Around the Farm: September 11, 2014
A rough all-around game for the Captains highlights the night on the farm
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.
Jordan Milbrath (SP, Lake County): L (0-1), 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP
Though essentially everything went wrong for the Lake County Captains in their 6-0 loss Thursday, another rough outing from a starting pitcher is the main reason they are down 2-0 to the Kane County Cougars and facing elimination in the Midwest League finals. Following Mitch Brown's two-inning, four-run outing on Wednesday, Milbrath was not much better and left the Captains down quickly. Bad outings happen -- and Lake County would not have made the finals without the contributions of players like Brown and Milbrath -- but the timing of these outings is obviously less than ideal. The Captains will hope their losing stays on the road as they bring the playoff action to Classic Park on Saturday.
- Luis DeJesus (RP, Lake County): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 SO. DeJesus was tagged for an insurance run, though one of the Captains' four errors contributed to it.
- Carlos Melo (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO. Though this was not Melo's worse outing, the combination of allowing a single and a double upon entering the game extended Kane County's lead.
- Justin Brantley (RP, Lake County): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. Even Brantley, one of the better Lake County relievers this season, could not escape this game without allowing a run.
- Alexis Paredes (RP, Lake County): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. The only Lake County pitcher to escape scoreless managed to do so by only facing one batter.
- Richard Stock (C, Lake County): 1-for-3, 1 SO. Stock had one of the Captains' two hits on the night, though his and Grant Fink's back-to-back singles in the top of the eighth were too little, too late.
- Grant Fink (3B, Lake County): 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 E. Fink had the other hit, though his error was the one that contributed to DeJesus' run and essentially wipes out the value of his hit.
- Bradley Zimmer (RF, Lake County): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP. There were no hits for Zimmer, but the 21-year-old continued to reach base at a strong clip in the playoffs.
- Ivan Castillo (SS, Lake County): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 E. Given Castillo's .254 OPS and four errors in six playoff games, the 19-year-old has just had a postseason to forget so far.
- Clint Frazier (CF, Lake County), Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County), & Claudio Bautista (2B, Lake County): 0-for-10, 1 BB, 10 SO. Kane County pitchers Duane Underwood and Tyler Ihrig had the Captains' number Thursday night, as you can see by the combination of Frazier, Rodriguez, and Bautista's lines.
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If Lugo does pitch on Sunday, that makes the Milbrath start all the more puzzling.
The scouting report on the Captains batters: go heavy on the offspeed stuff, they will swing. Guys like Frazier and Nellie will certainly get a chance to adjust next year in the Carolina league where they will see even more, over and over, until they figure it out (or don't).
Polanco is starting on Saturday on 8 days rest - I would think he would've been the choice to go yesterday, with 6 days rest. Then Lugo on Saturday with 6 days rest.
Of course, all of this is moot if you can't hit the ball or catch the ball...