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Double-A
300 South Main Street
Akron, OH, 44308
Phone: 330-253-5151

Manager: Dave Wallace
Pitching Coach: Jeff Harris
Hitting Coach: Rouglas Odor 

October 17, 2014   (13 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Biggest Disappointment
Today we continue with the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors. This is the one year-end award that no one wants to win and goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues to hand out the postseason minor league hardware, though this is always the toughest one for him to hand out.
October 16, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Defensive Player of the Year
If anyone watched the Cleveland Indians this season, they know that one of their biggest Achilles heels was their defense which was one of the worst units in the league. Thankfully, the Indians may have some defensive stalwarts ready to impact the big league roster and help them at some point next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues his annual Tony Awards series with the unveiling of the Defensive Player of the Year.
October 15, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Rookie of the Year
The Indians 2014 Draft class really impacted the system this season with a great many outstanding performances. They also got some nice pro debuts from some 2013 Draft picks and Latin American signings, and in all, had one of the more memorable years as far as pro debuts are concerned. The IBI's Tony Lastoria kicks off the annual Tony Awards and unveils his pick for Rookie of the Year....
October 13, 2014   (6 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the eighth and final installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out which minor leaguers caught their eyes and who came out on top.
October 12, 2014   (2 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Akron hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Akron RubberDucks. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik breaking down the solid seasons of Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, and Joey Wendle, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
October 10, 2014   (9 comments)
Minor Happenings: Roberts is evolving into a big league arm
This is the final edition of Minor Happenings this season. In this piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what kind of prospect right-handed pitcher Will Roberts is for the Indians and how seriously people should take him as one. He also looks at the good season from outfielder Clint Frazier, the combination of performance and development for lefty Ryan Merritt and provides lots of insight and information on players such as Bryson Myles, Joe Colon, Yonathan Mendoza, Anthony Vizcaya and others.
October 5, 2014   (7 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Akron pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Akron RubberDucks. This week we focus on the pitchers, with Jim Piascik breaking down the solid seasons of Joe Colon and Will Roberts, the dominant relief pitching of Shawn Armstrong and Giovanni Soto, and much more.
October 2, 2014   (38 comments)
Minor Happenings: Gonzalez's stock at shortstop is soaring
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the strides that shortstop Erik Gonzalez has made defensively and as a player overall and how he fits into things for the Indians long term. He also looks at the struggles that Cody Anderson went through this season, the problems that caused them and what he needs to do to correct them. In addition to that he looks at Sean Brady’s rise in the system and the next steps he needs to take to solidify his prospect status, some areas of concern with Francisco Lindor’s defense the Indians want to shore up, the emergence of Elvis Araujo as a left-handed relief option, and much more.
September 26, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: It starts from the top with Allen
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a long look at outfielder Greg Allen and really dissects his game and the future he has as a prospect for the Indians. He also provides insights from the front office on why Lindor, Urshela and others were not called up, looks at where Joe Wendle disappointed but also shined and why he is not far off from a bounce back, and provides insights into the developments of players such as Shawn Armstrong, Carlos Moncrief, Francisco Mejia, J.P. Feyereisen, Luis DeJesus and more…
September 18, 2014   (30 comments)
Minor Happenings: Wolters is ready to help the Indians in 2015
In today's Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the astounding rise of Tony Wolters into a legit Major League catcher. He provides lots of insight into his improvements defensively and why there should not be too much focus on his offense right now. He also goes into detail about Giovanny Urshela and his rise to legitimacy in the organization, what he improved on this season and how he fits into things going forward, looks at the outfield transition for Dorssys Paulino, Bradley Zimmer's excellent approach to hitting, notes some players that are heading to winter ball, and more.
September 12, 2014   (1 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: Season-End Awards
The RubberDucks finished the regular season 73-69 overall, losing 10 of their last 11 games.Despite the rough ending, Akron had a strong, fun, and highly competitive team to watch at Canal Park. The IBI's Spencer Davies hands out his awards for the RubberDucks' 2014 season...
September 10, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: Brown, Rodriguez have big turnarounds
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the tremendous second half from Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown and first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. They were the big keys to the team’s second half turnaround, and he looks into their improvement not only in their performance but as prospects as well. He also provides several comments from the front office on recently called up players Jesus Aguilar, Austin Adams, Bryan Price as well as some thoughts on the rookie level AZL Indians championship season along with some interesting comments and comps on some key players there.
September 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Coaches Corner '14: RubberDucks manager Dave Wallace
In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron RubberDucks manager Dave Wallace. In their talk, they discussed the atmosphere in Akron down the stretch, Wallace's assignment to the Arizona Fall League, which players stood out to him in 2014, and, of course, Francisco Lindor.
September 6, 2014   (0 comments)
Nick Maronde looking for a fresh start with the Tribe
Nick Maronde became the latest player to trade his halo for a block "C" or vice-versa this season as the Indians and Angels have now had multiple personnel change squads this year, including Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and, most recently, J.B. Schuck. After appearing in two College World Series and playing with some of the game's best in LA, the left-hander is ready for the next chapter in his career, as the IBI's Jake Dungan writes.
September 5, 2014   (0 comments)
Birch hurls gem, Richmond pitching silences Akron
Three Richmond pitchers, led by lefty starter Ty Blach, weaved a three-hit shutout Friday night, as the Flying Squirrels edged the Akron RubberDucks, 1-0, in game three of the EL Western Division playoffs at The Diamond.
September 5, 2014   (2 comments)
Minor Happenings: Patterson leaves his mark in the Valley
In today’s Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the outstanding finish to the season for Short-A Mahoning Valley second baseman Steven Patterson and looks at what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also breaks down Low-A Lake County left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo’s season and prospect standing, and provides tons of interesting comments from the front office on things like Francisco Lindor’s timeline, the growth of Erik Gonzalez into a legit shortstop prospect, Danny Salazar’s recovery from an early season setback and more.
September 5, 2014   (17 comments)
Around the Farm: September 4, 2014
The Akron RubberDucks and Columbus Clippers reversed fortunes Thursday, with both teams ending the night with their series tied 1-1 after a RubberDucks win and a Clippers loss. The Lake County Captains stayed consistent, however, winning their second game in a row to advance to the next round of the playoffs. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the playoff action, including Nellie Rodriguez powering the Captains to victory, as he takes you Around the Farm.
September 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Roberts guides RubberDucks back to even in series
Right-hander Will Roberts set a new career-high with 11 strikeouts, and led theAkron RubberDucks to a 5-1 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in game two of the Eastern League Western Division Series Thursday night at Canal Park.
September 4, 2014   (20 comments)
Around the Farm: September 3, 2014
The playoffs started Wednesday night for the Columbus Clippers, Akron RubberDucks, and Lake County Captains, with two of the three teams ending the night with a win. Though it was obviously more than a one-person effort, the Clippers and Captains used big nights from an outfielder to find victory (James Ramsey and Clint Frazier, respectively), while Duke von Schamann did his best for the RubberDucks in a loss. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the playoff action and takes you Around the Farm.
September 3, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks show late fight, but fall in extras 3-2
An 11th inning RBI double by Richmond’s Angel Villalona proved to be the difference-maker in Akron’s playoff opener at Canal Park Wednesday night as the Flying Squirrels captured a 3-2 win over the RubberDucks.

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