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.
Shawn Morimando (SP, Columbus): 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 12 SO. Morimando tossed a complete game masterpiece, shutting out Charlotte in the Clippers 5-0 victory. Morimando dominated the Knights line-up as he racked up a season high 12 strikeouts all while not surrendering a walk. In fact, Morimando nearly doubled his previous high mark of punch-outs when he had seven on May 13th. The former 19th round pick started the season slow, but has started to come on lately as he had a 4-2 record with a 3.02 ERA in his last ten starts entering yesterday. This was also the southpaw’s second complete game shut-out in his last three starts. He is now 7-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 15 starts with Columbus.
Bobby Bradley (1B, Akron): 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI. Bradley showed off his impressive power as he muscled up and hit three home runs accounting for 7 of the ‘Ducks 10 runs. Bradley only had one other multi-home run game this season when he had two on June 10th. What is most impressive about his three blasts are that they all came in consecutive innings in the 6th, 7th, and 8th. The big, slugging first baseman now has 14 bombs in 67 games at Akron. He got off to a slow start after a rough April, but he has bounced back nicely and shown why he is regarded as one of the top prospects in the Indians system.
Abraham Almonte (DH, Columbus): 3-5, R, 2 2B. Almonte keeps inching closer to his return as he picked up three hits in his 9th game of the rehab assignment. Almonte has performed well when he is in the line-up as he now has four multi-hit games with Columbus. All indications are that Almonte is close to being ready, and with Austin Jackson being placed on the disabled list Tuesday, it could clear some room in a crowded Cleveland outfield.
- Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Columbus): 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SO. Rodriguez belted a solo shot during the 7th inning and the blast was his ninth of the year. Rodriguez has been stuck in a season long slump as this was his first multi-hit game since June 10 and he is batting just .140 on the campaign.
- Ronny Rodriguez (RF, Columbus): 2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, SO, SB. Rodriguez picked up his sixth home run and his third stolen bag Tuesday night. Ronny now has back-to-back multi-hit games and he has hit safely in 7 of his last 8.
- Tyler Naquin (CF, Columbus): 1-5, 4 SO. Naquin accomplished the infamous golden sombrero yesterday atop the Clippers line-up. Strikeouts have been an issue for Naquin as he had 15 in his previous nine games.
- Eric Haase (DH, Akron): 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, SO. Haase launched his 13th round tripper when he crushed a solo shot in the 7th. Haase has already surpassed his home run total from the 2016 season when he had 12 with Akron.
- Francisco Mejia (C, Akron): 2-4, R, RBI. Mejia picked up a pair of knocks as he now has back to back multi-hit games. Mejia was batting just .250 in last ten games entering yesterday which is modest considering the high standards he has set for himself.
- Jordan Smith (CF, Akron): 2-4, R, 2B, SO. Smith was one of five ‘Ducks to record a multi-hit game in their 10 run offensive outburst. Smith struggled in Columbus batting .147 in 33 games, but has done much better batting .256 in 30 games with Akron.
- Thomas Pannone (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 6 SO. Pannone did not have his best stuff of the season, but managed to work around some bad defense to piece together a solid start. Pannone has given up just two or less earned runs in each of his last seven starts.
- Robbie Aviles (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, SO. Aviles tossed a pair of scoreless frames to secure his fourth win of the season. Aviles now has three straight scoreless appearances.
- Ka’ai Tom (RF, Lynchburg): 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB. Tom showed off his tools as he belted his seventh home run and picked up his 16th stolen bag. Tom has shown some surprising pop lately as he has hit a homer in 3 of his last 8 games.
- Jodd Carter (CF, Lynchburg): 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI. Carter launched his ninth home run with one runner on during the sixth inning. Carter is hitting .236 this season, but he has been better lately, hitting .300 in his last ten games.
- Anthony Miller (1B, Lynchburg): 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SO. Miller was one of seven HillCats to record a multi-hit game. Miller is hitting just .223 in 28 games with Lynchburg.
- Martin Cervenka (DH, Lynchburg): 2-5, R, 2 2B, RBI. Cervenka accounted for a pair of the ‘Cats 15 total team hits. Cervenka was one of many to help chip in the box score to propel Lynchburg to an 8-3 win.
- Shane Bieber (SP, Lynchburg): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, ER, 7 SO. Bieber cruised around Salem to pick up the win and improve his record to 4-1. Bieber was in control the whole game as he tossed 71 of his 91 pitches for strikes.
- Billy Strode (RP, Lynchburg): 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, SO. Strode tossed a pair of scoreless frames to help Lynchburg secure the victory. Strode bounced back nicely from his last two appearances when he gave up an earned run in each.
- Emmanuel Tapia (1B, Lake County): 2-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB. Tapia stayed hot at the plate and extended his hitting streak to seven games. He has shown off his raw power this season as he now has 16 four-baggers in 68 games.
- Logan Ice (C, Lake County): 1-3, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO. Ice hammered his fourth home run in his last six games. Despite the recent power binge, Ice is hitting just .194 in his last ten games.
- Junior Soto (CF, Lake County): 2-4, 2 2B, SO. Soto was one of three Captains to record a multi-hit game in their 4-3 win. Soto is heating up as he has ten hits in his past seven games.
- Brady Aiken (SP, Lake County): 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 4 SO. Aiken continues to struggle with command as he surrendered six free passes. Aiken has 34 walks in his last ten starts which led to his 1-3 record and 4.84 ERA in that stretch.
- Dalbert Siri (RP, Lake County): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, BB, 2 SO, SV. Siri slammed the door and locked up his seventh save out of the Captains ‘pen. Siri has been rock solid in the back end of the ‘pen as he has a 1.74 ERA in his last 10.1 innings pitched.
- Miguel Jerez (DH, AZL Indians): 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO. Jerez launched his first home run of the season in his second game. This is Jerez first season in Arizona as he spent last year in the Dominican summer league.
- Zack Draper (RP, AZL Indians): 1.1 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 SO. Draper turned in one of the better performances of the seven relievers used for the Arizona Tribe. He was efficient facing just one over the minimum.
- Marcos Gonzalez (SS, DSL Indians): 3-5, R, SO. Gonzalez stayed hot as he extended his hitting streak to seven games. Gonzalez has got off to a fast start in the Dominican summer league as he is batting .329 in 17 games.