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.
Eric Stamets (2B, Columbus): 2-2, R, 2 HR, 3 RBI - No one has had a better Memorial Day weekend than Eric Stamets. The slick fielding middle infielder, who is usually more known for his glove work, has been on fire at the plate all weekend. Stamets only had two at-bats Monday afternoon, but he made them count by cashing in with a home run in each plate appearance. In the four game series against Norfolk the Dublin, Ohio native went a staggering 11-13 (.846). The most impressive part of his weekend was his sudden power surge as he blast five total home runs over the four game series. This offensive outburst by Stamets is a welcome sight as he has worked hard to try and get his bat up to the same level as his outstanding fielding abilities. If he can develop a consistent batting tool, his glove is good enough to carry him into the show.
Chris Colabello (1B, Columbus): 3-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB - Colabello was one of many Clipper batters who turned in a big day at the yard in their 12-4 trouncing of Norfolk. Colabello helped put the nail in the coffin on Norfolk with a big 2-out, 3 run homer in the eighth inning. It was only Colabello’s fourth home run of the season which is a tad low for a guy with his power. Colabello has struggled a bit at the plate lately as even with this performance he is still batting just .200 in his last ten games. He has struggled with strikeouts as he has struck out 14 times over the ten game stretch.
Conner Capel (RF, Lake County): 2-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 BB, SO - Capel lead-off the game with a solo home run to get the Captains out to an early 1-0 lead. The lead would be short lived however as Bowling Green would storm back for three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Capel has been on a power binge lately as he now has four round-trippers in his last eight games. The blast raises his season total to seven. While his power has been a pleasant surprise, Capel will still need to work on making more consistent contact at the plate. He is now batting .190 in 158 at-bats in Lake County.
- Adam Moore (DH, Columbus): 1-4, R, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SO - Moore had the big blast that blew the game open when he launched a grand slam during the third inning of the Clippers 12-4 win. This was just Moore’s second home run of the campaign, but he couldn’t have picked a better time to channel his pop.
- Ronny Rodriguez (CF, Columbus): 1-4, R, HR, RBI - Rodriguez connected for a solo home run during the fourth inning. Rodriguez has been solid throughout the campaign as he has been a steady bat by not ever wavering too far from his .267 season average.
- Yandy Diaz (3B, Columbus): 2-5, 2 R, 2 SO - Diaz turned in his first multi-hit performance in his last three games. Diaz has cooled off a bit from his hot start when he initially started in Columbus, but he is still batting .311 in 24 games with the Clippers.
- Mike Papi (RF, Columbus): 1-2, R, RBI, 2 BB - Papi turned in another solid performance in his second career outing in triple A. In his two games, Papi is 3-7 with a pair of RBIs, and his season average is .293 with the majority of his time coming in Akron.
- Giovanny Urshela (SS, Columbus): 2-5 - Urshela picked up a pair of singles to extend his current hitting streak to seven games. Urshela has excelled in his seven game streak as he has a multi-hit performance in five of those contest.
- Shawn Morimando (SP, Columbus): 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 SO - Morimando was solid through seven innings as he cruised to the win with the aid of 12 runs of support from the offense. Morimando has struggled with consistency this season as he has struggled in some starts and excelled in others.
- Cole Sulser (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, SO - Sulser closed out the game with a pair of scoreless frames. In five games with Columbus, Sulser has not allowed an earned run over seven innings.
- Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Akron): 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB - After twelve games of action, Rodriguez connected for his first home run. Rodriguez got a late jump on his 2017 season after starting on the disabled list, and he is now hitting .250 in 44 at-bats.
- Tyler Krieger (2B, Akron): 2-4 - Krieger was the lone ‘Duck to have a multi-hit game in their 6-4 defeat. Krieger has been solid this season as he is hitting .275 in his last ten games.
- Eric Haase (C, Akron): 1-4, R, HR, 3 RBI - Haase had the big blast for Akron when he sent a three-run shot out in the seventh inning. Haase is now batting .214 with five homers and 17 runs batted in.
- Mitch Brown (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 0 ER, BB, SO - Brown tossed a pair of scoreless innings out of Akron’s ‘pen. Brown has been outstanding this year as he has a 1.89 ERA, and he is currently on a twelve inning scoreless streak.
- Leandro Linares (RP, Akron): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 SO - Linares has still not allowed a run in four games with Akron spanning seven innings of work. Linares has a 0.87 ERA in time between Lynchburg and Akron.
- Dylan Baker (RP, Akron): 0.1 IP, BB - Baker was pulled early from his appearance Monday afternoon with right shoulder soreness. Baker’s status is unknown right now as he will be reevaluated tomorrow.
- Sicnarf Loopstok (1B, Lynchburg): 1-3, 2 R, BB, SO, SB - Loopstok remained hot at the dish as he extended his hit streak to a modest four games. Loopstok also flashed the speed as he swiped his third bag.
- Willi Castro (SS, Lynchburg): 1-4, 2B, RBI - Castro picked up one of the ‘Cats two RBIs in their 4-3 defeat. Castro has been swinging a good bat lately as he is hitting .353 in his last ten games.
- Brock Hartson (SP, Lynchburg): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 6 SO - Hartson pitched much better than his final line indicated as he lost his quality start with one swing of the bat when Salem hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Hartson had good command throwing 58 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
- Jordan Milbrath (RP, Lynchburg): 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 4 SO - Milbrath finished out the game with three excellent innings of relief despite the offense coming up a bit short. Milbrath has only allowed a run in two of his eight appearances.
- Li-Jen Chu (C, Lake County): 2-3, BB - Chu was one of three Captains to have a multi-hit game Monday afternoon. In 46 games at Lake County, Chu is batting .287 with four homers and 16 RBIs.
- Emmanuel Tapia (1B, Lake County): 2-4, SO - Tapia extended his current hitting streak to four games with a pair of singles. Tapia has struggled with making contact as he now has a staggering 62 strikeouts in 163 at-bats.
- Gavin Collins (3B, Lake County): 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB - Collins plated two of the Captains three runs Monday in their 5-3 defeat. Collins has now driven in four runs in the last three games.
- Alsis Herrera (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 3 SO - A day after seeing his scoreless innings streak snapped, Herrera was back to his usual form Monday. Herrera has now allowed just one run in 15.2 innings of work in 2017.
- Jose Vicente (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, SO - Vicente, who normally plays catcher, was summoned to the mound in relief Monday due to a thin bullpen. Vicente worked around three walks, but the position player managed to put a pair of scoreless frames on the board.