August 26, 2013 (1 comments)
One of the most common sayings in sports is it’s not how you start, but how you finish. After a dismal first half, the Carolina Mudcats are currently in the middle of a push for the final playoff spot in the Carolina League, and a big reason for that, is star right fielder Jordan Smith. After a slow start he has come on of late and is putting up another good season, and the IBI's Zachary Francis recently caught up with him to see how his season has gone.
August 25, 2013 (0 comments)
Coming off a heartbreaking extra inning loss on Saturday night, the game did not start off any better on Sunday, quickly falling behind by four
August 24, 2013 (0 comments)
After tying the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Carolina Mudcats lost a battle to the Salem Red Sox 4-2 in 12 innings on Saturday night. The loss drops Carolina four games behind Salem in the division race with nine games remaining.
August 23, 2013 (0 comments)
Despite squandering some early scoring chances, the Carolina Mudcats jumped out to a four run lead to back a dominant pitching performance by Nick Pasquale to defeat the Lynchburg Hillcats 4-1 on Friday night to salvage a four game series split.
August 23, 2013 (2 comments)
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the impressive pro debut by Clint Frazier out in Arizona, where he is excelling/struggling, and where the numbers can also be misleading. He also provides several comments from the front office on some lesser talked about players at Lake County such as Luis Morel, Jeremy Lucas, Richard Stock, Joe Sever and others, and provides insight into Jose Ramirez’s big league future, Francisco Lindor’s season being over, the breakout year for Erik Gonzalez and much more.
August 23, 2013 (10 comments)
Even though Danny Salazar has come up to the major leagues and gotten results, the organization has not done the best job of developing starting pitching in recent years. There are a few pitchers making waves now, but long-term success will rely on more than one or two arms. Joseph Colon is one of those guys Cleveland needs to develop in order to have more starting depth and he showed what he is capable of Thursday. To read all about Colon's night and everything else you need to know about the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
August 23, 2013 (0 comments)
Joe Colon did not allow a base runner to second over seven scoreless innings and the Carolina Mudcats provided plenty of offense in an 8-2 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Thursday night at Five County Stadium.
August 22, 2013 (3 comments)
The ups and downs of a long baseball season can affect even the best players. There was a point when Carolina second baseman Joe Wendle and Lake County right-hander Dylan Baker were red-hot, yet of late, the pair had struggled. That was not the case Wednesday night as both broke out in big ways. To read about their night and everything you need to know about Wednesday in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
August 20, 2013 (0 comments)
SALEM – For the second straight night, the Carolina Mudcats allowed the Salem Red Sox to jump out to a big early lead, but rallied to eventually tie the game before finally losing a heartbreaker 10-9 on Tuesday night. The loss drops Carolina (29-27, 51-75) 2.5 games behind Salem for the final wildcard spot.
August 20, 2013 (1 comments)
In this week’s opening Minor Happenings salvo, Tony takes a look at the excitement that is brewing with Low-A Lake County right-handed pitching prospect Dylan Baker and why he is one of the Indians best pitching prospects. He also provides several comments from Ross Atkins on players at Double-A Akron such as Tyler Holt, Carlos Moncrief, Will Roberts and others, and provides lots of insight into the development of Jesus Aguilar, Luis DeJesus, Caleb Hamrick, Sean Brady, Jorge Martinez and others.
August 19, 2013 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats fell into a huge hole early, and were never able to recover, falling to the Salem Red Sox 9-2 on Monday night. The loss dropped Carolina 29-26 in the second half and fall 1.5 games behind Salem for the final playoff position.
August 18, 2013 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats took game one of a doubleheader against the Salem Red Sox 7-1 on Sunday afternoon before dropping game two 3-1. The doubleheader split keeps the Mudcats a half game out of the wildcard spot in the playoff race behind Salem.
August 17, 2013 (0 comments)
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans escaped a ninth inning rally by the Carolina Mudcats and scored twice in the 10th for series-clinching 3-1 win on Friday night at Five County Stadium.
August 16, 2013 (6 comments)
In today’s week ending edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at High-A Carolina outfield prospect Jordan Smith who continues to make incremental progress and has the skills but has a few things he is still working on before he is taken more seriously as a prospect. In addition to that he provides some comments from Ross Atkins on how the organization prioritizes prospects for trades as well as comments on several players at Carolina and Lake County, plus he provides insight into the development of Paolo Espino, Kyle Crockett, Ryan Merritt, Luis Lugo and others.
August 16, 2013 (6 comments)
Is there anything better than seeing a top prospect take his team to victory? Sure, Lake County would not have won 1-0 without a shutout pitching performance, but Dorssys Paulino's solo home run provided all the offense the Captains needed. Paulino has continued to turn things around following his rough start and he sustained that constant progress Thursday night. To read about Paulino and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he goes Around The Farm.
August 16, 2013 (0 comments)
After taking an early lead, the Carolina Mudcats allowed the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to come back and take the lead before losing a heartbreaker 5-4 on Thursday night. The loss drops Carolina 2.5 games behind the Pelicans in the division race and allows the Salem Red Sox to climb with half a game for the final playoff spot.
August 15, 2013 (2 comments)
One pitcher who is on the rise as far as relief prospects go in the Cleveland Indians system is High-A Carolina reliever Louis Head. After being cut in college from the Texas Tech baseball team, he has since rebounded to not only get himself drafted and signed by a Major League Baseball team, but become an interesting relief prospect. The IBI's Zachary Francis recently caught up with him and tells his tale...
August 15, 2013 (18 comments)
Considering that Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes, and Lou Marson were all not developed in the organization, it is great to see catchers like Jake Lowery and Alex Lavisky performing like they did Wednesday night. The catching depth looks good in the minors and Lowery and Lavisky are a part of that. To read about what made their performances noteworthy and everything else you need to know about Wednesday night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
August 15, 2013 (1 comments)
After a day of roster moves, the Carolina Mudcats took an early lead against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans that continued to grow throughout the game and won 7-0. The shutout victory pulls Carolina within a game and a half of the Pelicans in the race for the second half division title.
August 13, 2013 (0 comments)
The Potomac Nationals edged out the Carolina Mudcats to win, 9-8, in the final game of a three-game series at Pfitzner Stadium. Greg Holt (6-0) tossed 1 2/3 innings in relief for the win and Robert Whitenack (0-2) took the loss for with 3 1/3 frames pitched while allowing six hits and seven runs.