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.
Shawn Morimando (Columbus, SP): 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K, W (4-5). Like his teammate Ryan Merritt, Shawn Morimando is starting to settle in after a rough start to the year as he has now pitched six or more innings in eight of his last 10 starts while giving up more than one earned run only four times in that span going 4-3 with a 3.36 ERA. Also after walking 15 over his first six starts, the 24-year-old has cut that down to just seven over his next six as he has allowed two or fewer free passes in each of those outings.
Richie Shaffer (Columbus, LF): 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB. Friday was arguably Shaffer's best night offensively for the Clippers hitting not only his 12th homer of the season, but also driving in two and coming a triple shy of the cycle in his first three-hit game of the campaign. It was also the New Jersey native's fourth multi-hit effort in his last five contests going 9-for-19 (.474) with two homers, three doubles and seven RBI's in that span.
Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS): 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K. After hitting only two home runs over his first 50 games of the season, Castro has now gone deep twice in his last three as he has now recorded hits in five straight games with those two homers, a double and seven RBI's. So far this season, Castro is putting up career best numbers across the board with a .289/.343/.412 slash line through 53 games with the Hillcats.
- Brady Aiken (Lake County, SP): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, ND. For the most part this season, Aiken has been able to limit the damage for as many baserunners as he's allowed, but his last three outings have been his best of the season pitching six or more innings while allowing three runs or fewer.
- Shao-Ching Chiang (Lynchburg, SP): 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, ND. Chiang continues to eat up innings with 6.2 more on Friday giving him 73.2 on the year, giving him an average of nearly seven innings per game while posting a dominant 2.57 ERA and 1.03 WHIP through 11 starts.
- Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, CF): 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Calica's second inning home run on Friday marked his third of the year as he has now matched his total from last season where he hit three in 50 games between Mahoning Valley and Lake County.
- Nellie Rodriguez (Columbus, 1B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K. After another brief home run drought, Rodriguez came back to hit his sixth of the season on Friday while driving in three marking just the third time the 22-year-old slugger has driven in three or more runs in a game this season.
- Argenis Angulo (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K, SV (9). Angulo continues to be a steadying force at the back of the Hillcats bullpen with his ninth save of the year pitching a perfect ninth inning while striking out all three batters he faced, giving him 29 in 25.1 innings.
- Miguel Eladio (Lake County, SS): 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Friday was easily Eladio's best game of the season recording three hits while hitting his first homer of the year while driving in his fourth. It was the Dominican native's second three-hit effort of the year as he is now batting .333 over his last 10 games.
- Marcos Gonzalez (DSL Indians, SS): 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB. Gonzalez is starting to heat up at the plate after going hitless in his first two games of the DSL campaign recording his first game with multiple hits and raising his average from .111 to .227 with his three hits on Friday. The 17-year-old also stole his first base of his professional career against the DSL Pirates.
- Todd Isaacs (Lake County, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Isaacs proved to be the hero for Lake County on Friday night where after the Captains managed to tie Bowling Green at five in the eighth inning, the Bahamian outfielder stepped up in the ninth and hit a walk-off homer to top the Hot Rods 6-5, marking a new career high for Isaacs with his seventh long ball of the season.
- Yandy Diaz (Columbus, DH): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Diaz's recent hot hitting continued on Friday as he extended his current hit streak to seven games while hitting just his third home run of the campaign for the Clippers. During his seven-game hit streak, the 25-year-old is batting .407 with a homer, a double and two RBI's.
- Francisco Mejia (Akron, C): 2-4, 1, 1 2B, 2 K. There were not many highlights to speak of in Akron's 8-1 loss to New Hampshire on Friday, but even that couldn't slow down the red-hot Francisco Mejia, who racked up two more hits including a double to raise his season slash line to an otherworldly .350/.394/.593 through his first 35 games in Double-A.
- Eric Stamets (Columbus, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K. Despite sitting out a few days after his insane weekend a couple weeks ago, Stamets has kept the hit parade going extending his hit streak to seven games with a double and RBI on Friday in Columbus's 8-1 victory over Indianapolis.
- Ryder Ryan (Lake County, RP): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, BS, W (2-2). Even though he was saddled with his first blown save of the season after giving up one unearned run on Friday, Ryan still buckled down to limit the damage while recording all but one of his outs via the strikeout. On the year, Ryan's ERA is still a miniscule 0.78 as he has now fanned 31 in just 23 innings.
- Christophers Santana (DSL Indians, RP): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 WP. Santana pitched admirably in relief on Friday after getting knocked around for eight runs on nine hits in his first outing of the season before he could even record an out. The right-hander is hoping to pick up where he left off last season were he went 1-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 16 DSL appearances.
- Joe Colon (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 K. Colon appears to be pitching his way back onto the big league radar with yet another quality performance on Friday striking out two in a shutout ninth inning for the Clippers giving him a solid 2.42 ERA on the year with 22 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. He also didn't walk a batter, as has been an issue for him of late with 10 of his 13 free passes coming in just his last 10 appearances.