Around the Farm: July 12, 2017

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.


The Lead:

Jason Rodriguez (C, Mahoning Valley) 2-2, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI. Rodriguez hit the walk-off double that sent the Scrappers to a 5-4 victory in ten innings. Rodriguez was the hero of the night despite not even being originally in the starting nine. He entered the game in the eighth inning to play defense, but ended up getting the two biggest knocks of the game. He hit a solo home run in the 9th inning to help force extras, and then he delivered with the walk-off hit. It was Rodriguez’s first home run this season, and just the second of his four year minor league career. He has struggled at the plate this season as he is batting just .189 in 12 games with Mahoning. He is hitting below the Mendoza line checking in at .194 with a little over 300 at-bats in his career. 

The Field:

Willi Castro (SS, Lynchburg) 3-6, R, 2B, BB. The HillCats combined for 16 hits as a team, and Castro lead the way as the only player to record three knocks. Castro has been streaky this season as this snaps a three game hitless streak for him. He is hitting .286 this season.

Jodd Carter (CF, Lynchburg) 2-5, R, 3B, HR, RBI, BB. Carter crushed his tenth home run when he sent a solo blast in the eighth inning out. Carter is heating up as he extended his hitting streak to five games. 

Andrew Calica (LF, Lynchburg) 2-6, R, BB, SO. Calica was one of six HillCats to record a multi-hit game in their 5-4 defeat. Calica now has back-to-back multi-hit games, and is hitting .303 in his last ten games.

Shao-Ching Chiang (SP, Lynchburg) 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, SO. Bad defense cost Chiang three runs, but outside of that pitched well. Chiang needed this rebound performance as he allowed 23 earned runs in his previous four starts. 

Paul Hendrix (RP, Lynchburg) 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 SO. Hendrix continues to pitch well as he now has allowed just one earned run in his last 13.1 innings pitched. This was also Hendrix’s longest appearance of the season.

Junior Soto (CF, Lake County) 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO. Soto accounted for two of the Captains three runs when he crushed a two-run homer in the 6th inning. Soto had just two hits in his previous ten games entering yesterday.

Mitch Longo (RF, Lake County) 2-4, R, 2B, RBI. Longo was one of three Captains to record a multi-hit game. Longo got back on track one day after seeing his 13 game hitting streak come to an end. 

Luis Jimenez (SP, Lake County) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. Jimenez battled through five tough innings and was saddled with a no decision. He is now 2-2 with a 5.22 ERA in eight starts with Lake County. 

Luke Eubank (RP, Lake County) 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER. Eubank was the only Captain to not be charged with a run out of the bullpen. He has not allowed a run in 6.1 innings of work this season. 

Oscar Gonzalez (RF, Mahoning Valley) 3-5, 2B. Gonzalez was the lone Scrapper to record 3-hits in the team’s 11 hit performance. The 19 year-old has started the season well hitting .329 in 19 games. 

Samad Taylor (RF, Mahoning Valley) 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO. Taylor launched his third home run of season, and all of them have come in the past three games. Taylor’s power binge as resulted in five RBIs in his last three contest. 

Francisco Perez (SP, Mahoning Valley) 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 4 SO. Despite not having his best stuff, Perez gutted out five innings and kept the Scrappers in the game long enough for them to rally. Perez has had mixed results as his record is 1-2 with a 3.81 ERA in five starts. 

Elijah Morgan (RP, Mahoning Valley) 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 SO. Morgan bridged the gap between the starter and closer with two perfect innings. Morgan has not allowed a run in four innings spanning three appearances. 

Cameron Mingo (RP, Mahoning Valley) 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. Mingo picked up his second win of the season tossing three scoreless inning of relief to close the game out. Mingo has not allowed a run in his last 6.1 innings pitched. 

Jean Montero (CF, DSL Indians) 2-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, SO. Montero is starting to heat up as he is now hitting .321 in his last ten games. He has shown a good eye for a young player as he has 18 walks which helps lead to his impressive .456 OBP. 

Jonathan Lopez (SS, DSL Indians) 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SO. Lopez has shown a knack for the clutch hit lately as he has five RBIs in his last three games. Despite the recent success, he is still hitting just .211 in his last ten games. 

Luis C. Garcia (RP, DSL Indians) 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 SO. Garcia picked up his first win of the season with two dominant innings out of the ‘pen. He faced the minimum amount of hitters, and struck out four of the six. 

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