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.
Ronny Rodriguez (Columbus, 2B) - 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K - Ronny-Rod continued a three-game hitting streak with this spectacular effort on Saturday. Rodriguez is hitting better as of late, batting .273 in his last ten games entering last night compared to .252 on the season (28 games total before yesterday). This offensive outburst raised his average further to .267. This represents an improvement from Ronny-Rod's first Triple-A season, when he batted .258 in 2016. He needed three seasons in Double-A to reach the International League, so needing multiple seasons to master a level is nothing new for Rodriguez. Hopefully, he can continue to improve as this season continues and not need the third year in AAA.
Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, C) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K,1 PB - Chu's hitting streak now stands at three games, all with multiple hits. His big Saturday at the plate increased his season slash line to .308/.403/.433 with 15 RBI in 33 games. Chu seems to be adapting quickly to full-season ball, likely due to the stint he had with the Caps last season. If he continues to hit this well, he may get another late-season call-up this season, this time to Lynchburg..
- Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, CF) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - Zimmer saw a four-game multi-hit streak come to an end on Saturday, but continued his seven-game hit streak and stole his ninth base of the season (in 32 games).
- Chris Colabello (Columbus, LF) - 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K - Colabello extended his hitting streak to four games and drove in his first run since May 2.
- Richie Shaffer (Columbus, 3B) - 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E - Shaffer rebounded quickly from an 0-for-4 effort on Friday with this offensive gem.
- Erik Kratz (Columbus, DH) - 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K - Kratz is "only" hitting .294 with two home runs and five RBI in his last ten games. I say "only" because while, for most players, this would be a solid stretch of offense, these ten games have seen Erik's batting average slip from .469 to .379. While this really a matter of stratospheric numbers returning to merely excellent, the fact that it seems like a slump is a testament to just how hot his start to the season was.
- Shawn Morimando (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP - Morimando gets out of a slump before it even really began by following up his last start (8 ER on 9 H in 4 IP last Sunday) with this gem.
- Kyle Crockett (Columbus, RP) - W (1-0), 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 K - Crockett did a good job of maintaining the lead the Clipper offense regained in the top of the eighth following Louis Head's disastrous start to the seventh frame (3 ER on 3 H in 0.1 IP).
- Shawn Armstrong (Columbus, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K - Armstrong struck out the side in a near-perfect inning to seal the win for the Clippers.
- Trenton Brooks (Lake County, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E - Brooks continues his feast-or-famine trend with four two-hit games and four hitless ones in his last eight.
- Jorma Rodriguez (Lake County, 3B) - 2-5, 1 R - Jorma-Rod got a much-needed multi-hit game as he continues to progress towards the Mendoza line (.196 average through yesterday's game).
- Mitch Longo (Lake County, DH) - 2-4, 2 K - Longo picked up his first two hits of the season following a hitless 2017 competitive debut on Friday night.
- Todd Isaacs (Lake County, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K - Isaacs ended a four-game hitless streak yesterday with a two-hit effort which included his first triple of the season.
- Alsis Herrera (Lake County, RP) - 2.1 IP, 1 BB - Herrera continued his solid start to the season (4 BB and 3 K in 5 no-hit shutout innings) on Saturday as the first of three Captain relievers to keep the team in the game following another ugly start from Micah Miniard (4 ER on 8 H and 5 BB in 3.2 IP).
- Michael Letkewicz (Lake County, RP) - 2 IP, 4 K, 1 WP - Letkewicz extended his shutout streak to 9.1 IP in seven outings as a wild pitch on strike three in the eighth kept him from pitching two perfect innings.
- Henry Martinez (Lake County, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Martinez recovered pretty well from allowing his first earned run in nearly two and a half weeks on Thursday.