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.
Thomas Pannone (SP, Lynchburg): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 8 SO. Despite giving up only one unearned run over six inning, Pannone was saddled with a tough luck no decision in Lynchburg’s 4-1 win. Pannone looked sharp by tossing 64 of his 87 pitches for strikes and scattering only two hits. Pannone is off to a great start to the season through two starts so far. He has yet to allow an earned run in 11 innings of work and he has struck out 16 batters in that stretch as well.
Aaron Civale (SP, Lake County): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 10 SO. Civale pitched much better in his second start of the season by not allowing an earned run in almost six innings of play. Most impressive about this particular start is the fact that of the 17 outs Civale recorded, 10 of them came via the strikeout. Civale has shown an ability to rack up strikeouts so far this season as he had six in just 4.2 innings in his first start on April 7th. While this is good, it is an even better sign that he has only allowed just one walk in his two starts.
Lonnie Chisenhall (CF, Akron): 0-3, SO. Lonnie completed what appears to be his last rehab game before being activated. This was his fourth rehab start in his attempt to come back from a nagging shoulder injury. In four rehab games “Lonnie Baseball” went 5-for-18 at the dish with no home runs or RBIs. From all indications, it looks like Lonnie will be activated from the DL sometime today and he will be back in Cleveland for their game Thursday night.
Jason Kipnis (2B, Akron): HBP. Kipnis got the start in what was supposed to be his third game on the rehab circuit, but it was cut short during his first at-bat when he was forced to leave after getting hit by a pitch on the hand. Kipnis was working a nine pitch at-bat against former Indians farm hand Justus Sheffield when he was plunked on the last pitch of the AB. Kipnis was forced to leave the game for precautionary reasons and more information about his status should become available later today.
- Erik Gonzalez (SS, Columbus): 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO. Gonzalez led off the game with a solo home run, his second of the season. Gonzalez has been swinging a better bat of late and could be on the verge of a hot streak.
- Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Columbus): 2-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI. Rodriguez snapped a two game hitless streak by connecting for a pair of hits. The double was his first of 2017.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 2-4, RBI, BB, 2 SO. Gio Urshela collected his sixth RBI of the young season in the Clippers 7-6 victory. Urshela has now hit safely in all seven games this season.
- Jordan Smith (RF, Columbus): 1-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, SO. Smith launched a solo shot in the second inning to give Columbus a 3-1 lead at that time. The home run was his first of the season.
- Ryan Merritt (SP, Columbus): 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 SO. Merritt looked better in his second start of the season and he picked up a quality start to show for it. Merritt showed his usual solid command by throwing 62 of his 92 pitches for strikes.
- Joseph Colon (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, H, SO, SV. Joe Colon slammed the door and picked up his second save of the early campaign. As long as he keeps pitching well, Colon is right on the fringe of breaking through to Cleveland should they need another bullpen arm.
- Eric Haase (C, Akron): 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 SO. Haase collected his first two hits of the season and his first RBI as well. He was the only player for Akron to record multiple hits.
- Dorssys Paulino (LF, Akron): 1-4, R, 3B, RBI, SO. Paulino hit his first triple of 2017 and collected his second RBI of the season in the process. This was just his second hit in eleven at-bats thus far.
- Rob Kaminsky (SP, Akron): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, SO. Kaminsky got battered around to the tune of five earned runs in just five innings of play. Even with the struggles, he has shown an ability to bounce back his next time out.
- Yonathan Mendoza (3B, Lynchburg): 2-4, 2 RBI. Mendoza had his second big night in a row to help propel Lynchburg to a 4-1 win. In his last two games Mendoza is 5-for-8 with 5 RBIs.
- Martin Cervenka (DH, Lynchburg): 1-3, R, RBI, BB, SO. Cervenka connected for a two-out RBI, his third on the season. Cervenka has hit safely in all five games and is batting .421.
- Sam Haggerty (2B, Lynchburg): 2-4, R, SB. Haggerty connected for a pair of singles and swiped his fourth bag this season. Haggerty is 7-for-21 in six games played so far.
- Argenis Angulo (RP, Lynchburg): 2.0 IP, 3 H, BB, SO. Angulo picked up his first win of the season out of the Hillcats bullpen. Angulo has not allowed a run in his last three innings pitched.
- Justin Garcia (RP, Lynchburg): 1.0 IP, H, BB, 2 SO. Garcia stranded a couple base runners to earn his first save of 2017. This was a good bounce back effort after giving up two runs in his last appearance.
- Emmanuel Tapia (DH, Lake County): 1-4, 2B, RBI, SO. Tapia recorded the Captains only extra base hit of the night and half of their team RBIs as well. Tapia is off to a slow start as he went hitless in his last three games before Wednesday.
- Li-Jen Chu (C, Lake County): 1-4, RBI, SO. Chu picked up the Captains only other RBI of the night in their 3-2 defeat. Chu has started the season hot by hitting safely in all six games played.
- Ryder Ryan (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB, 3 SO. Ryan was the losing pitcher despite the fact the only run he gave up was unearned. Ryan has allowed one earned run in four innings of work thus far.