Facing a left-hander Tuesday, it did not seem promising for the Cleveland Indians. However, the Tribe was able to capitalize off a big three-run fourth inning and then held on for the win. Also, Russ Canzler stayed hot and hit his second home run in as many days. IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his Second Thoughts after the jump.
Given the way that the Indians season has gone, it's hard to talk about moral victories, but the Indians got a big one yesterday. With the team's 15-4 win over the Kansas City Royals, the Indians improved to 63-90 and are now assured that they will not lose 100 games this season. IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his Second Thoughts after the jump.
It seems like it was not long ago that Hector Rondon was one of the most promising starting pitching prospects within the Cleveland Indians farm system. Fast forward to 2012 and Rondon is no longer the prospect he once was. What does the future hold for Rondon? IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his take in this week's edition of Then & Now.
Day two of the advanced Instructional League kicked off Thursday. A number of Indians players were in action, including the debut of recent Japanese signing Naoki Hashimoto. Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and provides all the stats from yesterday's game.
Nick Weglarz has had a long, storied career within the Cleveland Indians farm system. What was once a promising career has now become a major question mark. Does Weglarz still have a Major League future? IPI's Steve Orbanek touches on this as he looks back at the left-handed hitter's career in the first edition of Then & Now.
With a nice comfortable 2-0 lead in the Eastern League Championship Series, the Akron Aeros headed to Trenton for Game 3 Friday. After brilliant starts from Paolo Espino and Danny Salazar games 1 and 2, were Carlos Carrasco and T.J. House able to keep Akron on a roll? Find out as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
The Eastern League Championship Series kicked off Tuesday, and the Aeros were able to take the early advantage thanks to a stellar outing from starting pitcher Paolo Espino. Also, Tyler Holt comes up big with some key hits. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
With Lake County already advancing in the playoffs, the Akron Aeros were the lone Indians affiliate in action Friday night. With the Aeros potentially facing elimination, the team desperately needed someone to step up. Thankfully that's exactly what they got in the form of Danny Salazar. Read all about it in Steve Orbanek Akron Aeros playoff edition of Around the Farm.
With their record at 58-79, the Indians have become difficult to watch for many fans. With only 25 games left to play, interest in the Tribe seems to be waning each day. However, IPI's Steve Orbanek suggests that fans should look at these final 25 games in a different light to find some possible enjoyment.
Things did not look good for the Indians Tuesday night. It had been nearly a month since the Tribe has last won back-to-back games and nearly three months since the team won back-to-back games on the road. Plus, after losing 29 of their last 25 games, who could favor the Indians anyhow? Yet, somehow the Indians won and improved their record to 9-5 against the Tigers this season. Steve Orbanek offers some second thoughts on what went wrong and right for the Tribe in this one.
With the minor league season quickly coming to a close, prospects are trying to leave a lasting impression. That's exactly what T.J. McFarland did Friday as the left-hander hurled a gem in leading the Clippers to a win. Also, Russ Canzler went into beast mode in what likely may be be his last game in a Clippers uniform. Plus, Jesus Aguilar continues to do his thing with the Aeros. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
With the minor league season rapidly drawing to a close, many players are attempting to close out the season on a high note. One such player would be Jesus Aguilar, whose performances continue to improve since being promoted to Double-A. Plus, Brett Brach has really been stellar as of late, and that remained the case on Tuesday. But could be possibly eventually be a Major League option? And what about this Dorssys Paulino character? Is he finally started to get a handle since his promotion to Mahoning Valley? All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
For as outstanding as Jordan Smith has been this season for the Captains, there has really only been one criticism: power or lack thereof. However, on Friday, the left-handed hitting Smith put together a "powerful" performance. Plus, Jacob Lee continues to impress for the Scrappers, and Jesus Aguilar hits his second bomb in three games. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
With the Indians in the midst of an 8-game losing streak, whispers can be heard that Manny Acta could soon be gone as the Indians' skipper. Acta even addressed that issue following the Indians 3-1 defeat to Seattle Wednesday. But IPI's Steve Orbanek believes that Acta should not shoulder all the blame, and he even gives Acta his own vote of confidence.
Ronny Rodriguez continues to play above his head at High-A Carolina. On Tuesday night, the 20-year-old infielder launched his 17th home run of the 2012 campaign. Plus, Tim Fedroff finally starts to get out of his recent funk by putting together a solid two-hit performance with the Clippers. Jesus Aguilar also seems to be starting to pick up steam with the Aeros, and Hector Rondon makes his return to the mound for the first time in almost a year. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm after the jump.
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!