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.
Jose Medina (RF, Lake County): 4-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI. Medina led the way in Lake County’s 17 run offensive explosion by belting three home runs. Medina launched a solo shot in the 2nd inning, a two-run homer in the 7th, and topped it off with one last solo blast in the 9th. Medina had struggled at the plate coming into the game yesterday batting .167, but after this stellar showing his average went all the way up to .304 (the joy of small sample sizes in the early going). Medina also had no home runs or RBIs entering this game so that makes this outburst even more surprising. A game like this could be the spark Medina needed to jump start his 2017 season.
Chris Colabello (DH, Columbus): 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI. Colabello accounted for the majority of the Clippers offense in a 4-2 defeat. Colabello had half of the Clippers total hits, and he had all of their extra base hits as well. He also drove in both of the Clippers two runs, and they were his first RBIs since Opening Day. He has had a slow start to the year batting just .176 in his first 8 games, but the veteran should right the ship and get back closer to his career .289 minor league batting average.
Shao-Ching Chiang (SP, Lynchburg): 7.0 IP, 4 H, R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO. Chiang twirled a gem last night to help lead Lynchburg to a 5-3 victory. He went seven strong innings only surrendering one unearned run. The key to Chiang’s success was his superb command. The righty tossed 60 of his 83 pitches for strikes, and he didn’t allow a walk the whole game. He also utilized the groundball to limit damage and record outs recording twelve groundball outs compared to just one through the air. While Chiang may not possess the best stuff as a starting pitcher, he can be very effective if he commands and uses his sinker like he did Saturday night.
Jason Kipnis (2B, Columbus): 0-3. Kipnis returned to the field yesterday for the first time since being hit on the hand with a pitch on April 12. This was the all-star second baseman’s fourth rehab game, but he will still need quite a few more at-bats before the Indians feel comfortable activating him. The plan will be for Kipnis to be in the line-up again tomorrow and eventually they would like to see him play in three straight games. That will give them a much better picture of where he currently stands in his rehab.
- Bradley Zimmer (CF, Columbus): 1-4, R, 2 SO. Zimmer scored one of Columbus’ two runs in what was a very slow offensive game for the Clippers. Zimmer has hit safely in four straight games and he is batting .263 in ten games.
- Chris Narveson (SP, Columbus): 7.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, SO. Narveson pitched well enough to keep the Clippers in the game, but ultimately it was not enough to win. He didn’t have his best control and some shaky defense was to blame for his runs allowed. He now has a 1.32 ERA in two starts.
- Joe Colon (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, SO. Colon continues to pitch well as he has not allowed a run in his last four appearances. The key to success for Colon is his control so it is no surprise he has not issued a walk in his last 4.2 scoreless innings pitched.
- Dorssys Paulino (LF, Akron): 2-4, RBI. Paulino drove in Akron’s only run in their 2-1 defeat. The RBI was his fifth of the year and he now has back to back multi-hit games.
- Mike Papi (RF, Akron): 1-2, R, 2 BB. Papi did something well Saturday that his teammates struggled to do: get on base. Papi has shown a good ability to get on base in the early going drawing 8 walks in 9 games bringing his OBP to .471 in that stretch.
- Luis Lugo (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Lugo pitched well despite getting saddled with a tough luck loss. He has thrown well in two starts and he now has a record of 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched.
- Travis Banwart (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 2 H, BB, SO. Banwart’s second appearance on the season went much smoother than his first. He allowed six runs in his first game which caused him to be moved to the bullpen at least temporarily.
- Sicnarf Loopstok (DH, Lynchburg): 2-5, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO. Loopstok connected for his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the 5th inning. He has had a hot start to the season and he is now batting .348.
- Sam Haggerty (2B, Lynchburg): 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, BB. Haggerty continues to hit well out of the leadoff spot for the Hillcats by collecting another pair of hits. He has also shown good speed and base running as the triple is already his third of the short season.
- Andrew Calica (CF, Lynchburg): 2-4, RBI. Calica recorded his second multi-hit game of the season and his second RBI of 2017 as well. He has struggled this season as this game raises his average to only .156.
- Anthony Miller (1B, Lynchburg): 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 SO. Miller was one of four ‘Cats to record a multi-hit game Saturday night. The double was his second of the season and the RBI was his fifth.
- Argenis Angulo (RP, Lynchburg): 1.0 IP, H, BB, 3 SO, SV. Angulo stranded two baserunners to convert his first save of the season. He will need to improve on his control going forward as he has allowed five walks in just five innings pitched.
- Conner Capel (LF, Lake County): 2-6, 3 R, 3B, 2 RBI, SO, SB. Capel stayed hot at the plate and on the base paths Saturday night. He has now hit safely in seven straight games and he has swiped three bags in that stretch.
- Emmanuel Tapia (1B, Lake County): 2-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI. Tapia crushed a two run homer in the 4th inning, his first of the year. He has four hits in his last two games and he has raised his average from .120 to .206.
- Erlin Cerda (2B, Lake County): 2-4, R, 3B, 2 RBI, SO. Cerda contributed to the Captains offensive outburst as he was one of four players to record multiple hits. He has now hit safely in three straight games.
- Li-Jen Chu (C, Lake County): 1-3, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SO. Chu continues to rake at the plate as he has raised his average to an impressive .375. He has also drove in eight runs so far this season.
- Tanner Tully (RP, Lake County): 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, SO, SV. Tully picked up the old fashioned, multi-inning save in the Captains blowout win. The former Ohio State Buckeye has allowed only one run in nine innings of relief this season.