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.
Gabriel Mejia (Lake County, CF) - 3-5, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS - Mejia recorded his third three-hit game and fifth multi-hit effort (also has a two-hit game and a four-hit game) in 23 games this season. This effort halted a six-game slide before it saw his batting average drop below the Mendoza Line (dropped from .238 to .207 before rising to .230 after last night's game), He also remained 50% successful in stolen base attempts by stealing his fourth base of the season and being caught stealing for the fourth time as well. While this has not been a solid start to the season for Mejia, last night does give some hope that he can turn it around.
- Bobby Bradley (Akron, 1B) - 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - Bradley reached base multiple times in a game for the first time since reaching base all four times he came to the plate on April 21 and stole his first base of the season on Thursday.
- Dorssys Paulino (Akron, LF) - 1-4, 1 R - Paulino, who was batting .188 in his last ten games entering last night, continues to struggle, as his batting average has dropped from .314 to .254 in his last eleven games.
- Mike Papi (Akron, RF) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Papi, who was batting .306 in his last ten games before yesterday, continued his recent solid form with this two-run effort.
- Eric Haase (Akron, C) - 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K - Haase followed up a multi-hit game in his last outing (April 30) with a multi-RBI game yesterday.
- Joe Sever (Akron, DH) - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Sever ended a three-game hitless streak and drove in his first run since April 25 on Thursday night.
- Luis Lugo (Akron, SP) - ND, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 4 BB, 5 K, 1 WP - Lugo's best outing of the season unfortunately results in a no decision due to a lack of early run support.
- Cameron Hill (Akron, RP) - 2.2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Hill not only got all seven batters he faced out,but also caught an inherited runner stealing.
- Neil Holland (Akron, CP) - BS (1), W (1-0), 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 K - For those who are new to this column, the fact that a pitcher can be charged with a blown save and earn the win in the same outing is one of my pet peeves. Hill deserved the victory, in my opinion, and the scorer should have discretion to award another pitcher the win in cases like this.
- Logan Ice (Lake County, DH) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K - Ice reached base multiple times for the third straight game.
- Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, starting 1B) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E, 1 HBP - Tapia continues to hit well for power (6 2B, 5 HR, 14 RBI in 25 games along with a .233 Isolated Power) but is not much of a contact hitter (only eight singles and a .211 average [.101 in at-bats where he doesn't get an extra-base hit]).
- Luke Wakamatsu (Lake County, SS) - 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI - Wakamatsu has 10 RBI despite only batting .167. He also has nearly as many walks (7) and runs (8) as hits (13). Despite the high number of walks, his K:BB ratio is not good (22:7). He seems to be doing everything well except hitting.
- Alexis Pantoja (Lake County, 2B) - 2-5, 1 SB - Pantoja had his fourth multi-hit game in 21 played this season and stole his second base of the campaign.
- Aaron Civale (Lake County, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 5 K, 1 WP, 2 BK, 1 HBP - Civale rebounded from 2 consecutive disastrous outings (combined 8 ER on 17 H in 12 IP) with this effort, although two balks in the same game is a reason to still be slightly concerned.
- Ben Krauth (Lake County, RP) - 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 1 K, 1 HR allowed - Krauth allowed his first earned run of the season on an eighth-inning solo shot. His ERA is still impressive at 0.63 in 14.1 IP.
- Ryder Ryan (Lake County, RP) - W (1-2), 2 IP,1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP - Ryan finally picks up his first win of the season after being charged with two losses in his first five outings, despite only allowing 2 ER in 10 IP.
- Dalbert Siri (Lake County, CP) - S (1),1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Siri extended his scoreless streak to five innings in as many outings as he picked up his first save by closing the game with a perfect bottom of the 11th.