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.
Erik Kratz (C, Columbus) 3-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB. After struggling at the plate the past few weeks, Erik Kratz has now had back to back big games in the batter’s box. On Tuesday night, Kratz launched a critical two-run homer in the 8th inning to propel Columbus to a 3-2 victory. He followed that performance up last night with a pair of 2-run taters. Before launching three home runs in his past two games, Kratz had managed just one round tripper in his previous 23 games. His season total of nine home runs is a bit surprising considering he is not known for his power. The veteran backstop raised his average from .266 to .282 with this performance.
Brandon Guyer (LF, Columbus) 0-4, SO. Guyer completed his fourth game in his current rehab stint with Columbus. This was Guyer’s first game where he failed to record a hit, but as long as his health holds up the results aren’t as important. Guyer will now head return to Cleveland on Thursday where he will await word from the Indians for his next step in his rehab assignment. He possibly could be activated when the Tribe returns home on Friday.
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Columbus) 1-3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SO. Rodriguez slammed a huge three run homer in the seventh inning of the Clippers 9-7 win. Rodriguez has really struggled this season as he is hitting just .071 in his last ten games.
- Mike Papi (RF, Columbus) 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B. Papi snapped out of his recent hitting funk by connecting for a pair of doubles. Papi started the season off hot, but he has since cooled off batting .167 in his last ten games.
- Tyler Naquin (CF, Columbus) 1-5, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO. Naquin lead-off the game with a solo bomb to jump the Clippers out to an early lead. Naquin is starting to regain regular playing time as he continues his journey back from injury.
- Shawn Morimando (SP, Columbus) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO. Morimando did not have his best stuff Wednesday, but he was effective enough to pick up the win. He is now 5-2 with a 3.25 ERA in his last ten starts.
- Eric Haase (DH, Akron) 3-3, R, 2 2B, BB. Haase accounted for a nearly a third of Akron’s hits in their blowout loss. Haase has hit well recently as he has a hit in 9 of his last 11 games.
- Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, Akron) 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO. Chang accounted for all the ‘Ducks scoring when he belted a two-run homer in the ninth inning. Chang continues to show off his plus power for a shortstop as he now has 15 long balls.
- Jorma Rodriguez (3B, Akron) 2-4, SO. Rodriguez was one of two ‘Ducks to have a multi-hit game. Rodriguez was batting just .188 in his last ten games entering Wednesday.
- Luis Lugo (SP, Akron) 4.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, SO. Lugo was roughed up in what was an ugly game for the Akron pitching staff as they surrendered 11 runs. Lugo has had mixed results this year, and he has yet to consistently put together a string of quality starts.
- Ulysses Cantu (1B, Mahoning Valley) 3-4, R, 2 2B, SO. Cantu remains perfect as he now has a hit in all three games appeared in. In total, he is now 6-12 in the early going for Mahoning.
- Oscar Gonzalez (LF, Mahoning Valley) 2-5, RBI, 2 SO. Gonzalez has now hit safely in all three games appeared, and two of which have been multi-hit performances. He also has back to back games with a RBI as well.
- Samad Taylor (2B, Mahoning Valley) 2-5, 2B, SB. Taylor turned in his best performance of the young season. The double and stolen bag were his first of the campaign.
- Simeon Lucas (DH, Mahoning Valley) 2-4, 2 SO. Lucas connected for his first hits of the season in his second start. He was one of four Scrappers to have a multi-hit game.
- Ping-Hsueh Chen (RP, Mahoning Valley) 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 SO. Chen tossed a pair of no-hit innings in his Mahoning Valley debut. The Scrappers bullpen combined for five scoreless innings.
- Cesar Ventura (RP, Mahoning Valley) 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 SO. Ventura completed two scoreless innings in his first game in Mahoning. He appeared in five games with Lake County earlier in the season.
- Yainer Diaz (C, DSL Indians) 2-3, R, HR, 2 RBI. Diaz had the big knock when he blasted a two-run homer in the DSL Tribe’s 3-0 victory. Diaz is swinging a hot bat as he extended his current hitting streak to five games.
- Mike Garcia (SP, DSL Indians) 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. Garcia picked up his first win of the season by tossing five scoreless innings. Garcia’s record is just 1-3, but he has pitched better than that indicates evident by his 3.50 ERA.