Here is the (heavily delayed) transaction rundown with a look back at a week that began with shuffling in the minor league rosters marked by the return to health of hot corner prospects Lonnie Chisenhall and Giovanny Urshela, and ended with Zach McAllister's return to Columbus to make room for Juan Diaz in Cleveland and Matt Lawson's return to competitive baseball from extended spring training.
The Carolina Mudcats (22-27) ended their six game losing streak in a big way as they defeated the Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-25) 11-3 on Tuesday night. Led by shortstop Tony Wolters and left fielder Jeremie Tice’s three RBI’s each, the offense was able to pound Blue Rock pitching to help propel the Mudcats to the win.
The Carolina Mudcats (22-27) losing streak continued Monday and has now reached six games after a 4-3 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-25). A two out rally in the fourth by the Blue Rocks proved to be too much for the Mudcats to overcome. The Mudcats took an early 2-0 lead as they scored twice in the bottom of the second but were unable to hold on to it as the Blue Rocks quickly struck back in the top of the third scoring two of their own and then took the lead in the fourth for good.
The Carolina Mudcats (22-25) losing steak was pushed to a season high five games as they lost 8-3 to the Winston Salem-Dash (27-19), giving them the series sweep. The story of the game was the Mudcats inability to get hits with runners in scoring position
The Carolina Mudcats (22-23) returned home following a rough road trip, where the Mudcats lost both series and compiled a 2-4 record, to take on the Winston Salem-Dash (25-19). The Mudcats fell to the Dash 7-5. Mudcat starter Francisco Jimenez found it hard to retire the lead off hitters in innings as three straight lead off home runs...
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony talks about the hot hitting Kyle Bellows, lists lots of comments from the Indians front office on players such as Matt LaPorta, Scott Barnes and others at Triple-A that could help the team this year, talk about Austin Adams’ surgery and what it means for his future, and provide updates on several other players like Kevin Slowey, Roberto Perez, Clayton Cook, Cody Anderson and more.
The Frederick Keys plated seven runs over three innings, and defeated the Carolina Mudcats 7-2 in six-and-one-half innings on a soaking Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. The game was called with two on and no outs in the bottom of the seventh due to a steady downpour. Kyle Blair (1-1) was hit hard in relief for the Mudcats (22-23). Blair allowed seven runs on five hits, and walked a season-high five hitters in two-and-a-third innings.
The Carolina Mudcats just haven't been able to find any sort of consistency in the first quarter of the season, and are slowly creeping down in the standings. This week's edition of Fishing for Mudcats takes a look at who's stepping up, and who's not, as we speed towards to all-star break...
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 David Huff, Matt LaPorta, Jared Goedert, Eric Berger, Bryan Price, Kyle Bellows, Nick Weglarz, Trey Haley, Will Roberts, Michael Goodnight, Bryson Myles, Zach MacPhee and more!
Scott Copeland held the Carolina Mudcats at bay through six innings, enough time for the Frederick Keys to pull away in a 6-1 victory on Tuesday night at Harry Grove Stadium. Copeland (2-3) held the Mudcats to one run, despite six hits. The right-hander walked two and struck out four. The Mudcats fall back to .500 at 22-22 with the setback. Frederick improves to 15-26.
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.
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