In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the no-hitter by lefty Giovanni Soto and the development he has made this year as a prospect, the strides Jordan Smith has made both offensively and defensively, he runs through another infirmary report with several updates on some of the walking wounded in the system, talks with the Indians front office about players at several different levels in the system, and tons more.
On a night when Huntington Park was celebrating Columbus’ bicentennial, the Clippers (49-49) were dealt a heartbreaking loss to the Louisville Bats (37-62) on Wednesday by a final score of 4-2. Donning light blue uniforms bearing the number “200,” the Clippers were frustrated throughout the night by dominant Bats pitching and a controversial call by the umpires in a critical situation.
Huntington Park was nearly empty, but the noise made in the stands after Jared Goedert drove in the winning run in the 10th inning Tuesday night was as loud as any heard at a Clippers’ home game this season. Columbus rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Louisville, 5-4, on a walk-off RBI single up the middle by Goedert, climbing above the .500 mark and winning its second-straight game against the Bats.
Chris Seddon came within nine outs of recording the second perfect game in team history Monday night, and behind the valiant effort by the Columbus left hander, the Clippers opened up their home stand with a win against the Louisville Bats. While Seddon wasn't perfect, he was certainly good enough to pace Columbus to victory, as the Clippers (48-48) beat Louisville, 8-2.
A new feature being tested out on the IPI today, one that ranks the top 20 performances in the Indians' entire farm system from the past week. Tony gives some thoughts and insight on those performances, a list that includes the likes of Giovanni Soto, Luigi Rodriguez, Jordan Smith, Jeanmar Gomez, Jake Sisco, Matt Packer, Steven Wright, Bo Greenwell and lots more.
It is Monday, which means it is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" in Andrew Holleran's weekly notebook which recaps the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. He gets you all caught up on who is playing well and who is not, the transactions, where they are in the standings, and recaps all the games.
One day after the Columbus Clippers and Indianapolis Indians combined for 21 runs on 26 hits, the two teams met again on Sunday afternoon for a much more defensive affair. The Indians defeated the Clippers by a final score of 4-3 to take the three-game series and once again force the Clippers below .500.
It was a shootout in Indianapolis on Saturday night as the Columbus Clippers fell to the Indians by a final score of 12-9. Both teams were able to put together a few big innings, but it was the Indians who scored the final six runs and ultimately came away with the victory.
Jeanmar Gomez goes distance against the first-place Indians, pitching a complete-game shutout. Led by Gomez’s start, perhaps the best by any Clippers’ starter this season, Columbus beat Indianapolis, 2-0.
The second half of the season for the Columbus Clippers started Thursday night, and the club opened play with a split against the Indianapolis Indians. Columbus (46-46) played a doubleheader versus the first-place Indians. The Clippers took game one, a shortened seven-inning contest, 4-1. Indianapolis rallied to win game two, 2-1, but it took them extra innings to do it.
Today is the official start of the second half of the season, a time when prospects either surge or fizzle into a long offseason. In today’s Happenings, Tony takes a look at the recent surge by lefty Mike Rayl and outfielder Aaron Siliga, the promotions of two high profile relievers Shawn Armstrong and Tyler Sturdevant, he provides quotes from Ross Atkins on several Single-A players, and also has news and updates on players such as Corey Kluber, Matt Packer, Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, Tyler Booth, and many more.
Not only have we reached the All Star break in Major League Baseball, but it is also the All Star break in the minors as well for Triple-A Columbus. Andrew Holleran takes us "Sailing with the Clippers" in his weekly notebook on the Indians' Triple-A affiliate and recaps the week that was.
No baseball game is without opportunities. If a team expects to win, it’s crucial to take advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible. Thankfully, the Columbus Clippers took advantage of their opportunities Sunday as Matt Kraus details in his game recap.
Vinny Rottino has been through it all during the 2012 season. He started the year off with the Mets Triple A affiliate in Buffao, and had an outstanding start to the season. The Mets called him up to the big leagues, but he struggled in his three-week stint, and was DFA'ed. The Indians claimed him, hoping he may provide an answer at the big league level at some point later in the season. Join Matt Kraus, as he profiles the newest Clippers' player...
This inability to put together any comebacks hurt Columbus (44-45) once more Saturday night, as they fell to the Indianapolis Indians by a final score of 10-5. The Clippers gave up four runs in the first inning, and they were never able to rally back. One of the main factors in this rough first inning was the pitching of Clippers starter T.J. McFarland, who struggled with just about every pitch and batter.
For most of the season, the Indianapolis Indians have been the class of the IL West and the league as a whole. One game doesn’t change much of that, besides a mark in the standings, but the Clippers proved in game one of their series against the Indians Friday night that they can play with the league’s best, winning 10-6.
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!