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Around the Farm: April 14, 2017: Bieber Fans Eleven

Shane Bieber has pitched about as well as anyone from last year's draft class as he continues to raise his prospect profile at a rapid pace. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps what the right-hander did on Friday as well as the other highlights from the farm system.

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 5 8 0 Akron 4 8 0
Columbus 3 7 0 Altoona 5 8 2
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R H E R H E
Lynchburg 5 9 1 Lake County 5 8 1
Myrtle Beach 2 7 0 Lansing 2 7 0
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Highlights

Shane Bieber (Lake County, SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 11 K, W (1-0). Bieber continues to impress with the strikeout ball as he has now racked up 18 punchouts in 10.2 innings so far this season after fanning 11 Lugnuts on Friday. With his six-inning, one-run performance against Lansing, Bieber also earned his first win of the season. The right-hander has put together dominant start to his professional career as his ERA after two starts this season is 2.53. In 11 cumulative games (10 starts) thus far, the 21-year-old has posted a 1.04 ERA.

Anthony Miller (Lynchburg, 1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K. Miller helped get the Hillcats their third win with his three-run blast on Friday. He also recorded his first multi-hit performance of the season with two hits against Myrtle Beach. Last season in 102 games for Lake County, the 22-year-old batted just .195 with 11 homers and 35 RBI's. With his two-hit game on Friday, Miller has now raised his average above the Mendoza Line to .235. Behind Nellie Rodriguez and Bobby Bradley, the Indians are thin on first base prospects. Miller is one of the guys who can be added to that depth chart if he can establish himself.

The Rest

  • Daniel Salters (Lynchburg, C): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. Salters was one of two Hillcats players to go deep in Friday's contest against Myrtle Beach as he hit his second home run of the year and increased his RBI total to three. In 86 games between Lynchburg and Akron last season the 24-year-old batted .261 with five homers and 34 RBI's.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, DH): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. With his long ball on Friday, Chu has already matched his home run total from last season of two. He's also already nearly halfway to last year's RBI total of 13 with, thanks to the two runs he drove in against Lansing, giving him six on the year so far.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Akron, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB. Paulino put together his best game since being promoted to the RubberDucks hitting his first Double-A home run and stealing his first base in Akron. In 64 games between rookie ball and Lake County, the 22-year-old batted .297 with six homers and 36 RBI's.
  • Erik Kratz (Columbus, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. The veteran catcher has now recorded a hit in each game he has played so far for the Clippers. Now with his home run from Friday's game, he has as many dingers as he had in the big leagues last season between Houston and Pittsburgh.
  • Richie Shaffer (Columbus, LF): 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Shaffer continues to drive in runs at an impressive pace to start this year's campaign as he now has eight in his first nine games with Columbus. Also, even though he only had one hit on Friday, the former first-round pick of Tampa Bay still owns a .333 average with a homer and those eight RBI's.
  • Francisco Mejia (Akron, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K. So far, the Double-A level appears to be posing a minimal challenge for Mejia as he hasn't missed a beat since his historic hitting campaign of 2016. In his first eight games, the 'Ducks catcher continues to bat over the .400 mark with his fourth multi-hit effort.
  • Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, DH): 2-5, 1 2B, 2 K. Cervenka's hot hitting continued on Friday with yet another multi-hit game for the Hillcats. In five games for the Hillcats so far, the Czech backstop is batting .357 with a pair of doubles and three RBI's.
  • Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 K. Tapia put together his first multi-hit effort of 2017 in the Captains' 5-2 win over Lansing. In 59 games for Low-A Mahoning Valley last season, the Dominican native batted .251 with six home runs and 24 RBI's.
  • Brock Hartson (Lynchburg, RP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K. After giving up two runs in four innings in his first appearance of the season, Hartson bounced back with a shutout outing on Friday pitching three innings while allowing only one hit and striking out four.
  • Tyler Naquin (Columbus, CF): 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K. In his first game since being optioned back to Columbus, the former Rookie of the Year finalist recorded a pair of hits batting leadoff for the Clippers. He will likely remain in Triple-A for the foreseeable future until a spot opens up in the outfield in Cleveland.
  • Conner Capel (Lake County, RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K. Capel's affiliated career has gotten off to an impressive start as he is now batting .348 with a homer and two RBI's in seven games for Lake County. On Friday, the 19-year-old drove in his second run of the year.
  • Jared Robinson (Lynchburg, SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, W (1-1). Robinson bounced back from his two-run, four-inning start last weekend against Myrtle Beach with a shutout outing in five innings, also against the Pelicans as he earned his first win of 2017.

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


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