The Indians promoted Nellie Rodriguez -- the current Carolina League home run leader with 17 -- to Double-A Akron on Tuesday and the RubberDucks immediately reaped the reward of having his powerful bat in the lineup.
Cleveland's No. 23 prospect ripped a grand slam in his first at-bat for the RubberDucks, spotting them a 4-0 lead in the opening frame that helped them secure a 10-3 victory over New Hampshire. The blast was Rodriguez' second in three games, and pushed him to 88 RBIs on the year, good for third in the Minors. He finished 1-for-5 on Tuesday.
No. 1 prospect (No. 31 overall) Bradley Zimmer contributed to the win, too, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the fifth inning. He spent three months with Rodriguez at Class A Advanced Lynchburg before joining the RubberDucks on July 16.
Since then, the No. 21 overall pick in 2014 has hit .253 with four homers and 17 RBIs.
Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.