The first week of the season brought an offensive onslaught that was unfamiliar to many frequent visitors to the Carolina League. Enter week two, which for the Mudcats, was a rough re-introduction to the pitching heavy league. Jim Pete returns with his weekly dose of 'Fishing for Mudcats,' the weekly Carolina Mudcats' notebook.
The West Michigan Whitecaps defeated the Lake County Captains 8-5 on Wednesday afternoon in Eastlake. The big inning was the ninth inning. The Whitecaps scored four runs in the ninth. The big hit in the inning was a one out double by Brandon Loy that gave West Michigan the lead 6-5. The Whitecaps tacked on two more and took the game 8-5. During the seven game home stand (all losses by the Captains) Lake County gave up twenty runs in the final frame.
Even with a 4-for-5 performance from Clippers second basemen Cord Phelps, Columbus was unable to take game two of the series as they fell to the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday afternoon, 4-3. Phelps' had a productive day at the plate with two doubles, two singles, and an RBI, but the main issue in this game was that the Clippers went a mere 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners stranded on the base paths.
A new feature to (finally) debut on the IPI today, "The Radar Report". This is a self-explanatory report that will provide low, high, and average fastball velocities on a weekly basis for several prospects in the Indians' system. This week's report has radar information on close to two dozen players.
Better late than never, but here are the final stats from Indians' minor league camp in Goodyear, Arizona this spring training. Over 100 players are listed with all the available stats from hitters and pitchers compiled into one listing. As always, thanks to Arthur K. for his assistance on this project!
Chun-Hsiu Chen is finally starting to stretch his legs a bit as the Aeros new first baseman, but today's ATF headliner is a former top draft pick of the San Diego Padres, that has turned into a strikeout artist for the Columbus Clippers this season. Check out IPI's original Around the Farm for yesterday's minor league performances.
The Carolina Mudcats blew an eighth inning, one run lead to give the Wilmington Blue Rocks a 5-3 victory at Frawley Stadium on Tuesday night. The Blue Rocks came up to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning facing a 3-2 defiect. Mudcats’ reliever Dale Dickerson had replaced fellow reliever Shawn Armstrong with two outs in the seventh inning after pitching nearly three scoreless innings, holding Wilmington to just two hits while striking out four batters.
EASTLAKE - The Lake County Captains are sinking as they dropped their eighth straight game in a 5-2 loss against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Tuesday night.
Starting for the Captains was Elvis Araujo, a left-hander who spent last season with Mahoning Valley. Araujo made it through the first inning, despite a throwing error from shortstop Francisco Lindor that allowed the lead-off runner to...
Akron left-hander T.J. McFarland struggled to throw strikes and Aeros hitters failed to advance runners Tuesday night at Canal Park, as the home team fell to the Bowie Baysox 4-2. Bowie right fielder Buck Britton opened the game with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Akron shortstop Juan Diaz. After a ground out to third, Britton scored the game’s first run after a McFarland wild pitch. McFarland labored through the first inning, throwing 32 pitches (16 strikes).
The Columbus Clippers beat the Indianapolis Indians in game one of their series 5-1 on Tuesday night. The Clippers offense was lead by catcher Matt Pagnozzi who went 2-for-2 in the game, including a double, home run, two RBI, two runs, and a walk. It was Corey Kluber’s turn in the rotation to pitch for Columbus, and he finished the game going six innings allowing one run and fanned seven batters. He was also able to pick up the win giving him a perfect 3-0 record in three starts this season.
Minor Happenings is now a bi-weekly feature on the IPI, and today we post the first early week edition of this popular site staple. Tony gives the 411 on fast-rising prospect RHP Cody Allen, provides lots of comments from Assistant Farm Director Carter Hawkins, has injury updates on close to a dozen players, and lots more!
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Johnny Damon to a minor league contract for the 2012 season.
Damon, 38, owns a 17-year career Major League batting average of .286 with 1643 runs scored, 516 doubles, 107 triples, 231 home runs and 1120 RBI in 2,426 games with six teams since debuting with the Kansas City Royals in 1995. He has also stolen 404...
Now in its second week (though only its first week with its new title), Launching Off with the Aeros is the only stop you need to catch up on how the Indians' Double-A affiliate the Akron Aeros fared, the best and worst Aeros of the past week, and their weekly and yearly stats. Simply put, it's got something for everybody.
Tonight is another edition of the popular on-line radio "Smoke Signals" hosted by Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete. They will discuss the recent Johnny Damon signing and what it means for the Indians, if he can help, and when he may be ready. They will also discuss the encouraging start for Derek Lowe, the troubling start to the season for Tony Sipp and Josh Tomlin, and rundown the highlights to date at all four minor league affiliates.
Second baseman Ryan Rohlinger slugged an opposite-field, three-run home run in the third inning Monday night, helping the Akron Aeros to a 6-3 win over the Bowie Baysox in the opening game of a three-game series at Canal Park. Rohlinger’s homer, his second of the season, came off Baysox starter Bobby Bundy (1-2) in the third inning, and gave the Aeros a 4-0 lead. After singles by Jared Goedert and Adam Abraham, Rohlinger drove a pitch into the right field bleachers. He now has five RBI’s on the season.
Adam Abraham is starting to see his hard work pay off in Akron, while Trevor Crowe continues to annoy those that demand he not be mentioned in the same breath of the Indians. Tonight's top spot goes to perhaps the top prospect in the organization right now. Check out IPI's original Around the Farm, our daily look at the minor league performances at every level.
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!