For the first time in a while, there were no rainouts on the farm and every team was in action. The return to action was not pretty for everyone, as Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Lake County defense struggled mightily. There were some positives, though, like the late-game heroics from Chun Chen for the Aeros and more power from Bryson Myles. Join Arthur Kinney as he navigates it all and goes Around The Farm.
The first full edition of Minor Happenings is back for the 2013 season. This is the piece that started it all for this site several years ago, and in today's 4300+ word piece Tony gives all kinds of updates and insights on players up and down the Indians farm system. He talks about Francisco Lindor's impressive start to the season, the aggressive placement of Jose Ramirez, the tough first outing for Mitch Brown, the plan for Cord Phelps, shares a a ton of comments from Ross Atkins, and has all kinds of information and updates on the likes of Jeremy Hermida, Matt Packer, Bryson Myles, Dorssys Paulino and more.
The Columbus Clippers' 2013 season got underway this week with two away series in Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY. The Clippers left Indianapolis with a series split, 2-2, and then earned a 2-1 series win over the Louisville Bats to bring their record to 4-3 on the year. The start of the season brings some early glory and forgettable woes for the club, and all of that is recapped and more in the first Clippers notebook of the year.
There was plenty of rain throughout the region Wednesday night, forcing cancellations for Cleveland, Akron, and Lake County. Luckily for the Mudcats and Clippers -- and Bryson Myles, Francisco Lindor, and Tyler Naquin -- they avoided the weather and got their games in. Join Jim Piascik for a slightly shortened Around The Farm, after the jump.
The Columbus Clippers used five pitchers to secure a 5-0 shutout win over the Louisville Bats on Wednesday night. The victory gave the Clippers the series win, 2-1. The headline before the game was that Clippers starting pitcher to be, Corey Kluber, was recalled back up to the majors.
The doubleheader between the Lake County Captains (1-4) and the Great Lakes Loons (2-3) scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled due to inclement weather and poor field conditions. The two games are being rescheduled for the weekend of Friday April 19th when the Captains return to Dow Diamond for another three game series.
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Columbus Clippers got shutout for the second time in the last three nights Tuesday as the team fell 4-0 to the Louisville Bats. The Clippers only registered five hits in the contest, and the loss brings the series to a 1-1 split with the final game tomorrow.
The Columbus Clippers won their third game of the season on Monday night, beating the Louisville Bats 7-2. Louisville and Columbus starters Daniel Corcino and David Huff started their evening with three innings of shutout baseball. The fourth inning was one that both of these pitchers would like to forget. The Clippers and Bats finally came alive offensively, combining for seven runs.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The chance of a series sweep fell short for the Columbus Clippers Saturday as they came up with their first loss of the season, losing 5-3 to the Indianapolis Indians. The much anticipated start of Daisuke Matsuzaka lived up to hype for the first four innings, but it shortly fell off after.
The first edition of Minor Happenings each year typically does not post until the first Thursday after the season opens, but there is a lot to talk about and get everyone caught up on. In today’s special edition of the Happenings, I give an update on Tony Wolters’ move to catcher, introduce Robert Whitenack, break down Tyler Naquin’s great opening night showing, and have all kinds of quotes from the front office on the catchers in the system and where some of the missing players are to start the season.
After a low-scoring outing in their 2013 debut, the Clippers’ bats came alive in Indianapolis in game two of their series against the Indianapolis Indians. Indians’ center fielder Alex Presley and shortstop Jordy Mercer started off the game with back to back doubles, giving Indianapolis a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
The minor league season is now in full swing as all 120 full-season affiliates are now underway. The last six teams, including Indians High-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats, opened their season Friday. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he takes a look back at the best and worst performances of the first night of full-bore, four-team Tribe minor league action...
The Columbus Clippers started off their season on a high note, defeating the Indianapolis Indians 4-0 on opening day. After struggling to find any kind of offense through the first seven innings, the Clippers’ bats finally came alive in the top of the eighth when designated hitter Jeremy Hermida launched a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam.
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!