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Around the Farm: May 29, 2014 (5.30.14)

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. 

Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB

Every RubberDucks batter had a hit Thursday night, but Myles’ night really stood out. The full range of the outfielder’s power-speed combination was on display as Myles cracked two extra base hits, got a steal, and reached base four times. There are some issues Myles will need to correct in the future — namely getting his strikeout rate better under control — but the most important thing for the 24-year-old so far has been maintaining his above-average offense after making the jump to Double-A. That is no small feat, especially considering how many hitters never manage to make that leap. We cannot say anything definitive after only 46 games — even more so considering how important it is to make sure Myles has finally put his injury issues behind him — but the outfielder certainly is making some real noise as the calendar approaches June. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, May 30, 2014

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in ZP. May 2014

 

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Coach’s Corner ’14: Akron manager Dave Wallace part two (5.29.14)

In today’s Coach’s Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace.

This is a regular in-season and off-season premium piece on the site where Tony or I sit down with a coach in the Indians minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster and talk about some of the philosophies surrounding the development of players.

After talking with Wallace about the hitters last week, this week we focused on the pitching side of the equation. We talked about Cody Anderson’s growth and the adjustments he is making, what Will Roberts is doing to improve in his second year in Akron, what is making Joe Colon so effective this season, discussed some of the new faces to the organization, and much, much more.

As always, these pieces are in a Q&A format in order to provide the raw, uncut comments from the manager or coach.

Q: To start off, Cody Anderson. Been pitching better lately, had a rough stretch in the middle there. Is he working on anything this year that’s kind of contributing to the ups and downs or is it just the natural adjustments to Double-A?

Dave Wallace (DW): Yeah, pretty natural adjustments to Double-A. That’s definitely part of it. There’s some mechanical adjustments that he’s working through. Not major changes, but just small things he’s trying to be a little more consistent with and it’s definitely starting to become more natural for him and that’s why I think we’re seeing him throw the ball pretty well lately. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, May 29, 2014

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in ZP. May 2014

 

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Around the Farm: May 28, 2014 (5.29.14)

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. 

Cole Sulser (SP, Carolina): L (1-5) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 9 SO, 1 HBP

Sulser started the season strong before fading in spectacular fashion at the beginning of May. The right-hander seemed to be an April flash in the pan after allowing 16 runs (nine earned) in only 9.1 innings during his first three May starts, a series of outings that torched his ERA. Through it all, however, Sulser continued to fill up the strike zone, an approach that looks to have him back on track. Sulser struck out nine batters in each of his last two starts — both of which went six innings — while only allowing one walk. It is possible that pitching in the zone so much will lead to Sulser being hit hard from time to time, but his approach is getting results again as the calendar approaches June. The 25th round pick in 2013 still has work to do in order to earn a call to Akron, but the early returns are encouraging for the 24-year-old. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, May 29, 2014

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in ZP. May 2014

 

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The WAR Room: Lindor, Hendrix continue to impress (5.25.14)

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge.

Of course, it is always important to keep context in mind, just like with scouting. For example, a hitter who is old for his level using that experience to succeed against young, inexperienced pitchers must be taken with a grain of salt; the same goes when looking at these WAR totals.

But it is a useful tool to put each player’s performance into context and look at where they sit in regard to the rest of the league.

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.

As a reminder, a 0.0 WAR per 162 games is replacement level — otherwise known as the kind of performance an average player from the level below could offer — a 2.0 WAR per 162 games is average, and a 5.0 WAR per 162 games is All-Star level.

Also, the lack of good defensive metrics for the minor leagues means we have to adjust for a range of defensive abilities. To account for this, I will give you each player’s WAR with a qualifier: either poor-defense WAR for a poor defender (-10 runs below-average per 162 games), average-defense WAR for an average defender (0 runs per 162 games), or great-defense WAR for a great defender (10 runs above-average per 162 games).

One more thing, all “+” stats are averaged at 100. Anything over 100, like 110, is higher and means that player is 10 percent better than the league average. Anything under 100, like 90, is lower and means that player is 10 percent worse than the league average. In the case of any “-” stats — when lower is better, like with ERA — a 90 ERA- means that player is 10 percent better than the league average.

Today we look at the hitters throughout the system. Next week we will do the pitchers. For the full stats, go ahead and click here. Stats are updated through Friday, May 23.

Sure, shortstop Francisco Lindor still needs to gain some consistency in his game, but what 20-year-old does not? As it is, Lindor owns a 1.8 great-defense WAR in 43 games, an astronomical rate when you think about it. For a whole season, that puts Lindor on line for 6.5 WAR, something only eight players in the majors outdid in 2013. Sure, Lindor is not a 6.5-win player at the major league level right now, but it sure looks like he will be able to help in Cleveland soon. It may not be until 2015 as Lindor puts the finishing touches on his game (and Asdrubal Cabrera continues to play well), but Lindor is continuing to show why he is so special. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, May 25, 2014

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in ZP. May 2014

 

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Around the Farm: May 22, 2014 (5.23.14)

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. 

Ryan Merritt (SP, Carolina): W (6-1), 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 SO

With the high number of strikeouts in today’s game, seeing a pitcher go seven innings with only one strikeout is a rare occurrence; even rarer is such a good outing when the pitcher walks more batters than he strikeouts. Merritt has a reputation as a lower-strikeout pitcher, and with 41 in 56.1 innings, the left-hander is living up to that so far in 2014. The left-hander makes it work with a rock-bottom walk rate (1.76 BB/9), and though he is pitching a little above his 1.60 ERA, Merritt is still impressing in his first full season in High-A. The 22-year-old does not wow on the mound, but his aggressive, pound-the-zone style of pitching is working and saving the bullpen every time out (Merritt is averaging 6.3 innings per start in 2014). Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, May 23, 2014

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in ZP. May 2014

 

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Around the Farm: May 21, 2014 (5.22.14)

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.

Note that Columbus was off Wednesday.

Dorssys Paulino (LF, Lake County): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS

It has been so far, so good on Paulino’s transition to the outfield as the 19-year-old has hits in all three games since returning to Lake County. Time will tell how Paulino takes to the outfield and whether his defense ends up below-average, above-average, or perfectly average, but that hardly matters right now. Paulino will need reps to become good in the outfield, but the most important thing is to see him hitting again. The bat has always been the thing that made Paulino stand out, which is why the struggles at the plate were the real issue that necessitated the position change. Taking Paulino off of shortstop and moving him to an easier position on defense could free up the 19-year-old’s bat. Three games is not enough to say that has happened for sure, but there is no denying the early returns are encouraging. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, May 22, 2014

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in ZP. May 2014

 

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Coach’s Corner ’14: Akron manager Dave Wallace (5.20.14)

In today’s Coach’s Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace.

This is a regular in-season and off-season premium piece on the site where Tony or I sit down with a coach in the Indians minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster and talk about some of the philosophies surrounding the development of players.

In my discussion with Wallace, we focused on the hitting side of the equation. We talked about the continued improvement of Francisco Lindor and his readiness for the major leagues, what changes Giovanny Urshela made to key his hot start to the season, the development of Tyler Naquin, and how the plethora of players making the jump to Double-A from High-A are doing around 40 games into the season.

As always, these pieces are in a Q&A format in order to provide the raw, uncut comments from the manager or coach. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, May 20, 2014

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in ZP. May 2014

 

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