In this season's first "Three Up, Three Down" report - a new premium feature on the IPI, Tony takes a look at some of the notable good and bad performances from the past week in the Indians' minor league system. He breaks down the performance of six players: Cody Anderson, Kyle Bellows, Cole Cook, Cord Phelps, Bryce Stowell, and Tony Wolters.
It is Monday afternoon, and that means it is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" to get caught up on the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. Kevin Dean recaps the action from last week with thoughts on each game, transactions, stats, and his Clipper pitcher and hitter of the week.
New IPI columnist Brian La Shier, whom some may recognize from his Ontario Street blog, comes strong with his first post talking about the Indians' left-handed laden lineup. Have the Indians discovered an untapped market inefficiency to construct their lineup around? Or will opposing managers mercilessly exploit the Indians' splits? Brian breaks it all down.
The Indians were trying to run up an 8-1 record on their current road trip, before heading home for a weekday, three-game series with the vaunted Los Angeles Angels. Unfortunately, the worst line-up in the history of baseball (not theirs) failed to do much of anything, while a struggling Justin Masterson turned into a walk machine. Jim Pete runs through his in-game thoughts with today recap.
There was rain, snow and sleet on the horizon, Carolina and Akron found themselves with the day off after their games were postponed. In this abbreviated edition of ATF, which lefty starter just might be emerging as the best in the system? Jim Pete returns to the ATF grind for updates on Cord Phelps' 14-game hitting streak, as well as a former starter, turned back-end reliever Kyle Blair.
GENEVA, IL- The Lake County Captains (4-13) opened a three game series at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and fell victim to a 1-0 loss to the Kane County Cougars (9-8) on Sunday. The Captains started left-hander Elvis Araujo to face the Cougars. He allowed a single in the first inning to second baseman Daniel Mateo but was able to get an inning ending double play off the bat of third baseman Michael Antonio.
A day after the Columbus Clippers had a great showing at the plate, the Toledo Mud Hens returned the favor. The Clippers (10-7), fell to the Mud Hens, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon in Toledo, after winning the first game of the series, 12-6, on Saturday night. Toledo held a 6-0 lead after four innings, and staved off any rallies by Columbus in the game’s final innings, on way to victory.
The Toledo Mud Hens poured it on starter Corey Kluber Sunday afternoon, as they defeated the Clippers 8-3, moving them into first place in the International League West division. A familiar face got the ball rolling for the Mud Hens in the bottom of the second inning, when Jerad Head doubled into left field against his former teammates. Audy Ciriaco then followed it up with a two-run blast, and Toledo never looked back.
Tony chimes in with his weekly Sunday notebook recapping the week that was for the big league team. He touches on the hot-hitting Lonnie Chisenhall who is carving up Triple-A pitching, but how the numbers are kind of deceiving. He looks at what the Indians may do with Nick Hagadone, gives his thoughts on the Johnny Damon signing, and lots more.
The Indians beat the Athletics 5-1 on Saturday night, and it moved them within one game of first place in the AL Central. Tony recaps the game and gives his thoughts on Jeanmar Gomez's potential breakout season, why he hates bunting, the red hot Jack Hannahan, the Sipp-Hagadone dilemma, Shelley Duncan's mini-slump, the Damon watch, Kotchman's lack of offense, and much more!
The Akron Aeros defeated the Reading Phillies, 7-4, in a storm-halted match-up Saturday to tie the series. The Aeros jumped on Phillies' pitching in the first inning scoring three runs against Reading starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone. Outfielder Tim Fedroff led off with a walk and stole second base. Shortstop Juan Diaz reached on a fielder’s choice to the pitcher. Left fielder Jared Goedert, who is currently batting .417 and leading the Eastern League leaderboard, advanced the runners with a line drive to left field.
Lots of good (and some bad) performances up and down the Indians' minor league system on Saturday night. Nick Weglarz hit his first homer, but is it too little too late for him? Jared Goedert is mashing in Akron, but when will he go up to Columbus? Jake Lowery is hitting well in Carolina, but what's with all the strikeouts? Tony touches on all that and more in IPI's original Around the Farm!
On a rainy, overcast day at Five County Stadium the Carolina Mudcats (6-8) and Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-6) took the field for the third game of the series. A heavy rain storm that came through Zebulon delayed the game after the start of the second inning for an hour and 23 minutes. The delay would ultimately cut both the Mudcats and Pelicans starters’ nights short. But the rain would not cool of the Mudcats bats as they were able to crank out seven extra base hits in a 7-2 win over the Pelicans.
An offensive outburst propelled the Columbus Clippers past the Toledo Mud Hens Saturday night. The Clippers (10-6) used a six-run fourth inning to beat the Mud Hens, 12-6, in the first game of the series in Toledo after Friday night’s game against the Indianapolis Indians was rained out. Columbus had 19 hits in the game, including seven extra-base hits. The Clippers scored eight runs off Mud Hens’ starter Ramon Garcia (1-1), who only lasted four innings, while giving up 10 hits.
The Captains’ bullpen struggles continued on Saturday night as the Captains (4-12) dropped the rubber match 8-5 to the LumberKings (5-11). The LumberKings started the game with two runs in the first inning off of Captains starter Felix Sterling. Centerfielder Jamal Austin led off the game with a single and then stole second. Designated hitter Jabari Blash took a one out walk and then first baseman Ramon Morla singled to load the bases.
IPI draft guru Jeff Ellis gets us up to speed on Major League Baseball's First Year Player Draft which kicks up on June 4th. He provides some of he significant injuries in college and high school, who may go #1 overall, and who the Indians may target with their first pick. The draft is only about six weeks away!
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!