In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the impressive 15-month run that infielder Jose Ramirez has had going from an unknown player to one currently in the big leagues helping the Indians playoff push. He also provides tons of comments from the front office on players like Francisco Lindor, Clint Frazier, Jesus Aguilar and others, looks into what Nellie Rodriguez needs to improve most, provides details on what is the number one goal in Giovanni Urshella’s development plan, looks at Matt Packer’s bounce back season and future, and provides insight and information on Brett Brach, Richard Stock and others...
"The Radar Report" is a premium feature that lists fastball velocities and other notes for several pitchers in the Indians' system which Tony has recorded during his visits to see the teams/players. Today's listing has almost 20 radar readings for pitchers in the Indians' minor league system, and he includes some scouting notes on all of them and where available he has also included the velocity ranges for their secondary pitches.
It's been a very "developmental" year in Carolina, and while the Mudcats weren't a winning ballclub with regards to wins and losses, they sure did have a boatload of offensive talent come through Five County Stadium. Was the season a successful one? It depends on what your definition is for success? If you're an Indians fan looking for a bank of players, Carolina was the place to be. Join Jim Pete for one last fishing expedition for the 2013 season.
The minor league season is over, but there is still a lot to wrap up. In today’s piece Tony looks at the sensational pro debut for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley right-hander Cole Sulser and his prospect future, looks at the exceptional season that Low-A Lake County outfielder LeVon Washington had at the plate, the amazing consistency of High-A Carolina outfielder Jordan Smith and what kind of prospect he truly is, and tons of comments from Triple-A Columbus pitching coach Tony Arnold on several of his pitchers such as Trevor Bauer, T.J. House, Bryan Price and others.
After falling behind in the first inning, Carolina was never able to recover and fell to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 9-3 on Sunday night. Carolina has one game left in the regular season, and will play Myrtle Beach in the season finale for both teams on Monday night.
An absolutely dominant pitching performance by the Carolina Mudcats led them to a 5-0 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Friday night. On the night, the Hillcats managed only two hits against the Carolina pitching. Right hander Robert Whitenack got the start for Carolina and dominated the Hillcats. Whitenack did not give up a hit in his six innings pitched.
The catching depth in the system might not be of the elite variety, but there are some intriguing names to follow heading into 2014. One of those is Eric Haase, who displayed why he is someone to pay attention to Thursday night. To read all about Haase's powerful showing and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
Mick Jagger sang that you can't always get what you want. Jordan Smith is proof that sometimes you find, you get what you need. We all wanted to see Smith develop some power and that is exactly what is happening in August. To read all about Smith's powerful night, a 2013 draft pick dominating in Mahoning Valley, and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
After being swept by Salem to close out the home schedule, the Carolina Mudcats could ill afford another loss and responded to that in a big way, defeating the Lynchburg Hillcats 12-11 in seven innings on Wednesday night.
In the home season finale, the Carolina Mudcats dropped a heartbreaker 6-4 to the Salem Red Sox in 12 innings. The loss drops Carolina to 31-32 for the second half and six games behind Salem with seven games to play.
One of the most common sayings in sports is it’s not how you start, but how you finish. After a dismal first half, the Carolina Mudcats are currently in the middle of a push for the final playoff spot in the Carolina League, and a big reason for that, is star right fielder Jordan Smith. After a slow start he has come on of late and is putting up another good season, and the IBI's Zachary Francis recently caught up with him to see how his season has gone.
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!