June 25, 2014 (3 comments)
In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron RubberDucks hitting coach Rouglas Odor. In their talk, Odor discussed Tyler Naquin's recent hot streak and the adjustments that made it happen, what work Francisco Lindor still has to do at the plate to become a finished product, Bryson Myles' recent surgery, his timeline for recovery, and what was working well for him pre-injury, what Jordan Smith needs to do to turn his season around, and much more.
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)
As the RubberDucks emerged from their clubhouse at nearly 6:30 p.m., ready to take on the SeaWolves in the first game of a three-game set at Canal Park, the green-splattered radar foreshadowed a long evening ahead. Nearly six hours later, that forecast was correct, as Akron reliever Shawn Armstrong tossed the final pitch at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday to secure a 7-1 victory for the home team.
June 22, 2014 (0 comments)
Harrisburg’s Matt Skole hit a two-run double during a three-run seventh-inning rally Sunday, as the Senator’s came from behind to beat the Akron RubberDucks, 7-5, in the finale of a three-game series at Metro Bank Park.
June 22, 2014 (1 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters, in particular Jesus Aguilar and Jose Ramirez pushing to make it back to the majors. Though limited roster spots in Cleveland (and injury in the case of Ramirez) may keep the pair in Triple-A, neither is being held back by their performance. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the hitters throughout the system and takes you into The WAR Room.
June 22, 2014 (7 comments)
When it comes to prospects, sometimes the divide between one who makes it and one who does not just comes down to health. Roberto Perez and LeVon Washington are both examples of this, as they are both in the midst of big years after injury-riddled 2013 seasons. Now that both are healthy, Perez and Washington are raking, as they did Saturday. Join Arthur Kinney as he writes about Perez and his future, Washington and his potential rise, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 22, 2014 (0 comments)
Harrisburg’s Wilson Ramos slugged a three-run homer in the third inning Saturdaynight, one of three Senators home runs in a 5-2 victory over the Akron RubberDucks at Metro Bank Park.
June 21, 2014 (0 comments)
Most Tribe fans are familiar with the local minor league clubs within the Indians organization, which include the newly rebranded RubberDucks. However, it may surprise many that Akron actually has a rich and full history in the great game of baseball that dates back nearly as far as America's Pastime itself. Well, Ken Babby may be well on his way to writing the next chapter in the city's baseball heritage. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he details the revamping of a franchise and a community.
June 21, 2014 (0 comments)
Akron RubberDucks right fielder Jordan Smith blasted a one-out, RBI triple to center field in the top of the ninth inning Friday night, setting the stage for a 2-1 victory over the Harrisburg Senators in the opener of a three-game series at Metro Bank Park.
June 20, 2014 (2 comments)
After a two week hiatus because of the insane amount of time spent on the draft there past two weeks here at the IBI, the Happenings are back! In today’s report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the season that outfielder Tyler Naquin has had and the significant adjustment he has made which has led to a major improvement in an area of greatest weakness. He also looks at the sensational season that lefty Luis Lugo is having, provides tons of comments from Ross Atkins and Ted Kubiak on several players and roster issues - including some absolutely glowing comments on catcher Francisco Mejia - and provides an update on Jose Ramirez, Bryson Myles, Adam Miller, Giovanny Urshela and much more.
June 20, 2014 (12 comments)
The night after only the Akron RubberDucks were in action, the Cleveland system had seven games going on thanks to the combination of two doubleheaders and the end of the All-Star break for Carolina and Lake County. Two RubberDucks still headlined the night, however, with Will Roberts putting together his best start of the season and Francisco Lindor showing off some power. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the busy night in the system and takes you Around the Farm.
June 19, 2014 (0 comments)
After finding themselves in an early 2-0 hole, the Akron RubberDucks rebounded with three runs in two innings to take a 3-2 victory against the Reading Fihgtin Phils. The RubberDucks were led by multi-hit games from three players, including five total bases from star short stop Francisco Lindor. Will Roberts picked up the win for Akron and Shawn Armstrong tallied his 10th save of the year.
June 19, 2014 (12 comments)
With the combination of All-Star games and bad weather leaving Akron as the sole affiliate in action Wednesday, Jim Piascik trained the Around the Farm focus solely on the RubberDucks. They did not disappoint, as the combination of a lengthy Joseph Colon outing and some home run power led the RubberDucks to victory. Join Jim as he breaks down Colon and his success to date, takes a look at Anthony Gallas' debut in Akron, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 18, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks managed just five hits compared to 11 for the Reading Fightin Phils, but still took the win, 4-3, Wednesday. Akron got the hits that counted as Jake Lowery, Anthony Gallas and Francisco Lindor each hit solo home runs. Joseph Colon picked up the win for the RubberDucks for a solid eight innings of work and Tyler Sturdevant got the save.
June 17, 2014 (0 comments)
The RubberDucks (41-30) started their road trip off with a bang on Tuesday night with 15-8 win over the Fightin Phils (33-34). The team combined for nine extra-base hits, including two doubles and four RBI from recently featured outfielder Anthony Gallas and a 2-run triple from Joey Wendle.
June 17, 2014 (0 comments)
The RubberDucks (40-30) lost two series in the past week, one to the Binghamton Mets where they lost 4 out of 5, and the Eastern League-best Portland Sea Dogs, where lost two out of three. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
June 16, 2014 (1 comments)
It’s been awhile since we last posted a Hot List. Such is the way things work once the draft season kicks in. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at all of the good and some not so good performances in the Indians minor league system so far in June and provides insight and information into the struggles for Cody Anderson, the hot hitting Tyler Naquin and Carlos Moncrief, the hot pitching of Luis Lugo and Ryan Merritt, and much more.
June 15, 2014 (0 comments)
In front of a Father’s Day crowd at Canal Park, it was all Sea Dogs from the beginning to the end in the series tiebreaker on Sunday afternoon. Cody Anderson lost his fifth game of the season. The right-hander finished the day with six walks and three earned runs in just 4.2 IP.
June 15, 2014 (4 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. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including Carolina left-hander Ryan Merritt continuing to dominate at the High-A level, Lake County left-hander Luis Lugo's slightly hidden greatness, and much more.
June 14, 2014 (0 comments)
In front of the second consecutive sold out crowd of 8,107 at Canal Park on Military Appreciation Night, Portland’s Henry Owens bested the RubberDucks’ Duke von Schamann in a pitchers duel, leading his Sea Dogs to a 5-1 road victory. The RubberDucks (40-29) will try to win the rubber match with the Sea Dogs (43-23) tomorrow on Fathers Day.