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Around the Farm: May 7, 2017: Bieber Fever Hits Lynchburg

It was pretty much business as usual for Shane Bieber in his first start for the Hillcats as he pitched six dominant innings. Plus, Richie Shaffer's impressive hitting continued in Columbus while Mike Papi remains red-hot at the plate. The IBI's Jake Dungan has all that and more from Sunday's minor league action.

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.

Scoreboard

R H E Game 1 R H E
Indianapolis 5 9 2 Altoona 6 4 1
Columbus 4 7 1 Akron 4 6 0
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Game 2 R H E F/11 R H E
Altoona 4 7 0 Lynchburg 3 4 0
Akron 1 6 1 Potomac 4 9 1
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R H E
Lake County 3 8 0
Quad Cities 1 5 1
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Highlights

Shane Bieber (Lyncbhurg, SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. Not only did Bieber impress in his first career start for the Hillcats, but he put together one of his stronger outings of the year overall pitching six one-run innings while allowing only four hits and a walk and striking out seven. Through six starts total, the right-hander has gone 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA while walking only one and fanning 44 through 35 innings.

Richie Shaffer (Columbus, LF): 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB. Shaffer has cooled off a bit at the plate lately, but he has still sprinkled in some impressive performances, including Sunday's where he went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI's. Over his last 10 games, the 26-year-old has batted just .229, but has still mashed four homers and racked up nine RBI's. Plus, even with his recent inconsistency of putting the bat to the ball, his nine walks versus 13 strikeouts over his last 10 contests have kept his OBP at an even .400 through 25 games.

Mike Papi (Akron, RF): *Game 1* 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI; *Game 2* 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K. The hot hitting of Mike Papi continues as he has been absolutely locked in over his last 10 games batting .382 with two homers and six RBI's over his last 10 games. On Sunday, the 24-year-old played in both ends of the RubberDucks' doubleheader against Altoona and drove in runs in both games while hitting just his second double of the year in Game 1. On the year, Papi has raised his average to .293 while posting a .410 OBP and an .837 OPS.

The Rest

  • Eric Stamets (Akron, SS-3B): *Game 1* 1-3, 1 R, 1 K; *Game 2* 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B. Stamets is all the sudden starting to rack up some hits as he now has a four-game hit streak, including his first multi-hit game since rejoining the RubberDucks.
  • Miguel Eladio (Lake County, 2B): 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K. For the first time since joining the Captains on April 20th, Eladio had multiple hits in a game as well as an extra base hit. Between then and Sunday's game, the Dominican native had only four hits in 32 at-bats (.125) over a nine-game span.
  • Tanner Tully (Lake County, SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K, W (1-1). Despite not pitching as a starter all year, Tully handled the task like a pro, stepping in for the recently-promoted Shane Bieber and pitching six impressive innings allowing only one run on four hits and earning his first win of the year.
  • Mitch Brown (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. For the first time this season, Mitch Brown has managed to go back-to-back outings without walking a batter. On top of that, Sunday was arguably his most dominant and efficient appearance with the RubberDucks allowing only one hit over two shutout innings while striking out two on just 23 pitches.
  • Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-4, 1 RBI. Just when it looked like Mendoza was cooling off, he's starting to find his groove again as he now has multiple hits in three of his last four games batting .467 (7-for-15) over that span, thanks in part to his two-hit performance on Sunday.
  • Tyler Olson (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Since his four-run hiccup on April 22nd, Olson has buckled down and dominated over his last five appearances pitching shutout ball and allowing just two hits, one walk and one hit batsman while fanning 10 over seven innings.
  • Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, LF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB. Calica's hot hitting continued on Sunday with a 1-for-3 day, extending his hit streak to eight games and putting his average over his last 10 games at a sizzling .372 with a homer and nine RBI's.
  • Adam Moore (Columbus, C): 1-2. 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K. While Moore had only one hit on Sunday, his three walks were the most he has had in a game this season. In fact, Clippers hitters managed to draw 11 free passes versus nine strikeouts in their 5-4 loss to Indianapolis.
  • Greg Allen (Akron, CF): *Game 1* 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K; *Game 2* 0-1. Allen had a decent first game of Sunday's double-header hitting a double and driving in a run. After his first at-bat in Game 2, however, the Akron center fielder was pulled due to a sprained wrist.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, C): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Chu hasn't had as much success at the plate lately as he did early on in the year, but he came up with a key hit on Sunday driving in the go-ahead run for the Captains in the sixth inning en route to their 3-1 victory.
  • Conner Capel (Lake County, RF): 1-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. While Capel has struggled at the plate to start the 2017 campaign, he did manage to drive in a crucial run for the Captains in the 5th inning tying the game at one at the time with a sac-fly. On the year, however, the Texas native is batting just .198 with a homer and five RBI's over 26 games.
  • Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, CF): 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB. Zimmer is starting to heat up at the plate as he is batting .297 over his last 10 games with a homer and three RBI's. His two walks without a strikeout on Sunday were also encouraging as the top Tribe prospect has had issues with the swings and misses fanning 33 times in 98 at-bats thus far.
  • Ryder Ryan (Lake County, RP): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (1). Ryan picked up his second career save and his first for the Captains as his hot start to 2017 continues. So far in seven appearances, the right-hander has gone 1-2 with that save and a 1.50 ERA, allowing four runs (three earned) on just four hits while walking six and striking out 12 over 12 innings. 
  • Erik Gonzalez (Columbus, SS): 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 E. Gonzalez may have only gone 1-for-5 on Sunday, but he did drive in a run and managed to extend his current hit streak to eight games. Over his last 10 games, the 25-year-old is batting .356 with two homers and four RBI's.
  • Ivan Castillo (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-5. Despite only returning to the Hillcats a week ago, Castillo already has 11 hits over eight games as he is batting close to .400 over that span with two doubles, a triple and five RBI's. Sunday marked his fourth game with multiple hits since joining Lynchburg.

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


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