The Indians had a quieter night than usual on Tuesday night around the farm thanks to Low-A Lake County's rainout. All three of Columbus, Akron and Carolina were in action and really struggled, and Tony chimes in with the notable performances from all three stops and discusses the struggles of Rob Whitenack.
There's few better ways to celebrate Memorial Day than by taking in a good ole ball game, and all four of the Indians' minor league affiliates were in action on Monday. Bo Greenwell came a single shy of the cycle for the Carolina Mudcats while Justin Toole had a brilliant performance for the Akron Aeros. Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco was also on the mound for the Columbus Clippers. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps all these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
The Indians organization certainly didn't head into Memorial Day on Monday with a positive vibe on Sunday. Every team, from Lake County to Cleveland fell into the losing column on Sunday afternoon. There were some intriguing performances though, as a couple of good starting pitching prospects had nice outings. Join Jim Pete with the pre-Memorial Day edition of ATF.
All four of the Indians' minor league affiliates were in action on Saturday, and perhaps no two players stood out more than the team's past two first round picks, Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindor. Both players collected three hits to lead the Mudcats on the evening. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps their performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
Three out of four Indians' minor league affiliates were in action on Friday night, and there was plenty of action to recap. Akron Aeros left-hander Matt Packer was among the night's most impressive performers as he pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 10 to lead the Aeros. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps Packer's performance and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
You know it's going to be a good night when LeVon Washington is involved. The Lake County outfielder was up to his normal tricks, showing the all-around game that makes him one of the most dynamic prospects in the entire organization. The bats were also out in force in Akron, as the Aeros scored 11 runs and routed the Baysox. One bat in particular stood out as his power and overall talent took over the game. To find out who he is and all you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
The rains held off in the minor leagues Wednesday night, not subjecting those games to the wet quagmire the major league team had to slog through. Akron hosted Rehab Wednesday with two major league pitchers on rehab assignments, Carolina had a hard time scoring runs, and Lake County furiously tried to come back from a 9-3 deficit with a five-run ninth. The highlight of Wednesday, though, was a top prospect maybe, just maybe, beginning to break through after a season of struggle. To find out who this is and read all about the night in the minors, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
There was plenty of action around the Indians farm system Tuesday as Chun Chen continued to impress since his promotion to Triple-A Columbus while Richard Stock continued to turn some heads at Lake County. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco was also in action for the Clippers. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he recaps all the action and takes you Around the Farm.
There are players every year that seem to come out of the woodwork to become good-to-great prospects. The first guy that comes to mind is Jose Ramirez last season. Ramirez struggled tonight, but the guy at the top of ATF is someone who's surprising this year, and has surprised in the past as well. Join Jim Pete, as he winds us through the daily baseball tidings in Monday's ATF.
The night was chalk full of top prospects, as Trevor Bauer, Jose Ramirez, #Washtime, Tyler Naquin, Francisco Lindor, Jordan Smith, and Tony Wolters, all made news for one reason or another during the Sunday games. Two players off that list made the top three in tonight's ATF. Which two? Join Jim Pete as he takes you on a trip through the Tribe's organization.
Saturday's action in the minor leagues was headlined by the performances of a few former blue chippers in the Columbus lineup, along with an assist from a journeyman veteran. Meanwhile in Lake County, a starting pitcher turned in his most dominant start to date, while Akron and Columbus struggled to score enough runs to win. To read all about Saturday in the minor leagues, join Michael Hattery as he takes you Around The Farm.
It was a full slate of action on Friday night as all of the Indians affiliates were back in action. Ezequiel Carrera chipped in with a good all-around showing in Columbus, Tyler Naquin was an on-base machine in Carolina, Charlie Valerio continued his good season to date and more. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us around the farm...
Wednesday night, Jim Piascik complained about the lack of pitching throughout the minor league system. The pitchers in Columbus used that as fuel Thursday night, turning in a dominant collective appearance as they led the Clippers to victory. Okay, while using it as fuel is unlikely, the dominant pitching did happen. That effort was not enough to take the top spot, however, as a few top prospects in Carolina continued their push to get promoted quicker than anyone expected. Find out who these top prospects are and everything else that happened in the minors last night and go Around The Farm.
If you like great pitching performances, then you might want to avert your eyes from last night in the Cleveland organization. The pitching at each of the affiliates left something to be desired, leaving the onus on the offense to make something happen. Some teams did better than others, especially a sometimes-forgotten outfielder in Lake County. To find out who this is and all you need to know about what happened in the minor leagues last night, join Jim Piascik go Around The Farm.
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