It appears that the Clippers set their anchor at the beginning of June and forgot to pull it back up because they are going nowhere fast. Yet again, Columbus finished the week with a losing record, going 2-4 in six contests against Pawtucket, Lehigh Valley and Norfolk. Now seven games below .500 at 36-43, the Clippers sit 16 games behind front-runner Indianapolis in the International League West.
In today’s second edition of Minor Happenings for the week, Tony takes a look at the emergence of two high profile pitching prospects in Mahoning Valley with Caleb Hamrick and Luis Lugo. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina, the strides that Ronny Rodriguez continues to make, the prospect standing of Jerrud Sabourin, the injury concerns of Matt LaPorta, the inconsistency that Luis DeJesus is working through, the big pro debut of Clint Frazier and more.
With the Single-A All Star break behind us and the start of short season leagues now in full swing, it is a good time to take stock in how several Indians prospects are either raising or lowering their prospect value halfway through the 2013 season. Today, Tony takes a look at some of those showings at the Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron levels, including the likes of Cord Phelps, T.J. House, Trevor Bauer, Scott Barnes, Jake Lowery, Matt Packer, Ronny Rodriguez, Carlos Moncrief and others.
What appeared to be a promising outing by Columbus right-hander Joe Martinez, turned out to be another disappointing loss after a misfortunate sixth inning sparked a 9-2 beat down by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Monday.
In today’s special edition of Minor Happenings, Tony provides a ton of updates and comments from the Indians front office on the likes of Shawn Morimando, Eric Haase, Cody Penny, Louis Head, Caleb Hamrick, Luis Lugo and others, finds out what Clint Frazier is up to and when he will make his pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates on the likes of Alex Monsalve, LeVon Washington, Elvis Araujo, Shawn Armstrong and the whereabouts of Dillon Howard, and takes a look at the recent good play of Bryce Stowell and Yhoxian Median.
With both the Columbus and Akron offenses hitting the skids, Around The Farm needed some extra help to remain interesting Thursday night. Luckily the start of the Arizona League, the return of Lake County from the All-Star break, and offensive fireworks for Mahoning Valley provided some fodder for us. The night was highlighted by a Lake County catcher showing off his power in a big way. To find out who it is and all you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
The Pawtucket Red Sox left Huntington Park with their fourth win of the series Thursday night, completing their sweep of the Clippers with a 3-0 victory. Brandon Workman started the game for the Red Sox. Workman pitched seven scoreless innings for the Sox, only giving up four hits to Columbus. T.J. House faced Workman Thursday night, pitching six innings. House allowed three runs, striking out five batters. House put up a quality start but was still branded with his seventh loss.
Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh-round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, outfielder and current Columbus Clipper Tim Fedroff has learned not to take anything he has achieved for granted. He’s just happy to be playing the game he loves. The IBI's Ethan Day recently caught up with the scrappy outfielder to see how his season is going in Columbus...
Just when Clippers fans didn’t think it could get any worse, it did. Yet again, Columbus finished the week with a losing record (2-5) and have plummeted to 34-39 overall. After splitting a four-game series at Charlotte, the Clippers have lost three in a row to the Pawtucket Red Sox and are in danger of getting swept for the fifth time this season. The IBI's Ethan Day recaps the week that was for the Clippers...
After Tim Fedroff tore up the minor leagues in 2012, many expected great things from the outfielder in 2013. Fedroff got off to a slow start, but that is never a reason to give up hope completely. Lately, the outfielder has been coming around and Wednesday night was no exception. To see exactly how Fedroff fared last night, which Akron outfielder continues to prove he needs a promotion, and the rest of the action in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
After shortstop Juan Diaz slapped a single into the left and third baseman Nate Spears followed with a perfectly-placed bunt single, the Clippers looked poised keep the game alive. That was not the case however, as Columbus failed to execute and eventually fell to the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-5 in 10 innings Wednesday.
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