With Tony out of town and the All-Star break approaching, Jim Piascik is filling in for Tribe Happenings with his Ranking the Roster piece. Jim takes a crack at ranking all 40 players Cleveland has used at the big league level, from the one-game callups to those playing every day of the season. It is a foregone conclusion that Jason Kipnis is at the top, but where does everyone else rank? Find out after the jump...
A season-high 7,021 fans came out to Canal Park and witnessed an entertaining pitcher's duel Friday night. Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Akron Aeros came out on the wrong side of things. The Altoona Curve defeated the Aeros 3-1, handing the Aeros their second straight post-All-Star break loss.
Early in the afternoon, former ATF darling and highly regarded prospect Danny Salazar led the big league club to victory. A success story like Salazar shows exactly why following these prospects is fun: you are getting a glimpse at the major league contributors of tomorrow. A few players were doing their best Salazar impersonations Thursday, including a first baseman at Columbus trying to jumpstart his season and an outfielder rehabbing in Arizona trying to get back. For all this and more, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
There was no escaping the powerful storms that pushed through Northeast Ohio Wednesday night, as the Mudcats were delayed during their game in Virginia. The Mudcats were in the middle of an offensive outburst when the rains came down and, after the tarp was rolled back up, they continued assaulting the opposition. The Eastern League All-Star game in New Britain, Connecticut was also delayed, though there were fewer fireworks in that game. To read all about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
When asked a few weeks ago if he thought he was deserving of an Eastern League All-Star nomination, Akron Aeros right-hander Jose Flores dismissed the question, saying he doesn't think about things like that. Flores will be thinking about the game tonight, however, as the reliever will be participating in the game in New Britain, Connecticut. Jim Piascik talked with Flores recently about what is different in 2013, what is making him successful, and more.
The Akron Aeros got back to winning after a bit of a dry spell, taking five-of-seven games on a road trip to Bowie and Richmond. The winning pushes the Aeros to 44-46 on the year, 5.5 games behind the first-place Harrisburg Senators. The amazing hitting of Jose Ramirez, the power of Jake Lowery, and a plethora of strong pitching carried the Aeros. To find out all you need to know about the week for Akron, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
Early in the season it looked like Akron Aeros shortstop Ronny Rodriguez may have been pushed too hard and needed some time back in High-A Carolina to get his head right. After a pivotal midseason adjustment to his swing, however, Rodriguez is tearing up the Eastern League and simply dominating. Jim Piascik talked with Rodriguez recently about that change, what makes him such an electric player, and more.
A very happy Fourth of July to you! We at IBI hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed a little time off. There was no time off in the minor leagues Thursday, as all of Cleveland's affiliates were in action. Some did a little worse than others (like a pair of four-hit outings in Columbus and Carolina), though there were plenty of good performances, including some impressive pitching and hitting in Lake County. To read all about Thursday in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
Sometimes greatness can spoil people. Francisco Lindor could spend almost every night atop Around The Farm, though sometimes we can take his all-around excellence for granted. Lindor is one of the transcendent prospects in the game of baseball and is the kind of talent every team wants in its system. The shortstop was at it again Wednesday night, along with plenty of other players throughout the system. To read all about them, join Jim Piascik as he goes Around The Farm.
Launching off with the Aeros returns after a week hiatus, catching you up on two weeks' worth of Akron Aeros action. The past two weeks were not all that pleasant, as the team dropped 10-of-15 games and fell to fifth place in the Western Division. There was some unsightly pitching, though a newly-named All-Star did his best to carry the staff. That, plus powerful performances from a few outfielders, gave a silver lining to the losing. To find out who these players are and to catch up on all things Akron Aeros, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
One could be forgiven for selling their Jake Lowery stock after 2012. The catcher was presented with a challenging assignment and simply could not manage it, ending the year with a demotion and plenty of questions. So far in 2013, though, Lowery has shown that last year was a fluke. Given another aggressive promotion due to injuries, Lowery filled in admirably and bounced back in a strong way. He recently talked to Jim Piascik about what Double-A is like, his approach at the plate and behind it, and much more.
With both the Columbus and Akron offenses hitting the skids, Around The Farm needed some extra help to remain interesting Thursday night. Luckily the start of the Arizona League, the return of Lake County from the All-Star break, and offensive fireworks for Mahoning Valley provided some fodder for us. The night was highlighted by a Lake County catcher showing off his power in a big way. To find out who it is and all you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
Coming into this three-game series with the Trenton Thunder, the Akron Aeros were riding high after going over .500 for the first time since May 12. Now, as the Thunder leave town, the Aeros have more work to do. The Thunder (36-35) finished a sweep of the Aeros (34-37) with a 1-0 victory Thursday night at Canal Park. One night after the two teams combined for 25 hits offense was at a premium, with only nine hits falling in all night long.
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!