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Around The Farm: September 4, 2013

Scrappers pitch another shutout as they end their season

Around The Farm: September 4, 2013
September 5, 2013
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. 

Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 E

This game was a microcosm of Rodriguez's time in Mahoning Valley. A little bit of power, a little bit of on-base ability, and some strikeouts. There is no denying that Rodriguez's time with the Scrappers went a long way toward rebuilding his value after a rough start in Lake County. Rodriguez's .287/.366/.452 line with 16 doubles, nine home runs, and a 61:29 SO:BB shows what he is capable of, though he still has a ways to go before he can make designs on starting in Cleveland. The next step for Rodriguez will be erasing his Lake County stats from this year (.194/.305/.256 line in 47 games), something he will look to do out of the gate in 2014.

  • Caleb Hamrick (SP, Mahoning Valley): W (3-6), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP. Hamrick and the rest of the Scrappers pitching staff got into things in September, only allowing three runs in four games. This was Hamrick's seventh-straight start with five or more innings and one or fewer earned runs.
  • Carlos Melo (RP, Mahoning Valley): H (2), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. The Scrappers' shutout continued with Melo, as the right-hander finished his first season in the organization with a 2.60 ERA and 19:10 SO:BB between Arizona and the New York-Penn League.
  • Ben Heller (RP, Mahoning Valley): H (3), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. Heller continued the shutout, as the 22nd round pick finished the year with a 3.13 ERA and a 39:14 SO:BB in 37.1 innings.
  • Trevor Frank (RP, Mahoning Valley): S (3), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO. And Frank finished the shutout. The eighth round pick really tore up the New York-Penn League, posting a 39:2 SO:BB in his first 35.0 professional innings.
  • Juan Romero (RF, Mahoning Valley): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Romero may have struggled with strikeouts and his hit tool again in 2013 (58:8 SO:BB, .248 OBP in 44 games), though he did end the season on a positive note.
  • Grant Fink (DH, Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. The 23rd round pick made the most of his late-season callup to Mahoning Valley, going 8-for-18 with two doubles and a home run in five games.

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User Comments

Donna Thomas
September 5, 2013 - 10:14 AM EDT
Hamrick ROCKS! One to watch, for sure!

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