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Around The Farm: April 27, 2017 - Shaffer, Ice, and Chu continue to combine power and plate discipline

A trio of Indians farmhands continued solid seasons marked by a rare combination of power and plate discipline. Read about their performances and all of the other notable efforts from a two-game Thursday in the Tribe organization as the IBI's Arthur Kinney takes you 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 Postponed R H E R H E
Lehigh Valley 7 10 0 Lynchburg West Michigan 5 9 1
Columbus 4 10 0 Salem Lake County 10 11 0
BOX BOX

HIGHLIGHTS

Richie Shaffer (Columbus, LF): 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, Picked Off 1 time. Shaffer combined a good eye at the plate and a two-run homer in the second inning to have an incredible day at the plate, reaching base all four times he came to the dish.  This combination of plate discipline and power should not be surprising as Shaffer has 4 home runs, 13 RBI, a 17:16 K:BB ratio, .148 isolated plate discipline, and .281 isolated power in 18 games this season.  That's an impressive mix of two attributes usually not found in the same hitter.

Logan Ice (Lake County, C): 2-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP. Ice continues to dominate Midwest League pitching with this two-hit, three-run effort.  He has five multi-hit efforts in his last nine games and a .291/.420/.418 slash.line with 8 RBIs and 11:12 K:BB ratio in 17 games played this season.  Ice, like Shaffer, is one of those rare hitters who can hit for power while having a good eye at the plate.  Expect to hear a lot more about these two as the season continues.

Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, DH): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. Chu broke out of a four game 1-for-14 (.071) slump with this spectacular offensive effort.  Like the two aforementioned players, Chu is combining power (3 HR and 10 RBIs in 18 games to go with a .177 isolated power) and plate discipline (14:12 K:BB ratio), but is pairing them with a better batting average (.323).

THE REST

  • Yandy Diaz (Columbus, 3B): 2-5, 1 R. Diaz continues to hit well since being sent down from the Big Club.  He has at least one hit in each of his five Triple-A games played this year and is batting .350/.435/.450.  He may be in Columbus now, but is making a case to be at the top of the list when the Indians need to call up a fielder (Diaz is versatile enough to play everywhere but pitcher and catcher).
  • Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, RF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS. Zimmer has been feast or famine in his last four games played, alternating hitless and multi-hit outings.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, SS): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 K. Urshela drove in the other two Clipper runs on Thursday, also on a two-run homer, this one in the eighth frame.  This effort ended a five-game 2-for-15 (.133) slump for Gio.  Hopefully, it is also the start of a longer-term turnaround for him.
  • Nellie Rodriguez (Columbus, starting 1B): 2-4, 2 K. Nellie-Rod now has six hits on the season in 60 at-bats (.100).  All of these hits have come in three two-hit games,with the other two coming in the first and final games of the opening series in Louisville, meaning that Rodriguez ended a 12-game, 38 at-bat hitless streak on Thursday.
  • Travis Banwart (Columbus, SP): L (0-1), 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 K. Banwart's first Triple-A outing of the season was a struggle, to say the least.  However, his first outing of the season (with Double-A Akron) was also difficult (6 ER on 9 H in 4 IP), but he bounced back to allow a combined 1 ER on 8 H in 7 IP in his following two outings.  Hopefully, he follows that pattern in starting his International League season.
  • Tyler Olson (Columbus, RP): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K. Olson continued a largely solid season (his numbers are sky high due to two bad outings out of nine) with this effort.
  • Kyle Crockett (Columbus, RP): 1.1 IP, perfect, 2 K. Crockett's ERA stands at 2.53 following this perfect relief outing.  It would be under 1.00 if not for allowing 2 ER on 4 H in 1.1 IP a week ago in Buffalo.
  • Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K. Tapia continues a pattern of two hitless games followed by a big game (either multi-hit or one-hit with a home run).  While the big games are nice, consistency is something we need to see from Tapia before his slump can officially be declared over.
  • Todd Isaacs (Lake County, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 K. Isaacs now has a hit in seven of his last nine games.
  • Micah Miniard (Lake County, SP): W (1-0), 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 K, 4 HR allowed. Miniard picked up his first win of the season in his worst outing of the season.  He got the individual victory thanks to colossal run support and being less bad than West Michigan (Tigers) starter Alfred Gutierrez (4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R [all earned], 4 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 HBP).  In terms of game scores, that's Miniard 20, Gutierrez 18.
  • Ryder Ryan (Lake County, RP): 2 IP, perfect, 4 K. Ryan pitched the first two of a trifecta of perfect innings for the Captains bullpen on Thursday night for his first scoreless outing of the season (had allowed 1 ER in each of his first three outings).
  • Dalbert Siri (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 1 K. Siri pitched the final of three consecutive perfect two-strikeout innings by Captains relievers to make it two scoreless one-inning outings in a row for him.

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