Cleveland Indians Minor League Update: June 22-28

Mike Chernoff - Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Prospects That Matter (PTM) statistical updates, the past week's transactions, and prospects that could be added to the PTM list this Tuesday. Also, a review of some older players that could help the Indians at some point. Also, a preview of the upcoming short-season leagues.

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

June 1-7 June 8-14 June 15-21

Permanent Prospect That Matters post

Scheduling note: the mid-season Prospects That Matters post will run this Tuesday

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.

Age Position/Player Level PA BA/OBP/SLG OPS 2B HR SO BB
25 C/IF Yan Gomes MLB 103 .262/.278/.515 .792 4 6 20 3
24 SS Juan Diaz AAA 235 .211/.282/.305 .587 8 4 70 20
23 1B Jesus Aguilar AA 289 .265/.339/.416 .755 15 8 55 29
21 SS Ronny Rodriguez AA 287 .288/.307/.428 .735 14 4 42 8
21 3B Giovanny Urshela AA 250 .273/.298/.399 .698 13 5 29 9
20 2B Jose Ramirez AA 299 .252/.323/.324 .648 4 3 24 29
21 C/2B Tony Wolters
A+ 143 .250/.336/.339 .674 5 2 28 17
19 SS Francisco Lindor A+ 298 .305/.377/.413 .790 15 1 29 29
20 CF Luigi Rodriguez
A+/A- 212 .272/.367/.372 .739 13 1 58 27
18 SS Dorssys Paulino A- 254 .231/.279/.329 .608 13 2 39 14

There's lots of good things happening with the position players in the system. With the exception of Juan Diaz, nearly everyone on this list is trending upwards, including Dorssys Paulino, who has recently started to hit for power in Lake County. The Indians have been patient with Paulino, not sending him back to Arizona along with several other his young teammates, and it looks like the patience is paying off, as over the past month he's slugging .494. Now he's not walking (only 1 walk in his last 88 Plate Appearances), so he by no means has he figured out the Midwest League, but it's nice to see some progress.

In Akron everyone's going well, including Jesus Aguilar, who has an OPS of .889 over the past month, and more importantly, has 15 strikeouts and 10 walks in those 97 PA. Ronny Rodriguez continues to mash, hitting an incredible .392/.408/.588 over the past month.

Pitchers

Age Role/Player Level IP G ERA H/9 SO/9 BB/9
25 RP Cody Allen MLB 31.0 29 2.03 6.1 11.3 2.9
25 RP Hector Rondon (5)
MLB 24.2 21 5.84 9.1 7.3 4.0
24 RP TJ McFarland* (5)
MLB 37.0 17 3.41 9.5 8.5 3.2
25 RP Scott Barnes* AAA 23.2 19 6.85 8.4 11.0 5.3
23 SP TJ House* AAA/AA 87.2 15 4.83 9.5 7.7 3.4
22 SP Trevor Bauer AAA 62.1 11 3.61 7.7 9.4 4.8
22 RP Giovanni Soto* (DL)
AAA 8.2 9 5.19 8.3 8.3 9.3
23 RP Trey Haley AA 14.2 14 8.59 11.0 9.8 11.0
23 SP Danny Salazar AAA/AA 63.0 14 3.71 8.1 12.7 2.7
22 RP Shawn Armstrong
AA/R- 6.2 7 5.40 10.8 8.1 4.0
19 SP Mitch Brown
A-/R- 19.1 6 11.64 12.6 9.3 5.6

Danny Salazar continues to be the standout, who has managed to maintain both a high strikeout and low walk rate in AAA. He could get the call to Cleveland as a reliever this year, or possibly a starter if injuries start to pile up.

Mitch Brown and Shawn Armstrong, both of whom spent a lot of the first half on the DL, are now in Arizona.

Too Accomplished Update

Here are 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) - On Disabled List (65.2 IP. 3.43 ERA)
  • RHRP Bryan Shaw (Age 25) 34.1 IP, 3.15 ERA, 8.4 H/9, 8.1 SO/9, 2.9 BB/9
  • 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (Age 24) 109 PA, .204/.248/.330

Prospects That Might Matter Update

As the Prospects That Matter mid-season update will post this Tuesday, the statistics below are the ones I'll be using to evaluate the players.

Columbus (25 and younger)

Akron (23 and younger)

  • C Jake Lowery (Age 22) 90 PA, .310/.333/.540
  • RHSP Will Roberts (Age 22) 57.0 IP, 4.58 ERA
  • OF Tyler Holt (Age 24) 309 PA, .276/.355/.392
  • RHRP Jose Flores (Age 24) 34.1 IP, 1.83 ERA
  • LHP Mike Rayl (Age 24) - On Disabled List
  • RHRP Enosil Tejeda (Age 24) 12.1 IP, 0.73 ERA
  • OF Carlos Moncrief (Age 24) 286 PA, .289/.358/.458
  • RHSP Jordan Cooper (Age 24) 49.1 IP, 3.28 ERA
  • LHSP Matt Packer (Age 25) 78.2 IP, 2.75 ERA
  • OF Cedric Hunter (Age 25) 69 PA, .306/.377/.661
  • C Chris Wallace (Age 25) 43 PA, .361/.442/.472

Carolina (21 and younger)

  • LHSP Shawn Morimando (Age 20) 74.2 IP, 2.89 ERA
  • LHSP Elvis Araujo (Age 21) - On Disabled List
  • RHSP Michael Peoples (Age 21) 26.2 IP, 6.41 ERA
  • CF Tyler Naquin (Age 22) 307 PA,.315/.377/.471
  • RHSP Cody Anderson (Age 22) 75.1 IP, 2.63 ERA
  • 2B Joseph Wendle (Age 23) 180 PA, .301/.389/.536
  • 1B Jerrud Sabourin (Age 23) 247 PA, .313/.393/.411
  • RHRP Jeff Johnson (Age 23) 19.1 IP, 2.33 ERA

Lake County (Age 19 or younger)

  • RF Anthony Santander (Age 18) 159 PA, .241/.308/.386
  • 3B Leonardo Castillo (Age 19) 172 PA, .208/.267/.333
  • C Eric Haase (Age 20) 222 PA, .265/.315/.480
  • CF LeVon Washington (Age 21) - On Disabled List
  • IF Erik Gonzalez (Age 21) 271 PA, .254/.309/.411
  • RHSP Jake Sisco (Age 21) 61.0 IP, 3.25 ERA

Mahoning Valley (Age 19 or younger)

  • 2B Claudio Bautista (Age 19) 28 PA, .417/.464/.625
  • LHP Luis Lugo (Age 19) 10.0 IP, 0.90 ERA
  • RHP Caleb Hamrick (Age 19) 5.0 IP, 1.80 ERA
  • RHP Breily Puerta (Age 21) 4.0 IP, 0.00
  • RHP Rafael Homblert (Age 21) 3.0 IP, 3.00 ERA
  • RHP Ben Heller (Age 21) 2.1 IP, 3.86 ERA

Arizona League (Age 17 or younger)

  • C Francisco Mejia (Age 17) 8 PA, .250/.250/.375
  • RHP Kieran Lovegrove (Age 18) 4.2 IP, 0.00
  • 3B Gerald Bautista (Age 19) 5 PA, .500/.600/.500
  • RHP Juan Santana (Age 19) 5.0 IP, 3.60 ERA
  • 3B Yonathan Mendoza (Age 19) 8 PA, .500/.500/.625
  • RHP Ramon Rodriguez (Age 19) 2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA

Dominican Republic League (Age 17 or younger)

  • RHP Luis Araujo (Age 16) 9.0 IP, 3.00 ERA
  • 2B Jorma Rodriguez (Age 17) 53 PA, .244/.358/.333
  • RHP Julio Arosemana (Age 17) 10.1 IP, 4.35 ERA
  • SS Grofi Cruz (Age 17) 77 PA, .239/.276/.324
  • RHP Jesus Ramirez (Age 18) 16.1 IP, 3.86 ERA
  • RHP Erick Algarin (Age 18) 13.2 IP, 2.63 ERA
  • 3B Alexis De Los Santos (Age 19) 63 PA, .245/.349/.358
  • 2B Erlin Cerda (Age 19) 47 PA, .237/.370/.395
  • RHP Johan Puello (Age 19) 15.0 IP, 2.40 ERA
  • RHP Edward Estrella (Age 19) 20.2 IP, 1.74 ERA
  • RHP Jesus Arias (Age 19) 13.1 IP, 0.68 ERA

    On Tuesday I'll be updating the PTM. Here's my finalists for inclusion:

    • RHP Preston Guilmet (Age 25) - Excellent statistics, though he doesn't have the typical stuff that you look for in a back-end reliever.
    • LHP Shawn Morimando (Age 20) - He's moved very quickly through the system for a high school pitcher thanks excellent movement on his pitches. He's struggled a bit with command, but you can't ignore the extremely low hit rates.
    • 1B/DH Chun-Hsiu Chen (Age 24) - In his third year in Akron (and first full year as a first baseman), Chen hit the snot out of the ball, finally earning a promotion to Columbus. He's going to need to keep hitting the snot out of the ball to make it in the majors, because his best defensive position may be DH.
    • OF Anthony Santander (Age 18) - Holding his own in his first year in a full-season league, though it's still a small sample. Unlike the players above, scouts love Santander's upside.

    Of those who aren't eligible because of the age/level requirements:

    • OF Tyler Naquin (Age 22) - living up to and perhaps surpassing high expectations in the Carolina League.
    • RHP Cody Anderson (Age 22) - another lower-round pick that is out-performing high-round pitchers in the system.
    • OF LeVon Washington (Age 21) - was in the midst of a breakout season before he landed on the DL again.
    • OF Carlos Moncrief (Age 24) - he's a bit old for the league, but given that he's only been an outfielder for four seasons, that's completely understandable.

    I'd appreciate any feedback or opinions in the comments sections. There's nobody that in my mind is a lock, so I'd like some other perspectives on these players.

    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) 257 PA, .271/.337/.459
    • OF Tim Fedroff (Age 26) 318 PA, .269/.360/.353
    • OF Jeremy Hermida (Age 29) 295 PA, .251/.383/.453
    • C Omir Santos (Age 32) 141 PA, .273/.326/.375
    • LHRP J.C. Romero (Age 37) - On Disabled List

    Akron

    • RHRP Bryce Stowell 34.2 IP, 2.60 ERA
    • RHRP Austin Adams 26.2 IP, 2.70 ERA
    • RHRP Chen-Chang Lee 7.1 IP, 1.23 ERA

    Carolina

    • None

    Lake County

    • None

    Columbus Clippers (AAA)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record: 34-41 (3rd IL West, 15.5 GB)

    Current 7-Day Disabled List

    • RHP Tyler Sturdevant (April 2)
    • IF Ryan Rohlinger
    • RHP Matt Capps (April 25)
    • LHP Giovanni Soto (May 23)
    • RHP Fernando Nieve (May 30)
    • 1B Matt LaPorta (June 5)
    • C Matthew Colantonio (June 13)
    • LHP J.C. Romero (June 17)

    Transactions (June 15-21)

    June 17

    • Placed LHP J.C. Romero on Disabled List
    • RHP Toru Murata promoted from Akron (AA)

    June 18

    • RHP Toru Murata demoted to Akron (AA)
    • Cleveland recalled 3B Lonnie Chisenhall
    • Cleveland optioned RHP Matt Langwell

    June 20

    • IF Luis Hernandez sent to AZL Indians (R-) on a rehab assignment

    Akron Aeros (AA)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record: 35-37 (3rd EL West, 4.5 GB)

    Current 7-Day Disabled List

    • LHP Mike Rayl (May 2)
    • RHP Kyle Landis (May 10)
    • IF Kyle Bellows (May 23)

    Rehab Assignments

    • RHP Blake Wood

      Transactions (June 15-21)

      June 17

      • RHP Toru Murata promoted to Columbus (AAA)

      June 18

      • RHP Toru Murata demoted from Columbus (AAA)
      • Cleveland assigned RHP Chris Perez on rehab assignment
      • Cleveland assigned RHP Blake Wood on rehab assignment

      June 20

      • RHP Shawn Armstrong sent to AZL Indians on rehab assignment

      Carolina Mudcats (A+)

      Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

      Overall Record: 22-51

      Second-Half Record: 0-3 (4th, CL Southern, 2.0 GB)

      Current 7-Day Disabled List

      • C Alex Monsalve (April 2)
      • RF Anthony Gallas (April 29)
      • RHP Joseph Colon (May 11)
      • LHP Elvis Araujo (May 12)
      • RHP Owen Dew (May 30)
      • RHP Jacob Lee (June 3)
      • RHP Mason Radeke (June 14)
      • C Charlie Valerio (June 15)

      Transactions (June 15-21)

      June 14

      • Demoted C Ryan Battaglia to Mahoning Valley (SSA)

      June 15

      • Activated OF Luigi Rodriguez from Disabled List
      • Placed C Charlie Valerio on Disabled List (left thumb sprain)

      June 19

      • Demoted RHP Michael Goodnight to Mahoning Valley (SSA)

      June 20

      • Sent 3B Todd Hankings to AZL Indians on rehab assignment

      Lake County Captains (A-)

      Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

      Overall Record: 26-45

      Second-Half Record 3-1 (T-1st, MW Eastern, 0.0 GB)

      Disabled List

      • CF LeVon Washington (May 29)

      Transactions (June 15-21)

      June 20

      • RHP Mitch Brown demoted to AZL Indians (R-)

      Mahoning Valley Scrappers (SSA)

      Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

      Record:2-4 (5th MV Pinckney, 2.0 GB)

      Disabled List

      • None

      Transactions (June 15-21)

      June 14

      • C Ryan Battaglia demoted from Carolina (A+)

      June 15

      • LHP Matt Whitehouse, RHP Trevor Frank, RHP Ben Heller, and SS Paul Hendrix assigned via 2013 Draft
      • SS Juan Herrera, 3B Nick Hamilton, RHP Caleb Hamrick, OF Tyler Booth, OF Brian Ruiz, OF Joshua McAdams, LHP Luis Lugo, and C Manuel Boscan promoted from AZL Indians (R-)

      June 19

      • RHP Michael Goodnight demoted from Carolina (A+)

      Arizona League Indians (R-)

      Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

      Record:2-1 (1st AZL Central)

      Disabled List

      • RHP Ping-Hseuh Chen (June 22)
      • RHP Shao-Ching Chiang (June 20)
      • RHP Thomas White (June 20)

      Temporary Inactive List

      • RHP Dillon Howard (June 20)

      Rehab Assignment

      • RHP Shawn Armstrong (AA)
      • Todd Hankins (A+)
      • IF Luis Hernandez (AAA)

      Transactions (June 15-21)

      June 16

      • OF Clint Frazier assigned via 2013 Draft

      June 20

      • RHP Kota Kobayashi, C Francisco Mejia, RHP Ping-Hseuh Chen, 3B Gerald Bautista, and RHP Naoki Hashimoto assigned via Extended Spring
      • C Shane Rowland, 2B Garrett Smith, RHP Casey Shane, C Juan Gonzalez, LHP Thomas Pannone, 2B Mike Giuffre, OF Silento Sayles, 3B Grant Fink via 2013 Draft
      • RHP Mitch Brown demoted from Lake County (A-)
      • Placed RHP Dillon Howard on Temporary Inactive List
      • Columbus (AAA) sent IF Luis Hernandez on rehab
      • Carolina (A+) sent 3B Todd Hankins on rehab
      • Akron (AA) sent Shawn Armstrong on rehab
      • RHP Shao-Ching Chiang and Thomas White placed on Disabled List

      June 22

      • RHP Ping-Hseuh Chen placed on Disabled List

      DSL Indians

      Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

      Record:8-10 (4th, BC Northwest, 6.5 GB)

      Disabled List

      • None

      Restricted List

      • RHP Juan Nivar

      Transaction (June 15-21)

      June 15

      • RHP Francisco Lopez assigned
      • RHP Edward Fabian assigned

      June 17

      • RHP Luis Aquino assigned
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