In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the strides that Lake County right-hander Robbie Aviles is making but also looks at the warning signs of possible trouble up ahead with him. He also provides several comments from the front office on High-A Carolina players such as Joe Colon, Tony Wolters, Louis Head, Nick Pasquale, Bryson Myles and others, provides the whereabouts of Adam Plutko and why he is not pitching, and has a detailed infirmary report on just about every injured player in the minors.
With the Mahoning Valley Scrappers winning the first two games of a three game set with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Scrappers could at least keep a little hope of a playoff berth heading into the All-Star Game. That hope dropped a bit on Sunday, as Mahoning Valley squandered a late lead and eventually fell to Hudson Valley 6-5.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the quiet but good season that Double-A Akron first baseman Jesus Aguilar has had, what improvements he has made, what kind of impact he could have in Cleveland and when he could arrive in the big leagues. He also discusses the emergence of Joseph Colon as a legit starting pitching prospect, the kind of prospect Nellie Rodriguez is, provide tons of quotes from the front office on Akron players such as Kyle Crockett, Jeff Johnson, Jake Lowery and others, and more!
After being sent down to Triple-A, Vinnie Pestano has pitched like a man consumed by the desire to get back to the major leagues. To read all about Pestano's night, how he could fit back into the major league bullpen, and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Arthur Kinney as he takes you Around The Farm.
After a disappointing three-game stretch to start the week, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers rectified the woeful start with a dramatic, walk-off victory Friday night, defeating the Hudson Valley Renegades 3-2. Mahoning Valley starting pitcher Caleb Hamrick threw well, and defensive miscues continued to be an area of weakness for the Scrappers. But clutch hitting can be the difference maker for a team, and that was the case Friday night.
Well, after a dreadful stretch of 12 straight losses essentially ruined their season, the Scrappers have come back with a vengeance. In 20 games since the streak, the Scrappers have managed to put together a 13-7 record and a 5-5 record since the last Scrapperbook. Join Hayden Grove as he breaks down the last two weeks for the Scrappers and highlights the ups and downs coming out of Mahoning Valley.
There are just four weekends left in the minor league season, and with that in mind Tony takes stock in the players in the Indians farm system at Lake County, Mahoning Valley and Arizona to let us know who is increasing/decreasing their prospect value. He reviews several players including Eric Haase, Jeremy Lucas, Joe Sever, Dace Kime, Cole Sulser, Luis Lugo, Clint Frazier, D'Vone McClure, Sean Brady and many more.
After yet another depressing loss at the major league level, why not take some time to focus on the happiness and promise of the minor leagues? Why not bask in the insane success of Trevor Frank in the Mahoning Valley bullpen or the way that a finally healthy Alex Monsalve is producing at Akron? Leave all your Tiger trouble behind and join Jim Piascik as he recaps all you need to know about Wednesday night in the minor leagues and goes Around The Farm.
“A star is born” is a clichè used in every sport. Often, it refers to a phenom, born with extraordinary talent in a given field, who has finally made the big time. Very rarely do you hear the words, “a star is built”. That is, unless you find yourself in the Mahoning Valley Scrappers clubhouse and bear witness to the emerging talent that is Nellie Rodriguez.
In today's new edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the hot play of Mahoning Valley first baseman Nellie Rodriguez and looks at his value and the strides he has made. He also provides a ton of comments from the front office on players at rookie level Arizona such as Kieran Lovegrove, Mitch Brown, Anderson Polanco, Gerald Bautista, D’Vone McClure and many more, and also provides some insight from the front office on the promotion process.
For the second consecutive night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored first and were able to withstand a push by the Connecticut Tigers, ultimately hanging on for a 6-3 victory. Matt Whitehouse, who has been nothing short of brilliant in 2013, pitched six sound innings to earn his fourth victory of the year.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers continued their winning ways on Friday, inching out a 4-3 victory in 13 innings over the Connecticut Tigers. With the win, the Scrappers have now won 12 of their last 15 games.
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!