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Around the Farm: April 25, 2017 - Tyler Naquin is red hot in Columbus

Tyler Naquin had another big night at the plate for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. The IBI's Nick Roth looks at his performance as well as many other Indians players throughout the system as he takes us Around the Farm...

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.

Scoreboard:

R H E R H E
Lehigh Valley 8 13 1 Binghamton 4 10 0
Columbus 5 8 0 Akron 3 7 2
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R H E R H E
Lynchburg 2 6 1 Lake County 0 4 0
Salem 6 9 2 Great Lakes 9 14 1
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The Lead:

Tyler Naquin (CF, Columbus): 3-5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI. Naquin had a huge day with the bat for the Clippers. It appears that Naquin has not let his recent demotion to Columbus affect him much, or at least it is not showing in his performance. Naquin has collected a hit in each of his nine games played in Columbus, and he is hitting .378 during that stretch. This was also his second 3-hit game in a row. This is a great sign for Naquin as he wasn’t knocking the cover off the ball to start the season, but has appeared to find a nice groove now. If he keeps hitting this well at Triple-A he could force his hand back into an already crowded outfield in Cleveland.

Joe Sever (3B, Akron): 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, SB. Sever continued his great start to the season by collecting three more hits and raising his season average to .340. Sever has been absolutely red hot of late as he is now 8-for-13 with a pair of RBIs and stolen bases in his last three games. If you expand that window to his last ten games he is still hitting a very healthy .375. Sever has hit especially well on his home field as this game raises his average to .407 on the season at Canal Park. Hopefully this hot streak will be a sign of things to come with Sever.

The Field:

  • Bradley Zimmer (RF, Columbus): 3-3, 2 2B, BB. Zimmer had one of his best performances of the season. Zimmer got off to an average start, but has started to show signs of turning it around at the plate of late. The doubles were just his second and third of the campaign.
  • Yandy Diaz (LF, Columbus): 2-3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB. Diaz picked up his second extra base hit in just three games at Columbus. Diaz is 4-for-11 with two runs and three walks in three games since being demoted from Cleveland.
  • Adam Plutko (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 4 SO. Plutko recorded his best start of the season, but it still was not enough to win. Plutko had runners on base all night, but was able to limit the damage. He has had a tough time in 2017 as he is now 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA.
  • Greg Allen (CF, Akron): 2-3, 2 RBI, SO. Allen picked up a pair of hits to drive in two of Akron’s three runs. He may be starting to heat up at the plate as this was his second multi-hit game in a row.
  • Mike Papi (DH, Akron): 1-3, R, BB, 2 SO. Papi recorded a hit Tuesday night, but has started to slow down at the plate. In his last ten games he is hitting just .147 over 34 at-bats.
  • Michael Peoples (SP, Akron): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. Peoples did not have his best stuff last night, but was able to piece together a decent enough start to keep Akron in the game. His control has not been as sharp as it usually is because this is his second start in a row where he has walked at least three batters.
  • Robbie Aviles (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 4 H, R. Aviles was the tough luck loser Tuesday due to an unearned run. His downfall this season has been that he has been hit hard as he has now given up 13 hits in just 8 total innings of work.
  • Thomas Pannone (SP, Lynchburg): 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO. Pannone ramped his scoreless inning streak up to 20.2 innings with another solid outing. Not only has Pannone not surrendered a run this season he has also racked up the strikeouts as he has punched out 31 batters over 20.2 innings pitched. He only threw 79 pitches, but did a good job commanding the zone throwing 55 of them for strikes.
  • Claudio Bautista (3B, Lynchburg): 2-4, 2B, 2 SO. Bautista had the Hillcats only multi-hit performance in their 6-2 defeat. He is batting just .206, but has five hits over his last eleven at-bats.
  • Sam Haggerty (2B, Lynchburg): 1-4, 2 R, 3B, BB, 2 SO. Haggerty racked up yet another triple, and now has four in just 14 games played. His speed has been a huge asset to the ‘Cats so far as he has scored ten runs and swiped five bags.
  • Ka’ai Tom (RF, Lynchburg): 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, SB. Tom drove in Lynchburg’s only runs of the game, and were his fifth and sixth this year. His stolen base was his fourth swipe of 2017.
  • Kieran Lovegrove (RP, Lynchburg): 2.0 IP, 0 ER, BB, 2 SO. Lovegrove closed out the game with a pair of scoreless frames. Lovegrove has a 4.26 ERA this season, but that is a bit misleading because it is inflated due to one bad outing.
  • Miguel Eladio (2B, Lake County): 1-4, SO. In a game where hits were hard to come by for the Captains, Eladio was able to connect for one of the team’s four hits. This is his fourth game with the Captains this season, and he has a hit in all four contests.
  • Shane Bieber (SP, Lake County): 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 8 SO. Bieber was hit hard during a tough game for the Captains that they would go on to lose 9-0. This was by far his worst start of the season so far as his previous high for runs allowed in a start was two. He is now 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA in four starts this season.
  • Michael Letkewicz (RP, Lake County): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, SO. Letkewicz was able to keep Great Lakes off the board in his 1.1 innings of work out of the bullpen. He has had mixed results so far this season, but this was his second straight appearance where he didn’t allow a run.
  • Dalbert Siri (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 SO. Siri finished out the game with a sharp inning. He wasted no time throwing 9 of his 13 pitches for strikes on his way to picking up a pair of strikeouts.

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