Huff Rehab Start, Promotions and Round-Up Headline Week In Minors
By Sean Tuttle
David Huff appeared in a rehabilitation start on April 20 with the Akron Aeros. Huff is recovering from a right hamstring strain that he suffered on March 29 while pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training.
Huff pitched four shutout innings against the Reading Phillies. He gave up one hit, allowed one walk, and struck out 3 batters. The efforts of Huff were in vain on Friday, as the Aeros gave up a 3-0 lead losing in the bottom of the 10th inning, 4-3.
Huff was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Indians, and optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
Huff made his first start with the Clippers on Wednesday where he went four innings against the Toledo Mud Hens. He allowed seven hits, surrendered five runs, four of which were earned, gave up one walk, and struck out two batters. Huff allowed one home run in his season debut with the Clippers and suffered his first loss by a score of 6-4.
Huff’s performance was followed up by recent optioned reliever, Nick Hagadone. Hagadone’s appearance was a bit more impressive. He went two innings, didn’t allow a hit, run, or walk, and struck out two batters.
With the success of the Tribe in the month of April, it is uncertain when Huff will be called back up to the big league level. It appears that Huff is a man in waiting for another chance or possible trade bait as July approaches.
Captains begin six game home stand against western opponents.
The Lake County Captains began a six game home stint on Wednesday against the Peoria Chiefs (Cubs) and the Burlington Bees (Athletics). This will be the only regular season appearance by either club at Classic Park for the next two seasons.
Thursdays game starts at 6:30 pm and is Thirsty Thursday, presented by ESPN 850 WKNR. Beer will be 25 cents for one hour before game time and half-price draft beers and fountain soda until 9pm. Thursday is also date night, if you want a romantic night at the park couples can purchase two tickets to the Officer’s Club Suite and two meal vouchers for only $30, a $56 value.
Sunday is Family Fun Sunday at Classic Park and will encompass several activities for everyone including pre-game autograph sessions, new inflatables, and live entertainment. Fans will also have the option to stay for a Catholic Mass following the game, a post game concert, and a Home Run Derby.
Monday is Buck Night, presented by PNC, where fans can receive a dollar off game tickets or two dollars off if they use a PNC debit or credit card when purchasing their tickets. The main attraction is the food. Fans can purchase hotdogs, chips, french fries, popcorn, soda, and beer for a buck a piece.
Six days of great minor league baseball, family entertainment, and amazing prices.
Minor League Round-Up
As of April 25th, the Columbus Clippers are 10-10 overall and are currently sitting in second place, four games back of first place Toledo. First baseman, Matt LaPorta, went 2-2 in Wednesday’s contest extending his hitting streak to nine games. As of Monday April 23, outfielder Trevor Crowe ranked third in the International League in batting with a .380 average. Columbus leads the league in batting with a .289 average. The Clippers are currently on a four game losing streak, and are set to return for an eight game home stand against the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Gwinnett Braves.
The Akron Aeros are 10-6 overall and are currently one game back of first place to the Harrisburg Senators. The Aeros won Wednesday’s contest against the Bowie Baysox in 11 innings, 5-4. In Monday’s contest against Bowie, outfielder Jared Goedert lost an 11-game hitting streak after going 0-3. During his streak, Goedert had seven multi-hit games, averaged .469, went 15 for 32 with a home run and three RBI’s. Goedert leads the Eastern League in batting with a .404 average. The Aeros will return to Canal Park for a seven game home stand, three against the Altoona Curve and four against the Binghamton Mets.
The Carolina Mudcats are 9-9 overall and currently one game back of first place. As of Monday, Jesus Aguilar is ninth in the Carolina League in hitting with a .345 average. Left-handed pitchers, T.J. House and Mike Rayl, have pitched a combined 41.2 innings and have only allowed nine earned runs (1.97 ERA) this season. Rayl has only allowed two runs in his last three starts, 18.2 innings. The Mudcats won Wednesday’s contest against Lynchburg with a score of 5-2. The Mudcats will face Lynchburg again Thursday before heading out on the road for three games against Salem and four games against Lynchburg.
Finally, the Lake County Captains are 6-14 overall and currently sitting in last place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League, nine games behind first place. Outfielders Luigi Rodriguez and Jordan Smith, are tied for the lead in triples in the South Atlantic League with three. Infielder Francisco Lindor has hit safely in six of the last seven games and leads the South Atlantic League in at-bats with 77 plate appearances. The Captains opened up a six game home stand with a win against the Peroia Chiefs on Wednesday with a 6-3 final.
This week’s transactions include:
Rob Nixon transferred from Mahoning Valley to Lake County. Zach MacPhee transferred from Mahoning Valley to Lake County. LeVon Washington transferred from Lake County to Mahoning Valley. Kyle Petter transferred from Lake County to Carolina. Clayton Cook was placed on the seven day DL with a right bicep strain. Toru Murata transferred from Akron to Columbus.
Justin Toole transferred from Mahoning Valley to Carolina. Danny Salazar was placed on the seven day DL with right forearm tightness, retroactive to April 19th. Kyle Landis transferred from Akron to Columbus. CC Lee was placed on the seven day DL with right forearm tightness, retroactive to April 19th.