In this week’s opening Minor Happenings salvo, Tony takes a look at the excitement that is brewing with Low-A Lake County right-handed pitching prospect Dylan Baker and why he is one of the Indians best pitching prospects. He also provides several comments from Ross Atkins on players at Double-A Akron such as Tyler Holt, Carlos Moncrief, Will Roberts and others, and provides lots of insight into the development of Jesus Aguilar, Luis DeJesus, Caleb Hamrick, Sean Brady, Jorge Martinez and others.
The Akron Aeros were above .500 in a week for the first time since mid-July, winning four of their seven games as they moved their record to 60-67. The winning still leaves Akron seven games out of first place and the wild card, though with a young team, the growth shown by the Aeros throughout the season is a win on its own. To read about Tyler Naquin's first week, Jesus Aguilar setting records, and everything else you need to know, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
The Indians announced on Tuesday morning that Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Diasuke Matsuzaka requested and was granted his release from his minor league contract with the Indians. He is now a free agent.
As streaky as this Indians offense has been this season, they’ve proven that it doesn’t take much to break out of a slump. While Monday night alone was no definite indication that the offense was on the cusp of another hot streak, they still put up a crooked number against one of the top pitchers in the league. A four-run fourth backed up by solid pitching by Zach McAllister gave the Indians a series opening win over the Angels.
The Indians saw many fine performances on Monday Night, as several standout and potential standout prospects found their way into our nightly staple, Around the Farm. While most was positive, the biggest name on the list may be Vinnie Pestano, who once again struggled for Columbus. Join Michael Hattery, as he takes a look at Pestano's poor showing, as well as the rest of prospects of interest.
Losing two of three to the Oakland A's over the weekend, the Indians traveled 370 miles down Interstate 5 looking for some help from the Angels to get them back on track. Great starting pitching and timely hitting became the answer for the Tribe as they easily took down of the Halos in La-La Land, 5-2.
The Norfolk Tides defeated the Columbus Clippers Monday night, 7-2. The Tides offense took advantage of an off inning by starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, while the Orioles young prospect kept the Clippers’ bats silent.
The Carolina Mudcats fell into a huge hole early, and were never able to recover, falling to the Salem Red Sox 9-2 on Monday night. The loss dropped Carolina 29-26 in the second half and fall 1.5 games behind Salem for the final playoff position.
As has been the theme this season and the story last night, errors from the Scrappers cost them yet another a winnable game, as the CrossCutters were victorious on Monday night by a final score of 4-2. The Scrappers had five total errors in Monday’s contest, all of which were monumental in scoring situations. Multiple errors were what gave the CrossCutters a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning and multiple errors were what won the CrossCutters the game in the eighth.
Playing on the road in the MLB is never easy, especially playing on the road on the West Coast, but that is unfortunately the type of road trip that the Cleveland Indians are on right now. The Indians struggled against the Oakland A's this past week, and the team will now face another opponent out west in the Angels. The games will be pivotal as the Tribe remains in the thick of the Wild Card chase. Before tonight's contest though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in Notes From the Wigwam.
Two weeks remain in the regular season but lefty Ryan Merritt has had months to prove himself as one of Lake County’s most reliable arms. He is working to improve while he and his teammates shoot for a bid in the Midwest League playoffs. Time is winding down, but Merritt’s lengthy career is just starting and the IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with him to discuss his season and future.
Things were far from bright for the Indians on the Bright Side of the Bay Sunday afternoon. Tying the game at three in the fifth inning, Oakland rallied back to score four unanswered runs over their final four frames as they took the series finale against the Tribe, 7-3. No quality start from left-hander Scott Kazmir (7-6, 4.39 ERA) and more dismal production from anemic Cleveland offense easily led to another defeat, as the team has now dropped nine of their last 13 ballgames.
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