After falling behind the White Sox, the Indians began the toughest part of their schedule to date. With both teams matching each other blow for blow, last week Chicago beat out Cleveland to acquire Kevin Youkilis from Boston. Brian La Shier wonders if Cleveland’s hesitation in the bidding inadvertently strengthened its rival’s position.
We are now 11 days away from the July 13th signing deadline, and as expected some signings are starting to trickle in. Yesterday the Indians officially signed 15th round pick Nelson Rodriguez, a player that I noted had agreed to terms a week ago in this report. In today's update I give an update on a player flying into Arizona to sign his contract, talk about the demands of 4th round pick D'Vone McClure and how signable he is, and where the Indians may go if they are unable to sign him.
No matter what the outcome of this game, the Indians were guaranteed at least a split of the long series in Baltimore. Paced by another strong outing from their ace and more early offense, they were able to win the series outright and salvage a once-disastrous road trip. The White Sox also lost, and the Indians found themselves only a game and a half out of first place. Join Kevin Dean with his Second Thoughts of Sunday's ballgame.
Ryan Merritt got his second win in as many starts at Mahoning Valley. Tyler Naquin and Tyler Holt each had a 3-for-4 night playing centerfield. Both are trying to break the mold of the "Trevor Crowe-type" outfielder, and made some inroads on Sunday. The top player in tonight's ATF is the guy that took over the DH role from Jeremie Tice at Carolina. Nope, it's not Jesus Aguilar. Find out who it is, after the jump.
Mahoning Valley continued to ride high Sunday night as they won their fourth game in a row against the Williamsport Crosscutters. After a slow start to the season at 2-6, which included a 5 game losing streak, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have battled back to a .500 7-7 record on Sunday night with its win over Williamsport. The bats were remarkably hot Sunday as eight of the nine Scrapper starters had at least one hit.
The Lake County Captains were washed away by the Fort Wayne TinCaps 4-0 in a six-inning game cut short due to the rain on Sunday. Left-hander Shawn Morimando (2-1, 3.67) took the bump for the Captains after receiving a no decision in his last start in Dayton. From the other dugout, righty Matt Wisler (2-4, 2.74) started for the TinCaps after receiving a loss in his last decision.
The Carolina Mudcats (6-4) took the first game of the series from the Potomac Nationals (6-4) 8-3. Francisco Jimenez gave the Mudcats a strong outing, tossing six innings, while giving up only one run on three hits. “He was good, he kept us in the game. At points he lost his concentration when he was facing the bottom of the order, but overall it was a very good outing” said manager Edwin Rodriguez
Akron and Richmond took the field Sunday afternoon for game two of their four game series, as the Aeros were shut out 6-0 by the visiting Flying Squirrels.The Flying Squirrels had four pitchers combine for the shutout, none more impressive than starter Michael Kickham (6-6), who picked up the win pitching six innings, giving up five hits and striking out seven.
The Mudcats enter the second half of the season without their, arguably, best defensive weapon. Can Edwin Rodriguez replicate the heroics of Aaron Holbert's second half run in 2011 in which the Kinston Indians went on to the league championship? Or, will the Mudcats slide into Moccasin Creek? Let's get out the fly rods for a journey into the second half of the season as we go Fishing for Mudcats...after the jump...
Week two of the Arizona League rookie season saw the AZL Indians' offense really take off, led by Jorge Martinez and Dorssys Paulino. There's some talented offense in Arizona that will be interesting to watch going forward. The pitching staff is "led" by Dillon Howard, who is looking to showcase the arm that the Indians picked up with the #2 pick in 2011. Is he a stud, or a dud? Check out his year to date...after the jump...
Akron Aeros reliever Bryce Stowell has been tearing up the Eastern League and should have a chance at sniffing the big leagues either as a September callup or in 2013. Stowell recently spoke with Jim Piascik about his adjustments before the season started, whether or not he actively tries to strike batters out, how he's recovering from an injury scare earlier in the year, and how he sees his path to the Majors unfolding. As always, click to learn more about the future of your Cleveland Indians.
It is July 1st, which unofficially kicks off the start of the July trade season in Major League Baseball. Over the course of the next several weeks lots of rumors will fly around involving hundreds of players and almost every team, and Tony takes a look at some of the Indians' best trade chips they have in the minors that could land them a few of those players. In addition to that he gives an update on Lonnie Chisenhall, Carlos Santana, and others, and also has details on an important event he is participating in.
Lou Marson nearly hit for the cycle. Please read that again, and take it in slowly. Even with the potential Marson cycle, he wasn't the best offensive player on the roster yesterday. Marson, Shin-Soo Choo and Jose Lopez went a combined 13-for-16, and the Indians offense had an insane 19 hits in scoring 11 total runs. With the big win over the Orioles, the Indians inched to 2 1/2 games out of first place. Join Jim Berdysz with his second thoughts on the Tribe's offense onslaught...
After the Scrappers took the first game of the three game series against the State College Spikes, manager Ted Kubiak preached playing with consistency. Consistency, he said, is the key to baseball. The team has clearly taken that advice to heart, winning the third game of the series 3-1 to sweep the Spikes and end their six game home stand.
Jeremie Tice continue to make the Eastern League his offensive playground with two more hits on Saturday Night. Alex Monsalve hit his sixth homer with a multi-hit game of his own. Chun Chen rolled out another double in a three-hit performance for Akron, to join Tice as two of the hottest hitters in the system. Chen and Tice had five hits combined, which equals the total of tonight's ATF headliner, a little known Lake County middle infielder.
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!