In today’s piece Tony looks at the amazing turnaround by outfielder Nick Weglarz and what kind of future he may still have with the Indians, the emergence of promising lefty Ryan Merritt and how he is being developed, the growth of third baseman Jorge Martinez and the unlimited potential he has, comments from Ross Atkins on some players at Columbus, and lots of updates, insight, and scouting information on players like Eric Berger, Bryce Stowell, Mike Rayl, Jose Ramirez, Joe Wendle, Juan Herrera, and more.
The streaking Scrappers returned to Eastwood Field Wednesday looking to give the fans an early fireworks display against the Aberdeen Ironbirds before the real show that was to take place post-game at Eastwood Field. Mother Nature forced the fans to wait awhile for their fireworks, bringing a downpour in the top of ninth that caused an hour and a half rain delay.
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. This week's report has over 20 players and features the likes of Cody Allen, Corey Kluber, Thomas Neal, Bryce Stowell, Jake Lowery, Shawn Armstrong, Jose Ramirez, Mason Radeke, Luis DeJesus, Jacob Lee, Dillon Howard, Matt Packer, and more.
The Scrappers offense had been stifled all game long. Then in the top of the 8th inning, Tyler Naquin drove a 0-2 pitch over the head of centerfielder Brian Pointer to drive in 2 runs to tie and take the lead. Naquin ended up at third base with a two run triple and the Scrappers come home from Williamsport with a 3-1 win.
Monday night the Mahoning Valley Scrappers stole another one on the road against the Williamsport Crosscutters with a 12-6 win and raised their winning streak to five games in a row. Another hot night in Williamsport, Virginia led to another hot start for the Scrappers as they scored five runs in the first inning. With Monday night's win the Scrappers moved to 8-7 on the season, their first time being over .500 since the third game of the season.
Mahoning Valley continued to ride high Sunday night as they won their fourth game in a row against the Williamsport Crosscutters. After a slow start to the season at 2-6, which included a 5 game losing streak, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have battled back to a .500 7-7 record on Sunday night with its win over Williamsport. The bats were remarkably hot Sunday as eight of the nine Scrapper starters had at least one hit.
After the Scrappers took the first game of the three game series against the State College Spikes, manager Ted Kubiak preached playing with consistency. Consistency, he said, is the key to baseball. The team has clearly taken that advice to heart, winning the third game of the series 3-1 to sweep the Spikes and end their six game home stand.
Short season Single-A Mahoning Valley right-handed pitcher Robbie Aviles is finally back pitching full time and looks to be all the way back from the Tommy John surgery he had almost two years ago. After two years of rehab he is happy to be pitching in real games and in a real environment in Niles, Ohio, and Matt Miller recently sat down to talk to him about how he is doing.
After a dramatic come from behind win on Thursday, the Scrappers once again found themselves in a ballgame with the State College Spikes. After waiting out Mother Nature for a little over an hour before the game, the Scrappers once again found themselves tied in the eighth inning. This time, they didn’t need a hit to push across the winning run.
In today's week ending edition of Minor Happenings, Tony touches on the power binge that Double-A Akron outfielder Thomas Neal has been on and what that may mean as far as value and a promotion is concerned. In addition to that he provides some recent comments from Ross Atkins on some big league pitching options at Triple-A Columbus, and provides updates on several players at each level from Triple-A Columbus to rookie level Arizona, namely Tim Fedroff, Jeremie Tice, Jesus Aguilar, Rob Nixon, Juan Romero, Jorge Martinez, and more.
The Indians short season affiliate the Mahoning Valley Scrappers are in full swing and just completed their second week of the season. Site columnist Andrew Zajac recaps the week that was by looking at the good, bad, and okay, as well as recapping recent transactions.
When you’re mired in a slump, the bat can feel like a lead pipe in big situations. The Scrapper offense must have been collectively swinging what felt like a thirty pound lead pipe, and they must have exchanged the lead for an old fashioned piece of lumber Thursday, though, as the big hits finally came multiple times, and helped give the Scrappers a big come-from-behind 6-5 win against the State College Spikes.
Indians 2012 first round pick outfielder Tyler Naquin is off to a good start to his professional debut with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley. But it is not just his performance on the field with his bat, arm and hustle that makes him so endearing, it is his attitude and determination that have already earned big points with Indians staffers and fans.
It appeared that the Scrappers offense was poised to break out of their early season slump after showing some positive signs on Tuesday. Looks can be deceiving. The offense provided little positive to talk about on Wednesday, and despite solid pitching efforts, the Scrappers dropped their fifth game in six nights, losing 2-1 to the Williamsport Crosscutters.
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