In today’s week ending edition of Minor Happenings, Tony gives us an update on the happenings out in extended spring training with lots of information from the front office on some players currently playing out there. Also, Tony takes a look at the continued improvements being made by Jesus Aguilar and T.J. McFarland, Joe Colon’s value, Trevor Crowe’s health, the debut of Shawn Morimando, the impressive start for Adam Abraham and Jeremie Tice, and lots more.
It's raining in Carolina, and it seems as though every other night has another Mudcats' game postponed. So tonight, as the Mudcats sit in their hotel rooms during the latest rainout, I give you another edition of Fishing for Mudcats. It's been a dominating week for the Muddies, as their 5-1 record has brought them within' 2 1/2 games of first place. Now, if we could just stop that rain...
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system. In today's premium feature, Tony provides prospect stock tips on 20 players, including Cord Phelps, Russ Canzler, Jeremy Accardo, Corey Kluber, Chun Chen, T.J McFarland, T.J. House, Bryson Myles, Jordan Smith, Nick Bartolone, Rob Nixon and many more.
The Carolina Mudcats first visit to South Carolina resulted in a 6-0 shutout victory on Tuesday night over the host Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Mudcats’ starting pitcher Francisco Jimenez grabbed his third win of the season following a strong six inning performance where he allowed only three hits while striking out six batters. Reliever J.D. Reichenbach pitched a solid inning of relief and closer Trey Haley finished off the Pelicans with two strikeouts over a pair of innings.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony gives a ton of updates on players throughout the Indians' minor league system. He talks about the development of Steven Wright and his knuckleball, provides information on new pitching pickup Loek van Mil, lists lots of quotes from Ross Atkins on players like Jared Goedert, Tony Wolters, Cody Allen, Jesus Aguilar and others, gives updates on injured players like C.C. Lee, Lonnie Chisenhall, Austin Adams, and others and when they could return, and lots more!
In today's Monday afternoon staple "3 Up, 3 Down", Tony takes a look at three of the best and worst performances from the past week in the Indians' minor league system. Insight gathered from talking with scouts, coaches and executives inside and outside the organization are used in this piece, and today he discusses Jesus Aguilar, Russ Canzler, Leonardo Castillo, Jake Lowery, Nick Weglarz, and Steven Wright.
The Carolina Mudcats (14-13) and Fredrick Keys (9-16) played a doubleheader on Sunday, making up for a Saturday night rainout. They would split the games, with the Keys taking the first game of the doubleheader 1-0, while the Mudcats would earn the split in a 10 inning tilt, 3-2.
Coming off an eight game road trip the Carolina Mudcats (13-13) returned home and beat the Frederick Keys (9-15) on Friday night 10-4. Three run innings in the second, fifth and seventh gave the Mudcats pitchers all the run support they would need. The offense was led by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez who entered the game hitting only .188, but after a 4-for-4 night it bumped up to .225. He also had two doubles, drove in two runs, and scored three runs.
No one ever said playing in the minor leagues was easy. Sometimes players have to sit and wait for an opportunity, and then when that opportunity comes they have to seize it. High-A Carolina utility player Tyler Cannon may be getting that opportunity and chance right now.
The Carolina Mudcats concluded their Virginia road trip with an impressive 3-0 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Thursday afternoon. Mudcats’ starting pitcher Mike Rayl earned his third win behind a strong six inning performance featuring four strikeouts, two walks and only two hits. Reliever Trey Haley dominated during his two innings of work with no hits allowed and two strikeouts recorded.
In today's Happenings Tony talks about lefty Giovanni Soto who is really coming into his own and has become a nice starting pitching prospect for the Indians. He also touches on Matt LaPorta's continued destruction of Triple-A pitching, gets Akron manager Chris Tremie's thoughts on several players that are working on defense, unveils lefty Scott Barnes' new role, and discussed many other players like Kyle Landis, Mike Rayl, Joseph Colon, Jared Goedert, and more!
The Carolina Mudcats defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats by a score of 5-2 on Wednesday night at Lynchburg City Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia. For the third consecutive game, the victorious team prevailed with five runs while the losing team could only score two. After a scoreless first inning, Lynchburg found some early offense against Mudcats’ starting pitcher Francisco Jimenez.
The Carolina Mudcats have started off the season with a Jeckyl and Hyde approach in nearly all aspects of their season, whether it be road vs. home, and starters vs. bullpen. As they headed out on their second road series, they left their bats in Zebulon. Jim Pete hops back in the outboard as he goes Fishing for Mudcats...
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system. In today's premium feature, Tony provides prospect stock tips on 20 players, including Beau Mills, Scott Barnes, Cody Allen, Jared Goedert, Steven Wright, Tyler Holt, Mike Rayl, Shawn Armstrong, Alex Lavisky, Cody Anderson and more!
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!