Steve Orbanek makes his IPI debut with a look into Double-A Akron catcher turned first baseman Chun Chen. After a breakthrough 2010 campaign a lot of people were excited about his potential with the bat at a premium position, but with his recent change to first base, Steve wonders what kind of Major League future Chen has.
It's time for another edition of the Happenings in the Cleveland Indians farm system. Today Tony talks about the hot hitting Jared Goedert and what he needs to do get a big league opportunity, has lots of quotes from Ross Atkins on the Low-A Lake County roster, gives an update on the health of LeVon Washington and others, and discusses lots of other players like House, Barnes, Diaz, Chisenhall, Tice, Sterling, Stowell and more!
The Akron Aeros completed a three-game series with the Bowie Baysox by celebrating a 4-3 win on Wednesday. Right-hander Steven Wright (2-1, 1.56 ERA) started for Akron. In his previous start against the Trenton Thunder last Friday he went a solid 5.2 innings and picked up a 2-1 win for the Aeros. In Wednesday night's game Wright allowed the first three Bowie batters to reach base in the first, but leadoff hitting right fielder Buck Britton was caught stealing third for the first out.
A new feature to (finally) debut on the IPI today, "The Radar Report". This is a self-explanatory report that will provide low, high, and average fastball velocities on a weekly basis for several prospects in the Indians' system. This week's report has radar information on close to two dozen players.
Akron left-hander T.J. McFarland struggled to throw strikes and Aeros hitters failed to advance runners Tuesday night at Canal Park, as the home team fell to the Bowie Baysox 4-2. Bowie right fielder Buck Britton opened the game with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Akron shortstop Juan Diaz. After a ground out to third, Britton scored the game’s first run after a McFarland wild pitch. McFarland labored through the first inning, throwing 32 pitches (16 strikes).
Minor Happenings is now a bi-weekly feature on the IPI, and today we post the first early week edition of this popular site staple. Tony gives the 411 on fast-rising prospect RHP Cody Allen, provides lots of comments from Assistant Farm Director Carter Hawkins, has injury updates on close to a dozen players, and lots more!
Now in its second week (though only its first week with its new title), Launching Off with the Aeros is the only stop you need to catch up on how the Indians' Double-A affiliate the Akron Aeros fared, the best and worst Aeros of the past week, and their weekly and yearly stats. Simply put, it's got something for everybody.
Second baseman Ryan Rohlinger slugged an opposite-field, three-run home run in the third inning Monday night, helping the Akron Aeros to a 6-3 win over the Bowie Baysox in the opening game of a three-game series at Canal Park. Rohlinger’s homer, his second of the season, came off Baysox starter Bobby Bundy (1-2) in the third inning, and gave the Aeros a 4-0 lead. After singles by Jared Goedert and Adam Abraham, Rohlinger drove a pitch into the right field bleachers. He now has five RBI’s on the season.
The Akron Aeros finished their four-game home series with a 2-1 loss to the Trenton Thunder on Sunday, dropping the Aeros to 6-3 on the season. Starting for the Aeros was left-hander Eric Berger, an eighth-round pick out of the University of Arizona in 2008. Berger spent last season in both Akron and Columbus, though his time with the Clippers was a bit rough as he posted a 10.05 ERA in just over 14 innings of work.
Jared Goedert hit a pinch hit three-run home run to left center field in the eighth inning and the Akron Aeros overcame an early four-run deficit to beat the Trenton Thunder 8-5 on Saturday. Akron has now won three in a row to clinch the first home series at Canal Park in 2012. After early struggles by starter Giovanni Soto, the Aeros lineup came alive after the third inning, as the team scored at least one run from the fourth to the eighth inning.
In the first of an as-of-now infinite part series, Jim interviews Akron Aeros' center fielder Tim Fedroff, asking him about his approach at the plate, in the field, and how he feels about starting the season back in Akron for the third straight year.
In their second home appearance, the Akron Aeros defeated the Trenton Thunder 2-1 at Canal Park on Friday night. Right-handed pitcher Steven Wright, who came into the game with a 1.59 ERA, had a wild start on the mound walking the first and only Trenton run across the plate with two outs in the first inning. He struggled in the first inning walking three of the first five batters he faced, but as the third inning rolled around the righty got into a groove taking down batter after batter.
Minor Happenings is back and with tons of updates on players throughout the Indians' minor league system. Today, Tony provides updates on the plans for both Matt LaPorta and Lonnie Chisenhall at Triple-A Columbus, a big update on the health of Jason Knapp, Chun Chen's move to first base, Cody Allen's brilliance so far, injury updates on players in extended spring training and lots more!
The Akron Aeros opened the 2012 season at Canal Park with a potent offense led by third baseman Kyle Bellows as the home team beat the Trenton Thunder 6-1. After back-to-back singles by left fielder Nick Weglarz and second baseman Ryan Rohlinger to open the bottom of the second inning, Bellows hit a long home run to left. One batter later, center fielder Tim Fedroff singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Thunder starter Brett Marshall. Fedroff scored on shortstop Juan Diaz’s single, stretching the lead to four runs.
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!