Overarching trends have come to define the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2013. A few include dominant pitching, below average performances at the plate, and walk-off losses. In his first Mahoning Valley Scrappers notebook of the season, the IBI's Hayden Grove takes a look at how things have gone to date for the Scrappers.
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.
On a day meant for celebration, the 6,576 fans that filled Eastwood Field rooting for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers had very little to celebrate, watching their hometown team fall 11-6 to the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Scrappers could only muster two hits against Williamsport starting pitcher Julio Reyes, who was making his first start of the season.
A very Happy Fourth of July to all of the IBI readers! What better to celebrate our independence than good food, fireworks, and another edition of Minor Happenings! In today’s abbreviated version of the Happenings on the Indians farm (still over 2300 words), Tony takes a long look at the emerging star that is second baseman Joey Wendle and just how good of a prospect he really is for the Indians. He also provides tons of comments from Ross Atkins on Clint Frazier, Mitch Brown, Kieran Lovegrove, Juan Herrera, and many others.
Sometimes greatness can spoil people. Francisco Lindor could spend almost every night atop Around The Farm, though sometimes we can take his all-around excellence for granted. Lindor is one of the transcendent prospects in the game of baseball and is the kind of talent every team wants in its system. The shortstop was at it again Wednesday night, along with plenty of other players throughout the system. To read all about them, join Jim Piascik as he goes Around The Farm.
Following a rain-soaked Tuesday night which saw the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Jamestown Jammers game postponed, the boys picked-up where they left-off in the second inning and the Scrappers prevailed 5-3. In the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, which was only slated for seven innings due to the late start and a travel day following for both teams, the Scrappers dropped the rubber match of the three-game series against the Jammers, losing 7-3.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the big month that outfielder Carlos Moncrief had and just what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also checks in on the progress that right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker is making this season, provides several comments from the front office on players in the upper levels like Bryan Price, Jose Ramirez, Jose Flores, Ronny Rodriguez, Enosil Tejeda and others, and offers up updates and insight into the development of Toru Murata, Shawn Morimando, Juan Romero, Anderson Polanco and more!
Walk-off losses have become a trend for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers this season, and that trend continued on Monday night as the Scrappers fell 1-0 to the Jamestown Jammers; their second consecutive walk off loss.
How quickly things can change. A game that the Scrappers seemed to have control of through the first eight innings ended with a walk off base hit and error for the Williamsport Crosscutters and a 4-3 defeat for the Scrappers.
The Indians got a sensational performance on the mound on Sunday from Low-A right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker, and he has really strung together some good starts of late. Tony touches on him and many other players that were in action on Sunday from Akron to Arizona.
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!