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.
Yandy Diaz (Columbus, LF) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E - Diaz continued to dominate at the plate in Triple-A on Thursday morning with an effort that included a first-inning solo home run that accounted for the only run scored by either team in the first four and a half innings of the game. Yandy is now batting .357/.471/.536 with 10 RBI and a 7:13 K:BB ratio in 16 Triple-A games this season. The reason he is currently in Triple-A despite such gaudy numbers is that he still needs to work on his defense as he continues to learn how to play in the outfield, a process that hit a speed bump yesterday with his first error of the Triple-A season which, ironically enough, occurred while fielding a ground ball.
Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 1-4, 1 K - Urshela continued a seven game hitting streak with his hit yesterday. He is hitting .316 in his last ten games, compared with .275 on the season (36 games).
Adam Moore (Columbus, C) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K - Moore had the Clippers' only multi-hit effort and only non-home run extra-base hit on Thursday.
Eric Stamets (Columbus, SS) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E - The Columbus-area native made it back-to-back games with an RBI as he hit his first home run of the season at any level and the second of his Triple-A career.
Shawn Morimando (Columbus, SP) - ND, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP - Much of the insufficiency of win-loss record as a measure of a pitcher's ability is the fact that it completely ignores stellar efforts like this one which, through no fault of the starter, don't result in him earning the individual win.
Neil Holland (Columbus, RP) - L (0-1), BS (1), 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP - Holland's Clipper debut did not go quite as he had hoped, to say the least. It's only one outing, no need to panic yet.
Cole Sulser (Columbus, RP) - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB - Sulser's first appearance of 2017 for Columbus, on the other hand, was a solid one.
Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K - Loopstok appears to be breaking out of his recent eight-game, 4-for-30 (.133) slump, following up Wednesday's multi-hit effort with a three-run homer in the third inning on Thursday night.
Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, RF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 CS - Calica continued his six-game hitting streak with his first multi-hit effort in nearly two weeks (May 6), but also continued his struggles on the basepaths as he was caught stealing for the sixth time in nine attempts this season.
Jodd Carter (Lynchburg, LF) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 K - Carter made it back-to-back multi-run games on Thursday and has scored seven runs during a four-game run-scoring streak.
Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS) - 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SF - Castro has multiple hits and multiple runs in each of his last two games played and a five-game hitting streak with three multi-hit games.
Shao-Ching Chiang (Lynchburg, SP) - W (6-1), 7.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R (all earned), 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HR allowed - Despite being easily his worst outing of the year, the run support was enough for Chiang to earn his sixth consecutive individual win following a season debut loss.
Argenis Angulo (Lynchburg, CP) - S (4), 1.1 IP, 1.1 IP, perfect - Angulo rebounded from allowing his third earned run of the season in his previous outing to get the last four batters in a row out and earn his fourth save of the campaign.
Trenton Brooks (Lake County, LF) - 2-4, 1 RBI - Brooks continues to alternate multi-hit efforts and hitless games.
Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - Tapia is only 3-for-17 (.176) in his last four games, but has driven in four runs in his last two contests.
Mitch Longo (Lake County, DH) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 K - Longo drove in his first two runs of 2017 in his fourth appearance of the season on Thursday night.
Todd Isaacs (Lake County, CF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 2 K - Isaacs extended his hitting streak to four games, a stretch during which he is batting .400 (6-for-15).
Juan Hillman (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 Pickoff - Hillman continues to struggle, but gets the no decision thanks to the offense.
Tanner Tully (Lake County, RP) - W (2-2), 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP - Tully continues to pitch well this season, with four of his six earned runs allowed coming in one outing on May 2. Outside of that effort, his ERA is only 0.61 (even with the disastrous outing, his ERA is still an incredible 1.60).