Things were busy on the farm Wednesday, with all of Cleveland's affiliates in action and Lake County completing a doubleheader. Great performances rolled in from throughout the system, with major league options impressing in Columbus, top prospects shining in Akron and Carolina, and a Lake County prospect hitting his first home run of the season. The headlines, however, belonged to a dominant Carolina pitcher and a returning reliever making his first appearance of the season. To find out who these players are and find out all you need to know about Wednesday in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
The Lake County Captains (16-33) managed a split of the doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Classic Park with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-22). The Hot Rods won game one 8-5 and the Captains walked off with a 6-5 win in the second game.
It was a painful week for the Lake County Captains as they went winless since last Wednesday. The Captains’ offensive woes continue and their starting pitching screams of inconsistency. The team’s youth has made itself clear and once the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ season starts, some of the current roster may take a trip to Niles, Ohio for some fine-tuning. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger chimes in with her weekly notebook...
It is time for another edition of “Coach's Corner” hear at the IBI, a monthly piece where Tony sits down with a coach in the Indians minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster as well as some of the general philosophies they are teaching. He recently had a chance to sit down with Low-A Lake County pitching coach Steve Karsay and talked about the strides left-hander Ryan Merritt has made, the changes right-hander Jake Sisco has incorporated, the rise of right-hander Michael Peoples, the full season debuts of right-handers Dylan Baker and Mitch Brown, and tons more.
The Whitecaps swept the Captains on Monday, making the 5-3 loss the seventh consecutive loss for Lake County. The Captains struggled most of the game, but came back for a fight in the bottom of the eighth and ninth, and scored all three of their runs within those two innings.
You know it's going to be a good night when LeVon Washington is involved. The Lake County outfielder was up to his normal tricks, showing the all-around game that makes him one of the most dynamic prospects in the entire organization. The bats were also out in force in Akron, as the Aeros scored 11 runs and routed the Baysox. One bat in particular stood out as his power and overall talent took over the game. To find out who he is and all you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
The Lansing Lugnuts (21-23) completed a sweep of the Lake County Captains (15-29) on Thursday night by a final score of 6-1. The Captains have lost four straight as the Lugnuts have won eight straight games. It was an all-lefty starter matchup as Ryan Merritt of the Captains faced Daniel Norris for the Lugnuts.
The Low-A Lake County Captains have been a disappointment in the win-loss record to date and several of their higher profile prospects have underwhelmed to date. But one player that has had a good showing in the early going is outfielder Logan Vick, and the IBI's Kaily Cunningham recently caught up to talk about his season to date.
Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which is a great time to enjoy some good weather, some baseball, and most importantly remember and honor all of the veterans out there. In today’s Happenings, Tony touches on the promotion of Chun Chen and his blistering performance to date and what it could mean for him as a major league option going forward. He also provides comments from Ross Atkins on players like Danny Salazar, LeVon Washington, Francisco Lindor and others, talks about Austin Adams’ amazing return, and provides insight and information on Carlos Carrasco, Roberto Perez, Tyler Naquin, Dorssys Paulino and more!
The rains held off in the minor leagues Wednesday night, not subjecting those games to the wet quagmire the major league team had to slog through. Akron hosted Rehab Wednesday with two major league pitchers on rehab assignments, Carolina had a hard time scoring runs, and Lake County furiously tried to come back from a 9-3 deficit with a five-run ninth. The highlight of Wednesday, though, was a top prospect maybe, just maybe, beginning to break through after a season of struggle. To find out who this is and read all about the night in the minors, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
The Captains went 3-4 this past week but the losing record is misleading of the progress the team has made. The team’s offense has started to catch on and even the likes of Claudio Bautista and Dorssys Paulino, who have been miserable at the plate, have started to swing better bats. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger gets us all caught up on the week that was for the Captains...
The Lansing Lugnuts (20-23) took an early lead and withheld a ninth-inning comeback by the Lake County Captains (15-28) to take the Wednesday morning game by a final score of 9-8 at Cooley Law School Stadium. Right-hander Luis DeJesus started his ninth game for the Captains and he opposed righty Ben White, who made his fifth start and tenth appearance for the Lugnuts.
Tuesday's game in Lansing had the Captains and the Lugnuts back and forth for runs throughout nine innings. The Captains started off with a run in the top of the second and the runs continued until the bottom of the eighth, with the Lugnuts driving in four runs to grab the 8-5 victory.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings in the Indians’ farm system, Tony touches on the strides that Cody Anderson is making as a prospect, provides tons of comments from the front office on some of the pitching options at Triple-A Columbus like Danny Salazar, Preston Guilmet, Matt Langwell and Giovanni Soto, and also touches on a few hitters with the return of Tony Wolters to Carolina and the strides he is making as a hitter and catcher and also an in depth look at the promotion of Chun Chen and his future in the organization. In addition to that, he provides lots of insight and information on several other prospects in the organization.
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!