The Akron Aeros were poised for a division-clinching celebration Thursday night. All they needed was either a win over the Altoona Curve or a Bowie loss to Erie. Unfortunately, at quitting time, neither scenario materialized.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony looks at the very strong season that High-A Carolina third baseman Giovanny Urshela has had and the jump he has made as a prospect. He also touches on the season that Carolina right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper has had and what it may mean for his future, provides lots of comments from Ross Atkins on some of their rising young Latin American stars, and provides injury updates and more on players like Lars Anderson, Adam Abraham, Carlos Moncrief, Tyler Naquin, and others.t
Akron’s Brett Brach pitches seven shutout innings against Altoona and the Aeros scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 3-1 victory Tuesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Aeros (79-57) defeated the Curve (66-70) to lower the magic number for clinching the EL West crown to three with six games left to play.
Your Akron Aeros lost five of their eight games over the past week, but that hurts a lot less when coupled with the fact that they clinched a playoff spot as well! While it would be more exciting for the Indians to be playoff-bound, sometimes you've just got to take what you can get. Join Jim Piascik in his return to Launching Off With The Aeros and go through the week that (kind of) was.
kron’s Danny Salazar pitched six solid innings in game one of a doubleheader at Altoona Monday night, as the Aeros claimed a 4-1 victory. The Curve stormed back in game two, however, winning 7-1, to gain the split. The Aeros (78-57) lowered the magic number for clinching the EL West crown to four with seven games to play.
Akron shortstop Ryan Rohlinger had two hits, including a two-RBI single, as the Aeros beat the Trenton Thunder, 4-3, Saturday night at Canal Park. After losing the first two games of the best-of-four series against Trenton, the Aeros won just their second game in their last six.
Three Trenton pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout Thursday night, as the Thunder blanked the Akron Aeros, 3-0, at Canal Park. In a match-up of the current division leaders in the Eastern League, and thus a potential championship preview, the Thunder claimed the first game of the four-game weekend series.
This week in Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the conservative approach used by the Indians with Danny Salazar and why he has been impressive this season, the strides at the plate made by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez and why he has solidified himself as a top prospect, provide quotes from the front office on players at the rookie level Arizona level, and lots of insight and info on other players like T.J. McFarland, Preston Guilmet, Bo Greenwell, Jake Lowery, Aaron Siliga, Hector Rondon and many more.
Second baseman Ryan Rohlinger went 4-for-4 Wednesday leading the Aeros to a 6-4 victory over the Erie Seawolves. Rohlinger boasted two singles, a double and his sixth homerun on the season to help the Aeros bounce back from two straight losses against the Seawolves. Jesus Aguilar snagged his first Double-A homer in the top of the second inning to put Akron up to a hasty 1-0 lead.
Tony chimes in with a new edition of the IPI Hot List, a piece that will become a weekly staple next season and ranks the top 20 performances in the Indians' system from the past seven days. In no way does it rank or list players based on value; it is simply a snapshot of the top 20 performances from the past week without any discrimination regarding whether a player is a prospect or not. In this week's list Tony provides insight and updates on players like Cord Phelps, Danny Salazar, Dorssys Paulino, Mitch Brown, Mason Radeke, Rob Nixon, Ronny Rodriguez, David Huff, Anthony Santander, and lots of others.
Erie’s Tony Plagman drilled a two-out, game-winning, solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, sending the SeaWolves into celebration mode with a 3-2 win over the Akron Aeros at Jerry Uht Park. With the bases empty, Plagman, a third year pro out of Georgia Tech, yanked a 2-1 pitch from Rob Bryson over the right field fence for the game-winner.
Double-A Akron is cruising in first place as they now have less than two weeks until the end of the regular season. They are all but sure to be in the playoffs and they have several players on the roster that have played better of late. Nathan Kemp steps in for Jimmy Piascik this week and talks Aeros in the IPI weekly notebook "Launching off with the Aeros".
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