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Clippers Notes: Eric Stamets getting back on track

It was another rough week of losses for the Clippers as they struggled offensively, but the same cannot be said for Eric Stamets who appears to be shaking off his slow start to the season by having more consistent at-bats. IBI’s Jake Nerone covers Stamets’ outing and more in this week’s Clippers Notebook.

The Columbus Clippers had a lot of players coming and going this past week, as Bradley Zimmer and Erik Gonzalez received the call up to Cleveland. Unfortunately for the Clippers, it was another week with a losing record, as the team went 2-6 this past week. This drops the Clippers to 18-25 on the year, and offensive struggles continue to be a concern for the ball club.

Here’s what happened this week with the Clippers.

WEEK IN REVIEW

  • 5/15 – Columbus 5, Indianapolis 4: Banwart (W, 1-2), Eppler (L, 3-2) Martin (S, 2)
  • 5/16 – Columbus 1, Indianapolis 5: Brault (W, 2-3), Merritt (L, 3-4)
  • 5/16 – Columbus 0, Indianapolis 9: Dickson (W, 3-2), Johnson (L, 1-1)
  • 5/17 – Columbus 4, Indianapolis 8: Kingham (W, 1-0), Plutko (L, 1-6)
  • 5/18 – Columbus 2, Indianapolis 4: Light (W, 3-0), Holland (0-1), Runzler (S, 1)
  • 5/19 – Columbus 6, Louisville: 5: Lucas (W, 1-0), Iribarren (L, 0-1)
  • 5/20 – Columbus 3, Louisville 4: Mitchell (W, 2-3), Banward (L, 1-3), McMyne (S, 1)
  • 5/21 – Columbus 0, Louisville 1: Stephens (W, 3-3), Merritt (L, 3-5)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Eric Stamets, SS

Last Week: 8 G, 28 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 1 HR, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K, .285 BA, .354 OBP
Season to Date (Columbus and Akron): 31 G, 94 AB, 9 R, 20 H, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 13 BB, 28 K, .213 BA, .309 OBP

Because of his slow start to the season, Stamets was sent down to Akron. Recently, with Bradley Zimmer and Erik Gonzalez getting the call to Cleveland, Stamets got the call back up to Columbus, and he is now making the most of his opportunity. 

“His swing looked good, and in the last few games before he got here he hit really well, so he looks good at the plate and going forward I expect more of the same,” explained Tremie. 

Stamets has moved around a lot in the order, spending most of his games this past week batting second or eighth. Not only did he play in all eight games this past week, but he recorded eight hits, four RBI’s, and hit his first homerun of the season. He also played a big roll in the teams 18-inning game, where Stamets had three hits in seven at bats, two RBI’s, and a walk. A consistent bat from Stamets is important for this lineup that has struggled to get going, no matter where Tremie puts him in the lineup.

WHO’S HOT

Travis Banwart, SP

Last Week: 2 G, 9.1 IP, 13 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 9 K, 0 HR, 4.82 ERA
Season to Date (Columbus and Akron): 8 G, 31 IP, 43 H, 22 R, 3 HR, 10 BB, 20 K, 6.39 ERA

Even though Banwart had an ERA of 4.82 in his last two starts, if it wasn’t for one bad inning, he would be the player of the week. Banwart has shown he can be a reliable starter for the Clippers, and that he can give his team a chance to win. In his first game, he was able to show he can pitch out of trouble, as he went from having runners on second and third with no outs, to not giving up a run that inning. While he does give up more hits than the team wants, his ability to work out of trouble on the mound is a good skill to have, and with more and more starts the hit totals will hopefully start to drop. 

Ronny Rodriguez, 2B

Last Week: 8 G, 33 AB, 10 H, 2 HR, 1 2B, 2 BB, 4 RBI, 0 K, .303 BA, .342 OBP
Season to Date: 38 G, 157 AB, 14 R, 42 H, 5 2B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 9 BB, 31 K, .268 BA, .302 OBP

Rodriguez showed off his power this past week, hitting two homeruns, which gives him three on the year. Besides his .303 batting average on the week, he has been able to put the ball in play, with zero strikeouts in the 33 at bats. 

WHO’S NOT

Connor Marabell, OF

Last Week: 5 G, 15 AB, 0 R, 7 H, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, .467 BA, .500 OBP
Season to Date (Columbus and Lynchburg): 28 G, 97 AB, 15 R, 27 H, 6 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 10 BB, 14 K, .278 BA, .346 OBP

Marabell has been impressive at the plate since he joined the Clippers, batting .467 with an OBP of .500. The downside to his recent play has been outside the batters box. With an error, two caught stealing attempts, and a pickoff, Marabell needs to get his base running back on track. However, if he keeps hitting the ball like he is, it will be hard for Tremie to keep him out of the lineup. This upcoming week will be big for him. If he cleans up his base running and eliminates errors in the field, Marabell could have a lot of success with the Clippers, and will be someone to pay attention to. 

TRANSACTIONS

- 5/16: OF Abraham Almonte placed on the 10-day DL

- 5/16: INF/OF Yandy Diaz optioned to Columbus

- 5/16: OF Bradley Zimmer called up to Cleveland 

- 5/16: RHP Shawn Armstrong recalled from Columbus 

- 5/17: Designated RHP Carlos Frias for assignment 

- 5/18: Traded 2B Michael Martinez for cash

COMING UP…

The Columbus Clippers get the day off Monday, then have seven straight home games, three against Scranton, and four against Norfolk. Both the offense and pitching will look to get back on track, starting with Adam Plutko Tuesday night, followed by Shawn Morimando and Michael Peoples. 


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