A lot of people think that being a minor league player or coach is a glamorous lifestyle, but that is far from the truth. The reality is that for those with families it requires a strong commitment from all parties involved while they deal with all of the travel, time apart, ever-changing living arrangements, and low pay. Tony recently sat down and talked to the the wives of Lake County coaches Dave Wallace and Jeff Harris to get their side of the minor league lifestyle.
Matt Packer pitched seven innings and one-third innings of two-run ball in his second Aeros start of the season as the Akron Aeros beat the Erie SeaWolves, 4-2. The Aeros won for the eighth time this season against the SeaWolves as Erie lost its sixth game in a row. Akron now has a 9.5 game lead in the Eastern League Western Division.
The Indians may be fading of late, but your Akron Aeros continued their winning ways over the past week taking five of the seven games they played. Akron continued to get great pitching from the likes of House, Armstrong, Packer, and co. while the bats rallied behind Neal, Abraham, Lawson, and others. As always, Jim Piascik takes you through the week that was with Launching Off With The Aeros.
Matt Packer burst onto the Indians' scene with a stellar 2010 season that saw him go 9-7 with a sterling 2.05 ERA in both Lake County and Akron. He followed that season by skipping the Carolina League and heading right to the Aeros. He started off slowly (3-8, 5.71 ERA at the break), but finished strong (6-4, 2.78 after the break). Now recovered from a shoulder that cost him the first half of the season, Packer is back, and more than ready...
The Richmond Flying Squirrels got a three run rally in the bottom of the ninth innings to steal a 4-3 win away from the Akron Aeros on Sunday. Akron controlled the game through the eighth inning, leading Richmond 2-0. The Flying Squirrels got their first run in the bottom of the eighth, but sealed the deal in the ninth with back-to-back home runs on closer Preston Guilmet.
Double-A Akron left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto made a date with history on Sunday when he threw the second nine inning complete game no-hitter in franchise history. Even with the huge accomplishment, Soto is determined to use it as a building block for a strong finish and continue to develop as a pitcher. Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the talented southpaw and talked about the no-hitter and more...
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the no-hitter by lefty Giovanni Soto and the development he has made this year as a prospect, the strides Jordan Smith has made both offensively and defensively, he runs through another infirmary report with several updates on some of the walking wounded in the system, talks with the Indians front office about players at several different levels in the system, and tons more.
Aeros left fielder Thomas Neal hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Akron beat Harrisburg, 6-5. With the win, Akron (58-39) swept the Senators while increasing their winning streak to six games.
Matt Lawson came through with a clutch double in the seventh and TJ House pitched another quality outing to lead the Aeros to a 3-2 win Tuesday night at Canal Park. The Aeros (57-39) won their fifth straight game and increased their lead over the second-place Senators (49-47) to eight games. Harrisburg lost its fourth straight game.
Sure, the Akron Aeros won four of their five games this week, but the biggest story from the past week was starting pitcher Giovanni Soto throwing the first-ever no-hitter at Canal Park Sunday. Jim Piascik breaks down what Soto's no-hitter means going forward along with what went on with the other Akron Aeros. As always, Launching Off With The Aeros has everything you need to know about the past week for the Aeros, including quotes from the man himself, Giovanni Soto.
The Aeros opened their three game homestand against the Harrisburg Senators with a 5-4 comeback win Monday night at Canal Park behind a big sixth inning and some quality relief pitching from the bullpen. The Aeros (56-39) won for the fourth straight time, and increased their lead over the second-place Senators to seven games in the EL West. Harrisburg lost their third consecutive game.
A new feature being tested out on the IPI today, one that ranks the top 20 performances in the Indians' entire farm system from the past week. Tony gives some thoughts and insight on those performances, a list that includes the likes of Giovanni Soto, Luigi Rodriguez, Jordan Smith, Jeanmar Gomez, Jake Sisco, Matt Packer, Steven Wright, Bo Greenwell and lots more.
Giovanni Soto, the starting pitcher acquired in the Jhonny Peralta trade in 2010, pitched the first-ever solo no-hitter in Canal Park history. Soto, who has been alternating between spectacular and frustrating over his career, moved his record to 8-8 on the season. The 21-year-old dropped his ERA nearly a half a run, lowering it to 3.73. Catch what Soto had to say to IPI's Christian Turner, after the jump...
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!