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.
Lots of good (and some bad) performances up and down the Indians' minor league system on Saturday night. Nick Weglarz hit his first homer, but is it too little too late for him? Jared Goedert is mashing in Akron, but when will he go up to Columbus? Jake Lowery is hitting well in Carolina, but what's with all the strikeouts? Tony touches on all that and more in IPI's original Around the Farm!
Jared Goedert continues to overwhelm the Eastern League with his bat. Tony Wolters has been woeful on offense in Carolina. A starter returned tonight, to Huff, and puff, and mow down the Reading Phillies. Kevin returns to IPI's original Around the Farm, a spotlight on several top prospects in the Indians' minor league system.
Akron was off on Thursday, but Columbus, Carolina and Lake County were all in action. In today's IPI original "Around the Farm", Tony takes a look at the early season struggles of Tony Wolters and takes a deeper look into Lonnie Chisenhall's apparent "success" at Columbus so far. In addition to those two, updates on another 15 or so players are provided!
Cord Phelps continues to hit well against Triple-A pitching, Mike Rayl put forth one of the best starting pitching performances in the Indians' system in the early stages of this season, Wright dazzled with his knuckleball, and lots more! It is the IPI's original "Around the Farm" which provides a snapshot of all the highlights from yesterday's minor league action.
Chun-Hsiu Chen is finally starting to stretch his legs a bit as the Aeros new first baseman, but today's ATF headliner is a former top draft pick of the San Diego Padres, that has turned into a strikeout artist for the Columbus Clippers this season. Check out IPI's original Around the Farm for yesterday's minor league performances.
Adam Abraham is starting to see his hard work pay off in Akron, while Trevor Crowe continues to annoy those that demand he not be mentioned in the same breath of the Indians. Tonight's top spot goes to perhaps the top prospect in the organization right now. Check out IPI's original Around the Farm, our daily look at the minor league performances at every level.
Alex Lavisky keeps lighting up Midwest League pitching like a pinball machine and Luigi Rodriguez continues to showcase five-tool talent, but the ATF star of the day is a corner outfielder that exploded on the scene last year with Mahoning Valley that you may not know about. Tune in to IPI's original Around the Farm for yesterday's minor league performances, after the jump.
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