A season-high 7,021 fans came out to Canal Park and witnessed an entertaining pitcher's duel Friday night. Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Akron Aeros came out on the wrong side of things. The Altoona Curve defeated the Aeros 3-1, handing the Aeros their second straight post-All-Star break loss.
Early in the afternoon, former ATF darling and highly regarded prospect Danny Salazar led the big league club to victory. A success story like Salazar shows exactly why following these prospects is fun: you are getting a glimpse at the major league contributors of tomorrow. A few players were doing their best Salazar impersonations Thursday, including a first baseman at Columbus trying to jumpstart his season and an outfielder rehabbing in Arizona trying to get back. For all this and more, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
With the Eastern League All-Star break in their rear-view mirror, the boys from the Rubber City returned home to Canal Park Thursday night, but looked a step behind the visiting Altoona Curve, falling 7-0.
There was no escaping the powerful storms that pushed through Northeast Ohio Wednesday night, as the Mudcats were delayed during their game in Virginia. The Mudcats were in the middle of an offensive outburst when the rains came down and, after the tarp was rolled back up, they continued assaulting the opposition. The Eastern League All-Star game in New Britain, Connecticut was also delayed, though there were fewer fireworks in that game. To read all about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
When asked a few weeks ago if he thought he was deserving of an Eastern League All-Star nomination, Akron Aeros right-hander Jose Flores dismissed the question, saying he doesn't think about things like that. Flores will be thinking about the game tonight, however, as the reliever will be participating in the game in New Britain, Connecticut. Jim Piascik talked with Flores recently about what is different in 2013, what is making him successful, and more.
Tony takes a look at 10 of the hottest hitters in the organization from Double-A Akron to rookie level Arizona – some names you know well and some you don’t. The players are not ranked, but are listed by level and include the likes of Tyler Holt, Jose Ramirez, Joey Wendle, Jeremy Lucas, Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, Logan Vick, Nellie Rodriguez, Clint Frazier and Joel Mejia. He provides insight into what kind of prospect each player is, their upside, their strengths and weaknesses, and some statistical trends as well.
The Akron Aeros got back to winning after a bit of a dry spell, taking five-of-seven games on a road trip to Bowie and Richmond. The winning pushes the Aeros to 44-46 on the year, 5.5 games behind the first-place Harrisburg Senators. The amazing hitting of Jose Ramirez, the power of Jake Lowery, and a plethora of strong pitching carried the Aeros. To find out all you need to know about the week for Akron, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
The minor leagues may be considered a place for adjustments and learning from mistakes but so far, Enosil Tejeda has mostly seen success. Tejeda, a 24-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, has been one of the double-A Akron Aeros’ most reliable bullpen arms since his promotion from high-A Carolina in May. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger talked with him recently and provides the details in her latest.
In a high scoring game Sunday afternoon, the Akron Aeros fell to the Richmond Flying Squirrels in the fourth game of the five game series. Akron's defense allowed 15 runs to Richmond and answered by scoring only 7 runs themselves.
Early in the season it looked like Akron Aeros shortstop Ronny Rodriguez may have been pushed too hard and needed some time back in High-A Carolina to get his head right. After a pivotal midseason adjustment to his swing, however, Rodriguez is tearing up the Eastern League and simply dominating. Jim Piascik talked with Rodriguez recently about that change, what makes him such an electric player, and more.
Richmond, VA- The Akron Aeros got off to a slow start Saturday evening at The Diamond Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. The game against the Flying Squirrels went scoreless up until the last three innings when the Aeros were able to score nine runs to earn a 9-3 win and record a third straight victory.
The hits just kept on coming for the Akron Aeros Friday night in Richmond. By the end of the night, the Flying Squirrels weren’t sure if they had been in a ball game or a special edition of American Top 40. After collecting 13 hits in a win on Thursday, the Aeros surpassed that mark by one, pounding out 14 hits on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Squirrels.
A very happy Fourth of July to you! We at IBI hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed a little time off. There was no time off in the minor leagues Thursday, as all of Cleveland's affiliates were in action. Some did a little worse than others (like a pair of four-hit outings in Columbus and Carolina), though there were plenty of good performances, including some impressive pitching and hitting in Lake County. To read all about Thursday in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
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!