July 25, 2012 (2 comments)
A lot of people think that being a minor league player or coach is a glamorous lifestyle, but that is far from the truth. The reality is that for those with families it requires a strong commitment from all parties involved while they deal with all of the travel, time apart, ever-changing living arrangements, and low pay. Tony recently sat down and talked to the the wives of Lake County coaches Dave Wallace and Jeff Harris to get their side of the minor league lifestyle.
July 25, 2012 (0 comments)
The AZL Indians looked the part of a rookie league squad last night as they committed six errors in the field and went 0-for-5 with RISP on the evening in a 9-2 loss to the AZL Cubs. Leaving six runners on base and striking out ten times on the night were part of the problem.
July 23, 2012 (3 comments)
Another night, another teenage Tribe thumping. The young Tribe hit Angels’ pitching hard on Sunday night, punching 13 hits and scored in five of the nine innings played. The Baby Tribe would go on to beat the Angels, 15-6, as D'vone McClure and Mitch Brown showcased a potential future devastating duo. Check out Sean's exclusive look at the rookie league match-ups, after the jump...
July 22, 2012 (5 comments)
It was a successful week for the AZL Indians, as they had their longest win streak, and moved above .500 for the first time this season. Offensively, there may not be a better level in the entire system. Take a look at IPI's exclusive, first-hand take on the rookie league with beat writer Sean Mahon, who attends every game. Who's getting ready to get promoted? Find out...after the jump...
July 21, 2012 (0 comments)
The AZL Indians had their game suspended on the fourth of July thanks to some of mother nature's fireworks. The baby Tribe finished that game by losing in a big way, but returned the favor with a big win of their own. Join Sean Mahon with IPI's exclusive look at the Rookie League. Nelson Rodriguez, Manuel Boscan, Joshua McAdams and Dylan Baker are featured...
July 20, 2012 (0 comments)
The AZL Indians have a whole bunch of offense, but winning hasn't been a given. D'Vone McClure made his professional debut, and Nelson Rodriguez hit his first professional home run, as the Indians got over .500 behind that offense. Check out Sean Mahon's first-hand update on the rookie league...after the jump...
July 19, 2012 (1 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the no-hitter by lefty Giovanni Soto and the development he has made this year as a prospect, the strides Jordan Smith has made both offensively and defensively, he runs through another infirmary report with several updates on some of the walking wounded in the system, talks with the Indians front office about players at several different levels in the system, and tons more.
July 18, 2012 (13 comments)
The AZL Indians finally reached .500 last night in a 7-4 victory over the Dodgers. The IPI's Sean Mahon was there again to take in the game and observed Dillon Howard's struggles on the mound, the rehab outings of Trey Haley and Danny Jimenez, and lots of other good pitching and some clutch hitting. He has tons of info with pitch velocities for all the pitchers and has firsthand observations from himself and scouts on how several rookie Indians looked.
July 17, 2012 (0 comments)
Minnesota native Mitch Brown was on the bump for his first professional start on Monday night with his two sisters in attendance, and the Indians won 6-3 over the Reds. Brown showed sharp stuff last night displaying his entire four pitch repertoire...
July 16, 2012 (6 comments)
A new feature being tested out on the IPI today, one that ranks the top 20 performances in the Indians' entire farm system from the past week. Tony gives some thoughts and insight on those performances, a list that includes the likes of Giovanni Soto, Luigi Rodriguez, Jordan Smith, Jeanmar Gomez, Jake Sisco, Matt Packer, Steven Wright, Bo Greenwell and lots more.
July 15, 2012 (1 comments)
The AZL Indians seem to be loaded with offense, but the focus in week three seemed to be on the starting pitching. 2012 Fifth round pick Dylan Baker made his pro debut, and 2011 second round pick Dillon Haward continued his progression through the system. Kieran Lovegrove and Mitch Brown were also readying themselves for potential moves as well. Join IPI's Sean Mahon with an exclusive look at the rookie league!
July 15, 2012 (0 comments)
Calhoun, GA native and this year’s 7th round pick Joshua McAdams really made his mother’s drive from Georgia to Arizona a worthwhile one yesterday night. The AZL Indians would win courtesy a walk off knock from McAdams in the 11th inning after a three run comeback to tie it in the 9th inning.
July 13, 2012 (0 comments)
It was a chaotic nine inning game of baseball last night as the AZL Indians pitching was bruised and battered for 17 runs off 21 hits to accommodate 5 errors in the field in a 17-15 loss to the D-Backs. The Indians 2012 5th round pick Dylan Baker started the game and looked to have some nerves on the mound in his professional debut.
July 12, 2012 (0 comments)
Today is the official start of the second half of the season, a time when prospects either surge or fizzle into a long offseason. In today’s Happenings, Tony takes a look at the recent surge by lefty Mike Rayl and outfielder Aaron Siliga, the promotions of two high profile relievers Shawn Armstrong and Tyler Sturdevant, he provides quotes from Ross Atkins on several Single-A players, and also has news and updates on players such as Corey Kluber, Matt Packer, Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, Tyler Booth, and many more.
July 12, 2012 (0 comments)
It is about time. The defense and pitching finally meshed last night as lefty Luis Lugo threw the game of the year for the AZL Indians to date and helped lead his team to a 3-1 win over the AZL Royals. Lugo went five innings giving up just two hits and one walk.
July 10, 2012 (3 comments)
With the All Star break here for the big league team in Cleveland as well as Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron, Tony felt this would be a good time to take a look at some of the new Latin faces down at rookie level Arizona. In part one of this two-part piece, he looks at the Latin pitching talent there and gives all kinds of scouting information on all of them and provides the information on who are the better prospects with more upside.
July 10, 2012 (0 comments)
Defensive woes, a lack of hitting and a tendency to give up moon shots triggered the AZL Indians’ troubles on Monday night as they were trounced by the AZL Dodgers, 13-3. Bladimir Franco and Tyler Ogle of the Dodgers made a home run derby of their own hitting mountainous home runs in the desert off of Jeffrey Cleto.
July 9, 2012 (0 comments)
The AZL Indians capitalized on two of the Diamondbacks’ four errors in the 8th inning to salvage their sixth victory of the season, setting them only two games under .500 and in second place in the AZL Central standings.
July 5, 2012 (0 comments)
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.
July 4, 2012 (7 comments)
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.