May 23, 2014 (4 comments)
The Columbus Clippers were on national television Thursday night, but the best story on the farm came from Ryan Merritt. The left-hander continued to impress in 2014 as he dominated in a unique way given the trends of today's game. In addition to Merritt, Lake County starter Dace Kime furthered his case that his early struggles are behind him, the Columbus bullpen essentially had open tryouts for the majors, Anthony Santander got two-thirds of Lake County's hits (not in a good way), and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 23, 2014 (0 comments)
Ryan Merritt and the Carolina Mudcats ended a recent slump by beating the Wilmington Blue Rocks 3-2 on Thursday morning. A three-run fourth inning and another pitching gem from Merritt paved the way to victory for the Mudcats.
May 22, 2014 (4 comments)
Things were not as crazy down on the farm Wednesday as they were at Progressive Field, but there were still plenty of interesting things goings on. Headlining the night was outfielder -- which is still a little weird to write -- Dorssys Paulino, who has returned to Lake County swinging well. He was joined by Tyler Naquin continuing his hot streak, Clayton Cook's first game in 25 months, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 21, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats lost both games of a double header against the Wilmington Blue Rocks Wednesday. The first game ended with a 9-4 Wilmington victory, while the Blue Rocks came from behind to win 3-2 in game two. Carolina found itself up 2-0 going into the sixth inning of a seven-inning game, but gave up three runs in the final two frames to take the loss.
May 21, 2014 (2 comments)
The normal comforts of home were not had by the Carolina Mudcats this past week as they struggled to just a 1-4 record before traveling to Wilmington for the start of a three game set and dropped the first game. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Carolina Mudcats, gets us caught up with Ryan Merritt's nice season to date, and highlights all of the important news and notes for the team.
May 21, 2014 (0 comments)
D.J. Brown and the Carolina Mudcats lost 8-4 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday night in the first game of a three-game road trip. The Mudcats simply couldn't keep up with the Blue Rocks offensively as they fell behind and never recovered.
May 19, 2014 (0 comments)
The IBI Hot List 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 includes 20 players and over 2500 words, and highlights players such as Jordan Milbrath, Giovanny Urshela, Todd Hankins, Robbie Aviles, Eric Haase, Cody Anderson and many others.
May 19, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats made a three-run second inning hold up as they snapped a season-high four-game losing streak in a 3-1 victory over the Salem Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Mudcats brought their record on the season back to .500 (20-20).
May 18, 2014 (4 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. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including Adam Plutko's dominance of the Midwest League, a look at some straggling RubberDucks, and much more.
May 17, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats dropped a close one, 4-3, to the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night in front of 4,248 boisterous fans at Five County Stadium. It was the fourth straight loss for the Mudcats, who fell below .500 for the first time all year. Pitcher Cole Sulser picked up his fourth loss – with no wins – so far this season.
May 17, 2014 (3 comments)
An All-Star in 2012, Bryan LaHair should be in Columbus as he works his way back toward the major leagues. Circumstances have him playing in Akron, however, which was a good thing for the RubberDucks Friday night. The first baseman led the RubberDucks to a win in extra innings in addition to headlining the night on the farm. Join Arthur Kinney as he analyzes LaHair's night and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 16, 2014 (5 comments)
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing this month from Low-A Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix and provides some insight and information as to what kind of prospect he is, where his strengths lie, and whether he can keep up his torrid play. He also takes a look at Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko who is having an exceptional pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates with some news of some prospects who could be on the move today, and a lot of information on players such as Justin Sellers, Tyler Sturdevant, Torsten Boss, Eric Haase and others!
May 15, 2014 (25 comments)
No matter how often we see that April stats have little predictive use for the rest of the season, it is hard not to react to someone's extreme highs or lows out of the gate. Following about as bad of an April as you can see, it was easy to pile on Ronny Rodriguez. But Rodriguez's recent hot stretch is yet another reason why we cannot make any profound judgment on April stats. Join Jim Piascik as he writes about Rodriguez's powerful day, Tyler Naquin hitting the ball hard, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats fell short in a comeback attempt Wednesday, and ended up losing the game to the Lynchburg Hillcats, 5-3. Jeremy Lucas, Erik Gonzalez and Todd Hankins each had two hits, but the Hillcats finished off opportunities when it counted. Starter D.J. Brown lasted 6.2 innings, but gave up five runs on 11 hits.
May 14, 2014 (0 comments)
This week, the Carolina Mudcats managed a 4-3 record, with two victories against both Lynchburg and Salem. Carolina also dropped two games to the Red Sox and one to the Hillcats. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and recently sat down to get Anthony Gallas' thoughts on his Player of the Week award and how his season is going.
May 13, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats torched the Lynchburg Hillcats 13-5 on Tuesday afternoon behind a season-high 13 runs. Carolina poured in seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win and derail the Lynchburg comeback attempt.
May 13, 2014 (7 comments)
The IBI Hot List 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 includes 20 players and over 2500 words, and highlights players such as Adam Plutko, Paul Hendrix, Anthony Gallas, Joe Wendle, Cody Anderson, Torsten Boss, Jeremy Lucas and many others.
May 12, 2014 (0 comments)
After striking in the first inning, the Carolina Mudcats gave up back-to-back four-run frames to the Lynchburg Hillcats Monday. The game ended with an 11-8 Lynchburg victory after Carolina starter Cole Sulser posted a line of 2.2 innings, eight hits and eight runs – six earned. Jerrud Sabourin led the offense with three hits, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 16-hit night from the Hillcats.
May 11, 2014 (0 comments)
After holding the lead from the beginning, the Carolina Mudcats withstood a furious ninth-inning rally from the Salem Red Sox to hold on for a 7-5 win on Sunday.
May 11, 2014 (3 comments)
For the first time this season, The WAR Room is bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. Now that we have about five weeks of the season in the books, the numbers are starting to look like something we can use. This week Jim Piascik takes a look at the hitters throughout the system, including Francisco Lindor's torrid start with the RubberDucks, Jesus Aguilar's powerful surge in Columbus, and much more.