September 18, 2014 (30 comments)
In today's Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the astounding rise of Tony Wolters into a legit Major League catcher. He provides lots of insight into his improvements defensively and why there should not be too much focus on his offense right now. He also goes into detail about Giovanny Urshela and his rise to legitimacy in the organization, what he improved on this season and how he fits into things going forward, looks at the outfield transition for Dorssys Paulino, Bradley Zimmer's excellent approach to hitting, notes some players that are heading to winter ball, and more.
September 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons coming to an end, today we start bringing you seasons in review, starting with the 2014 Carolina Mudcats. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Mudcats' hitters, including Jeremy Lucas' solid season. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Mudcats pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.
September 10, 2014 (7 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the tremendous second half from Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown and first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. They were the big keys to the team’s second half turnaround, and he looks into their improvement not only in their performance but as prospects as well. He also provides several comments from the front office on recently called up players Jesus Aguilar, Austin Adams, Bryan Price as well as some thoughts on the rookie level AZL Indians championship season along with some interesting comments and comps on some key players there.
September 7, 2014 (0 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons coming to an end, today we start bringing you seasons in review, starting with the 2014 Carolina Mudcats. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Mudcats' pitchers, including Ryan Merritt's banner season. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Mudcats pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.
September 5, 2014 (2 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the outstanding finish to the season for Short-A Mahoning Valley second baseman Steven Patterson and looks at what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also breaks down Low-A Lake County left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo’s season and prospect standing, and provides tons of interesting comments from the front office on things like Francisco Lindor’s timeline, the growth of Erik Gonzalez into a legit shortstop prospect, Danny Salazar’s recovery from an early season setback and more.
September 3, 2014 (4 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats third season as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians came to an end on Monday. Finishing at 33-36 in the second half and 62-74 overall, the Mudcats failed to make the playoffs in the Carolina League. There were several surprises throughout the season on the field. Some players were better than expected, some were not as good as expected, and others put on performances words almost cannot describe. Here is the IBI's Zachary Francis' take on the stars of the year...
September 2, 2014 (0 comments)
A three-run top of the sixth pushed the Winston-Salem Dash to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats in Monday’s season finale.
September 1, 2014 (11 comments)
Rain may have suspended the major league club's hunt for the playoffs on Sunday Night Baseball, but the actual playoffs opened up for one team down in the minors. With the rest of the affiliates close to wrapping up their seasons, the Arizona League team kicked off their semifinal matchup Sunday. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down that playoff action, highlights Audy Ciriaco's big night in Columbus, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 31, 2014 (0 comments)
One night after being eliminated from playoff contention, the Carolina Mudcats bounced back with a walk off win Sunday, downing the Winston-Salem Dash 3-2. With two away in the bottom of the ninth and Logan Vick on second, Yhoxian Medina sent a chopper down the third base line, which Trey Michalczewski managed to backhand. Breaking on contact, Vick raced past a befuddled Michalczewski and turned home. The throw beat Vick to the plate, but the speedster dodged Michael Marjama’s tag to complete the wild walk off.
August 31, 2014 (7 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 a look at four Columbus hitters who could be September callups. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Jesus Aguilar, Giovanny Urshela, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Moncrief in addition to the rest of the organization as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 31, 2014 (7 comments)
As the great philosopher Jagger once said: "but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need." The RubberDucks tried to clinch a playoff spot with a win last night, but despite their loss, found themselves in anyway. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps the action in the organization, including Erik Gonzalez leading the way for the RubberDucks, and takes you Around the Farm.
August 31, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats failed to capitalize on a strong outing from Dylan Baker as the Winston-Salem Dash put a late run on the board to steal a 1-0 victory on Saturday night.
August 30, 2014 (12 comments)
With the season winding down, it is time for players to try to make their final impressions on the organization before heading into the long offseason. For players like Joey Wendle (who missed a big chunk of the season due to injury), however, these final days are critical to make up for lost time. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down Wendle doing just that Friday and recaps the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 30, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lynchburg Hillcats outlasted the Carolina Mudcats 5-4 in ten innings to claim Friday’s series finale. Carolina fell behind early, but battled back to force extras before Will Skinner’s RBI single won it for Lynchburg in the top of the tenth.
August 29, 2014 (6 comments)
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot hitting Jesus Aguilar at Triple-A Columbus and just how potent his bat is, the strides he has made this season and wonders why he is not yet in Cleveland. He also takes a look at the strong pro debut from 17th round pick Cameron Hill and gives some insight into his stuff and ability, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players like Yandy Diaz, Dylan Baker, LeVon Washington and others, and more!
August 29, 2014 (19 comments)
Thursday night in the Cleveland organization was highlighted by the old and the new. At this point, Nellie Rodriguez putting up big numbers in Lake County has become old news, as the first baseman has spent most of 2014 doing just that. Casey Shane shutting down the New York-Penn League is new, however, as the 2013 sixth round pick was only recently called up from the Arizona League. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 28, 2014 (0 comments)
A pair of middle-inning homers buried the Carolina Mudcats Thursday as they fell to the Lynchburg Hillcats 6-2. Lynchburg finally got to Carolina starter D.J. Brown in the top of the fourth. Sean Godfrey led off with a base hit to left, before Jose Martinez gave the Hillcats a 2-0 lead, hammering a hanging breaking ball over the fence in left. Tyler Tewell then doubled to right and advanced to third on a Blake Brown single.
August 28, 2014 (15 comments)
The playoffs may pass the major league club by this season, but playoff fever is in full effect on the minor league side, with the Lake County Captains clinching a spot in the postseason. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps the night, including Claudio Bautista's large role in the Captains' clincher, Francisco Mejia putting up a big night with the Scrappers, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 27, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats squandered a strong start from Mike Clevinger as the Lynchburg Hillcats came from behind to earn a 6-2 victory at Five County Stadium on Wednesday night.
August 27, 2014 (3 comments)
In the midst of a playoff race, the Carolina Mudcats are making a furious late season push to be a representative from the Carolina League’s Southern Division. The team won six of seven games this week and closed the week with five wins in a row to find themselves just 1.5 games back in the Southern Division with one week left in the regular season. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and also sat down and talked with recent trade acquisition Michael Clevinger...