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.
Tyler Naquin (Columbus, DH) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 K - Despite only getting a single hit, Naquin had a huge day st the plate on Saturday. It helped that his was a grand slam. That grand slam gave the Clippers a 4-2 lead en route to an 8-2 rout of the Gwinnett Braves. Naquin scored his other run in the following inning after reaching base on a fielder's choice. The five RBI nearly doubled Naquin's Triple-A total this season from 6 to 11 (18 games played). Naquin entered last night batting .373 in 17 Triple-A games and .379 in his last ten as he continues his quest to return to Cleveland and the Indians' major league roster.
Ka'ai Tom (Lynchburg, RF) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K, 1 Sac Bunt - Tom was one of two Hillcats to drive in four runs in yesterday's 12-5 win over the Frederick Keys (Orioles). Tom's four RBI, including three on a sixth-inning homer, ended a four-game RBI drought for him and was his first multi-RBI game in nearly a week (June 11). Ka'ai has hit well as of late, batting .297 with 9 RBI in his last ten games.
Jodd Carter (Lynchburg, CF) - 2-2, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB - Carter, who batted ninth, was the other Hiccat to have a four-RBI day on Saturday. He drove his runs in on a three-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the seventh. Jodd's performance was even more impressive as he came to the plat five times and either homered or walked in every plate appearance. That is the ultimate combination of solid power and plate discipline and earned him a perfect 5.000 game OPS. Throw in his fifth stolen base of the season and Jodd may have come as close as possible to a perfect all-around offensive effort.
Junior Soto (Lake County, CF) - 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K - While Soto didn't drive in as many runs as the three men listed above, he drove in his three runs on a trio of solo homer, doubling his RBI total and more than doubling his home run total (two) from his first 17 games of the season. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a turnaround for Soto, who was batting .218 entering last night's game (currently hitting .250 following last night's offensive explosion).
- Eric Stamets (Columbus, SS) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E - Stamets has multiple hits in each of his last three games and a four-game hitting streak.
- Josh Wilson (Columbus, 2B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 K - Wilson's first multi-hit game since June 5 kept his batting average from dropping below .300 (increased from.301 to .308 with yesterday's performance).
- Matt Whitehouse (Columbus, SP) - W (1-0), 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 3 K - Whitehouse pitched five or more innings while also allowing less than two earned runs for the first time this season on Saturday.
- Cole Sulser (Columbus, RP) - H (3), 0.2 IP, 1 BB - Sulser's ERA through ten games in Triple-A this season is 0.61, far better than the 2.93 he posted in the same number of games with Double-A Akron this season. The latter number was largely due to a disastrous season debut (3 ER on 4 H in 1 IP).
- Francisco Mejia (Akron, C) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K - Mejia has a hit in nine of his last ten games, including eight multi-hit efforts. In those ten games, he is batting .512 with 5 HR, 12 RBI, and 2 SB.
- Bobby Bradley (Akron, 1B) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI - Bradley now has a four-game hitting streak, including two-multi-hit efforts, and a .342 batting average in his last ten games.
- Tanner Tully (Akron, SP) - W (1-0), 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all unearned), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 E - Tully's solid Double-A debut, made before ever pitching an Advanced Single-A game, was one error away from being a dominant one.
- Perci Garner (Akron, RP) - H (3), 2 IP, 1 BB, 5 K - Garner pitched two spectacular innings to maintain the RubberDucks' lead through the seventh and eighth frames.
- Sam Haggerty (Lynchburg, 2B) - 2-3, 2 R, 3 BB - Haggerty reached base all five times he came to the plate on Saturday and scored twice on Saturday. He also had his first multi-hit game since June 6 and stole his 18th base of the season (in 55 games).
- Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB (1 intentional), 2 K - Loopstok extended his hitting streak to four games and has four multi-hit games, as well as 3 HR and 8 RBI, in his eight most recent contests.
- Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, starting DH) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - Cervenka now has three multi-hit games and .294 batting average in his last ten games.
- Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 3B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Mendoza made it back-to-back multi-hit games and drove in his 27th run of the season (in 58 games) on Saturday night.
- Aaron Civale (Lynchburg, SP) - W (3-1), 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 8 K, 2 HR allowed - While this was the worst of Civale's four High-A outings, it was still a decent one and enough for the individual victory.
- Kevin Bradley (Lake County, 2B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - Bradley continues to hit well and is hitting .346/.438/.423 in nine games this season. Not bad for a man whose only prior pro experience is eight games in complex-based Rookie ball last season (where he posted a .067/.176/.200 slash line).
- Logan Ice (Lake County, C) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - Ice's game-winning two-run homer in the tenth was easily the highlight of Logan's recent outings as he is batting only .091 (3-for-33) in his last ten games. The homer was his first since May 3 and only his third of the season.
- Todd Isaacs (Lake County, RF) - 1-4, 1 K, 1 SB - Isaacs has stolen 15 bases in 60 games this season.
- Ben Krauth (Lake County, RP) - 4 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 6 K - Krauth dominated in the fifth through eighth frames as he matched his longest outing of the season and kept the Captains in the game.
- Dalbert Siri (Lake County, CP) - S (6), 1 IP, 1 BB - Dalbert did the same in the tenth to secure the victory for the Eastlake nine.