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) – 3-4, 2 RBI – Gonzalez rebounded quickly from the end of his season-opening hitting streak on Wednesday with this multi-hit, multi-RBI effort. Oscar is off to a stellar start to his first season above the complex-based level (he did play one game for the Scrappers last season), batting .368/.375//.553 with 10 RBI in 9 games played. While he probably won’t keep up this blistering pace all season, the fact that he is adjusting to a new level (as well as all of the additional distractions of playing in a non-complex based league) so well is a positive sign regarding his potential.
- Tyler Naquin (Columbus, CF) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Naquin was entirely responsible for the Clippers’ lone run of the evening, which he scored and drove in with a third-inning solo home run.
- Ronny Rodriguez (Columbus, 2B) – 3-4, 1 K, 1 SB – Ronny-Rod extended his hitting streak to five games with three multi-hit efforts with the only other notable offensive effort on a difficult night for the Clippers.
- Nick Pasquale (Columbus, SP) – L (0-1), 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all unearned), 2 BB, 3 K – While the runs were unearned, they were the result of errors by Pasquale. It would be wise to not read too much into this outing since it was only his second outing at the Triple-A level.
- Cole Sulser (Columbus, RP) – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Sulser continues his solid season as he now has a five-game, 7.1 inning shutout streak as well as a 0.42 ERA in 14 outings (21.1 IP) at the Triple-A level this season.
- Eric Haase (Akron, C) – 2-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Haase continues to rake as he now has four multi-hit games in his last five and a .361 batting average in his last ten games. This recent hot streak has improved Eric’s slash line to .257/.338/.575, which may not sound like much until you realize that it has been as low as .196/.275/.435 on May 9 and .208/.257/.472 as recently as June 1.
- Tyler Krieger (Akron, 2B) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Krieger, who was batting .200 in his last ten games entering yesterday, ended a three-game hitless streak with this stellar effort, which included a three-run homer, which equaled his RBI total from his last ten games in one swing of the bat.
- Matt Esparza (Akron, SP) – W (5-0), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K – Esparza continues to dominate the Eastern League since his call-up from Advanced Single-A Lynchburg the day after Memorial Day. His stats at the Double-A level are as follows: 1.82 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 36:9 K:BB ratio and .162 opponents’ batting average. Matt has been making one of, if not the, hardest jumps other than Triple-A to the major leagues seem downright easy.
- Perci Garner (Akron, RP) – S (1), 0.2 IP, 1 BB – Garner earned his first save of the season by getting the final two outs in a game that went from a rout to a nail-biter due to poor relief pitching by Mitch Brown and David Speer (combined 2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R [all earned], 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP).
- Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, DH) – 2-6, 1 R, 1 BB (intentional), 2 K – Cervenka extended his hitting streak to four games and his multi-hit streak to three. Martin entered last night batting .263 in his last ten games and .275 in 64 games this season (all with Lynchburg).
- Jodd Carter (Lynchburg, LF) – 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB (1 intentional), 1 K , 1 SB, 1 CS – Carter also has a three-game multi-hit streak, in his case paired with a five-game hitting streak. He is batting .343 (12-for-35) with eight RBI and an 8:12 K:BB ratio in his last ten games In that time, his season batting average (65 games) has risen from .225 to .240.
- Triston McKenzie (Lynchburg, SP) – ND, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 5 K – McKenzie is officially back on track as he has now thrown two solid outings since his seven-earned run, six-hit, 1.2 inning debacle on June 18 at Frederick (Orioles).
- Mitch Longo (Lake County, RF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K – Longo, who was batting .333 entering yesterday’s action, continued his six-game hitting streak with one of only two multi-hit efforts for the Captains last night.
- Gavin Collins (Lake County, 3B) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SF – Collins now has a five-game hitting streak and hits in eight of his last nine after posting the Caps” other multi-hit effort of a rainy Thursday night/early Friday morning.
- Lake County Captains pitching – L, 9 IP, 13 H, 10 R (7 earned), 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR allowed, 3 WP, 1 HBP – Starter Luis Jimenez and relievers Justin Garza and Ryan Colegate combined for one of, if not the, worst overall pitching performance of the season in the Indians minor league organization. Not much else to say about this effort except that I hope they can all rebound in their next outings.
- Jesse Berardi (Mahoning Valley, SS) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Berardi, who scored his first two professional runs last night, is off to hot start to his career, hitting .375 (3-for-8) in his first two pro games.
- Simeon Lucas (Mahoning Valley, 1B) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Lucas isn’t playing like a guy who needed three years in the Arizona League. He has a three-game hitting streak following a hitless season opener and a .500/.600/.83 slash line. While such lofty numbers are unsustainable, they are indicative of a player capable of putting up solid stats over the course of the season.
- Zach Plesac (Mahoning Valley, SP) – ND, 3 IP, 1 BB, 6 K – While the outing wasn’t long enough to earn the individual win, that doesn’t detract from it’s impressiveness. Plesac is yet to allow an earned run in his professional career through six innings in two starts.
- Kirk McCarty (Mahoning Valley, RP) – W (1-0), 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E – Congratulations to Kirk on a stellar outing and the individual win in his pro debut!
- Ronny Dominguez (Arizona League, RF) – 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Dominguez’s third-inning two-run homer was the A-Tribe’s only extra-base hit of the game and scored their only two runs of the evening. More importantly, it was Ronny’s first professional home run in the United States.
- Michael Tinsley (Arizona League, starting LF) – 0-1, 2 BB – Tinsley saw a two-game hitting streak come to an end, but continued his season-opening five-game on-base streak the way he started it: with solid plate discipline.
- Arizona League Indians pitching – L, 8 IP, 9 H, 6 R (all earned), 6 BB, 8 K, 4 BB, 3 K – While not as bad as the Captains’ mound debacle, due largely to the relative inexperience of the pitchers and the hitter-friendly conditions in the Valley of the Sun, starter Luis Oviedo and reliever Luis Araujo still combined for a particularly abysmal night on the mound in Glendale. Again, this is hopefully just a blip and they will recover in each of their next appearances.