Triple-A Columbus reached the All Star break on Sunday, just like the parent club in Cleveland. As Columbus rests up over the break and the rest of the affiliates continue to play on, there will continue to be some amazing stories in the minors this season. One player who has not necessarily amazed but who has made some big strides this season is Tyler Naquin, and there are others!
The Indians organization just had one of those nights in which everyone seemed to bring out their whipping stick, and at every level. The headliners for the night are three years apart at the same level, but should be close in the end-of-the-year prospect rankings. Who are these two? Join Jim Pete, as he returns to weekend ATF duty in lieu of Steve Orbanek, who had the audacity to get married.
It was another night of good and bad on the farm in the Indians farm system, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps it all. Also, the biggest news of the night was not the performance of any one player, but the announcement that shortstop Francisco Lindor has been promoted to Akron.
Early in the afternoon, former ATF darling and highly regarded prospect Danny Salazar led the big league club to victory. A success story like Salazar shows exactly why following these prospects is fun: you are getting a glimpse at the major league contributors of tomorrow. A few players were doing their best Salazar impersonations Thursday, including a first baseman at Columbus trying to jumpstart his season and an outfielder rehabbing in Arizona trying to get back. For all this and more, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
There was no escaping the powerful storms that pushed through Northeast Ohio Wednesday night, as the Mudcats were delayed during their game in Virginia. The Mudcats were in the middle of an offensive outburst when the rains came down and, after the tarp was rolled back up, they continued assaulting the opposition. The Eastern League All-Star game in New Britain, Connecticut was also delayed, though there were fewer fireworks in that game. To read all about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
It was a short day in terms of games in the Indians' farm system on Tuesday and finding any performances of note (good or bad) from the Mudcats game was as difficult as the nurse's job would've been if a stone sculpture of a turnip showed up at today's blood drive at the Jake, but the IBI's Arthur Kinney is here to take us "Around The Farm" and review the notable performances on the night...
Wow, what a big night for two Tribe second basemen in their farm system as both Joey Wendle and Jose Ramirez put up huge performances. The IBI's Michael Hattery discusses the two top second base prospects for the organization as well as many others in his trip around the farm on Monday night.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is still hanging around in the Indians organization and the results to date have been mixed. His performance continues to be inconsistent and he may not get a shot in Cleveland this year, but he has been battling each time out. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his outing as well as a whole slew of guys on the farm.
There was plenty of action to recap Saturday night in the Indians farm system as all the affiliates were in action, and there were also many outstanding performances. Joe Wendle continued his recent tear with a record-setting night at Carolina while Danny Salazar put together his latest brilliant effort on the mound. Plus, Nellie Rodriguez had arguably his finest night as a professional. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
Some unsung heroes in the Indians system made their mark on Friday night as players like Bryson Myles, Bo Greenwell, Paolo Espino and others shook off some disappointment to date with their seasons to have big nights. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps those performances as well as several others in his trek around the farm...
A very happy Fourth of July to you! We at IBI hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed a little time off. There was no time off in the minor leagues Thursday, as all of Cleveland's affiliates were in action. Some did a little worse than others (like a pair of four-hit outings in Columbus and Carolina), though there were plenty of good performances, including some impressive pitching and hitting in Lake County. To read all about Thursday in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
Sometimes greatness can spoil people. Francisco Lindor could spend almost every night atop Around The Farm, though sometimes we can take his all-around excellence for granted. Lindor is one of the transcendent prospects in the game of baseball and is the kind of talent every team wants in its system. The shortstop was at it again Wednesday night, along with plenty of other players throughout the system. To read all about them, join Jim Piascik as he goes Around The Farm.
It was a quiet night on the farm as rainouts postponed two games, but there still were some good performances around the Indians system. Carlos Moncrief continues to just terrorize baseballs as he sends them screaming when he makes contact. What a breakout year he has had. Several others had good and bad nights, and Arthur recaps it all...
The big league team was off on Monday, which put all of the focus on the minor league teams as every team was in action. There were some very good performances on the night - some not so good - but Danny Salazar, Jesus Aguilar, Dorssys Paulino and others headlined the night on the farm.
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