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.
April 21, 2014 (3 comments)
It is Monday, which means 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 posts every Monday and 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 looks at players such as Trevor Bauer, Erik Gonzalez, Robbie Aviles, Anthony Santander, D.J. Brown and many others.
April 19, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks improved to two games over .500 after beating the Bowie Baysox, 3-1, Saturday. Akron's offense was powered by home runs from Giovanny Urshella, his team-high third on the year, and Alex Lavisky. Starter Gabriel Arias pitched six strong innings, giving up just five hits and no walks, while reliever Duke von Schamann fanned four in three innings to pick up the save.
April 19, 2014 (0 comments)
Tyler Naquin’s perfect, one-hop throw to catcher Tony Wolters with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday retired Bowie’s Sharlon Schoop to end the game and secure a 7-6 RubberDucks victory at Prince George’s Stadium. The pivotal play at the plate came after Buck Britton singled up the middle off Akron right-hander Shawn Armstrong.
April 18, 2014 (0 comments)
To start off The WAR Room, Jim Piascik will be going back to 2013 and going over last year's performances. Ideally this is something that would happen in the offseason, but since he was not able to compute these stats earlier, they have to run now. Join Jim as he goes over the 2013 Akron Aeros/RubberDucks, a team that was filled with high-end prospects like Carlos Moncrief, Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez, and many more.
April 18, 2014 (14 comments)
In Adam Plutko's first start, he had the run prevention without the dominance. In his second start, he had the strikeouts, but not the run prevention. So what happened in Plutko's third start Thursday night? The 2013 11th round draft pick and College World Series champion put it all together. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at Plutko's overall brilliance, a few notable season debuts (including Clint Frazier day), and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 18, 2014 (0 comments)
After splitting three series and losing one outright in 2014, the Akron RubberDucks were looking for a victory to set the tone for the series. Akron was able to do just that taking the opening game of the three-game series with a 3-2 win on Thursday. Akron’s hurlers have now allowed just eight runs in the past four games, and continued that success on Thursday as Will Roberts, Tyler Sturdevant and Kyle Crockett combined to throw a six hit, two-run performance.
April 17, 2014 (10 comments)
It is the first Minor Happenings of the year! The IBI's Tony Lastoria dives right into things with tons of information on Indians prospects throughout the system. He talks about Jesus Aguilar's start and how the Indians are experimenting with him a little to potentially add more versatility, provides some insight and thoughts on recent pickup Duke von Schamann, provide lots of injury details on all of the walking wounded throughout the system, provides a bevy of comments from the front office on the likes of Kyle Crockett and others, and also tons of insight into players like Trevor Bauer, Giovanny Urshela, Erik Gonzalez, Nellie Rodriguez and more.
April 17, 2014 (32 comments)
Thanks to some bad weather Tuesday night, Akron, Carolina, and Lake County had doubleheaders Wednesday. With seven games on the slate throughout the system, there was plenty of action on the minor league front. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including yet another dominant Trevor Bauer start, Ryan Merritt continuing to put up strong outings, and much more as he takes you on a lengthy trip Around the Farm.
April 16, 2014 (0 comments)
After snowfall postponed Tuesday's matchup, the Akron RubberDucks braved the elements Wednesday to take on the Trenton Thunder in a double header. Akron took the first game, but lost the second 1-0 as both offenses stalled. While the RubberDucks pitching staff performed well in both games, the Thunder still clinched the series victory.
April 15, 2014 (2 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks made their first appearance at Canal Park over the past week, debuting their new mascot and the rebranded franchise (for pictures from the event, see the article IBI had on Saturday). Unfortunately for the RubberDucks, the team dropped four of seven over the past week, falling to 5-6 on the season. There were still great performances from Bryson Myles, the left-handed relievers, and much more. Join Jim Piascik with the weekly Akron notebook, Burning Tread with the RubberDucks.
April 15, 2014 (0 comments)
While they kept up with the opposition in total hits, the Akron RubberDucks lost to the Trenton Thunder, 2-0, Monday. Duke von Schamann pitched five no-hit innings, but they came in relief of Gabriel Arias, who gave up two runs on five hits over four innings pitched.Trenton starter Bryan Mitchell controlled the Akron offense all day, going six innings of shutout baseball and giving up just four hits while striking out 12 RubberDucks.
April 14, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI Hot List returns this week with the first edition recapping the hot performances to date in the Indians system. This listing is a quick rundown through the hottest and some of the coldest players in the Indians system over the past seven days with news and insight into their performances. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the performances of them all, including names like Aguilar, Bauer, Myles, Merritt, Lucas, Head, Ferrell and more!