Johnny Damon and Jason Kipnis have righted the Tribe line-up, while Jeanmar Gomez and Chris Perez have done the same with the rotation and the bullpen. The schedule seems friendly, but Ubaldo may need to Go-Away-O. Find out the details as Jim Pete brings his inaugural weekly column to the table this fine Cinco de Mayo...
Matt LaPorta continues to steal the thunder here at ATF, and while it drives this author absolutely insane, it can be nothing but good for the Indians down the road. Jesus Aguilar returned to the spotlight with another big night that should continue his progression. The top slot goes to an under-the-current starter that could very well turn into a top-of-the-rotation star. Jim Pete tears up IPI's Around the Farm: starring Matt LaPorta.
The Carolina Mudcats have started off the season with a Jeckyl and Hyde approach in nearly all aspects of their season, whether it be road vs. home, and starters vs. bullpen. As they headed out on their second road series, they left their bats in Zebulon. Jim Pete hops back in the outboard as he goes Fishing for Mudcats...
Weather and off-days have been wreaking havoc on the past two-days ATF's, but the beat still goes on. In 2010, tonight's top player was consider a candidate to take over the third or second base job in Cleveland, thanks to a big minor league season. After a setback thanks to an oblique injury, Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Jack Hannahan stole his thunder, as he finds himself demoted to Akron. Who's tonight's top gun? Tune into IPI's original ATF to find out...after the jump...
The Indians organization only had two complete games last night, thanks to some rain and fog. Don't worry, one Matt LaPorta didn't let the weather stop him from dominating ATF once again. With Damon making his Tribe debut tonight, can LaPorta be that far behind? Check out last night's abbreviated minor league performances with the latest edition of ATF.
There's some kid named Francisco Lindor tearing it up in Low A Lake County. I've never heard of him, but rumor has it that he can play. T.J. McFarland is starting to regain that top prospect feel in Double A Akron. But the top spot in Today's ATF belongs to the biggest mover in the Indians' system, and a guy that may soon find himself knocking on Cleveland's front door, should he continue dominating out of the bullpen. Jim Pete brings you Sunday's Indians minor league performances in ATF.
Will Roberts is starting to make a name for himself down in Lake County, but the guy that everyone seems to be talking about is Matt LaPorta. LaPorta tops ATF this morning after continuing his International League onslaught. Is it time to move LaPorta back to the bigs, or is this just another indicator of his Andy Marte-disease? Jim Pete returns to the ATF grind with another look at the minor league performances yesterday.
If Chen won a game in the 11th inning and Urshela had a four-hit performance, who passed them to take the top spot in ATF? How about a guy that blasted two homers, with four RBI while hoisting his team on his shoulders? Check out IPI's Around the Farm for these, and other minor league performances from yesterday's games.
The Mudcats returned home from a weak road trip and began slugging the ball. While their starters began to resemble the great pitching of 2010 and 2011, the bullpen more resembled a horror movie than a bullpen mafia. What could have been a break-out week, turned into a wash. Jim Pete returns with Fishing For Mudcats, the Carolina Mudcats notebook...
Is Tommy Neal ready to make the Giants look stupid for dealing him in the Orlando Cabrera trade last season? Is Matt LaPorta ready to make the move to the big league level? Check out last night's Around the Farm to find out the answers to those top prospects, as well as several others in IPI's daily staple!
Don't look now, but Nick Weglarz is starting to hit the ball a little, while Luigi Rodriguez continues to showcase some raw ability at the plate. Today's top spot in Around the Farm goes to a former sixth round pick that has some reminiscing about Kirby Puckett. Jim Pete brings today's ATF for yesterday's top performances.
The Indians were trying to run up an 8-1 record on their current road trip, before heading home for a weekday, three-game series with the vaunted Los Angeles Angels. Unfortunately, the worst line-up in the history of baseball (not theirs) failed to do much of anything, while a struggling Justin Masterson turned into a walk machine. Jim Pete runs through his in-game thoughts with today recap.
There was rain, snow and sleet on the horizon, Carolina and Akron found themselves with the day off after their games were postponed. In this abbreviated edition of ATF, which lefty starter just might be emerging as the best in the system? Jim Pete returns to the ATF grind for updates on Cord Phelps' 14-game hitting streak, as well as a former starter, turned back-end reliever Kyle Blair.
The Toledo Mud Hens poured it on starter Corey Kluber Sunday afternoon, as they defeated the Clippers 8-3, moving them into first place in the International League West division. A familiar face got the ball rolling for the Mud Hens in the bottom of the second inning, when Jerad Head doubled into left field against his former teammates. Audy Ciriaco then followed it up with a two-run blast, and Toledo never looked back.
The Indians beat the Athletics on Friday night by a score of 4-3 and remain red hot by winning six of their last seven games and are currently 6-1 on their nine-game west coast road trip. Jim Pete chimes in with some thoughts on last night's game with his running diary of the action as it happened.
The first week of the season brought an offensive onslaught that was unfamiliar to many frequent visitors to the Carolina League. Enter week two, which for the Mudcats, was a rough re-introduction to the pitching heavy league. Jim Pete returns with his weekly dose of 'Fishing for Mudcats,' the weekly Carolina Mudcats' notebook.
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