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September 12, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: September 11, 2014
The Lake County Captains continued to slide in the Midwest League finals Thursday, falling 6-0 to the Kane County Cougars in Game #2. The loss leaves the Captains down 2-0 in the series and has them facing elimination when the action picks back up Saturday at Classic Park. Thursday's loss was an all-around effort, with rough performances across the board. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps it all and takes you Around the Farm.
September 11, 2014   (27 comments)
Around the Farm: September 10, 2014
The Midwest League finals started Wednesday night, with the Lake County Captains losing for the first time in the playoffs. Despite dropping Game #1 4-3 to the Kane County Cougars, there were still a few performances that stand out. One came from Bradley Zimmer, who is doing his best to show the organization he is ready to move quickly through the system. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Zimmer's night and the rest of the action in the series opener as he takes you Around the Farm.
September 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Coaches Corner '14: RubberDucks manager Dave Wallace
In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron RubberDucks manager Dave Wallace. In their talk, they discussed the atmosphere in Akron down the stretch, Wallace's assignment to the Arizona Fall League, which players stood out to him in 2014, and, of course, Francisco Lindor.
September 7, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: The 2014 Carolina Mudcats season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons coming to an end, today we start bringing you seasons in review, starting with the 2014 Carolina Mudcats. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Mudcats' pitchers, including Ryan Merritt's banner season. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Mudcats pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.
September 5, 2014   (17 comments)
Around the Farm: September 4, 2014
The Akron RubberDucks and Columbus Clippers reversed fortunes Thursday, with both teams ending the night with their series tied 1-1 after a RubberDucks win and a Clippers loss. The Lake County Captains stayed consistent, however, winning their second game in a row to advance to the next round of the playoffs. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the playoff action, including Nellie Rodriguez powering the Captains to victory, as he takes you Around the Farm.
September 4, 2014   (20 comments)
Around the Farm: September 3, 2014
The playoffs started Wednesday night for the Columbus Clippers, Akron RubberDucks, and Lake County Captains, with two of the three teams ending the night with a win. Though it was obviously more than a one-person effort, the Clippers and Captains used big nights from an outfielder to find victory (James Ramsey and Clint Frazier, respectively), while Duke von Schamann did his best for the RubberDucks in a loss. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the playoff action and takes you Around the Farm.
September 2, 2014   (1 comments)
Ranking the 2014 roster at the stretch run, part two
Though there have been ups and downs this season, Cleveland's 70-65 record has them on the fringes of playoff contention and in the thick of things as the calendar turns to September. Despite some definite disappointments, there are still plenty of bright spots on the team this season. Join Jim Piascik as he once again ranks the major league roster as Cleveland heads into the stretch run.
September 1, 2014   (0 comments)
Ranking the 2014 roster at the stretch run, part one
Though there have been ups and downs this season, Cleveland's 70-64 record has them on the fringes of playoff contention and in the thick of things as the calendar turns to September. Despite some definite disappointments, there are still plenty of bright spots on the team this season. Join Jim Piascik as he once again ranks the major league roster as Cleveland heads into the stretch run.
August 31, 2014   (7 comments)
The WAR Room: Breaking down September callup candidates
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters, including a look at four Columbus hitters who could be September callups. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Jesus Aguilar, Giovanny Urshela, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Moncrief in addition to the rest of the organization as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 29, 2014   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: August 28, 2014
Thursday night in the Cleveland organization was highlighted by the old and the new. At this point, Nellie Rodriguez putting up big numbers in Lake County has become old news, as the first baseman has spent most of 2014 doing just that. Casey Shane shutting down the New York-Penn League is new, however, as the 2013 sixth round pick was only recently called up from the Arizona League. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 28, 2014   (15 comments)
Around the Farm: August 27, 2014
The playoffs may pass the major league club by this season, but playoff fever is in full effect on the minor league side, with the Lake County Captains clinching a spot in the postseason. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps the night, including Claudio Bautista's large role in the Captains' clincher, Francisco Mejia putting up a big night with the Scrappers, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 24, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: Analyzing Marcum on the comeback trail
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers, including right-hander Shaun Marcum. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes what Marcum's performance in Columbus tells us about his progress in Columbus and so much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 22, 2014   (16 comments)
Around the Farm: August 21, 2014
Clint Frazier and Carlos Moncrief highlighted the night for the organization on Thursday, but the pair are pretty different when it comes to their developmental status. As a young outfielder in Low-A, Frazier's performance on-the-field matters less than Moncrief's, who is an older player in Triple-A. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down what that means in addition to recapping the rest of the action from throughout the minor leagues as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 21, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: August 20, 2014
Now. We always want things now. Better sooner than later. Yet, when it comes to prospects, it is often about the long game. D'vone McClure's stock has fallen after two subpar seasons in Arizona, yet the outfielder is still only 20 years old. Dace Kime may be a bit older than McClure, but the 22-year-old is only in his first full professional season. These players are not supposed to be finished products, and looking between the lines, there are positive signs for both. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps McClure and Kime's performances and the rest of the action from throughout the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 17, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: Ramsey surging in Columbus
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters, including James Ramsey's red-hot debut in Columbus. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you an abbreviated version of The WAR Room, with all of the advanced stats of Cleveland's minor leaguers you could want.
August 15, 2014   (16 comments)
Around the Farm: August 14, 2014
It is amazing how quickly things can change in baseball. In the immediate aftermath of the trade deadline, it was Zach Walters destroying opposing pitching while James Ramsey struggled. Well, another week made a huge difference, as now Ramsey is destroying opposing pitching too, just like he did Thursday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Ramsey's debut to date, Anderson Polanco's encouraging results in Lake County, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 10, 2014   (6 comments)
The WAR Room: Bidding farewell to Vinnie Pestano
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers, including a look at what the Angels are getting in Vinnie Pestano. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Pestano's encouraging minor league performance and the rest of the stats from around the organization as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 10, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: August 9, 2014
The story really has not changed much for Moncrief this season, as after a rough first two months from an overall performance standpoint, the 25-year-old has started getting better results without fixing his plate discipline. That still remains true, as evidenced by Moncrief's performance Saturday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Moncrief's season and the action throughout the minor league system as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 9, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: August 8, 2014
Cody Anderson put together a pretty good comeback performance Friday night, returning to the mound and putting up four perfect innings. Up in Columbus, Giovanny Urshela was not on the comeback trail, but he was continuing to put up big stats in his breakout season. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Anderson and Urshela's nights and the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 8, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: August 7, 2014
James Ramsey did not get off to the best start in his Cleveland career, but he did his best to erase those first five games Thursday night. Meanwhile, farther south, Logan Vick continued his Carolina renaissance as he keeps benefiting from some good fortune after some wretched BABIP luck earlier in the season. Finally, even farther south and out to the west, Sicnarf Loopstok did his best to force a season's worth of performance into two games. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all this and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.

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