Two-time Cy Young Award winner, 1968 AL MVP, and last 30-game winner in Major League Baseball Denny McLain has been many things in his life, but one thing he is unapologetic about is being outspoken. In a short seven minute conversation with him Sunday at Canal Park, Jim Piascik got the full experience of his brazen, honest look at the Stephen Strasburg shutdown, the Cleveland Indians' situation, and what he's loved about minor league parks across the nation.
Your Akron Aeros lost five of their eight games over the past week, but that hurts a lot less when coupled with the fact that they clinched a playoff spot as well! While it would be more exciting for the Indians to be playoff-bound, sometimes you've just got to take what you can get. Join Jim Piascik in his return to Launching Off With The Aeros and go through the week that (kind of) was.
Warning! If you are in a good mood and don't want anything to bring you down, don't read this article. It's one thing to breakdown every player used by a good team, but to go through every cog in a broken-down machine like the 2012 Cleveland Indians is not very pleasant. But it is Jim Piascik's sworn and solemn duty to rank every player used by the Indians this year as we hit the home stretch, so read on if you want to see who is the best (and who is the worst). Just don't expect to feel good after...
Luckily for Indians fans, they were given a break from the heartbreak and pain of Cleveland baseball for one night. The action did not stop in the minors, however, as one of the Carolina middle infielders went deep, a Mahoning Valley pitcher continued his torrid season, and a recent draft pick had his way with the Arizona League. Welcome back Jim Piascik from his recent wedding and honeymoon as he takes you Around The Farm with all the action from last night's minor league games.
The AZL Indians split a doubleheader with the AZL Dodgers last night, winning the first game 4-2 and dropping the second 3-1. Pitching was the name of the game for the Indians, as the starters were both high draft picks for the Tribe in the 2012 draft (2nd round pick Mitch Brown and 3rd round pick Kieran Lovegrove).
Your Akron Aeros continued their march toward the playoffs over the past week and while they only went 3-4, they still had plenty of performances to pay attention to. From starting pitchers performing as well as they have all year to power outbursts from our favorite Canadian outfielder, Jim Piascik and Launching Off With The Aeros takes you through the week that was in Akron.
Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler went back-to-back, Delvi Cid flashed his speed and a little bit of power, and Dorssys Paulino did the sort of Dorssys Paulino things that Jim Piascik just can't get enough of last night. Yet, a very familiar name managed to muscle his way to the top of Around The Farm. As always, click on the link to find out who that is and how the rest of the Tribe's minor league system did in today's edition of Around The Farm.
Your Akron Aeros struggled a bit on the road this past week, losing three of five games and falling out of the top spot in the Eastern League. Luckily, the Aeros are still 67-46 and have an 11 game cushion in their quest for the playoffs. So if you can't bear to read more negativity about the big league club, check out Launching Off With The Aeros for more on one of the winning teams in the Indians' organization.
The Indians continue to fade, none of their affiliates won last night, and one of them was nearly on the wrong end of a perfect game. Baseball wasn't kind to Northeast Ohio last night, but there are always bright spots to be found. Whether it's an outfielder in Columbus doing everything he can to be called up, a starter in Akron continuing his resurgence or a reliever in Carolina dominating after an injury, there's always something to hang your hat on. Join Jim Piascik as he takes your Around The Farm.
In the 9th inning of a tight game at Canal Park, you very well might get to see Preston Guilmet and his unorthodox pitching style. Guilmet uses his unique straight over the top style to confuse hitters and it has worked very well this year. Jim Piascik talked with Guilmet recently about his pitching style, his approach, and whether he feels the pressure of being the closer.
Your Akron Aeros had a very successful homestand over the past week, taking four of six and improving to 65-43 on the season. The Aeros did it with names you may very well know from brief callups to the Majors (Juan Diaz) or big trades (Rob Bryson), but those two did not do it alone. Like every other week, check out Launching Off With The Aeros as Jim Piascik takes you through all you need to know about the Akron Aeros.
He's baaaaaaack! The man we all grew to love (and sometimes hate) made his return to stateside ball last night at Lake County. I figured he was a shoe-in for the top slot, no matter what a recent draft pick (or anyone else) did, but that was before the massive offensive explosion in Columbus, led by a certain outfielder. As always, click the link to find out who he is as Jim Piascik takes you Around The Farm.
The Indians may be fading of late, but your Akron Aeros continued their winning ways over the past week taking five of the seven games they played. Akron continued to get great pitching from the likes of House, Armstrong, Packer, and co. while the bats rallied behind Neal, Abraham, Lawson, and others. As always, Jim Piascik takes you through the week that was with Launching Off With The Aeros.
On the same night that Bruce Wayne rose as the Dark Knight, the Indians had plenty of players rising in their system. Members of the Sabour-tooth fan club were given reason to cheer, as were those who root for Jared Goedert. The top spot from Thursday night belongs to the ultimate rising story, a pitcher returning from injury to dominate again. As always, click on the link to join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
The 2014 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!