Around The Farm: May 31. 2014
Columbus' blowout in game one 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.
Tyler Holt (Columbus - Game 1, CF) - 4-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
Holt continues his solid start to his International League career by extending his Triple-A hitting streak to six games in grand fashion. If he can keep playing anywhere near this well in the long term at Columbus, he will make a serious case for a call up to the major league club.
Elliot Johnson (Columbus - Game 1, RF) - 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 Sac Fly, 1 SB
Johnson also continues a recent hot streak with a huge day in the opener of Huntington Park's (and possibly the Clippers') first ever day-night doubleheader. To give you an idea of how well he is doing, a 1-for-4 nightcap dropped his last 10 games' batting average to .300.
Ryan Rohlinger (Columbus - Game 1, 2B) - 3-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Rohlinger has a huge day at the plate, which isn't that unusual for him; the issue is consistency. Eight of his last 10 games (through the nightcap of today's doubleheader) have been either multi-hit or no-hit. He needs to learn how to have good nights outside of the spectacular ones.
Audy Ciriaco (Columbus - Game 1, 1B) - 4-5, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Ciriaco has been raking as of late, with today's doubleheader raising his last 10 games numbers to .364/.400/.636 with two home runs and seven RBI. Today's opener obviously marked a high point of this recent impressive run of form.
Tyler Cloyd (Columbus - Game 1, SP) - W (2-3), 7 H, 3 R (all earned), 5 K, 3 HR allowed, 1 HBP
A nine-inning complete game in the minor leagues is an impressive enough feat as it is. When you consider the timing of it coming in the opener of a split doubleheader, thus saving the bullpen for game two, it gets even more so. Top it off with the fact that he was three bad pitches away from this outing being a shutout and it makes a solid case for being one of the best outings of the season in the organization (something that could also be said about the game as a whole, a 19-3 Clipper win, as well).
- Chris Wallace (Columbus - Game 1, DH) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI - Wallace has the biggest game of his injury-delayed season as he gets three RBI while batting in the nine hole.
- Giovanny Urshela (Columbus - Game 2, 3B) - 2-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 CS - Urshela puts up his second multi-hit line in his last three games. It seems he might be finally getting accustomed to the Triple-A level.
- Audy Ciriaco (Columbus - Game 2, SS-1B), 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - Ciriaco follows up his incredible opener with another multi-hit performance in the nightcap.
- Luke Carlin (Columbus - Game 2, C) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Just like in game one, one of the best performances comes from the ninth spot in the batting order.
- Toru Murata (Columbus - Game 2, SP) - ND, 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP - Murata's return to the Clipper rotation is solid but not enough to pick up the individual victory.
- Nick Hagadone (Columbus - Game 2, RP) - W (2-3), 1.2 IP, perfect, 3 K - Hagadone shuts down the Bats' bats to keep the Clippers in the game until they could get the second run for the win.
- Joe Wendle (Akron, 2B) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - Wendle's recent hot streak continues as he is now .304/.347/.435 with nine RBI in his last 10 games.
- Tony Wolters (Akron, C) - 2-3, 1 R, 1 Sac Bunt, 1 SB - Wolters, on the other hand, had a much needed big night at the plate. Hopefully this is the beginning of a turnaround for Wolters, who is only batting .189 in his last 10 ballgames.
- Charlie Valerio (Akron, 1B) - 2-4 - Valerio has been hitting very well in his seven games thus far at the Double-A level, where he is now .280/.357/.280.
- Adam Miller (Akron, RP) - L (0-1), BS (1), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 K, 1 HR allowed - Miller's comeback attempt hits its biggest speed bump yet and even that is the result of one bad pitch in the eighth inning that was hit for a two-run homer.
- Michael Peoples (Carolina, SP) - L (2-6), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HR allowed - Michael's second relatively solid outing in a row goes to waste due to nonexistent run support.
- Elvis Araujo (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K - More good pitching wasted.
- Louis Head (Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - See above.
- Clint Frazier (Lake County, CF) - 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K - Frazier has a good evening at the plate. Hopefully he can post even more such efforts and get past his uneven introduction to full-season pro ball.
- Richard Stock (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B,, 1 K - This is the type of night we need to see more of out of Stock, whose batting average has been hovering in the neighborhood of the Mendoza Line.
- Robbie Aviles (Lake County, SP) - ND, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (1 earned), 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP - On one hand, he gave up a lot of runs. On the other hand, all but one of them were partially the defense's fault.
- Ben Heller (Lake County, RP) - L (3-1), 1,2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed - Ben pitches just poorly enough to lose the game for the Captains.
Holt just like Urshela of to a hot start since the promotion to AAA. I hope he able to make adjustments once the league has a book on him. Urshela had that hot start, but since has been struggling at the plate.
How far away is Austin Adams from helping the team. We could that 100 mph fastball out of the bullpen but need him to be ready