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!