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Around the Farm: May 19, 2017: Home Run Derby in Hartford

Friday saw a home run derby in Hartford and a marathon in Louisville as Yu-Cheng Chang's two homers were not quite enough for the RubberDucks while the Clippers would play 18 innings before a winner was crowned. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps all of the highlights from Friday 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.

Scoreboard

F/18 R H E R H E
Columbus 6 18 4 Akron 7 12 1
Louisville 5 12 1 Hartford 8 12 0
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R H E R H E
Potomac 7 11 1 West Michigan 4 9 1
Lynchburg 11 15 0 Lake County 0 2 0
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Highlights

Yu-Cheng Chang (Akron, SS): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI. The ball was flying in Hartford on Friday as the RubberDucks went deep five times while the Yard Goats hit three homers. Chang was responsible for two of those long balls in Akron's 8-7 loss. While the 21-year-old may not be racking up many hits lately, the home runs are starting to come back for him as he has hit three in his last two games, giving him nine on the year along with 21 RBI's. He is still hovering around the Mendoza Line, though, with a .197 average.

Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg, 1B): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. Loopstok put together one of his more impressive performances of the year hitting his third home run of the year and driving in a pair to give him 18 RBI's on the year as Lynchburg topped Potomac 11-7 to put the Hillcats three games over .500. The 24-year-old catcher and first baseman has been slow to find his groove again since his return from the disabled list batting just .179 in his last 10 games entering Friday, but he has now recorded a hit in four straight games.

Eric Haase (Akron, C): 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Haase has been a sneakily productive bat for the RubberDucks this season. While he's only batting .246 with four homers and 12 RBI's, his limited playing time has rendered impressive peripherals such as a .516 slugging percentage and an .816 OPS. His home run on Friday made manager Mark Budzinski look smart for batting him cleanup as slugger Bobby Bradley was given the night off.

The Rest

  • Austin Jackson (Columbus, DH): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. In his first minor league rehab game on the road back to activation, Jackson made the most of it going 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI's. The veteran outfielder has been sidelined since May 2nd with a hyperextended left great toe.
  • Mike Papi (Akron, RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB. After putting things together this month at the plate, Papi is starting to tap into some power having gone deep in two straight games to give him five on the year, putting him a third of the way to last season's total of 15.
  • Jodd Carter (Lynchburg, CF): 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K. Carter has had his peaks and valleys so far in 2017, but right now he's on a hot streak hitting in four straight games and going 7-for-18 (.389) with a homer, two doubles and four RBI's bumping his season average from .218 to .246.
  • Eric Stamets (Columbus, SS): 3-7, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. Stamets proved to be the deciding factor in Friday's marathon contest in Louisville driving in the go-ahead run to break a 5-5 tie that stood for nine innings until the 25-year-old's RBI single in the 18th inning. Since returning to Columbus, Stamets is batting .318 with a homer and five RBI's in six games.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Akron, LF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. Paulino went deep for the first time since April 30th while driving in just his second run this month. After batting .262 with three homers and 12 RBI's in April, the 22-year-old outfielder has hit just .195 with that one homer and two RBI's since the calendar has flipped to May.
  • Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, DH): 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K. While Cervenka hasn't been as hot at the plate as he was earlier in the year, he played a key role in Lynchburg's 11-7 victory on Friday scoring two runs and driving in a pair as he went 2-for-4 for his 11th multi-hit performance of the season thus far through 31 games.
  • Yandy Diaz (Columbus, LF): 3-7, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 K. Diaz put together his best game since returning to Columbus recording three hits, including his first triple of the year. The Cuban native is still batting an impressive .365 with two homers and 10 RBI's in 17 games with the Clippers in between his major league stints.
  • Matt Esparza (Lynchburg, SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, W (3-3). Esparza bounced back nicely from his last outing where he gave up six runs in four innings against Myrtle Beach with six solid innings back at home against Potomac to earn his third win of the year and put him back at .500.
  • Tyler Krieger (Akron, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K. Krieger has shown more of his human side since coming up to Akron as he has had his ups and downs at the plate through 31 games. Friday was more like the Krieger we got to know in his first season going 2-for-4 with his first triple of the season. In 2016, the California native racked up eight three-baggers in 128 games.
  • Tyler Olson (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K. Olson rebounded from his last couple outings where he allowed three runs in 2.1 combined innings with two perfect innings on Friday where he struck out four of the six batters he faced. The strikeout rate is still impressive for the southpaw as he now has 35 punchouts in 23.1 innings.
  • Claudio Bautista (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-4, 2 RBI. For the first time since April 26th, Bautista has put together a multi-hit game while driving in more than one run in a game for just the second time this season. The 23-yearold also doubled his hit total for the month of May as he is only batting .121 with one double and three RBI's through 10 games so far.
  • Michael Peoples (Columbus, SP): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, ND. Peoples is gradually starting to figure things out at the Triple-A level as the right-hander pitched his most effective outing since joining the Clippers pitching 6.2 innings while allowing only three runs on five hits. Unfortunately, he would walk away with a no-decision.
  • Connor Marabell (Columbus, DH): 3-4, 2 2B. Marabell entered the game as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and ended up recording four at-bats. In that 10-inning span, the 23-year-old outfielder still managed to put together an impressive performance going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles as he is now batting .417 in four games for Columbus.
  • Daniel Salters (Lynchburg, C): 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K. Salters has battled inconsistency at the plate so far in 2017, but Friday was one of his better days as the 24-year-old catcher recorded a pair of hits, including his fourth double while driving in his 12th run of the year.
  • Jeff Johnson (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Johnson pitched his second appearance of the season where he recorded at least four strikeouts as his two shutout innings resulted in just a hit and a walk in addition to those four punchouts.
  • Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS): 2-5, 1 2B. It's been feast or famine for Willi Castro so far this season and right now times are good as the 20-year-old shortstop is batting .389 with a homer and eight RBI's over his last 10 games. His strikeout-to-walk rate is also down a bit from last year from an even two to 1.4.
  • Neil Holland (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Holland recovered from his rough start to his Clippers career with a pair of shutout innings on Friday to preserve a 5-5 tie in extra innings. So far since signing with the Indians organization, the veteran reliever has gone 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA over 13 appearances spread over three different levels.
  • Micah Miniard (Lake County, SP): 8 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, L (1-4). Miniard had somewhat of an unusual outing in that he gave up four runs on eight hits, but also managed to pitch a season-high eight innings. He also managed to pitch all eight frames without allowing a walk. Unfortunately, the offense could not muster more than two hits as the right-hander was saddled with his fourth straight loss.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (Columbus, 2B): 3-9, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K. Rodriguez was one of two batters to log nine at-bats on Friday and one of four batters to record three hits as he drove in one of Columbus's six runs in their 6-5 win. Over his last 10 games, the Dominican native is batting .255 with two homers and six RBI's.
  • Ka'ai Tom (Lynchburg, RF): 1-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB. Tom only recorded one hit on Friday, but thanks to his two walks, the Hawaiian native was able to score three runs and steal his seventh base of the year. And despite batting only .132 over his last 10 games, Tom has managed to draw six walks versus seven strikeouts.
  • Jeremy Lucas (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 K, (W, 1-0). Despite being a catcher by trade, Lucas has already pitched in his fourth game of the 2017 season as he has allowed just one run on six hits in 4.1 innings as he earned his first career win as a pitcher with a pair of shutout innings on Friday.

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


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