It is Monday, and that means it is time to review some of the hot and some not so hot performances from the past week in the Indians' system. In this week's Hot List, Tony looks at a few starting pitching options in the upper levels of the system with the likes of Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, T.J. House and Danny Salazar that could soon be in Cleveland, the red hot bats of Logan Vick, Eric Haase, Giovanny Urshela, some concerns about Tyler Naquin, and much more.
The Indians' offense has struggled significantly in the early going of the 2013 season, yet the team scored 26 runs in three games over the past weekend en route to a series win over the Houston Astros. Was this past weekend's performance just smoke and mirrors, or could the team's offense be ready to hit its stride? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders that thought in his weekly notebook, Notes from the Wigwam.
The Indians came in Sunday's game against the Houston Astros needing a win to take the series. They scored 19 runs on Saturday, which was impressive to say the least, but with Ubaldo Jimenez on the hill on Sunday, and the offense struggling overall, nothing was a given. Enter Mark Reynolds, with the bat and with the glove at third base, as the Indians took the game and the series. Join Jim Berdysz for his Sunday Second Thoughts...
The Indians minor league starting pitching had a banner night, with starters in Akron and Lake County pitching extremely well. T.J. House continued do dominate in Akron, and Jake Sisco and Dylan Baker both had outstanding nights in a doubleheader for Lake County. Which of the three were headliners in Sunday's games, and who else made the nightly ATF call here at IBI? Join Jim Pete, to find out the daily minor league scramble...
The Lake County Captains fell victim to a Sunday sweep as they lost both games of a double-header against the Great Lakes Loons. Both games were shortened to seven innings apiece, and both games featured solid pitching match-ups.
The Clippers managed only five hits on Sunday, as they were shutout 3-0 by Toledo Mud Hens starting pitcher Casey Crosby. The slumping Clippers have scored just 10 runs in the past six games, and are 1-5 in that span. Giovanni Soto, making his first start since August 7 of last year with Double-A Akron, didn’t last long.
Cleveland third baseman Mark Reynolds blasted his seventh home run of the season, one of four Tribe shots on the day, as the Indians beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Reynolds hit a 3-2 pitch by former Indians reliever Hector Ambriz off the arches in left field to break a 4-4 tie.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored seven runs over three innings to topple the Carolina Mudcats 9-5 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. The Pelicans take the four-game series by winning the final three. The Mudcats have dropped nine of their last 10 games.
Cleveland Sports Insiders is back on the cyberwaves for our second season talking Cleveland sports. The show is once again hosted by IBI editors Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek, and will discuss all the of the happenings regarding the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers...and everything in between. Join us for our second full season on our new night and time...Sundays at 9:00!
The Bowie Baysox sent one of the best pitching prospects in baseball to the mound as they looked to sweep the Akron Aeros Sunday at Canal Park. Akron starting pitcher T.J. House decided he was just not going to let that happen. The Aeros (6-11) defeated the Baysox (10-8) by the score of 7-2, avoiding their fourth straight loss. Akron finally managed to keep the Bowie bats in check after allowing 62 runs to the Baysox in seven games this season.
The Mudcats certainly have seen the best of times...and the worst of times early in the 2013 season. They started off the year hitting the baseball at a league leading clip. Unfortunately, they followed that up by hitting only .230, with one homer in the second week of the season, and dropped six of seven games. Join Jim Pete, as he goes fishing with your 2013 Mudcats...
The Indians have placed right-hander Brett Myers on the 15-day disabled list with a right arm injury and have called up right-hander Fernando Nieve from Triple-A Columbus. Corey Kluber has also been inserted into the rotation.
The Indians exploded for 19 runs on 22 hits on Saturday night against the Astros. It was a performance that was much needed, but going into the game there were several concerns with the offense. Tony touches on the offensive woes the first two weeks of the season, why today's start is a big one for Ubaldo Jimenez, what is going on with Brett Myers, Travis Hafner's hot start, and more!
The Transaction Rundown is back after a week hiatus, which means twice the fun this week as we recap all of the moves over the last two weeks up and down the Indians system. Michael Bourn went on the DL while Trevor Bauer, Yan Gomes, and Omir Santos all made their Tribe debuts. Those moves and more are recapped...
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!