In this week’s Minor Happenings, Tony provides a ton of updates on the walking wounded in the Indians system, players like Austin Adams, Tyler Sturdevant, Matt Packer, Chen Lee, and more. Also, he discusses how lefty T.J. McFarland looks ready for Triple-A, he provides some comments from the front office on some players at Low-A Lake County and extended spring training, and gives updates on several players like Ronny Rodriguez, Lonnie Chisenhall, Shawn Morimando, Michael Goodnight, and Thomas Neal.
The Carolina Mudcats scored 10 runs over the final four innings to pull away from the Frederick Keys 10-6 in front of 1,823 on a rainy Monday night at Harry Grove Stadium. The Mudcats improve to 22-21, and drop the Frederick Keys to 14-26 in the process. Will Roberts (2-2) earned his second winning decision by holding the Keys to four runs over six innings.
In his weekly Monday piece "3 Up, 3 Down", Tony looks at a few of the good and not so good 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 for this week's players: Cody Anderson, Kyle Bellows, Russ Canzler, Ezequiel Carrera, Leonardo Castillo, and Mike Rayl.
The Potomac Nationals took an early lead and never looked back as they defeated the Carolina Mudcats 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Pfitzer Stadium. After decimating the Nationals on Friday night 12-5, the Mudcats let two consecutive games slip away and ended their three game road trip to Northern Virginia on a low note.
Carolina was in line to win their fifth straight game on Saturday night, when they brought in closer Jose Flores. Flores had been lights out on the season in the closer role, but it wasn't to be. Flores would give up two runs, giving Potomac a 5-4 victory. Find out the details of Carolina's rough night, after the jump...
With an impressive 12-5 victory, the Carolina Mudcats visited Northern Virginia Friday evening and dismantled the Potomac Nationals in front of their home crowd at Pfitzner Stadium. Mudcats’ designated hitter Jeremie Tice turned in an MVP performance by going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four runs batted in. Tice’s eighth home run of the year was a towering three run shot to left field in the third inning.
The Carolina Mudcats (21-15) fell to the Salem Red Sox (20-18) on Thursday night, 2-0, in the final game of a four game series. Danny Salazar got his first start since April 16th after being activated from the disabled list on Thursday. Salazar was on a strict pitch count and was only scheduled to pitch two innings.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony talks about the blazing hot Jared Goedert and discusses when he may be moving up and what other moves may happen in conjunction with his callup. Also, Farm Director Ross Atkins provides lots of comments on players at High-A Carolina, lots of injury updates are provided on many of the walking wounded, and more!
The Carolina Mudcats (20-17) ninth inning rally fell short as they lost to the Salem Red Sox (20-15) 5-4 in third game of the four game series on Wednesday night. The Mudcats were blanked for most of the night thanks in large part to Red Sox starter Ryan Pressly who went seven scoreless innings striking out eight while scattering four hits.
The Kinston Indians were pitching dominant for the past two seasons. The Carolina Mudcats haven't been, but over the past two weeks, the Muddies have started to resemble the K-Tribe in more ways than just as the Indians' High A affiliate. The pitching has really started to carry this team. How much? Hop in the outboard and let's go Fishing for some Mudcats, as Jim Pete brings the Muddies weekly notebook.
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system that are increasing their value and others that are dropping in value. In today's premium feature, Tony provides prospect stock tips on 20 players, including Jason Donald, Ezequiel Carrera, Kevin Slowey, Scott Barnes, Jared Goedert, Rob Bryson, Mason Radeke, Tyler Holt, Kyle Petter, Alex Lavisky, Joe Colon and more!
Following a rain out on Monday the Carolina Mudcats (19-16) and Salem Red Sox (19-14) split a doubleheader Tuesday. In the first game the ineffectiveness of Mudcat starter Mike Rayl proved to be too much to overcome for the Mudcats as they fell 8-6. Rayl only lasted two and two third innings and in that time he gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony get us all up to speed on a flurry of comments from Ross Atkins on players at the Double-A and Triple-A level, and also talk about Francisco Lindor’s impressive play and development, the value of lefty Francisco Jimenez, the slow return to form of Cord Phelps, what Matt LaPorta’s dominance in Triple-A means, the future of Nick Weglarz with the Indians and in baseball, the emergence of young Latin prospect Luis Lugo and lots more!
Tony chimes in today with his weekly Monday piece "3 Up, 3 Down" and looks at a few of the good and not so good 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 for this week's players: Tim Fedroff, Francisco Jimenez, Beau Mills, Luigi Rodriguez, Kevin Slowey and Felix Sterling.
The Carolina Mudcats faced the Potomac Nationals looking for the series sweep after clinching the series win the night before. Behind Francisco Jimenez’s good outing the Mudcats were able to win in a tight one 3-2 over the Nationals taking all three games in the series. Jimenez went five and two third innings giving up two unearned runs while striking out five and giving up only two hits.
The Radar Report is a premium site feature which posts two to three times a month and provides radar readings for the fastball and secondary offerings for several Indians prospects. This week's report includes information on Cody Anderson, Joseph Colon, Cole Cook, Kyle Landis, Kyle Petter, Mason Radeke, Grant Sides, and Giovanni Soto.
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!