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.
The Mudcats entered week #19 at a pivotal point. The team was certainly not in contention for a playoff spot, but if they wanted to be more than just a waystation for prospects, they needed to move now. Instead, they played .500 baseball again, wasting perhaps the biggest week for any Mudcats player offensively during the entire season. The Muddies also bid adieu to Jesus Aguilar, who is heading to greener pastures...Let's Get Fishing...
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Carolina Mudcats scored two in the sixth, and held the Myrtle Beach Pelicans without a hit over the final four innings to win 4-3 on a wet Friday night at TicketReturn.com Field.
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the outstanding season to date from shortstop Dorssys Paulino and ponders if he should be the Indians #1 rated prospect. In addition to that he runs down a gauntlet of injuries in the system with updates on LeVon Washington, Clayton Cook, Hector Rondon and others, plus a look at Matt LaPorta’s fade, Giovanny Urshela’s improved power, Matt Lawson’s future, the overlooked but impressive debut of Anthony Santander, and lots more!
The Carolina Mudcats are at that point in the season in which they either make their move, or fall back into the pack for good. Based upon this week of baseball, things just aren't looking good. After a two week hiatus, Fishing with Mudcats returns for a two-parter to get you all caught up with the Carolina League. Today is part one...and tomorrow we'll complete the cycle heading into next week.
The Carolina Mudcats dropped arguably their most bitter defeat on Thursday night as Myrtle Beach escaped with a 5-4 triumph in 11 innings at TicketReturn.com Field. A raucous crowd of 6,599 watched the Mudcats storm back from certain defeat to tie the game 4-4 in the ninth, only to lose in one of the craziest finishes of the year.
The Carolina Mudcats (26-25) fell to the Frederick Keys (24-26) 8-2 sfter an hour and 35 minute rain delay 8-2 as the Keys were able to sweep the three game series. The Mudcats offense was only able to muster two hits in the game as the Keys starter Tim Berry tossed a stellar outing.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at Tyler Sturdevant's return to form, where he is at in his recovery from injury, and his Major League potential in the near future. He also looks at the progress being made by promising young lefty Luis Lugo in Arizona, why Giovanni Soto was shut down, provides lots of comments from Ross Atkins on the trade deadline decision-making process, plus updates and information on players like Matt Langwell, Chun Chen, Ronny Rodriguez, Jose Ramirez, Robbie Aviles, Claudio Bautista, and more.
The Carolina Mudcats (26-24) were stifled by Frederick Keys (23-26) starter Devin Jones as they fell to the Keys 5-2 on Tuesday night. Jones tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by five runs to allow the Keys to take the first two games of the series.
The Carolina Mudcats (25-24), behind a huge night from catcher Dwight Childs, beat the Frederick Keys (23-25) 9-5 on Monday night to open a three game series. Righty Michael Goodnight took the mound for the Mudcats and struggled to find his command as he walked five batters in just four and one third innings of work.
Mike Rayl has been an anchor for Carolina over the last few weeks, and his unrelenting will power helped the Carolina Mudcats combine on a 5-0 shutout of the Lynchburg Hillcats on Sunday evening at Calvin Falwell Field.
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!