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 Mahoning Valley Scrappers now own the worst record in the entirety of the New York Penn League, as they fell to the State College Spikes on Tuesday night by a final score of 12-5. Just seven days ago, the Scrappers owned a record of 7-9; a record some would call respectable. Fast forward a week and the Scrappers have yet to win a game and are currently 7-16 with a .304 winning percentage on the season.
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.
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.
The 2014 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!