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 Carolina Mudcats (17-16) clicked on all cylinders on Saturday Night, as the downed the Potomac Nationals (13-18) 9-1 in the second game of a three game series. The Mudcat pitching staff again threw a great game, led by Mudcats’ starter Kyle Blair who would turn in a gem as he pitched five innings, giving only one run on one hit while striking out five.
The Carolina Mudcats (16-16) opened a three game series against the Potomac Nationals (13-17) at Five County Stadium on Friday with a 9-2 win. The Mudcats offense came to life against the Nationals compiling a total of nine extra base hits, eight of which were doubles. A seven run first inning in which the first seven batters reached proved to be all the Mudcats would need to win the game.
After a solid 6-0 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in game one on Tuesday, the Carolina Mudcats lost both games of a doubleheader on Thursday night in Myrtle Beach and fell back to .500 on the season. Game two of the series was a low scoring affair but the Pelicans narrowly escaped with a 2-1 win over the Mudcats in extra innings.
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 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!