Minor Happenings: Frazier’s surge an encouraging sign (7.18.14)

01 Aug

“Minor Happenings” is a bi-weekly column which recaps the important developments and news in the Indians farm system. Information in this report is compiled from my own research and through discussions with industry personnel inside and outside the Cleveland Indians organization. Unless otherwise noted, the intellectual property contained in this report is owned by LLC, and any unauthorized reproduction of the information is prohibited. 

In today’s Minor Happenings, I fill in for Tony and take a look at High-A Carolina pitcher Adam Plutko’s adjustment to the level after a stellar debut in Lake County. I also break down Clint Frazier’s recent surge and how the 2013 first round pick has progressed this season. Finally, I talked to Double-A Akron RubberDucks pitching coach Jeff Harris about Cody Anderson and the adjustments he is making, Joe Colon and his approach to pitching, and much more.

Also, if you missed it, be sure to check out the IBI midseason top 30 prospects I debuted earlier this week (you can find part one and part two here). Finally, be sure to view Hayden Grove’s latest episode of “IBI on Site” where he was in Cleveland and talked to the likes of pitcher Corey Kluber, the ever-energized Nick Swisher, and newly-acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson along with Fangraphs and Akron Beacon Journal contributor August Fagerstrom. 

Onto the Happenings… 

IBI Minor League Pitcher of the Week

(from July 8 through July 14)

Adam Plutko (Right-handed Pitcher — Carolina)

1 GS, 1-0 W-L, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO in 7.0 IP

The great performance Plutko turned in last Friday earned him the pitcher of the week award, a beauty of a nine-strikeout, one-walk, one-run performance in seven innings. Plutko has not been terrible since his callup from Lake County, though the 2013 11th round pick has certainly seen his results slip.

Though Plutko’s 3.93 ERA in 52.2 Lake County innings does not stand out, the right-hander’s 2.05 FIP certainly does. That FIP came about in large part thanks to Plutko’s 66:12 SO:BB, both remarkable rates that put his style of command-control pitching on full display.

The long-term question for Plutko revolves around how much of that Lake County performance was the byproduct of unleashing his advanced approach on the young hitters of the Midwest League. Plutko does not have overwhelming stuff, instead getting by with his ability to command those pitches and locate them well. That approach certainly can work in Low-A, but as Plutko moves up through the system, more advanced hitters could take advantage. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, July 18, 2014

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