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 Cleveland Indians acquired the tallest player in the major leagues on Saturday, the 7'1" right-handed reliever, Loek Van Mil. The Indians made the deal for "future considerations." Reports are rampant that those considerations will ultimately be cash.
Mil is a 27-year-old righty from the Neatherlands, who was signed by the Minnesota Twins as a non-drafted free agent way back in 2005. In...
Trailing 2-0, the Indians tallied two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the game into extra frames. You couldn't help but think that they left too many chances on the table, especially after Adrian Beltre blasted an eleventh inning, pinch-hit homer that gave the Rangers a 5-2 victory. Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts to Saturday Night's ballgame.
The Akron Aeros belted out 13 hits to take down the Bowie Baysox, 8-3, at Prince George’s Stadium. Akron got the bats going in the top of the second inning with a double to the right side by first baseman Adam Abraham, who went 3-for-5 on the night
The Lake County Captains (11-17) opened a four game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-13) and fell in the opener in a pitcher’s duel. Lefthander Ryan Carpenter (4-1, 2.57 ERA) blanked the Captains over six innings, only allowing three hits and one walk. He struck out three.
The Columbus Clippers started their ten game road trip Saturday losing a tight one, 2-1, to the Toledo Mud Hens. The Clippers started Corey Kluber (3-2) on the mound, as the Mud Hens countered with Andrew Oliver (2-1). Toledo struck first in this one, as in the bottom of the first inning after the bases were loaded. DH Brad Eldred walked, allowing center fielder Quintin Berry to cross the plate.
The rain just keeps falling for the Tribe affiliates, as the Mudcats were forced to play another doubleheader tomorrow afternoon after the rain washed out their Saturday night game. That said, Bryson Myles continued to showcase a bat that should have him in High A Carolina soon, and Adam Abraham continued to force Tribe management to take a closer look. Jim Pete returns to ATF for a look at the night's minor league performances.
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