Enough with the kids' gloves with regards to Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco. The time to get these kids into the rotation is now, and not later. This new version of the Indians is standing at a precipice that they've been at in both 2011 and 2012. Jim Pete takes a look at why the Indians should bring these kids up sooner, rather than later. He also opines about why this team may just be a contender, and ponders the importance of Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Justin Verlander tonight...
There are players every year that seem to come out of the woodwork to become good-to-great prospects. The first guy that comes to mind is Jose Ramirez last season. Ramirez struggled tonight, but the guy at the top of ATF is someone who's surprising this year, and has surprised in the past as well. Join Jim Pete, as he winds us through the daily baseball tidings in Monday's ATF.
The night was chalk full of top prospects, as Trevor Bauer, Jose Ramirez, #Washtime, Tyler Naquin, Francisco Lindor, Jordan Smith, and Tony Wolters, all made news for one reason or another during the Sunday games. Two players off that list made the top three in tonight's ATF. Which two? Join Jim Pete as he takes you on a trip through the Tribe's organization.
The Columbus Clippers exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to topple the Scranton/WB 10-4 at Huntington Park Sunday.
After being down 3-0 from the get-go, the Clippers battled back to take a commanding lead.
Join Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek tonight at 9:00 for another edition of Cleveland Sports Insider, as the two avid watchers of General McLane athletics and Cleveland Indians baseball start their scoreboard watching early. Their topics of conversation will focus on your Cleveland Indians, who wrapped up their week with a dominating 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners and former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez. Their 6-0 shutout victory was their seventh of the season, which matched their win total against former Cy Young winners as well. The Indians improved to 7-1 against Cy Young winners, and the CSI boys will surely mention this five to six thousand times, to match twitter.
The Carolina Mudcats just aren't very good right now. The team has been riddled with injury since the middle of April, but even with the missing starters, have had a hard time plating runners. Three guys that haven't been struggling are #1 picks Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin, who really are the leaders of this ballclub. You throw in starter Cody Anderson, who's been dominant of late, and you have three of the most intriguing prospects in the system. Join Jim Pete, as he goes Fishing for Mudcats.
Justin Masterson can be an ace? I don't know that the peripherals necessarily match up, but if he continues to throw like he did on Monday, the Indians may have just found the guy that can carry the load for the 2013 Indians in that capacity. Regardless of numbers, Masterson is important to the future of the stability of the rotation. Join Jim Pete at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario as he talks Masterson's future, Mickey Callaway's early brilliance, and the hunt for "Orbanek's fifteen minutes of fame."
The Columbus Clippers were the only team in the Indians' organization that managed to pull out a win on Monday night, but that doesn't mean there weren't some interesting games, good and bad, from some of the organizations top prospects, and top surprises as well. The headliners tonight certainly won't disappoint, as we have a nice mix of those guys you'd expect to see, and those you can't believe you are seeing. Join Jim Pete for Monday Night's ATF.
The Indians' organization flopped a bit on Sunday afternoon, as everyone but the Aeros felt the sting of defeat. The Aeros, on the other hand, played a back-and-forth affair before winning the game in extra-innings. The player with the winning hit sits atop our ATF tonight all by his lonesome, but he was far from the only interesting performance, good and bad, in Sunday Night's edition. Join Jim Pete with his look at Sunday's most interesting players.
The Carolina Mudcats continue to hit the ball well, but the fact that they can't seem to drive in runs combined with a pitching staff that has a hard time not allowing runs has left the Muddies with a bad mix for winning. Jordan Smith, Luigi Rodriguez, Jerrud Sabourin and Cody Anderson carried the team this week, but not far enough for a winning record in week 5. Go fishing with the Jim Pete and your Carolina Mudcats...
Say hello to your first place Indians. That's right ladies and gentlemen, after taking two of three from the first place Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians have joined Detroit at the top of the standings in the A.L. Central with a 20-15 record. The Indians are 6-1 since last week's episode of CSI, which matched their 6-1 record the week prior. With Michael Bourn returning, are we finally seeing who this Cleveland Indians team really is, or have they yet to reach their ceiling?
Carlos Carrasco and Luigi Rodriguez celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style on Sunday, with two outstanding performances. Carrasco put all the injury worries to rest with six innings of one run ball. He's now struck out 24 in 23 2/3 innings. Luigi Rodriguez continued to own the Carolina League with his third straight multi-hit game. Join Carlos, Luigi and Jim Pete for Sunday Night's ATF fiesta.
The Carolina Mudcats don't look all that good on paper, but Francisco Lindor makes it all better in the land of Carolina. Lindor has exploded offensively, and while there are some that says he still needs seasoning, the #1 prospect is making a case to be moved now. Join Jim Pete with his weekly Carolina Mudcats notebook, as he takes a close look at Lindor, and the rest of the Mudcats week.
The Indians big league club is plugging right along with a six-game win streak, but the organizational affiliates ran into a buzz saw on Saturday, as all lost except for Akron, who won on a walk-off single. The stars of Saturday night's ATF are perhaps the two players with the best raw tools in the entire system. They are raw tools, but when everything clicks, these two kids can be special. Join Jim Pete with the latest edition of ATF.
The Cleveland Indians can be really, really good and really, really bad, seemingly at the drop of a hat. With a pitching staff that has more questions than the riddler, and an offense that scores in bunches, or not at all, can this team put together enough to be a contender? Jim Pete takes a look at this enigmatic team from the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, and what it may take to take the next step.
The Indians lower level affiliates have begun to produce some interesting position players over the past couple of season, but there aren't many as intriguing as Lake County's LeVon Washington. He has an abundance of talent, but has had a tough time staying on the field, as injury issues have sideline him over the past three seasons. After a 5-for-5 outing on Saturday, the centerfielder was at it again on Monday Night. Find out what he did in today's ATF...
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