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Around the Farm: April 24, 2014 (4.25.14)

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Francisco Lindor (SS, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Lindor’s overall line (.268/.342/.423) is a little lower than his 2013 mark, but it is still good enough to be above-average in the Eastern League. The offense would not necessarily translate to above-average in the majors right now, but calling Lindor up to Cleveland immediately would improve the team’s poor defense, at least a little. However, I also do not think Lindor’s 44 errors in 245 minor league games (and three in 18 games in 2014) are a complete coincidence. Errors are an imperfect (at best) measure of defense, but Lindor is still learning how to be consistent — both at the plate and in the field — and can still rush things in the field from time to time. Lindor is an amazing prospect and a pleasure to watch in person, but as much as we would like him to be in Cleveland already, the shortstop still needs some more time at Double-A (he only has 39 games under his belt in Akron) to become a finished product. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, April 25, 2014

 
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Around the Farm: April 23, 2014 (4.24.14)

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Jose Ramirez (2B, Columbus): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 SB

With an on-base streak up to 18 games — all 18 games Columbus has played — and some emerging power, Ramirez continues to turn heads at a very young age. Only 21 years old and already playing at Triple-A, Ramirez is definitely a fun player to get behind. Who knows  how much stock to put into the power — especially considering Huntington Park’s heavy offensive tendencies and Ramirez’s slight stature — but the three home runs and .169 ISO on the young season are something worth watching. Ramirez also showed his speed, swiping three bases Wednesday and raising his season total to eight. The defensive profile may not fit as a starting shortstop, but provided Ramirez continues to hit, he will play somewhere at the major league level, possibly sooner rather than later. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, April 25, 2014

 
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The WAR Room: The 2013 Akron Aeros/RubberDucks hitters (4.18.14)

To start off The WAR Room, we will be going back to 2013 and going over last year’s performances. Ideally this is something that would happen in the offseason, but since I was not able to compute these stats earlier, they have to run now.

Plus, there have not been enough minor league games yet to make the stats particularly useful. So onward with the retrospective.

For reference on how I computed WAR, a reminder on the problems inherent in these stats, and everything else you need to know, click here. For a refresher on WAR and what it is, click here.

But enough with the introduction. Below are the advanced statistics for the 2013 Akron RubberDucks (well, at the time, the Akron Aeros):

Clipper buddies

As it is supposed to work in minor league baseball, three of the best performers from the 2013 Akron season are up in Columbus. Though all three did well in 2013, their performances in 2014 are all across the board.

The best player in Akron last year was outfielder Carlos Moncrief, who posted a 3.8 great-defense WAR in 129 games. Playing in his age-24 season, this was the breakout year everyone was waiting for.  Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, April 18, 2014

 
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Around the Farm: April 17, 2014 (4.18.14)

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Adam Plutko (SP, Lake County): ND, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 SO

In Plutko’s first start of the season, the right-hander had the run prevention without the dominance (four innings, 3:3 SO:BB, no runs). In his second start, Plutko had the strikeouts, but not the run prevention (4.2 innings, 6:0 SO:BB, five runs — four earned). Finally, Plutko put it all together in his third start of the season Thursday night, mowing down hitters and not allowing an earned run. Plutko comes into 2014 as an advanced college arm who should be up for a quick promotion to High-A with good performance, and given the right-hander’s 17:5 SO:BB in 12.2 innings, he is making a compelling case. There is only so much the polished 22-year-old can prove in the Midwest League; as long as Plutko pitches like this, he should get up to Carolina for his next challenge before long. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, April 18, 2014

 
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Around the Farm: April 16, 2014 (4.17.14)

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Trevor Bauer (SP, Columbus): W (1-0), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 SO, 1 WP

Including his spot start in the majors, each of Bauer’s first three outings have gone six innings. In
those 18.0 innings, Bauer has 26 strikeouts while only allowing five walks, 11 hits, and three runs (two earned). Three starts is a little premature to declare Bauer all the way back to the ace-in-waiting some people (i.e., myself) called him when Cleveland acquired the right-hander, but Bauer is certainly much better off than he was in 2013. In retrospect, maybe we should have always expected a massive mechanics overhaul to make 2013 a wash from a performance perspective. But now with the benefit of more time to refine his motion, Bauer’s velocity is back, he is throwing in the zone more, and is just dominant. With results like this, Bauer could find himself at the front of the big league leauge rotation in the suddenly not-so-distant future, which is a much better outlook than the right-hander had at the end of 2013. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, April 17, 2014

 
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Burning Tread with the RubberDucks: 4/8/14 – 4/14/14 (4.15.14)

The Akron RubberDucks made their first appearance at Canal Park over the past week, debuting their new mascot and the rebranded franchise (for pictures from the event, see the article IBI had on Saturday). Unfortunately for the RubberDucks, the team dropped four of seven over the past week, falling to 5-6 on the season.

With 41 runs allowed and 41 runs scored on the young season, the RubberDucks have maintained a solidly average pace for the season. With the number of young players on the roster (including late callups last season like Lindor, Anderson, Naquin, etc.), that in itself is an accomplishment.

The RubberDucks will play two more games at home versus the Trenton Thunder before heading out on a seven-game road trip to Bowie and Trenton. They return to Canal Park to host the Altoona Curve Friday, April 25.

Ducks in a Row

Bryson Myles, LF/DH

6 G, .450/.500/.850 line, 1.350 OPS, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3:1 SO:BB, 2 SB, 1 CS, .500 BABIP, .559 wOBA in 22 PA

The well-roundedness of Myles’ game was out in full force Saturday afternoon. In the third inning, Myles launched a home run off of the scoreboard ribbon in left field. During his next plate appearance, Myles bunted for a single, beating the throw from the pitcher. Power + speed = Myles; a little Akron RubberDucks algebra. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, April 15, 2014

 
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The WAR Room: The 2013 Columbus Clippers pitchers (4.13.14)

To start off The WAR Room, we will be going back to 2013 and going over last year’s performances. Ideally this is something that would happen in the offseason, but since I was not able to compute these stats until now, they have to run now.

Plus, there have not been enough minor league games yet to make useful stats. So onward with the retrospective.

For reference on how I computed WAR, a reminder on the problems inherent in the stats, and everything else you need to know, click here. For a refresher on WAR and what it is, click here.

Also note that pitchers have FIP-based WAR — which is based on peripherals like strikeouts, walks, home runs, etc. — and RA-based WAR — which is based on runs allowed.

But enough with the introduction. Below are the advanced statistics for the 2013 Columbus Clippers pitchers:

A year to forget for Bauer

If you just look at right-hander Trevor Bauer‘s WAR based on his ERA, the picture is not all that bad. With a 105 ERA- in 121.1 innings, the right-hander managed a 1.1 RA-based WAR — a slightly below-average mark, but a decent result considering Bauer’s mechanics hell in 2013. In order to help in the major leagues, Bauer needs to be more than slightly below-average in Triple-A, but given all he went through in last year, a 1.1 WAR is actually pretty good.

Of course, Bauer’s peripherals rate him out as much worse. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, April 13, 2014

 
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