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...
In 2009, Kyle Landis was an up-and-comer in the Indians' organization. In 2010, a mystery ailment left Landis with a numb throwing arm, and nobody knew the answers. Landis missed the season, but after several months of treatment, Landis returned in 2011 and put himself back on the Indians' prospect map. IPI's Nathan Kemp talked about his 2010 injury, and his resurgence through the organization in 2011 and 2012, after the jump...
The Indians traded Jhonny Peralta to the Detroit Tigers for a soft-tossing, 19-year-old Giovanni Soto in 2010. Soto has gone under the radar since the deal, but things are likely to change after he pitched the first no-hitter in Akron since Jeanmar Gomez threw a perfect game in 2009.
Akron jumped to a 4-2 lead, and the game seemed to be in control until Loek Van Mil left the game with injury. Rob Bryson replaced him, and the adventure ensued. Bryson would give up a run, but would mow down the Curve by striking out the next three to get ouf of the jam, and give the Aeros the victory.
Recent callup Tyler Holt may not overwhelm you with power numbers and moonshots, but he is one of the harder workers in the organization. Holt gets on base, plays good defense, and generally is a dirtbag-type player (like one Jason Kipnis) that fans love to get behind. Holt may or may not reach that level, but one thing is for certain: he won't stop trying and caring. Jim Piascik talked with Holt before his home debut in Akron to talk about his approach, controlling his emotions, and adjusting to a new locker room.
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