Jose Ramirez, power hitter? The International League has been kind to Ramirez so far in 2014, as the infielder has put on an uncharacteristic power show. But Ramirez reminded us of the other parts of his game Wednesday, showing off his wheels and on-base ability. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Ramirez's night, Dorssys Paulino's talent shining through in Lake County, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
After leading early in the game, the Columbus Clippers lost 3-2 to the Gwinnett Braves Wednesday. Columbus scored both its runs in the bottom of the first inning before allowing one in the fourth and the deciding runs in the eighth. The Clippers' third and forth batters – Nyjer Morgan and Jesus Aguilar – both went 0-4 in the game.
Today in Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing Ryan Merritt has had to date and how his value continues to increase. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina such as Erik Gonzalez, Torsten Boss, Jeremy Lucas, Louis Head and others, looks at the slow start by Cody Anderson and why it is not a big deal, reviews Josh Tomlin’s performance to date, and provides insight and analysis on players like T.J. House, Enosil Tejeda, Michael Peoples, and more!
It has been a rocky start to the season to say the least for the Columbus Clippers. At 7-10 the Clippers just recently rose above Toledo in the International League West standings to get out of last place. Although the team has struggled to get to the .500 mark, there's been a glimmer of hope from many players. The IBI's Adrienne Robbins takes a look at how the Clippers are playing in her recent notebook...
The Columbus Clippers (7-10) got contributions from everybody in their 11-1 win over the visiting Gwinnett Braves (11-7) on Tuesday night. The Clippers dominated in all phases and snapped the Braves seven-game win streak.
Jose Ramirez blasted two home runs as the Columbus Clippers beat the Toledo Mud Hens 6-4 Monday night. While Columbus still sits at the bottom of the division, the win snapped a three-game losing streak. Overall the Clippers are off to a slow start, but continued offensive outings like that of Ramirez should improve their fortunes.
It is Monday, which means it is time to recap all of the hot and cold performances in the Indians minor league system over the past week. The Hot List posts every Monday and showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today's listing looks at players such as Trevor Bauer, Erik Gonzalez, Robbie Aviles, Anthony Santander, D.J. Brown and many others.
J.D. Martinez stole the show with three home runs in the opener before another in the night cap as Toledo beat Columbus twice Saturday. Tyler Cloyd struggled, as did game No. 2 starter Toru Murata, leading to a total of 15 Mud Hen runs on the day. The Clippers stormed back for a shot to win the second game, but ended up falling 7-6.
The Toledo Mud Hens (5-10) snapped a three-game losing streak at the expense of the Columbus Clippers (5-8) winning 5-3 on Friday night at Huntington Park. Both ball clubs recorded six hits a piece, but half of the Mud Hens hits were home runs, which resulted in all five Toledo runs.
In Adam Plutko's first start, he had the run prevention without the dominance. In his second start, he had the strikeouts, but not the run prevention. So what happened in Plutko's third start Thursday night? The 2013 11th round draft pick and College World Series champion put it all together. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at Plutko's overall brilliance, a few notable season debuts (including Clint Frazier day), and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
It has been a while since the Columbus Clippers (5-7) last played, but the team returned to the field in style, on Thursday. After being rained out for the past two days in Indianapolis, the Clippers were forced to move on to Toledo -- and move on they did. Good pitching from the entire staff was instrumental as the Clippers cruised to a 3-0 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field.
It is the first Minor Happenings of the year! The IBI's Tony Lastoria dives right into things with tons of information on Indians prospects throughout the system. He talks about Jesus Aguilar's start and how the Indians are experimenting with him a little to potentially add more versatility, provides some insight and thoughts on recent pickup Duke von Schamann, provide lots of injury details on all of the walking wounded throughout the system, provides a bevy of comments from the front office on the likes of Kyle Crockett and others, and also tons of insight into players like Trevor Bauer, Giovanny Urshela, Erik Gonzalez, Nellie Rodriguez and more.
Thanks to some bad weather Tuesday night, Akron, Carolina, and Lake County had doubleheaders Wednesday. With seven games on the slate throughout the system, there was plenty of action on the minor league front. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including yet another dominant Trevor Bauer start, Ryan Merritt continuing to put up strong outings, and much more as he takes you on a lengthy trip Around the Farm.
After two days of postponements due to weather, the Columbus Clippers took on the Toledo Mud Hens Wednesday. The Clippers hung on to win 3-1, after starting off with a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Highly-ranked pitching prospect Trevor Bauer pitched six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out nine Toledo batters.
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