We continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors, a year-end award that no one wants to win and goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. There unfortunately were several disappointing seasons from some of the Indians top prospects, but two in particular stood out.
We continue on with the year-end IBI Awards today with another Tony Award from the minor leagues, this time for the Defensive Player of the Year which is given to the Indians minor leaguer who had the best season defensively. The Indians had several fine defensive performances, some which may surprise, and Tony runs through the candidates and picks his winner.
Today we continue on with the year-end IBI Awards and move down to the minor leagues with the annual Tony Awards. We kick things off with the Rookie of the Year which is given to the Indians minor leaguer who had the best professional stateside debut this year. The Indians had several impressive debuts from players out of Latin America and the last two drafts, and Tony runs through all of the performances.
In this week’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look into the rise of left-hander Luis Lugo and how his stuff improved this season and has him racing up the prospect lists. He also provides several comments from Ross Atkins on players such as Tyler Naquin, Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief, Joey Wendle and others, provides an update on if there is any concern with Francisco Lindor’s back injury, notes a recent surgery for an upper level starting pitching prospect, provides some insight into some unique internal stats the organization uses, and more.
RIght-handed reliever Bryan Price entered the Indians system in July of 2009 after being dealt to the Indians from the Boston Red Sox along with Justin Masterson and Clippers teammate Nick Hagdone. He often pitched well since being acquired, but injuries have held him back. Until this year. Finally healthy an entire season, Price made huge strides and also the development of a pitch in his arsenal was all the difference for him.
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the impressive 15-month run that infielder Jose Ramirez has had going from an unknown player to one currently in the big leagues helping the Indians playoff push. He also provides tons of comments from the front office on players like Francisco Lindor, Clint Frazier, Jesus Aguilar and others, looks into what Nellie Rodriguez needs to improve most, provides details on what is the number one goal in Giovanni Urshella’s development plan, looks at Matt Packer’s bounce back season and future, and provides insight and information on Brett Brach, Richard Stock and others...
"The Radar Report" is a premium feature that lists fastball velocities and other notes for several pitchers in the Indians' system which Tony has recorded during his visits to see the teams/players. Today's listing has almost 20 radar readings for pitchers in the Indians' minor league system, and he includes some scouting notes on all of them and where available he has also included the velocity ranges for their secondary pitches.
The minor league season is over, but there is still a lot to wrap up. In today’s piece Tony looks at the sensational pro debut for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley right-hander Cole Sulser and his prospect future, looks at the exceptional season that Low-A Lake County outfielder LeVon Washington had at the plate, the amazing consistency of High-A Carolina outfielder Jordan Smith and what kind of prospect he truly is, and tons of comments from Triple-A Columbus pitching coach Tony Arnold on several of his pitchers such as Trevor Bauer, T.J. House, Bryan Price and others.
The Columbus Clippers finished in second place in the International League West (nine games behind Indianapolis) with a 71-73 record under first-year manager Chris Tremie. They made a late season push for the playoffs in August but ultimately fell six contests short of the Wildcard. The IBI's Ethan Day reviews the season that was by recapping the good and some bad performances this season at Columbus.
The combination of clutch hits from the offense and brilliant pitching from Josh Tomlin and the bullpen were enough for the Clippers to down the Toledo Mudhens in their penultimate game of the season by a final score of 2-1.
The Clippers cold bats cost them their last away game Saturday night when the Toledo Mudhens trampled Columbus, 4-1. The Clippers narrowly missed being shutout, but could not compensate for the early runs allowed.
The catching depth in the system might not be of the elite variety, but there are some intriguing names to follow heading into 2014. One of those is Eric Haase, who displayed why he is someone to pay attention to Thursday night. To read all about Haase's powerful showing and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
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!