In today’s third edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the encouraging performance of short season Single-A Mahoning Valley infielder Claudio Bautista and what kind of prospect he truly is for the Indians. He also provides a ton of quotes and insight from Ross Atkins on several players at Double-A Akron like Ronny Rodriguez, Carlos Moncrief, Austin Adams and others, talks about the changes Will Roberts is working on, the injury to Luigi Rodriguez, and more.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer from Triple-A Columbus and optioned left-handed pitcher Nick Hagadone to Columbus. Also, right-handed pitcher has been recalled as the 26th player for the doubleheader and will be sent to Columbus after tonight.
All of the Indians affiliates were in action on Thursday night, including Columbus who had a doubleheader. There were several good and not so good performances on the night, but the one that really stood out was the start that left-hander Luis Lugo had for Mahoning Valley. Eric Haase and others also continue to make strides...
The Indians have activated right-handed closer Chris Perez from the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-handed pitcher T.J. House to Columbus. House did not appear in a game since being called up on Monday.
The Indians had a busy night on the farm as everyone was in action, although Columbus was suspended after three innings because of rain. Wonderkid Clint Frazier was back in the lineup on Wednesday after his multi-hit debut on Tuesday, and Joey Wendle continues to hit well at Carolina. Tony shares thoughts on both of them and more in ATF....
In today’s second edition of Minor Happenings for the week, Tony takes a look at the emergence of two high profile pitching prospects in Mahoning Valley with Caleb Hamrick and Luis Lugo. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina, the strides that Ronny Rodriguez continues to make, the prospect standing of Jerrud Sabourin, the injury concerns of Matt LaPorta, the inconsistency that Luis DeJesus is working through, the big pro debut of Clint Frazier and more.
With the Single-A All Star break behind us and the start of short season leagues now in full swing, it is a good time to take stock in how several Indians prospects are either raising or lowering their prospect value halfway through the 2013 season. Today, Tony takes a look at some of those showings at the Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron levels, including the likes of Cord Phelps, T.J. House, Trevor Bauer, Scott Barnes, Jake Lowery, Matt Packer, Ronny Rodriguez, Carlos Moncrief and others.
The Indians have done their major lifting with signing picks from the draft as they have signed all of their picks through the ninth round and have signed 21 of the 39 players they selected in the draft. But they are still busy trying to sign a few more players, and today we provide an update on one new signing.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. Tonight, Tony and Jim will talk about the streaky Indians and if they can maintain their good play over the past two weeks so they can stay in the division and wildcard race. They will also talk about the All Star possibilities with the likes of Justin Masterson, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana and others, look at areas in need of improvement, ponder whether the Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn signings were worth it, and much more.
In today’s special edition of Minor Happenings, Tony provides a ton of updates and comments from the Indians front office on the likes of Shawn Morimando, Eric Haase, Cody Penny, Louis Head, Caleb Hamrick, Luis Lugo and others, finds out what Clint Frazier is up to and when he will make his pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates on the likes of Alex Monsalve, LeVon Washington, Elvis Araujo, Shawn Armstrong and the whereabouts of Dillon Howard, and takes a look at the recent good play of Bryce Stowell and Yhoxian Median.
The Indians this season have been extremely streaky and been a rollercoaster ride all season, and Tony says they remind him of another Indians team from the past 10 years. He also touches on the emergence of Corey Kluber, some poor decision making by one of their draft picks, runs down several injury updates, and more.
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!