Around the Farm: April 12, 2014
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 Rohlinger (Columbus, 2B) - 1-1, 2 R, 1 H, 2 RBI, 3 BB - Rohlinger has by far by the best offensive day in a contest where hitting came very hard for the Clippers. Rohlinger managed to get on in every plate appearance (largely due to some impressive plate discipline) on a day where the rest of the Clips' lineup posted a .182 (6-for-33) OBP. Even better, the one time he did make contact with the ball, it was a two-run homer to left field in the seventh inning.
Jerrud Sabourin (Akron, 1B) - 3-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - The Undrafted Wonder owns the plate at Canal Park on Saturday afternoon with three hits and a sac fly. Days like this leave you wondring how every team in the majors passed on him 50 times as he was signed as an undrafted free agent after the MLB Draft in 2011. He got off to a great start last season before fizzling near the end, and he is once again off to a hot start hitting .444 - though it is only three games.
- David Cooper (Columbus, 1B) - 2-4, 1 RBI - The only other multi-hit effort on a largely forgettable day in Louisville for the Clippers.
- Bryan LaHair (Columbus, DH) - 0-4 - LaHair's offensive numbers are beginning to become worrisome. One can even look past a player being below the Mendoza Line as it is still early (and LaHair isn't an everyday player), but LaHair is now below .100 (.091 in seven games) after this o-fer.
- Brett Brach (Columbus, SP) - L (0-2), 0.2 IP, 5, 6 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K - This game was over in the first inning as Brach imploded in his second outing of the season. He is a pretty tough pitcher, so chances are he will bounce back and get through five innings for the first time this season in his next start.
- Toru Murata (Columbus, RP) - 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R (all earned), 1 HBP, 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Normally, an outing like this would easily earn the loss but, as stated above in recounting Brach's rough day, this game was already over by the time he came in.
- Mike Zagurski (Columbus, RP) - 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K - I can, however, report that there was some good news on the pitching front for the Triple-A side today.
- Bryson Myles (Akron, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Myles also had a stellar day at the plate in Akron, highlighted by a two-run homer in the third.
- Giovanny Urshela (Akron, 3B) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. 1 Sac Fly - Yet another great offensive performance from today's Ducks contest. The double was already his sixth extra base hit in the young season.
- Joe Wendle (Akron, 2B) - 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K - While not much to speak of with the bat, Wendle's plate discipline made this a solid effort.
- Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E - It is not typical to see an error in Lindor's line, and is actually his third of the season (in nine games).
- Will Roberts (Akron, SP) - W (1-1), 5.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R (3 earned), 2 K - All in all, an acceptable outing from Roberts and enough to pick up the win, but he still needs to get the hits issue under control (He has given up 18 hits in 11 IP.). Continually getting out of jams can only take you so far. Eventually, you have to start not getting into them in the first place.
- Giovanni Soto (Akron, RP) - H (2), 2.2 IP, 1 K - Soto dominates for almost three innings to pick up his second hold of the season. He has held opposition batting scoreless for 6.2 IP in four outings. He is performing far better than he did in his last stint in Double-A. Maybe it will be enough to earn him a second shot at Triple-A ball in Columbus.
- Enosil Tejeda (Akron, CP) - S (2), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 K - Tejeda continues to emerge as a solid possiblility for the role of Tribe closer of the future.
- Jeremy Lucas (Carolina, 1B) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E - The best offensive performance by far on a rough night for Mudcat hitters. Lucas accounted for the only Carolina run and one-third of their hits.
- Ollie Linton (Carolina, RF) - 2-4, 2 K, 1 CS, picked off 1 time, 1 E - The only other multi-hit effort of the night for the 'Cats and this one was completely wasted by poor baserunning.
- Ryan Battaglia (Carolina, DH) - 0-4, 3 K - The Aussie continues to look for his first hit of the season after picking up the hat trick.
- Dorssys Paulino (Lake County, SS) - 3-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E - The Captains lead-off hitter had one of many stellar nights at the plate for Lake County. The error is disconcerting, however, as, like his Akron counterpart, he is now at three on the season.
- Grant Fink (Lake County, 1B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - One of three Captains to have two hits and two RBI on a nice night for the Caps. This one puts his 2014 batting average at .357.
- Richard Stock (Lake County, C) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E - The second two-hit,two-RBI effort of the night gets Stock's average up to .300.
- Paul Hendrix (Lake County, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Hendrix picks up his first hits of the season, including a two-run homer in th ninth.
- Brian Ruiz (Lake County, LF) - 0-5, 4 K - While Ruiz picked up the Golden Sombrero on the day, there's no reason to panic (yet, at least) given his solid form thus far this season (still batting .300 even after this tough showing Saturday afternoon).
- Kenny Mathews (Lake County, RP) - L (1-1), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB - Even all of the incredible hitting performances mentioned above were not enough to get the Captains the win on this day. Why? Because of the struggles with the pitching. This outing by Mathews is an example of that and starter Adam Plutko and fellow reliever Trevor Frank weren't much better out of relief.
No LeVon Warshington in the lineup, looks like another injury, shocker.
Another low round draft pick that is performing very well in early part of the season is Grant Fink.