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.
Claudio Bautista (Lynchburg, 3B) - 3-4, 1 RBI - Bautista had his first multi-hit game of the season on Thursday night and it was a big one. He was responsible for nearly half of the Hillcats' hits (three of seven) and drove in one of the team's two runs. He also increased his batting average by 96 points, from .083 to .179. While it is only one game, this performance was good to see from a player beginning a crucial season following a rough 2016 in which he hit .239 in High-A Lynchburg and .127 in 19 games played with Double-A Akron.
- Erik Gonzalez (Columbus, 3B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K - The good news: Gonzalez's isolated power is .302. The bad news: His slugging percentage is only .566. He has more extra-base hits (eight) than singles (six).
- Ronny Rodriguez (Columbus, 2B) - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, picked off - Rodriguez drove in one of his club's two runs on Thursday.
- Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, CF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K - Zimmer homered in a ninth inning that saw the tying run come to the plate.
- Adam Moore (Columbus, C) - 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K - Moore was the only Clipper to reach base safely twice on Thursday morning in Allentown.
- Jordan Smith (Columbus, RF) - 1-4, 1 2B, 3 K - Smith hit his third double of the season on Thursday.
- Shawn Morimando (Columbus, SP) - L (0-3), 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR allowed - While his improvement from his first two starts (combined 12 ER on 15 H and 8 BB in 8.2 IP) is encouraging, it is disconcerting this stat line represents an improvement for him.
- Josh Martin (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Another Indians minor league pitcher breaks out of an early season "good game, bad game" pattern with his second consecutive solid outing.
- Tyler Olson (Columbus, RP) - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Olson continues to pitch well, despite what his numbers (marred by a bad outing on April 8 in Louisville) might indicate.
- Jeff Johnson (Columbus, RP) - 0.1 IP, perfect - See above (Olson), except the bad outing against the Louisville Bats was on April 13 at Huntington Park.
- Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 2B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 K - Mendoza scored his first run in almost a week and his fourth on the season through 11 games.
- Ka'ai Tom (Lynchburg, RF) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K - Tom's third double of the season was one of only two extra-base hits for the Hillcats on Thursday.
- Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg, C) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E - Loopstok continued a strong start to his season (.343/.361/.571 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 5 RBI in 9 games) with a top performance among the rest of the Hillcats lineup.
- Jodd Carter (Lynchburg, LF) - 0-4, 4 K - Carter's strikeout rate continues to be more of a concern as the season progresses (22 K in 13 games).
- Anthony Miller (Lynchburg, 1B) - 0-3, 1 K - Miller saw a four-game hitting streak come to an end and his batting average drop below .300, but is still hitting well (.290/.333/.484 with 6 RBI in 9 games).
- Jared Robinson (Lynchburg, SP) - L (1-2), 3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP - This outing was much worse than his first two appearnces of the season. A fair reaction is to regard it as an anomaly and move on.
- Brock Hartson (Lynchburg, RP) - 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 4 K - Hartson returned to the respectable form of his season debut in 2016 after an incredible second outing last week.
- Conner Capel (Lake County, RF) - 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, picked off - Capel showed solid plate discipline on Thursday night, but struggled with the bat and on the basepaths.
- Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K - Chu extended his hitting streak to four games (including three multi-hit games) and now has a .342/.468/.526 slash line with 2 HR and 8 RBI as well as a 9:7 K:BB ratio in 11 games.
- Miguel Eladio (Lake County, 2B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Eladio's full-season debut was an impressive one as he drove in both of the Captains' runs, including the game-winning score on a second-inning double.
- Shane Bieber (Lake County, SP) - W (2-1), 6 IP, 9 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K - Bieber allowed many hits, but kept the vast majority of them from crossing home plate.
- Justin Garza (Lake County, RP) - S (1), 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K - Congratulations to Garza on his first professional save, which took him three innings of solid relief to earn.