The second half of the season for the Columbus Clippers started Thursday night, and the club opened play with a split against the Indianapolis Indians. Columbus (46-46) played a doubleheader versus the first-place Indians. The Clippers took game one, a shortened seven-inning contest, 4-1. Indianapolis rallied to win game two, 2-1, but it took them extra innings to do it.
Today is the official start of the second half of the season, a time when prospects either surge or fizzle into a long offseason. In today’s Happenings, Tony takes a look at the recent surge by lefty Mike Rayl and outfielder Aaron Siliga, the promotions of two high profile relievers Shawn Armstrong and Tyler Sturdevant, he provides quotes from Ross Atkins on several Single-A players, and also has news and updates on players such as Corey Kluber, Matt Packer, Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, Tyler Booth, and many more.
Not only have we reached the All Star break in Major League Baseball, but it is also the All Star break in the minors as well for Triple-A Columbus. Andrew Holleran takes us "Sailing with the Clippers" in his weekly notebook on the Indians' Triple-A affiliate and recaps the week that was.
No baseball game is without opportunities. If a team expects to win, it’s crucial to take advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible. Thankfully, the Columbus Clippers took advantage of their opportunities Sunday as Matt Kraus details in his game recap.
Vinny Rottino has been through it all during the 2012 season. He started the year off with the Mets Triple A affiliate in Buffao, and had an outstanding start to the season. The Mets called him up to the big leagues, but he struggled in his three-week stint, and was DFA'ed. The Indians claimed him, hoping he may provide an answer at the big league level at some point later in the season. Join Matt Kraus, as he profiles the newest Clippers' player...
This inability to put together any comebacks hurt Columbus (44-45) once more Saturday night, as they fell to the Indianapolis Indians by a final score of 10-5. The Clippers gave up four runs in the first inning, and they were never able to rally back. One of the main factors in this rough first inning was the pitching of Clippers starter T.J. McFarland, who struggled with just about every pitch and batter.
For most of the season, the Indianapolis Indians have been the class of the IL West and the league as a whole. One game doesn’t change much of that, besides a mark in the standings, but the Clippers proved in game one of their series against the Indians Friday night that they can play with the league’s best, winning 10-6.
One night after exploding for 13 runs on 17 hits, the Columbus Clippers (43-44) could only muster a single run on Thursday as they fell to the Toledo Mud Hens (35-52) by a final score of 6-1. This loss meant a split of the four-game series at Fifth Third Field.
In today’s piece Tony looks at the amazing turnaround by outfielder Nick Weglarz and what kind of future he may still have with the Indians, the emergence of promising lefty Ryan Merritt and how he is being developed, the growth of third baseman Jorge Martinez and the unlimited potential he has, comments from Ross Atkins on some players at Columbus, and lots of updates, insight, and scouting information on players like Eric Berger, Bryce Stowell, Mike Rayl, Jose Ramirez, Joe Wendle, Juan Herrera, and more.
The Columbus Clippers (43-43) routed the Toledo Mud Hens (34-52) in Fifth Third Field on Wednesday by a final score of 13-3. There was plenty of offense to go around in this Independence Day contest, as all but one of the Columbus batters came away with at least a hit.
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. This week's report has over 20 players and features the likes of Cody Allen, Corey Kluber, Thomas Neal, Bryce Stowell, Jake Lowery, Shawn Armstrong, Jose Ramirez, Mason Radeke, Luis DeJesus, Jacob Lee, Dillon Howard, Matt Packer, and more.
Poor execution at the plate and some timely hitting by the Toledo Mud Hens doomed the Columbus Clippers Tuesday night. Columbus lost to the Mud Hens, 4-2, at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. The Clippers had won game one of the series, 4-1, on Monday night.
After a successful homestand, the Clippers began a four-game roadtrip Monday night, and started it off with a win. Columbus (42-42) defeated the Toledo Mud Hens, 4-1, in game one of a four-game series in Toledo. The Clippers, coming off a six-game set at Huntington Park in which they went 4-2, have now won seven of their past nine games. Monday, Columbus had a three-run sixth inning that separated them from the Mud Hens on way to victory.
After struggling to put together consistent performances for more than a month, the Columbus Clippers have now recorded two-consecutive winning weeks. Columbus (41-42) went 4-2 over the past seven days, following up a 4-3 week from June 18 to June 24 with an even better one this week at Huntington Park. Andrew Holleran takes you "Sailing with the Clippers" in his weekly notebook...
The Toledo Mud Hens (33-50) may be struggling this season, but not against the Columbus Clippers (41-42). Of the seven games the two teams played before Saturday night, Toledo won five. This pattern did not change on Saturday. It was mostly a night of dominant pitching, but a late Mud Hens explosion ultimately secured an 8-1 win over Columbus.
Like the game itself, the Clippers’ bats took a little while to get started Friday night, but when they did, it resulted in another Columbus victory. The Clippers won for the sixth time in seven tries, defeating the Norfolk Tides, 9-4. Heavy rain and strong winds delayed the game’s start time of 7:05 p.m. by an hour. With the win, Columbus took the four-game series, 3-1, in front of 7,227 fans at Huntington Park.
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!