Lake County exploded, with big games from all the names you would expect, but led by one that surprises on a seemingly nightly basis. Nick Weglarz continues to revert to prospect form, with another huge night in the Aeros doubleheader. Tonight's top of the heap in ATF, however, belongs to a couple of guys in Columbus. One who should have been here a long time ago, and another who just got here. Join Jim Pete in this father's day edition of ATF...
After dropping two tough games on Friday, the Columbus Clippers bounced back Saturday night with a 6-1 win over the Gwinnett Braves. Much of the credit for the victory goes to Clippers starter Chris Schwinden (4-5, 2.70 ERA), who pitched seven stellar innings and allowed just one run on three hits. He walked just one and struck out three in the win.
Salem Red Sox produced several clutch hits en route to an 8-6 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Saturday night at LewisGale Field. Of their eight runs, six scored on two-out hits from Red Sox’s hitters. Salem improved to 9-1 against the Mudcats, and clinched the weekend series with one to play.
Michael Brantley is entering rarified air with regards to his current 22-game hit streak, and Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson have looked like aces. Will these three continue to perform at this level for the rest of the season? We're more than halfway to July, and speculation has begun with regards to teams willing to make a deal. Will the Indians be in on a guy like Alfonso Soriano?
Justin Masterson is the staff ace, and his finally starting to look like it. Masterson dominated for seven, then gave the game to Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. Two words for the resurgent Pittsburgh Pirates: GAME OVER. Michael Brantley also continues his MLB high hit streak to 22 games. Join Jim Berdysz for his "Second Thoughts" on Friday Night's masterpiece.
While the system got beat-down last night with four losses, a bunch of under-the-radar guys took center stage. Tyler Cannon continued his resurgence as a catcher in Carolina. Jordan Smith may be the least mentioned prospect in Lake County, but there's reason to believe he's be the first in Carolina. Today's headliner is a Cleveland native that just won't go away, and shouldn't. Check out Friday's Around the Farm, after the jump...
The Columbus Clippers lost a pair of games to the Gwinnett Braves Friday night. After winning the series opener Thursday, the Clippers lost a double header to the Braves, falling behind early in both games. Columbus lost game one of the double header, 4-0, in a shortened seven-inning contest. In game two, also seven innings, the Clippers fell, 8-3.
The Salem Red Sox scored six runs in the first two innings and defeated the Carolina Mudcats 10-4 on Friday night at LewisGale Field. Salem improves to 40-27, and remain two games back of Winston-Salem with two games left in the first half.
The Indians have been quite busy on the transactions front the past few weeks from the big league team down to Low-A Lake County. Several players have been promoted/demoted while others have been activated from injuries. Arthur Kinney is here is recap all of the activity...
Although the Captains (30-37) provided the post-game pyrotechnics Friday night at Classic Park, the in-game fireworks were courtesy of the Dayton Dragons (29-39). The Dragons cruised to a 9-3 victory, their eighth win in their last 12 contests.
The Reading Phillies scored five times in the seventh inning Saturday night to break open a tie ball game, easing their way to a 7-2 win over the Akron Aeros at First Energy Stadium. With the score tied 2-2, the Phillies (36-27) batted around in the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits off Akron starter T.J. House (4-2, 3.55), including a solo homer by catcher Sebastian Valle and a two-run double by right fielder Leandro Castro.
Maybe a day late, but never a dollar short, Tony has another Minor Happenings update that takes a look at the play of Jordan Smith at Low-A Lake County as well as the return of outfielders Bo Greenwell and Jordan Henry. He also gives updates on the adjustments, struggles, and improvements happening with other players like Russ Canzler, Adam Abraham, Mike Rayl, Zach MacPhee and others.
The Indians recently picked up a reliever off waivers from the Rockies who had an 8.06 ERA in 23 games and currently have 13 pitchers on the roster. They called up and then sent down Matt LaPorta after just 11 at bats. Lonnie Chisennall is struggling at third base and the outfield trio of Duncan, Damon and Cunningham have performed poorly all season. Adam McGavin chimes in with some thoughts on fixing the roster...
The Indians continue to be busy on the post-draft front as they have agreed to terms with two more players, one of which signed his contract yesterday and another that is expected to sign his today. Tony provides updates on those two players and also a few other players from the draft.
Triple-A Columbus right-handed starting pitcher Corey Kluber had another very good outing yesterday, High-A Carolina outfielder Bo Greenwell returned to active duty, and the Akron lineup just continues to find ways to win games even without the presence of a big prospect. Tony touches on all of that and more in today's "Around the Farm".
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!