In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the quiet but good season that Double-A Akron first baseman Jesus Aguilar has had, what improvements he has made, what kind of impact he could have in Cleveland and when he could arrive in the big leagues. He also discusses the emergence of Joseph Colon as a legit starting pitching prospect, the kind of prospect Nellie Rodriguez is, provide tons of quotes from the front office on Akron players such as Kyle Crockett, Jeff Johnson, Jake Lowery and others, and more!
While we may have denied or even forgotten about the fact that this is Scott Kazmir’s first full season as a big league starter since 2010 and that he may have a point in the season where his arm begins to tire. The left-hander struggled in three innings giving up five runs all in the first, which proved to be more than enough for LA. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the Tribe's fifth straight loss.
Dave Middendorf is so big that he has to sleep on the floor of the bus if he wants to rest comfortably. Well, he doesn’t have to anymore, but it worked so well for him when he was a rookie in affiliated ball that he’s just stuck with it. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara recently caught up with the Crushers' starting pitcher to see how his season is going.
After being sent down to Triple-A, Vinnie Pestano has pitched like a man consumed by the desire to get back to the major leagues. To read all about Pestano's night, how he could fit back into the major league bullpen, and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Arthur Kinney as he takes you Around The Farm.
osh Hamilton hit a three-run home run off Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir as part of a five-run first inning, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the Indians 5-2 Friday night at Progressive Field. With the loss, the Indians have lost five games in a row, all at home, after winning all seven games during their previous homestand. The Angels broke a four-game losing streak behind a strong performance by ace Jered Weaver. The IBI's Nathan Kemp recaps the Tribe's loss.
Despite losing in extra innings, Tribe fans are still buzzing over Danny Salazar's start on Wednesday. The right-hander was electrifying as he struck out 10 batters in over seven innings of work and nearly earned the victory. With his recent success, Salazar has now cemented himself as the team's top pitching prospect, and he is also arguably the team's top pitching prospect in years. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines on the topic in the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
Well, after a dreadful stretch of 12 straight losses essentially ruined their season, the Scrappers have come back with a vengeance. In 20 games since the streak, the Scrappers have managed to put together a 13-7 record and a 5-5 record since the last Scrapperbook. Join Hayden Grove as he breaks down the last two weeks for the Scrappers and highlights the ups and downs coming out of Mahoning Valley.
The Indians are a contender. Yes these last four days have been as long and torturous as a Jean Claude Van Damme movie, but they are behind the Indians. Yes the Tigers are clearly the class of the AL Central and this is true for a few different reasons: Miguel Cabrera (really just the middle of the order in general), the consistency of their rotation, and shockingly their bullpen. Join Michael Hattery as he gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's sweep-finishing loss.
Both Daisuke Matsuzaka and Bryson Myles missed the entire month of May as injuries took their toll on the pair's effectiveness. Now that both are healthy, Matsuzaka and Myles are performing well and making waves and Thursday night was no different. To find out all about Matsuzaka and Myles' nights and everything you need to know about Thursday in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
There are just four weekends left in the minor league season, and with that in mind Tony takes stock in the players in the Indians farm system at Lake County, Mahoning Valley and Arizona to let us know who is increasing/decreasing their prospect value. He reviews several players including Eric Haase, Jeremy Lucas, Joe Sever, Dace Kime, Cole Sulser, Luis Lugo, Clint Frazier, D'Vone McClure, Sean Brady and many more.
Cleveland is proud to be home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But there is another Rock that is revered by many lifelong Cleveland Indians fans. This Saturday, the Cleveland Indians will honor Rocky Colavito, on the date of his 80th birthday. This gesture is not only appropriate, but long overdue. The IBI's DJ Sebastian reminisces about Colavito and why he had such a big impact on fans during his time in baseball.
According to reports, the Indians have designated Mark Reynolds for assignment and have recalled right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Columbus. Tony provides the details and a quick look into the decision and why it was a long time coming for the Indians.
Any hopes of the Clippers reaching the playoffs in 2013 are fading fast. After another mediocre 3-4 week, Columbus finds themselves 6.5 games out of a Wild Card spot and 11 games out of first place in the International League West. The IBI's Ethan Day checks in with his weekly recap of what happened in Columbus....
After dropping two straight deflating games to the Tigers, the Indians turned to Danny Salazar to try to get some of their mojo back. The kid took the hill and was sensational in his second career start punching out 10 Tiger hitters and going 7.2 innings before making a big mistake to Miguel Cabrera. Prince Fielder later did the Tribe in and they are now 0-3 in this series, and the IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts...
During this week's special afternoon edition, Andrew and Jeff will discuss whether now is the time to hit the panic button with the Cleveland Indians. Can they still contend? Why is Asdrubal Cabrera still hitting cleanup? Does Terry Francona leave his pitchers in too long? They'll also talk some NFL football. Is it worth watching pre-season games? Should there be any reason to be concerned about Trent Richardson? What should we expect from the Cleveland Browns this season? All that and more on this week's edition of The Inside Pitch!
After yet another depressing loss at the major league level, why not take some time to focus on the happiness and promise of the minor leagues? Why not bask in the insane success of Trevor Frank in the Mahoning Valley bullpen or the way that a finally healthy Alex Monsalve is producing at Akron? Leave all your Tiger trouble behind and join Jim Piascik as he recaps all you need to know about Wednesday night in the minor leagues and goes Around The Farm.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!