The Cleveland Indians have been looking for a right-handed outfielder with some pop for a while now, and Akron Aeros outfielder Jeremie Tice is looking to fill the role someday. Tice has had a banner year with the bat and recently transitioned to the outfield, and Nathan Kemp gives an update how things are going.
The Akron Aeros have enjoyed prolific offensive outbursts this season, and they have benefited often from terrific pitching performances. The two haven’t always occurred on the same night, however. That changed Wednesday night in Erie, as the Aeros snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park.
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 over 20 players and features the likes of Cody Allen, Corey Kluber, Thomas Neal, Bryce Stowell, Jake Lowery, Shawn Armstrong, Jose Ramirez, Mason Radeke, Luis DeJesus, Jacob Lee, Dillon Howard, Matt Packer, and more.
Richmond catcher Johnny Monell hit his second home run in as many nights when he smacked a game-winning two-run shot in the third inning of Richmond’s 7-5 victory over Akron on Tuesday night at Canal Park. Monell and the Flying Squirrel offense combined for 15 hits as they roughed up Akron starter Brett Brach for seven total runs to defeat the Aeros.
It was a rare bad week for your Akron Aeros, as they dropped five of their seven games. There's no need to despair, however. The Aeros still have the best record in the Eastern League and plenty of great players. As always, it's time to Launch Off With The Aeros with Jim Piascik and the best of the best from Akron over the past week.
Richmond left fielder Nick Liles hit a two-run single in the 11th inning to put the Flying Squirrels ahead, as the Akron Aeros lost 9-5 Monday night at Canal Park. Richmond grabbed an early lead in the first inning off Aeros starter Steven Wright and never trailed in the game. The Squirrels increased the lead to 4-0 after scoring three runs in the third, the first of which came from a homer hit by Richmond designated hitter Johnny Monell. Richmond added another run in the fourth to make the score 5-0.
Akron and Richmond took the field Sunday afternoon for game two of their four game series, as the Aeros were shut out 6-0 by the visiting Flying Squirrels.The Flying Squirrels had four pitchers combine for the shutout, none more impressive than starter Michael Kickham (6-6), who picked up the win pitching six innings, giving up five hits and striking out seven.
Akron Aeros reliever Bryce Stowell has been tearing up the Eastern League and should have a chance at sniffing the big leagues either as a September callup or in 2013. Stowell recently spoke with Jim Piascik about his adjustments before the season started, whether or not he actively tries to strike batters out, how he's recovering from an injury scare earlier in the year, and how he sees his path to the Majors unfolding. As always, click to learn more about the future of your Cleveland Indians.
The Aeros ended their game against Richmond with a bang Saturday night, both literally and figuratively, winning 6-4 on Fireworks Night at Canal Park. With a crowd of 5,190 in attendance, the Aeros looked to get back on track after losing four of their last five games, and won the first game of four in their series with Richmond in dramatic fashion.
The Akron Aeros fell to the Erie SeaWolves, 5-4, in 10 innings. With the loss, the Aeros lost three of four games in the series against the SeaWolves. Erie has dominated the season-series, winning nine of 14 games. Following a loss by the Harrisburg Senators and a win by the Bowie Baysox, the Aeros now have a 7.5 game lead over both teams in the Eastern League Western Division.
In today's week ending edition of Minor Happenings, Tony touches on the power binge that Double-A Akron outfielder Thomas Neal has been on and what that may mean as far as value and a promotion is concerned. In addition to that he provides some recent comments from Ross Atkins on some big league pitching options at Triple-A Columbus, and provides updates on several players at each level from Triple-A Columbus to rookie level Arizona, namely Tim Fedroff, Jeremie Tice, Jesus Aguilar, Rob Nixon, Juan Romero, Jorge Martinez, and more.
Right fielder Thomas Neal had two extra-base hits, including a home run, as the Akron Aeros eased their way to a 7-1 comeback win over the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park. The Aeros (48-31) ended a three-game losing streak and picked up another game on second-place Harrisburg, who lost at home against Altoona. The Aeros now lead the Eastern League Western Division by 7.5 games.
The Akron Aeros fell to the Erie Seawolves, 8-5, in game two of a four game series on Wednesday. Akron took the early lead in the first inning, but lost momentum after the fifth. Erie put up twelve runs against Aeros pitching with knuckleballer Steve Wright taking the loss.
After putting up some fantastic numbers during the 2011 season in the Indians minor league system, Double-A Akron Aeros right-handed pitcher Tyler Sturdevant had evolved into a legitimate major league relief pitching prospect. But he was set back by a shoulder injury early this year. Dylon Lyon recently spoke with him about he recent return and how he is feeling.
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!