June 1, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats fell to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5-2 Sunday despite taking a lead into the eighth inning. Mudcats ace Ryan Merritt was in line to become the first pitcher in the Carolina League to seven wins, but, ultimately, had to settle for a no decision after the Mudcats bullpen blew their fifth save of the season.
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 Carolina Mudcats were held to just two hits as they lost to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 2-0, Saturday. Todd Hankins and James Roberts each had singles, but that was all the Carolina offense could muster. Myrtle Beach starter Andrew Faulkner pitched seven innings with two hits and seven strikeouts to get the win.
May 31, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats fell 12-6 Friday to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the first of a three-game road trip. The Mudcats jumped out to an early lead behind the bat of Ryan Battaglia, but were overpowered by the explosive Myrtle Beach offense.
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 29, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Wilmington Blue Rocks 6-4 on Thursday night at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats used a four-run fifth inning to take the lead, and they never looked back.
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)
The Carolina Mudcats couldn't find their bats for the second straight night as they fell 3-0 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks Wednesday. The Mudcats’ fifth-straight defeat came down to a series of errors in the second inning and a failure to manufacture runs. Carolina's scoring drought now stands at twenty-six long innings.
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 28, 2014 (2 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats started off the week by getting swept in a double header by the Wilmington Blue Rocks, which accurately summed up the week for the team. Carolina only managed two wins on the week, going 2-6. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was, provides all the news and notes from the week and recently sat down with Todd Hankins to get his thoughts on his recent play of late.
May 27, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats suffered their fourth-straight home defeat in a 6-0 shutout loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday night. The Blue Rocks broke the game open with multi-run innings late after stellar pitching from both teams kept the game scoreless early.
May 26, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats fell behind early before losing to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 4-1. Carolina managed just four total hits in the game, compared to nine base knocks for the Pelicans. Starter Michael Peoples pitched six innings of two-hit ball, but did not receive enough run support on the way to his fifth loss of the season.
May 25, 2014 (0 comments)
Despite leading 3-0 through seven innings, the Carolina Mudcats allowed the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to score five times in the final two innings to win 5-3 on Sunday night. With the score tied at three in the top of the ninth inning, the Pelicans scored twice with the bases loaded on a walk and a hit batsman to grab their first lead of the game.
May 25, 2014 (4 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. 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 down the continuing success of Francisco Lindor and Paul Hendrix, the Jose Ramirez experience in Columbus, and much more.
May 24, 2014 (0 comments)
After taking a 2-1 lead, the Carolina Mudcats fell back before losing to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 6-2. Carolina starter Shawn Morimando pitched six innings of four-hit, two-run ball, but the bullpen did him no favors as Rob Nixon pitched just two-thirds of an inning and gave up three hits and four runs. Carolina finished the game with 11 hits but three errors.
May 24, 2014 (1 comments)
Whether he is staring down a 90 mph fastball or raucously rooting for his Cleveland sports teams, Anthony Gallas has always taken things pitch-by-pitch and day-by-day. While his path to greatness hasn’t always been clear, this approach has taken him and his Carolina Mudcats to new heights. The IBI's Daniel Kale recently caught up with Gallas and talked to him about his big season, his return from injury and more.
May 23, 2014 (0 comments)
Thanks to dominant pitching by right-hander Cole Sulser, and a strong offensive performance the Carolina Mudcats emerged as 7-2 victors in their first contest against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
May 23, 2014 (1 comments)
In today's massive-sized Minor Happenings that is well over 5000 words, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at how outfielder Tyler Naquin continues to improve every area of his game and really has just one question mark remaining and how he is working to answer that. He also provides a ton of quotes from Ross Atkins on players like Adam Plutko, Anthony Gallas, Francisco Lindor and others, takes a look at second baseman Claudio Bautista and why he is a prospect to keep an eye on, provides details into Robbie Aviles’ turnaround this season, and provides lots of news, insight and analysis on players like Frank Herrmann, Gabriel Arias, LeVon Washington, Dorssys Paulino and others.