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.
Oscar Gonzalez (Mahoning Valley, LF): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K. Gonzalez has so far followed up his impressive rookie ball campaign from last year with a hot start to his 2017 season in Mahoning Valley capped off by a career night on Friday where the 19-year-old went deep twice and drove in five against Auburn. Now through five games, Gonzalez is batting .381 with those two homers and seven RBI’s. In 40 games in Arizona last season, the Dominican native slashed .303/.342/.566 while hitting eight bombs and driving in 26.
Luigi Rodriguez (Akron, RF): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K. Rodriguez continues to rediscover his power stroke in 2017 having now hit eight home runs in just 29 games while racking up 18 RBI’s. His two-homer performance is also the first time he has gone deep multiple times in a game since May 8th of 2015. The home runs have come at a more furious pace over his last 10 games as he has hit five of his eight bombs in that span to go along with three doubles and 10 RBI’s. Also, with his impressive performance on Friday, the 24-year-old has now surpassed last year’s home run total of six in 66 games between Lynchburg and Akron.
- Jhon Torres (DSL Indians, CF): 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Torres went deep for his second homer of the season and has put together his second three-hit performance. The 17-year-old outfielder has been on a hot streak of late batting over .300 in his last 10 games with both those homers and nine RBI’s.
- Matt Whitehouse (Akron, SP): 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K, W (3-3). Whitehouse has gradually been building up his innings and durability since moving back to the rotation full time in Akron this season and Friday was arguably the end result as the left-hander pitched a career-high seven innings against Richmond to earn his third win of the year for Akron.
- Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS): 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K. Castro snapped a brief three-game hitless drought with a pair on Friday, including a double while driving in three. His three RBI’s match a season-high for the 20-year-old as he had previously accomplished the feat back on May 16th against Winston-Salem.
- Samad Taylor (Mahoning Valley, 2B): 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K. So far, Taylor’s first taste of affiliated ball has been sweet as the California native has hit .333 in five games with two doubles, a triple and four runs scored while settling into the leadoff spot for the Scrappers.
- Aaron Civale (Lynchburg, SP): 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, ND. While Civale had to work around a bit of traffic on the base paths with his nine hits given up in six innings, he limited the damage to only two runs as he has now pitched at least six innings in four of his five starts since joining the Hillcats.
- Bobby Bradley (Akron, 1B): 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Bradley is continuing to improve his contact rate and while hitting the ball elsewhere besides out of the ballpark. With his three-hit game on Friday, the 21-year-old is now batting .323 over his last 10 games with a homer and five RBI’s as he has now matched his 11 homers with 11 doubles.
- Henderson De Oleo (DSL Indians, 1B): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. After not hitting any homers in 44 games last summer, De Oleo is now halfway to his career high from his rookie campaign where he hit four in 62 games. Also with his two RBI’s, the Dominican native has driven in six of his seven runs on the year over just his last three games.
- Connor Marabell (Akron, CF): 3-4, 1 R. While Marabell has bounced around a bit this season, he had still yet to find his swing at the Double-A level as he entered Friday batting just .216 with one extra-base hit in 10 games as he had yet to record multiple hits in a game with the RubberDucks. Well, he accomplished that in Richmond going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
- Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg, LF): 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB. It doesn’t appear the Carolina League All-Star Game nor the Home Run Derby have slowed down Loopstok as he has already hit his ninth homer in his first game of the second half. Going back before the break, the 24-year-old is batting .333 with five homers and 10 RBI’s over his last 10 games.
- Tyler Krieger (Akron, 2B): 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS. Krieger is still trying to find a consistent rhythm at the plate offensively this season. He did come through with just his third multi-hit performance in the month of June on Friday, however, hitting a double and driving in a run. The 23-year-old was also caught stealing for just the third time this season in 14 chances.
- Zach Plesac (Mahoning Valley, SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Plesac may have only gone three innings in his professional debut, but coming off Tommy John surgery, things couldn’t have gone much better for the right-hander as he pitched shutout ball allowing just one hit while striking out three.
- Gavin Collins (Lake County, 3B): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Collins continues to hit home runs at a fairly regular pace this season as the Captains third baseman drove in one of their three runs in Friday’s loss to Dayton by hitting his eighth long ball of the season in just his 30th game.
- Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, DH): 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Cervenka is starting off his second half on a high note going 2-for-5 in his first two games with a homer, a double and three RBI’s. With that home run against Frederick, the 24-year-old is now just one shy of his 2016 total of six, which is his career high.
- Domingo Jimenez (Mahoning Valley, RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K. After struggling with the Captains this year posting an 8.18 ERA in nine appearances, Jimenez returned to Mahoning Valley where he has yet to allow a baserunner in three innings of work striking out five, including all three batters he faced on Friday.
- Christopher De Jesus (DSL Indians, C): 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB. De Jesus hasn’t had a lot of hits so far this season going 4-for-23 (.174) so far this season, but he has managed to spread them out over his last four games. He also drove in his first runs of the campaign on Friday with two.
- Juan Hillman (Lake County, SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, ND. Hillman’s 2017 campaign is still a work in progress as he still has yet to pitch a scoreless start this season through 13 starts. He is pitching better, though, having allowed no more than three runs in each of his last seven outings, including Friday’s.
- Dorssys Paulino (Akron, LF): 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Paulino was another key part of Akron’s nine-run explosion on Friday in Richmond as the 22-year-old drove in two runs while recording his sixth double of the season. He and Luigi Rodriguez were the only two RubberDucks hitters to drive in multiple runs in their 9-6 victory.
- Argenis Angulo (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, W (3-1). After earning the save in the Carolina League All-Star Game, Angulo got right back to work on Friday pitching a perfect inning for the Hillcats and earning the win following a walk-off wild pitch and error to put Lynchburg on top 7-6 in the 9th.
- Will Benson (Mahoning Valley, RF): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K. For the first time this season, Benson managed to record multiple hits in a game as well as his second extra-base knock. His strikeout, however, does give him 10 in 24 at-bats so far as the swings and misses are becoming more of an apparent issue that will need correcting as time goes on.
- Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-4, 1 2B. Mendoza is starting to find his groove again at the plate as he is now batting .306 in his last 10 games while racking up multiple hits in four of those contests. He’s also hit both of his home runs this season in that span.
- Tyler Friis (Mahoning Valley, SS): 2-3, 1 R. Fresh out of the draft and Indiana State, Friis made his professional debut on Friday and made a good first impression racking up two hits and scoring a run. In 45 collegiate games this year, the 21-year-old batted .322 with 11 doubles and 23 RBI’s while also stealing 14 bases.
- Dalbert Siri (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Siri got some work in during Lake County’s losing effort on Friday pitching a scoreless inning, picking up where he left off in his return from Michigan and the Midwest League All-Star Game.
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