May 3, 2014 (4 comments)
While attending a game at Canal Park this season, fans can "ooh and ah" at the fastballs popping in the high-90s on the scoreboard radar gun. Same with the visible, knee-buckling break of a curveball or slider. But the changeup is a less noticeable and understated element of pitching. Changeups may not be as sexy as fastballs or breaking balls, but they play a key role in a pitcher's development. Jim Piascik recently spoke with a collection of Akron RubberDucks pitchers and coaches about changeups, how each pitchers throws it, and what makes it so useful.
May 3, 2014 (0 comments)
Funny thing in baseball. You never know when a one-run game is going to break out. That was the last thing the Akron RubberDucks were expecting as Friday night’s game with Altoona went to the bottom of the ninth with Akron holding a 5-1 lead in the series opener at People’s Natural Gas Field. Three singles and a two-run double later, the Ducks were clinging to a 5-4 lead with two outs and the potential tying run on third base. Closer Shawn Armstrong was summoned from the bullpen, and, after walking Stetson Allie to further complicate matters, he induced Mel Rojas, Jr. to fly out to left field, and end the nail-biter in Akron’s favor.
May 1, 2014 (7 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the incredible strides that right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath has made in the organization since being drafted a little over 10 months ago. Tony also talks about catcher Roberto Perez’s improvement, provides some comments from the front office on several of the Indians higher profile pitchers, and provides lots of insight and information on the development so far this season for players like Carlos Moncrief, Joseph Colon, Shawn Morimando, Adam Plutko and others.
April 30, 2014 (0 comments)
Committing to anything is tough when one spends six months of the year on the road, but Jordan Smith is managing a dual commitment between baseball and marriage. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with Smith and sat down to talk to him and Akron manager Dave Wallace about those commitments and what he is working on this season.
April 30, 2014 (0 comments)
Giovanny Urshela's two-run, sixth-inning home run and Francisco Lindor's two-out, RBI single in the seventh inning helped the Akron RubberDucks rally from an early 3-1 deficit to defeat the Binghamton Mets, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Canal Park.
April 29, 2014 (3 comments)
A day late but never a dollar short, it is time to recap all of the hot and cold performances in the Indians minor league system over the past week. The Hot List showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today’s listing includes 20 players and over 2000 words, and highlights players such as Roberto Perez, Jordan Milbrath, Carlos Moncrief, Michael Peoples and more.
April 28, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks defended their home diamond Monday by beating the Binghamton Mets. Will Roberts pitched six shutout innings while striking out seven. The Akron bullpen pitched three shutout innings with seven strikeouts, lead by Shawn Armstrong who tallied three strikeouts in his inning of work. Tony Wolters led the offense by going 2 for 4 with an RBI.
April 27, 2014 (0 comments)
A two-run second inning, followed by another third-inning run gave the Akron RubberDucks an early lead, which they hung on to defeat the Altoona Curve 6-4 on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park.
April 27, 2014 (0 comments)
To start off The WAR Room, Jim Piascik will be going back to 2013 and going over last year's performances. Since we are nearly to the point of having enough minor league games in the books to have useful stats, he will be finishing the 2013 retrospective early (to get to 2014 sooner), bringing you all of the Akron, Carolina, and Lake County pitching stats today. Join Jim as he analyzes Cody Anderson, Cleveland's best minor league pitcher in 2013, other impressive starters like Joe Colon and Shawn Morimando, and much more.
April 26, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks struck twice in the seventh inning to seal a 2-1 victory against Altoona Saturday. Bryson Myles, Jordan Smith and Alex Lavisky each singled in the seventh to bring around the pair of runs. Akron had trailed for six and a half innings before making its late comeback.
April 25, 2014 (0 comments)
A one-out RBI triple from Tyler Naquin in the bottom of the eighth would bring the RubberDucks within one run of Altoona, but the Curve would respond with another run in the top of the ninth to stay ahead and seal a 5-3 victory.
April 25, 2014 (22 comments)
With another season here, the IBI's Tony Lastoria digs up an article which has been a site favorite for a few years. He talks about the decisions teams make with their prospects and the way they are handled which provides a good idea of how a team values each player in the organization. If you pay attention to how a player is used and how they are moved, you can get a good feel for their prospect value.
April 25, 2014 (8 comments)
When it comes to prospects, everything is easier when the top guys are performing the way they are supposed to. Such was the case Thursday night as top prospect and shortstop-in-waiting Francisco Lindor put on a show for the RubberDucks. Though, as Jim Piascik cautions, just because Lindor is highly rated and has a strong reputation does not mean he is ready for Cleveland just yet. Join Jim as he breaks down Lindor, looks at how Carolina starter D.J. Brown is seizing his opportunity, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 24, 2014 (0 comments)
Akron RubberDucks right-hander Kyle Davies struck out a season-high nine batters over six and 2/3 innings Thursday afternoon, picking up his second win of the season, as the RubberDucks defeated the Trenton Thunder, 4-1, at Arm and Hammer Park.
April 24, 2014 (13 comments)
In today’s second part of our bi-weekly Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into Triple-A Columbus second baseman Jose Ramirez’s performance, his usage, how he fits onto the Major League roster and how he is being showcased as a potential trade chip. In addition to that he provides several comments from the front office on some players at Low-A Lake County such as Nellie Rodriguez, Jordan Milbrath and others, and provides insight and information on players such as Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, James Roberts, Claudio Bautista and more!
April 24, 2014 (14 comments)
Jose Ramirez, power hitter? The International League has been kind to Ramirez so far in 2014, as the infielder has put on an uncharacteristic power show. But Ramirez reminded us of the other parts of his game Wednesday, showing off his wheels and on-base ability. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Ramirez's night, Dorssys Paulino's talent shining through in Lake County, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 23, 2014 (0 comments)
After giving up eight runs through the first four innings, the Akron RubberDucks made a desperate comeback attempt, but fell short as they lost to the Trenton Thunder, 9-5. Tyler Naquin tallied three hits, as did Tyler Holt, but the 12 total hits for the team were not enough to make up for a 1-11 showing with runners in scoring position.
April 23, 2014 (2 comments)
Today in Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing Ryan Merritt has had to date and how his value continues to increase. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina such as Erik Gonzalez, Torsten Boss, Jeremy Lucas, Louis Head and others, looks at the slow start by Cody Anderson and why it is not a big deal, reviews Josh Tomlin’s performance to date, and provides insight and analysis on players like T.J. House, Enosil Tejeda, Michael Peoples, and more!
April 23, 2014 (0 comments)
With momentum on their side heading into a four-game set with the Trenton Thunder, the Akron RubberDucks were looking to stay hot and gain some ground in the Western Division of the Eastern League. Following back-to-back nights in which the pitching staff blew leads, the momentum has officially faded and the RubberDucks have dropped the first two games of the series. On Tuesday, Akron held a lead through seven innings, but the Thunder put up three runs in the bottom half of the lead to secure a 4-3 victory.
April 21, 2014 (0 comments)
Four Trenton pitchers combined on a three-hitter against the Akron RubberDucks Monday night, as the Thunder claimed a 5-2 victory in the opening game of a four-game series at Arm and Hammer Park. Lefty Jeremy Bleich (2-2), whom the RubberDucks beat last Wednesday at Canal Park, earned the win, tossing 5 1/3 innings, and allowing just a pair of singles and two unearned runs. Bleich walked two and struck out four. He retired the side in order three times.