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Around The Farm: May 30th, 2017 - Merryweather tosses a shutout game in debut; Chu crushes three-run homer

Julian Merryweather shined in his debut for Columbus, exercising great control on the mound that resulted in him picking up a 5-0 win for the team against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Read about his performance and other highlights throughout the Indians minor league system as IBI's Nick Roth takes 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 8 0 Akron 4 9 2 Lansing 4 6 2
Scranton/WB 0 5 3 Altoona  5 10 1 Lake County  9 12 2


Julian Merryweather (SP, Columbus): 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8 SO. Merryweather twirled a gem Tuesday night in his Clipper debut as he cruised to the win. Merryweather was in control all night and was able to keep runners off base by throwing 67 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Merryweather also limited damage by keeping the ball on the ground as he induced ten groundball outs. The righty was just called up from Akron on Monday, and he took full advantage of the opportunity by posting this outstanding effort. Merryweather has had an excellent year as he had a 4-2 record with a 3.38 ERA in nine starts with Akron. 

Li-Jen Chu (C, Lake County): 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB. Chu crushed a three-run homer in the fifth inning and then followed it up with a solo shot in the sixth. Chu’s power helped propel the Captains to their 9-4 victory. Chu has been starting to find his swing lately as he now has six hits in his last four contest. Chu now has six home runs on the year, and his average has steadily rose up to a solid .294. Chu has enjoyed hitting at home this season as he is now batting .369 in his home park. 


  • Richie Shaffer (DH, Columbus): 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, SO. Shaffer launched a solo home run in the second inning of the Clippers 5-0 win. Shaffer extended his team lead in runs batted in to 34 in addition to his nine home runs. 
  • Todd Hankins (2B, Columbus): 2-3. Hankins was one of two Clippers batters to record a multi-hit game in their win over Scranton. Hankins has struggled at the plate this year as this is just his third multi-hit game of the season. 
  • Chris Colabello (1B, Columbus): 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SO. Colabello drove in his 21st run of the year, and he now has six RBIs in his last six games played. Colabello has still been striking out at a high rate as he now has 16 punch outs in his last ten games. 
  • Ronny Rodriguez (CF, Columbus): 1-5, R, RBI, 2 SO. Rodriguez picked up a RBI and extended his hitting streak to a modest four games. Rodriguez has been seeing a lot of time in the outfield lately after spending the majority of his career in the infield. 
  • Kyle Crockett (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 SO. Crockett finished out the victory with a scoreless frame. Crockett has just a 1.42 ERA in his last 12.2 innings of work. 
  • Bobby Bradley (1B, Akron): 2-4, R, 2 2B, 2 SO. Bradley continues to swing a better bat as he picked up a pair of doubles to bring his season total to seven. Bradley is hitting .278 in his last ten games, but is still hitting just .235 for the season.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, Akron): 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI. Chang had a huge blast in the ninth inning to help force extras although Akron would ultimately come up short. Chang has shown good pop for a shortstop as this was his tenth round-tripper of the campaign. 
  • Eric Haase (DH, Akron): 1-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, SO. Haase had the other big shot in the ninth inning to put the ‘Ducks in position to tie the game up. 
  • Thomas Pannone (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 SO. Pannone was outstanding once again, but this time he did not pick up the win due to some bullpen struggles. Pannone has been so good that this was just his second of nine starts where he actually allowed an earned run. He now has a 3-1 record with 1.06 ERA in time between Lynchburg and Akron. 
  • Conner Capel (RF, Lake County): 2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB. Capel continued his recent power surge as he launched his fifth home run in his last nine games played. Capel is swinging a hot bat right now as he is batting .286 in his last ten games.
  • Emmanuel Tapia (DH, Lake County): 1-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SO. Tapia belted his ninth home run during the fifth inning with one runner on base. Tapia is a streaky contact hitter, but he is currently on a five game hitting streak.
  • Trenton Brooks (LF, Lake County): 1-3, R, RBI, 2 BB. Brooks snapped a five game hitless streak Tuesday night. Brooks has struggled in limited action this year, hitting just above the Mendoza line at .206. 
  • Gavin Collins (3B, Lake County): 2-5, R, 2 SO. Collins was one of four Clippers to have multiple hits in the team’s 12 hit performance. Collins is now on a four game hitting streak, and is batting .267 for the season. 
  • Juan Hillman (SP, Lake County): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO. Hillman picked up his second win of the season. The former 2nd-round pick has struggled with Lake County this year, but he has pitched a bit better of late.
  • Ryder Ryan (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 2 SO. Ryan extended his scoreless appearances streak to eleven games with yet another clean inning of work. Ryan had good command throwing 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes.  

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