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.
Yhoxian Medina (Akron, 2B) - 2-4, 3 R, 1 SB, 1 E, 1 HBP - Medina continues his recent hot streak (extended his hitting streak to four games on Monday night) with his first multi-hit performance of the season and three runs scored. Yhoxian went hitless in his first five games of the new campaign before his current streak, during which he is hitting .385 (5-for-13). While he obviously won't hit .385 for the season, hopefully the rest of his season looks more like his last four games than his first five.
Yu Chang (Akron, SS) - 2-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E - Chang continues to put up big power numbers, driving in his tenth and eleventh runs of the season (in his eleventh game) on Monday. He is now slugging .667 with three home runs and seven extra-base hits. While the power numbers are solid, there are a couple reasons for concern. He doesn't hit much when he doesn't get extra bases. He is only batting .250 and is only .069 (2-for-29) in at-bats in which he doesn't get an extra-base hit. His fielding is also a concern as he committed his fourth error of the season yesterday.
- Greg Allen (Akron, CF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B - Allen continued his strong start to the 2017 season (.306 batting average) with this multi-hit performance, which included a key double in the RubberDucks' three-run tenth inning.
- Francisco Mejia (Akron, C) - 1-4, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 Sac Fly - Mejia's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the tenth drove in the eventual game-winning run.
- Bobby Bradley (Akron, 1B) - 1-5, 2 RBI, 3 K - Bradley followed with a single to right field which drove in the two remaining baserunners to put the game out of Reading's (Phillies) reach.
- Julian Merryweather (Akron, SP) - ND, 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR allowed - Merryweather came within one bad pitch of his second consecutive scoreless outing. He seems to have put his five-run Opening Day struggles behind him and started pitching like the Julian Merryweather who dominated the Carolina League in the first half of last season (1.03 ERA in eleven starts).
- Matt Whitehouse (Akron, RP) - W (1-0), 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K - Whitehouse has also rebounded from a rough opening performance. In his last three outings, he has allowed two earned runs in seven innings, the same number he allowed in two frames on Opening Day.
- Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, DH) - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K - Chu was one of only two Captains to reach base on Monday and scored the only run of the game.
- Logan Ice (Lake County, C) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Ice had the lone notable hitting performance for the Captains last night, and it was enough to win what may be the best pitchers' duel of the season in the Tribe org.
- Micah Miniard (Lake County, SP) - ND, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP - Miniard pitched well, but allowed too many runners on base (meaning a higher pitch count) to be able to stay in the game long enough to be eligible for the individual win.
- Ben Krauth (Lake County, RP) - W (3-0), 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K - Krauth continues to pick up the relief wins (Ben has three in as many outings) as he remains unscored upon in 8.1 IP while allowing only three hits and striking out twelve.
- Henry Martinez (Lake County, RP) - S (1), 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K - Martinez has two saves in as many opportunities and has pitched 6.1 shutout innings in four outings.