Cleveland Indians Minor League Update: July 27-August 2

Carlos Moncrief - Ryan Richards

Your weekly Tribe minor-league update and discussion thread.

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 June 22-28

June 29-July 5 (PTM) July 6-12 July 13-19 July 20-26

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).

Position Players

Age Position/Player Level PA BA/OBP/SLG OPS 2B HR SO BB
24
SS Juan Diaz AAA
369 .234/.302/.348 .651 17 7 100 31
23 1B Jesus Aguilar AA 432 .262/.343/.411 .754 24 11 86 45
22 C Jake Lowery AA/A+ 246 .273/.358/.463 .821 19 6 63 29
21 SS Ronny Rodriguez AA 376 .277/.296/.398 .693 19 4 56 10
21 3B Giovanny Urshela AA 367 .269/.294/.397 .691 20 7 38 12
20 2B Jose Ramirez (DL) AA 397 .278/.337/.368 .705 13 3 29 33
19 SS Francisco Lindor AA/A+ 426 .314/.390/.425 .816 21 2 40 45
21 C Tony Wolters A+ 224 .278/.353/.371 .724 9 3 42 23
20 CF Luigi Rodriguez (DL)
A+/A- 222 .275/.368/.370 .739 13 1 61 28
18 SS Dorssys Paulino A- 383 .241/.291/.349 .640 20 4 65 22

Jose Ramirez was placed on the DL, so for now both Ronny Rodriguez and Francisco Lindor will both play the field every day.

From my review of last Thursday's game in Akron:

Francisco Lindor met all my expectations. I didn't get to see him showcase his glove, but his bat was on full display. He smoked a home run to one of the deeper parts of the park, lined a single back up the middle with runners on second and third to blow the game open in the seventh, and lined a double down the right field line earlier in the game. It's rare that an elite defensive player also can be an offensive weapon, and I think Lindor can be one of those rare players. The Indians had one in Brandon Phillips, but dumped him. I don't think they'll make the same mistake with Lindor.

Ronny Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a walk and stole a base. In most other organizations he'd be thought of as a potential shortstop, but not with Lindor in the system. He's going to play second the rest of the season, or perhaps he'll be bumped up to AAA when Jose Ramirez comes off the DL. Or the Indians could trade him.

Jesus Aguilar walked twice in four Plate Appearances. He didn't really make any major impressions on me, but it was only one game. Yeah, he should be considered a prospect, but not one the Indians need to plan around like they are with Lindor.

Giovanny Urshela made a couple of very nice picks at third base. He's flown under the radar because he's never put up eye-opening offensive statistics, but his glove has allowed the Indians to push him up the organizational ladder. He's both a free-swinging and an excellent contact hitter, as you can see by his low strikeout and walk totals. He did walk twice in Thursday's game, but those were only his 11th and 12th walk of the season. He may get promoted to Columbus next season depending on whether the Indians feel his bat his ready for it.

Pitchers

Age Role/Player Level IP G ERA H/9 SO/9 BB/9
25 RP Preston Guilmet AAA 50.1 38 1.97 6.6 10.9 2.1
25 RP Scott Barnes*(DL) AAA 27.2 23 7.81 9.8 11.4 6.5
23 SP TJ House* AAA/AA 120.0 21 4.50 9.9 7.5 3.4
22 SP Trevor Bauer AAA 91.2 16 3.73 8.6 7.7 4.7
22 RP Giovanni Soto* (DL)
AAA 8.2 9 5.19 8.3 8.3 9.3
23 RP Trey Haley AA 28.1 25 4.76 8.6 8.6 8.3
23 SP Danny Salazar AAA/AA 83.0 19 3.04 7.4 11.9 2.5
22 RP Shawn Armstrong
AA 17.1 17 5.19 9.3 11.4 5.7
20 SP Shawn Morimando A+ 103.0 20 2.88 7.0 6.7 4.5

Preston Guilmet continues to make the case for a return to Cleveland, as he now has a 5.19 SO/BB ratio. TJ House has seemed to be figuring things out in AAA after a difficult start. Danny Salazar is in AAA for now, though the Indians may eventually use him out of the bullpen down the stretch.

From my review of last Thursday's game in Akron:

Before the season Trey Haley was thought as perhaps helping the Indians as early as this year. That isn't going to happen, as he's really struggled with his command. Thursday he walked a batter and threw what was scored as a passed ball, but you can't help noticing his stuff. He throws in the mid-90s (regularly hitting 94 and 95) and has sharp-breaking curve that's impressive even from the stands.

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) 70.2 IP, 3.57 ERA
  • C Yan Gomes (Age 25) 152 PA, .270/.303/.496
  • RHRP Bryan Shaw (Age 25) 44.2 IP, 4.03 ERA
  • RHRP Cody Allen (Age 24) 43.0 IP, 2.51 ERA
  • 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (Age 24) 196 PA, .239/.286/.402

Baltimore (Rule 5)

  • LHP T.J. McFarland (Age 24) 49.2 IP, 3.99 ERA

Chicago Cubs (Rule 5)

  • RHP Hector Rondon (Age 25) 33.0 IP, 6.27 ERA

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)

  • 1B/DH Chun-Hsiu Chen (Age 24) 263 PA, .221/.293/.332
  • C Roberto Perez (Age 24) 137 PA, .170/.267/.223

Akron (23 and younger)

  • C Alex Monsalve (Age 21) 13 PA, .308/.308/.385
  • RHSP Will Roberts (Age 22) 99.2 IP, 4.24 ERA
  • RHRP Jeff Johnson (Age 23) 6.1 IP, 1.42 ERA
  • OF Tyler Holt (Age 24) 451 PA, .278/.355/.377
  • RHRP Jose Flores (Age 24) 49.2 IP, 2.90 ERA
  • LHP Mike Rayl (Age 24) - On Disabled List
  • RHRP Enosil Tejeda (Age 24) 28.0 IP, 0.96 ERA
  • OF Carlos Moncrief (Age 24) 427 PA, .307/.380/.511
  • RHSP Jordan Cooper (Age 24) 72.1 IP, 3.11 ERA
  • LHSP Matt Packer (Age 25) 121.1 IP, 2.52 ERA
  • OF Cedric Hunter (Age 25) 164 PA, .289/.348/.604
  • C Chris Wallace (Age 25) 89 PA, .321/.371/.481

Carolina (21 and younger)

  • LHSP Elvis Araujo (Age 21) - On Disabled List
  • RHSP Michael Peoples (Age 21) - On Disabled List
  • RHRP Benny Suarez (Age 21) 3.0 IP, 3.00 ERA
  • 3B/SS Erik Gonzalez (Age 21) 16 PA, .250/.250/.313
  • CF Tyler Naquin (Age 22) 450 PA, .286/.353/.435
  • RHSP Cody Anderson (Age 22) 106.1 IP, 2.54 ERA
  • 2B Joseph Wendle (Age 23) 318 PA, .315/.390/.551
  • 1B Jerrud Sabourin (Age 23) 370 PA, .272/.354/.353
  • OF Bryson Myles (Age 23) 228 PA, .265/.329/.435

Lake County (Age 19 or younger)

  • RF Anthony Santander (Age 18) 238 PA, .242/.303/.370
  • 3B Leonardo Castillo (Age 19) - On Disabled List
  • C Eric Haase (Age 20) 324 PA, .234/.303/.426
  • CF LeVon Washington (Age 21) 94 PA, .351/.468/.532
  • RHSP Jake Sisco (Age 21) 90.2 IP, 3.97 ERA
  • LHSP Ryan Merritt (Age 21) 114.1 IP, 3.70 ERA

Mahoning Valley (Age 19 or younger)

  • 2B Claudio Bautista (Age 19) 142 PA, .273/.333/.430
  • LHP Luis Lugo (Age 19) 36.2 IP, 1.47 ERA
  • RHP Caleb Hamrick (Age 19) 38.0 IP, 4.97 ERA
  • 1B Nelson Rodriguez (Age 19) 155 PA, .331/.400/.525
  • LHP Kenny Matthews (Age 19) 12.0 IP, 1.50 ERA
  • OF Josh McAdams (Age 19) 135 PA, .260/.313/.301
  • SS Juan Herrera (Age 20) 162 PA, .271/.364/.371
  • 2B Robel Garcia (Age 20) 111 PA, .232/.327/.400
  • RHP Alexis Paredes (Age 21) 20.2 IP, 3.48 ERA
  • RHP Breily Puerta (Age 21) 19.2 IP, 2.29 ERA
  • SS James Roberts (Age 21) 87 PA, .311/.400/.324
  • RHP Ben Heller (Age 21) 17.0 IP, 1.59 ERA
  • RHP Dace Kime (Age 21) 8.2 IP, 3.12 ERA
  • C Ryan Battaglia (Age 21) 53 PA, .186/.340/.372

Arizona League (Age 17 or younger)

  • C Francisco Mejia (Age 17) 57 PA, .226/.268/.377
  • RHP Casey Shane (Age 17) 9.0 IP, 12.00 ERA
  • OF Clint Frazier (Age 18) 85 PA, .307/.353/.533
  • RHSP Kieran Lovegrove (Age 18) 30.1 IP, 3.86 ERA
  • 3B Gerald Bautista (Age 18) 73 PA, .323/.425/.452
  • LHP Sean Brady (Age 19) 10.0 IP, 1.80 ERA
  • 2B Ordomar Valdez (Age 19) 90 PA, .269/.330/.372
  • C Juan De La Cruz (Age 19) 11 PA, .375/.455/.500

Dominican Republic League (Age 17 or younger)

  • RHP Luis Araujo (Age 16) 30.1 IP, 3.56 ERA
  • RHP Julio Arosemana (Age 17) 28.2 IP, 2.51 ERA
  • CF Hector Caro (Age 17) 137 PA, .260/.285/.344
  • RHP Jesus Ramirez (Age 18) 31.2 IP, 2.84 ERA
  • RHP Jose Rodriguez (Age 18) 15.1 IP, 2.93 ERA
  • 3B Alexis De Los Santos (Age 18) 147 PA, .240/.327/.310
  • RHP Erick Algarin (Age 18) 22.2 IP, 1.99 ERA
  • CF Francisco MIguel (Age 18) 125 PA, .212/.282/.372
  • 2B Erlin Cerda (Age 19) 157 PA, .277/.397/.385
  • RHP Jesus Arias (Age 19) 27.0 IP, 2.67 ERA
  • RF Yoel Sanchez (Age 19) 47 PA, .250/.348/.350

#WashTime is officially back in action, as was activated off the Lake County DL today (July 28th). Here's hoping he stays healthy, and ends the year in Carolina.

From my review of last Thursday's game in Akron:

After Lindor, I was most excited to see Carlos Moncrief in action. He started out his pro career as a pitcher, but was moved to the outfield a couple years after joining the organization. So his development has been slow, but this season we're starting to see some results. He's always had the tools to be a corner outfielder (great arm, excellent power potential, good range), and now that his skills are catching up his tools, he has to be considered one of the organization's key prospects. The Indians don't really have a long-term plan in right field, and Moncrief should be considered major-league depth as soon as next year.

I'm not sure if Matt Packer has the stuff to get by the majors. He limited the Flying Squirrels to one run on six hits (Richmond's best prospect, Andrew Susac, took him deep), but he wasn't exactly dominating. He induced three double plays, a couple of them extricating him from big jams. He does have four pitches, one of which (changeup) could be considered a plus pitch, but he only throws in the high 80s. The Indians will have a tough call on whether to add him to the 40-man roster this winter, as the 40-man is already very pitching-heavy. I would think they would promote him to AAA before the season is over to get a better feel for him as a prospect.

Jeff Johnson threw a scoreless 1.2 innings. He was one of the college seniors drafted by the Indians last year to help clear pool room to sign several high-ceiling guys. But Johnson (and Joe Wendle, another college senior) could help the Indians in a year or so. He throws in the low-90s, but his out pitch is his splitter.

    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:

    Cleveland

    • None

    Columbus

    • IF Cord Phelps (Age 26) - On Disabled List
    • RHRP Chen-Chang Lee (Age 26) 7.1 IP, 2.45 ERA
    • RHSP Carlos Carrasco (Age 26) 60.2 IP, 2.97 ERA
    • RHRP Bryan Price (Age 26) 39.2 IP, 3.40 ERA
    • LHRP Nick Hagadone (Age 27) 18.2 IP, 2.89 ERA
    • RHRP Matt Langwell (Age 27) 45.2 IP, 2.76 ERA
    • RHRP Blake Wood (Age 27) 6.1 IP, 1.42 ERA
    • RHRP Fernando Nieve (Age 30) 42.2 IP, 1.69 ERA
    • LHRP Clay Rapada (Age 32) 13.1 IP, 1.35 ERA
    • RHSP Daisuke Matsuzaka (Age 32) 70.1 IP, 3.97 ERA

    Akron

    • RHRP Bryce Stowell (Age 26) - On Disabled List
    • RHRP Austin Adams (Age 26) 39.0 IP, 2.77 ERA
    • IF Justin Toole (Age 26) 128 PA, .310/.381/.363
    • RHSP Toru Murata (Age 28) 90.0 IP, 3.90 ERA

    Carolina

    • None

    Lake County

    • None

    Columbus Clippers (AAA)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record: 51-58 (3rd IL West, 12.0 GB)

    Current 7-Day Disabled List

    • RHP Tyler Sturdevant (April 2)
    • RHP Matt Capps (April 25)
    • LHP Giovanni Soto (May 23)
    • 1B Matt LaPorta (June 5) - on rehab with AZL Indians
    • C Matthew Colantonio (June 13)
    • LHP J.C. Romero (June 17)
    • LHP Scott Barnes (July 3)
    • IF Cord Phelps (July 4)
    • RHP Jerry Gil (July 9)
    • RHP Boof Bonser (July 22)

    Akron Aeros (AA)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record: 53-54 (4th EL West, 5.5 GB)

    Current 7-Day Disabled List

    • LHP Mike Rayl (May 2)
    • RHP Bryce Stowell (June 23)
    • IF Adam Abraham (July 1)
    • 2B Jose Ramirez (July 19)

    Carolina Mudcats (A+)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Overall Record:41-63

    Second-Half Record: 19-15 (2nd, CL Southern, 3.0 GB)

    Current 7-Day Disabled List

    • RF Anthony Gallas (April 29)
    • LHP Elvis Araujo (May 12)
    • RHP Jacob Lee (June 3)
    • RHP Mason Radeke (June 14)
    • OF Luigi Rodriguez (July 9)
    • LHP Francisco Jimenez (July 9)
    • RHSP Michael Peoples (July 22)

    Lake County Captains (A-)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Overall Record: 37-62

    Second-Half Record 17-18 (6th, MW Eastern, 6.5 GB)

    Disabled List

    • LF Aaron Siliga (June 27)
    • 3B Leo Castillo (July 3)
    • 2B Yhoxian Medina (July 26)

    Mahoning Valley Scrappers (SSA)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record:15-24 (5th MV Pinckney, 10.5 GB)

    Disabled List

    • RHP Kerry Doane (July 17)

    Arizona League Indians (R-)

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record: 14-15 (2nd AZL Central, 3.5 GB)

    Disabled List

    • RHP Ping-Hseuh Chen (June 22)
    • RHP Shao-Ching Chiang (June 20)
    • RHP Thomas White (June 20)
    • 2B Mike Giuffre (July 22)

    Restricted List

    • RHP Dillon Howard (June 20) - Suspended 50 Games (MiLB Drug Policy)

    Rehab Assignment

    • 1B Matt LaPorta (AAA)
    • RHP Josh Tomlin (MLB)

    DSL Indians

    Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

    Record:17-31 (8th, BC Northwest, 15.5 GB)

    Disabled List

    • None

    Restricted List

    • SS Rubiel Martinez (July 25) - Suspended 50 Game (MiLB Drug Policy)
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