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Around the Farm: September 11, 2014

A rough all-around game for the Captains highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: September 11, 2014
Jordan Milbrath (Photo: Brittany Chay)
September 12, 2014
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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

Jordan Milbrath (Photo: MiLB)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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User Comments

September 12, 2014 - 2:09 PM EDT
I'm not sure there is much issue here with the rotation. Remember, they have had a lot of days off. They had 9/2, 9/5, 9/8 and 9/9 off. And on 9/3 Brown started game 1 and on 9/4 Polanco started game 2. Then the next series on 9/6 Lugo started game 1 and 9/7 Kime started game 2. Then this series on 9/10 Brown started and 9/11 Milbrath started.....and then Polanco, Lugo and Kime are scheduled the rest of the series. The final six starts of the season went to these guys and Brady made a spot start on the final day of the season.
September 12, 2014 - 1:51 PM EDT
Tony - Lugo is listed as the probable Sunday starter, but if he has reached his innings limit, I guess that would push Kime up from Monday to Sunday. Then Brown on Monday?
If Lugo does pitch on Sunday, that makes the Milbrath start all the more puzzling.
September 12, 2014 - 10:46 AM EDT
This is the unfortunate reality of the playoffs in the minor leagues. The starting pitchers that got you there may not pitch deep into the playoffs, and you don't necessarily setup your rotation to maximize the talent. Development and health are still the primary things that the team concentrates on and winning is secondary. Lugo is at 131.1 innings this season and it appears he hit his inning threshold. One that is hit in the minors, a team won't go over it, no matter how important the game.
September 12, 2014 - 10:38 AM EDT
Frazier 0/7 w 6Ks in game 1 and 2. The red-headed K child strikes again. Perhaps it's time for the Indians and Cubs to swap scouts.
September 12, 2014 - 10:36 AM EDT
Rotation set up seems very strange - Lugo might not even get to pitch. They assumed they would win one at Kane County.

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).
September 12, 2014 - 9:22 AM EDT
Any idea why Milbrath started last night? He pitched 1 inning on 9/4, and before that hadn't pitched at all since a start on 8/28. So he basically hadn't pitched in 13 days. Seems a bizarre choice for such an important game.
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...
September 12, 2014 - 8:37 AM EDT
For Zimmer... tough way to get on base.. wearing one is never fun...

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