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.
After the Akron Aeros win a game at home, they typically play the song "All I Do Is Win." Of late, that really is all the Aeros are doing. The Aeros won all six of their games over the past week, moving to 39-20 on the season and continuing their dominance of the Eastern League. As always, Jim Piascik breaks down the good and bad from the week and, as an added bonus, this edition of "Launching Off With The Aeros" is chock full of quotes from manager Chris Tremie and players Steven Wright and Roberto Perez.
After a short hiatus due to the Memorial Day holiday and last week’s MLB Draft, it is time for another Monday edition of “3 Up, 3 Down”. This is a weekly premium feature on the site that focuses in on a few of the good and not so good performances from the past week in the Indians’ minor league system. Insight gathered from talking with scouts, coaches and executives inside and outside the organization are used when talking about each of these players. Today's featured players are Ezequiel Carrera, David Huff, Mason Radeke, Jerrud Sabourin, Giovanny Urshela, and Nick Weglarz,
Akron third baseman Kyle Bellows went 4-for-5, with a pair of doubles and four runs batted in on Sunday, as the Aeros beat up the Altoona Curve, 7-1, completing a three-game sweep at Canal Park. Bellows’ four RBI’s increased his season total to 26, which is the most on the team. It was his second four-hit game of the season and also his second four-RBI effort.
Akron’s Nick Weglarz hit a big walk off homer to right field in the bottom of the 10th inning, pushing the Aeros to a 2-1 victory over the Altoona Curve Saturday night at Canal Park. The home run was Weglarz’s team-leading sixth of the year, and came on a 2-2 pitch from left-handed reliever Jhonathan Ramos. The long ball traveled past the bleachers in right, starting a home plate celebration before the fireworks following the game.
In the first of a three game series, the Akron Aeros defeated the Altoona Curve, 8-7, for their tenth consecutive win at home in Canal Park. The Aeros and the Curve started off slow having only three hits between them for the first few innings. In the fifth inning, with one down, Nick Weglarz hit a solo homerun over the right field fence to put the Aeros up 1-0.
Steven Wright held the New Britain Rock Cats to two hits and a run over seven innings Thursday night, winning his fifth game of the year and lifting the Aeros to a 2-1 victory at Canal Park. The Aeros (36-20) completed a three-game sweep of the Rock Cats and have won seven of the last eight games. The Aeros have won nine straight home games, sweeping three straight series in the process. Overall, the Aeros are 23-7 at Canal Park this season.
Akron catcher Roberto Perez had three hits and four runs batted in Wednesday night, as the Aeros won 6-4 over the New Britain Rock Cats at Canal Park. Perez had a night of firsts as it was his first three-hit game of the season and also his first multi-RBI game.
The Akron Aeros conquered the New Britain Rock Cats 6-2 on Tuesday evening as the Aeros’ offense worked for 12 hits while their bullpen was nearly flawless. Starting for the Aeros was lefty Giovanni Soto (4-2, 4.07) who had received no-decisions in his last two starts.
Some people say new is always better, but that's not true. While it's exciting to see what players the Indians are adding to their system in the Draft this week, it's still important to pay attention to the players already in the system. There's no better place to start doing that than with the Akron Aeros, who once again dominated the Eastern League by winning 4 of 5. This team just keeps on winning and if you click on the link, you can see who led them to victory this week.
The Akron Aeros saw their four-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday after they fell to the Binghamton Mets, 5-4. Right-hander Paolo Espino took his second loss of the season for the Aeros. In his five innings on the mound, the starter saw 24 batters and allowed five runs off seven hits, one of which was a home run.
Center fielder Tim Fedroff went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in, and first baseman Adam Abraham and left fielder Nick Weglarz each homered Friday as the Akron Aeros defeated the Binghamton Mets, 10-2. The Aeros (33-19) won their fourth straight game to improve to a season-high, 14 games over .500. The win over the Mets (25-27) extended Akron’s lead in the Eastern League Western Division to six games as Harrisburg lost 10-3 at New Britain.
Tony recently sat down with Carter Hawkins in the Indians Player Development Department and discussed how things look in the system as the quarter pole in the minor league season was recently passed. They discussed over 16 players with how they are doing and what strides they are making, namely Cord Phelps, Corey Kluber, Bryan Price, Jeremie Tice, Carlos Moncrief, Shawn Armstrong, Jeff Johnson, Grant Sides, Dorsyss Paulino and more.
Before the Akron Aeros' thrilling 14 inning victory Thursday night, Jim Piascik talked with their surprising starter Steven Wright about his success this year. Wright touched on the legendary knuckleballers - Charlie Hough and Tom Candiotti - who have helped him develop the pitch and what mindset he has going forward in his career.
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!