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.
After yet another depressing loss at the major league level, why not take some time to focus on the happiness and promise of the minor leagues? Why not bask in the insane success of Trevor Frank in the Mahoning Valley bullpen or the way that a finally healthy Alex Monsalve is producing at Akron? Leave all your Tiger trouble behind and join Jim Piascik as he recaps all you need to know about Wednesday night in the minor leagues and goes Around The Farm.
The Akron Aeros smacked the New Britain Rock Cats for 15 hits on Wednesday evening, resulting in a 7-3 win. Josh Tomlin received the start in his first rehab appearance for the Aeros. Tomlin tossed two innings of scoreless ball, allowing one hit as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Akron, OH – After being swept on the road the previous week, the Akron Aeros were defeated once more by a final score of 13-6 on Tuesday night at Canal Park. The Rock Cats had secured the victory after the top half of the first inning due to strong hitting against the Aeros’ starter, Matt Packer.
The Akron Aeros won on Saturday and Sunday, but it was not enough to undo their four-game losing streak to start the week. Losing four of six games dropped the Aeros to a 55-59 record, 5.5 games behind the Harrisburg Senators for first place in the Western Division and five games behind the Erie SeaWolves for the wild card. To find out what it means for the Aeros' playoff chances, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
Look closely at Francisco Lindor’s glove and you’ll see an interesting monogram. Embroidered on the shortstop’s Rawling’s model is “Lindor – BC.” The “BC” doesn’t stand for a college. It isn’t the initials of a girlfriend or family member. In this case, “BC” is a mantra: be consistent. That is what he has been and then some this year, and the IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down and talked with the top prospect about his season to date.
In today's new edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the hot play of Mahoning Valley first baseman Nellie Rodriguez and looks at his value and the strides he has made. He also provides a ton of comments from the front office on players at rookie level Arizona such as Kieran Lovegrove, Mitch Brown, Anderson Polanco, Gerald Bautista, D’Vone McClure and many more, and also provides some insight from the front office on the promotion process.
Saturday night in Altoona, the Akron Aeros stole the game from the Curve off a home run by third basemen Giovanny Urshela. Trailing 5-4 in the top of the ninth, Urshela's shot led the Aeros to a 6-5 victory over the Altoona Curve.
So often, the difference between a prospect developing into a major leaguer or busting out in the minors is health. Some players are just unlucky with their bodies and see their careers end while others manage to stay on the field and make something happen. Bryson Myles is turning heads now that he is healthy and he continued to do so Thursday night. To read about Myles and everything else you need to know about the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
The New Britain Rock Cats powered their way past the Akron Aeros Thursday afternoon, riding four home runs to a 9-5 victory at Willow Brook Park. The loss finished a New Britain sweep and is Akron's fourth in a row.
Early on in the season, it looked like Jesus Aguilar was stuck. His power seemed to have deserted him, leaving him behind the eight-ball going forward. Fast-forward a few months and everything seems okay again with the first baseman. To read about how an adjustment made all the difference for Aguilar and find out everything you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
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