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.
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Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg - Game 2, DH) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K - Loopstok continued his spectacular season in yesterday's second game by driving in four runs in a seven-inning contest, increasing his season total to 11 in 16 games. He is also batting .328/.349/.557 with nine extra-base hits. Unlike most catchers in the minor leagues, Loopstok sees regular playing time as he is also a frequent DH for the Hillcats. His only major absence from the lineup was due to a recent stint on the 7-day Disabled List. I think it's fair to say that he has fully recovered from his injury.
Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg - Game 2, 1B) - 3-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K - Mendoza also drove in a large number of runs in the nightcap,as his three RBI increased his season total to twelve in 22 games played. He has driven in these runs almost entirely without the aid of any extra-base hits (he has only two, a double and a triple, this season). While his productivity in bringing runners across the plate is impressive, he needs to improve upon his .268/.318/.305 slash line in order to have a successful season.
Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B) - 3-6, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K - Tapia extended his hitting streak to four games with his first multi-hit effort since April 24 while increasing his season RBI total to 18 in 27 games. While his power numbers are impressive (7 home runs, 13 extra-base hits, and .270 isolated power), he is not hitting well for contact. He is batting only .230, which drops to .115 in at-bats in which he doesn't get an extra-base hit. While good power hitting usually comes at some cost in terms of making contact, these numbers are too low, even for a solid power hitter like Emmanuel.
Todd Isaacs (Lake County, LF) - 4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - While Isaacs only had two RBI on Saturday, unlike the other three highlighted players, his day was also impressive in other ways. Obviously, there's the four hits in five at-bats, but the real notable statistic here is the stolen base, which was his tenth of the season in 24 games. Even more impressive is that this number of steals is coming from a batter with 15 RBI, four homers, seven extra-base hits, and a .163 isolated power. While Todd isn't putting up the gaudy numbers he did last year with Short-Season Single-A Mahoning Valley (.333/.384/.514 with 6 home runs, 20 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 44 games), he is adjusting to full-season ball quickly and should only improve as the season continues.
- Erik Gonzalez (Columbus, SS) - 2-5, 2 K - Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to seven games, including five multi-hit efforts. He is batting .406 (13-for-32) during the streak.
- Chris Colabello (Columbus, DH) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K - Colabello now has four multi-hit games in his last six following five games without one.
- Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 2-4, 1 K - Urshela has been feast-or-famine lately, with only one one-hit game in his last seven (four two-hit efforts and two hitless ones).
- Ryan Merritt (Columbus, SP) - L (2-3), 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Merritt's outing yesterday was his second best of the season, but still earned him the individual loss due to a lack of run support and...
- Carlos Frias (Columbus, RP) - 2.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (both earned), 2 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Frias has had two bad outings in his last three, bringing back bad memories of his two bad starts out of his first three this season. If it's merely another blip on the radar screen of his season, then it is slightly worrying, but not a reason to panic. If it's a longer-term return to his early season form, then it might be time to panic.
- Ka'ai Tom (Lynchburg - Game 1, CF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K - Tom's performance was easily the offensive highlight of the opener of yesterday's doubleheader as he had two extra-base hits and drove in as many runs, including the game-winner.
- Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg - Game 1, DH) - 2-3 - Cervenka continues to hit well, posting a .319/.342/.472 slash line with 11 RBI in 20 games.
- Matt Esparza (Lynchburg - Game 1, SP) - W (2-2), 5 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Esparza got his winning percentage back up to .500 with his best effort of the year and extended his shutout streak to 16 innings in three starts.
- Billy Strode (Lynchburg - Game 1, RP) - H (4), 1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K - Strode rebounded nicely from his last outing, which saw him allow four earned runs on as many hits without getting a single batter out (he also failed to get any married batters out, either).
- Argenis Angulo (Lynchburg - Game 1, CP) - S (2), 1 IP, 2 H, 3 K - Angulo struck out the side, albeit not in order, to pick up the save in Game 1. This was his fourth straight scoreless outing, each lasting exactly one inning.
- Andrew Calica (Lynchburg - Game 2, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Calica has scored five of his 13 runs this season in his last three games and has scored nine times in the last seven contests he has played in.
- Ka'ai Tom (Lynchburg - Game 2, LF) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB - Tom followed up his spectacular opener by reaching base twice and scoring both times in the nightcap.
- Connor Marabell (Lynchburg - Game 2, RF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI - Surprisingly, Marabell's first multi-hit effort in over a week comes in a seven-inning game.
- Ivan Castillo (Lynchburg - Game 2, 2B) - 3-4, 1 RBI - Castillo continues to dominate the Carolina League (batting .391/.400/.565 in seven games since being sent down). The real question is whether this dominance will translate to success when he gets another call-up to Double-A Akron.
- Jordan Milbrath (Lynchburg - Game 2, RP) - W (1-0), 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K - Milbrath's 2017 debut was a solid one as he pitched the third and fourth innings of a relief start to earn the win. He combined with spot starter Kieran Lovegrove and fellow relievers Dominic Demasi and Justin Garcia to allow only three runs on four hits in seven innings yesterday.
- Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, DH) - 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K 1 HBP - Chu reached base three times, all by different methods, in an outing that ended a two-game hitless streak.
- Conner Capel (Lake County, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E - Capel, for the first time in a while, looked like the hitter who had a .313/.405/.531 slash line following his first nine games of the season.
- Justin Garza (Lake County, SP) - W (1-0), 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 4 K - Garza returned to his early season form following three solid outings, but picked up his first win of the season thanks to colossal run support.
- Ben Krauth (Lake County, RP) - H (1), 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K - Krauth returned to shutting out the opposition in his first outing since allowing his first (and, thus far, only) earned run of the campaign.