August 27, 2012 (8 comments)
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...
August 24, 2012 (3 comments)
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.
August 24, 2012 (2 comments)
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).
August 14, 2012 (0 comments)
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.
August 10, 2012 (9 comments)
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.
August 7, 2012 (0 comments)
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.
August 3, 2012 (3 comments)
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.
August 2, 2012 (0 comments)
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.
July 31, 2012 (0 comments)
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.
July 27, 2012 (3 comments)
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.
July 24, 2012 (2 comments)
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.
July 20, 2012 (3 comments)
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.
July 17, 2012 (0 comments)
Sure, the Akron Aeros won four of their five games this week, but the biggest story from the past week was starting pitcher Giovanni Soto throwing the first-ever no-hitter at Canal Park Sunday. Jim Piascik breaks down what Soto's no-hitter means going forward along with what went on with the other Akron Aeros. As always, Launching Off With The Aeros has everything you need to know about the past week for the Aeros, including quotes from the man himself, Giovanni Soto.
July 14, 2012 (0 comments)
Recent callup Tyler Holt may not overwhelm you with power numbers and moonshots, but he is one of the harder workers in the organization. Holt gets on base, plays good defense, and generally is a dirtbag-type player (like one Jason Kipnis) that fans love to get behind. Holt may or may not reach that level, but one thing is for certain: he won't stop trying and caring. Jim Piascik talked with Holt before his home debut in Akron to talk about his approach, controlling his emotions, and adjusting to a new locker room.
July 13, 2012 (2 comments)
It wasn't a great night for the Indians minor league affiliates, as every single team experienced a loss on Thursday. Despite the carnage in the standings, there were plenty of great performances up and down the system last night. There was Jordan Smith showing off some power and T.J. House bouncing back in Akron. But the top spot goes to someone who hasn't been seen by many, but will become a household name before too much longer. Find out who he is (and start learning his name) inside.
July 11, 2012 (6 comments)
As we hit the All-Star break, the 44-41 Indians have used 35 different players on their active roster. Obviously, some were better than others, but who was the best? Who was the worst? How high does Lou Marson's hot streak have him? How much has Ubaldo Jimenez improved his stock? As always, Jim Piascik gives his opinion as he sifts through all 35 players and ranks them from worst to first.
July 10, 2012 (0 comments)
Your Akron Aeros continued to fade a bit as we hit the All-Star Break, but they're still the class of the Eastern League with plenty of great players to watch and cheer for. As always, join Jim Piascik for Launching Off With The Aeros to get the scoop on the highs and lows from the past week. Plus, this week's edition includes plenty of quotes from one of the newest Aeros, Jeremie Tice.
July 3, 2012 (0 comments)
It was a rare bad week for your Akron Aeros, as they dropped five of their seven games. There's no need to despair, however. The Aeros still have the best record in the Eastern League and plenty of great players. As always, it's time to Launch Off With The Aeros with Jim Piascik and the best of the best from Akron over the past week.
July 1, 2012 (2 comments)
Akron Aeros reliever Bryce Stowell has been tearing up the Eastern League and should have a chance at sniffing the big leagues either as a September callup or in 2013. Stowell recently spoke with Jim Piascik about his adjustments before the season started, whether or not he actively tries to strike batters out, how he's recovering from an injury scare earlier in the year, and how he sees his path to the Majors unfolding. As always, click to learn more about the future of your Cleveland Indians.
June 30, 2012 (2 comments)
Canzler can hit the ball a ton, and continued that with his tenth homer on Friday Night. Thomas Neal is beginning to officially dominated Double A pitching. Kyle Bellows is finding his bat, and Jeanmar Gomez had a spectacular return to Columbus. The top of the heap for tonight's ATF is a prospect in Carolina who has exploded since an April swoon. Join Jim Piascik to find out who that is...after the jump...