Now that we have hit the All-Star break and more than half the season is over, it felt right to have an updated prospect ranking on IBI. Since Tony will be putting in a ton of work ranking the prospects for 2014 soon enough, Jim Pete and Jim Piascik both ranked their top prospects and then merged their lists into one. Part one of that list is after the jump, as well as the two Jims' e-mail chain as they justified their rankings to each other.
There are all sorts of goodies in this week’s Minor Happenings report. Tony takes a look at the strides that Triple-A Columbus right-handed reliever Bryan Price has made and if he is on the major league radar, he puts versatile Low-A Lake County infielder Erik Gonzalez under the prospect microscope, he provides a ton of comments from the front office on players up and down the Single-A Mahoning Valley roster, and provides insight and information on the likes of Cord Phelps, Trey Haley, Cody Anderson, LeVon Washington, Matt LaPorta and more!
After four straight losses, the Captains grabbed a 4-3 victory over the Timber Rattlers on Sunday afternoon. With the , it brought Lake County to a 13-10 record for the second half of the season and it's also their first win on their six game road trip throughout Wisconsin.
The Beloit Snappers (15-6, 58-33) scored two runs in the last two innings to walk-off and sweep the Lake County Captains (12-9, 35-53) by a final score of 7-6 on Friday night. The Captains’ bullpen faltered for the third straight night as the Snappers walked-off twice in the series.
Early in the afternoon, former ATF darling and highly regarded prospect Danny Salazar led the big league club to victory. A success story like Salazar shows exactly why following these prospects is fun: you are getting a glimpse at the major league contributors of tomorrow. A few players were doing their best Salazar impersonations Thursday, including a first baseman at Columbus trying to jumpstart his season and an outfielder rehabbing in Arizona trying to get back. For all this and more, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
The Beloit Snappers (13-7, 57-33) scored two runs in the eighth inning to take the second game by a 3-2 final score against the Lake County Captains (12-8, 35-52) on Thursday night. The Captains have dropped two straight games.
There was no escaping the powerful storms that pushed through Northeast Ohio Wednesday night, as the Mudcats were delayed during their game in Virginia. The Mudcats were in the middle of an offensive outburst when the rains came down and, after the tarp was rolled back up, they continued assaulting the opposition. The Eastern League All-Star game in New Britain, Connecticut was also delayed, though there were fewer fireworks in that game. To read all about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
The Lake County Captains (12-7, 35-51) scored a run in the sixth in order to force extra innings but they fell in the tenth inning on a walk-off home run by right fielder John Wooten. The Beloit Snappers (13-6, 56-33) took game one of the series by a 3-2 final score at Pohlman Field on Wednesday night.
The past week was a good one for the Lake County Captains as they went 4-1 since last Wednesday with one game suspended due to rain. Most notable is the team’s offense, which took off and scored a total of 41 runs during the last five games. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains.
Tony takes a look at 10 of the hottest hitters in the organization from Double-A Akron to rookie level Arizona – some names you know well and some you don’t. The players are not ranked, but are listed by level and include the likes of Tyler Holt, Jose Ramirez, Joey Wendle, Jeremy Lucas, Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, Logan Vick, Nellie Rodriguez, Clint Frazier and Joel Mejia. He provides insight into what kind of prospect each player is, their upside, their strengths and weaknesses, and some statistical trends as well.
A very happy Fourth of July to you! We at IBI hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed a little time off. There was no time off in the minor leagues Thursday, as all of Cleveland's affiliates were in action. Some did a little worse than others (like a pair of four-hit outings in Columbus and Carolina), though there were plenty of good performances, including some impressive pitching and hitting in Lake County. To read all about Thursday in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
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!