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.
Ronny Rodriguez (Columbus, 2B): 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – Rodriguez’s first multi-hit outing in over a week (June 18) may not have been as impressive as his previous one (which included a home run and three RBI), but it was impressive nonetheless. Hopefully, this outing is better in one important way, specifically that it represents a return to the form that had his season batting average at .263 entering last night despite hitting only .219 in his prior ten games (rather than a one-off fluke like his June 18 effort).
Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg, LF): 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, Picked Off 1 time – Loopstok continues to launch the ball, hitting his tenth and eleventh home runs of the season (and driving in runs 38 and 39) in an effort that provided all of the Hillcats scoring for the game singlehandedly. Performances like this, as well as a .245 isolated power, make it clear why Loopstok was moved from catcher to a position that will put less wear and tear on his body, especially his knees.
- Abraham Almonte (Columbus, starting RF): 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Even on a rough night, Almonte continues to perform well, reaching on a walk and scoring in the fifth inning. Abe should be joining the recent exodus from the 10-day DL very soon.
- Eric Stamets (Columbus, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – Stamets only had one hit in yesterday’s game, but it was a two-run homer.
- Erik Kratz (Columbus, C): 1-2, 1 2B, 2 BB – Kratz’s four-game home run streak came to an end, but he extended his extra-base hit streak to five on a night when he reached base three times, thanks largely to a good eye at the plate.
- Cole Sulser (Columbus, RP): W (1-0), 1.2 IP, 3 BB, 5 K – Despite some control issues, Sulser got all five of his outs via strikeout and pitched a scoreless outing to further lower his Triple-A ERA this season to 0.47 in 19.1 IP in 13 games while picking up his first individual win at the level.
- Jeff Johnson (Columbus, RP): H (2), 1 IP, 1 BB – Johnson pitched his second scoreless on-inning outing in three days on Monday night.
- Kyle Crockett (Columbus, CP): S (2), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB – It wasn’t the Crockett’s best or least nerve-wracking outing of the season, but it was good enough to get the job done (and provide a boost to antacid sales in Columbus).
- Francisco Mejia (Akron, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E – Mejia’s first multi-hit effort since June 17 was the RubberDucks’ only one of the night and included their only run of the evening on a solo homer hit by Francisco with the Mallards of Main Street down to their last out.
- Dorssys Paulino (Akron, LF): 1-3,1 2B – Paulino’s third-inning double was the RubberDucks’ other hit of the evening. Paulino also had an outfield assist on a 7-6-2 out at the plate to end the top of the fourth frame.
- Perci Garner (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K – Garner continues to pitch well as he has four scoreless outings in his last five, a stretch during which he has allowed one earned run in 7.2 innings pitched.
- Cameron Hill (Akron, RP): 1 IP, 1 H – Hill has not allowed an earned run in an outing of less than two innings since May 30.
- Willi Castro (Lynchburg, SS): 2-4, 1 SB – Castro extended his hitting streak to five games, including three multi-hit efforts.
- Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, DH): 1-3, 1 BB – Cervenka was the only other Hillcat to reach base multiple times and had the only hit not by a player aforementioned in this column.
- Dominic DeMasi (Lynchburg, RP): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB – DeMasi made it three scoreless outings (6.1 IP) with a solid long relief effort that kept the game from getting any further out of control than it already was.
- Miguel Eladio (Lake County, SS): 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E – Eladio made it four multi-hit efforts in his last five games and came within a triple of the cycle in a performance that accounted for one-third of the Captains’ hits and 60% of their runs last night.
- Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B): 1-4, 2 RBI – Tapia’s RBI continue to come in bunches, with eight of his ten RBI in his last eleven games coming in three multi-RBI ballgames, including last night.
- Micah Miniard (Lake County, SP): W (2-6), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 5 K – A rare solid outing earns Miniard his second individual win of of the season and sixth of his career.
- Alsis Herrera (Lake County, RP): 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K – Even with a rare earned run allowed, Herrera’s Lake County ERA is only 1.69.
- Samad Taylor (Mahoning Valley, DH): 3-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – Taylor has hits in six of his eight games played this year, including five multi-hit efforts and has a .382/.432/.529 slash line.
- Ulysses Cantu (Mahoning Valley, 1B): 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Cantu rebounded quickly from the end of his season-opening six-game hitting streak with a stellar performance that increased his slash line to .424/.441/.667.
- Jason Rodriguez (Mahoning Valley, C): 2-3, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Rodriguez tripled his hit season hit total (only one hit in his first three games) with this solid offensive effort.
- Feli Tati (Mahoning Valley, SP): W (1-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K – Tati improved greatly from his season debut (3 ER on 3 H and 3 BB with 4 K in 4 IP). Hopefully the rest of his season is more like Monday and less like his first outing.
- Jonathan Teaney (Mahoning Valley, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Teaney also rebounded from a rough season debut outing (2 ER on 2 H and 1 BB with 2 K in one inning).
- Riley Echols (Mahoning Valley, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB – Echols remains unscored upon as a professional through two outings, both of them having identical stat lines.