Cleveland Indians Minor League Update: May 25-31

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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 May 18-24

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 68 .292/.309/.631 .940 3 5 13 2
24 SS Juan Diaz AAA 173 .214/.273/.321 .594 8 3 51 12
23 1B Jesus Aguilar AA 198 .250/.328/.369 .698 6 5 41 21
21 SS Ronny Rodriguez AA 188 .240/.259/.352 .611 8 2 29 4
21 3B Giovanny Urshela AA 166 .264/.285/.365 .650 8 2 22 5
20 2B Jose Ramirez AA 189 .253/.316/.318 .633 2 1 17 16
21 C/2B Tony Wolters
A+ 68 .217/.279/.317 .596 3 1 16 6
19 SS Francisco Lindor A+ 206 .326/.398/.455 .853 12 1 20 21
20 CF Luigi Rodriguez A+/A- 183 .271/.365/.368 .732 10 1 51 23
18 SS Dorssys Paulino A- 166 .199/.271/.238 .509 4 0 29 13

Yan Gomes has passed the threshold for rookie status (130 AB), so he will graduate to the "Too Accomplished" category in a couple of weeks. Juan Diaz continues to struggle at the plate, and I doubt the Indians call him up unless it's for an extremely short period of time. Ronny Rodriguez has gotten hot of late (.891 OPS over last 7 days), so we'll have to see if that's a sign that he's finally figuring out AA or just a fluke.

Tony Wolters is back from Extended Spring and is now playing full-time as a catcher. Luigi Rodriguez has been impressive since his promotion to Carolina, hitting 278/.383/.405. He's sharing center field with Tyler Naquin, and when Tyler Naquin is promoted to Akron, he'll take over that spot full-time. And what can you say about what Francisco Lindor is doing that hasn't already been said?

Pitchers

Age Role/Player Level IP G ERA H/9 SO/9 BB/9
25 RP Cody Allen MLB 22.0 19 2.05 6.1 12.3 2.9
25 RP Hector Rondon (5)
MLB 18.0 15 6.50 8.5 7.0 4.5
24 RP TJ McFarland* (5)
MLB 22.2 11 3.18 10.3 9.1 3.6
25 RP Scott Barnes* MLB 7.0 4 2.57 3.9 10.3 2.6
23 SP TJ House* AAA/AA 56.2 10 4.92 9.4 8.6 3.0
22 SP Trevor Bauer AAA 36.1 6 3.96 6.2 9.4 5.0
22 RP Giovanni Soto* (DL)
AAA 8.2 9 5.19 8.3 8.3 9.3
23 RP Trey Haley AA 10.2 9 5.91 8.4 10.1 11.8
23 SP Danny Salazar AAA/AA 42.2 9 2.11 6.1 12.7 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

Cody Allen has also passed the rookie status threshold (50.0 MLB innings), so he will graduate to "Too Accomplished" status in a couple of weeks. Rule 5 selection Hector Rondon has been struggling with the Cubs, but I don't think there's much of a chance he gets returned, as Chicago isn't competing this year. TJ McFarland is playing for a club that needs results, and he's producing them. Giovanni Soto is back on the AAA DL with a lower back injury. Danny Salazar has been very impressive, and if things continue, could be looking at some time in Cleveland before the season's over with.

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)

Akron (23 and younger)

  • C Jake Lowery (Age 22) 28 PA, .296/.321/.444
  • C Alex Lavisky (Age 22) - On Disabled List
  • RHP Will Roberts (Age 22) 28.2 IP, 4.08 ERA
  • RHP Fabio Martinez (Age 23) 2.2 IP, 33.75 ERA
  • OF Tyler Holt (Age 24) 225 PA, .268/.350/.402
  • RHP Jose Flores (Age 24) 22.1 IP, 1.61 ERA
  • LHP Mike Rayl (Age 24) - On Disabled List
  • C Roberto Perez (Age 24) 102 PA, .237/.431/.368 (23 BB/19 SO)
  • RHP Enosil Tejeda (Age 24) 1.0 IP, 0.00 ERA
  • LHP Matt Packer (Age 25) 54.0 IP, 3.33 ERA
  • OF Cedric Hunter (Age 25) 27 PA, .292/.370/.833
  • RHP Brett Brach (Age 25) 25.2 IP, 3.86 ERA

Carolina (21 and younger)

  • 1B Ryan Battaglia (Age 21) 17 PA, .333/.412/.467
  • LHP Shawn Morimando (Age 20) 45.0 IP, 3.60 ERA
  • LHP Elvis Araujo (Age 21) - On Disabled List
  • C Charlie Valerio (Age 22) 153 PA, 250/.314/.390
  • CF Tyler Naquin (Age 22) 209 PA, .309/.372/.463
  • 2B Joseph Wendle (Age 23) 78 PA, .359/.449/.563
  • 1B Jerrud Sabourin (Age 23) - On Disabled List
  • RHP Cody Anderson (Age 22) 58.1 IP, 2.47 ERA
  • RHP Jeff Johnson (Age 23) 12.1 IP, 2.92 ERA
  • RHP Joseph Colon (Age 23) - On Disabled List
  • LF Bryson Myles (Age 23) - On Disabled List

Lake County (Age 19 or younger)

  • RF Anthony Santander (Age 18) 70 PA, .292/.343/.400
  • 1B Nelson Rodriguez (Age 19) 175 PA, .195/.309/.242
  • 3B Leonardo Castillo (Age 19) 122 PA, .216/.254/.328
  • 2B Claudio Baustista (Age 19) 52 PA, .167/.216/.271
  • C Eric Haase (Age 20) 145 PA, .242/.303/.424
  • CF LeVon Washington (Age 21) 90 AB, .365/.478/.554 (16 BB/14 SO)
  • RHP Jake Sisco (Age 21) 47.0 IP, 3.45 ERA
  • RHP Michael Peoples (Age 21) 30.2 IP, 2.64 ERA
  • LHP Ryan Merritt (Age 21) 49.0 IP, 3.31 ERA
  • RHP Dylan Baker (Age 21) 42.1 IP, 3.83 ERA
  • RHP Robbie Avles (Age 21) 5.2 IP, 3.18 ERA

Chun-Hsiu Chen becomes a serious candidate for addition to the PTM list with his promotion to Columbus. The only issue in my mind is whether to count the very small sample as success at the AAA level (assuming, of course that he continues to hit). Preston Guilmet continues to remain the most likely player added to the list, though it would be a half-hearted addition, as he's struggled of late (4.80 ERA in May). Cody Anderson (A+), LeVon Washington (A-), Jose Flores (AA), and Tyler Naquin (A+) would all get serious consideration if they were a level higher.

Columbus Clippers (AAA)

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record: 28-21 (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)
  • LHP Giovanni Soto (May 23)

Transactions (May 18-24)

May 18

  • RHP Brett Brach demoted to Akron (AA)

May 19

  • OF Cedric Hunter demoted to Akron (AA)
  • 1B/DH Chun-Hsiu Chen promoted from Akron (AA)

May 21

  • Cleveland recalled IF Cord Phelps

May 23

  • Cleveland recalled LHP Scott Barnes
  • IF Adam Abraham activated from 7-Day Disabled List

May 24

  • Cleveland optioned IF Cord Phelps
  • RHP Bryan Price promoted from Akron (AA)

Akron Aeros (AA)

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record: 22-28 (3rd EL West, 9.0 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 18-24)

May 18

  • RHP Brett Brach demoted from Columbus (AAA)
  • Cleveland sent RHP Blake Wood on rehab assignment

May 19

  • OF Cedric Hunter demoted from Columbus (AAA)
  • OF Bo Greenwell demoted to Carolina (A+)
  • 1B/DH Chun-Hsiu Chen promoted to Columbus (AAA)

May 24

  • RHP Enosil Tejeda promoted from Carolina (A+)
  • RHP Bryan Price promoted to Columbus (AAA)

Carolina Mudcats (A+)

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record:17-31 (4th, CL Southern, 12.0 GB)

Current 7-Day Disabled List

  • C Alex Monsalve (April 2)
  • 3B Todd Hankins (April 24)
  • RF Anthony Gallas (April 29)
  • LF Bryson Myles
  • RHP Joseph Colon (May 11)
  • LHP Elvis Araujo (May 12)
  • 1B Jerrud Sabourin (May 19)

Transactions (May 18-24)

May 16

  • RHP Robert Whitenack promoted from Extended Spring

May 19

  • C/2B Tony Wolters promoted from Extended Spring
  • OF Bo Greenwell demoted from Akron (AA)
  • 1B Jerrud Sabourin placed on 7-Day Disabled List

May 21

  • 2B Joe Wendle activated from 7-Day Disabled List
  • OF Aaron Siliga demoted to Extended Spring

May 24

  • RHP Enosil Tejeda promoted to Akron (AA)
  • RHP Fabio Martinez promoted from Extended Spring

Lake County Captains (A-)

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record:15-31 (8th, MW Eastern, 15.5 GB)

Disabled List

LHP Mitch Brown (May 2)

Transactions (May 18-24)

None

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