With one day left and 25 picks to go, we are in for a mad sprint to the finish today in the MLB Draft. The IPI will once again be your destination for all the information you need on all of the picks the Cleveland Indians make as we post picks minutes after they happen and have lots of information on each selection made. NOTE: The player draft capsules will not post to the front page, so to see them you will need to click on the "News" tab located to the upper left below the site header.
Day 2 of the 2012 MLB Draft came and went yesterday. The Indians made 14 selections and were split right down the middle selecting seven high school players and seven college players. Tony recaps the day with tons of quotes from Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on several of their picks and their strategy with their picks, provides several comments from scouts outside the organization, and gives his insight into the draft with the Indians strategy and what he likes and maybe dislikes about what they have done so far.
Columbus scored 21 runs yesterday, and as you can imagine, dominated ATF on Tuesday night. Zeke Carrera rolled out a four hit-five run performance, perhaps re-emerging as a potential fourth outfielder. T.J. McFarland continued to gain footing as a top prospect with another seven-inning gem. The star of Tuesday night's show is the guy that has taken Matt LaPorta's slot as our ATF star. Could he be LaPorta's replacement in Cleveland in the future? Here's ATF...draft style...
Low-A Lake County right-handed reliever Jeff Johnson got off to a very slow start, but after a few tough outings he has been on quite a roll and has settled in as the closer for the team. A year removed from the draft and an injury scare, he is back pitching as good as he ever has. Stephanie Metzger talked to him this week and provides the details on his season to date.
The Indians beat the Tigers on Tuesday night by a score of 4-2, their fourth in a row against the Motor City Kitties. The Indians once again played to their strengths as they got very good starting pitching from Ubaldo Jimenez, the bullpen was very good, and they were opportunistic with their hits. Charlie Adams chimes in with his second thoughts on the big night for the Indians.
The Akron Aeros conquered the New Britain Rock Cats 6-2 on Tuesday evening as the Aeros’ offense worked for 12 hits while their bullpen was nearly flawless. Starting for the Aeros was lefty Giovanni Soto (4-2, 4.07) who had received no-decisions in his last two starts.
Sugar Ray Marimon scattered three hits over seven dominant innings as the Wilmington Blue Rocks beat the Carolina Mudcats 5-2 on Tuesday night at Daniel Frawley Stadium. Marimon (4-0) struck out five hitters, and allowed only one runner to reach third. The Blue Rocks improved to 28-29 while the Mudcats drop to 26-31.
oming into Tuesday night’s contest against Buffalo, Columbus was struggling on offense. Something about playing at home for the first time in almost two weeks changed that, big time. The Clippers (27-31) pummeled the Bison in game one of a four-game series, 21-3, setting a record for most runs scored in a game at Huntington Park.
Some people say new is always better, but that's not true. While it's exciting to see what players the Indians are adding to their system in the Draft this week, it's still important to pay attention to the players already in the system. There's no better place to start doing that than with the Akron Aeros, who once again dominated the Eastern League by winning 4 of 5. This team just keeps on winning and if you click on the link, you can see who led them to victory this week.
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!