With injuries to Jack Hannahan and Travis Hafner along with a need for a right-handed bat, infielder Jose Lopez has stepped up and been a solid contributor for the Indians this season. In his latest, Adam McGavin talks about Lopez's renaissance this season and how much he can help the Indians this year.
With visions of Belle, Baerga on Lofton dancing in my head, the Indians begin a series against the Twins looking to regain a first place position lost. It's a long season, but with players like Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley, and yes, Johnny Damon, it just might be the season that the Indians overtake the equally flawed Tigers and White Sox. Join Jim Pete at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario for a nostalgic weekend series...
The 2012 MLB Draft is only two days away. As we get set to cover the draft inside and out here at the IPI, Jeff Ellis took some time to put together his "Big Board" and ranked out the best 35 players heading into the draft. Jeff, Tony and the rest of the crew will be all over the draft this week with lots of news and information on every player the Cleveland Indians draft.
The Indians lost five of six games against the White Sox and Twins in the past week, but thank goodness for the schedule gods as the Twins pulled into town on Friday for a weekend three-game set. The Indians took advantage of what may be the worst team in baseball by thumping them for a much needed 7-1 win last night. Jim Berdysz provides his second thoughts on the game.
Center fielder Tim Fedroff went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in, and first baseman Adam Abraham and left fielder Nick Weglarz each homered Friday as the Akron Aeros defeated the Binghamton Mets, 10-2. The Aeros (33-19) won their fourth straight game to improve to a season-high, 14 games over .500. The win over the Mets (25-27) extended Akron’s lead in the Eastern League Western Division to six games as Harrisburg lost 10-3 at New Britain.
The Winston-Salem Dash and Carolina Mudcats went back and forth all night, but the Dash had the final say in an 8-7 triumph at BB&T Ballpark on Friday night. A crowd of 5,524 saw the teams swap the lead four times throughout the night. Chris Bassitt (1-1) picked up the win in relief, despite allowing a two-run homer in the eighth. Shawn Armstrong (0-2) takes the heartbreaking loss after bringing the go-ahead run on a hit-by-pitch.
It took one of the wackiest games of the season for Lake County (26-28) to finally end its five-game losing skid, defeating West Michigan (25-30) 8-7 to avoid the sweep. As the old adage goes, you never know what you are going to get in baseball. That was the case in the eighth inning of Friday night’s contest at Classic Park.
Columbus was rained out, but Akron, Carolina and Lake County provided more than enough noteworthy performance for another full edition of Around the Farm. Steven Wright was back on the hill for six innings and looked as good as ever, and Carlos Moncrief had an exceptional stat-stuffing game. Tony talks about them and more!
Bo Greenwell had a tough 2011 where he suffered a severe finger and knee injury which cost him most of last season and has already cost him the first two months of this season. He is in Arizona working his way back and hopes to return to game action soon, and Tony has the update on how his progress is going.
Tony recently sat down with Carter Hawkins in the Indians Player Development Department and discussed how things look in the system as the quarter pole in the minor league season was recently passed. They discussed over 16 players with how they are doing and what strides they are making, namely Cord Phelps, Corey Kluber, Bryan Price, Jeremie Tice, Carlos Moncrief, Shawn Armstrong, Jeff Johnson, Grant Sides, Dorsyss Paulino and more.
Before the Akron Aeros' thrilling 14 inning victory Thursday night, Jim Piascik talked with their surprising starter Steven Wright about his success this year. Wright touched on the legendary knuckleballers - Charlie Hough and Tom Candiotti - who have helped him develop the pitch and what mindset he has going forward in his career.
The Akron Aeros broke through with a game-winning RBI-single by catcher Roberto Perez in the bottom of the 14th, as Akron beat the Bowie Baysox 3-2. With the win, Akron finished the homestand with a sweep of the Baysox (22-31). In the bottom of the 14th, Perez singled home right fielder Ben Copeland for the winning run.
T.J McFarland made his Triple-A debut on Thursday afternoon and put forth a very good effort, and Jesus Aguilar continues to play wall ball in Carolina. Tony steps in for ATF duties and talks about the performances by both of them yesterday and so far this season, and also touches on another two dozen players.
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!