T.J. McFarland, SP-AKR: W (7-1), 7 IP, 3 H, 6 K.
McFarland has quietly put together the most impressive season in the system for any pitcher so far this season, going 7-1 with a 1.86 ERA, striking out 30 and walking 11 in 48 1/3 innings of work for the Aeros. McFarland isn't a power guy, isn't going to rack up a ton of strikeouts, and is never going to be a #1 starter in the major leagues. Because of that, he tends to be overlooked when people look at the pitching prospects in the system, and that's a shame because McFarland projects to be an extremely useful am in a major league rotation for a long time to come. One only need to look at what Derek Lowe did yesterday afternoon for the Indians (and for that matter, what he's been doing all season at age 38) to see how valueable a pitcher who limits walks and gets groundballs can be. McFarland is a Lowe type of guy, as evidenced by his 1.76 GO/AO ratio. I don't want to jinx it, but McFarland has yet to allow a home run this year, and opposing hitters are batting just .234 off of him. The 22-year old southpaw probably isn't going to grace anyone's top-100 list this offseason, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a bright and potentially long future in a major league rotation.
Cory Kluber, SP-COL: L (3-3), 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 6 K, 2 BB. Kluber's worst start of the season, but he still managed to miss some bats. He's now 3-3- with a 3.38 ERA, 55 K and 21 BB in 42 2/3 IP. He was bit by the homer bug yesterday, as he gave up a pair of 2-run bombs.
Cord Phelps, 2B-COL: 2-4, K. Phelps was the only Clipper with more than one hit yesterday, and now has a season line of .276/.331/.441 with 3 HR and 16 RBI.
Jason Donald, SS-COL: 1-3, BB. Donald's Clipper debut in 2012.
Matt Pagnozzi, C-COL: 1-4, RBI. Pags collected the only Clipper RBI in a 5-1 loss, and caught two of the three runners who tried to steal on him.
Jared Goedert, LF-AKR: 4-4, 2 HR (5), 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R. Huge day for Goedert, who is putting up video-game numbers in the Eastern League this year. He's hitting .383/.468/.592 with 5 HR and 17 RBI, and is clearly above this level as a hitter. Unlike Matt LaPorta, Goedert has never gotten a shot to see if he can hit major league pitching, and I'd much rather see him in AAA Columbus than a guy like Andy LaRoche.
Kyle Bellows, 3B-AKR: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI. Bellows is 4 for his last 11 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI. He's hitting just .212/.322/.313 on the season, but providing stellar defense at 3B.
Tim Fedroff, CF-AKR: 1-5, HR (1), RBI, R, 3 K. Fedroff extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his first homer of the season. He's hitting .390/.405/.585 in his last 10.
Juan Diaz, SS-AKR: 1-4, HR (3), RBI, BB, 2 R, K. Diaz was a surprise (for me at least) add to the 40-man roster this offseason, and is hitting just .235/.291/.365 in repeating AA Akron.
Jordan Cooper, RP-CAR: 4 1/3 IP, R (0 ER), 4 H, BB. Coop came in as a reliever and really saved the Carolina bullpen in the doubleheader yesterday, throwing 4 1/3 effective innings in a Mudcats loss.
Jose Flores, RP-CAR: S (7), IP, K. Flores has allowed just 1 earned run in his last 12 IP, striking out an impressive 15 and walking just 3. He's doing a nice job as the Mudcats closer, converting all 7 of his save opportunities this season.
Jeremie Tice, DH-CAR: 2-7, 2 HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 R, K. Tice homered in both games of the double dip yesterday, and is now hittning .321/.414/.679 on the season for the Mudcats. His 1.093 OPS and 7 HR are both good for 2nd in the Carolina League (min 75 AB).
Dwight Childs, C-CAR: 2-3, K. Childs caught one game yesterday, collected a pair of hits and threw out one of the two runners who tried to steal on him. An above-average defensive catcher, Childs is hitting just .167/.186/.310 in 14 games this season.
Carlos Moncrief, RF-CAR: 1-6, HR (4), 2 RBI, BB, 2 R, SB, 4 K. Moncrief is hitting a n impressive .294/.385/.674 with 2 HR, 2 3B and 2 2B with 3 SB in his last 10 games. He's also struck out 16 times and walked just 4 in that timeframe.
Ronny Rodriguez, SS-CAR: 3-5, 2B, BB, R. Rodriguez collected a hit in both Mudcat games yesterday, and now has a modest 5-game hitting streak during which he's gone 6-16 with a pair of doubles.
Tony Wolters, 2B-CAR: 1-7, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K. Every time it looks like Wolters is about to break out, he hits a skid. He's hitting .243/.282/.351 in his last 10 games, which is actually a lot better than his overall season line of .184/.262/.237. On the season, he has just 2 hits in 17 AB against LHP.
Cody Anderson, SP-LCC: W (4-1), 6 IP, 2 H, 5 K, BB. Anderson allowed just three baserunners over 6 shutout innings yesterday, lowering his season ERA to just 1.89. He's given up more than 1 earned run in a start just once this season, and has struck out 31 and walked just 9 in 38 IP.
Cole Cook, RP-LCC: S (2), 3 IP, ER, H, 4 K, BB. Cook picked up his 2nd save of the year, this one of the 3-inning variety. He gave up a solo HR in the 9th, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive scoreless innings. After a rough start, his season ERA is down to 4.18 in 23 2/3 innings of work for the Captains.
Francisco Lindor, SS-LCC: 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB, R. Just another day in the office for Lindor, who pushed his season line up to .319/.368.486.
Alex Monsalve, C-LCC: 2-4, RBI, K. Repeating the Midwest League, Monsalve hasn't been able to replicate his all-star numbers from 2011, hitting just .234/.295/.376 in 35 games for the Captains this year.
Robel Garcia, 2B-LCC: 1-4, 3B, K. Garcia hasn't been consistent this season, but he's playing the entire season as a 19-year old and it's his first pro experience outside of the complex leagues. His 37/10 K/BB ratio is concerning.
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