A daily feature of Indians Baseball Insider, Around the Farm, obviously won’t be able to be produced until there are minor league games played. In its place, for the time being, a fun feature we are going to try out is This Day in Indians Minor League History. We will do some research and try to find some interesting or random box scores or information that happened in the Indians minor leagues on this particular day. We will try to make this a daily feature as long as we can find something to post other than just repeating items from the last few years to avoid too much repetitiveness. Hope you enjoy, stay well and hope we can get baseball back soon!

April 24, 2015

One of the great things about affiliated minor league baseball is getting to see future major league stars before they make it to the show. Sometimes you even get to see current major leaguers returning from injury on rehab assignments. On April 24, 2015, however, Columbus Clippers fans got treated to both, and more,

First off was the result, an 11-7 Clippers victory that put the team back over .500 (8-7). The notable thing, however, was how they put up those eleven runs. the top third of the Columbus order went 9-for-14 with seven runs scored and three driven in. The three hitters combined for a staggering 1.595 OPS on the night, Their names: Francisco Lindor, Nick Swisher, and Jesus Aguilar. (If you haven’t guessed, Swisher was the one on the rehab assignment.) Lindor led the trio in the hit and run departments, with four and three respectively, but Aguilar may have had the best night of the three. Aguilar only had two hits, but they were both of the multi-hit variety, including a fifth-inning solo shot that was his third homer of the season in only game 15 of the Clippers campaign. He was responsible for two of the top of the order’s three RBI as his first-inning double also drove in a run. (For the record, the RBI Machine drove in 83 runs in 131 Triple-A games that season and a pair more in seven games for the Indians.) Swisher also impressed in his first appearance of the season, going 3-for-5, scoring a pair of runs, and driving in another.

Other notable performances included a 3-for-4, two-run, two-RBI night from DH Tyler Holt, a three-RBI game from 2B Audy Ciriaco, 2.1 shutout innings pitched by Jeff Manship en route to his third hold of the season, and a masterpiece from Giovanni Soto (2.2 shutout IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K) that gave him a well-deserved individual victory, his second in as many decisions in 2015 so far. The 6,882 that made the trip to the corner of Neil and Nationwide on this night also saw a future major league star in the uniform of the visiting Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds): leadoff hitter Eugenio Suarez, who went 0-for-4 with a run, a walk, and a stolen base.

While it’s true of every level of baseball, it’s especially true of Minor League Baseball: You never know what you’re going to see when you walk into the ballpark.


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