Columbus, OH – There would be no two-game losing streak to start the season for the Columbus Clippers. No home run outburst by the Louisville Bats for the second-straight night, either.
The Clippers (1-1), won their first game of the season Friday night, defeating the Bats (1-1), 3-2, in front of 7,042 fans at Huntington Park in Columbus.
First basemen Matt Laporta led the way for...
The Indians have placed Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino on the disabled list in Akron with a left oblique strain. He left last night's game after facing one batter in the third inning because of the injury. Outfielder Thomas Neal has been reassigned from Triple-A Columbus to Akron and will take Espino's spot on the roster.
Opening Day may only be the first of 162 games, but the first action of the season can often show us quite a bit. Masterson was masterful. Hannahan and Kotchman were slick with the glove. And Chris Perez was awful in the 9th. Jim discusses 8 things that he witnessed at the opener and hopes the good things continue and the bad things work themselves out.
Tim Fedroff and Matt Langwell returned to form on opening day, while a top five prospect sent a message to the rest of the system that the term "bust" was a bit premature. Jim Pete hops back into the captain's chair of the premiere edition of Around the Farm, an in-depth look at yesterday's performances.
The Lake County Captains kicked off the 2012 season with a 4-3 win on the road against the Fort Wayne Tincaps on Thursday night. Taking the bump for Fort Wayne was Frank Garces. Garces went 6 strong innings, giving up 2 hits and no runs while striking out 9 Captains hitters. The Captains drew first blood as left fielder LeVon Washington led off with a walk. Shortstop Francisco Lindor reached base on a fielder’s choice before stealing second and reaching third on a passed ball. Lindor went on to score on another passed ball on Fort Wayne catcher Austin Hedges.
We close out our 2012 pre-season with the Indians brand new High A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. The Kinston Indians closed up shop last season with a playoff run that took them to a loss in the Carolina League championship, but are primed for another run at the crown with the K-Tribe's move to the 6,500 seat Five County Stadium. Loaded with ten of the IPI's top 50 prospects, Jim Pete returns to preview the premiere edition of the Carolina Mudcats.
The Akron Aeros shut out the Binghamton Mets 4-0 in the team’s season opener on Thursday despite an early exit by starter Paolo Espino due to an apparent injury.
After giving up a leadoff single to Juan Centeno, a trainer visited Espino on the mound and he was removed from the game. Espino worked mostly out of the bullpen in 2011 with Akron and AAA Columbus, posting a 2.77 ERA while limiting...
Columbus, OH - The Columbus Clippers opened the 2012 season against the Louisville Bats on a beautiful night at Huntington Park on Thursday night, but fell short late losing 5-4.
Before the game started the Clippers held a ceremony to honor their International League championship from last season and were awarded the Governor’s Cup trophy. The ceremony consisted of the raising of the National...
When the Lake County Captains open their tenth season as a franchise tonight on the road in Fort Wayne, Indiana, there will be a special touch to the management side of the team this season. Dave Wallace will take over the reigns of the Captains this season, replacing Ted Kubiak as manager.
Wallace was a catcher for the Captains in 2003, their inaugural season. Wallace hit .291 in 64 games and...
It is Opening Day for the Indians and most of Major League Baseball. With the unlimited possibilities of a new season and the unpredictability of the game, this is the day when hope springs eternal for fans throughout the game. The Indians are no exception as a lot of people are excited to see what they do this year, and the IPI staff got together to predict what happens to them and the rest of the league in 2012.
Now that opening day is here, I felt this would be a great time to quickly list all of the things coming this season on the IPI. A preview of all the articles, features, and shows that will be on the site. We will have everything covered from the minors to the big leagues, and there is absolutely no other place you need to go for your minor league information.
We continue with our 2012 team previews with Low-A Lake County. The Captains are going to be a lot of fun to watch in the early going as they boast the most talented roster of all the Indians' minor league affiliates, and arguably have one of the best rosters in all of minor league baseball based on sheer talent and potential. Stephanie Metzger previews the talent that will open the season in Classic Park.
Today the Indians announced that they have designated outfielder Thomas Neal for assignment and have placed outfielder Grady Sizemore on the 60-day disabled list. The moves were necessary as they had to clear two spots on the 40-man roster for right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler and infielder Jose Lopez by today's 5:00 PM EST roster deadline. Wheeler and Lopez were signed to minor league contracts this...
The minor league baseball season kicks off tomorrow. Opening day is just around the corner! With that in mind, we gathered several of the IPI writers together to talk about several questions pertaining to the Indians minor league system and how things may shake out this season.
Today the Indians have announced a two-year contract extension with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He is now signed through the 2014 season, and is reportedly set to make a total of $16.5 million from 2013-2014.
Cabrera, 26, would have been eligible for for salary arbitration next season before becoming a free agent at the end of the season, so the deal buys out one of his free agent years. There...
Nick Weglarz and Bryce Stowell are back at Double-A Akron for another season, and both are looking to put some injury issues from the past behind them for good and have very productive seasons this year. Nathan Kemp talks about both players in his debut piece for the IPI, and will be one the main beat writers covering Akron all season.
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!