Cleveland Indians Minor League Update: June 1-7

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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. Also, a review of some older players that could help the Indians at some point.

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 May 25-31

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 75 .310/.320/.620 .940 3 5 14 2
24 SS Juan Diaz AAA 195 .218/.278/.313 .591 8 3 55 14
23 1B Jesus Aguilar AA 223 .247/.323/.374 .697 7 6 45 23
21 SS Ronny Rodriguez AA 207 .254/.275/.396 .670 8 4 33 5
21 3B Giovanny Urshela AA 183 .273/.291/.381 .672 8 3 24 5
20 2B Jose Ramirez AA 217 .263/.324/.335 .659 2 2 20 18
21 C/2B Tony Wolters
A+ 88 .211/.295/.303 .598 4 1 20 10
19 SS Francisco Lindor A+ 232 .303/.374/.428 .802 14 1 26 23
20 CF Luigi Rodriguez A+/A- 197 .278/364/.379 .743 12 1 55 23
18 SS Dorssys Paulino A- 187 .216/.283/.275 .558 8 0 31 14

Ronny Rodriguez has been locked in recently, hitting .455/.478/.818 over the past week. Perhaps he's starting to figured out AA, which is the toughest adjustment a prospects usually has to make in his development. Juan Diaz continues to struggle, and with both Rodriguez and Lindor behind him in the organization, his time with the organization is rapidly running out. Luigi Rodriguez had another fine week, and now has a .799 with the Mudcats. He's mostly played left field, as Tyler Naquin is still in Carolina. Dorssys Paulino also had a very nice week, hitting four doubles in 20 Plate Appearances.

Pitchers

Age Role/Player Level IP G ERA H/9 SO/9 BB/9
25 RP Cody Allen MLB 25.0 22 2.16 5.8 11.9 2.5
25 RP Hector Rondon (5)
MLB 18.0 15 6.50 8.5 7.0 4.5
24 RP TJ McFarland* (5)
MLB 24.2 12 2.92 9.9 8.4 3.3
25 RP Scott Barnes* AAA 15.2 12 5.74 8.0 10.9 4.6
23 SP TJ House* AAA/AA 64.2 11 4.73 9.5 8.1 2.6
22 SP Trevor Bauer AAA 41.0 7 5.05 7.0 9.0 5.3
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 10.9 11.8
23 SP Danny Salazar AAA/AA 46.2 10 2.51 6.8 12.3 3.1
22 RP Shawn Armstrong (DL)
AA 5.2 6 6.35 12.7 4.8 9.5
19 SP Mitch Brown (DL)
A- 15.2 5 11.49 12.1 10.3 6.3

The big news this week was Trevor Bauer's awful outing, which made his ERA and other important statitsics skyrocket. On the other hand, Danny Salazar is continuing to impress, albeit in short outings. There's a possibility that he could help the Indians out of the bullpen if needed, but first it'll be important to see if Danny can remain in the rotation.

Too Accomplished Update

With Lonnie Chisenhall back in Columbus, I think it's worth adding a section for players who are in the minors or majors, meet the age/level requirements, but no longer have rookie status.

Cleveland (25 and younger)

  • RHSP Zach McAllister (Age 25) 61.1 IP, 3.08 ERA, 9.0 H/9, 6.6 SO/9, 2.6 BB/9
  • RHRP Bryan Shaw (Age 25) 26.1 IP, 3.42 ERA, 8.9 H/9, 9.2 SO/9, 2.7 BB/9

Columbus (25 and younger)

  • 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (Age 24) 67 PA, .351/.433/.614, 1 2B, 4 HR, 11 SO, 6 BB (6 Errors)

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) 37 PA, .333/.351/.500
  • C Alex Lavisky (Age 22) - On Disabled List
  • RHP Will Roberts (Age 22) 35.1 IP, 4.08 ERA
  • OF Tyler Holt (Age 24) 247 PA, .276/.351/.402
  • RHP Jose Flores (Age 24) 26.1 IP, 1.71 ERA
  • LHP Mike Rayl (Age 24) - On Disabled List
  • C Roberto Perez (Age 24) 114 PA, .247/.439/.376 - 26 BB/21 SO
  • RHP Enosil Tejeda (Age 24) 4.0 IP, 0.00 ERA
  • OF Carlos Moncrief (Age 24) 211 PA, .254/.329/.378
  • LHP Matt Packer (Age 25) 61.0 IP, 3.25 ERA
  • OF Cedric Hunter (Age 25)- On Disabled List

Carolina (21 and younger)

  • 1B/C Ryan Battaglia (Age 21) 36 PA, .303/.361/.424
  • LHP Shawn Morimando (Age 20) 51.0 IP, 3.18 ERA
  • LHP Elvis Araujo (Age 21) - On Disabled List
  • RHP Michael Peoples (Age 21) 6.0 IP, 6.00 ERA
  • C Charlie Valerio (Age 22) 160 PA, .252/.313/.385
  • CF Tyler Naquin (Age 22) 237 PA, .312/.370/.460
  • RHP Cody Anderson (Age 22) 63.1 IP, 2.56 ERA
  • 2B Joseph Wendle (Age 23) 103 PA, .315/.388/.551
  • 1B Jerrud Sabourin (Age 23) 169 PA, .318/.396/.405
  • RHP Jeff Johnson (Age 23) 14.1 IP, 2.51 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) 93 PA, .267/.323/.395
  • 3B Leonardo Castillo (Age 19) 131 PA, .194/.305/.256
  • C Eric Haase (Age 20) 165 PA, .247/.303/.347
  • CF LeVon Washington (Age 21) - On Disabled List
  • IF Erik Gonzalez (Age 21) 195 PA, .254/.316/.407
  • RHP Jake Sisco (Age 21) 52.1 IP, 3.27 ERA
  • RHP Benny Suarez (Age 21) 2.1 IP, 0.00 ERA
  • LHP Ryan Merritt (Age 21) 55.0 IP, 3.11 ERA
  • RHP Robbie Avles (Age 21) - On Disabled List

I'm going to wait until the middle of June to update the PTM, as that's when the Indians have traditionally made their high-profile promotions. And honestly, I don't think there's anyone that really deserves being added to the PTM. Anthony Santander will probably get there eventually, but I don't want to include him after just 93 Plate Appearances. Preston Guilmet has faded of late, and he wasn't that highly-regarded in the first place. It is telling that when the Indians could have added him to the roster yesterday, they chose instead Matt Langwell.

But there are still some players that bear watching. Shawn Morimando has only allowed 6.9 H/9 in Carolina this season, and he's young for the league. Santander, as mentioned above, is keeping his head above water in a full-season league at age 18. Chun-Hsiu Chen is now in Columbus. Michael Peoples is now in Carolina. LeVon Washington unfortunately is back on the DL, but was very worthy of a promotion before that.

Too Old to Matter but Possible Contributors

Although minor-leaguers older than 25 are excluded from PTM, that doesn't mean older players can't help the Indians. Here are some of those players:

Columbus

  • IF Cord Phelps (Age 26) 168 PA, .243/.319/.453 (.266/.339/.523 in May)
  • RHP Carlos Carrasco (Age 26) 43.2 IP, 1.85 ERA (6.4 H/9, 9.5 SO/9, 2.3 BB/9)
  • OF Tim Fedroff (Age 26) 239 PA, .275/.366/.348 (.311/.408/.387 in May)
  • OF Ezequiel Carrera (Age 26) 99 PA, .264/.330/.460
  • RHP Bryan Price (Age 26) 8.0 IP, 6.75 (overall AAA/AA 16.0 IP, 0.56 ERA)
  • RHP Matt Langwell (Age 27) 27.1 IP, 2.30 ERA (8.2 H/9, 7.6 SO/9, 4.0 BB/9)
  • 1B Matt LaPorta (Age 28) 83 PA, .257/.337/.514 (13 SO/8 BB)
  • RHP Fernando Nieve (Age 30) 32.2 IP, 1.10 ERA (6.3 H/9, 10.2 SO/9, 2.8 BB/9)

Akron

  • RHP Bryce Stowell 26.0 IP, 2.42 ERA
  • RHP Austin Adams 18.1 IP, 3.93 ERA - coming back from shoulder surgery

Carolina

  • None

Lake County

  • RHP Chen-Chang Lee (Age 26) 1.0 IP, 0.00 ERA - coming back from Tommy John surgery

Columbus Clippers (AAA)

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record: 29-26 (2nd IL West, 7.5 GB)

Current 7-Day Disabled List

  • RHP Tyler Sturdevant (April 2)
  • IF Nate Spears (April 2)
  • IF Luis Hernandez (April 25)
  • RHP Matt Capps (April 25)
  • RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (April 29)
  • LHP Giovanni Soto (May 23)

Rehab Assignment

Transactions (May 25-31)

May 25

  • Placed LHP Giovanni Soto on 7-Day Disabled List (retro May 23) - lower back strain

May 26

  • OF Adam Abraham demoted to Akron (AA)
  • RHP Francisco Valera promoted from Lake County (A-)

May 27

  • RHP Francisco Valera demoted to Carolina (A+)
  • Cleveland recalled LHP Nick Hagadone
  • RHP Rob Bryson promoted from Akron (AA)
  • RHP Paolo Espino promoted from Akron (AA)
  • RHP Chen-Chang Lee activated from Disabled List, assigned to Lake County (A-)

May 30

  • IF Nate Spears activated from Disabled List, demoted to Akron (AA)
  • Cleveland sent C Lou Marson on rehab assignment

May 31

  • RHP Rob Bryson demoted to Akron (AA)
  • Cleveland signed RHP Chris Jakubauskas, assigned him to Columbus

Akron Aeros (AA)

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record: 25-30 (3rd EL West, 7.0 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)
  • IF Kyle Bellows (May 23)
  • OF Cedric Hunter (May 30)

Current Rehab Assignments

RHP Blake Wood (May 18)

Transactions (May 25-31)

May 26

  • Adam Abraham demoted from Columbus (AAA)

May 27

  • RHP Robert Whitenack promoted from Carolina (A+)
  • RHP Rob Nixon promoted from Carolina (A+)
  • RHP Paolo Espino promoted to Columbus (AAA)
  • RHP Rob Bryson promoted to Columbus (AAA)

May 29

  • Cleveland sent C Lou Marson on rehab assignment

May 30

  • IF Nate Spears demoted from Columbus (AAA)
  • Placed OF Cedric Hunter on 7-Day Disabled List (left shoulder strain)
  • RHP Rob Bryson demoted from Columbus (AAA)
  • IF Justin Toole demoted to Carolina (A+)

May 31

  • RHP Rob Nixon demoted to Carolina (A+)

Carolina Mudcats (A+)

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record:19-35 (4th, CL Southern, 11.0 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)
  • RHP Owen Dew (May 30)

Transactions (May 25-31)

May 27

  • RHP Robert Whitenack promoted to Akron (AA)
  • RHP Rob Nixon promoted to Akron (AA)
  • RHP Francisco Valera demoted from Columbus (AAA)
  • RHP Michael Peoples promoted from Lake County (A-)

May 29

  • IF Yhoxian Medina demoted to Lake County (A-)
  • IF Joseph Sever demoted to Lake County (A-)

May 30

  • IF Justin Toole demoted from Akron (AA)
  • RHP Owen Dew placed on 7-Day Disabled List (right shoulder strain)
  • 1B Jerrud Sabourin activated from Disabled List

May 31

  • Rob Nixon demoted from Akron (AA)

Lake County Captains (A-)

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record:19-33 (7th, MW Eastern, 16.5 GB)

Disabled List

  • LHP Mitch Brown (May 2)
  • RHP Robbie Aviles (May 28)
  • CF LeVon Washington (May 29)

Transactions (May 25-31)

May 26

  • RHP Francisco Valera promoted to Columbus (AAA)

May 27

  • RHP Michael Peoples promoted to Carolina (A+)
  • RHP Mason Radeke promoted from Extended Spring
  • RHP Chen-Chang Lee demoted from Columbus (AAA)
  • RHP Benny Suarez promoted from Extended Spring

May 28

  • RHP Robbie Aviles placed on 7-Day Disabled List (blister)

May 29

  • IF Yhoxian Medina demoted from Carolina (A+)
  • OF LeVon Washington placed on 7-Day Disabled List

May 30

  • OF Aaron Siliga promoted from Extended Spring
  • IF Joe Sever demoted from Carolina (A+)
  • 2B Claudio Bautista demoted to Extended Spring
  • 1B Nelson Rodriguez demoted to Extended Spring

DSL Indians

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record:0-0 (Dominican Summer League, Boca Chica South Division)

The DSL season starts June 1st, and in future installments I'll be highlighting the team's top performers.

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