Around the Farm: June 7, 2015

Yandy Diaz’s first home run of the year highlights the night on the farm.

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.

SCOREBOARD

  R H E     R H E
Columbus 4 14 1   Akron 2 8 0
Toledo 3 8 0   New Britain 6 12 0
Box Score         Box Score      
                 
  R H E     R H E
Winston-Salem 7 13 0   Lake County 2 7 0
Lynchburg 9 15 1   Beloit 5 10 1
Box Score         Box Score      

HIGHLIGHTS

Yandy Diaz (3B, Akron): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Even more than extending his hitting streak to nine games, Sunday was an important day for Diaz in that he launched the first home run of his Double-A career. Getting on-base and spraying hits around the diamond has not been Diaz’s issue to date in his professional career, but while a .394 on-base percentage is impressive and will play well, the fact that the third baseman is only at five extra base hits and a .041 isolated power through 53 games continues to hold him back. Diaz’s on-base ability and strikeout avoidance (26:31 SO:BB) is great, but at some point, there will need to be some more power like Sunday.

THE REST

  • Toru Murata (SP, Columbus): ND, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP. Murata has arguably been Columbus’ best starter over the course of 2015, as he lowered his ERA to 3.19 to go with his 40:19 SO:BB in 59.1 innings.
  • Kyle Crockett (RP, Columbus): W (2-1), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. There have been some rough outings for Crockett during his Triple-A stint this year, but with a 2.08 ERA and 13:1 in 13.0 innings in May and June, the left-hander may be turning a corner.
  • Michael Martinez (CF, Columbus): 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 CS, 1 PO. Martinez’s season has been largely mediocre at the plate this season -- posting a .666 OPS through 48 games -- but his positional flexibility continues to give him value in the organization.
  • Francisco Lindor (DH, Columbus): 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO. Lindor’s arrival in Cleveland could be on the horizon with Jose Ramirez being sent down to Triple-A, but for now, the shortstop is still in Columbus and owns a 13-game on-base streak.
  • Zach Walters (SS, Columbus): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO. In addition to having a good game here, Walters will be the one getting the call to be big leagues to take Ramirez’s place on the roster.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Columbus): 3-for-6, 2 RBI, 1 SO. Sunday’s game naturally helps, but on the whole, Aguilar’s .297 on-base percentage, 53:14 SO:BB, and .159 isolated power in 54 games all leave something to be desired.
  • Mike Clevinger (SP, Akron): L (3-3), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 HBP. Clevinger’s strong season continued here, as the right-hander now owns a 3.03 ERA paired with a 56:20 SO:BB through 62.1 innings in 2015.
  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B. Naquin’s 12-game hitting streak was never in danger here, with the outfielder racking up three hits while improving his OPS to .861 in 33 games.
  • Anthony Gallas (DH, Akron): 2-for-4. A two-hit game is obviously nothing to really complain about, but the continued absence of Gallas’ standout power from 2014 (he is down to an .118 isolated power this year after posting a .226 mark last year) is still a major concern.
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Akron): 0-for-3, 1 BB. Though Myles’ 12-game hit streak came to an end Sunday, the outfielder still managed to reach base, turning it into a 15-game on-base streak.
  • D.J. Brown (SP, Lynchburg): ND, 5.0 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP. This was not a banner outing for Brown, but the Hillcats managed to come back from a 7-0 disadvantage to win 9-7.
  • Bradley Zimmer (CF, Lynchburg): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, 1 PO. This was yet another day of Zimmer stuffing the statsheet and putting up big numbers, with a promotion to Akron likely coming in the near future (pure speculation: maybe after the High-A All-Star game).
  • Alex Monsalve (DH, Lynchburg): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO. Though Monsalve’s prospect standing has faded over the past few years, this was a big day for the 23-year-old, as it was his first home run since July 19 of last year.
  • Mike Papi (LF, Lynchburg): 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB. The balls in play are starting to fall in for Papi, as his batting average is up to the Mendoza line, his on-base is at .344, and the 2014 first round pick may finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Paul Hendrix (SS, Lynchburg): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO. Hendrix managed to go without putting a ball in play on Sunday, with the infielder getting results thanks to the home run and walk.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lynchburg): 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 SO. Rodriguez’s post-April surge has continued into June, with the first baseman now at a .860 OPS and .228 isolated power through 53 games.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Lynchburg): 1-for-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E. The other Rodriguez’s 2015 resurgence continued on Sunday, as the outfielder only had one hit, but made it count in the #YearOfTheTriple.
  • Jordan Milbrath (SP, Lake County): ND, 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 SO. This was largely an effective outing for Milbrath from a performance standpoint, but he did rack up a lot of pitches overall, preventing him from going deep in the game.
  • Bobby Bradley (1B, Lake County): 3-for-4, 1 R. There were no extra base hits for Bradley on this day, but even the best power hitters need some singles to maintain a strong on-base percentage.
  • Bobby Ison (RF, Lake County): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Ison is still looking to get his offense going this year, though the early returns on June (.878 OPS) are much better than April (.554) and May (.566).
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, Lake County): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO. Chang’s full season league debut continues to go solidly -- especially considering his age -- as he improves his OPS to .677 through 53 games.

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