Where is right-hander Hector Rondon? Last year he was all but destined to be a member of the Cleveland Indians starting rotation this year.
David Huff just opened a spot for him, but he won’t be the player filling the void. In today’s Akron Beacon Journal, Sheldon Ocker narrowed it down to Aaron Laffey or Carlos Carrasco, unless the Indians delay the start.
So what gives?
Injuries for one: a right forearm injury has shut Rondon down for weeks. His last start came May 12 and it’s not clear when he is scheduled to pitch again.
Even when he has pitched this season, he has been less than stellar. In his seven starts this season (31.2 innings) he carries a 8.53 ERA and a 1-3 record. He does still have his strong strikeout stuff, which is indicated by his 33 strikeouts, more than one an inning. He cannot avoid home runs though, giving up 12.
Monday minor league roundup
Triple-A Columbus (41-30) – The Clippers lost to Rochester 2-1 in 10 innings. Their lone run came on an RBI single by Matt LaPorta, scoring Josh Rodriguez, in the third inning. It is LaPorta’s 12th RBI in 13 games with the Clippers. He finished the game 3 of 4 to raise his average to .412 at Columbus (21-51). Jeanmar Gomez pitched eight innings and gave up three hits, struck out four and walked one. Over his last 15 innings (two starts) he has given up six hits and one run; striking out 10 and walking one.
Double-A Akron (34-35) – Off
High Class-A Kinston (36-34) – Off
Low Class-A Lake County (44-25) – Off
Class-A Short season Mahoning Valley (2-2) – The Scrappers dropped the home opener 12-0 to Auburn. Leftfielder Jonathan Burnette had two hits, including a double. Catcher Wyatt Toregas was 0-for-1. In his first eight at bats of the season he has four runs, three hits, two home runs, two RBI and three walks. Starting pitcher Casey Gaynor allowed seven runs, four hits and three walks in two innings. He struck out four.