I'm officially sick of the rain. The Columbus Clippers and the Akron Aeros were both rained out tonight. Combine that with a scheduled off day for the Mudcats, and you have all of one game today in the system. So, call this your Lake County Captains special edition. Tonight's headliner is a long way from the majors, but has the potential to be an important part of the rotation in a few years. Bring out your umbrella, and check out yesterday's MASSIVE list of minor league happenings after the jump...
So, there's this kid named Lindor. Has anyone heard of him? And what about this Goedert kid in Akron? Rumor has it that he can hit the baseball on occasion. While those unknowns made the top three of Sunday Night's ATF, the headliner is an actual surprise. Oh, I'm sure many of you have heard of him, but most haven't paid attention. Check out these fine Indians' prospects, as well as many more...after the jump...
The rain just keeps falling for the Tribe affiliates, as the Mudcats were forced to play another doubleheader tomorrow afternoon after the rain washed out their Saturday night game. That said, Bryson Myles continued to showcase a bat that should have him in High A Carolina soon, and Adam Abraham continued to force Tribe management to take a closer look. Jim Pete returns to ATF for a look at the night's minor league performances.
Columbus was rained out last night, but three other teams were in action. The Indians' two shortstop prospects Ronny Rodriguez and Francisco Lindor at their two lower level affiliates both put on a show. Tony chimes in on how those two did last night and how things are progressing with them, and also touches on several other players in the system.
Lots of action again last night in the Indians' farm system, and as always some good and bad things to note. Tony takes over the reigns of Around the Farm and talks about Big Daddy Aguilar and his big game for the Mudcats yesterday, the excellent outing by Mudcats' starter Mike Rayl, and a whole bunch more.
Matt LaPorta continues to steal the thunder here at ATF, and while it drives this author absolutely insane, it can be nothing but good for the Indians down the road. Jesus Aguilar returned to the spotlight with another big night that should continue his progression. The top slot goes to an under-the-current starter that could very well turn into a top-of-the-rotation star. Jim Pete tears up IPI's Around the Farm: starring Matt LaPorta.
Weather and off-days have been wreaking havoc on the past two-days ATF's, but the beat still goes on. In 2010, tonight's top player was consider a candidate to take over the third or second base job in Cleveland, thanks to a big minor league season. After a setback thanks to an oblique injury, Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Jack Hannahan stole his thunder, as he finds himself demoted to Akron. Who's tonight's top gun? Tune into IPI's original ATF to find out...after the jump...
The Indians organization only had two complete games last night, thanks to some rain and fog. Don't worry, one Matt LaPorta didn't let the weather stop him from dominating ATF once again. With Damon making his Tribe debut tonight, can LaPorta be that far behind? Check out last night's abbreviated minor league performances with the latest edition of ATF.
There's some kid named Francisco Lindor tearing it up in Low A Lake County. I've never heard of him, but rumor has it that he can play. T.J. McFarland is starting to regain that top prospect feel in Double A Akron. But the top spot in Today's ATF belongs to the biggest mover in the Indians' system, and a guy that may soon find himself knocking on Cleveland's front door, should he continue dominating out of the bullpen. Jim Pete brings you Sunday's Indians minor league performances in ATF.
Will Roberts is starting to make a name for himself down in Lake County, but the guy that everyone seems to be talking about is Matt LaPorta. LaPorta tops ATF this morning after continuing his International League onslaught. Is it time to move LaPorta back to the bigs, or is this just another indicator of his Andy Marte-disease? Jim Pete returns to the ATF grind with another look at the minor league performances yesterday.
As Michael Corleone once said, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Well, that's kind of how Indians fans feel about Matt LaPorta these days. Many had written him off this season, but now that he is hitting .371 with 6 homers in 18 games for Columbus, people can't help but be intrigued again. Tony discusses him and two dozen more players in the IPI's original Around the Farm.
Both the Columbus Clippers and Akron Aeros were off on Thursday, but even with a small slate of action in the Indians' system there was still a lot of excitement last night as both the Carolina Mudcats and Lake County Captains had walkoff wins. Gio Urshela sent everyone home happy in Carolina with a big blast, and Tony talks about him and lots more in IPI's original Around the Farm.
If Chen won a game in the 11th inning and Urshela had a four-hit performance, who passed them to take the top spot in ATF? How about a guy that blasted two homers, with four RBI while hoisting his team on his shoulders? Check out IPI's Around the Farm for these, and other minor league performances from yesterday's games.
Is Tommy Neal ready to make the Giants look stupid for dealing him in the Orlando Cabrera trade last season? Is Matt LaPorta ready to make the move to the big league level? Check out last night's Around the Farm to find out the answers to those top prospects, as well as several others in IPI's daily staple!
Don't look now, but Nick Weglarz is starting to hit the ball a little, while Luigi Rodriguez continues to showcase some raw ability at the plate. Today's top spot in Around the Farm goes to a former sixth round pick that has some reminiscing about Kirby Puckett. Jim Pete brings today's ATF for yesterday's top performances.
There was rain, snow and sleet on the horizon, Carolina and Akron found themselves with the day off after their games were postponed. In this abbreviated edition of ATF, which lefty starter just might be emerging as the best in the system? Jim Pete returns to the ATF grind for updates on Cord Phelps' 14-game hitting streak, as well as a former starter, turned back-end reliever Kyle Blair.
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