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Around the Farm: June 18, 2017: Miller goes deep in Hillcats loss

There were a lot of home runs hit throughout the farm system on Sunday, but unfortunately, only Akron and Columbus could come away with wins as Francisco Mejia and Richie Shaffer continued their red-hot hitting. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps all the prospect highlights.

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 3 8 1 Portland 2 7 1
Columbus 9 8 2 Akron 3 4 0
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R H E R H E
Lynchburg 5 9 0 Lake County 3 10 2
Frederick 11 12 1 South Bend 9 9 1
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Highlight

Anthony Miller (Lynchburg, SS): 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. After the long layoff due to injury, Miller is gradually starting to find his rhythm again at the plate again as he has now recorded a hit in his last three games and five of his last six. Sunday was also his first performance of the three-hit variety as the 22-year-old went deep for just his second long ball of the season while driving in two in the Hillcats' 11-5 loss to Frederick. Miller has also now driven in runs in three straight games as he now has eight RBI's since returning to the lineup.

Richie Shaffer (Columbus, 3B): 2-3. 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. If Richie Shaffer isn't catching the attention of the Indians, then there has to be few big league clubs with their eye on the New Jersey native as he has now gone deep six times just in his last 10 games while batting .343 and driving in 12. June has been a breakout month for Shaffer, even more so than his impressive April where he hit five homers and drove in 15 over 21 games, as the 26-year-old has now clubbed eight homers and driven in 23 over just 17 games all while batting at an eye-popping .381 clip.

Francisco Mejia (Akron, PH): 1-1, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Mejia only got one at-bat on Sunday, but it came at the most crucial moment. With the RubberDucks and Portland Sea Dogs tied at two in the bottom of the ninth with two out and a runner on first, the 21-year-old stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter after getting most of the day off and on the second pitch crushed a walk-off RBI double to the wall in RF to drive in the winning run. That big knock came off Portland left-hander Luis Ysla, which now puts Mejia's splits against southpaws at an otherworldly level slashing .524/.563/.905 over 42 at-bats.

The Rest

  • Ronny Rodriguez (Columbus, DH): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K. The bats were on fire in Columbus today as Ronny Rodriguez also went deep and drove in three of the Clippers' nine runs marking the most RBI's he has recorded in a game since July 30th of last season when he had four against Charlotte.
  • Brandon Guyer (Columbus, RF): 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP. Guyer's second rehab game looked like just a typical day at the office for the veteran outfielder as he went 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Guyer has led the major leagues in getting hit the last two seasons, including 31 times a year ago between the Rays and Indians.
  • Matt Esparza (Akron, SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, ND. Esparza had a solid and interesting outing on Sunday as he not only pitched six innings of two-run ball, but also returned after a 49-minute rain delay to pitch that sixth inning. In four starts at Double-A the 22-year-old right-hander has gone 3-0 with an ERA at an even two.
  • Sam Haggerty (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB, 1 CS. Haggerty's June performance has been back in line with how he started the season batting .318 in 18 April games. So far in 18 June games, the Arizona native has hit .314 with two homers and seven RBI's as he hit just his second homer of the year on Sunday and stole his 19th and 20th bases on the year.
  • Joe Colon (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. After giving up nine runs over his last two combined outings, Colon bounced back with a shutout inning on Sunday. The right-hander has seen his ERA spike from 2.42 to 5.40 over that span and now back down to 5.19 after Sunday.
  • Jose Medina (Lake County, LF): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Medina hasn't had a lot of hits this season and hasn't had a lot of hits lately as he is batting .197 over his last 10 games, but he managed to put together a two-hit performance on Sunday hitting his sixth homer of the year, putting him just two shy of his career high from last year.
  • Ka'ai Tom (Lynchburg, RF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Tom is starting to heat up at the plate again as he is batting ..324 with three homers and 10 RBI's over his last 10 games. The Hawaiian native has also put together two consecutive two-hit games while hitting homers in both.
  • Leandro Linares (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Double-A has been an adjustment process for Linares as he had given up 14 runs (10 earned) over his last three appearances combined entering Sunday. Against Portland on Sunday, however, the right-hander got back on the right track pitching a pair of scoreless innings while allowing only one hit.
  • Triston McKenzie (Lynchburg, SP): 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR, 1 WP, L (5-4). Sunday marked easily McKenzie's roughest outing of his professional career as he pitched the fewest innings while allowing the most runs in his 32 appearances (31 starts) as he was tagged for seven runs on six hits in 1.2 innings against Frederick.
  • Chris Narveson (Columbus, SP): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, W (1-4). Despite earning just his first win of the year on Sunday after going 0-4 over his previous six starts, the veteran left-hander has posted a solid 3.69 ERA. However, his strikeout-to-walk ratio currently sits at 19:14, thus explaining his 1.42 WHIP.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (Akron, SS): 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. The hits were limited on Sunday for Akron as they finished with only four on the afternoon, but Chang came through with a big one hitting his 14th homer to tie the game in the 6th inning and set a new career high for 21-year-old.
  • Claudio Bautista (Lynchburg, PH): 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Like Mejia in Akron, Bautista only had one at-bat coming in as a pinch-hitter, but he made it count hitting just his second homer of the season as part of a two-run ninth inning for Lynchburg to make it an 11-5 game.
  • Gavin Collins (Lake County, 3B): 2-4. Collins put together another productive day at the plate racking up two hits on Sunday against South Bend. It marked his seventh multi-hit effort of the season despite playing in just 28 games.
  • Junior Soto (Lake County, CF): 2-5, 1 K. After a career game on Saturday where he hit three home runs, Soto came back on Sunday with a solid performance going 2-for-5 in Lake County's 9-3 loss to South Bend. The 20-year-old had cooled off recently with his average falling to .218 prior to Saturday. After Sunday's contest, it's back up to .262.
  • Jeff Johnson (Columbus, RP): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Johnson has had a bit of an up and down season, but overall has been very effective going 1-1 with a 3.03 ERA over 25 appearances while going a perfect 3-for-3 in save chances. On Sunday, the right-hander pitched an inning an a third of scoreless relief en route to Columbus's 9-3 blowout victory.
  • Jose Vicente (Lake County, DH): 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K. Vicente drove in one of the Captains' three runs on Sunday hitting a two-out RBI triple in the ninth inning to ignite Lake County's short-lived rally for two runs. His two triples on the year match a career high that he had initially racked up back in 2015 with the DSL Indians.

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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