The Radar Report slides into its new (and permanent) Friday slot and provides radar readings for the fastball and secondary offerings for several Indians prospects. This week's report includes information on Clayton Cook, Jose Flores, Cody Allen, Mike Rayl, Michael Goodnight, Kevin Slowey, Corey Kluber and more.
The Akron Aeros defeated the Bowie Baysox, 5-4, in an eleven-inning match sealing a three-series victory Wednesday at Prince George Stadium. It would be Aeros' designated hitter Chun Chen who would bring home the winning run in the top of the eleventh inning with a line drive up the middle to score catcher Michael Hernandez. Chen went 3-for-6 with two RBI’s on the night and is now batting .323. Akron started off strong in the second inning putting two runs on the board.
Time to unveil a new weekly premium feature on the IPI, the "Stock Watch". In this weekly report, four to six players at each level in the Indians system will be graded on their currently standing (stock) in the organization and whether their stock is way up, trending up, neutral, trending down, or way down. Insight gained from scouts and evaluators will be used in this report.
T.J. McFarland had another strong outing and right fielder Thomas Neal had three hits to lead the Akron Aeros to a 5-1 win over the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday. The Aeros lineup gave McFarland an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning off Bowie starter Cole McCurry, who lost his second game to Akron in less than a week. After recording two quick outs to start the game, McCurry gave up an opposite field home run to third baseman Jared Goedert. The home run was Goedert’s second of the season.
In today's Minor Happenings, Tony gets us caught up on how Tim Fedroff is performing and what he is working on, marvels at the performance of Chris Seddon in his last start, gives injury updates on Jordan Smith, Levon Washington and others, provides lots of comments on players from Mudcats manager Edwin Rodriguez, breaks down Roberto Perez's slow start, talks about the emergence of Kyle Petter, and lots more!
Another installment of your weekly Akron Aeros notebook - Launching Off With The Aeros - is back and better than ever. Check out who is In Orbit this week, who is Temporarily Grounded, and a new feature, 3 Stats Oddities. Plus, all of the weekly and yearly Aeros statistics are here in an easier to digest format. So click on the link and launch off.
Three Bowie pitchers combined to shutout the Akron Aeros 2-0 on Monday, despite a strong start from left-hander Eric Berger. Baysox southpaw Jacob Petit (3-0) went five innings, giving up just three hits, to earn his second win over the Aeros in one week. Despite walking three batters, he limited base runners and worked out of his only jam in the second inning.
In this season's first "Three Up, Three Down" report - a new premium feature on the IPI, Tony takes a look at some of the notable good and bad performances from the past week in the Indians' minor league system. He breaks down the performance of six players: Cody Anderson, Kyle Bellows, Cole Cook, Cord Phelps, Bryce Stowell, and Tony Wolters.
The Akron Aeros defeated the Reading Phillies, 7-4, in a storm-halted match-up Saturday to tie the series. The Aeros jumped on Phillies' pitching in the first inning scoring three runs against Reading starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone. Outfielder Tim Fedroff led off with a walk and stole second base. Shortstop Juan Diaz reached on a fielder’s choice to the pitcher. Left fielder Jared Goedert, who is currently batting .417 and leading the Eastern League leaderboard, advanced the runners with a line drive to left field.
Despite leading 3-0 for seven and one-third innings, the Akron Aeros lost 4-3 in extra innings to the Reading Phillies after a rare implosion by the bullpen.Center fielder Tim Fedroff tripled to start the game against Reading, later scoring on a wild pitch by opposing starter Julio Rodriguez. After the wild pitch, first baseman Chun Chen walked and left fielder Nick Weglarz was hit by a pitch. The Aeros lineup failed to post another run in the first after second baseman Ryan Rohlinger struck out on a foul tip to the catcher.
Steve Orbanek makes his IPI debut with a look into Double-A Akron catcher turned first baseman Chun Chen. After a breakthrough 2010 campaign a lot of people were excited about his potential with the bat at a premium position, but with his recent change to first base, Steve wonders what kind of Major League future Chen has.
It's time for another edition of the Happenings in the Cleveland Indians farm system. Today Tony talks about the hot hitting Jared Goedert and what he needs to do get a big league opportunity, has lots of quotes from Ross Atkins on the Low-A Lake County roster, gives an update on the health of LeVon Washington and others, and discusses lots of other players like House, Barnes, Diaz, Chisenhall, Tice, Sterling, Stowell and more!
The Akron Aeros completed a three-game series with the Bowie Baysox by celebrating a 4-3 win on Wednesday. Right-hander Steven Wright (2-1, 1.56 ERA) started for Akron. In his previous start against the Trenton Thunder last Friday he went a solid 5.2 innings and picked up a 2-1 win for the Aeros. In Wednesday night's game Wright allowed the first three Bowie batters to reach base in the first, but leadoff hitting right fielder Buck Britton was caught stealing third for the first out.
A new feature to (finally) debut on the IPI today, "The Radar Report". This is a self-explanatory report that will provide low, high, and average fastball velocities on a weekly basis for several prospects in the Indians' system. This week's report has radar information on close to two dozen players.
Akron left-hander T.J. McFarland struggled to throw strikes and Aeros hitters failed to advance runners Tuesday night at Canal Park, as the home team fell to the Bowie Baysox 4-2. Bowie right fielder Buck Britton opened the game with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Akron shortstop Juan Diaz. After a ground out to third, Britton scored the game’s first run after a McFarland wild pitch. McFarland labored through the first inning, throwing 32 pitches (16 strikes).
Minor Happenings is now a bi-weekly feature on the IPI, and today we post the first early week edition of this popular site staple. Tony gives the 411 on fast-rising prospect RHP Cody Allen, provides lots of comments from Assistant Farm Director Carter Hawkins, has injury updates on close to a dozen players, and lots more!
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!