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Around the Farm: April 30, 2017: Papi locking in at the plate

Mike Papi has struggled to live up to his high draft profile over the first few seasons of his professional career, but his recent hot streak has put this year's numbers at a more respectable level. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps Papi's big day at the plate on Sunday as well as some of the other top highlights from the Tribe farm system.

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.


Charlotte 3 7 1 Akron 11 10 0
Columbus 1 4 0 Bowie 2 6 2
Myrtle Beach 10 12 1 West Michigan 5 9 1
Lynchburg 5 10 1 Lake County 1 5 3


Mike Papi (Akron, RF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS. Papi has been swinging the bat much better of late recording his third straight multi-hit game and hitting his second home run in that span. Over his last 10 games, the RubberDucks right fielder is batting .323 (11-for-34) with three homers, a double and five RBI's while still posting a healthy strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8:6. Thanks to this recent hot streak, the 24-year-old is now batting .292 on the season, easily marking the best average he has posted at any level up to this point.

Tyler Krieger (Akron, 2B): 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB. By Tyler Krieger's standards, the last 10 games have been a cold streak as he has hit .268 with a homer and four RBI's. On Sunday, however, he got back on the right track mashing a pair of doubles for his sixth multi-hit game of the season in 17 contests so far. Sunday was just the second time he's had multiple extra-base hits, though, as he previously had a home run and double during a four-hit affair in Reading on April 19th. On the year, Krieger is still batting .299 with a homer and six RBI's as he continues to impress at a new level.

Connor Marabell (Lynchburg, RF): 1-2, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB. Marabell may have only had one hit on Sunday, but he made it count as it was a two-run homer in the third inning. The 23-year-old was still a busy man on the base paths, however, as he drew three walks and scored two additional runs as he accounted for five of the Hillcats' eight runs on Sunday. Unfortunately his efforts were not quite enough as Lynchburg fell to the Pelicans 10-8.

The Rest

  • Matt Esparza (Lynchburg, SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, ND. Esparza has been much more effective in his last three starts as far as both run prevention and logging innings as he has averaged six innings and less than one earned run allowed per start. Despite pitching six solid innings on Sunday, though, the 22-year-old was handed a no-decision as the bullpen was unable to hold off the Myrtle Beach hitters.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Akron, DH): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K. Paulino hit his first homer since April 17th giving him three on the year to go along with 12 RBI's. He has cooled off somewhat since his early hot streak as his average has fallen from .298 to .262 over his last four games. However, the 22-year-old is still proving to be a dynamic hitter for the RubberDucks.
  • Chris Colabello (Columbus, 1B): 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K. Colabello looks to be settling into a rhythm with the Clippers. He won't hit for the highest average (around .260-.270), but he can hit for power and be a steady run producer in the middle of their lineup. The veteran first baseman has been on a pretty good RBI binge lately, though, knocking nine of his 13 runs in his last 10 games.
  • Eric Haase (Akron, C): 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Haase has taken advantage of his playing time of late recording hits in six of his last seven games, including hitting two home runs in that span. He was one of five RubberDucks hitters to go deep on Sunday in Akron's 11-2 drubbing of Bowie.
  • Tyler Olson (Columbus, RP): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K. After a one-game hiccup on April 22nd where he was tagged for four runs by Buffalo, Olson has settled back in over his last three appearances pitching 2.1 shutout innings while allowing only one hit and one walk and striking out six.
  • Julian Merryweather (Akron, SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, W (2-1). Merryweather's string of dominance continues as he has now pitched four straight starts with two or fewer runs allowed. Outside of his opening day start, the right-hander is now 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in four outings with three walks and 26 strikeouts 24.2 innings.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (Akron, SS): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. Chang hitting a homer is not very surprising at this point as he now has six on the year, but the fact that he drew a pair of walks in one game is much more of an unexpected development as he did so on Sunday marking the first such occurrence for him this season as well as the first free pass he has drawn since April 12th, ending a 13-game drought.
  • Daniel Salters (Lynchburg, C): 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 PB. Salters had his best day at the plate thus far during the campaign driving in three runs to nearly double his season total to seven. Defensively, however, the 24-year-old allowed two passed balls giving him nine on the year.
  • Shane Bieber (Lake County, SP): 7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, L (2-3). Bieber bounced back, in a way, from his last start where he gave up five runs against Great Lakes as he pitched a season-high seven innings on Sunday while giving up five runs on eight hits, but only one of those runs was earned as his defense committed three errors behind him.
  • Bobby Bradley (Akron, 1B): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K. Bobby Bradley is quickly becoming a three-true-outcome hitter as he crushed his fifth homer of the season on Sunday, but also struck out three more times to give him 28 on the year. While he didn't draw a walk in the 'Ducks' 11-2 win, he does have 15 on the year.
  • Adam Plutko (Columbus, SP): 7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB. 3 K, L (0-4). Plutko easily turned in his best outing of the year thus far pitching a season-high 7.2 innings and allowing just three runs on seven hits. Unfortunately, his efforts could not earn him his first win of the year as the Clippers offense could only muster a single run against Charlotte.
  • Ka'ai Tom (Lynchburg, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. Tom's full name is Blaze Ka'ai Tom and that's a pretty accurate description of his hitting of late as the 22-year-old racked up two more hits on Sunday to increase his average to .275. Over his last 10 games, Tom is batting .355 with all five of his doubles and seven of his 10 RBI's.
  • Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS): 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Some of the key hitters in Lynchburg are finally starting to heat up and Castro is no different having hit .362 with a homer and six RBI's in his last 10 games raising his season average 117 points from .133 to .250.
  • Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, DH): 2-4, 2 R. After an ice-cold stretch at the plate at the start of the season, last year's Indians 11th round pick appears to finally be adjusting to the Carolina League with seven hits in his last 20 at-bats (.350), including a two-hit afternoon on Sunday.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, DH): 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K. If you're waiting for Li-Jen Chu's bat to cool off, it's going to be at least one more day as Taiwanese slugger put together his seventh multi-hit effort on Sunday. Unfortunately, he was about the only hitter who could get anything going against the Whitecaps pitching in Sunday's 5-1 Captains loss.
  • Argenis Angulo (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Angulo has been one of the Hillcats' better relievers this year as he has gone 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in eight appearances allowing just two runs on nine hits through nine innings. The right-hander has also gone three appearances without walking a batter after issuing six free passes in his first five outings.
  • Henry Martinez (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. After getting knocked around in his last appearance on the 25th where he gave up his first runs of the season, Martinez settled back in with another shutout inning on Sunday allowing just one hit and striking out his 10th batter in just 7.2 innings.

Jake Dungan is the Managing Editor for IBI and a podcast host on the Smoke Signals Network. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @JakeDBaseball.

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