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Around The Farm: June 7, 2017 - Big nights for Francisco Mejia, Luigi Rodriguez and Joe Sever pace the system

It might be hard to find the biggest offensive gems from a 21-point performance for Akron, but Francisco Mejia, Luigi Rodriguez and Joe Sever shone through as the biggest bright spots. Combining for 11 RBI's on the night, there was little to critique the RubberDucks on after such an incredible romp. 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.

SCOREBOARD

R H E R H E R H E
Columbus 6 8 0 Portland 4 6 4 Lynchburg 3 8 3
Louisville 5 10 3 Akron 21 22 1 Salem 5 8 1
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R H E R H E
Lake County 2 7 1 DSL Indians 9 9 2
Fort Wayne 4 8 DSL Astros Orange 0 3 1
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HIGHLIGHTS:

Francisco Mejia (C, Akron) G1: 4-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, BB. Mejia lead the way in Akron’s eruption for 21 runs in game one of their double-header. Mejia picked up a team high 6 RBIs, and tied for a team high with four hits. For most players a four-hit game is a rarity, but this was Mejia’s second four-hit in his last eight played. Six RBIs also sets a new season high for Mejia has his previous mark was just two. Mejia has been on fire lately as he is now hitting a scorching .447 in his past ten games. The top prospect has not disappointed this year as he is now batting .344 with five homers and 21 RBIs.

Luigi Rodriguez (RF, Akron) G1: 4-4, 4 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB. G2: 3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI. No one capitalized off of Akron’s double-header than Luigi Rodriguez. Rodriguez turned in two excellent offensive performances in each side of the twin bill. Rodriguez had such a good day that he hit two home runs yesterday after having just one home run all season. With the massive offensive outburst, Rodriguez rose his season average from .258 to .286. Rodriguez’s season got off to a slow start after missing time due to injury, but he has started to swing a much better bat of late. 

Joe Sever (3B, Akron) G1: 3-6, 2 R. G2: 2-4, R, 2 RBI. Sever was one of several Akron hitters who had a breakout performance in their double-head sweep. Akron combined for 33 hits and 28 runs in their sweep of Portland. Sever is red hot at the plate as he is now on an eight game hitting streak, and the last five have all been multi-hit games. In total, he is hitting .400 in his last ten games. The former 21st round pick is batting .282 with 3 home runs and 18 RBIs in 42 games with Akron. 

THE REST:

  • Richie Shaffer (LF, Columbus) 2-4, RBI, SO. Shaffer picked up yet another RBI to extend his team lead to 44. Shaffer has six hits in his past three games. 
  • Todd Hankins (2B, Columbus) 2-3, R. Hankins was one of two Clippers to record a multi-hit game. Hankins is hitting just .184 for the season, but he is hitting .250 in his last ten games. 
  • Nellie Rodriguez (DH, Columbus) 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB. Rodriguez had a horrible start to the season, but has started to hit much better of late. Rodriguez is hitting an awful .135 for the season, but he is hitting .250 in his last ten games. Rodriguez has also shown a keen eye at the plate as he has drawn a walk in five straight games. 
  • Yandy Diaz (RF, Columbus) 1-2, 2 R, 3 BB. Diaz reach based safely in four of his five plate appearances Wednesday night. Yandy also extended his current hitting streak to five games.
  • Ryan Merritt (SP, Columbus) 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. Merritt picked up the win with seven strong innings to improve his record to 6-5. Merritt was his usual self as he commanded the strike zone tossing 59 of 95 pitches for strikes. 
  • Jordan Smith (CF, Akron) G1: 2-6, 3 R, 3 RBI, SO. G2: 0-5, 3 SO. It was a tail of two games as Smith had drastically differing results in each game. Smith has hit better in Akron with a .231 average than he did with Columbus when he checked in at .147.
  • Tyler Krieger (2B, DH Akron) G1: 2-3, R, 2 2B, RBI, 2 BB, SO. G2: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, SO. Krieger was one of the many Akron hitters who had a big day offensively. Krieger had four hits in total all four were doubles. 
  • Dorssys Paulino (LF, Akron) G1: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, SO. G2: 2-4, R, 2B, SO. Paulino had a multi-hit game in both sides of the twin bill after having only one multi-hit game in his last 13 games. Paulino raised his average from .233 to .245 with his big day Wednesday. 
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, Akron) G1: 2-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI. G2: 0-4, 2 SO. Chang had a big three run home run with two outs in the fifth inning of Akron’s 21-4 victory of game 1. Chang now has eleven home runs on the season.
  • Matt Esparza (SP, Akron) G1: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 SO. Esparza pitched well and with a wealth of run support he cruised to his second win with Akron. Esparza has been impressive lately as he has now strung together four straight quality starts. 
  • Neil Holland (RP, Akron) G2: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, SO. Holland nailed down his fourth save by securing the second win of the day. Holland needed just nine pitches as he was efficient tossing seven strikes.  
  • Willi Castro (SS, Lynchburg) 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO. Castro belted his third home run of the season during the third inning with two outs. Castro now has two straight multi-hit games, and is batting .285 this season. 
  • Daniel Salters (C, Lynchburg) 2-4, R, SO. Salters was one of two HillCats to have a multi-hit game in their 5-3 defeat. Salters is heating up as he is now 6-10 in his last ten games. 
  • Jodd Carter (CF, Lynchburg) 1-2, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB. Carter had a nice night in the box as he reach base safely three times including his sixth home run. Carter has now hit safely in eight of his last ten games.
  • Aaron Civale (SP, Lynchburg) 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, BB, 6 SO. Civale suffered from bad defense in addition to some timely hitting from the opposition. Civale has had mixed results in 12 starts as he has a 3-5 record with a 4.41 ERA. 
  • Jared Robinson (RP, Lynchburg) 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 SO. Robinson worked quickly and efficiently as he cruised through his appearance. Robinson needed this strong outing as he still has a 5.75 ERA in his last ten games even with this scoreless appearance. 
  • Gavin Collins (C, Lake County) 2-4, 2B, SO. Collins extended his hitting streak to three games, and all of them were multi-hit performances. Collins has been solid as he is batting .276 through 17 games at Lake County. 
  • Conner Capel (DH, Lake County) 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 SO. Capel continues to heat up at the dish as he recorded yet another multi-hit game. Capel was batting .371 in his previous ten games entering Wednesday. 
  • Emmanuel Tapia (1B, Lake County) 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, SO. Tapia belted his tenth home run of the season last night during the ninth inning of Lake County’s 4-2 defeat. Tapia had just one hit in his last five games before the blast. 
  • Cesar Ventura (RP, Lake County) 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 SO. Ventura finished out the game with three plus scoreless innings. Ventura had allowed two runs in each of his previous two appearances with Lake County. 
  • Jeikol Contreras (2B, DSL Indians) 2-3, R, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 BB. Contreras had a big day at the dish as he accounted for driving in half of the DSL Indians eight runs. Contreras now has a hit in each of his last three games. 
  • Jonathan Lopez (SS, DSL Indians) 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB. Lopez picked up a trio of hits, and is now 4-10 in three games played. Lopez has an .OBP of .538 in four games. 
  • Ignacio Feliz (SP, DSL Indians) 4.0 IP, 4 BB, 0 ER, 4 SO. Feliz tossed four no-hit innings despite surrendering four walks. This was Feliz’s first start of the season. 

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