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.
Ryan Merritt (SP, Lake County Captains): 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K.
Going into this season, Merritt was hardly considered much of a prospect, but he is turning some heads so far. His start on Monday was by far the best professional performance of his young career as he was never really threatened, and he also kept balls out of the air as he recorded 13 groundouts and five strikeouts. It’s going to take a lot more performances like this one before Tribe fans can look at Merritt as someone they could potentially get excited about, but this start was another step in the right direction. Merritt will always at least be somewhat intriguing because he is, well, a lefty. He now has posted a 3.19 ERA in six starts and 31 innings this season.
Chun-Hsiu Chen (DH, Akron Aeros): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, ...