In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony looks at the very strong season that High-A Carolina third baseman Giovanny Urshela has had and the jump he has made as a prospect. He also touches on the season that Carolina right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper has had and what it may mean for his future, provides lots of comments from Ross Atkins on some of their rising young Latin American stars, and provides injury updates and more on players like Lars Anderson, Adam Abraham, Carlos Moncrief, Tyler Naquin, and others.t
The Carolina Mudcats (29-33) took the second game of the series over the Potomac Nationals (30-33) 6-2 on Wednesday night. Will Roberts turned in a great outing for the Mudcats as he tossed seven and one third innings giving up only two runs on eight hits to lead the Cats to the win.
The Mudcats were officially eliminated from playoff contention this past week, but that was all just a formality. Now, the only thing left to do is wait and see who's taking off for the greener pastures of Ohio, and Akron. There were few big weeks here in Carolina, but there WERE a few. Just not enough to make much difference. Let's get fishing...after the jump...
In today's Q&A coaches session, Tony sits down and talks with High-A Carolina manager Edwin Rodriguez about several talented players currently on the roster and some that recently departed for Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. He discusses the incredible bounce back year that Tony Wolters and Ronny Rodriguez have had since their poor April starts, what adjustments Rodriguez has made at the plate, the improvements made by Jesus Aguilar, the amazing year for Carlos Moncrief and his prospect status, the strides made by Anthony Gallas and Danny Salazar, and more.
The Carolina Mudcats (29-34) fell to the Potomac Nationals (29-33) 4-1 in the opening game of the final home series. Michael Goodnight turned in a solid outing for the Mudcats tossing five innings while surrendering only one run.
The Carolina Mudcats fell to the Salem Red Sox to lose the series. A disastrous sixth inning would lead to the Mudcats loss as the Sox put up eight runs in the inning all of which came with two outs in the inning.
The Carolina Mudcats behind a great start from Jordan Cooper took the second game of the series from the Salem Red Sox 4-2. Cooper tossed seven scoreless innings in which he allowed six hits while striking out six. He has allowed no runs in his last two starts, spanning a total of 12 innings.
ZEBULON - Behind a great outing by starter Mike McCarthy, the Salem Red Sox (21-37) beat the Carolina Mudcats (28-32) 8-2 on Friday night. The loss officially eliminates the Mudcats from playoff contention.
This week in Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the conservative approach used by the Indians with Danny Salazar and why he has been impressive this season, the strides at the plate made by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez and why he has solidified himself as a top prospect, provide quotes from the front office on players at the rookie level Arizona level, and lots of insight and info on other players like T.J. McFarland, Preston Guilmet, Bo Greenwell, Jake Lowery, Aaron Siliga, Hector Rondon and many more.
The Carolina Mudcats stormed out to a 7-3 lead, but could not make it hold as the Potomac Nationals rallied for a 9-8 win in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium. The Nationals (26-32, 57-71) scored five unanswered runs over the last three innings for the win. Carolina drops to 28-31 in the second half, and 60-69, after enduring another tough loss.
With the stretch drive in full swing, the Carolina Mudcats unofficially called it a season, going 1-5, and falling into last place in Carolina League Southern Division. There are 16 games left, and I'm sure the Tribe brass it's evaluation time, as the club starts looking at some of the talent for a potential move to Akron in 2013.
Tony chimes in with a new edition of the IPI Hot List, a piece that will become a weekly staple next season and ranks the top 20 performances in the Indians' system from the past seven days. In no way does it rank or list players based on value; it is simply a snapshot of the top 20 performances from the past week without any discrimination regarding whether a player is a prospect or not. In this week's list Tony provides insight and updates on players like Cord Phelps, Danny Salazar, Dorssys Paulino, Mitch Brown, Mason Radeke, Rob Nixon, Ronny Rodriguez, David Huff, Anthony Santander, and lots of others.
The Carolina Mudcats and Potomac Nationals split a twin bill on Tuesday night at Pfitzner Stadium. The Mudcats blanked the P-Nats 4-0 before the Nationals returned the favor in a 3-0 win. The Mudcats are 28-30 in the second half, 60-68 overall. Potomac’s record stands at 25-32, and 56-71 overall, after the night’s action.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans struck out 16 batters en route to a 7-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Saturday night at TicketReturn.com Field. The Mudcats had at least two hitters strikeout twice in one inning from the third stanza on to tie a season-high in strikeouts.
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