April 25, 2014 (22 comments)
With another season here, the IBI's Tony Lastoria digs up an article which has been a site favorite for a few years. He talks about the decisions teams make with their prospects and the way they are handled which provides a good idea of how a team values each player in the organization. If you pay attention to how a player is used and how they are moved, you can get a good feel for their prospect value.
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)
The Carolina Mudcats bounced back from a tough loss in their previous outing to shutout the Wilmington Blue Rocks 7-0 on Thursday night behind a big seventh inning, and a strong pitching performance from D.J. Brown.
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)
The Carolina Mudcats lost a back and forth battle with the Wilmington Blue Rocks Wednesday, dropping their record to 10-9 this season. Carolina scored in the top of the first, but the Blue Rocks answered twice in the bottom half of the inning. Wilmington ended up sealing the win by blanking the dangerous Mudcats in the ninth inning.
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 (3 comments)
This past week, the Carolina Mudcats have played a lot of baseball competing in two doubleheaders and an extra inning game. The Mudcats were able to win four out of seven games, sweeping the Salem Red Sox in a doubleheader last Wednesday and taking two out of four against the Frederick Keys. The IBI's Zachary Francis chimes in with his weekly Carolina Mudcats notebook...
April 21, 2014 (0 comments)
After dropping the first game 4-3, the Carolina Mudcats took the second of a doubleheader from the Frederick Keys, 2-1. A wild sixth inning, including a hotly contested balk call, led to the win for Carolina. Mudcats' shortstop Erik Gonzalez had a strong day and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
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 21, 2014 (0 comments)
Shawn Morimando looked stout over six innings as the Carolina Mudcats beat the Frederick Keys 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. Alex Monsalve drove in a season-high three runs and the Mudcats (9-7) snapped the Keys’ winning streak at four games.
April 19, 2014 (3 comments)
Ryan Merritt may be a self-described “country boy” from a small town in Texas, but the talented left-hander has made a name for himself and now hopes to make it all the way to the big city of Cleveland. He is one of the Indians better young pitching prospects, and the IBI's Daniel Kale had a chance to sit down with him recently and get his thoughts on his career to date and where things go from here.
April 18, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats fell to the Frederick Keys 3-1 after 11 innings of play on Friday night at Five County Stadium. With a steady rain falling in the top half of the eleventh inning, two Keys were walked by left-hander Elvis Araujo. When it was all said and done both runners would come around to score to give the Keys a two-run victory.
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)
The Mudcats dropped a heartbreaker 10-2 to the Salem Red Sox in extra innings on Thursday night. A disastrous tenth inning that included four Mudcats’ errors, ultimately, cost Carolina the game. Mudcats manager Scooter Tucker thought the team played well, but was disappointed with the tenth inning collapse.
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)
The Carolina Mudcats managed to brave cold weather and beat the Salem Red Sox twice in a doubleheader Wednesday. The first game ended with a 4-0 Mudcats victory, while the second was tight contest, finishing 2-1 in favor of Carolina. Ollie Linton's run scored in the fourth inning of game two proved to be the final piece in completing the doubleheader sweep.
April 16, 2014 (3 comments)
This week, the Carolina Mudcats have had their share of ups and downs on the road going 3-3 during the week and seeing some impressive individual performances but also losing a few players to injury. The IBI's Zachary Francis takes us fishing as he reviews the week that was for the Mudcats.
April 15, 2014 (0 comments)
Tuesday's scheduled game between the Carolina Mudcats and the Salem Red Sox at Five County Stadium has been postponed due to rain. The two clubs will meet for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 16, at 5 PM ET. Both games will be scheduled for seven innings with a 30 minute recess between.