan Merritt (Age 21) 43.0 IP, 3.35 ERA
  • RHP Dylan Baker (Age 21) 36.1 IP, 3.72 ERA

It's very possible that no player is added to the PTM list in a couple weeks. Preston Guilmet continues to be the closest to inclusion, and he's had a rough couple of outings lately. Chun Chen (AA), Cody Anderson (A+), Tyler Naquin (A+), and LeVon Washington (A-) all would jump to the top of the list for inclusion if they are promoted a level. Chris Wallace is somewhat interesting, but his minor-league strikeout rates are alarmingly high.

    Columbus Clippers (AAA)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record: 25-18 (2nd IL West, 5.5 GB)

    Current 7-Day Disabled List

    • RHP Tyler Sturdevant (April 2)
    • IF Nate Spears (April 2)
    • RHP Cheng-Chang Lee (April 2)
    • IF Luis Hernandez (April 25)
    • RHP Matt Capps (April 25)
    • RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (April 29)
    • UT Adam Abraham

    Transactions (May 11-17)

    May 12

    • RHP Rob Bryson demoted to Akron (AA)
    • RHP Danny Salazar promoted from Akron (AA)

    May 13

    • Cleveland recalled RHP Trevor Bauer
    • Cleveland purchased contract and recalled LHP David Huff
    • Cleveland optioned 3B Lonnie Chisenhall
    • RHP Francisco Valera promoted from Lake County (A-)

    May 15

    • Activated LHP Giovanni Soto from 7-Day Disabled List
    • RHP Francisco Valera demoted to Lake County (A-)

    May 16

    • Cleveland optioned LHP Nick Hagadone

    May 17

    • RHP Toru Murata demoted to Akron (AA)
    • RHP Brett Brach promoted to Columbus (AAA)

    May 18

    • RHP Brett Brach demoted to Akron (AA)

    Akron Aeros (AA)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record: 20-22 (3rd EL West, 6.0 GB)

    Current 7-Day Disabled List

    • C Alex Laviskey (April 14)
    • RHP Shawn Armstrong (April 20)
    • LHP Mike Rayl (May 2)
    • RHP Kyle Landis (May 10)

    Current Rehab Assignments

    • RHP Blake Wood (May 18)
    • RHP Brett Myers (May 17)

    Transactions (May 11-18)

    May 12

    • RHP Rob Bryson demoted from Columbus (AAA)
    • Activated 2B Jose Ramirez from 7-Day Disabled List
    • RHP Danny Salazar promoted to Columbus (AAA)

    May 17

    • RHP Toru Murata demoted from Columbus (AAA)
    • Cleveland sent RHP Brett Myers on rehab assignment
    • RHP Brett Brach promoted to Columbus (AAA)

    Carolina Mudcats (A+)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record:14-28 (4th, CL Southern, 13.0 GB)

    Current 7-Day Disabled List

    • C Alex Monsalve (April 2)
    • 2B Joseph Wendle (April 22)
    • 3B Todd Hankins (April 24)
    • RF Anthony Gallas (April 29)
    • LF Bryson Myles
    • RHP Joseph Colon (May 11)
    • LHP Elvis Araujo (May 12)

    Transactions (May 11-17)

    May 11

    • Placed RHP Joseph Colon on 7-Day Disabled List (right forearm)

    May 12

    • Placed LHP Elvis Araujo on 7-Day Disabled List (left shoulder)

    May 13

    • RHP Nicholas Pasquale promoted from Lake County (A-)

    May 16

    • RHP Robert Whitenack promoted from Extended Spring

    Lake County Captains (A-)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record:14-25 (7th, MW Eastern)

    Disabled List

    LHP Mitch Brown (May 2)

    Transactions (May 11-17)

    May 13

    • RHP Nicholas Pasquale promoted to Carolina (A+)
    • RHP Francisco Valera promoted to Columbus (AAA)

    May 15

    • RHP Francisco Valera demoted from Columbus (AAA)
    • Cleveland sent RHP Vinnie Pestano on rehab
    • Cleveland sent RHP Blake Wood on rehab

    May 16

    • RHP Robbie Aviles promoted from Extended Spring
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