Lake County dominated tonight's ATF with some pretty incredible performances over their 13-inning marathon. Jordan Smith took his frustrations out on not being picked for the All-Star team with another outstanding night. Carlos Santana brought his "smooth" swing to Low A for a one-night-only performance. Tonight's top slot was dominance-out-of-nowhere for a Captains reliever. Jim Pete brings his draft-night bravado to tonight's ATF.
The draw on Monday night at Lake County was Indians catcher Carlos Santana, who was making a rehab start with the Captains. Santana is coming off the new 7-day concussion disabled list. However, the fans who stuck around after Santana left the game saw a great minor league baseball game. Lake County (28-29) needed thirteen innings, but won Monday night’s rubber match with Fort Wayne (27-31) in walk off fashion.
Adam McGavin chimes in with his popular Right on, Way off column where he takes a look at both sides of the issue with three questions pertaining to the Cleveland Indians. This week he gives his verdict on if LaPorta should stay in Cleveland, the Indians should or should not be sellers at the trade deadline, and if Ubaldo Jimenez should be removed from the starting rotation.
The Columbus Clippers suffered two losses Monday, falling to the Rochester Red Wings in both games of a double header. Columbus (26-31) lost the first game, 2-1, which was continued Monday afternoon after being postponed due to rain on Sunday. Rochester then went on to win a shortened, seven-inning contest, 4-0.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks took home a 2-0 win over the Carolina Mudcats on a soggy Monday night at Frawley Stadium. The game was called in the fifth inning due to unplayable field conditions. The Mudcats fall to 26-30, while the Blue Rocks improve to 27-29. Francisco Jimenez (5-3) was stuck with the loss after allowing two second inning runs. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out one.
The Indians selected Texas A&M outfielder Tyler Naquin in the 1st round, 15th overall, of the 2012 MLB Draft. The pick came as somewhat of a surprise as the Indians were supposedly on a college arm and Naquin was not a Top 20 ranked guy by just about every draft source. The IPI staff chimes in on the pick...
The Midwest League has announced their mid-season All Star teams and the Lake County Captains have three representatives on the Eastern Division squad. Francisco Lindor will be the starting shortstop on the squad and he will be joined by starting pitchers Cody Anderson and Joe Colon at the All Star game on June 19 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, IL which is the home of the Kane County Cougars.
[LAST UPDATE: 9:38 PM ET] The 2012 MLB Draft is here, and the IPI is once again set to be your #1 source for everything that happens this year in the draft for the Cleveland Indians. The draft commences at 7pm tonight with the Indians picking 15th overall, and throughout the day and up until the pick this blog post will be updated several times with information and commentary on the events of the day.
It is Monday, which means it is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" in Andrew Holleran's weekly notebook on the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. He gets you all caught up on the week that was, tells you who is hot and who is not, reviews all the transactions and games, and more.
The evening was a short one for the Indians' organization, as the Akron Aeros and Columbus Clippers both saw their contests suspended due to rain. With that said, Carolina and Lake County both poured on the runs with victories. Jerrud Sabourin continued his Wally Joyner impersonation (the good year), while a new stud reliever may be emerging. Join Jim Pete's Sunday fray as he takes the journey Around the Farm...
With a tough road schedule facing the Indians, a series win against the Twins was a must. With staff ace, Justin Masterson, taking the hill, the Indians looked to have an advantage. Unfortunately, it's 2012, and not 2011. Kevin Dean returns for his Sunday "Second Thoughts" on Sunday afternoon's game.
The Lake County Captains ignited a late-inning rally on Sunday to overcome the Fort Wayne TinCaps as Francisco Lindor fought his way through a recent slump and Elvis Araujo tossed another solid outing. Araujo (2-4, 3.19), who struggled in his last start against Lansing as he gave up five runs in three innings. On the bump for the TinCaps was righty Ruben Mejia (1-1, 4.74) who was making his second start of the season.
The first-year MLB player draft begins tomorrow, and with it, Indians Prospect Insider is kicking into full gear getting ready for the best coverage in the baseball universe. At the root of all this is our very own draft-guru Jeff Ellis, who has forgotten more about prospects in most drafts than many ever know. Join Jeff for his final mock-draft heading into this week's festivities. Will the Tribe acquire more pitching, or will corner power dominate the early rounds?
In Tony's weekly Indians notebook, he takes a look at the legend that is Travis Hafner and wonders if his long career with the Indians may be coming to an end. He also expounds on some of the roster mismanagement of late by the team, the Indians poor outfield defense, gives an update on the return of Carmandez, has the details on how Santana is recovering from his concussion, and lots more.
The Indians dropped game two to the Twins on Saturday night by a score of 7-4. Right-hander Josh Tomlin struggled in yet another start, and left-hander Tony Sipp continues to have his problems pitching in relief. Also, Johnny Damon is temporarily leaving the team and Matt LaPorta is joining the team. Jim Berysz gives his "second thoughts" on the game.
Matt LaPorta is finally officially heading to Cleveland. After several weeks of speculation on when he would get his call, Tony broke the news on Twitter last night that LaPorta had been called up and was on his way to Cleveland. LaPorta dominated Around the Farm the first two months of the season, so we say good-bye to him (for now) and also note all the other highlights for other players in the system on Saturday night.
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!