In today's new edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the hot play of Mahoning Valley first baseman Nellie Rodriguez and looks at his value and the strides he has made. He also provides a ton of comments from the front office on players at rookie level Arizona such as Kieran Lovegrove, Mitch Brown, Anderson Polanco, Gerald Bautista, D’Vone McClure and many more, and also provides some insight from the front office on the promotion process.
The Indians have had their struggles in the bullpen this season with the likes of Rich Hill, Scott Barnes and David Huff. Another who has struggled is Nick Hagadone, but he is a pitcher they still believe in and one that is a part of their future that they are trying to get more consistent in Triple-A. The IBI's Adrienne Robbins recently talked with Hagadone about the struggles of going up and down between the big leagues and minors and what he is working on.
The Columbus Clippers lost their no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth innings but regardless, the end result was still a masterpiece. Led by yet another spectacular outing by right-hander Danny Salazar, the Clippers trumped the Buffalo Bisons 8-0 Friday.
So often, the difference between a prospect developing into a major leaguer or busting out in the minors is health. Some players are just unlucky with their bodies and see their careers end while others manage to stay on the field and make something happen. Bryson Myles is turning heads now that he is healthy and he continued to do so Thursday night. To read about Myles and everything else you need to know about the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
A four-run outburst in the top of the second inning by the Buffalo lead to the Columbus Clippers' demise as the fell 5-1 to the Bisons Thursday. Southpaw Ricky Romero notched a solid outing for Buffalo, holding the Clippers to one run on five hits in six innings. He also managed to strike out seven batters en route to his third win of the season.
Right-hander Danny Salazar put himself on the map after his dominant big-league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays back on July 11. But as the Major League playoffs loom and the Cleveland Indians in need of some extra help in their bullpen, the 23-year-old could soon be called upon to fill a role unfamiliar to him. The IBI's Ethan Day recently sat down and talked to the fast rising Indians prospect....
The Clippers are staying afloat with a solid month of July where they went a respectable 16-15. Their starting pitching lead by Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and Daisuke Matsuzaka continues to be a bright spot for the team though the offense is sporadic, having big games at times and then going completely cold. The IBI's Ethan Day recaps the week that was for the Clippers...
The Columbus Clippers defeated the Buffalo Bisons 3-2 Wednesday night by taking advantage of an early lead made in the first inning. Columbus’ pitching staff was what shined Wednesday night though with a win, two holds, and a save to show for it.
The end of the minor league season is now in sight as it is just five weeks away, and in today’s week opening edition of Minor Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the dominating performance of Danny Salazar and how good he is and how the Indians are using him. He also explains the minor league promotion process with why some guys are not promoted when they may be playing well, and also provide lots of news and insights into players like Juan Diaz, Kyle Bellows, Tyler Naquin, LeVon Washington, Ben Heller, Casey Shane and more.
What a strong month it has been for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley's Nellie Rodriguez who has turned his season around after a disappointing campaign the first two months of the year with Low-A Lake County. The IBI's Michael Hattery recaps the big night from Rodriguez, Clint Frazier, Joey Wendle and many others in another edition of Around the Farm...
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!