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Around The Farm: April 7, 2017: Pannone flirts with no-no

While Akron was snowed out, there was also a chill among the Clippers and Hillcats' bats on Friday as they were held to three combined runs and nine combined hits. Meanwhile Lake County swept their partial doubleheader with quality pitching and timely hitting. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the day's action 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.


R H E PPD - Snow R H E
Columbus 2 6 1 Bowie
Louisville 7 12 0 Akron
R H E Resumption of 4/6 R H E
Myrtle Beach 2 3 1 Lake County 9 10 0
Lynchburg 1 3 0 Dayton 1 4 1
F/7 R H E
Lake County 7 8 2
Dayton 3 5 2


Thomas Pannone (Lynchburg, SP): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 K, ND. Pannone got his season off to a fine start as he flirted with history pitching five no-hit innings for the Hillcats while walking only two and striking out eight. Unfortunately, the Hillcats bullpen was unable to finish what he started, nor was the offense able to give him adequate support as defending Carolina League champion Myrtle Beach plated two runs following the left-hander's departure to win 2-1. Pannone went 8-5 with a 2.57 ERA in 25 games between Lake County and Lynchburg last season.

Todd Isaacs (Lake County, LF): *Game 1* 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K, Assist; *Game 2* 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K. The Lake County bats have been red hot to start the 2017 season and Todd Isaacs has been a big part of that surge belting two homers in Thursday's suspended game, completed on Friday, and driving in another run in Friday's regularly-scheduled game. The Bahamian outfielder impressed in 44 games with the Scrappers last year batting .333 with six homers and 20 RBI's. He also showed off his wheels stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.

Gabriel Mejia (Lake County, CF): *Game 1* 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K; *Game 2* 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K. Lake County has scored a combined 16 runs on 18 hits in their first two games and it starts at the top of their lineup with speedy, young center field prospect Gabriel Mejia, who has recorded multiple hits, including extra-base hits and RBI's, in each contest so far. The 21-year-old outfielder has shown off his hit and speed skills throughout his professional career thus far, including 2016 where he hit .322 with 28 steals in 37 attempts. He has stolen as many as 50 in a season, however, dating back to his days with the Dominican Summer League team in 2014.

The Rest

  • Luke Wakamatsu (Lake County, SS): *Game 1* 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K; *Game 2* 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E. After missing nearly all of last season due to injury, Luke Wakamatsu is off to a solid start to 2017 driving in three runs and scoring two in his first two games with the Captains. He had some issues defensively in the second game on Friday with two errors charged to him.
  • Ben Krauth (Lake County, RP): *Game 1* 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (1-0). Krauth continued his impressive streak from last season since being drafted in the 16th round by the Tribe out of Kansas as he shut down the Dragons in relief of Captains opening night starter Micah Miniard with 2.2 shutout innings bringing his career ERA as a professional down to 1.55.
  • Louis Head (Columbus, RP): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K. After spending parts of three seasons in Double-A, Louis Head finally earned a promotion to Columbus to start the 2017 campaign. While the Clippers wound up on the losing end on Friday, it was through no fault of the right-hander who pitched a pair of perfect frames with three punchouts.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Columbus, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K. Gonzalez provided one of only two runs the Clippers lineup could muster on Friday clubbing a solo homer. Last season, Gonzalez mashed a career-high 11 homers in 104 games for the Clippers. The 25-year-old infielder was sent back to Columbus after not winning the utility role on the Tribe roster during spring training.
  • Anthony Miller (Lynchburg, 1B): 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K. Miller had one of the lone offensive highlights for the Hillcats on Friday by not only driving in the only run for Lynchburg, but also recording one of only three hits for his team. Offense was at a premium in general, though, as Myrtle Beach also had only three knocks in their 2-1 victory.
  • Henry Martinez (Captains, RP): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, W (1-0). Martinez pitched 2.1 innings of shutout ball and earned his first win for the Captains after starter Aaron Civale failed to record five innings. In 21 relief appearances for Mahoning Valley last season, the Dominican hurler went 0-3 with a 4.88 ERA.
  • Dominic DeMasi (Lynchburg, RP): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. After the departure of Thomas Pannone, Dominic DeMasi kept the shutout alive for two more innings, although he lost the no-hitter giving up two hits in those two frames. The right-hander starts off 2017 on a high note after struggling in 39 games between Lake County and Lynchburg last season going 8-4 with a 5.02 ERA.
  • Aaron Civale (Lake County, SP): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 K. While he didn't pitch deep in Friday's game, Civale showed flashes of his potential with his six strikeouts in 4.2 innings. The right-hander impressed in Mahoning Valley last season after being drafted in the third round by the Tribe going 0-2 with a 1.67 ERA in 13 starts.

Jake Dungan is the Managing Editor for IBI and a podcast host on the Smoke Signals Network. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @JakeDBaseball.

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