July 4, 2014 (3 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent surge in performance at Triple-A for right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar, how his stuff has looked and if he is getting back into the form that impacted the Indians roster late last season. He takes a deep look into the breakout performance at Double-A Akron for outfielder Anthony Gallas, what it means and what has changed for him. He also provides some insight into the turnaround for Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, looks at the biggest change to Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez’s approach and more.
July 4, 2014 (15 comments)
The name of the game is patience. No wait, that was last night's theme. Anyway, Kieran Lovegrove rewarded anyone who has been patient with him Thursday night, tossing five no-hit innings and showing flashes of why he was a highly regarded third round pick in 2012. He was joined by Claudio Bautista, who will also need some patience in the future as he learns to be more selective at the plate. Join Jim Piascik as takes you Around the Farm, breaking down Lovegrove and Bautista's nights in addition to recapping all the action throughout the organization.
July 3, 2014 (0 comments)
When the other team’s starter has a flawless outing, there’s not much you can do. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday night, as the Columbus Clippers (46-41) fell 2-1 to the Toledo Mud Hens (43-45), thanks to magnificence of Toledo’s starter Derek Hankins.
July 3, 2014 (12 comments)
It is really hard to be patient for any stretch of time. Like waiting for Christmas as a child -- or even now for Jim Piascik, the wait for the final Hobbit movie -- is unbearable (same for the waits leading up to the first two, for that matter). But it is absolutely vital to be patient to a fault with prospects, especially ones with the talent of Mitch Brown and Carlos Moncrief. Join Jim as he breaks down Brown's turnaround, the recent resurgence of Moncrief, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 2, 2014 (0 comments)
Kyle Davies took the bump for Columbus Wednesday night against the Toledo Mud Hens. The Mud Hens got the best of the starter collecting four runs on four hits. Davies lasted four innings and was saddled with his fourth loss after the Clippers' 7-2 trampling.
July 1, 2014 (0 comments)
The Columbus Clippers took a 6-3 after a seven-inning, rain-shortened matchup with the Louisville Bats Tuesday. Each team totaled eight hits, but the Clippers used a five-run third inning to tie up the win. Zach McAllister improved to 4-0 on the season while Mark Lowe picked up his 10th save of 2014.
June 30, 2014 (0 comments)
The Columbus Clippers spent last week in the midst of a 10-game road trip through Lehigh Valley, Buffalo, and Toledo. They had a few hot performances with the bat, notably from Audy Ciriaco, and some quality starts on the mound. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was for the Clippers...
June 30, 2014 (0 comments)
For the first time since returning to AAA May 16, Danny Salazar looked better than new. Salazar went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and fanning nine. Columbus has won three in a row now after its 10-1 dominating victory against the Louisville Bats Monday night.
June 29, 2014 (0 comments)
Another impressive pitching performance, another solid win. Three days after Zach McAllister dominated the Buffalo Bisons, Travis Banwart repeated the feat against the Toledo Mud Hens, and went seven innings in a 4-0 Clippers win.
June 29, 2014 (1 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers, including how well Zach McAllister is pitching in Columbus and what it means. Also inside today's edition of The WAR Room is a look at three Akron relievers who are making some real noise, a breakdown of the disconnect between a few Mudcats starters' ERA and FIP, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you into The WAR Room.
June 29, 2014 (0 comments)
Tyler Cloyd collected his third win in a row Saturday night while taking the mound against the Toledo Mudhens. Clippers took the victory 6-1 on the Mudhens’ home turf, extending their record to 43-39.
June 28, 2014 (0 comments)
The Columbus Clippers (42-39) needed a win on Friday night to earn a split against the Buffalo Bisons (41-39), but did not have enough offense. Buffalo backed a strong performance from starter P.J. Walters (2-0, 1.50) en route to a 7-1 victory over the Clippers at Coca-Cola Field.
June 27, 2014 (2 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the resurgence of High-A Carolina outfielder Luis Rodriguez and what has helped him turn his season around. He also talks about Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon’s improvements and rise in ranks, provides lots of quotes from Low-A Lake County pitching coach Rigo Beltran on several of his pitchers, plus provides insight and news on players such as Francisco Lindor, Yandy Diaz, Ben Heller and more.
June 27, 2014 (16 comments)
It is easy to get caught up in recent events and become prisoners of the moment. Really, it just seems like human nature to overvalue the most recent thing to happen. Each year, it happens to a certain number of players: those with hot Aprils seem to have figured something out and those with cold ones seem to have taken a step back. By and large, however, these early season performances go back to normal, which is exactly what is happening with Ronny Rodriguez. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Rodriguez's season, Bobby Bradley's debut to date, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 26, 2014 (1 comments)
The Columbus Clippers piled on nine runs from 11 hits to beat the Buffalo Bisons, 9-0, Thursday. The Clippers had three different players record multiple hits and Jesus Aguilar hit his 12th home run of the season. Top prospect Zach McAllister pitched 7.1 innings of shutout baseball on his way to the win.
June 26, 2014 (0 comments)
Earlier this week we posted the seven Indians prospects who have improved their stock the most, but just like there are two sides to every coin and a yin to a yang, that means there have been some prospects who have hurt their prospect value this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at those seven players who have struggled and uses insight and information gained from Indians personnel, scouts and his own observations to explain their struggles and what they need to do to get back on track.
June 26, 2014 (13 comments)
One bounce of the ball can be all it takes to change everything. Top prospect Francisco Lindor experienced this firsthand Wednesday as a routine double play grounder took a bad hop, bouncing up and hitting him in the face. Lindor seems to have avoided being struck in the eye, a potentially positive development, though he is still getting checked out. Join Jim Piascik as takes you Around the Farm, reporting from Canal Park and bringing you the rest of the action on a busy night in the system.
June 25, 2014 (0 comments)
The Columbus Clippers dropped two games in a doubleheader with Buffalo Wednesday, with the first loss coming in 13 innings. The game totaled 21 hits between the two teams, but Buffalo finished with the win after Columbus came back with three runs between the eighth and ninth innings to tie the game and force extras. The Clippers lost the nightcap, 3-2.
June 24, 2014 (7 comments)
As we are at the unofficial halfway point of the minor league season with the Single-A second half underway, short season ball having started and the Double-A and Triple-A All Star games looming, now is a good time to focus in on the Indians prospects who have really improved their stock to the industry not just with their performance but more importantly their development this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has talked to lots of Indians personnel and scouts from other teams and in those conversations came up with seven players who have really jumped up in value this season.
June 23, 2014 (0 comments)
The Columbus Clippers rallied from a 4-2 deficit to beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 7-4, Monday night. Columbus came up with five runs in the top of the eighth to scrape out the victory. The Clippers' offense was powered by Audy Ciriaco, who had a home run with four RBIs on three hits in the game. Nick Hagadone got the win for the Clippers while C.C. Lee picked up the save.