Behind one of their best offensive performances of the season Thursday, the Clippers won the final game of their series against Louisville 13-12, but even with the strong output at the plate, the victory did not come easily.
The Captains are currently on a five-game winning streak and everything is clicking for them. Jordan Smith was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the second time this season, and lots of other players on the roster have really played well of late. Lianna Holub checks in with her weekly notebook "On-Deck with the Captains" to recap the week that was...
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the no-hitter by lefty Giovanni Soto and the development he has made this year as a prospect, the strides Jordan Smith has made both offensively and defensively, he runs through another infirmary report with several updates on some of the walking wounded in the system, talks with the Indians front office about players at several different levels in the system, and tons more.
The Indians exploded offensively last night and scored ten runs with two outs and beat the Rays 10-6 in a much needed win for them. Justin Masterson struggled, but the bullpen and defense kept them close until the offense found a way to break...and then Carlos Santana's moon shot put the game away. Charlie Adams breaks down the game only how he can in today's "Second Thoughts".
Tyler Cannon is a name that not many people have been paying attention to in the Indians system, but he's quietly becoming a factor in the system, both offensively and defensively. The Lake County offensive crew seems to be back on track and loaded for bear, led by some pesky infielder named Lindor. At the top of the charts on Wednesday night is one of my favorite players in the system...if only the Indians would feel the same way...
The Carolina Mudcats launched some towering home runs to drive across six in an 11-9 win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Wednesday afternoon at Five County Stadium. A crowd of 1,852 watched Bo Greenwell, Ronny Rodriguez and Carlos Moncrief crush long balls throughout the afternoon, and the Mudcats improved to 15-11, 46-49 overall.
The Scrappers and Spikes engaged in high-scoring affair Wednesday night, with the Spikes coming out victorious 8-6. Josh Martin took the hill, looking to earn his fourth straight win. During that three game stretch, he had only given up five runs on ten hits. He was opposed by the highly touted young Mexican prospect Luis Heredia.
The Lake County Captains (14-11, 45-49) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and Shawn Morimando pitched six great innings to defeat the Quad Cities River Bandits (13-12, 48-46) on Thursday night. With the win Lake County matched a season high with five straight wins.
Aeros left fielder Thomas Neal hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Akron beat Harrisburg, 6-5. With the win, Akron (58-39) swept the Senators while increasing their winning streak to six games.
On a night when Huntington Park was celebrating Columbus’ bicentennial, the Clippers (49-49) were dealt a heartbreaking loss to the Louisville Bats (37-62) on Wednesday by a final score of 4-2. Donning light blue uniforms bearing the number “200,” the Clippers were frustrated throughout the night by dominant Bats pitching and a controversial call by the umpires in a critical situation.
Another draft has come and gone with the conclusion of the signing period this past Friday. In total the Indians signed 26 of their 40 draft picks, including all of their top 16 picks and 22 of their first 24 picks. Tony sat down and talked to Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant yesterday and discussed at length the draft and where the Indians go from here in planning for next year.
Low-A Lake County catcher Alex Lavisky has not performed up to expectations so far in his second full season as a professional, but he has the aptitude, the tools, and the drive to get better. There are few players in the system with more class and with as great a makeup as him, and he continues to work hard every day to get things right in the hope things eventually click and come together.
The Rays evened up the four game series with the Indians at 1-1 with a 4-2 win last night. Charlie Adams chimes in with analysis on Josh Tomlin's night and some trends he has shown of late, the continues struggles of Carlos Santana and the offense, the stellar showing by the middle relievers last night, and much more.
The AZL Indians finally reached .500 last night in a 7-4 victory over the Dodgers. The IPI's Sean Mahon was there again to take in the game and observed Dillon Howard's struggles on the mound, the rehab outings of Trey Haley and Danny Jimenez, and lots of other good pitching and some clutch hitting. He has tons of info with pitch velocities for all the pitchers and has firsthand observations from himself and scouts on how several rookie Indians looked.
Jared Goedert continues to do everything offensively you could want from a minor leaguer, and plays multiple positions. Cody Allen continues to dominate at a high level...well...at every level. T.J. House continued his comeback story in grand fashion this season. The top spot of ATF goes to a kid who has completely forgot about the month of April, when several questioned whether or not he was even a legit prospect. Check out just WHO that is, after the jump...
The Carolina Mudcats (13-11) exploded late to even the series at one as they beat the Winston Salem Dash (13-11) 7-6 on Tuesday. The game looked as though it was going to be a pitchers duel as it was 1-1 after six innings, but both offenses put rallies together in the seventh inning.
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!