The Mudcats returned home from a weak road trip and began slugging the ball. While their starters began to resemble the great pitching of 2010 and 2011, the bullpen more resembled a horror movie than a bullpen mafia. What could have been a break-out week, turned into a wash. Jim Pete returns with Fishing For Mudcats, the Carolina Mudcats notebook...
Time to unveil a new weekly premium feature on the IPI, the "Stock Watch". In this weekly report, four to six players at each level in the Indians system will be graded on their currently standing (stock) in the organization and whether their stock is way up, trending up, neutral, trending down, or way down. Insight gained from scouts and evaluators will be used in this report.
They may not attract the type of media buzz that other higher-profile players garner, but the trio of Jason Donald, Jose Lopez and Aaron Cunningham are the exact type of role players that Cleveland fans admire as the blue collar members of the team. With a left-handed dominant starting lineup these players will be more important as the season moves along, and Adam talks about the trio in his latest.
The Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Monday night, improving their record to 9-6, getting their 8th win in their last 10 games, and sending the Royals to their 11th straight loss. Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts about another solid performance from Derek Lowe, the performance of the bullpen, the quality at bats of Kipnis and Santana, and lots more.
Is Tommy Neal ready to make the Giants look stupid for dealing him in the Orlando Cabrera trade last season? Is Matt LaPorta ready to make the move to the big league level? Check out last night's Around the Farm to find out the answers to those top prospects, as well as several others in IPI's daily staple!
T.J. McFarland had another strong outing and right fielder Thomas Neal had three hits to lead the Akron Aeros to a 5-1 win over the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday. The Aeros lineup gave McFarland an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning off Bowie starter Cole McCurry, who lost his second game to Akron in less than a week. After recording two quick outs to start the game, McCurry gave up an opposite field home run to third baseman Jared Goedert. The home run was Goedert’s second of the season.
Tuesday night’s contest between the Columbus Clippers and Toledo Mud Hens might as well have been a home-run derby, and the Clippers didn’t have enough power to compete. The Mud Hens (13-6), remained atop the West Division of the International League, beating the Clippers (10-9), 12-8, in front of 5,703 fans at Huntington Park in Columbus. The two teams combined for seven homers—five of which were by Toledo, and three from Mud Hens’ first baseman Brad Eldred—in an offensive showcase that also produced 28 hits.
The Lake County Captains (5-14) attempted a rally in the ninth inning of the series finale but were unable to score the go-ahead run against the Kane County Cougars (10-9) and fell 6-5. Kane County drew first blood with two outs in the third inning off of Captains’ starter Joe Colon (1-2, 4.26 ERA). Third baseman Michael Antonio reached on a single and then stole second and advanced to third on an error by catcher Alex Monsalve. Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio doubled home Antonio, and then center fielder Lane Adams singled to center to score Bonifacio. The Cougars led 2-0 after three innings.
On Tuesday night the Carolina Mudcats (8-8) looked to get above the .500 mark for the first time since April 15th as they took on the Lynchburg Hillcats (9-6) for the second game of the four game series. The story of this game was the awful pitching by the Mudcats bullpen that resulted in a 14-8 loss. The Hillcats jumped all over the Mudcats bullpen and scored 13 of their 14 runs against them. The Mudcats had an early 4-1 lead but the bullpen was unable to hold the Hillcats off the scoreboard.
In today's Minor Happenings, Tony gets us caught up on how Tim Fedroff is performing and what he is working on, marvels at the performance of Chris Seddon in his last start, gives injury updates on Jordan Smith, Levon Washington and others, provides lots of comments on players from Mudcats manager Edwin Rodriguez, breaks down Roberto Perez's slow start, talks about the emergence of Kyle Petter, and lots more!
Another installment of your weekly Akron Aeros notebook - Launching Off With The Aeros - is back and better than ever. Check out who is In Orbit this week, who is Temporarily Grounded, and a new feature, 3 Stats Oddities. Plus, all of the weekly and yearly Aeros statistics are here in an easier to digest format. So click on the link and launch off.
Smoke Signals hits the cyberwaves once again tonight from 10:00-11:00pm. Tony and Jim will give some post-game thoughts on a Tribe win over the Royals and also discuss Travis Hafner looking like the old Pronk as well as the struggles of Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman. They will also talk about Nick Hagadone's demotion to Columbus, Justin Masterson's inconsistency, and some minor leagues updates.
The Columbus Clippers lost their second series of the season Monday night, falling to the Toledo Mud Hens in the rubber match of the three-game series. The Clippers (10-8), lost to the Mud Hens, 5-3, in front of 3,871 fans at Fifth Third Park in Toledo. Toledo got out to a 5-0 lead after six innings, and despite a three-run top of the seventh inning by Columbus, were able to hold on for victory, shutting the Clippers’ offense down in the game’s final two innings.
The Lake County Captains (5-13) engaged in a late inning slugfest with the Kane County Cougars (9-9) and defeated the Cougars 11-8 on Monday afternoon. Captains’ starter Will Roberts and Cougars’ starter Kellen Moen continued the pitcher’s duel from Sunday with two and a half perfect innings to start the ballgame. Kane County capitalized on some fielding mistakes to take an early lead in the third.
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!