The Indians have called up Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Jeremy Accardo to fill the spot on the 25-man roster and in the bullpen after right-hander Dan Wheeler was designated for assignment yesterday.
Tony chimes in today with his weekly Monday piece "3 Up, 3 Down" and looks at a few of the good and not so good performances from the past week in the Indians’ minor league system. Insight gathered from talking with scouts, coaches and executives inside and outside the organization are used for this week's players: Tim Fedroff, Francisco Jimenez, Beau Mills, Luigi Rodriguez, Kevin Slowey and Felix Sterling.
Though he has had a rough go of it over the past year or so, Thomas Neal is still working hard and grinding down in Double-A Akron. Jim Piascik caught up with T Daddy Neal - as he is affectionately known - over the weekend and he explained how he's making the most of his opportunity and what he is working on this year.
Tim Fedroff is an absolute beast of an outfielder in Double A Akron, and just owns the pitching there. Francisco Jimenez is a starter in Carolina that you likely haven't heard of, and while there's a good reason for that, it may be time to pay attention to this kid. Tonight's top slot in ATF goes to a guy that has definitely NOT left the building. Yes folks, this kid may just be the Tribe's best lefty starter in the entire system. Jim Pete give a very special Mother's Day edition of ATF, where the words are aplenty, and so are the prospects.
The Indians were looking to split a four-game series in Boston, and coming off of Thursday night's big win vs. Josh Beckett, it looked like another road series win for the Indians. After today's 12-1 loss, the Indians are now on a three-game losing streak, with two struggling "aces," and an offense that has little answers. Jeff Ellis gives us his Second Thoughts on the Indians debacle from Sunday afternoon's ballgame.
The Mother’s Day crowd of 1,968 people saw a back and forth affair in a 5-3 win by the Lake County Captains over the Great Lakes Loons on Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Elvis Araujo started the game for the Captains and right-hander Jose Dominguez opened for the Loons.
The Carolina Mudcats faced the Potomac Nationals looking for the series sweep after clinching the series win the night before. Behind Francisco Jimenez’s good outing the Mudcats were able to win in a tight one 3-2 over the Nationals taking all three games in the series. Jimenez went five and two third innings giving up two unearned runs while striking out five and giving up only two hits.
The Akron Aeros fell to the Harrisburg Senators 8-4 on Sunday afternoon after falling behind early in the first inning. Left-hander T.J. House took the bump for Akron against Harrisburg’s Mike Ballard. The Aeros were 2-0 in House’s two starts prior to Sunday’s game. House’s start was rough this time around as he surrendered four runs in the first.
The Columbus Clippers lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox 5-4 Sunday in the third game of their four game series. On Sunday it was RHP Kevin Slowey’s turn to start on the mound for Columbus, while Pawtucket countered with former major leaguer Ross Ohlendorf. Neither would figure in the final decision.
The Radar Report is a premium site feature which posts two to three times a month and provides radar readings for the fastball and secondary offerings for several Indians prospects. This week's report includes information on Cody Anderson, Joseph Colon, Cole Cook, Kyle Landis, Kyle Petter, Mason Radeke, Grant Sides, and Giovanni Soto.
It's Sunday morning, and that means it is time to get caught up on all the happenings with the Cleveland Indians. Tony takes a look at the maddeningly inconsistent Ubaldo Jimenez and how the Indians handle him going forward, when Grady Sizemore may return, the black hole offensively at first base, the retirement of Casey Blake, and lots more! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!
Zach McAllister pitched well in his second start of 2012, but the Indians offense didn't give him any support. A fantastic start from Boston's Felix Doubront was enough to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the series heading into Sunday. Jim gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's ballgame.
Alex Monsalve lifted the Lake County Captains over the Great Lakes Loons with a solo home run on Saturday afternoon, ensuring the Captains’ with a 6-4 win. Lake County scored first off of Great Lakes’ starter Jarret Martin (2-1, 2.63) as centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez reached on a fielder error by Great Lakes’ shortstop Pedro Guerrero.
The Carolina Mudcats (17-16) clicked on all cylinders on Saturday Night, as the downed the Potomac Nationals (13-18) 9-1 in the second game of a three game series. The Mudcat pitching staff again threw a great game, led by Mudcats’ starter Kyle Blair who would turn in a gem as he pitched five innings, giving only one run on one hit while striking out five.
The Akron Aeros fought valiantly Saturday night, but ultimately fell to the Harrisburg Senators 6-5 in a high scoring affair. The two teams combined for 23 hits as the pitching on both sides failed to bring their A-games.
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!