Smoke Signals - Farm Report 2.7: Will the rich get Richie?

May is upon us and as the summer weather approaches, some key bats are beginning to heat up across the Tribe's minor league affiliates. Jake and Corey break down these hot streaks, discuss Richie Shaffer's big-league potential and continue to search for a winner in our latest Player of the Week picks.

"Farm Report" is a weekly prospect analysis podcast hosted by Jake Dungan and Corey Crisan as they discuss all the latest news and notes regarding the Indians' farm system.

A few short months ago, Richie Shaffer was a little-known name on major league baseball's transaction page as he spent a lot of the offseason in waiver wire limbo. Now he's hitting bombs for the Columbus Clippers and catching the attention of fans as well as, surely, some of the higher-ups within the organization. The question is can his hot hitting be enough to earn him a spot in Cleveland, if one even opens up? Jake and Corey are here to try and provide an answer as well as look at what other prospects have been on a tear recently.

Topics discussed:

-  Can Richie Shaffer's performance in Columbus open the door for him in Cleveland?

-  Has Mike Papi finally turned things around at the plate?

-  Willi Castro and Andrew Calica adjusting to the Carolina League.

- Triston McKenzie finally faces adversity in last start.

-  Introducing Ryder Ryan.

-  Reveal the Player of the Week.

-  Make predictions for next week's Player of the Week.

-  Final Thoughts.

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