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Around the Farm: May 14, 2017: Swept Away

It was a shortened slate of games as the RubberDucks were once again rained out in Binghamton and the Captains had the day off. Lynchburg did play a double-header, however, while Columbus wrapped up their road trip. The IBI's Jake Dungan provides a look at all of Mother's Day's top minor league highlights.

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 6 0 Akron
Gwinnett 6 14 0 Binghamton
BOX PPD - Rain
Game 1 R H E Game 2 (F/13) R H E
Lynchburg 0 5 0 Lynchburg 4 8 2
Myrtle Beach 7 8 0 Myrtle Beach 5 12 1


Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 1B): *Game 2* 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Mendoza was one of the few bright spots for Lynchburg offensively in both games of their twin bill on Sunday as his multi-hit effort in Game 2 push his average over his last 10 games up to .351 with three doubles and seven RBI's. Unfortunately for him and the Hillcats, however, Myrtle Beach would rally for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 13th to take the win in walk-off fashion and sweep both ends of the doubleheader.

Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, CF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K. Zimmer's hot hitting continued on Sunday with his fifth multi-hit game in his last six contests. Over his last 10 games, the Indians top prospect is batting .368 with two homers, four doubles and six RBI's. Looking at his season numbers, Zimmer now owns a .294/.371/.532 slash line, which will likely spark some debate and discussion on when he will be ready to come up to Cleveland. One thing to keep in mind, though, is while he's putting up impressive numbers across the board, his strikeout-to-walk ratio is still high sitting at 3.1, which could play into a potential MLB call-up decision.

The Rest

  • Dominic DeMasi (Lynchburg, SP): *Game 2* 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP. DeMasi impressed in a bullpen day start during the latter game of Sunday's twin bill pitching three shutout innings. It marked the right-hander's first scoreless appearance since April 23rd, a span of four outings.
  • Sam Haggerty (Lynchburg, 2B): *Game 2* 2-3. Even with the time off, Haggerty is still impressing at the plate recording five hits in his last eight at-bats as he still leads the team in most major categories, including batting average (.333), doubles (9), triples (6), stolen bases (9) and OPS (.996).
  • Jordan Smith (Columbus, RF): 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB. It's been a rough go of it for Jordan Smith in May as he has yet to eclipse the Mendoza Line this month. His two walks on Sunday marked his first game of drawing multiple free passes as he has accounted for four of his five walks just in his last 10 games.
  • Kieran Lovegrove (Lynchburg, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Lovegrove was the second man out of the bullpen for the Hilllcats in Game 2 as he followed up DeMasi's scoreless start with two shutout innings of his own. So far this year, the right-hander has been solid as a reliever going 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA while posting a 1.13 WHIP and fanning 13 in 13.1 innings.
  • Chris Colabello (Columbus, LF): 2-4. The Clippers offense wasn't able to muster much offense until the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-2 loss to Gwinnett. Colabello did what he could, however, accounting for two of Columbus's six hits marking his second consecutive game with multiple hits.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, SS): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K. Urshela was part of the Clippers' ninth inning rally that came up short driving in one of the two runs scored by Columbus that inning. The 25-year-old also made his seventh start of the season and his 16th appearance of his career at shortstop as he has yet to commit an error in any of those games dating back to 2013.
  • Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS): *Game 1* 0-2; *Game 2* 2-5, 1 R, 1 K. Castro's bat has been back on the cold side lately, but that hasn't stopped him from recording a hit in four of his last five games, which included his fifth multi-hit game of the season in Game 2 of Sunday's twin bill.
  • Carlos Frias (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Frias is starting to work his way back from being shelled in two consecutive appearances where he was tagged for 10 runs on seven hits in just 3.1 innings of work between May 6th and May 10th. On Sunday, the right-hander pitched a shutout inning allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one.
  • Billy Strode (Lynchburg, RP): 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. After Myrtle Beach came back to tie Game 2 at four in the seventh inning, Strode gave the Hillcats some much-needed length out of the bullpen in extra frames pitching three shutout innings. In fact, he has done that now in back-to-back appearances having pitched 2.2 shutout innings against Carolina last week.
  • Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, LF): *Game 1* 1-3; *Game 2* 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K. Calica's gradual adjustment to the Carolina League is still ongoing as he picked up hits in both ends of Sunday's doubleheader while scoring his 16th run and driving in his 12th on the year thus far. Even with his early-season struggles, Sunday marked just the fifth time this season where he has struck out multiple times as he currently holds a 24:18 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
  • Michael Peoples (Columbus, SP): 6 IP, 13 H, 6 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, L (1-1). When you look at a pitcher's stat line and see that he gave up six runs on 13 hits, you would assume he had a terrible game with a quick exit. Somehow Peoples still managed to push his way through six innings as he continues to prove his durability. Sunday did mark the most hits the right-hander has given up in a start since May 7th, 2015, where he also gave up 13 hits as a Hillcat against Carolina.

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

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