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.
Joe Sever (Akron, 1B) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - Sever is now batting .302 in twelve games this season following this spectacular offensive performance. He also stole his first base of the season after being unsuccessful in his first attempt of the campaign. Sever has hits in seven of his last nine games and multiple hits in four of his last seven. Despite a rough start that saw his batting average dip as low as .143, Joe has quickly overcome his early slump and is having some consistent success at the Double-A level.
David Speer (Akron, RP) - S (1), 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K - While this stat line looks like a routine seven-out save (well, as routine as any seven-out save can be), but it is notable primarily in that it kept the RubberDucks bullpen unscored upon in 15 innings of work during the 'Ducks current homestand. This outing was notable for David as well, both for being his first Double-A save and for the fact that he rebounded from allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 1.2 innings in his last outing almost a week ago.
- Greg Allen (Akron, CF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB - Allen scored his first run in five days and stole his seventh and eighth bases (in as many attempts in 17 games) on Monday night.
- Francisco Mejia (Akron, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B - Mejia's season-opening hitting streak now stands at 13 games as Mejia improved his batting average to .367 yesterday at Canal Park.
- Dorssys Paulino (Akron, LF) - 2-4 - Paulino's batting average nearly got back to the .300 mark (.298) with this two-hit effort.
- Eric Stamets (Akron, 3B) - 0-3, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly,1 E - While Stamets remains hitless in two games since being sent down from Triple-A Columbus, he did drive in two runs last night.
- Julian Merryweather (Akron, SP) - W (1-1), 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 6 K - Merryweather continues to pitch well as he has allowed only 3 earned runs on 10 hits in his last three starts.
- Todd Isaacs (Lake County, LF) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 HBP - Isaacs stole his ninth base (in 15 games) this season and scored the Captains' only run of the evening.
- Logan Ice (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB - Ice continues a hot streak in which he has three two-hit games in his last four and four in his last six.
- Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, DH) - 0-2, 3 BB - While Chu has gone hitless in back-to-back games for the first time this season following Monday's contest, he still had a good evening at the plate thanks to solid plate discipline, which is not surprising considering he has an 11:11 K:BB ratio.
- Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 Sac Fly, 1 E - Tapia, who drove in the lone Captain run on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly, ended a 1-for-10 slump with this solid offensive effort.
- Jose Medina (Lake County, RF) - 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K - Medina also ended a slump (2-for-12 in his four most recent games) on Monday.
- Brady Aiken (Lake County, SP) - L (0-3), 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 earned), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Aiken's season has gone from mediocre to bad with this outing. While he is adapting to a lot (weather, pitching competitive games in the spring, better competition), he needs to hope this game was an outlier if he doesn't want questions about his prospect standing to start coming to the forefront.
- Justin Garza (Lake County, RP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 4 K - While not as good as his previous outing, this is still vastly superior to his first two appearances of the season.