Around The Farm: May 16, 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.
Bryan LaHair (Akron, 1B) - 4-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 5 RBI
While I realize that this is a performance by a guy with significant major league experience facing Double-A pitching, the extent to which Bryan carried the RubberDucks to victory on Friday night is worthy of feature status regardless of the circumstances surrounding how it happened. LaHair knocked in nearly half the RubberDucks' runs, including two on a 12th-inning double that proved to be the eventual game-winning runs. LaHair has a .410/.500/.615 line with 15 RBI in his last 10 games and a .371/.458/.532 line with 17 RBI in all 16 games in which he has suited up for the Akron ballclub. It remains to be seen if this will be enough to get him a return ticket to Columbus, where he struggled early in the season (posting a .114/.139/.171 line in 10 games early in the season).
- Matt Carson (Columbus, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K - By far, the best offensive performance of the night for the Clippers. Carson continues his solid run of form, going to .389/.463/.833 in his last 10 games along with 4 home runs and 10 RBI.
- Giovanny Urshela (Columbus, 3B) - 2-4, 1 K - Urshela has the only other multi-hit effort on the night for the Clips.
- Kyle Davies (Columbus, SP) - L (1-2), 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB (intentional), 4 K - Davies has his worst outing since his recent call up from Double-A Akron. While a bad outing is hardly unexpected from a pitcher adjusting to a new level, it is hopefully also a rare occurrence.
- Blake Wood (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 3 K - Blake pitched the equivalent of a perfect inning across the seventh and eighth frames.
- Tony Wolters (Akron, C) - 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Wolters has one of only two non-Bryan LaHair multi-hit performances for the RubberDucks, which is kind of surprising when you consider that they scored 12 runs.
- Bryson Myles (Akron, LF) - 2-6, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E - Myles picks up his fifth stolen base of the season and only his first error.
- Joseph Colon (Akron, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 5 K - Colon has his worst outing since his disastrous season debut but avoids the loss due to substantial run support.
- Giovanni Soto (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR allowed - Soto goes from zero to three earned runs allowed on the season in one swing of the bat.
- Shawn Armstrong (Akron, RP) - BS (3), W (1-0), 2 IP, 2 H. 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K - For those of you new to reading Around The Farm in 2014, this is my first chance to introduce you to one of my baseball philosophies. A pitcher should not be able to earn the win when he is charged with a blown save. I understand that "right place, right time" wins are part of baseball, but this is too much. A pitcher who blows a save should not be rewarded with an individual victory just because the offense comes back and scores the winning runs after he managed to complete the inning.
- Anthony Gallas (Carolina - Game 1, RF) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 K - It was a rough night for the Mudcats in a doubleheader at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC on Friday night. This is the only noteworthy offensive performance of the opener for the Carolina side due to the extra-base hit.
- Ryan Merritt (Carolina - Game 1, SP) - L (5-1), 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR allowed - Three of Merritt's last four outings have been rough, especially compared with his strong start to the season. Let's hope his recent form is the outlier as opposed to the way he started the season.
- Benny Suarez (Carolina - Game 1, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - Not a bad outing by Benny, but ultimately one overshadowed by all the poor performances that marked the rest of the game for the Mudcats.
- James Roberts (Carolina - Game 2, 3B) - 2-2, 1 E - Again, this is the only notable offensive performance from the nightcap, this time due to Roberts' multiple hits. His 15 errors in 34 games are a reason for concern, especially when coupled with a 10-game stretch in which he is only batting .222/.395/.222 (his season numbers are .299/.395/.318).
- Michael Peoples (Carolina - Game 2. SP) - L (2-3), 4 IP, 8 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed - This outing's main problem was one pitch in the fourth which was hit for a two-run home run that accounted for all of the second game's scoring. Unfortunately, when the offense is not contributing at all, even that is too much to allow the opposition.
- Jacob Lee (Carolina - Game 2, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K - See "Benny Suarez" entry from Game 1.
- Rob Nixon (Carolina - Game 2, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - See above.
- Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 2-5, 1 SB - Frazier's adjustment to full-season pro ball in front of a large crowd of fans continues with this solid effort, which included his fifth stolen base in 27 games.
- Paul Hendrix (Lake County, SS) -2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K - Hendrix continues his recent hot streak with a multi-hit night and the eventual game-winning RBI on a single to left in the top of the 10th. Hendrix is now hitting .390/.444/.732 in his last ten ballgames along with three home runs and seven RBI.
- Robbie Aviles (Lake County, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 3 K, 1 HBP - A dominant outing that, unfortunately, fails to earn the win due to a lack of early run support.
- Matt Whitehouse (Lake County, RP) - BS (1), 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 K, 1 HBP - Whitehouse's first game back from the 7-day DL isn't much better than his performance before going on the injured list. If he doesn't improve significantly soon, the All-Star break might find him ticketed for a return to Mahoning Valley.
- Ben Heller (Lake County, RP) - W (2-0), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K - A solid outing by Heller to keep the game level until the Captains could muster a third run and win the game.