Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves and tonight Jim and Tony will discuss your first place Indians and break down their chances the rest of he way this season. They will also talk about the attendance woes, the emergence of a few players, some potential minor league movement on the horizon, and much more.
The Indians played a day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, and after dodging raindrops all day they were able to pull out wins in both games winning game one 8-6 and game two 3-2. Adam McGavin provides his "second thoughts" on the Indians big doubleheader sweep.
I'm officially sick of the rain. The Columbus Clippers and the Akron Aeros were both rained out tonight. Combine that with a scheduled off day for the Mudcats, and you have all of one game today in the system. So, call this your Lake County Captains special edition. Tonight's headliner is a long way from the majors, but has the potential to be an important part of the rotation in a few years. Bring out your umbrella, and check out yesterday's MASSIVE list of minor league happenings after the jump...
The Lake County Captains’ (12-18) offense was held to only two hits on Monday night and the Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-14) got just enough offense of their own to win 4-0. Starter Jake Floethe (4-1, 3.72) allowed only one hit in six innings. Three batters were walked and three fell victim to strikeouts. The Hot Rods took advantage of two errors to take the early 1-0 lead. Second baseman Ryan Brett singled to lead off the game.
It is time once gain to go "Sailing with the Clippers" and get all caught up on what is going on down at the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. Andrew chimes in with roster updates, who is hot and who is not, and much more in this Monday afternoon staple on the IPI.
In today's Monday afternoon staple "3 Up, 3 Down", Tony takes a look at three of the best and worst 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 in this piece, and today he discusses Jesus Aguilar, Russ Canzler, Leonardo Castillo, Jake Lowery, Nick Weglarz, and Steven Wright.
We are about five weeks into the season, so it is time to start evaluating the Indians' roster and their performance to date to see if things can remain consistent, will get worse, or will get better. Adam McGavin takes a look at four questions in the early going: Can they keep up their high ranking on-base percentage, should Damon lead off, will Lowe continue to lead the staff, and when does Pestano become the closer?
So, there's this kid named Lindor. Has anyone heard of him? And what about this Goedert kid in Akron? Rumor has it that he can hit the baseball on occasion. While those unknowns made the top three of Sunday Night's ATF, the headliner is an actual surprise. Oh, I'm sure many of you have heard of him, but most haven't paid attention. Check out these fine Indians' prospects, as well as many more...after the jump...
The battle of first place teams concluded today with the Indians and Ubaldo Jimenez coming out on top, 4-2. Perhaps it's time for some folks to start taking the Indians a bit more seriously, as they maintained their 1 1/2 game lead on the Tigers for first place in the A.L. Central. Jeff returns to give his Second Thoughts on the Indians' Sunday afternoon tilt.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright pitched a five-hit shutout, leading the Akron Aeros to a 5-0 win over Bowie on Sunday. Wright (3-1, 1.13) continued to build on his strong start to the season, winning his third game of the year. He threw 112 pitches (64 strikes), allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six Baysox batters.
The Lake County Captains (12-17) used a five-run fifth inning to defeat the Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-14) 5-0 on Sunday afternoon. Lefthanded starter Shawn Morimando made his 2012 season debut with the Captains. Morimando was selected in the 19th round of the 2011 draft from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia.
Playing in a Columbus uniform for the first time this season, Clippers’ third baseman Jose Lopez led his new team to a win Sunday.
Lopez went 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBIs in his debut, as the Clippers (16-13) beat the first-place Toledo Mud Hens (18-11), 8-1, to get within two games of the IL West division leader.
The Carolina Mudcats (14-13) and Fredrick Keys (9-16) played a doubleheader on Sunday, making up for a Saturday night rainout. They would split the games, with the Keys taking the first game of the doubleheader 1-0, while the Mudcats would earn the split in a 10 inning tilt, 3-2.
"IPI on Site" is a new on-line video show for the site developed by myself and edited/produced by Michael Taylor that features an on-air interview with a player in the Cleveland Indians organization with some highlights of them in action. This week Steven "The Knuckleballer" Wright joins us to talk about how things are coming with his knuckleball and how he evolved into a knuckleballer.
Zach McAllister will make his first start for the Cleveland Indians during their Monday doubleheader. The Indians will use a new rule in the collective bargaining agreement that will allow them to carry 26 players on their roster for the duration of the doubleheader. Find out more on McAllister, after the jump...
In the IPI's weekly Sunday staple, Tony discusses the re-emergence of Carlos Santana not only as an elite bat but as a pretty darn good defensive catcher, something a lot of people gave up on too quickly last year. He also discusses the disaster to date that has been the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, the attendance woes of the team, Manny Acta vs. Eric Wedge, and lots more.
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!