In today’s special edition of Minor Happenings, Tony provides a ton of updates and comments from the Indians front office on the likes of Shawn Morimando, Eric Haase, Cody Penny, Louis Head, Caleb Hamrick, Luis Lugo and others, finds out what Clint Frazier is up to and when he will make his pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates on the likes of Alex Monsalve, LeVon Washington, Elvis Araujo, Shawn Armstrong and the whereabouts of Dillon Howard, and takes a look at the recent good play of Bryce Stowell and Yhoxian Median.
The Cleveland Indians had a pretty solid week as the team went 4-2 and won their series against both the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. Perhaps the biggest catalyst for the wins was second baseman Jason Kipnis, who just dominated and is now hitting .283 on the season. Other strong performances also came from Michael Bourn and left-hander Scott Kazmir. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these performances and more as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
Max Casper is just a big kid playing the game he loves. Whether he's in the field, at the plate or in the dugout, the Crushers' second baseman always seems to be having the time of his life. He has since settled in as the Crushers leadoff hitter and second baseman, and the IBI's Matt Lofgren has the story.
The Tribe had a chance to sweep Minnesota out of town on Sunday, but the Twins had other ideas defeating Cleveland, 5-3. Rookie left-hander Pedro Hernandez kept hitters guessing for most of the ballgame as the Indians would tag him for just two runs on three hits through five innings, but the Indians were never able to breakthrough. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the game...
There were some major players in Sunday's ATF, as several top prospects had a big night for the Indians' organization. All the affiliates save the Carolina Mudcats won, giving lots of opportunities for solid performances. Leading the way on Sunday was a left-handed starter that is surging, a reliever that's making a case for time in the bigs, and perhaps the best prospect in all of baseball. Join Jim Pete for this Sunday's ATF.
The Lake County Captains (3-1, 26-45) took advantage of two early Bowling Green errors to build an early lead and withheld a rally by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-1, 41-31) to win the series opener on Sunday evening 4-3.
Looking to avoid a sweep to open the second half of the season, the Carolina Mudcats kept the game close early, but fell behind and eventually fell to the Potomac Nationals 7-5 on Sunday night. The sweep drops Carolina’s record to 0-3 in the second half and 22-51 overall.
Caleb Hamrick’s brilliant start, coupled with some timely hitting, gave the Scrappers a 3-1 win over the Auburn Doubledays. Hamrick kept the Auburn lineup honest with the slider, but used the fastball to put them away.
Just like Saturday night, the Aeros took a 3-run lead into the 9th inning, but unlike that game, the Aeros held on to defeat the New Britain Rock Cats 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park despite a Rock Cat rally in the final inning.
It’s been a short week here in Carolina, thanks to the much needed All-Star break. The Muddies were locked and loaded with interesting prospects from the outset in April, but they were never able to make any sort of run with regards to wins. Join Jim Pete as he goes Fishing for Mudcats, as the summer kicks off in Carolina...
Join Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek for tonight's episode of Cleveland Sports Insiders at 9:00 P.M. They'll talk Jason Kipnis, the Indians run of series' wins, Scott Kazmir and the rest of the pitching staff. They'll also talk Cavs' Draft, Paul Pierce, Shawn Marion, and Steve's favorite topic...LEBRON JAMES. Has Steve been found, or will the Hangover, part 4 continue! Tune in at 9:00 to find out...
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!