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Around The Farm: May 17, 2017 - Carter, Capel work the long ball in wins

Both Jodd Carter and Conner Capel worked the long ball, combining for three home runs and six runs scored each. In a clean sweep of the day, all Cleveland affiliates picked up wins on Wednesday. IBI's Nick Roth looks into the four wins while taking 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 5 10 0 Richmond 5 8 0
Gwinnett 2 6 1 Akron 7 11 2
Lynchburg 9 11 0 Lake County 10 13 0
Winston-Salem 5 10 1 Great Lakes 7 11 2

The Lead

Jodd Carter (CF, Lynchburg) 3-4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SO. Carter crushed Lynchburg’s only home run in their nine run outburst Wednesday afternoon. The blast was a solo shot in the fourth inning, and it was his fourth blast this season. This game was much needed for Carter who has struggled lately at the dish. In his previous nine games before this performance Carter had only connected for three hits in thirty at-bats which translates to a .100 batting average. So far, the high mark of Carter’s season came when he had an eight game hitting streak that stretched from April 23rd to May 3rd. However, outside of that stretch he has struggled to find consistency as his results have been mixed. He is now batting .238 in 30 games. 

Conner Capel (CF, Lake County) 2-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB. Conner Capel crushed a pair of solo home runs in Lake County’s shootout 10-7 win in 10 innings. The sudden power surge from Capel was a surprise considering he had only one home run all season entering yesterday. Not only was Capel not hitting for power, but he also was struggling to hit for average as well. Capel is now hitting a measly .183 in 120 at-bats so far this season. His recent sample size has actually been worse than that as he is now batting .161 in his last ten games. Capel is just 19 years old so struggles along the way are expected, and a game like this could help him snap out of this funk. 

The Field

Ronny Rodriguez (CF, Columbus) 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB. Rodriguez hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning of the Clippers 8-4 defeat. Rodriguez has swung a good bat of late as he is hitting .308 in his last ten games.

Eric Stamets (2B, Columbus) 1-4, R, 2B, RBI. Stamets drove in his third run of the season, and connected for his fifth double as well. Stamets is more known for his fielding ability, but is doing a nice job at the plate hitting .367 in his last ten games. 

Jeremy Lucas (DH, Columbus) 1-3, RBI, BB. Lucas got a rare spot start at DH, and responded by driving in his first run of the season. Lucas has not seen a lot of action this year as this was just his fifth game played in 2017.

Adam Plutko (SP, Columbus) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. Plutko battled baserunners all night, but was able to keep Columbus close when he excited the game. Plutko has struggle so far to the tune of a 6.32 ERA, but has pitched much better in his last four starts. 

Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, Akron) 1-4, R, HR, RBI. Chang showed off his above average power tool by launching his seventh home run this season. Chang has showed he can bring more pop than most shortstops, but he will need to raise his .188 season average to be an effective everyday player. 

Dorssys Paulino (LF, Akron) 2-2, 2 R, 2 BB. Paulino was perfect at the plate Wednesday afternoon, reaching base in all four plate appearances.  After a nice start to the season, Paulino has slowed down a bit and is now hitting just .194 in his last ten games. 

Mike Papi (RF, Akron) 1-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, SO. Papi launched a big three-run homer during the fourth inning of Akron’s 7-5 win. Papi has had a breakout season so far as he is batting .300 this year compared to his .233 career minor league batting average. 

Luigi Rodriguez (DH, Akron) 2-4, 2B, 2 SO. Rodriguez was one of three ‘Ducks to have a multi-hit game. Rodriguez has now played in four games since being activated off the disabled list, and is 4-15 in that stretch. 

Mark Mathias (3B, Akron) 2-3, R, RBI, BB, SO. Mathias recorded his first multi-hit game of the season in ten games played. Mathias is now hitting .194 since being activated off the disabled list May 1st. 

Joe Sever (1B, Akron) 1-3, 2 RBI. Sever drove in a pair for his seventh and eighth RBI of 2017. Sever was one of many Akron batters who had been struggling at the plate recently entering yesterday’s contest. 

Luis Lugo (SP, Akron) 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, SO. Lugo did not turn in a good start Wednesday, but was able to battle long enough to pick up the win. Statistically this was Lugo’s worst start of the season, and he now has a record of 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA.

Mitch Brown (RP, Akron) 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 SO, HD. Brown was spectacular out of the ‘Duck bullpen picking up a three inning hold. Brown cruised through the appearance allowing only one baserunner, and now has a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings. 

Robbie Aviles (RP, Akron) 1.0 IP, 0 ER, SV. Aviles picked up his first save of the season for Akron after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Aviles was effective needing only nine pitches to retire the side. 

Sam Haggerty (2B, Lynchburg) 2-5, R, 3B, 4 RBI, SO. Haggerty set a new career high for RBIs in a game by driving in four runs out of the lead-off spot. Haggerty has been spectacular this season batting .323, and he now has four multi-hit games in his last five played. 

Willi Castro (SS, Lynchburg) 3-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI. Castro turned in a big night at the dish in Lynchburg’s 11 hit, 9 run offensive outburst. Castro has been hitting much better lately after a slow start to the season as he now has seven hits in last four games. 

Sicnarf Loopstok (1B, Lynchburg) 2-5, SO. Loopstok was one of four ‘Cats to have a multi-hit game Wednesday in their 9-5 win. Loopstok has been solid this season as he is now hitting .271 on the campaign. 

Brock Hartson (SP, Lynchburg) 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 SO. Hartson turned in a quality start and as a result picked up his second win of the season. Hartson initially started the season in the HillCats bullpen, and was moved into the rotation after excelling in the long relief role. Hartson now has three quality starts in a row, and his season record stands at 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA. 

Jared Robinson (RP, Lynchburg) 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 SO. Robinson closed out Lynchburg’s four run victory with a scoreless ninth inning. Robinson was demoted to the bullpen after a slow start in the rotation, but has three scoreless appearances since the switch. 

Alexis Pantoja (2B, Lake County) 3-5, R, 2 RBI, SO. Pantoja had a pair of huge RBIs in the 10th inning of Lake County’s 10-7 win. Pantoja has been red hot at the dish of late as he now has a hit in each of his last 12 games started. 

Jose Vicente (1B, Lake County) 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB. Vicente launched his first home run of the season yesterday when he sent a solo shot out during the fourth inning. This is just Vicente’s fourth game at Lake County, but he has had success so far going 4-11 in those contest. 

Mitch Longo (RF, Lake County) 3-4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SO. Longo turned in his best game yet since being assigned to Lake County on May 11th. The pair of RBIs were his first runs driven in of the season. 

Justin Garza (SP, Lake County) 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Garza did not have his best stuff yesterday as he was roughed up for four earned. Garza has struggled this season bouncing back and forth between the rotation and bullpen. He now has a 5.90 ERA in 8 appearances spanning 29 innings of work. 

Alsis Herrera (RP, Lake County) 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, SO. Herrera was phenomenal out of the Captains bullpen tossing three scoreless innings, and he picked up his first win of the season in the process. Herrera has not allowed a run in eight innings of relief out of the Captains bullpen. 

Ryder Ryan (RP, Lake County) 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, SV. Ryan converted his second save of the season slamming the door shut in the Captains 10-7 victory. Ryan has been a mainstay in the back end of the Captains bullpen, and he now as a 1.17 ERA in ten games pitched. 

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