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Around The Farm: May 16, 2017 - Nick Pasquale continues solid month of May

Nick Pasquale looked lost on the mound in April. Then the calendar turned to May, and Pasquale put his rough start to the season behind him. Read about his latest outing along with all of the other notable performances in the Indians minor league system yesterday 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.


(Game 1) R H E (Game 2) R H E R H E
Indianapolis  5 10 0 Indianapolis  9 11 0 Richmond 1 7 0
Columbus  1 2 0 Columbus  0 5 1 Akron 6 6 0
Lynchburg 8 10 2 Lake County 4 8 1
Winston-Salen 6 6 0 Great Lakes  2 7 1


Nick Pasquale (Akron, SP): W (3-2), 5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP - Pasquale makes it three solid starts in a row following a rough April.  His May totals are 18 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 9 BB, and 18 K in three outings.  Compare those to April when he posted the following stat line in four starts:  21.2 IP, 19 H, 11 ER, 7 BB, 18 K.  While the increase in walks is a concern, it has been paired with consistently fewer earned runs allowed.  Hopefully, he can keep pitching like he has in May and put April in his rear view mirror.


  • Eric Stamets (Columbus - Game 1, SS): 0-1, 2 BB - While Stamets continues to struggle at the plate in Triple-A (.091/.184/.152 in 12 games through last night's Game 1), he did have a solid opener last night due to good plate discipline.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus - Game 1, 3B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Urshela's third homer of the season came in the second inning and drove in Urshela's 19th run of the season (in 33 games) and the Clippers' only one of the first contest.
  • Ryan Merritt (Columbus - Game 1, SP): L (3-4), 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR allowed - Merritt followed up two solid outings with this not-so-solid one.  Hopefully, this is not a continuation of the inconsistency that has plagued his season thus far.
  • Louis Head (Columbus - Game 1, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Head rebounded nicely from allowing three earned runs on three hits in a third of an inning in his previous outing.
  • Giovanny Urshela (Columbus - Game 2, 3B): 2-3 - Gio had the only offensive performance in the nightcap that could even be described as remotely noteworthy.  The other eight hitters combined to go 3-for-18 with two walks, five strikeouts, and a sacrifice bunt while grounding into two double plays, getting caught stealing twice, and getting picked off once.
  • David Speer (Columbus - Game 2, SP): ND, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 K - Speer pitched well in his third career Triple-A outing (and first of the season) in a nightcap bullpen start (the third start of his professional career).
  • Kyle Crockett (Columbus - Game 2, RP): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K - Crockett was instrumental in bringing this doubleheader to a merciful end following Matt Whitehouse's disastrous 2017 Triple-A debut (I will spare you the details, read the boxscore if you want to know how bad it was).
  • Jeremy Lucas (Columbus - Game 2, RP): 1 IP, perfect - I don't know what the most unusual part of this outing was.  That he pitched at all in a game that didn't go into extras?  That it wasn't his first outing of the season?  That he threw a perfect inning?  To be honest, none of it makes any sense.  At least it gave those who stuck around for 14 innings of bad baseball a chance to witness something they may never see again.
  • Mark Mathias (Akron, 2B): 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 HBP - The offensive success of the RubberDucks on Tuesday morning was a story of a spectacular day from the bottom third of the batting order.  Mathias, who batted seventh, reached base three times in four plate appearances and hit his first homer of the season.  Hopefully, this is a sign that he is beginning to re-acclimate to competitive baseball (yesterday was only Mathias' ninth official game of the season since being activated from the 7-day DL on May 1).
  • Todd Hankins (Akron, CF): 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Hankins, who batted eighth, contributed to the bottom of the order offensive explosion with his first multi-hit outing since April 29 as well as his first runs since May 2.
  • Juan De La Cruz (Akron, C): 1-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB - Not only did De La Cruz drive in three runs batting at the bottom of the order, and not only did he do it in his Double-A debut, but he drove in those runs having to adjust from playing in Low-A following his call-up from the Lake County Captains (De La Cruz does have 25 games of Advanced Single-A experience, including two games this season).  Not a bad way to make a first impression at a new level.
  • Cameron Hill (Akron, RP): H (1), 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K, 1 HR allowed - Hill continues a solid season with this effort despite allowing his first earned run since April 18 (ended four-game, 12.1 IP shutout streak).
  • Neil Holland (Akron, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Holland continues to dominate the late innings for the RubberDucks.
  • Sam Haggerty (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB - Haggerty increased his batting average to .319 and stole his tenth base of the season (in 25 games) on Tuesday night.
  • Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB - Cervenka makes it two games in a row with a hit following three hitless games.
  • Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, CF): 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB - Calica extended his hitting streak to four games and continued his pattern of scoring every other game.
  • Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E - Mendoza has now hit in each of his last five games.  He also scores his first run in ten days on Tuesday.
  • Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 E - Castro also drove in three runs on Tuesday from the ninth spot in the batting order.  Castro has eleven RBI this season, nine of which have come in his four multi-RBI games (three yesterday and two each on April 16, April 16, and May 12).
  • Kieran Lovegrove (Lynchburg, RP): W (1-1), 1 IP - Lovegrove's near-perfect bottom of the ninth (one runner reached via a fielding error by Castro) sent the game into extra innings and gave the Hillcats' offense a chance to build on their game-tying five-run rally in the top of the frame.
  • Jordan Milbrath (Lynchburg, CP): S (1), 1 IP, 2 BB, 3 K - Milbrath's bottom of the tenth was hardly drama-free, but what do you expect?  It's an Indians organization save.
  • Trenton Brooks (Lake County, LF): 3-5, 1 2B, 2 K - Brooks continued his hot streak on Tuesday evening with his third multi-hit game in his last four (which is really more like three in a row as he could not possibly have had a multi-hit game in the other contest as he only made one plate appearance).
  • Conner Capel (Lake County, RF): 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI - Capel ended a three-game hitless streak with his second triple of the season.
  • Brady Aiken (Lake County, SP): W (1-6), 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP - Aiken finally earns his first win at a full-season level after picking up the loss in each of his first six Captains starts, including one effort better than this one (1 ER on 2 H in 6 IP on April 29).
  • Henry Martinez (Lake County, RP): H (1), 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K - Martinez continued to dominate the Midwest League on Tuesday with his ninth scoreless effort in eleven appearances.
  • Ryder Ryan (Lake County, RP): H (1), 1 IP, perfect, 3 K - Ryan struck out the side in order (all swinging) in the eighth inning to extend his shutout streak to 9.1 IP in six games and picked up his first hold of the season.
  • Dalbert Siri (Lake County, CP): S (3), 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K - Siri also struck out the side, albeit not in order, to seal the victory for the Captains and earn Siri his third save of the year.

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