Short season Single-A Mahoning Valley right-handed pitcher Robbie Aviles is finally back pitching full time and looks to be all the way back from the Tommy John surgery he had almost two years ago. After two years of rehab he is happy to be pitching in real games and in a real environment in Niles, Ohio, and Matt Miller recently sat down to talk to him about how he is doing.
The Indians continued their busy summer transactions with a host of movement from the big league club through Mahoning Valley. Jeanmar Gomez, Zach, McAllister, Scott Barnes and Travis Hafner all found themselves making high profile moves over the past seven days. Arthur Kinney pulls out every transaction over the past week, in the final June edition of IPI's transaction rundown.
The Akron Aeros fell to the Erie SeaWolves, 5-4, in 10 innings. With the loss, the Aeros lost three of four games in the series against the SeaWolves. Erie has dominated the season-series, winning nine of 14 games. Following a loss by the Harrisburg Senators and a win by the Bowie Baysox, the Aeros now have a 7.5 game lead over both teams in the Eastern League Western Division.
The Indians have now lost six of seven games, and have falled 3 1/2 games behind the first place Chicago White Sox. With Lonnie Chisenhall heading to the DL, Michael Brantley hitting cleanup and Chris Antonetti talking about "improvement...from the interior," it may be time to start circling the wagons. Join Jim B. for some Second Thoughts on last night's ballgame.
Canzler can hit the ball a ton, and continued that with his tenth homer on Friday Night. Thomas Neal is beginning to officially dominated Double A pitching. Kyle Bellows is finding his bat, and Jeanmar Gomez had a spectacular return to Columbus. The top of the heap for tonight's ATF is a prospect in Carolina who has exploded since an April swoon. Join Jim Piascik to find out who that is...after the jump...
After a dramatic come from behind win on Thursday, the Scrappers once again found themselves in a ballgame with the State College Spikes. After waiting out Mother Nature for a little over an hour before the game, the Scrappers once again found themselves tied in the eighth inning. This time, they didn’t need a hit to push across the winning run.
Like the game itself, the Clippers’ bats took a little while to get started Friday night, but when they did, it resulted in another Columbus victory. The Clippers won for the sixth time in seven tries, defeating the Norfolk Tides, 9-4. Heavy rain and strong winds delayed the game’s start time of 7:05 p.m. by an hour. With the win, Columbus took the four-game series, 3-1, in front of 7,227 fans at Huntington Park.
The Carolina Mudcats’ bullpen gave a strong effort in a 9-6 triumph over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Friday night at TicketReturn.com Field. Dale Dickerson (5-2), Shawn Armstrong and Grant Sides combined to hold the Pelicans (6-3, 42-37) to two runs over the final seven innings. Dickerson entered the game in the third, and allowed one run on one hit over three innings to earn the win.
The Lake County Captains (4-4) could not provide a precursor to Friday night’s fireworks at Classic Park. The club continued its offensive struggles, mustering just two runs in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the West Michigan Whitecaps (4-4).
In today's week ending edition of Minor Happenings, Tony touches on the power binge that Double-A Akron outfielder Thomas Neal has been on and what that may mean as far as value and a promotion is concerned. In addition to that he provides some recent comments from Ross Atkins on some big league pitching options at Triple-A Columbus, and provides updates on several players at each level from Triple-A Columbus to rookie level Arizona, namely Tim Fedroff, Jeremie Tice, Jesus Aguilar, Rob Nixon, Juan Romero, Jorge Martinez, and more.
The AZL Indians scored in five of their eight innings last night as the offense was in full swing in a 14-8 victory. Dorssys Paulino crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st to put the Tribe on the board early and gave them a lead they would not lose.
The Indians short season affiliate the Mahoning Valley Scrappers are in full swing and just completed their second week of the season. Site columnist Andrew Zajac recaps the week that was by looking at the good, bad, and okay, as well as recapping recent transactions.
The 2012 Draft signing deadline is two weeks away from today on July 13th....that is Friday the 13th for the superstitious folks out there. Will Friday the 13th bring bad or good luck to the Indians with more signings? We will see, but in the meantime Tony has several more signing updates on players and where they stand in the negotiation process with firsthand updates on Nelson Rodriguez, Joshua Pigg, Joshua Lester, and Anthony Hawkins. One of those players has already agreed to sign.
The Indians had lots of great highlights up and down the system last night. Jerrud Sabourin supplied the dramatics with a walkoff three-run homer, Dorsyss Paulino continues to show why he is one of the best Latin signings by the Indians in recent years, Thomas Neal continued his torrid month of June, and much more. Join Tony as he takes a trip "Around the Farm" and highlights all of the Indians' minor league action from last night.
The 2014 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!