Twenty-five years ago, when they were briefly teammates on a typically mediocre 1980s Cleveland Indians squad, John Farrell seemed to bring out the best in Terry Francona. On the flip side, John Farrell did not seem to find Francona’s presence mutually beneficial, leading to some bizarro inverse relationship to one another. That is, until this week. Join Andrew Clayman as he gives his Second Thoughts on Ferrell's Red Sox completing a three-game sweep of Francona's Indians, after the jump...
Thursday was a busy day Around The Farm, headlined by some offensive fireworks in Akron. The Aeros' offense was clicking on all cylinders, with players like Chris Wallace and Carlos Moncrief knocking the ball around the park. No one was bigger than Chun Chen, however, who finally answered the question everyone has been asking: where is the power? Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps the night in the minor leagues and checks in on the other affiliates, after the jump...
Bowie Baysox designated hitter Caleb Joseph would like to play against the Akron Aeros all season long. In four games thus far in 2013, Joseph has 10 RBI against Akron pitching. Thursday night, he swatted a pair of homers and a double to drive in four runs and lead the Baysox to a wild, 13-11, 10-inning victory over the Aeros in the opener of a four-game series at Canal Park.
Boston swept the field clean from any Tribe offense for the third straight game on Thursday, as the Red Sox brought out their booms defeating the Indians 6-2 to complete the series sweep. Red Sox starter Jon Lester (3-0, 1.73 ERA) blanked the Tribe for seven strong innings, as the left-hander surrendered just two runs on four hits, sending Cleveland to their fourth straight loss. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps Thursday's loss after the jump...
The Lake County Captains crumbled to the Dayton Dragons in a 7-3 extra-inning affair Thursday night, as a South Carolina native with Ohio ties tallied 12 strikeouts. Joe Colon, a former Captain and Carolina Mudcat, joined the team as he received the start against Dayton right-hander Drew Cisco (1-0, 1.38). Cisco is the grandson of Galen Cisco, who pitched in the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox organizations, coached in the major leagues, and was part of the 1957 national champion Ohio State University football team.
After a horrible first road trip of the season, the Carolina Mudcats did something they had not done in five games: win. The Mudcats jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 5-1 win in the first game of a four game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Thursday night. Mudcats manager David Wallace said it was a big win for the Mudcats coming off of a five-game losing streak.
The Columbus Clippers have finished their second week of the season going 3-3 and bringing their overall record to 7-6. The Clippers welcomed the Indianapolis Indians and Louisville Bats to Columbus after traveling to both their stadiums a week prior, but the unpredictable Midwest weather postponed a few games. The IBI's Cameron Weimer recaps the week that was for the Clip Show...
Today’s Happenings focus in on the hot start of High-A Carolina second baseman Joey Wendle and Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Fernando Nieve. How much is Wendle rising up the prospect ranks? Could Nieve be an option in Cleveland? Tony touches on that and also looks at the impressive approach that Low-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez is showing, the clutch performance of Double-A Akron first baseman Jesus Aguilar, and much more on players like Tim Fedroff, Chun Chen, Owen Dew, Ryan Merritt and more.
The Inside Pitch is back for 2013. The on-line radio show is hosted by Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis, who are two contributing members of IndiansBaseballInsider.com. In tonight's episode, Andrew and Jeff will cover the Indians, Browns, and Cavs, discussing the struggles of Ubaldo, the Browns upcoming draft, and the state of the Cavs.
When you think of the prototypical baseball player, a few images probably come to mind: tall, muscular, fast, top physical condition, etc. In other words, baseball players are not supposed to look like you, me, and Jose Ramirez. Ramirez is roughly my size at 5’9”, 165 pounds and generally does not fit the stereotype of a baseball player, but the IBI's Jim Piascik loves his potential and recently had a chance to sit down and talk with him about his success to date.
With memories (nightmares?) of Ubaldo Jimenez going through their heads, fans turned to Justin Masterson to try to tame the Boston Red Sox. That plan did not go so well, as the Red Sox knocked around the head of the Cleveland rotation, constantly finding holes in the defense and touching him for his first loss of the season. Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi tried to make the game interesting with their power, but it was too little, too late. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday night's 6-3 loss.
The Akron Aeros headlined the action down on the farm last night, as Tyler Holt, Giovanny Urshela, Jesus Aguilar, and friends headed an offensive charge that led to 10 runs and a win. The Lake County Captains also won, somehow scoring seven runs on five hits (only one of which went for extra bases). Columbus and Carolina lost thanks to some suspect pitching, but there were still encouraging performances to enjoy. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you through the good and the bad as he goes Around The Farm.
Still carrying heavy hearts, the Boston Red Sox also carried with them a heavy dose of offense for the second straight game, as they defeated the Tribe Wednesday night, 6-3. Coming into the ballgame with a 19 scoreless inning streak, Indians starter Justin Masterson came down from his early season dominance as the right-hander suffered his first loss of the season. Join Jim Berdsyz as he recaps the action from Wednesday, after the jump...
Jesus Aguilar cracked a pair of two-run singles Wednesday afternoon, leading the Akron Aeros to a 10-6 victory over the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park.
The second of Aguilar’s big hits came in the top of the ninth inning off Dannny Burawa (1-1), and snapped a 6-6 tie. With the bases loaded, Aguilar smoked a Burawa pitch back through the middle and into center field, scoring Tyler Holt and Jose Ramirez to make it 8-6.
The Lake County Captains won their second-straight game on Wednesday night as they took advantage of a handful of wild pitches and some timely hits to tame the Dayton Dragons for a 7-3 win. It was a southpaw showdown as lefty Ryan Merritt (0-2, 2.00) received the nod to start for the Captains against Dayton lefty Ismael Guillon (0-1, 4.91). Guillon is currently on the Cincinnati Reds’ 40-man roster and is ranked the 9th best Reds prospect by Baseball America.
The "Radar Report" returns this week, and Tony shares almost three dozen radar readings from players in the Indians' system that he has recorded over the past few weeks. This is a premium site feature which will post about once a month and provide the fastball - and at times the secondary velocities - and in this report he has the readings on several players such as Cody Anderson, Dillon Howard, Dylan Baker, Jacob Lee, Mitch Brown, Shawn Armstrong, Trevor Bauer, and almost 30 others.
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!