Stock Up, Stock Down for Indians' Top 10 Prospects for Week of June 10

Tyler DumaFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Indians' Top 10 Prospects for Week of June 10

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    Cleveland Indians prospects are making their mark on the 2013 season as we approach the mid-way point of both the big league and minor league seasons.

    While some—like top prospect Francisco Lindor—have been stellar all season, others are just starting to come into their own.

    Then, there are those who are experiencing periods of prolonged struggle and are watching their stock plummet.

    With that said, this has been an all-around good week for the Tribe's prospects and many of them have seen their stock rise over the last five to six games.

    Here's a look at the stock reports for the Indians' top 10 prospects.

     

    No. 5 prospect Mitch Brown is still inactive—since —and was therefore left off of the list. He was replaced by No. 12 prospect Jesus Aguilar.

    No. 10 prospect Dillon Howard has yet to pitch in 2013 and was replaced on this list by No. 13 prospect Luigi Rodriguez.

    All stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and current through June 16, 2013.

13. Luigi Rodriguez

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    2013 Stats

    51 G, .277/.371/.382, 1 HR, 1 3B, 13 2B, 19 RBI, 28 R, 7 SB, 56:26 K/BB

     

    Overview

    Luigi Rodriguez is one of several speedy outfielders in the Indians' farm system. Over 290 career minor league games, Rodriguez has notched 80 stolen bases—44 steals per-162 games.

    This year, Rodriguez has split time between the Low-A and High-A levels with success at both stops, but more so at High-A Carolina. In 29 games with the team, Rodriguez owns a .289/.391/.423 triple slash with 11 doubles, a triple, 10 RBI, 14 runs scored and two steals.

    Rodriguez recently returned from the disabled list and, as a result, played just two games last week, managing one hit in his four at-bats.

    What was impressive about last week for Rodriguez, though, was the plate discipline he displayed after having been absent for fifteen days. In seven plate appearances, Rodriguez managed three walks to just one strikeout.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    2 G, .250/.571/.500, 0 HR, 0 3B, 1 2B, 0 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB, 1:3 K/BB

     

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12. Jesus Aguilar

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    2013 Stats

    62 G, .264/.338/.421, 8 HR, x 3B, 14 2B, 55 RBI, 30 R, 0 SB, 51:27 K/BB

     

    Overview

    Jesus Aguilar is a big hitting first baseman in the Indians' farm system. The 22-year-old is now in his sixth season with the Tribe's minor league affiliates and is experiencing his first full season at Double-A. 

    Aguilar has great power and has tallied 23 and 15 home runs respectively in each of the last two seasons and is at it again this year. In 62 games, Aguilar has eight home runs—two of which have come in the last five games—with a whopping 55 RBI.

    This past week though, Aguilar has seen his power stroke come to life in the form of two HR, four doubles, six RBI and three runs scored. 

     

    Last Week's Stats

    5 G, .333/.417/.810, 2 HR, 0 3B, 4 2B, 6 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB, 2:2 K/BB

     

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9. Jose Ramirez

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    2013 Stats

    59 G, .248/.316/.313, 2 HR, 3 3B, 4 2B, 20 RBI, 44 R, 22 SB, 23:26 K/BB

     

    Overview

    Jose Ramirez is the first of many middle-infielders in the Indians' top-10 prospects. The light-hitting second baseman has little power but he does possess the ability to hit for average and to function as an average-to-above-average second baseman.

    Ramirez also possesses exemplary plate discipline which showed this past week in his 1:1 K/BB ratio. The rest of Ramirez's week was a huge disappointment though and he slashed just .174/.200/.217 with a double, three RBI, five runs scored and a steal. 

     

    Last Week's Stats

    5 G, .174/.200/.217, 0 HR, 0 3B, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 5 R, 1 SB, 1:1 K/BB

     

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8. Danny Salazar

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    2013 Stats

    13 GS, 3-4 W-L, 59 IP, 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 12.2 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 4.21 K/BB, 8.1 H/9

     

    Overview

    Danny Salazar is the second highest ranking pitching prospect within the Indians' organization. This season, he's pitched at Double-A and Triple-A after receiving a promotion following just seven starts.

    Salazar hasn't fared well since his call-up though, posting a 4.68 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP over six starts.

    This week's start was much better than the previous two, however, and Salazar may be beginning to figure out Triple-A hitters. In five innings pitched, the 23-year-old allowed two earned runs on four hits and no walks while striking out eight.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    1 GS, 1-0 W-L, 3.57 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 14.3 K/9, 0.0 BB/9, ∞ K/BB, 7.14 H/9

     

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7. Tony Wolters

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    2013 Stats

    33 G, .254/.336/.344, 2 HR, 0 3B, 5 2B, 12 RBI, 14 R, 3 SB, 28:16 K/BB

     

    Overview

    Tony Wolters, a second baseman turned catcher, is in his fourth season with the Cleveland Indians organization.

    This year marks the first that Wolters has worked as a catcher and it's an obvious work in progress. Wolters has thrown out just 18 percent of base runners—6-for-33—and has allowed four passed balls in 19 games behind the dish.

    At the plate, the struggle of learning a new position may be affecting Wolters' offensive production. In 33 games played, the 21-year-old owns a .254/.336/.344 slash line with just two HR, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored.

    Wolters season may be somewhat disappointing at this juncture, but he's working to right the ship. In six games last week, Wolters slashed .304/.429/.435 with one HR, three RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    6 G, .304/.429/.435, 1 HR, 0 3B, 0 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB, 4:5 K/BB

     

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6. Tyler Naquin

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    2013 Stats

    65 G, .311/.375/.468, 6 HR, 3 3B, 18 2B, 29 RBI, 47 R, 9 SB, 68:24 K/BB

     

    Overview

    Tyler Naquin has a big frame to fill out. At 6'2" 175 lbs. there's weight to be added and that process could result in additional power from the 22-year-old outfielder.

    Naquin's future with the team lies in his ability to be a solid defender with above-average speed. According to the Indians' official site, Naquin's run, field and arm tools grade out at a six, five and six respectively with his future field grade as a six.

    Essentially, Naquin is going to be an above-average to plus defender with good speed.

    Naquin flashed another element of his game so far this season and has shown some power potential in 2013. Through 65 games played, Naquin has six HR and is on pace for roughly 12-13 home runs over the course of the year.

    This week, Naquin went off posting a .348/.464/.478 triple slash with one HR, six RBI, nine runs scored and three stolen bases.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    6 G, .348/.464/.478, 1 HR, 0 3B, 0 2B, 6 RBI, 9 R, 3 SB, 7:4 K/BB

     

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4. Ronny Rodriguez

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    2013 Stats

    63 G, .282/.301/.435, 4 HR, 6 3B, 14 2B, 32 RBI, 34 R, 7 SB, 38:7 K/BB

     

    Overview

    Rodriguez is another of the Indians' intriguing middle-infield prospects. Last season, as a 20-year-old at High-A, Rodriguez flashed impressive power with 19 HR in 126 games. 

    This year, Rodriguez is off to another great start slashing .282/.301/.435 with four HR and 24 XBH to go along with 32 RBI and 34 runs scored over 63 games played. 

    Rodriguez has the potential to be better than Dorssys Paulino—the next member of this list. He's a serviceable defensive shortstop but that's being generous. His future is likely that of a second baseman where he owns a career .977 fielding percentage and 4.44 range factor per game over 57 games played.

    This week, Rodriguez' stock is up dramatically as he slashed .556/.550/.889 with four doubles, one triple, five RBI and five runs scored over four games played.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    4 G, .556/.550/.889, 0 HR, 1 3B, 4 2B, 5 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB, 1:1 K/BB

     

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3. Dorssys Paulino

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    2013 Stats

    58 G, .222/.272/.312, 1 HR, 2 3B, 13 2B, 20 RBI, 30 R, 7 SB, 37:14 K/BB

     

    Overview

    After an impressive organizational debut in 2012, Dorssys Paulino has struggled through the first 58 games of the 2013 season.

    In said 58 games, Paulino has compiled 221 at-bats working to a .222/.272/.312 triple slash with one HR, 13 doubles, 20 RBI, 30 runs scored and seven stolen bases.

    Paulino's season has been a rough one but the past seven days have been significantly better for the young middle-infielder. Over 6 games played, the 18-year-old slashed .292/.292/.542 with one HR, three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored.

    Paulino hit much better last week but he still isn't walking at a satisfactory clip. In 24 at-bats last week, Paulino failed to collect a walk. On the year, the 18-year-old owns a 5.8 percent walk rate.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    58 G, .292/.292/.542, 1 HR, 0 3B, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB, 4:0 K/BB

     

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2. Trevor Bauer

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    2013 Stats

    13 GS, 4-4 W-L, 76.1 IP, 3.54 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 5.5 BB/9, 1.53 K/BB, 7.0 H/9

     

    Overview

    Trevor Bauer has struggled at both the big league, and Triple-A levels this season. All-in-all, over 13 starts at both levels, Bauer owns a 3.54 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and ratios of 8.5 K/9, 5.5 BB/9, 1.53 K/BB and 7.0 H/9.

    Bauer has been decisively better at Triple-A and it showed again this week. In his only start, Bauer took on the Charlotte Knights—the Chicago White Sox affiliate—and was sufficient.

    Over five innings pitched, Bauer allowed just one earned run on four hits and four walks while striking out six. 

    Bauer has struggled with his command and an apprehension to attack the strike zone. The 22-year-old has thrown 95 or more pitches in each of his 13 starts and has yet to make it beyond the seven inning mark.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    1 GS, 1-0 W-L, 5 IP, 1.79 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 10.7 K/9, 7.1 BB/9, 1.00 K/BB, 7.1 H/9

     

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1. Francisco Lindor

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    2013 Stats

    65 G, .300/.375/.400, 1 HR, 4 3B, 14 2B, 23 RBI, 39 R, 18 SB, 29:29 K/BB

     

    Overview

    Lindor has enjoyed a very successful 2013 season with the Indians' High-A affiliate in Carolina. Through his first 65 games, Lindor is slashing .300/.375/.400 with one HR, 14 doubles, 23 RBI, 39 runs scored and 18 stolen bases.

    Lindor played well this past week. In six games, Lindor slashed .350/.480/.350 with three RBI, six runs scored and five stolen bases. 

    One thing that stuck out about Lindor's week was the continuation of his impressive plate discipline. On the year, Lindor owns a 29:29 K/BB ratio. This week, Lindor's ratio was an impressive 1:4 K/BB. 

    Lindor is on fire at High-A Carolina and a call-up to Double-A Akron shouldn't be far off.

     

    Last Week's Stats

    6 G, .350/.480/.350, 0 HR, 0 3B, 0 2B, 3 RBI, 6 R, 5 SB, 1:4 K/BB

     

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