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.
Fourteen innings wasn’t even enough to sneak a win by the powerhouse of the American League Central. For the third night in a row, the Indians could not outlast the Detroit Tigers late in a ballgame as they took down the struggling Tribe, 6-5. The victory sends Motown to their 12th straight win, as they have won 15 of their last 16 games. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action.
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed outfielder Ryan Raburn to a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season with a club option for 2016. The Indians locked up one of their key offensive contributors beyond this season and Tony has the details.
The Captains returned home this past week, where they posted a 3-4 record. The offense seemed to generate some more hits, though these hits didn't necessarily come at the right times. Timely hitting has been an issue for the team all season, but a couple of home runs boosted the offense through a few games. Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains.
It may have been a short week, but it was a successful one for the Crushers. Because of a rain out of their game against the WildThings on Friday night, the Crushers only played five games in seven days. They were a perfect 5-0. The Crushers have been carried by their sound pitching and defense so far in the second half, and that’s the way this team was built to succeed. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara shares the details of the week that was in his latest notebook...
Well, if there was any doubt as to whether the Tigers and Indians were equals, it was answered in these last two games, or the whole season series between the two teams for that matter. The Indians are a good team with plenty of potential to grow, but Detroit was picked to win the World Series for a reason. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps a bad inning by Masterson and a quiet night for the bats in another loss to Motown.
The Cleveland Indians system didn't have a lot of showcase performances on Tuesday night, but it was headlined by some streaking players. Bryson Myles is starting to find his groove now that his injury-prone legs are now healthy and provided a game-winner for Carolina, and Jesus Aguilar hit his fourteenth homer, to answer critics hitting him for his lack of power. Join Jim Pete with Tuesday's ATF.
Fans don’t normally blurt out the name Don Kelly when thinking about the Detroit Tigers. Yet, for some reason, his name doesn’t resonate well with Tribe fans. Just like it was Monday, the Tigers did all of their damage in one inning. A five run fifth for the Tigers capped off by a three-run homer by Kelly was more than enough, as Detroit beat up Cleveland, 5-1.
We are rounding third and heading home on the 2013 minor league season. With barely a month to go, it is a good time to take some stock on how some players fared in July to see whose prospect value has increased or decreased at this point in the season. Today, Tony takes a look at players at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina with the likes of Tim Fedroff, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer, Jake Lowery, Matt Packer, Carlos Moncrief, Bryson Myles, Jerrud Sabourin, Louis Head and others.
“A star is born” is a clichè used in every sport. Often, it refers to a phenom, born with extraordinary talent in a given field, who has finally made the big time. Very rarely do you hear the words, “a star is built”. That is, unless you find yourself in the Mahoning Valley Scrappers clubhouse and bear witness to the emerging talent that is Nellie Rodriguez.
The Akron Aeros won on Saturday and Sunday, but it was not enough to undo their four-game losing streak to start the week. Losing four of six games dropped the Aeros to a 55-59 record, 5.5 games behind the Harrisburg Senators for first place in the Western Division and five games behind the Erie SeaWolves for the wild card. To find out what it means for the Aeros' playoff chances, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
After taking the final two of a short three-game road trip in Miami, the Indians returned home to start the most important series of their season against the division-leading Tigers. The home team controlled the first eight innings of the game in just about every facet, but one pitch in the ninth changed everything. The IBI's Kevin Dean provides his second thoughts on the punch in the gut loss from Monday night.
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!