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Around The Farm: May 8, 2017 - De La Cruz continues stellar season with Lake County

Juan De La Cruz continued to hit well in Low Single-A this season with a two-RBI effort on Monday night. Read about his outing as well as all of the other notable performances from yesterday's action in the Indians' minor league 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.


Columbus 2 7 0 Trenton 3 6 1 Beloit 7 11 1
Durham 9 11 0 Akron 4 9 1 Lake County  6 7 3


Juan De La Cruz (Lake County, 1B): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E - De La Cruz, who is playing his second season at the Full-Season Single-A level, is dominating the Midwest League in limited playing time. His slash line stands at .368/.400/.579 with four RBI in six games.  While this is a small sample size, his vast improvement from last season (.250/.293/.286 with 7 RBI in 23 games for Lake County) is still a positive sign. Juan has earned a brief call-up to Advanced Single-A Lynchburg this season, but his numbers (.143/.125/.286) are impossible to read anything significant into as they represent an even smaller sample size (two games).  He did post similar numbers the last two seasons in Lynchburg (.100/.143/.100 in nine games in 2015 and .138/.265/.172 in 14 games in 2016), but his Lake County stats suggest that some improvement should be expected at the High-A level if he were to play a significant number of games there this season.  The real test will come if he receives such an extended stint with the Hillcats;


  • Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, starting CF): 1-3, 12B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Zimmer reached base twice and drove in one of the Clippers' two runs, but that wasn't enough to keep him from being pinch-hit for by Jeremy Lucas in the ninth inning.
  • Chris Colabello (Columbus, DH): 0-2, 2 BB - Colabello's good eye at the plate allowed him to be one of only four Captains to reach base twice on Monday night.
  • Richie Shaffer (Columbus, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - Shaffer continues to be feast-or-famine with three two-hit outings and four hitless ones in his last seven.
  • Erik Kratz (Columbus, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 PB - Kratz continues to hit well when he does get playing time, with his slash line now at .404/.475/.692 with seven extra-base hits (including four home runs) and six RBI in 15 games.
  • Shawn Morimando (Columbus, SP): L (2-4), 4 IP, 9 H, 8 R (all earned), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP - Morimando regressed to his early season form following two solid starts.  Hopefully, this outing is the exception rather than a return to the norm.
  • Shawn Armstrong (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Armstrong made it four solid outings out of five this Triple-A season with this perfect seventh inning.  In those four outings, Shawn has allowed only one hit in 5.1 shutout innings.
  • Francisco Mejia (Akron, C): 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Mejia ended a five-game 0-for-20 slump with this solid effort on Monday night.
  • Bobby Bradley (Akron, 1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Bradley increased his power numbers to 6 HR, 16 RBI, and .250 isolated power with yesterday's effort, but is still batting below the Mendoza Line (.193).
  • Joe Sever (Akron, DH): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Sever's fifth-inning solo shot was his first home run of the season and increased his season RBI total to six in twenty games.
  • Thomas Pannone (Akron, SP): ND, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K - Pannone has still not allowed an earned run in 33.1 IP in six starts this season.  He also still has only two individual wins in 2017.
  • Cole Sulser (Akron, RP): H (2), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both unearned), 1 BB, 3 K - This game was only as close as it was because of a Mark Mathias fielding miscue while Sulser was on the mound.  Despite being responsible for two runs tonight, Cole has not allowed an earned run since April 13 in Altoona (has pitched 6.1 IP in four outings since).
  • Neil Holland (Akron, CP): BS (2), W (2-0), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K, 1 HBP - Holland is 1-for-3 in save situations this season.  The two blown saves have come in his last two outings.  In both cases, the RubberDucks have staged comebacks, giving the individual win to Holland.  This guy owes the position players dinner.
  • Logan Ice (Lake County, DH): 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K - For the second time in three days, Ice preserved an on-base streak (which now stands at eight games) on a hitless night by drawing one or more walks.  The fact that he has been able to do so is not surprising as his isolated plate discipline stands at .138.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, C): 2-4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 E - Chu now has two multi-run efforts in his last three games following seven games without a run.  This was also Chu's first multi-hit effort in over a week (April 30).  In his last ten games entering yesterday's action, he was batting .189 and had seen his season batting average drop from .324 to .281 during the Captains' last roadtrip.
  • Luke Wakamatsu (Lake County, SS): 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB - Wakamatsu extended his hitting streak to five games and has at least one hit in six of his last seven.  During this streak, he is batting .400 (8-for-20), a vast improvement over his season batting average, which reached .200 following last night's game.  Hopefully, this is the start of a long-term turnaround and not merely a fluke.
  • Micah Miniard (Lake County, SP): L (1-2), 6 IP, 10 H, 7 R (6 earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Miniard continues to get worse as the season progresses.  He allowed only 1 ER on 9 H in his first three starts (12 IP), which he followed up by allowing 2 ER on 7 H in his fourth start (5 IP).  In his three starts since then, he has allowed at least 5 ER and 7 H in each of them (combined 17 ER on 26 H in 18 IP - exactly 6 IP in each game) with last night seeing him give up double-digit hits for the first time this year.  If this trend isn't injury related, it may see him back in Goodyear for Extended Spring Training very soon.
  • Henry Martinez (Lake County, RP): 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Martinez's solid effort, combined with a big night from the Captains' offense, kept the Captains in the game until the end.  Martinez has allowed four earned runs in 11.2 IP this season, but all of those earned runs were allowed in one outing.  He has allowed only four hits in 11.1 shutout innings in his other eight appearances.

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