June 5, 2014 (9 comments)
You know it's a good night offensively on the farm when you average 10 runs per team. Columbus, Akron, and Carolina all went off at the plate Wednesday, scoring runs left and right on the way to victory. Leading the charge in Akron was a familiar face in second baseman Joey Wendle, as the infielder typically makes waves with his bat. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at Wendle's performance, breaks down Yhoxian Medina's effort in Carolina, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 4, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks were part of a sweep for Cleveland Indians minor league affiliates Wedneday as they beat the New Britain Rock Cats, 9-6 New Britain managed 11 hits, but still found themselves four behind in that category as seven of nine Akron starters had hits in the game. Matt Packer got the win after giving up four runs on six hits in five innings of work.
June 3, 2014 (0 comments)
A pair of triples from Joe Wendle and Alex Lavisky plated three runs and helped the RubberDucks earn a win on the road at New Britain, 5-3. Akron was the first to get on the board in the top of the third.
June 3, 2014 (3 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks won two series last week, taking two out of three from Baysox on the road and two out of three from the Harrisburg Senators at Canal Park. The highlight of the week was May 29th and 30th, when the RubberDucks scored 26 total runs on 30 hits in just two days. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
June 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Thanks to a great team effort at the plate and on the field, the RubberDucks took two out of three games against Harrisburg with a 6-3 victory Sunday afternoon. Akron got to former teammate Paolo Espino (1-3, 5.61) early in the game.
June 1, 2014 (0 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. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge. Among those trends is the success of Akron RubberDucks right-hander Joe Colon and Lake County Captains right-hander Robbie Aviles, both of whom are finding success with their sinkers. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down in this week's edition of The WAR Room.
June 1, 2014 (3 comments)
The Columbus Clippers went off in grand fashion Saturday night, scoring 19 runs in the first game of their doubleheader. Everything clicked for the Clippers, including offensive breakouts up and down the lineup and masterful pitching. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down all the action in Columbus, takes a look at the other games on the night, and takes you Around the Farm.
May 31, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks kept pace with the Harrisburg Senators through three innings, but ended up losing, 6-4, after squandering an eighth-inning lead. Harrisburg struck for three runs in the final two innings to seal the win. Akron starter Cody Anderson had a solid six-inning outing of four hits and three runs, but was credited with a no decision as Adam Miller took the loss.
May 31, 2014 (0 comments)
Akron starter Shawn Morimando did not disappoint in his Double-A debut, pitching six scoreless innings against the Harrisburg Senators on Friday evening at Canal Park, contributing to the Ducks’ 10-0 shutout victory.
May 30, 2014 (5 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the emergence of Joseph Colon as a starting pitching prospect for the Indians, the significant strides he has made with his stuff over the past year and what his future holds with the Indians. He also looks at the good play of Tyler Holt and his role in the organization, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County, and provides lots of insight, news and analysis on players such as Roberto Perez, D.J. Brown, Eric Haase, Cody Anderson, Ryan Merritt, Grant Fink and others.
May 30, 2014 (13 comments)
It was a tale of two offensive explosions Thursday night. On one hand, the Akron RubberDucks erupted for 16 runs, led by a stellar performance from Bryson Myles. On the other hand, the Columbus Clippers allowed 18 runs, capped off by turning to Elliot Johnson to close out the game on the mound. Elsewhere, Adam Plutko made his Carolina League debut, Lake County *only* allowed eight runs (breaking the mold set by Akron and Columbus), and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 30, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks registered season-high totals with 16 runs and 17 hits Thursday night, as they cruised to a 16-4 win over the Bowie Baysox at Prince George’s Stadium.
May 29, 2014 (2 comments)
In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik sat down with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace and talked about the RubberDucks' pitchers. After discussing hitters last week, this week they focused on the pitching side of the equation, including Cody Anderson's growth and the adjustments he is making, what Will Roberts is doing to improve in his second year in Akron, what is making Joe Colon so effective this season, discussing some of the new faces to the organization, and much, much more.
May 29, 2014 (7 comments)
Tracking Jesus Aguilar throughout the minor league system it appeared that he had two tangible skills worth monitoring, on-base ability and power, which if developed would carry him to the big leagues. He had a big jump in his power numbers early this season with a transition to Huntington Park in Columbus, and the IBI's Michael Hattery offers up a case study as to why we need to take offensive performances in Columbus (and Akron) with a grain of salt.
May 29, 2014 (14 comments)
With the month of June approaching, it is likely the time worthy players will start earning promotions to the next level. Adam Plutko started the process, moving from Lake County to Carolina, but a few others look primed to make jumps of their own. Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix is one, as he continues to rake, as is fellow Captain Jordan Milbrath. However, Wednesday's headliner, Cole Sulser, is not as close to a promotion as Hendrix or Milbrath, but the right-hander was impressive in his own right. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Sulser's turnaround and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 29, 2014 (0 comments)
Righthander Jordan Cooper dominated the Bowie Baysox over five shutout innings in game two of a doubleheader Wednesday night, leading the Akron RubberDucks to a 5-1 victory and a split in the twinbill at Prince George’s Stadium. The victory in game two, coupled with Bowie’s 3-1 win in game one, leaves the RubberDucks with a three-game lead in the EL West.
May 28, 2014 (7 comments)
Today is the first “stock watch” of the 2014 season for players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews over 20 performances to date from Columbus to Lake County and provides details as to whose prospect stock is falling, improving, or has not changed. Players reviewed include Roberto Perez, Giovanny Urshela, Austin Adams, Jordan Smith, Joseph Colon, Tyler Sturdevant, Ryan Merritt, Louis Head, Eric Haase, Robbie Aviles and many others.
May 27, 2014 (0 comments)
The RubberDucks finally cooled down a bit after their hot start, splitting a series with Altoona on the road, and losing three out of four at home against the Reading Fightin Phils. Akron’s record sits at 31-19 overall, still sitting atop the Eastern League West and second in the league overall behind the Portland Sea Dogs. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
May 26, 2014 (0 comments)
Nine runs in the first three innings proved to be all the Akron RubberDucks needed to beat the Reading Fightin Phils, 9-0, Monday. Akron posted a solo run in the first, before adding five in the second and three in the third inning. RubberDucks starter Joseph Colon stole the show after the early offense, pitching a complete-game shutout while giving up just three hits and one walk and striking out four.
May 25, 2014 (0 comments)
In front of 7,709 fans and the third sold out crowd of the year at Canal Park, the RubberDucks only managed to get seven hits and were shutout by the Reading Fightin Phils 3-0. Akron’s Toru Murata (3-1, 1.95) struggled early after striking out the side to start the game.