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Clippers Notebook: Holt continues to impress in early going

Clippers Notebook: Holt continues to impress in early going
June 9, 2014
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Looking Back

The Columbus Clippers opened the road trip by losing a pair in Louisville.  Travis Banwart struggled to get outs in the Monday 4-1 loss.  He threw 113 pitches in just 4.1 innings, giving up three runs. 

They bounced back by defeating Gwinnett in three out of four games to take the season series.  Duke von Schamann got another opportunity starting in place of the injured Danny Salazar.  In his second effort of the season he picked up a win, but gave up four runs over five innings.

They took the first two games from Charlotte to secure at least a split in the season series and the road trip.  Gabriel Arias opposed Tommy Hanson in a rematch of the May 29 18-9 loss for the Clippers.  The rematch lived up to its preceding game with the Clippers winning this time 13-9.

In his first game back, also in the 13-9 win over Charlotte, Jesus Aguilar had himself quite a game.  He homered in his first at-bat (a rocket shot off the railing behind the wall in center) to start the scoring.  The homer was a two-run shot.  He drove a third run on a groundout in the third.  Leading off the eighth, with the pitcher starting his windup, he was ejected by home plate umpire Travis Carlson for arguing balls and strikes.

Catching Wind

The Bullpen
19 G, 2.66 ERA, 20.1 IP, 13 H, 6 R/ER, 9 BB, 17 K, 2 HR

Other than a couple of appearances the bullpen had a very solid week.  They did what a bullpen is supposed to do: hold the lead or don’t add to the deficit.  There was only one opportunity for a save, which was converted, but they did pick up a pair of wins in lieu of starter’s short outings.  They were particularly good in the 9-4 win on Wednesday and the 5-3 victory on Saturday.

OF Tyler Holt
Road trip: 7 G, .370 AVG (10-27), 4 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K, .839 OPS

Tyler Holt is acting like a number two-hitter.  He’s working the count, getting on base, swiping a couple of bags and scoring runs.  That’s why he’s on this list for a second consecutive week.  Other than the four doubles he collected in his first week, his numbers from week one and week two are mirror images of each other.

Lost at Sea

RHP Travis Banwart
2 GS, 0-1, 4.32 ERA, 8.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 8 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 1.92 WHIP

All of the sudden, Travis Banwart can’t make it out of the fifth inning.  He hasn’t given up the really big inning, but extremely high pitch counts - 113 in 4.1 innings at Louisville on Monday and 88 through 4 innings at Charlotte on Saturday - have led to early exits and an overused bullpen.  He walked eight batters and given up eight hits in the two starts.

Debuts

INF Adam Abraham

Adam Abraham made his season debut with the Clippers on June 3 in Gwinnett.  Batting in the eighth spot in the order, he collected three hits in four at-bats and scored two runs.  The next night he was moved up to the third spot in the order and answered with another two hits in four at-bats with a homer and drove in three runs.

Last season, he played 22 games with the Clippers, starting the season in Columbus; he drove in seven runs and homered once.  He played 21 games before being transferred to Akron.  He made a cameo appearance in late August before being sent back for the final nine games at Akron.

RHP J.C. Ramirez

J.C. Ramirez opened the year on the disabled list and was activated on May 17 and transferred to Akron.  He’s back and already has a win to his credit.  His debut came on Monday where he worked the seventh and eighth inning of the Clippers 4-1 loss to the Bats.  After getting the first out on a pop up, he gave up a homer to Felix Perez.  He was a little shaky in the eighth, walking a pair of batters and giving up a single, but he held Louisville off the scoreboard.

His second game on Saturday went without a hitch.  He pitched another two innings and gave up a pair of hits and walk, but no runs.

This is his first season in the Indians organization after spending the previous four with Philadelphia.  He started his professional career in the Mariners organization, making it to the advanced-a level before moving on. 

He started last season briefly with Reading of the Eastern League before his promotion to Lehigh Valley.  He had two stints with the Phillies, totaling 18 games, bouncing back and forth.  He struck out the side in his Major League debut on June 23 against the Mets.

Looking Forward

With a win on Monday, the Clippers could win the season series against Charlotte and secure a winning road trip.  The Clippers have not lost a season series to the Knights since 2008, though the two have tied the past two seasons.

After an off day on Wednesday the Clippers return home to take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders (or Red Barons or Yankees or whatever they’re calling themselves this year).  The Clippers took seven of eight last year including a four game sweep at Huntington Park.

2014 Clippers vs. SWB:

Tim Fedroff 8 G, 7-33, 3 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 9 K, .212 BA
Ryan Rohlinger 6 G, 6-20, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, .300 BA
Adam Abraham 2 G, 2-6, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, .333 BA
Scott Barnes 2 G, 0-0, 2.2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA

Game Times and Starting Pitchers

Tyler Cloyd will start on short rest, which is the first time this season that a Clippers starter will go before his normally scheduled day.  His last start was cut short after five innings due to rain.  He threw only 64 pitches.  Zach McAllister starts Tuesday in Charlotte and is reportedly joining the Indians in Boston to take his spot in the rotation back from lefty T.J. House

Cloyd would not have had to make the short rest start if Lake County had not been rained out on Wednesday when McAllister was scheduled to make his first rehab start. Instead, McAllister started the opener of the double-header on Thursday and went 4.1 innings where he gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk and struck out nine.

6/9 – at Charlotte (7:05 PM) – RHP Tyler Cloyd (3-3, 4.54) vs. LHP Eric Surkamp (2-5, 5.46)
6/10 – at Charlotte (12:05 PM) – RHP Zach McAllister (rehab start) vs. LHP Charlie Leesman (2-5, 3.14)
6/11 – OFF DAY
6/12 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7:05 PM) – TBA vs. RHP Kyle Davies (2-4, 4.33)
6/13 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7:15 PM) – TBA vs. RHP Travis Banwart (3-2, 3.55)
6/14 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7:05 PM) – TBA vs. TBA
6/15 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (6:05 PM) – TBA vs. TBA

Transactions

6/3 – Cleveland recalled LHP Nick Hagadone…INF Adam Abraham transferred to Columbus from Akron

6/4 – RHP Danny Salazar (right forearm) placed on the 7-Day Disabled List retroactive to June 2…C Chris Wallace(right calf) placed on the 7-Day Disabled List retroactive to June 2…RHP Duke von Schamann transferred to Columbus from Akron…RHP Mark Lowe optioned to Columbus from Cleveland

6/8 – 1B Jesus Aguilar optioned from Cleveland to Columbus…RHP Duke von Schamman transferred from Columbus to Akron

We hardly knew ya

It’s a little late to the party, but LHP Mike Zagurski (released 5/24) was signed to a minor league deal by the Blue Jays.  He was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo and will be returning with the Bison’s to Huntington Park in the next home stand.  To this point, he has made four appearances, covering six innings.  He has given up three runs (two earned) on four hits and six walks with nine strikeouts. 

Also, RHP Brett Brach (released 5/11) made one start with the Independent League’s Somerset Patriots before being scooped up by the Washington Nationals organization on a minor league deal at the end of May.  He was assigned to their Advanced-A affiliate in Potomac where he has made two starts, winning one of them.  Over 11 innings he has four runs (two earned) on six hits with 11 strikeouts.

Blake Wood made his first appearance with his new (old) team.  He pitched 0.1 innings with the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Pacific Coast League (Triple-A affiliate of the Royals), where he walked a pair of batters and gave up a hit, leaving with the bases loaded.

Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.

User Comments

Michael Rich
June 10, 2014 - 5:31 PM EDT
Thanks for the comment, Ryan. The Indians outfield is pretty full right now. They have Bourn and Brantley locked up for a few years. Raburn and Murphy are signed through next year. Plus, Carlos Moncrief is probably ahead of him in Columbus. That said, he has played well in his first couple of weeks at this level. He has shown that he has discipline at the plate and is solid defensively like you said.
Ryan
June 10, 2014 - 2:22 AM EDT
Holt seems to be the perfect 4th OFer for the Indians next year. Hits RH and mashes LHP. Can play a legit CF.,

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