Over the years at the minor league level, lots of players come and go, and many fade from memory over time. After Saturday night, one thing is for certain. Jesus Aguilar will never be forgotten by Akron Aeros fans.
Aguilar, Akron's gregarious, 6-foot-3, power-hitting first baseman, added another chapter to his MVP-worthy season when he laced a two-run double in the eighth inning that gave the Aeros the lead and paved the way for a 5-3 victory over the Reading Fightin Phils at Canal Park.
It turns out that a change of scenery back to the friendly confines of Canal Park was exactly what the Aeros needed to snap their troublesome, six-game losing streak. Jesus Aguilar’s towering, tape-measure, three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning rescued the Aeros from a 2-0 deficit, and led to a thrilling, 3-2 win over the Reading Fightin Phils before a crowd of 8,688, at Canal Park.
In today’s week ending edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at High-A Carolina outfield prospect Jordan Smith who continues to make incremental progress and has the skills but has a few things he is still working on before he is taken more seriously as a prospect. In addition to that he provides some comments from Ross Atkins on how the organization prioritizes prospects for trades as well as comments on several players at Carolina and Lake County, plus he provides insight into the development of Paolo Espino, Kyle Crockett, Ryan Merritt, Luis Lugo and others.
Is there anything better than seeing a top prospect take his team to victory? Sure, Lake County would not have won 1-0 without a shutout pitching performance, but Dorssys Paulino's solo home run provided all the offense the Captains needed. Paulino has continued to turn things around following his rough start and he sustained that constant progress Thursday night. To read about Paulino and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he goes Around The Farm.
In the final game of a very disappointing road trip, the Akron Aeros held a late lead but allowed six runs in a devastating eighth inning as they were defeated by the Richmond Flying Squirrels 9-6 on Thursday night at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia.
Hoping to turn their luck around against Richmond Wednesday night, the Aeros couldn't stop Richmond from scoring late in the game as an eighth inning three run home run by Richmond's Mark Minicozzi took the game right out of the Aeros hands, and they lost 4-3.
Considering that Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes, and Lou Marson were all not developed in the organization, it is great to see catchers like Jake Lowery and Alex Lavisky performing like they did Wednesday night. The catching depth looks good in the minors and Lowery and Lavisky are a part of that. To read about what made their performances noteworthy and everything else you need to know about Wednesday night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
Tuesday night in Richmond, the Akron Aeros faced off against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Akron put the pressure on the Squirrels early, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning, but Richmond came out on top, 7-6.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the strides that Lake County right-hander Robbie Aviles is making but also looks at the warning signs of possible trouble up ahead with him. He also provides several comments from the front office on High-A Carolina players such as Joe Colon, Tony Wolters, Louis Head, Nick Pasquale, Bryson Myles and others, provides the whereabouts of Adam Plutko and why he is not pitching, and has a detailed infirmary report on just about every injured player in the minors.
Needing a winning streak to get back into the Eastern League playoff race, the Akron Aeros went the other way, losing four of six games and falling to 56-64. That mark leaves the Aeros 8.5 games out of first place and 7.5 games out of the wild card. To read about the Aeros debut of a 2013 draft pick, the two catchers making waves, and everything else you need to know from the past week, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
The Aeros held a tight lead with only one out left to go, but the Trenton Thunder scored once in the ninth and once more in the bottom of the 13th to defeat Akron 3-2 on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton, New Jersey.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the quiet but good season that Double-A Akron first baseman Jesus Aguilar has had, what improvements he has made, what kind of impact he could have in Cleveland and when he could arrive in the big leagues. He also discusses the emergence of Joseph Colon as a legit starting pitching prospect, the kind of prospect Nellie Rodriguez is, provide tons of quotes from the front office on Akron players such as Kyle Crockett, Jeff Johnson, Jake Lowery and others, and more!
After being sent down to Triple-A, Vinnie Pestano has pitched like a man consumed by the desire to get back to the major leagues. To read all about Pestano's night, how he could fit back into the major league bullpen, and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Arthur Kinney as he takes you Around The Farm.
After dropping 2 out of 3 to the New Britain Rock Cats at home during the week, the Akron Aeros were looking to gain lost ground in the Western Division playoff race in the beginning of a 6-game road trip. However, the Trenton Thunder had other plans and defeated the Aeros 5-4 on Friday night at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey.
Both Daisuke Matsuzaka and Bryson Myles missed the entire month of May as injuries took their toll on the pair's effectiveness. Now that both are healthy, Matsuzaka and Myles are performing well and making waves and Thursday night was no different. To find out all about Matsuzaka and Myles' nights and everything you need to know about Thursday in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
The New Britain Rock Cats scored once, but it was all that was needed for the victory as they defeated the Akron Aeros 1-0 in a pitcher's duel on Thursday night at Canal Park. Neither lineup could rally as the starting pitchers Will Roberts and Kyle Davies were dominant, only allowing 1 run and 7 hits between the two of them.
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