In this week’s opening Minor Happenings salvo, Tony takes a look at the excitement that is brewing with Low-A Lake County right-handed pitching prospect Dylan Baker and why he is one of the Indians best pitching prospects. He also provides several comments from Ross Atkins on players at Double-A Akron such as Tyler Holt, Carlos Moncrief, Will Roberts and others, and provides lots of insight into the development of Jesus Aguilar, Luis DeJesus, Caleb Hamrick, Sean Brady, Jorge Martinez and others.
The Indians announced on Tuesday morning that Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Diasuke Matsuzaka requested and was granted his release from his minor league contract with the Indians. He is now a free agent.
The Norfolk Tides defeated the Columbus Clippers Monday night, 7-2. The Tides offense took advantage of an off inning by starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, while the Orioles young prospect kept the Clippers’ bats silent.
The Clippers evened up the series with the Norfolk Tides Sunday night, coming out on top 4-2. Columbus’ offense was able to gain the lead in the third and would never lose it, keeping the Tides off the board for eight innings.
The Columbus Clippers were crushed by the Norfolk Tides Saturday night, losing 8-1. The Tides picked up their first six runs in the first two innings, while Columbus was held to one run in the first and would not score again.
In today’s week ending edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at High-A Carolina outfield prospect Jordan Smith who continues to make incremental progress and has the skills but has a few things he is still working on before he is taken more seriously as a prospect. In addition to that he provides some comments from Ross Atkins on how the organization prioritizes prospects for trades as well as comments on several players at Carolina and Lake County, plus he provides insight into the development of Paolo Espino, Kyle Crockett, Ryan Merritt, Luis Lugo and others.
Is there anything better than seeing a top prospect take his team to victory? Sure, Lake County would not have won 1-0 without a shutout pitching performance, but Dorssys Paulino's solo home run provided all the offense the Captains needed. Paulino has continued to turn things around following his rough start and he sustained that constant progress Thursday night. To read about Paulino and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he goes Around The Farm.
The Clippers are starting to make up some ground in the International League playoff hunt but they may be a little too late. With their recent 4-2 week, Columbus sits six games out of the Wild Card spot and seven contests behind the Indianapolis Indians for first place in the IL West with 18 games left to play. The IBI's Ethan Day recaps the week that was for the Clippers...
Considering that Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes, and Lou Marson were all not developed in the organization, it is great to see catchers like Jake Lowery and Alex Lavisky performing like they did Wednesday night. The catching depth looks good in the minors and Lowery and Lavisky are a part of that. To read about what made their performances noteworthy and everything else you need to know about Wednesday night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
Columbus right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka glided through the first five innings of play before Indianapolis right fielder Jerry Sands stroked a two-out bases-clearing double in the sixth to top the Clippers 3-2 Wednesday.
INDIANAPOLIS- Despite overcoming a three-run deficit, the Columbus Clippers were overtaken by the Indianapolis Indians Tuesday. The Clippers led the game into the ninth, but with a change in momentum the Indians tied the score, and Columbus would lose it in the twelfth, 5-4.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the strides that Lake County right-hander Robbie Aviles is making but also looks at the warning signs of possible trouble up ahead with him. He also provides several comments from the front office on High-A Carolina players such as Joe Colon, Tony Wolters, Louis Head, Nick Pasquale, Bryson Myles and others, provides the whereabouts of Adam Plutko and why he is not pitching, and has a detailed infirmary report on just about every injured player in the minors.
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