The Clippers wrapped up another week of their season on Sunday, and for the first time in June, it was a winning one. Go "Sailing with the Clippers" with Andrew Holleran to get all caught up on the week that was for the Indians Triple-A affiliate, who is hot and who is not, and so much more.
The AZL Indians (1-3) dropped their third game of the season as they were outslugged on Sunday night, 12-9 to the AZL Athletics. Despite an early three spot put on the board courtesy of a bases loaded clearing triple by Eric Haase, the Tribe pitching struggled.
Double-A Akron outfielder Jordan Henry was recently activated from the disabled list after missing the first two months because he was rehabbing from surgery to his right knee. Now that he is back playing and is healthy again, he is looking to find consistency in his game and once again be a threat on the basepaths. Stephanie Metzger recently talked to him and gives us an update on how he is doing in his return.
The July 13th signing deadline for players picked in the 2012 Draft is fast approaching as it is two and a half weeks away. The Indians have already signed 18 of their 40 draft picks, but more are coming. In today's update Tony gives the details on where things are at with 8th round pick Caleb Hamrick and 26th round pick Justin Garza, two high profile pitchers in their 2012 draft class. He talked to Hamrick last night and a representative of Garza over the weekend and shares some interesting details on their signing status...
Chun Chen rolled out four more hits on Sunday, with three of them doubles, driving in three batters. But he wasn't at the top of the ATF heap. Joseph Colon again looked like an ace, rebounding from a horrid start, but he wasn't at the top of the ATF heat. The top guy at ATF may just be the best lefty in the system, and perhaps even end up the next call-up if he were to play his cards right. Join Jim Pete as he sherpa's you to the top of ATF.
A day after suffering their worst defeat of the season, the Aeros came back in a big way Sunday night with one of their best offensive outputs of the season, smoking the Curve 15-4, at People’s Natural Gas Field. The Aeros matched a season-high with 19 hits, including six doubles. Akron hitters were 9-22 with runners in scoring position, and the 15-run outburst was one short of the team’s season high.
On a perfect night at Penn State University, Mahoning Valley played its best game yet against the State College Spikes. An exciting game which came down to the final at bat, Mahoning Valley's 9th inning rally fell just short when Jairo Kelly grounded out against Spikes' releiver Pat Ludwig to end the game. The Scrappers (2-5) ended their series with the State College Spikes with nothing to show for it getting swept in four outings.
The Indians kicked off their ten game road trip against the lowly Houston Astros, and were promptly kicked to the curb during a weekend in which Cleveland's weeknesses were firmly taken advantage of. The Indians were dominated by another left-hander, leaving many fans to wonder if there's much more to this season if the Indians can't address their right-hand deficient line-ups.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers got off to a quick start but failed to capitalize Saturday against the State-College Spikes. Geoffrey Davenport, who made his second start of the season, struggled again. The Scrappers failed to score more than two runs for the fifth straight game as they continue to try to figure out how to score and get on base.
It was a slugfest in Goodyear on Saturday night. Any hitting shortages seen in the season’s first two contests were forgiven after the AZL Indians mashed 19 hits, yielding 13 runs as the Tribe trumped the AZL Brewers. Ryan Battaglia, who really struggled in his previous 10 AB’s that included 6 strikeouts, bounced back in a positive fashion as he went 2-4 with 3 RBIs including a double a triple
The Carolina Mudcats (3-0) fell to the Frederick Keys (1-2) 5-0 in the series opener. The Mudcats were unable to get anything going off Keys starter Tyler Wilson, who faced the minimum through the first six and one third innings. Left fielder Bo Greenwell doubled with one out in the seventh becoming the first Mudcats’ batter to get into scoring position
The Clippers did not have a spectacular performance at the plate Sunday night, but they won anyway, thanks largely in part to a superb outing from T.J McFarland. The 23-year-old right-hander threw a complete-game shutout, propelling Columbus (37-40) to a 4-0 win against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in front of 8,505 fans at Huntington Park.
The Arizona League Indians began their season in earnest this week with some interesting debuts headlined by last season's second round pick, Dillon Howard. This team has some major prospects, and IPI's Sean Mahon will give Tribe fans an exclusive, on-site look at some of the most talented players in the system. Join Sean for unique take in our season debut of the Arizona League Indians notebook...
The Indians made lots of moves up and down the system from rookie level Arizona to the big league team in Cleveland, and Arthur Kinney is here to recap it all in his latest rundown of the transactions here at the IPI.
The Indians continue to struggle against left-handed pitching, and in his weekly Sunday notebook Tony takes a look at just how bad the Indians have been against lefties this year. He also takes a look at the Indians propensity to both draw and give up walks, gives several injury updates, talks about the better fan support for the Reds, looks at the Indians' best All Star hopefuls, and more.
After the Indians shutout Houston 2-0 on Friday night, the Astros returned the favor on Saturday afternoon as rookie left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel threw a complete game victory in just his second Major League start, defeating Cleveland 8-1. Tribe starter Jeanmar Gomez would take a perfect game into the fifth inning only to unravel and give up four runs in the frame, on his way to his third consecutive losing effort and seventh loss of the season.
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!