In this week's second edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a long, hard look at the Triple-A Columbus roster. He takes a look at the hot hitting Tim Fedroff, Ezequiel Carrera and Jared Goedert and provides insight and analysis on whether they are big league options for the Indians anytime soon, provides several interesting comments from Ross Atkins on how they handle players that are affected by trades as well as some thoughts on Vinny Rottino and J.C. Romero, and more.
A five-run rally in the top of the fourth inning sealed a 5-3 win for the Aeros over the Portland Sea Dogs Wednesday at Hadlock Field. The Aeros sent ten batters to the plate for seven hits in the fourth inning allowing them to break a two-game losing streak.
With the trade deadline now in the past and my vacation but a distant memory, it is time to get back into the swing of things with Minor Happenings as we head down the home stretch of the minor league season. Today, Tony provides updates on the departing Steven Wright and incoming Lars Anderson, the recent impressive performances from lefties T.J. House and Danny Jimenez, all sorts of goodies from Farm Director Ross Atkins on some pitchers in the system, an update on the health of Jeremie Tice, and more.
Three Portland pitchers combined to throw a seven-hit shutout Tuesday, as the Sea Dogs squeezed by the Akron Aeros, 1-0, in the opener of a three-game series at Hadlock Field. The game’s deciding run for Portland came in the sixth off Aeros southpaw Giovanni Soto.
Your Akron Aeros had a very successful homestand over the past week, taking four of six and improving to 65-43 on the season. The Aeros did it with names you may very well know from brief callups to the Majors (Juan Diaz) or big trades (Rob Bryson), but those two did not do it alone. Like every other week, check out Launching Off With The Aeros as Jim Piascik takes you through all you need to know about the Akron Aeros.
Bowie shortstop Manny Machado, one of the top prospects in baseball, homered, doubled and played slick defense Sunday, as the Baysox beat the Akron Aeros, 5-4, in the finale of a four-game series at Canal Park. Despite the loss, Akron finished with a 5-2 record during their seven-game homestand while maintaining a 9.5 game lead in the Eastern League Western Division.
The Aeros took both games in their double header with the Bowie Baysox Saturday night, winning the first 3-2 and the second 6-1 in front of 5,594 fans at Canal Park. In game one, Akron got the scoring started with a three run third inning. Right fielder Jordan Henry hit an RBI single to score Roberto Perez, and left fielder Nick Weglarz hit another RBI single with runners on second and third to give the Aeros a 3-0 lead.
Double-A Akron outfielder Nick Weglarz has battled the injury bug the past several seasons, and it eventually caught up to him last season and the start of this season as his offensive performance took a nosedive. But he has gotten stronger over the course of this season, remained healthy, and made a few adjustments with his swing that have resulted in much better play of late.
Every winter, Tony Lastoria produces the preeminent Indians prospect rankings each winter. With the season in full swing, and our massive website being Tony's major focus, Jim Pete has modified the top 22, taking into account performance, the draft, and several other criteria over the course of the first 2/3rds of the season. You must have a subscription to view #2-7, #9-#14 and #16-#22, but the players residing at #1, #8 and #15 are free! Here's a look at #1 (and more), after the jump....
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...
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