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Around The Farm: April 13, 2017 - Kipnis injury news biggest story of ugly day in farm system

The fact that Jason Kipnis' hand is only bruised was the best news of the day in the Indians' farm system as all four affiliates lost games that included little in the way of notable individual performances. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he recounts a rough Thursday Around 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
Louisville 11 15 0 Akron 2 5 1
Columbus 4 8 1 Altoona 3 9 1
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R H E R H E
Lynchburg 0 3 0 Lake County 0 6 0
Myrtle Beach 4 11 1 Lansing 5 7 0
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Highlight:

Jason Kipnis (Cleveland, 2B): While Kipnis didn't play on Thursday, his rehab assignment status was the most notable story of a dreary day in the organization.  He and the Indians avoided a scare as he was diagnosed with a bruised hand from being hit by a pitch on Wednesday.  While he won't return to a minor league lineup until at least Saturday, this injury won't significantly stall his rehab process.  While it was mixed with bad news, the lack of a major injury, such as a fracture, is by far the best news of the day in the Indians minor league system.

The Rest:

  • Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, CF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K - Zimmer's lone hit of the night was a big one:  His sixth-inning two-run homer accounted for half of the Clippers' offense on Thursday.
  • Richie Shaffer (Columbus, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Shaffer had one of two multi-hit efforts on Thursday evening for the Clippers and drove in the other two runs on another two-run home run later in the inning.
  • Adam Moore (Columbus, C): 2-4 - Moore was the other Clipper with two hits in an ugly home opener at Huntington Park.
  • Adam Plutko (Columbus, SP): L (0-1), 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R (all earned), 4 BB, 2 K - Plutko has really struggled out of the gates.  In two outings, he has allowed 8 ER on 10 H in 6.1 IP and has a 3:6 K:BB ratio.  He has a solid footing in Triple-A and even if the struggled continue the Indians will likely continue to work them out at that level.
  • Kyle Crockett (Columbus, RP): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Crockett's third solid outing in four appearances this year was the contest's lone bright spot for the Clippers' pitching staff.
  • Yu Chang (Akron, SS): 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K - In the post-Jesus Aguilar era of the Cleveland Indians' farm system, Chang is quickly emerging as the organization's new RBI Machine.  He now has driven in nine runs in eight games played this season.
  • Joe Sever (Akron, starting 3B): 2-4, 2 K - Sever had the only multi-hit outing of Thursday night for the RubberDucks before being pinch-run for by Greg Allen in the ninth inning.
  • Michael Peoples (Akron, SP): ND, 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed - While Peoples allowed too many hits, this was still a solid outing and the RubberDucks loss was due largely to a lack of run support.
  • Cole Sulser (Akron, RP): L (1-1), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 HR allowed - When the offense isn't scoring, one bad pitch can be one too many.
  • Lynchburg Hillcats offense: 3-29, 2 2B, 2 BB, 11 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, Picked Off 1 time - No individual performances stood out in this abysmal night at the plate for the Hillcats.
  • Triston McKenzie (Lynchburg, SP): L (1-1), 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 5 K - Normally, I would describe this outing as a decent one ruined by a rough night for reliever Dominic Demasi (2 IP, 5 H, 2 R [both earned], 1 K), but an absolute lack of run support rendered any effort by the Hillcat pitching staff moot on Thursday.
  • Billy Strode (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, 1 K, 1 HBP - Strode's near-perfect eighth inning helped bring this game to a merciful conclusion.
  • Lake County Captains offense: 6-31, 2 2B, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 SB, 1 CS - Another Indians A-ball affiliate, another unremarkable Thursday night offensively.
  • Brady Aiken (Lake County, SP): L (0-2), 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 7 BB, 1 K - This outing could have been much worse, given Aiken's control issues.  Hopefully, we don't see seven walks in an Aiken stat line again anytime soon.
  • Justin Garza (Lake County, RP): 3.1 IP, 3 G, 3 R (all-earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP, 1 Balk - Garza continues to struggle early in the 2017 campaign as he has allowed 7 ER on 8 H in 6.1 IP in two outings.  The lone positive in his season stat line is his 8:4 K:BB ratio.

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