In today’s second edition of Minor Happenings for the week, Tony takes a look at the emergence of two high profile pitching prospects in Mahoning Valley with Caleb Hamrick and Luis Lugo. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina, the strides that Ronny Rodriguez continues to make, the prospect standing of Jerrud Sabourin, the injury concerns of Matt LaPorta, the inconsistency that Luis DeJesus is working through, the big pro debut of Clint Frazier and more.
After a solid opening weekend, the AZL Indians kicked off their second week of play Tuesday against the AZL Brewers. Tuesday also marked the professional debut of the Indians 2013 first round draft pick, Clint Frazier, and he certainly demonstrated why the Indians chose to take him with the fifth overall selection.
Second-half turnarounds are commonly mentioned in baseball, and the case is no different for the Lake County Captains. Since the All-Star break, the team has posted a 5-1 record with some solid outings from the starting pitching staff. The offense has added a number of home runs as they hit eight this past week, so it seems things may be starting to come together for the 28-45 squad.
Call to the Bullpen has moved to a new show time! Tune in tonight and from now on on Wednesday nights at 10:00 pm ET. Don't look now, but the Indians have won four straight series and are still in second place within striking distance of the Tigers. Now a long, hard road trip will test them and see if they can stay afloat despite their recent struggles away from Progressive Field. The bullpen will play a huge role in whatever success they have. However, they've recently become somewhat unreliable for the Tribe due to injuries and inconsistency. Can they get back on track and go back to being the dominant force they've been in the past? Jake and Hayden discuss all that and more tonight!
Indians ace Justin Masterson had a perfect game through four innings. Slider, sinker, everything was virtually unhittable. He was touched up for a run in the fifth, but through six innings he looked masterful. Then everything fell apart in the seventh as in a blink of an eye the game was tied and in another blink the Indians were losing by three. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives his second thoughts on the tough defeat...
The wait is over. The Indians' 2013 first round pick Clint Frazier made his professional debut Tuesday for the AZL Indians, and let's just say it was one of the more memorable debuts in recent memory. Plus, Chris Perez turned in a perfect rehab outing for Mahoning Valley, and it looks like he could be on his way back to Cleveland. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
Harrisburg, PA- For the second night in a row the Akron Aeros fell to the Harrisburg Senators. Akron trailed by one run most of the game until the Senators secured their lead by scoring two more runs in the bottom on of the 8th making the final score 4-1.
The Cleveland Indians fell 6-3 to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night despite another strong outing from right-hander Justin Masterson. The Indians led 3-1 in the seventh inning, but the Orioles scored five runs that inning, which proved to be the difference. Join the IBI's Stephanie Metzger as he provides all the details from game two of the Tribe's four-game set against Baltimore.
BOWLING GREEN, KY- The Lake County Captains (5-1, 28-45) used three run sixth and ninth innings to complete a three-game sweep of the Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-3, 42-33). The Captains won the Tuesday matinee 6-3.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder when it comes to prospects. Different prospects will catch the fancy of different fans, but quite often the reality is that the player does not live up to the hype. In a lot of ways prospects are like the "coming soon" clips shown before a movie where every movie looks good promising thanks to some great editing in a short two to three minute clip versus what actually comes out in the movie.
With the Single-A All Star break behind us and the start of short season leagues now in full swing, it is a good time to take stock in how several Indians prospects are either raising or lowering their prospect value halfway through the 2013 season. Today, Tony takes a look at some of those showings at the Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron levels, including the likes of Cord Phelps, T.J. House, Trevor Bauer, Scott Barnes, Jake Lowery, Matt Packer, Ronny Rodriguez, Carlos Moncrief and others.
The Indians have done their major lifting with signing picks from the draft as they have signed all of their picks through the ninth round and have signed 21 of the 39 players they selected in the draft. But they are still busy trying to sign a few more players, and today we provide an update on one new signing.
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!