The Cleveland organization got homer-happy Thursday night, as Lake County led the way with four home runs on their own. None of those shots could overshadow what happened with Carolina, however, as the team hit their first walk-off home run of the season. To find out walked off for the Mudcats and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
Well not that Colon, obviously. While Tony is off having fun on vacation, Jim Piascik fills in, analyzing High-A Carolina right-hander Joseph Colon's return from injury and his development, admires and breaks down the progress Double-A outfielder Carlos Moncrief has made in 2013, checks in with Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez on how a dozen of his players are doing and what changes they are making, and provides insight and information on the likes of Alex Monsalve, Bryson Myles, Dorssys Paulino, Nellie Rodriguez, D'Vone McClure, and more!
Nellie Rodriguez struggled at Lake County early in the season, making it was clear that the organization pushed the first baseman too quickly. After he was moved down to Mahoning Valley, Rodriguez looked better and started to produce, not that anyone could have seen Wednesday night coming. Rodriguez turned in a career performance, and to read all about it and the rest of the action from the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
Just two days removed from a 12-game losing streak-ending victory, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ defense allowed three unearned runs and the Scrappers fell to the Brooklyn Cyclones 7-5. The defense, which has recorded multiple errors in 14 of the team’s last 15 games, committed two errors in the bottom of the third inning which allowed the go-ahead runs to score.
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.
With an extra 48 minutes to think about their current 12-game losing streak due to a rain delay, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers were able to muster up the motivation to finally find a win, securing a 6-2 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters and ultimately ending the franchise-record losing streak.
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!
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers made history on Saturday night, as they lost their franchise record eleventh-straight game to the Vermont Lake Monsters by a final score of 6-3. In 2001, the Scrappers went on a ten game losing streak that ended on July 21st of the same year. The 2013 Scrappers bested that with consecutive loss number 11 on Saturday night.
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.
Thanks to a rain-soaked Wednesday, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Tri-City Valleycats played a doubleheader Thursday, with both games scheduled for seven innings. Mahoning Valley’s pitching staff performed extremely well, allowing only seven hits combined. But the offense once again faltered, and the Scrappers dropped both games.
One of the Indians top young pitching prospects left-hander Luis Lugo is pitching for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley and is off to a great start. He has considerable upside as there is so much he can become, and thanks to his calm demeanor and work ethic he has a chance to reach those lofty expectations as a prospect. The IBI's Hayden Grove recently caught up with him....
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!