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Around The Farm: May 1, 2017 - Yandy Diaz continues to make case for return to the Big Club

Yandy Diaz ended his hitless streak in one game with a big offensive performance on a night which also saw a dominant evening of pitching from the Lynchburg Hillcats staff, who allowed only four hits (and no other baserunners) in a shutout. Read about all of this and more from Monday's action in the Indians farm system 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.


R H E Postponed - Weather R H E R H E
Columbus 6 15 1 Akron Winston-Salem 0 4 1
Louisville  1 7 1 Binghamton  Lynchburg 5 11 0


Yandy Diaz (Columbus, 3B): 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K - Diaz went hitless on Sunday, ending a seven-game hitting streak to start his minor league season.  His "slump" (for those who can't tell, that term was used sarcastically) lasted all of one game as it was back to business as usual for Yandy on Monday as he drove in all but one of the Clippers' runs, including three on a first inning home run before the Louisville Bats (Reds) even came to bat.  Diaz's slash line continues its ascent into the stratosphere as it now stands at .382/.488/.559.  Throw in six RBI in nine games and a 2:7 K:BB ratio and you have a solid case for a call-up, which may happen sooner rather than later as Austin Jackson may have injured himself running out a base hit in the ninth inning of last night's loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Thomas Pannone (Lynchburg, SP): W (2-0), 7 IP, 3 H, 8 K - We knew Pannone was good.  20.2 shutout innings to start a season makes that pretty clear.  But we didn't know he was this good.  Thomas dominated the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox) lineup for seven innings on Monday.  What makes this outing stand out from his first four is that it was the first start this season in which Pannone did not walk a batter.  Do not be surprised to see him pitching at Canal Park following the Single-A All-Star Break.

Leandro Linares (Lynchburg, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Linares finished the night of spectacular pitching at Calvin Falwell Field with two nearly-perfect innings which saw his season-opening shutout streak extend to 10.1 IP in nine appearances.  He has yet to allow a run in 12.2 Advanced Single-A innings when his two outings at the level last season are included.  While the 6:30 PM start of the game was delayed until nearly 8:00, it was well worth the price of admission for those who stayed.


  • Erik Gonzalez (Columbus, 2B): 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 E - Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to four games last night.  During this streak, he is batting .444 (8-for-18) and has seen his batting average rise from .244 to .281.  His recent improvement isn't limited to his last four games, however, as he is batting .302 in his last ten games.
  • Tyler Naquin (Columbus, CF):  3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Naquin had a three-hit game and drove in the other run on a sac fly.  He is also posting a spectacular slash line, batting .385/.431/.519. Naquin is another Clipper who is making a strong case to make the trip up I-71.
  • Chris Colabello (Columbus, DH): 2-5, 1 K - Colabello makes it three two-hit games in a row and has seen his batting average rise 38 points from .233 to .271.
  • Richie Shaffer (Columbus, LF): 2-5 - Shaffer continues to alternate hitless and two-hit games.
  • Shawn Morimando (Columbus, SP): W (2-3), 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP - Morimando makes it back-to-back solid outings.  While allowing 13 baserunners in six innings does lead to some concern that he might regress to his form from his first three starts (i.e. not good), Morimando has only allowed two earned runs in his last 13 innings.  Hopefully, he continues to improve and prove that his rough start to the season was a fluke.
  • Louis Head (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, 1 K - This wasn't a perfect outing as the first batter Head faced reached on a fielding error by Gonzalez, but faced the minimum as the inning ended with a double play. This outing was probably good for Louis' mental state as it followed a three-run inning in his last appearance.
  • Kyle Crockett (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - Crockett extended his shutout streak to 3.1 IP in four games on Monday.
  • Sam Haggerty (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Haggerty showed why he was named Carolina League Player of the Week before yesterday's game, increasing his slash line to .329/.422/.629 with fifteen extra-base hits (9 double, 6 triples) in 18 games.
  • Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, LF): 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - Calica has had three two-hit games in a row and four multi-hit efforts in his last five after starting the season with only one multi-hit game in his first 15.
  • Ka'ai Tom (Lynchburg, DH): 1-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Tom, who was batting .290 in his last ten games entering last night, extended his hitting streak to six games with his second straight multi-hit contest.
  • Connor Marabell (Lynchburg, CF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Marabell continues to hit well as his hitting streak reaches four games. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a turnaround from his uneven start to the season.
  • Jodd Carter (Lynchburg, RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K - Carter's second-inning homer extended his hitting streak to six games.  Jodd is another Hillcat whose hitting has improved lately, as he is batting .314 in his last ten games compared to .219 in his first nine.
  • Ivan Castillo (Lynchburg, SS): 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K - Castillo has, unsurprisingly, been off to a hot start with Lynchburg after being sent down from Double-A Akron.

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