The Columbus Clippers gave a preview of what to expect this season with an 11-4 thrashing of the San…
Another Look At Minor-Leaguers
The Indians have told him they like his batting stroke, but need more home runs from a guy playing first base. Let's see if he can continue to go deep while maintaining a batting average near .300 in the International League. If so, he could be in the Indians' plans.
All five of Columbu's other hits in a 2-2 tie with Akron were singles -- two by third baseman Wes Hodges and one apiece by CF Michael Brantley, DH Michael Aubrey and C Wyatt Toregas.
Left-hander David Huff started and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over five innings. He made 14 first-pitch strikes to 19 batters faced and averaged 88.5 mph on his 67 pitches with a top radar clocking of 91.
Huff mixed his fastball with plenty of breaking stuff in what was his best outing of the spring.
Greg Jones, a pickup from the Angels organization, yielding one hit over one inning. The 32-year-old right-hander topped out at 89 and was 1-for-4 on first-pitch strikes.
He has no reord and a 5.48 ERA in 38 relief appearances at the big-league level. In 388 career games in the minors, he's 30-41 with a 4.67 ERA and 61 saves.
Todd Moser, another free-agent pickup, fanned two and yielded one hit over one inning. The lefty, a former Marlins prospect who has pitched in Taiwan and independent leagues the past several years, topped out at 91 and was 3-for-4 on first-pitch strikes.
Right-hander Jack Cassel, who had been in the Indians' big-league camp, gave up three hits and two runs (one earned) over four innings for Akron. He walked one and fanned five, topping out at 88 and going 9-for-17 on first-pitch strikes.
Tomo Ohka worked two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out three and going 5-for-8 on first-pitch strikes with a top speed of 89.
Neil Wagner ws 2-for-3 on first-pitch strikes and gave up a hit in a nine-pitch inning, topping out at 90.
Aeros first baseman Beau Mills hit a hanging curve ball from Huff well over the right-field wall for a two-run homer.
Utility man Jerad Head played second base and went 2-for-2.
Kinston right-hander Jeanmar Gomez was very sharp in a 3-3 tie. He fanned five without a walk, giving up only two hits over 4 1-3 innings. He was 9-for-15 on first-pitch strikes, with a top clocking of 91 and was consistently in the 89-90 mph range.
Garrison Campfield yielded four hits and three runs over two innings. He topped out at 89 and was 6-for-10 on first-pitch strikes.
Travis Turek went 2-for-3 on first-pitch strikes in a perfect inning in which he needed only six pitches, topping out at 91.
An error by Lake County catcher Moises Montero helped Kinston score three runs on only four hits. Alex Castillo had two RBI and shortstop Mark Thompson went 1-for-3, a double.
For the Captains, left fielder Donnie Webb drew three walks in three times up and scored twice with a stolen base as the leadoff hitter. He has taken to instruction from Lake County manager Aaron Holbert very well.
Montero went 2-for-3 with his costly error.
Right-hander Joey Mahalic yielded three runs (one earned) over four innings. He allowed only one hit and walked three, fanning three. He was 8-for-15 on first-pitch strikes and pretty much threw all 62 of his pitches in the 84-88 range.
Lefty Russell Young fanned four over three innings, allowing one hit and two walks. He topped out at 90 mph, though was only 4-for-11 on first-pitch strikes.
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