Today's Minor Happenings is stuffed with lots of updates from Tony on several players up and down the Indians minor league system. He talks about the red hot Russ Canzler and what his play of late may mean for a big league opportunity, the good pitching from Brett Brach, the pro debut of Tyler Naquin, and what is going on with Dillon Howard. He also provides several updates on the walking wounded in the system and updates on some of the things many other players are working on.
he Aeros split their second double-header in two days with Binghamton on Wednesday night at Canal Park, winning the first game 2-0 and dropping the second 5-1, ending the team’s 13-game home win streak. The Aeros won the first game with Binghamton 2-0, thanks in large part to a two-hit shutout by starting pitcher T.J. House (5-2), who picked up his fifth win of the season for Akron.
In this week's IPI Stock Watch, with the first half of the season coming to close Tony reviews the season to date and notes which players have improved or hurt the stock they had at the start of the season. In today's piece he makes note of several players at every level of the Indians' system, namely Cody Allen, Corey Kluber, Tim Fedroff, Steven Wright, Nick Weglarz, Tony Wolters, Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Robel Garcia, Felix Sterling and many more.
Left-hander T.J. House has come back this season and rekindled his prospect status. It all started with his offseason workouts and his commitment to conditioning and nutrition, and it carried over from there to getting his mechanics in line and his command back on track. The result to date has been impressive, and Nathan Kemp recently had a chance to sit down and talk with him about his comeback season.
The Akron Aeros added a pair of wins against the Binghamton Mets, 6-4 and 4-2, in a double-header Tuesday night at Canal Park to increase their record to a league-leading 44-25. The Aeros resumed play from their suspended game against Binghamton tied 2-2 after five innings, but the tie was quickly broken after Nick Weglarz hit a solo homerun to right field to give Akron a 3-2 lead.
With a 42-25 record on the year, the Aeros aren't used to losing very often, yet they did just that over the past week, dropping 5 of 8 games on the road. As always, let Jim Piascik take you through the highs and lows of the Aeros from the past week and find out who is doing well (hint: it's Nick Weglarz) and who needs to get things together.
The Akron Aeros fell short to the Reading Phillies after a ten innings of play on Monday, 4-3. The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on two fielding errors by Akron and two stolen bases. The Aeros got the run back in the top of the seventh led by a line drive double to left field by right fielder Thomas Neal.
The Akron Aeros fell to the Reading Phillies, 4-2, at First Energy Field Sunday. Starting for Akron was knuckleballer Steve Wright. Wright saw 25 batters in his six innings on the mound, walking only one and matching his season high of seven strikeouts ending his term with an ERA of 1.79. However, the Phillies got three hits off of Wright putting them up to an early 4-0 lead in the first four innings.
A wild pitch in the ninth inning Saturday night was the turning point as the Akron Aeros slipped by the Reading Phillies 6-4, in the second game of a doubleheader at First Energy Stadium.The Aeros (42-23) gained a split in the twinbill after Reading won game one, 2-1.
The Indians have been quite busy on the transactions front the past few weeks from the big league team down to Low-A Lake County. Several players have been promoted/demoted while others have been activated from injuries. Arthur Kinney is here is recap all of the activity...
The Reading Phillies scored five times in the seventh inning Saturday night to break open a tie ball game, easing their way to a 7-2 win over the Akron Aeros at First Energy Stadium. With the score tied 2-2, the Phillies (36-27) batted around in the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits off Akron starter T.J. House (4-2, 3.55), including a solo homer by catcher Sebastian Valle and a two-run double by right fielder Leandro Castro.
Maybe a day late, but never a dollar short, Tony has another Minor Happenings update that takes a look at the play of Jordan Smith at Low-A Lake County as well as the return of outfielders Bo Greenwell and Jordan Henry. He also gives updates on the adjustments, struggles, and improvements happening with other players like Russ Canzler, Adam Abraham, Mike Rayl, Zach MacPhee and others.
On a night where the game was long, hits were plentiful, and runs were few and far between, the Akron Aeros found a way to scrape past the New Britain Rock Cats 3-2 in 12 innings on Thursday night. The Aeros notched their second consecutive win behind a balanced attack from their offense, as eight of the ten Aeros batters had a hit, none bigger than the two delivered by Ben Copeland and Roberto Perez in the game’s final frame.
The Aeros split a double-header with the New Britain Rock Cats Wednesday night at New Britain Stadium to move to 40-21 and remain seven games ahead of Harrisburg for 1st place. New Britain starter Steve Hirschfield struck out eight and left fielder Nate Hanson went 2-3 with two RBIs to help New Britain to a 3-1 victory over the Aeros in the first game of Wednesday night’s double-header.
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 20 players and features the likes of David Huff, Tim Fedroff, Trevor Crowe, Kyle Bellows, Steven Wright, Bryce Stowell, Jeremie Tice, Jake Lowery, Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Grant Sides, Shawn Morimando and others.
A bit of a catch-up posting today in Minor Happenings as this bi-weekly column was absent last week due to the insane amount of draft coverage on the site. In today’s Happenings, Tony takes a look at the recent hot performances from right-hander Mason Radeke and designated hitter Jeremie Tice, gets some more post-draft comments from Brad Grant, and provides some updates on players like Tyler Holt, Shawn Morimando, Nick Weglarz, and others.
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!