Around The Farm: June 24, 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.



Ryan Merritt (Columbus, SP) – ND, 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 10 K – In a normal game, Merritt would’ve pitched this outing, handed over to the closer in the ninth, and earned a well-deserved individual victory.  However, this was in no way a normal game.  This was a pitchers’ duel that lasted so long that what should’ve been a near-complete game ended up with the bullpen pitching nearly half the game.  This was Merritt’s fourth straight outing of seven or more innings and his first start in over a month (May 21) in which he did not allow multiple earned runs.


  • Brandon Guyer (Columbus, starting RF) – 1-4 – It was a good thing that Guyer was pulled from the game after four plate appearances as backup 2B Josh Wilson, who replaced Guyer in the batting order, was hit by a pitch in one of his two plate appearances.  The plunking would’ve been Guyer’s third of this rehab stint.  The Indians need to activate him before his rehab assignment gets him injured again.
  • Eric Stamets (Columbus SS) – 2-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 K – Stamets may have had a feast-or-famine evening, but the “feast” proved crucial as he hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 14th frame to give the Clippers a 3-2 win.
  • Erik Kratz (Columbus, C) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Kratz continued his four-game hit, run, homer, and RBI streaks with his sixth-inning solo shot on Saturday.
  • Jordan Smith (Akron, CF) – 2-5, 1 K – Smith’s multi-hit effort was his first in a week and a half, ending a six-game drought.
  • Bobby Bradley (Akron, 1B) – 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B,1 BB – Bradley scored two-thirds of the runs in yesterday’s RubberDucks win and extended his soring streak tothree games with his first multi-run effort in eactly two weeks.
  • Dorssys Paulino (Akron, LF) – 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 RBI – Paulino now has back-to-back multi-RBI games and three in his last five.  He has seven RBI in his last ten (0.7 per game) compared to 17 in his first 44 (.39 per game).
  • Matt Esparza (Akron, SP) – W (4-0), 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 3 K – Esparza continues to pitch well in Double-A with his fifth solid start in as many outings at the level. His stats reflect his quick adjustment to the classification:  4-0 win-loss record, 2.14 ERA0.77 WHIP. ,164 opponents’ batting average and 28:7 K:BB ratio.
  • D.J. Brown (Akron, RP) – H (2), 1.1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Brown now has back-to-back scoreless outings (four innings combined) following a pair of rough outings in mid-June.
  • David Speer (Akron, CP) – S (4), 1 IP, 1 H – Speer has converted saves in back-to-back outings after blowing his prior three opportunities (two for Akron, one for Columbus).
  • Sam Haggerty (Lynchburg, DH) – 0-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 SB – Haggerty’s mini-slump continued as he is 1-for-11 in his last three games.  He more than made up for that yesterday, however, with a good eye at the plate and incredible speed on the basepaths.  This is not surprising coming from a guy with an .089 isolated plate discipline and 23 stolen bases in 59 games this season.
  • Ka’ai Tom (Lynchburg, LF) – 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 SB – Tom continued his recent hot streak, which has included three-multi hit games in his last five and a .286 batting average with two home runs and seven RBI in his last ten.
  • Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, C) – 0-1, 1 R, 4 BB – It’s hard to judge Cervenka’s hitting in this game due to the large number of walks.  His plate discipline, on the other hand, was excellent.
  • Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Castro now has a three-game hitting streak as well as back-to-back multi-hit games with an RBI.
  • Triston McKenzie (Lynchburg, SP) – W (6-4), 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R (earned), 8 K – McKenzie rebounded nicely from his previous start, in which he allowed seven earned runs on six hits in an inning and two-thirds.
  • Jordan Milbrath (Lynchburg, RP) – S (2), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K – Milbrath got all but one of his outs via strikeout to earn a multi-inning save as he also rebounded from a rough outing his last time on the mound (2 ER on 3 H in 2.1 IP last Sunday).
  • Miguel Eladio (Lake County, 2B) – 2-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SF – Eladio’s recent improvement continued on Saturday with his second multi-hit game in his last three and third in his last six.  He is batting .286 in his last ten games played compared to .236 in 45 games this season.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, C) – 2-5, 1 K – Chu extended his hitting streak to five games with his second multi-hit effort in his last three contests.  He is batting .333 in his last ten games.
  • Luke Wakamatsu (Lake County, SS) – 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Wakamatsu continues to rake as he has six-game hitting streak and a .324 batting average in his last ten.
  • Todd Isaacs (Lake County, CF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – Isaacs is also among the Captain hitters improving at the plate recently.  He has a five-game hitting streak and was batting .265 in his last ten games entering last night compared to .213 for the season (62 games).
  • Luis Jimenez (Lake County, SP) – W (1-2), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K – Following two rough outings to start his competitive season (He spent the first two months of the regular season in Goodyear in extended spring training.), Luis has improved and is now alternating good and bad outings.  The next step is consistently solid starts.  Hopefully, last night was the beginning of that.
  • Samad Taylor (Mahoning Valley, 2B) – 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Yes, it is early and it is a small sample size, but Taylor has a .385/.429/.577 slash line through six games played.
  • Ulysses Cantu (Mahoning Valley, 1B) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B – Cantu has a six-game hitting streak to start the season and is batting .440/.440/.640.
  • Simeon Lucas (Mahoning Valley, C) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP – Lucas is batting .444 thanks to back-to-back multi-hit games following a hitless season debut.
  • Francisco Perez (Mahoning Valley, SP) – W (1-0), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed – Perez came within one bad pitch of starting his season with two scoreless efforts, but did pick up his first individual win of the campaign.
  • Cesar Ventura (Mahoning Valley, RP) – S (1), 3 IP, 1 BB, 5 K – Ventura dominated the final third of the game to earn his first save outside of a complex-based league.
  • Ronny Dominguez (Arizona League, CF) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E – Dominguez’s stateside career begins with a multi-hit effort.
  • Jose Fermin (Arizona League, SS) – 0-3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E, 2 HBP – Hopefully, the rest of Fermin’s season is less painful than his first game in the States.
  • Henry Pujols (Arizona League, 3B) – 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – Another impressive United States debut for a member of the 2016 Dominican Summer League squad.
  • Michael Cooper (Arizona League, 1B) – 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B,1 RBI, 1 SB,1 E – Not a bad way for the Indians’ 33rd round pick to start his professional career.
  • Felix Fernandez (Arizona League, DH) – 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – Fernandez had a stellar U.S. debut following two seasons in the Dominican Republic.
  • Jean Carlos Mejia (Arizona League, RP) – S (1), 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 7 K – Mejia continues to pitch well after making his stateside debut in a pair of appearances for Mahoning Valley (combined 1 H and 1 BB with 5 K in two shutout innings).  Yes, the longest outing of the game came at the end and resulted in a save.  Statistical oddities like this are far more common in complex-based leagues than at the higher levels where the games are played before a paying audience.

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