A lot of people think that being a minor league player or coach is a glamorous lifestyle, but that is far from the truth. The reality is that for those with families it requires a strong commitment from all parties involved while they deal with all of the travel, time apart, ever-changing living arrangements, and low pay. Tony recently sat down and talked to the the wives of Lake County coaches Dave Wallace and Jeff Harris to get their side of the minor league lifestyle.
Tony is back with another edition of "The Radar Report" that has lots of gun readings on several Indians' prospects in the system. This is a premium site feature which posts about once a month and provides the fastball and secondary velocities of players in the Indians' organization that he sees. This week's report includes information on several High-A Carolina arms.
The Carolina Mudcats could not complete the sweep as they fell to the Lynchburg Hillcats 7-4 on Sunday afternoon. Mudcat starter Michael Goodnight had one of his worst outings of the year as he found it hard to find the strike zone all day. In his four innings of work Goodnight would walk six batters.
The Carolina Mudcats pulled out a 4-2 win against the Lynchburg Hillcats on a rainy night at Five County Stadium. For the second straight night the start of the game would be delayed as a rain storm pushed the start time back 31 minutes and then caused the game to end after the eighth. The Mudcats pitchers didn’t mind, as for the second straight night they turned in a great performance.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the no-hitter by lefty Giovanni Soto and the development he has made this year as a prospect, the strides Jordan Smith has made both offensively and defensively, he runs through another infirmary report with several updates on some of the walking wounded in the system, talks with the Indians front office about players at several different levels in the system, and tons more.
The Carolina Mudcats launched some towering home runs to drive across six in an 11-9 win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Wednesday afternoon at Five County Stadium. A crowd of 1,852 watched Bo Greenwell, Ronny Rodriguez and Carlos Moncrief crush long balls throughout the afternoon, and the Mudcats improved to 15-11, 46-49 overall.
The Carolina Mudcats (13-11) exploded late to even the series at one as they beat the Winston Salem Dash (13-11) 7-6 on Tuesday. The game looked as though it was going to be a pitchers duel as it was 1-1 after six innings, but both offenses put rallies together in the seventh inning.
The Carolina Mudcats (13-10) fought back from deficits of four and three runs to tie the game at 4-4 and 7-7 but ended up falling by a score of 8-7 to the Winston Salem Dash (12-11) in the opening game of a four game series on Monday night.
A new feature being tested out on the IPI today, one that ranks the top 20 performances in the Indians' entire farm system from the past week. Tony gives some thoughts and insight on those performances, a list that includes the likes of Giovanni Soto, Luigi Rodriguez, Jordan Smith, Jeanmar Gomez, Jake Sisco, Matt Packer, Steven Wright, Bo Greenwell and lots more.
The Carolina Mudcats cracked a pair of firsts in a big 10-6 win over the Frederick Keys on Sunday night at Harry Grove Stadium. The victory means a split of the four-game series at Frederick. Carlos Moncrief powered the Mudcats’ first grand slam of 2012 out to left for a 5-0 lead in the first inning.
The Frederick Keys sent the much-heralded Dylan Bundy to the mound looking for a series win on Saturday night, but the Carolina Mudcats’ Matt Packer was just a little bit better in a 3-1 triumph at Harry Grove Stadium.
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!