In today's Q&A session, Tony sits down and talks with Low-A Lake County pitching coach Jeff Harris about an assortment of pitchers on the current roster and discusses how they are doing, some of the adjustments they are making this season, how their development is coming along, and lots more.
The 2012 MLB Draft is but a week away as the first round of the draft will be televised live on the MLB Network at 7:00PM next Monday night. Jeff Ellis chimes in with his second mock draft and gives his thoughts and projections at which players go where in the first 31 picks of the draft. He also has the Indians picking up a right-handed bat, a pick where value meets need.
Cord Phelps belted his fifth homer of the season, and Jerrud Sabourin continued his multi-hit barrage. The top of Sunday's ATF belongs to a ten-year veteran of the minor leagues, who has spent some time in the minors. Check out the pre-Memorial Day festivities with IPI's Around the farm...
Columbus finished their four game series with Syracuse on a high note, parlaying a five run third and a four run fourth into a 9-1 triumph over the Chiefs. The Chiefs would be the first team to crack the scoreboard when Josh Johnson scored on a Mark Teahan RBI double to left. Columbus would then retaliate in the top of the third. Matt Pagnozzi walked to begin the frame.
The Carolina Mudcats (22-25) losing steak was pushed to a season high five games as they lost 8-3 to the Winston Salem-Dash (27-19), giving them the series sweep. The story of the game was the Mudcats inability to get hits with runners in scoring position
Sunday was a forgettable afternoon for the Captains, who dropped the second game of a four-game series to the Lansing Lugnuts 10-1. It was a rough day for every pitcher who took the mound for Lake County, starting with Shawn Morimando (1-1, 4.50). Morimando lasted just three innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits and two walks. Only four of the runs were earned
The Indians were looking to avoid the sweep against the Chicago White Sox, but Ubaldo Jimenez was responsible to be the stopper. Those days are long behind him, and the White Sox proved it by pummeling the struggling "ace" of the Tribe rotation. Kevin Dean joins the fray to give his Sunday 'Second Thoughts' on today's sweep by the Pale Hose...
Dave Wallace was a catcher in the Indians minor league system a few years ago, and his best season as a player came during a short stop during Low-A Lake County's inaugural season in 2003. Since then he had not been back to Lake County until this year when he returned as the manager and with a whole new perspective.
In his weekly Sunday morning notebook, Tony talks about the emergence of right-hander Zach McAllister as a viable starting pitching option for the Indians and how he helps add some much needed length (and insurance) to the rotation. He also touches on the injuries that are starting to mount up, whether it is time to cut bait on Damon, why Perez was right and wrong about what he said last weekend, and more!
Jared Goedert is proving to be some sort of minor league freak while Jeremie Tice continues to absolutely destroy the ball in the Carolina League and Tony Wolters has nearly completely his 2012 May resurgence. While all three shined brightly, and with Matt LaPorta knocking on ATF's door again, a catcher climbed atop Saturday's ATF mountain, and may be a hidden gem afterall. Jim Pete returns for his ATF stretch with Saturday's edition...
In the first game of a Memorial Weekend series on the road against the Lansing Lugnuts, the Lake County Captains were victorious, downing the first-place Lugnuts in a nail-biter 4-3. Right-hander Cody Anderson started on the hill for the Captains
The Akron Aeros fell behind early and the Erie SeaWolves (24-23) added on often to beat Akron 7-3. Brett Brach struggled out of the gate, failing to keep runners off base in his three and two-thirds innings of work, and the Aeros lead in the Western Division fell to three games, with second-place Harrisburg breathing down their neck.
The White Sox took the series in one of the craziest run-scoring games of the season. While the Indians offense never gave up, seven runs turned out to be less than half of what they needed, as the White Sox defeated the Indians, 14-7. Jim Berdysz returns to give his "Second Thoughts" on Saturday's ballgame.
Aside from a few starts, Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez have been anything but aces for the Cleveland Indians. With Derek Lowe, Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin and Zach McAllister carrying much of the load during the first quarter of the season, Adam McGavin takes a look at the identity forming, or lack thereoff, of the Indians' starting rotation.
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!