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.
Yandy Diaz (Columbus - Suspended Game, DH): 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - Diaz reached base four times in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader and drove in his fifth run of the Triple-A season in only six games. He also continued his minor league season-opening hitting streak, which he extended to seven games in the nightcap. Diaz was batting .391/.500/.522 following the first game but saw his batting average drop to .385 after going 1-for-3 in Game 2. Diaz continues to show why he earned the season-opening call-up to replace Kipnis and why he'll probably get another chance in the big leagues this season.
Erik Kratz (Columbus - Suspended Game, C): 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HBP - Kratz continues to dominate International League pitching whenever he can get into the lineup. Yesterday's first game saw Kratz combine power and plate discipline for what would've been the best offensive effort of the game if not foe Diaz's near-perfect day. Kratz's slash line now stands at .447/.512/.816 with four homers and six RBI in 11 games.
Bradley Zimmer (Columbus - Scheduled Game, CF): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Zimmer's performance in the second game in Columbus last night was incredible. Multi-hit, multi-run, multi-extra base hit. That's a lot of "multis". Zimmer now has three multi-hit efforts in a row and four in his last five games played, a stretch during which he is batting .500 (9-for-18). That's a significant improvement from his prior five games, in which he was a combined 2-for-19 (.105). In his last five games, Zimmer has improved his batting average by 61 points (.230 to .291). Hopefully, the rest of his season is more like his last five games and less like the five that preceded them.
Sam Haggerty (Lynchburg, 2B): 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - Haggerty came within a home run of the cycle as he continued an amazing start to his season. Haggerty is now batting .328/.432/.623 with 12 extra-base hits (6 2B, 6 3B) and eight stolen bases in 17 games. While Haggerty has spent exactly one full season at each professional level he has played at (Short-Season A in 2015, Low-A in 2016), it may be hard to keep him in Lynchburg if he keeps playing as well as he has.
- Erik Gonzalez (Columbus - Suspended Game, SS): 3-5, 1 R, 1 K - Gonzalez made it two multi-hit performances in his last three games with this three-hit effort.
- Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, Suspended Game, CF): 2-5, 1 K - While not as spectacular as his nightcap, Zimmer's effort in the doubleheader opener was nonetheless impressive.
- Giovanny Urshela (Columbus - Suspended Game, 3B): 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB - Urshela now has back-to-back multi-hit games following a five-game stretch during which he hit .133 (2-for-15).
- Mike Clevinger (Columbus - Suspended Game, Scheduled SP): 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 HR allowed - The suspension of this game on Friday night was a godsend for Clevinger, who was spared what was shaping up to be his worst outing of the season (he doubled his season earned runs allowed total in only one-third of an inning [the first two runs took 23.2 IP to allow]) and, thanks to game being tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, earned a no decision.
- Ryan Merritt (Columbus - Suspended Game, Restart SP): L (2-2), 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HR allowed - Merritt was on the mound when the game restarted yesterday and proceeded to continue what has been an ugly season thus far. He currently has a 4.82 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and .310 opponents batting average in five starts. Only once in those five starts (yes, I know yesterday doesn't technically count as a start but, for all intents and purposes, it was a start), he has only allowed less than three runs once, when he allowed no earned runs in six frames on April 18 in Allentown (Lehigh Valley).
- Shawn Armstrong (Columbus - Suspended Game, RP): 2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Armstrong rebounded nicely from his first bad outing of the season (3 ER on 2 H and 1 BB on Tuesday) with this perfect effort.
- Richie Shaffer (Columbus - Scheduled Game, LF): 2-4,1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - Shaffer rebounded from an 0-for-5 opener with his first stolen base and fifth home run of the year, the latter of which drove in his 14th and 15th runs of the season.
- Erik Gonzalez (Columbus - Scheduled Game, SS): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Gonzalez wrapped up a solid day with his third multi-hit game in his last four as well as driving in his sixth run of the season on his fourth homer in 21 games. Yesterday's doubleheader saw Erik's batting average rise from .244 to .276.
- Chris Colabello (Columbus - Scheduled Game, 1B): 2-3,1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K - Colabello ended a five-game, 3-for-18 (.167) slump with a three-run homer (his third of the season) to cap the Clippers' first-inning five-run offensive explosion and increase his season RBI total to 12 in 19 games.
- Adam Moore (Columbus - Scheduled Game, C): 2-3 - Moore ends a four-game hitless streak with his first multi-hit game in two and a half weeks.
- Carlos Frias (Columbus - Scheduled Game, SP): ND, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K - Frias extends his shutout streak to 4.1 IP in three outings with this rare start to lead off a bullpen start necessitated by scheduled starter Ryan Merritt pitching in the suspended game.
- Jeff Johnson (Columbus - Scheduled Game, RP): W (1-0), 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K - Johnson earns his first win of the season with this nearly perfect effort.
- Joe Colon (Columbus - Scheduled Game, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K - Colon pitched a solid seventh to close out the win and secure the doubleheader split for the Clippers.
- Greg Allen (Akron, CF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Allen hit his first home run of the season on Saturday in Bowie, Maryland. He also nearly doubled his season RBI total (now has nine this season). He also extended his current hitting streak to five games, including three two-hit efforts.
- Tyler Krieger (Akron, DH): 1-5, 1 K, 1 SB - While Krieger only got on base once yesterday, he stole his fifth base of the year (in as many attempts) and continues to hit well (.290/.363/.435 slash line with five RBI in 16 games).
- Mike Papi (Akron, RF): 2-4, 1 R - Papi extended his hitting streak to three games with this multi-hit effort.
- Dorssys Paulino (Akron, LF): 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - Paulino scored both times he reached base yesterday to increase his season run total to nine in 17 games.
- Matt Whitehouse (Akron, RP): 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K - Whitehouse's solid relief effort was a welcome sight after D.J. Brown's disastrous start (1.2 IP, 7 H. 8 R [all earned], 3 BB, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP). Matt is now unscored upon in his last three outings (combined 7.1 IP).
- Dylan Baker (Akron, RP): 1 IP, 1 H - Congratulations to Dylan on the occasion of not only his Double-A debut, but also his first competitive appearance since 2015! Hopefully, he can stay healthy and keep pitching like this.
- Robbie Aviles (Akron, RP): 2 IP, perfect, 2 K - Aviles' shutout streak is now at 6 IP in four games. No matter how you pronounce his name, it's one opposing hitters don't want to hear the PA announcer say.
- Ka'ai Tom (Lynchburg, CF): 1-3, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 Sac Flies - Six of Tom's ten RBIs this season have come in his last four games.
- Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, DH): 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B - Cervenka continues to hit well this season, with a slash line of .322/.349/.492 with 10 RBI in 15 games.
- Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, RF): 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI - Calica makes it two multi-hit efforts in his last three.
- Jodd Carter (Lynchburg, LF): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 Sac Bunt, 1 HBP - Carter reached base three times in five plate appearances with one of the two outs being a productive one. On a normal night, this would've been in consideration for the "Highlights" section of this column.
- Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS): 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E - Hopefully, big nights like this one become more common for Castro, who got back over the Mendoza line (improved average from .192 to .232) with this performance.
- Shao-Ching Chiang (Lynchburg, SP): W (3-1), 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 4 K,1 HBP - Even after allowing three earned runs yesterday, Chiang's ERA is still only 1.71.
- Leandro Linares (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Linares remains unscored upon in 8.1 IP in eight appearances following this perfect inning.
- Kieran Lovegrove (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Lovegrove continued a surprisingly solid season with this effort.
- Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, C): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K - Chu continued to hit well as he was one of only two Captains with an extra-base hit on Saturday.
- Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B): 1-4, 1 2B, 3 K - Tapia extended his hitting streak to three games with the Captains' other double.
- Conner Capel (Lake County, RF): 2-3, 1 K - Capel was the only Captain with multiple hits yesterday.
- Brady Aiken (Lake County, SP): L (0-4), 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 4 BB - Aiken finally has a solid outing and he still picks up the loss.
- Justin Garza (Lake County, RP): 3 IP, perfect, 2 K - Garza makes it three solid outings in a row with this gem.