For a while, it seemed like an otherwise mundane Friday night was going to be a special night. Maybe even a perfect night. The weather was near perfect; mid-seventies, clear with a nice breeze. The atmosphere was near perfect, helped by a small but vibrant Eastwood Field crowd. And the game was…near perfect, at least for one man.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are fresh out of the All Star break and looking to finish the season on a high note. Site columnist Andrew Zajac chimes in with his weekly notebook "The Scrapperbook" and recaps the week that was and gives out some mid-season awards.
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the outstanding season to date from shortstop Dorssys Paulino and ponders if he should be the Indians #1 rated prospect. In addition to that he runs down a gauntlet of injuries in the system with updates on LeVon Washington, Clayton Cook, Hector Rondon and others, plus a look at Matt LaPorta’s fade, Giovanny Urshela’s improved power, Matt Lawson’s future, the overlooked but impressive debut of Anthony Santander, and lots more!
The Lake County Captains (27-24, 58-62) fell to the Dayton Dragons (22-28, 52-68) by a final of 12-6 at Fifth Third Field on Thursday night. Lake County committed five errors on the night, a season high. Lake County also threw one wild pitch in the second game of a three game series in Dayton.
The Carolina Mudcats are at that point in the season in which they either make their move, or fall back into the pack for good. Based upon this week of baseball, things just aren't looking good. After a two week hiatus, Fishing with Mudcats returns for a two-parter to get you all caught up with the Carolina League. Today is part one...and tomorrow we'll complete the cycle heading into next week.
The AZL Indians stayed hot with the bats on Thursday night resulting in an 8-4 win over the visiting AZL Brewers. Young right-hander Kieran Lovegrove got the start for the Indians and he bobbed and weaved around trouble all night allowing six hits and two walks in four innings, but only yielding two runs, one of which was earned.
The Indians system never sleeps, even when the big league club does. Ronny Rodriguez continued to show off his power with a mammoth blast in the Carolina League last night. Tyler Holt is beginning to heat up in Akron, as the Aeros push towards the playoffs. T.J. McFarland's topsy-turvy Triple A run continued with a solid performance for the Clippers. At the top of the ATF mountain is a guy who has eight hits in his last two ballgames, and no, it's not Dorssys Paulino (he only has 6). Find out who, after the jump...
If you like offense, Eastwood Field was the place to be Thursday Night. At least for the first few innings it was, as the Scrappers and Doubledays engaged in an offensivedogfight in the first four frames. In the end, it was the Scrappers plane that was shot from the skies, as Auburn capitalized on walks and errors to win 12-5.
The Carolina Mudcats dropped arguably their most bitter defeat on Thursday night as Myrtle Beach escaped with a 5-4 triumph in 11 innings at TicketReturn.com Field. A raucous crowd of 6,599 watched the Mudcats storm back from certain defeat to tie the game 4-4 in the ninth, only to lose in one of the craziest finishes of the year.
Columbus had both its pitching and hitting in rhythm Thursday night, and a victory against the Durham Bulls was the end result. The Clippers, after losing the first two games of their series with the Bulls, defeated Durham, 7-1, at Huntington Park Thursday. The Clippers were riding a four-game losing streak heading into Thursday night's contest.
In today's Q&A coaches session, Tony sits down and talks with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard about an assortment of pitchers on the current roster, discusses how they are doing, what adjustments they are making, how their development is coming along, and lots more. Hibbard also discusses how he works with all the new pitchers from the recent draft.
Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Trey Haley looks to have finally overcome a groin injury that had been bothering him for over a year thanks to a sports hernia surgery completed earlier this year. With that nagging injury now in the past, with his blazing fastball and promising secondary offerings, he looks poised to take off with his performance. Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with him to discuss how things are going.
If you watched the game last night you saw one of the most embarrassing displays of defense by the Indians in the second inning that has been seen in some time. It was a comedy of errors not only physically but mentally as well, and it contributed to a five-run Angels inning that put the game early en route to an 8-4 Angels win. Adam McGavin is here to give his second thoughts on last night's debacle.
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!