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.
*NOTE: All players listed below played for the Columbus Clippers as the Indians' remaining U.S.-based affiliates all had scheduled off days on Monday.
Richie Shaffer (DH): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Shaffer broke out of his five-game 0-for-16 slump in a big way on Monday with one of the Clippers' two four-RBI efforts of the evening. All four of his RBI came on a third-inning grand slam, which was his eleventh home run of the season (in 51 games). Even with this impressive outing, he is only batting .211 in his last ten games, 43 points lower than his season batting average of .254, which has dropped from .265 before those ten games and from .308 on April 23. Hopefully, this game was the beginning of Richie getting his season back on track.
Mike Papi (CF): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, Picked Off 1 time, 1 HBP - Papi continued his solid form since his recent promotion from Double-A Akron with the Clippers' other four-RBI performance of the game. Unlike Shaffer, Papi did not drive in all four of his runs with one swing as his third-inning homer was only of the two-run variety. Papi is now batting .290/.425/.419 in nine games with Columbus this season, slightly better than the .287/.387/.434 he posted in 41 games with the RubberDucks. The only real criticism of his AAA performance would be its feast-or-famine nature, consisting of four two-hit games, four hitless outings, and one contest with a single hit.
- Yandy Diaz (LF): 2-5,2 R, 1 BB - Diaz made it three games in a row with multiple hits as he continues to recover from a recent slump that saw his once-gaudy batting average briefly drop below .300 on May 31 and June 1 (reaching a low of .290 following the second game of the doubleheader on the 31st).
- Josh Wilson (SS): 3-4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 HBP - Wilson followed up a 1-for-7 Clippers debut roadtrip (during which he scored three runs) with this offensive outburst in his first home game at Huntington Park.
- Chris Colabello (RF): 0-4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - The Clippers offense was so dialed last night that, despite going hitless, Colabello still contributed significantly to the lineup's success.
- Giovanny Urshela (3B): 2-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP - Urshela extended his hitting streak to four games and has hits in eight of his last ten, a stretch during which he is batting .341 and has scored nine runs.
- Adam Moore (C): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K - Moore's only hit of the game was a big one: A three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh frame.
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B): 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Even the light-hitting Nellie-Rod hit two doubles, drove in a couple of runs, scored a run, and reached base three times on Monday night in Columbus.
- Todd Hankins (2B): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Hankins' batting average is back over .200 (.206) as he extended his hitting streak to four games last night.
- Julian Merryweather (SP): W (2-0), 6 IP, 10 H, 4 R (all earned), 4 K, 3 HR allowed - Merryweather's second start with the Clippers was nowhere near his stellar AAA debut (four hits and eight strikeouts in eight shutout innings on May 30 in Scranton), but it didn't need to be, given the run support he received. While he posted a game score of 30, Louisville Bats (Reds) starter Austin Ross only managed a 16.
- Kyle Crockett (RP): 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Crockett's perfect top of the seventh extended his scoreless streak to 5.2 innings pitched in five outings.
- Louis Head (RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 K - Head's five-game, 7.1-inning shutout streak came to an end as he allowed his first earned run since May 17th against Indianapolis (Pirates), also at Huntington Park.
- Josh Martin (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K - Martin wrapped up three scoreless innings of relief by the Clipper bullpen with his second consecutive scoreless outing and eighth in his last ten. He has a 1.54 ERA (two earned runs in 11.2 innings pitched) in those ten games.