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.
An all-around dominant performance by the Carolina Mudcats led to a 12-1 victory over the Frederick Keys on Thursday night. The win allowed Carolina (26-19, 48-67) to clinch their first ever series win at Frederick. On the night, Carolina recorded 13 hits compared to only five for the Keys. Offensively, Carolina was led by right fielder Jordan Smith, who went 3-6 with two RBIs, scored two runs and hit a home run.
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.
Despite allowing the Frederick Keys to tie the score or take the lead on three separate occasions, the Carolina Mudcats were able to keep the lead when it mattered, defeating the Keys 6-5 on Thursday night. The win allowed Carolina (25-19, 47-67) to keep the division lead over Myrtle Beach.
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 Carolina Mudcats lost to the Potomac Nationals in the final game of a home series 8-7 in 11 innings at Five County Stadium. Josh Martin (0-1) took the loss for the Mudcats. He pitched an inning with two hits and two runs. Colin Bates (4-4) was the winning pitcher with two innings and one run.
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.
It’s not often that a player can lead a team in batting average, home runs and runs batted in after missing a month of the season, but Carolina Mudcats second baseman Joey Wendle is doing just that. What a first full season in the minors Wendle is having and he has jumped into the mix with the other talented middle infielders in the organization. The IBI's Zachary Francis recently caught up with Wendle and talked about his success this season.
After tying the game late, the Carolina Mudcats lost it in the 10th inning, falling to the Frederick Keys 4-3 on Friday night. The loss drops Carolina’s record to 22-17 in the second half, but coupled with a loss by Myrtle Beach, the Mudcats stay a half game out of first place in the division.
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.
In the first game of a six-game homestand, the Carolina Mudcats broke a close game open late and defeated the Frederick Keys 9-5 on Thursday night at Five County Stadium. Carolina improved to 22-16 in the second half with the victory.
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