It has been a while since the Columbus Clippers (5-7) last played, but the team returned to the field in style, on Thursday. After being rained out for the past two days in Indianapolis, the Clippers were forced to move on to Toledo -- and move on they did. Good pitching from the entire staff was instrumental as the Clippers cruised to a 3-0 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field.
It is the first Minor Happenings of the year! The IBI's Tony Lastoria dives right into things with tons of information on Indians prospects throughout the system. He talks about Jesus Aguilar's start and how the Indians are experimenting with him a little to potentially add more versatility, provides some insight and thoughts on recent pickup Duke von Schamann, provide lots of injury details on all of the walking wounded throughout the system, provides a bevy of comments from the front office on the likes of Kyle Crockett and others, and also tons of insight into players like Trevor Bauer, Giovanny Urshela, Erik Gonzalez, Nellie Rodriguez and more.
Did anyone guess that Zach McAllister was going to be the best pitcher out of the gate this season? After another strong outing against the Tigers on Wednesday night, he might very well be. The IBI's Michael Goodman talks about McAllister's impressive outing, the continued struggles of some key players, some costly defensive miscues and more from the Indians 3-2 win over the Tigers.
Thanks to some bad weather Tuesday night, Akron, Carolina, and Lake County had doubleheaders Wednesday. With seven games on the slate throughout the system, there was plenty of action on the minor league front. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including yet another dominant Trevor Bauer start, Ryan Merritt continuing to put up strong outings, and much more as he takes you on a lengthy trip Around the Farm.
It's never easy when Cleveland squares up against Detroit. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on an offer Kendrys Morales turned down, another Angels' outfielder goes down, and more.
The Carolina Mudcats managed to brave cold weather and beat the Salem Red Sox twice in a doubleheader Wednesday. The first game ended with a 4-0 Mudcats victory, while the second was tight contest, finishing 2-1 in favor of Carolina. Ollie Linton's run scored in the fourth inning of game two proved to be the final piece in completing the doubleheader sweep.
After two days of postponements due to weather, the Columbus Clippers took on the Toledo Mud Hens Wednesday. The Clippers hung on to win 3-1, after starting off with a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Highly-ranked pitching prospect Trevor Bauer pitched six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out nine Toledo batters.
A doubleheader led to two more losses for the Lake County Captains Wednesday night. The Captains, who have now lost eight consecutive games, fell to the Peoria Chiefs, 4-0, two times in a row. The offense simply never got going for Lake County, as the team totaled seven hits over 14 innings of play.
After snowfall postponed Tuesday's matchup, the Akron RubberDucks braved the elements Wednesday to take on the Trenton Thunder in a double header. Akron took the first game, but lost the second 1-0 as both offenses stalled. While the RubberDucks pitching staff performed well in both games, the Thunder still clinched the series victory.
The Lake County Captains are currently stuck in a six-game losing streak. Since the season's start, the team's arms have struggled as they've allowed more runs than any team in the Midwest League. The bright side rests within the bats, where power has proved to be beneficial. IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the Captains' first 11 games.
The IBI's Jeff Ellis has gone on record saying that he is a big fan of this year’s draft. It is partially because last years had so little depth, but it is because to him this is the deepest draft in years. The Indians have three picks in the Top 40 and four picks in the Top 65, so they stand a chance to get a lot of talent this season. Jeff has put together his first Big Board of the draft season with rankings and reports on the top 41 players in the draft.
This week, the Carolina Mudcats have had their share of ups and downs on the road going 3-3 during the week and seeing some impressive individual performances but also losing a few players to injury. The IBI's Zachary Francis takes us fishing as he reviews the week that was for the Mudcats.
On Sunday it was near 80 degrees and sunny. Tuesday it was in the low-30s and snowing. Gotta love northeast Ohio! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on another hit to Tampa Bay's pitching depth, the Padres offer to Chase Headley, and more.
Tuesday's scheduled game between the Carolina Mudcats and the Salem Red Sox at Five County Stadium has been postponed due to rain. The two clubs will meet for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 16, at 5 PM ET. Both games will be scheduled for seven innings with a 30 minute recess between.
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!