The Columbus Clippers fell 4-1 against Louisville Wednesday after a seventh inning grand slam. Scott Barnes allowed the bomb to the first batter he faced, pinning three runs on starter T.J. House, who had pitched a scoreless six innings off the bat. Bryan LaHair drove in Carlos Moncrief with a sharp single, but the lone run wasn't enough for Columbus to sneak out with a win.
To start off The WAR Room, Jim Piascik will be going back to 2013 and going over last year's performances. Ideally this is something that would happen in the offseason, but since I was not able to compute these stats until now, they have to run now. Join Jim as he goes over the 2013 Columbus Clippers, a team that lacked high-end prospects but had a few interesting standouts last year, including Lonnie Chisenhall.
Unfortunately for the Clippers their season hasn't exactly started off with a bang. After two rainouts Columbus is 0-4 going into their second series of the season. Join the IBI's Adrienne Robbins as she takes us Sailing with the Clippers in our weekly Triple-A Columbus notebook.
Designated hitter Jesus Aguilar continued his hot streak from the plate smacking two home runs (three in last two games) and driving in five of the Clippers six runs to help the team collect its first win of the season 6-5 over the Louisville Bats. Five games into the season, the Columbus Clippers finally got into the win column defeating the Bats in dramatic fashion Tuesday night at Huntington Park.
The Columbus Clippers could not avoid a sweep after falling to the Indianapolis Indians 8-3 on Sunday in front of 6,735 people at Huntington Park. Tyler Cloyd made his pitching debut with the Clippers, but struggled mightily resulting in the team's fourth consecutive loss. Columbus hopes to find their way into the win column on Monday as they host the Louisville Bats.
Hoping to get their first win of the season, the Columbus Clippers took on the Indianapolis Indians in a Saturday double header. The attempt fell short as Columbus lost both games. Brett Brach pitched a solid game two, finishing four innings without giving up an earned run, but still found himself tagged with the loss.
After a rain out cost the game yesterday, the Columbus Clippers were taken into extra innings to open their 2014 season. Clippers' starter Trevor Bauer pitched admirably, but the offense could not generate enough runs to earn the team a victory. The Indianapolis Indians found a way to win the game, while only recording four hits on the evening.
It is opening day in the minor leagues. Tonight three of the Indians full season affiliates Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina will open while Low-A Lake County opens up their season on Friday. In our annual preview of the Indians minor league system, several IBI writers share their thoughts on what to watch this season, who can breakout, and so much more.
The Clippers will return to Huntington Park to kick off the season Thursday and although many of the players will be returning for another season, there will be many fresh faces in Columbus this season. Among those fresh faces are top prospects Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief, and Jose Ramirez. Join Adrienne Robbins as she previews the 2014 season for the Clippers.
Minor league camp wrapped up on Saturday and on Sunday all players arrived at their full season destinations. With that, a little over 100 minor league players are set to open the season on Thursday or Friday this week at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County. Here are the rosters!
Last week we wrapped up the 2014 Top 50 prospect countdown, and today we unveil the beginning of our 2014 Positional Rankings by kicking off things with the first basemen in the Indians system. First base is a position where the Indians have some strength in the upper levels, but beyond that it is a position of great uncertainty and one of the weaker positions in the organization. Join Tony as he breaks down the first basemen in the system.
As spring training gets underway, here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training. We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this offseason, during spring training, and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players. Happy pitchers and catchers day!
There are more than two million Little League baseball players in the United States. Of that two million, 25,000 will play at the collegiate level and 1,500 will be drafted. The odds of breaking into professional ball are slim. The odds of becoming a professional ballplayer and a published author are even slimmer. Somehow, Justin Toole has managed both before the age of 30. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the Indians prospect to get his thoughts on his new book and his 2013 season.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System for the upcoming season. Chris Tremie remains as manager in Columbus while Dave Wallace moves up to Akron and Scooter Tucker moves to Carolina. Edwin Rodriguez has moved into a special assistant role and the Indians also welcomed in several new coaches.
The 2014 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!