This week in Minor Happenings, Tony talks about the continued resurgence of left-handed pitching prospect T.J. House and the surprising good play of late of first baseman Jerrud Sabourin. Also, comments from the Indians front office are provided on several infielders in the system, and he provides an update on several players like Ezequiel Carrera, Bryce Stowell, Steven Wright, Carlos Moncrief, Grant Sides and more.
The Buffalo Bisons took the second game of the series against the Columbus Clippers after ten innings, winning 3-2. The Columbus Clippers started LHP David Huff (3-1) as the Buffalo Bisons started RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-0). The Clippers jumped ahead early as left fielder Matt LaPorta connected in the second inning for his fourteenth homer of the season to put them up 1-0.
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system that are increasing their value and others that are dropping in value. In today's premium feature, Tony provides info on potential callups and prospect stock tips on 20 players including Matt LaPorta, Scott Barnes, Matt Lawson, T.J. McFarland, Rob Bryson, Adam Abraham, Jeremie Tice, Tyler Holt, Kyle Blair, Shawn Armstrong, Jerrud Sabourin, Luis DeJesus, Jordan Smith and more!
Here is the (heavily delayed) transaction rundown with a look back at a week that began with shuffling in the minor league rosters marked by the return to health of hot corner prospects Lonnie Chisenhall and Giovanny Urshela, and ended with Zach McAllister's return to Columbus to make room for Juan Diaz in Cleveland and Matt Lawson's return to competitive baseball from extended spring training.
The Columbus Clippers fell to the Buffalo Bisons in a close game Tuesday night, 3-1. Left-handed pitcher Eric Berger (1-2) started on the hill Tuesday for the Clippers, as the Bisons countered with right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey (5-1). The Bisons jumped ahead early with a run in bottom half of the first inning after first baseman Josh Satin singled on a line drive to center field driving in center fielder Corey Wimberly.
The Clippers’ winning streak came to an end Monday afternoon in Buffalo, as Columbus fell to the Bisons, 7-1, in game one of a four-game set between the two clubs. After a 27-run outburst over their past three games, Columbus (24-26) struggled to perform at the plate against Buffalo.
The Columbus Clippers are starting to get hot and are currently four games back of IL West Division leader Indianapolis, and are 3.5 games out of the wildcard. It is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" in Andrew Holleran's weekly notebook to get all caught up on the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate.
Columbus finished their four game series with Syracuse on a high note, parlaying a five run third and a four run fourth into a 9-1 triumph over the Chiefs. The Chiefs would be the first team to crack the scoreboard when Josh Johnson scored on a Mark Teahan RBI double to left. Columbus would then retaliate in the top of the third. Matt Pagnozzi walked to begin the frame.
The Columbus Clippers topped the Syracuse Chiefs Friday night 9-6 after stringing together nine runs on twelve hits. Columbus started LHP David Huff (3-1) picked up the win for the Clippers in Fridays game, and the Chiefs countered with LHP John Lannan (3-5). Centerfielder Jason Donald lead off the game in strong fashion hitting a leadoff homerun to give the Clippers the early lead.
For the second time in as many games, the Columbus Clippers fell into a sizable hole early and were unable to recover. Columbus (21-25) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs, 13-4, Thursday night at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, New York. The loss was the third straight for the Clippers, and the fifth in seven games. Home runs and a barrage of hits were the thorn for Clippers' starter, left-hander Eric Berger.
Michael Hattery makes his IPI debut by taking a look at the red hot Matt LaPorta. There is a lot of buzz around a potential callup coming any day now, and why not considering his play of late and the Indians' need for a right-handed bat with power. Michael takes a look at two important factors in LaPorta's performance to determine whether he is ready to help out or not.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony talks about the hot hitting Kyle Bellows, lists lots of comments from the Indians front office on players such as Matt LaPorta, Scott Barnes and others at Triple-A that could help the team this year, talk about Austin Adams’ surgery and what it means for his future, and provide updates on several other players like Kevin Slowey, Roberto Perez, Clayton Cook, Cody Anderson and more.
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system that are increasing their value and others that are dropping in value. In today's premium feature, Tony provides prospect stock tips on 20 players, including David Huff, Matt LaPorta, Jared Goedert, Eric Berger, Bryan Price, Kyle Bellows, Nick Weglarz, Trey Haley, Will Roberts, Michael Goodnight, Bryson Myles, Zach MacPhee and more!
Playing at an unusually early time amidst bleak and dreary weather, the Columbus Clippers got off to a slow start Tuesday morning against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and didn’t get much better as the game went on. Columbus (21-24) fell to the Yankees, 6-2, in the finale of a four-game set between the two clubs. In defeat, the Clippers lose the series, 3-1, and are yet to win a series this month.
In this week’s Minor Happenings, Tony provides a ton of updates on the walking wounded in the Indians system, players like Austin Adams, Tyler Sturdevant, Matt Packer, Chen Lee, and more. Also, he discusses how lefty T.J. McFarland looks ready for Triple-A, he provides some comments from the front office on some players at Low-A Lake County and extended spring training, and gives updates on several players like Ronny Rodriguez, Lonnie Chisenhall, Shawn Morimando, Michael Goodnight, and Thomas Neal.
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