Minor league report - Carolina Mudcats
AUG 15, 2013 11:29a ET
This week we check in on High-A Carolina, one of the few minor league teams in the Indians system with a chance of making the playoffs.
Just the Facts
Carolina (28-22, 50-70) sits in second place, 1.5 games behind Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League Southern Division standings. Myrtle Beach won the first half title, so if they finishes in first and Carolina in second, then Carolina would make the playoffs. Carolina has a 1.5 game lead on the third place team in the division with 20 games to go.
Carolina has been a force offensively this season ranking 1st out of eight teams in the league in batting average (.269), 4th in runs (549), 2nd in doubles (235), 3rd in triples (33), 7th in home runs (56), 2nd in total bases (1557), 4th in walks (427), 8th in strikeouts (779), 7th in stolen bases (95), and 3rd in OPS (.729).
Carolina has been inconsistent on the pitching front, ranking 6th in ERA (4.13), 4th for most hits allowed (1010), 6th for most home runs allowed (73), 2nd for most hit batters (71), 3rd for most walks allowed (441), 6th in strikeouts (836), and 5th in WHIP (1.39).
Bryson Myles (Outfielder)
.390 AVG (16-for-41), 8 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 12 K, 2 SB, .908 OPS
Myles saw his 23-game hitting streak come to an end on Monday, but has come right back with hits in his last two games. He is now hitting .299 with 7 homers, 45 RBI and .815 OPS in 72 games this season. The streak boosted his numbers, but is also a sign of how much talent he has if he can stay healthy and develop. He’s looking like a good bet to play in the Arizona Fall League this fall.
Jordan Smith (Outfielder)
.361 AVG (13-for-36), 10 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 11 BB, 4 K, 3 SB, 1.083 OPS
Smith is red hot in August, hitting .375 with a 1.033 OPS in 13 games this month - by far his best month this season. He’s been consistent but has not stood out, partly because he just does not hit for much power (5 home runs, .380 slugging percentage). He is hitting .282 with a .736 OPS on the season in 116 games, is durable, athletic, plays good defense and has a nice approach (51 walks, 62 strikeouts). There is value even without the power.
Nick Pasquale (Right-handed pitcher)
0-1, 5.11 ERA, 2 GS, 12.1 IP, 18 H, 7 R/ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 13 K
Pasquale has otherwise been a solid contributor this season, splitting time between Low-A Lake County and Carolina - compiling a 4-7 record and 3.99 ERA in 26 appearances (18 starts). His main problem is an inability to get swing and miss (4.6 K/9). He is a sinkerballer, so he does pitch to contact and has been good at getting results, but will need to develop more as he moves along in the system.
Robert Whitenack (Right-handed pitcher)
0-1, 9.72 ERA, 2 GS, 8.1 IP, 12 H, 12 R (9 ER), 0 HR, 5 BB, 1 K
What a strange season it has been for Whitenack. He started the year on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, then was designated for assignment and claimed by the Indians. The Tribe assigned him to Double-A Akron, then then designated him for assignment again. He cleared waivers and was reassigned to Carolina, then reassigned to short season Single-A Mahoning Valley, and is now back in Carolina. In total it has resulted in a 3-8 record and 6.72 ERA in 16 appearances (14 starts).
- Right-hander Cody Anderson was promoted to Akron on Wednesday. In 23 starts he went 9-4 with a 2.34 ERA and in 123.1 innings allowed 105 hits, 6 home runs, 31 walks and had 112 strikeouts. He was one of the top starting pitchers in the Carolina League and is one of the Indians best pitching prospects. He is expected to make his Double-A debut today (Thursday).
- Outfielder Tyler Naquin was also promoted to Akron on Wednesday. In 108 games he hit .277 with 9 homers, 42 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and .769 OPS, and made his Double-A debut on Wednesday night going 0-for-3 with a walk and RBI. He was struggling recently, but the Indians are pushing him to challenge him at a higher level to work on his plate discipline concerns (113 strikeouts).
- With Naquin departing, the Indians promoted outfielder Logan Vick from Lake County to take Naquin’s spot on the roster. Vick is having a sensational season hitting .281 with 5 homers, 45 RBI, 25 stolen bases, and .820 OPS in 107 games. He made his High-A debut on Wednesday and 0-for-4 with a walk and RBI. His 82 walks on the season have him at an incredible .410 on-base percentage for the year.
- Tony Wolters continues to make strides in his transition to the catching position. After a decision late in spring training to move him to catcher, Wolters has done well with picking up the position on the fly and shows a lot of potential to be a solid average receiver. Even with the difficult position change it has not affected his offense as he is hitting a solid .279 with 3 homers, 27 RBI and .711 OPS on the season.
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