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Around the Farm: June 16, 2017: Stamets Hits Three Bombs

The career days seem to be coming fast and furious for Eric Stamets in 2017 as the guy formerly known almost exclusively for his defense has turned himself into a force at the plate. Find out about his latest offensive feat and the other minor league highlights from Friday in a new 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
Gwinnett 6 6 0 Portland 3 9 1
Columbus 7 9 0 Akron 5 7 1
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R H E R H E
Lynchburg 5 9 0 Lake County 6 9 1
Frederick 1 6 2 South Bend 5 8 1
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R H E
DSL Cubs1 3 7 0
DSL Indians 7 7 0
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Highlight

Eric Stamets (Columbus, SS): 3-4, 3 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI. It seems like Stamets' 2017 campaign has been one career highlight after another. Friday was no exception as the 25-year-old infielder hit a career-best three home runs against Gwinnett. After five seasons of not hitting multiple home runs in a game, the Dublin, Ohio native has already done so three times this season. His nine homers this season also give him a new career high, surpassing last year's total of seven.

Shane Bieber (Lynchburg, SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, W (2-1). After a three start stretch where he had allowed 16 runs (15 earned) on 28 hits over 18.2 innings, Bieber has settled right back into a groove over his last two outings allowing just two runs on nine hits over 11.2 innings, both of which have resulted in wins. The adjustment process has been apparent since the right-hander's promotion to Lynchburg as he has posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in eight starts compared to a 3.10 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in five starts for Lake County.

The Rest

  • Miguel Eladio (Lake County, SS): 4-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K. Eladio put together a career night on Friday recording a career-high four hits in five at-bats while scoring and driving in a run. It was also just the second time this season that the 21-year-old has racked up more than two hits in a game as he had three back on June 1st against Lansing.
  • Brandon Guyer (Columbus, RF): 1-3, 2 K. In his first taste of live game action in a month, Guyer did well going 1-for-3 before being subbed out in the later innings. The 31-year-old has been sidelined since May 14th with a left wrist injury, prior to which he was batting just .182 with a homer and five RBI's in 21 games for the Tribe this season.
  • Thomas Pannone (Akron, SP): 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K, ND. Friday wasn't one of Pannone's better outings, but he still managed to gut his way through 5.1 innings allowing only two runs despite giving up seven hits and two walks. He also still fanned six bringing his total to 75 on the year.
  • Jonathan Lopez (DSL Indians, 2B): 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS. Lopez has been locked in to start his summer league season as he is now batting .410 over his first 10 games with a homer and 11 RBI's as he is now riding a six-game hit streak.
  • Todd Isaacs (Lake County, RF): 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. It's been a slow and gradual process to get Isaacs going at the plate this season, but there are flashes here and there of what he's capable of. Friday was one of those nights where the Bahamian outfielder mashed a pair of doubles in Lake County's 6-5 win.
  • Tyler Naquin (Columbus, CF): 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB. Naquin recorded his first hit since returning from the disabled list and it was a big one as he went deep for his second home run of the minor league campaign and his first since April 23rd against Buffalo.
  • Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. Mendoza has cooled off a bit lately, but he didn't miss on his swings on Friday, particularly the one that resulted in his first home run of the season. It marked just the sixth of his career as the 23-year-old has never hit more than two in any given campaign.
  • Gavin Collins (Lake County, 3B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. After not hitting home run in all of the 48 games he played in Mahoning Valley last season, Collins has found his power stroke with the Captains as the former 13th round pick crushed his sixth of the season in just 26 games.
  • Tyler Krieger (Akron, 2B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB. Krieger was part of some late-inning excitement on Friday for the RubberDucks as his inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning gave Akron a much needed insurance run as he would drive in two on the evening.
  • Richie Shaffer (Columbus, DH): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K. It seems like Shaffer has been on a home run binge of late as he is hitting .340 with six homers and 17 RBI's in 14 games through the month of June. His homer on Friday now gives him 15 on the year, which is currently the fourth most in his career.
  • Jhon Torres (DSL Indians, RF): 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K. Torres came through with his first triple of the season and scored two runs in the Indians' 7-3 victory on Friday. It also marked his second multi-hit game of the season.
  • Luigi Rodriguez (Akron, RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K. Looks like Rodriguez is finding his stride at the plate again after a late start to the season as he has hit three of his four homers in his last 10 games while batting .289 with those three homers and six RBI's in that span.
  • Kieran Lovegrove (Lynchburg, RP): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Lovegrove has now put together four straight scoreless appearances in the month of June as his last runs allowed came on May 31st against Potomac. In that span of 6.2 innings, the right-hander has allowed only two hits while walking one and striking out three.
  • Francisco Mejia (Akron, C): 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB. Another day, another multi-hit game for Francisco Mejia, who is now batting a whopping .475 with five homers and 13 RBI's over his last 10 games. On the season, the 21-year-old catcher is now slashing .368/.409/.626 through 42 games.
  • Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Castro's power stroke appears to be coming into play of late as the 20-year-old has hit three of his five homers on the year over his last 10 games. Through 60 games, Castro is now just two homers shy of his career high of seven from last season.
  • Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Tapia continues to add to his new career high in single-season homers with his 13th on Friday. He is also padding his RBI total, which is also at a career-high of 38.
  • Pablo Jimenez (DSL Indians, LF): 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K. Jimenez recorded his first multi-hit game of the year and also put together his second game with multiple RBI's as he raised his average back over the Mendoza Line.
  • David Speer (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, BS, W (1-0). Speer's latest stint in Columbus has, so far, resulted in two straight scoreless appearances as the 24-year-old southpaw hurled a pair of shutout frames against Gwinnett to earn his first win of the season with the Clippers.
  • Juan Hillman (Lake County, SP): 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, ND. Much like teammate Brady Aiken, Hillman continues to be a work in progress, but his results have been better of late as he has not allowed more than three earned runs since May 12th.
  • Argenis Angulo (Lynchburg, RP): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (10). Angulo is racking up saves left and right for the Hillcats nowadays as he now finds himself in double-digits after locking down his 10th. Prior to this season, the right-hander had racked up two total saves in as many chances over three seasons.

Jake Dungan is the Managing Editor for IBI and a podcast host on the Smoke Signals Network. Email him at jdungan@indiansbaseballinsider.com or follow him on Twitter @JakeDBaseball.


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