August 20, 2014 (0 comments)
Even though the week was bookended by victories, the Carolina Mudcats had another difficult week and are running out of time to make up ground in their chase to make the playoffs. The IBI's Zachary Francis chimes in with his weekly notebook and recaps the week that was for the Mudcats...
August 19, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats took an early 5-0 lead before beating the Frederick Keys, 6-2. Carolina's six runs came on just six hits as the Mudcats benefited from 10 walks dished out by the Keys' pitching staff. Yandy Diaz drew four of those walks on his way to scoring two of the six runs in the win. Ryan Merritt picked up his 13th win of the season after going seven strong innings.
August 19, 2014 (4 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have had quite a few very good pitching performances throughout the minor league system this season. One such pitcher who has had a good year is High-A Carolina right-handed starter Adam Plutko. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talked to him earlier in the year and discussed his transition from a successful college career to the pros.
August 18, 2014 (7 comments)
It’s been awhile since we last posted a Hot List. 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 August and provides insight and information into players such as Yu-Cheng Chang, Mitch Brown, Bobby Bradley, Anthony Gallas, Bobby Ison, Greg Allen, Giovanny Urshela and much more...
August 17, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats fell to the Potomac Nationals 7-6 Sunday as Carolina’s losing streak grew to four. The P-Nats overcame an early three-run deficit and managed to hold on late to defeat the Mudcats for the third consecutive evening.
August 17, 2014 (0 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, including James Ramsey's red-hot debut in Columbus. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you an abbreviated version of The WAR Room, with all of the advanced stats of Cleveland's minor leaguers you could want.
August 16, 2014 (0 comments)
A ninth inning score proved to be too little too late as the Carolina Mudcats were downed 2-1 by the Potomac Nationals on Saturday night. After being held to one hit through the first eight innings, the Mudcats finally found their swing in the ninth inning.
August 15, 2014 (0 comments)
A five-run bottom of the sixth allowed the Potomac Nationals to overcome an early deficit Friday as they defeated the Carolina Mudcats 6-5. Carolina jumped ahead in the top of the second as Eric Haase’s first Carolina League homerun put the Mudcats ahead. After Alex Monsalve walked and Joe Sever singled up the middle, Haase sent Matthew Spann’s offering over the leftfield fence as the Mudcats went up 3-0.
August 15, 2014 (16 comments)
It is amazing how quickly things can change in baseball. In the immediate aftermath of the trade deadline, it was Zach Walters destroying opposing pitching while James Ramsey struggled. Well, another week made a huge difference, as now Ramsey is destroying opposing pitching too, just like he did Thursday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Ramsey's debut to date, Anderson Polanco's encouraging results in Lake County, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans needed just two innings to pick up the winning run as they beat the Carolina Mudcats, 1-0. Carolina held the Pelicans to just two hits, but stellar pitching was not backed up with stellar hitting as the Mudcats had just three of their own. Adam Plutko took the loss despite pitching seven innings of superb two-hit baseball.
August 14, 2014 (6 comments)
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the suddenly hot performance from little known shortstop prospect Ivan Castillo. He breaks him down as a prospect, explains his value, where he needs work and what his future holds. He also provides comments from Ross Atkins on new pickups Zach Walters and James Ramsey plus what the Indians are working on with Zach McAllister in Triple-A. He also provides all the details on the playoff races for all six stateside affiliates, insight and info on players like Joe Wendle, Jerrud Sabourin and Cameron Hill, and much more.
August 14, 2014 (0 comments)
he Carolina Mudcats secured two important wins thanks to early leads and quality pitching in both games of a double header against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Wednesday night. The victories over the Pelicans (29-23, 73-47) bring Carolina (25-26, 54-64) within 3.5 games of the division leaders as the 2014 campaign winds down. After earning a close win in game one, the Mudcats found themselves in another tight game with the Pelicans. Strong pitching and a late run proved to be the difference in the 6-5 win.
August 13, 2014 (0 comments)
A rainy spell throughout the Carolinas put a damper on the Carolina Mudcats week, as the team went just 2-3 with two games being postponed. Carolina is still very much in the playoff race with the first half division champion Pelicans once again in the driver’s seat and the Winston Salem Dash just one-half game ahead of the Mudcats for the final playoff spot. The IBI's Zach Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and had a chance to sit down and talk with Alex Monsalve about his season.
August 12, 2014 (0 comments)
In this week's first installment of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the development that lefty Thomas Pannone is making out in Arizona. There is a lot to like about him and Tony runs down his stuff, what he is working on and where he is making strides. Tony also provide lots of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina such as Elvis Araujo, Yandy Diaz, Ryan Merritt, Ben Heller and others, and provide lots of insight into the development of Justin Brantley, the plans for Nick Maronde and much more.
August 10, 2014 (0 comments)
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans doubled up the Carolina Mudcats in hits ten to five Sunday as they claimed the series sweep with a 5-1 victory. Carolina starter Cole Sulser kept the Mudcats in the game with a solid pitching effort, but Christopher Bostick put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh with a three-run homer off newly-acquired Michael Clevinger.
August 10, 2014 (6 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 a look at what the Angels are getting in Vinnie Pestano. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Pestano's encouraging minor league performance and the rest of the stats from around the organization as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 9, 2014 (0 comments)
Mother Nature brought a hault to the Carolina Mudcats' middle game with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the 11th inning on Saturday night. The teams were stalemated at 2-2 when persistent rains forced the suspension.
August 9, 2014 (5 comments)
Cody Anderson put together a pretty good comeback performance Friday night, returning to the mound and putting up four perfect innings. Up in Columbus, Giovanny Urshela was not on the comeback trail, but he was continuing to put up big stats in his breakout season. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Anderson and Urshela's nights and the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 8, 2014 (0 comments)
An early deficit proved too much for the Carolina Mudcats to overcome Friday as they fell to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5-1 at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats found themselves in a hole early as Myrtle Beach took the lead against Carolina starter Adam Plutko in the top of the first. With two away and men on the corners, Nick Williams put the Pelicans ahead with a double to right as Chris Garia scored easily. Myrtle Beach grabbed another on the play thanks to Yhoxian Medina’s error attempting to tag Williams at second as the ball escaped into centerfield allowing Preston Beck to put the Pelicans up 2-0.
August 8, 2014 (5 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the surging Bobby Bradley out in Arizona and talks about how “special” he looks and why the Indians are excited about him. He also looks into the strong season to date from lefty Sean Brady, the suddenly red hot Francisco Miguel in Arizona, the quality season Duke von Schamann has put forth, provides tons of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron like Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Anthony Gallas, Shawn Armstrong, Joe Colon and more!