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.
Ryan Merritt (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. Merritt did not have his best stuff Tuesday night, but was still able to toss six scoreless to pick up the win. Merritt threw 52 of his 94 pitches for strikes, a mark slightly below where he normally checks in. This start was by far Merritt’s best in three total outings. In his first start, he surrendered four earned in five innings before allowing three earned in 6.1 innings in his second appearance. He is now 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA on the campaign.
Jason Kipnis (2B, Columbus): 1-4, R, 2B. Kipnis recorded his second double on his rehab assignment as he continues to inch closer to being activated from the DL. The second baseman might have been back already if it were not for a minor setback due to a HBP in a previous rehab game. Kipnis has looked healthy in his comeback from a nagging shoulder injury and should only need a handful more minor league at-bats. He is now 4-for-19 with a RBI in six rehab games.
Emmanuel Tapia (1B, Lake County): 4-4, R, HR, 3 RBI. Tapia led the way on Tuesday night for the Captains as part of their 8-0 victory. Tapia accounted for half of the Captains hits as he recorded his third multi-hit game in his last four games played. Tapia started off the evening by launching a two-run homer in his first at-bat to put the Captains ahead. Tapia has struggled lately at the dish, but has shown signs of breaking out. One reason for his problems at the plate have been his high strikeout numbers. Coming into last night, Tapia had struck out 12 times in just 36 at-bats. Limiting strikeouts will be key for Tapia’s future success.
Thomas Pannone (SP, Lynchburg): G1: 5.2 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO. Pannone continues to stay red hot on the mound as he has yet to allow an earned run this season. Pannone has allowed just one unearned run in 16.2 innings pitched over three starts. Pannone was able to keep the ball on the ground when it was hit in play as this led to six groundball outs compared to just one flyout. Pannone also did a good job of controlling the strike zone by tossing 55 strikes over 87 pitches. Control has been a big factor for his early success as he has walked only five batters compared to 22 strikeouts this season.
- Adam Moore (C, Columbus): 1-2, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SO. Moore recorded the Clippers only two RBIs of the night via a two-run homer in the fifth inning. The home run and RBIs were Moore’s first of the season.
- Richie Shaffer (LF, Columbus): 1-2, 2 BB, SO. On a slow offensive night for Columbus, Shaffer was able to get draw a couple walks and get on base. Shaffer has had a nice start to the season as he was hitting .310 in his previous 10 games.
- Kyle Crockett (RP, Columbus): 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 SO, HD. Crockett was dominant out of the Clipper bullpen striking out all four batters he faced. Crockett picked up his second hold of the season and now has a 1.29 ERA in 7.1 innings.
- Shawn Armstrong (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, SO, SV. Armstrong recorded his first save since getting sent to Columbus. This was Armstrong’s first appearance in Columbus since getting sent down on April 14.
- Bobby Bradley (1B, Akron): 1-2, 2 R, HR, RBI, 3 BB, SO. Bradley had a big day at the plate as evidenced by a solo homer in the sixth inning. Bradley had struggled coming into this game by recording just one hit in his previous five starts.
- Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, Akron): 1-5, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO. Chang accounted for one of Akron’s four home runs Tuesday night. Chang crushed a solo homer in the fourth inning, his fourth of 2017.
- Mike Papi (RF, Akron): 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO. Papi hit his first home run of the season by launching a two run shot in the eighth inning of Akron’s 8-6 defeat. Papi is hitting .281 with an OBP of .429 in 32 at-bats this season.
- DJ Brown (SP, Akron): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO. Brown was able to battle and keep his team in the game Tuesday night despite not having his best stuff. Brown surrendered two home runs, but was able to use seven strikeouts to help work out of trouble.
- Ka’ai Tom (OF, Lynchburg): G1: 2-3, R, 2B, SO. G2: 2-3, R, 2B, RBI. Tom took advantage of the doubleheader by picking up a pair of multi-hit games. Tom now has three straight multi-hit games and features a .333 batting average in his last 10 contests.
- Willie Castro (SS, Lynchburg): G1: 1-2, BB. G2: 2-3, R, 2 SB. Castro picked up his first stolen bases of the season in the second game of Lynchburg’s twin bill. Castro is now 5-9 in his last three games.
- Martin Cervenka (C, Lynchburg): G1: 0-3. G2: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SO. Cervenka put a bad offensive first game in the doubleheader behind him by having a huge second game to help lead Lynchburg to a 7-1 win. The home run was Cervenka’s first of the season.
- Sicnarf Loopstok (1B, Lynchburg): G2: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, SO. Loopstok continues to rake at the plate as he is hitting .355 in 8 games. Loopstok has hit safely in 7 of 8 games to go 11-for-31 overall.
- Leandro Linares (RP, Lynchburg): G1: 1.1 IP, H, 0 ER. Linares picked up the four-out save in the Hillcats 1-0 win. Linares has yet to allow a run in six innings of work out of the bullpen.
- Triston McKenzie (SP, Lynchburg): G2: 5.0 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO. McKenzie was excellent in the second game of the back-to-back for the ‘Cats. McKenzie picked up his second win of the seaso, and now has 18 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched.
- Aaron Civale (SP, Lake County): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 SO. Civale was sharp and picked up the win by twirling six scoreless innings. Civale has been very good through three starts as he now has a record of 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA. He has 21 strikeouts through 16.1 innings pitched as well.
- Jorma Rodriguez (3B, Lake County): 1-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, SO. Rodriguez helped set the table for the Captains in their 8-0 win. Rodriguez has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games.
- Li-Jen Chu (DH, Lake County): 1-4, 2 R, BB, SO. Chu has remained hot at the plate as he is now hitting .343 in his last 10 games. Chu has also been getting on base at a high clip as his OBP on the season is now .468.