July 12, 2014 (1 comments)
Very few players come along in the minor leagues who are viewed as special in one particular skill. Lots of players are above average or considered “plus” with a certain skill, but few have what is considered an elite bat or elite arm. The Indians happen to have a couple of players in their system with elite skills or intangibles, but one player who has really come onto the scene and really stands out is catcher Francisco Mejia.
July 12, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers came into Friday night’s game scuffling, having lost seven-straight. Despite a better overall performance, the Scrappers were unable to avoid dropping their eighth-straight game, 6-4, to the Hudson Valley Renegades. With the loss, the Scrappers have also now been swept in three-straight series.
July 11, 2014 (3 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria reviews the season that Low-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez is having to date and the development process he has gone through with his coaches to bring more consistency to his bat. He also provides an absolute ton of comments from Ross Atkins on players up and down the system such as Giovanny Urshela, Ryan Merritt, Shawn Morimando, Clint Frazier, Eric Haase, Francisco Mejia, and many more.
July 11, 2014 (9 comments)
Well, LeBron James is still undecided. Or maybe he isn't. Who knows? But unlike James, one star in the Cleveland organization was ready to go Thursday night. Francisco Lindor may be having a slightly down season compared to his high standards, yet the shortstop still looks ready for a promotion sooner rather than later. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Lindor's night, recaps the rest of the action throughout the system, and takes you Around the Farm.
July 10, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers tallied just three hits while giving up 10 to the Hudson Valley Renegades in a 4-1 loss. Cameron Hill took his first loss of the season, despite giving up just one run through four innings, but Ramon Rodriguez allowed the majority of the damage with three runs in just two innings of work. Hudson Valley starter D.J. Slaton no-hit the Scrappers through six before exiting.
July 10, 2014 (10 comments)
Most of Cleveland seemed to come to a standstill while awaiting LeBron James' announcement on Wednesday, an announcement we are all still waiting to bear witness to. But while there was mostly inaction regarding The Decision 2.0, the minor leagues provided plenty of action, including Erik Gonzalez showing more signs of life following a bit of an extended slump. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Gonzalez's season to date and the rest of the action throughout the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 9, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers gave up 17 hits on their way to a 11-3 route at the hands of the Hudson Valley Renegades. Hudson Valley's Hunter Lockwood went five for five to lead the charge, while Bradley Zimmer and Taylor Murphy each had two hits for the Scrappers in the loss. Julian Merryweather was credited with the loss after giving up 10 hits and seven runs in 3.2 innings of work.
July 8, 2014 (2 comments)
In today’s early week edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down all of the injuries throughout the Indians minor league system and provides updates on the status of the players and when they might be returning to the field. He also takes a look at the recent good pitching from High-A Carolina reliever Rob Nixon, provide tons of comments from the front office on several players at Triple-A Columbus who have recently been called up (Tyler Holt and Roberto Perez) or soon will be (Giovanny Urshela, Bryan Price, etc), and much more.
July 8, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers fell to the Williamsport Crosscutters 8-3 after giving up five runs in the final two innings. Mahoning Valley totaled just four hits in the game, including a home run by Leo Castillo. Kieran Lovegrove took the loss, even though Edward Estrella gave up five earned runs in just 1.2 innings of relief.
July 7, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers gave up 15 hits in an 8-1 loss to the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Crosscutters scored all eight of their runs before Mahoning Valley got on the board in the seventh inning. Juan Santana moved his record to 0-4 this season after being credited with the loss.
July 6, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers came into Sunday afternoon’s game looking to avoid a three game sweep at the hands of the Batavia Muckdogs. Despite scoring three runs on five hits, the Scrappers surrendered a two-out two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to fall 5-3, being swept at home by Batavia for the second time this season.
July 6, 2014 (0 comments)
It was a day to celebrate here at Eastwood Field for Ted Kubiak as he was inducted into the Scrappers Hall of Fame. He watched his team, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, play the Batavia Muckdogs. However, the celebrations fell short as the Scrappers could not bring in the runs to catch up to the Muckdogs.
July 5, 2014 (11 comments)
The Fourth of July proved to be a less-than-impressive day in the Cleveland organization, but Arthur Kinney still found some performances of note. One of them belonged to Joe Sever, who looks to be getting back on track after some recent struggles. Join Arthur as he recaps all of the Independence Day action and takes you Around the Farm.
July 5, 2014 (0 comments)
Happy Fourth of July from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers who played Batavia Muckdogs on the day of our independence. The fans swarmed in with the largest crowd of the season to enjoy not only a day of America’s favorite pastime but also celebrating the Fourth of July with a fireworks display following the game. Though the display was marvelous the Scrappers fell short to the Muckdogs.
July 4, 2014 (3 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent surge in performance at Triple-A for right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar, how his stuff has looked and if he is getting back into the form that impacted the Indians roster late last season. He takes a deep look into the breakout performance at Double-A Akron for outfielder Anthony Gallas, what it means and what has changed for him. He also provides some insight into the turnaround for Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, looks at the biggest change to Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez’s approach and more.
July 4, 2014 (15 comments)
The name of the game is patience. No wait, that was last night's theme. Anyway, Kieran Lovegrove rewarded anyone who has been patient with him Thursday night, tossing five no-hit innings and showing flashes of why he was a highly regarded third round pick in 2012. He was joined by Claudio Bautista, who will also need some patience in the future as he learns to be more selective at the plate. Join Jim Piascik as takes you Around the Farm, breaking down Lovegrove and Bautista's nights in addition to recapping all the action throughout the organization.
July 3, 2014 (0 comments)
It took until the third week of the season, but the Mahoning Valley Scrappers picked up their first series win and first back to back wins of the season on Thursday night in Auburn with a 4-2 win. Kieran Lovegrove (1-0), making his 4th start of the season, set the tone for the Scrappers. Lovegrove breezed through 5 hitless innings in his best start of the year. He did not allow a run and walked 2 while striking out 5.
July 3, 2014 (12 comments)
It is really hard to be patient for any stretch of time. Like waiting for Christmas as a child -- or even now for Jim Piascik, the wait for the final Hobbit movie -- is unbearable (same for the waits leading up to the first two, for that matter). But it is absolutely vital to be patient to a fault with prospects, especially ones with the talent of Mitch Brown and Carlos Moncrief. Join Jim as he breaks down Brown's turnaround, the recent resurgence of Moncrief, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 2, 2014 (0 comments)
Juan Santana and Justin Garcia combined to toss seven innings of two-hit, no-run baseball to lead the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to a 2-1 win against the Auburn Doubledays. Garcia earned the win while Edward Estrella came in for the two-inning save. Steven Patterson sparked the Scrappers' offense with a home run in the first before Bradley Zimmer added the winning run in the same inning.
July 2, 2014 (2 comments)
In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard for a few moments and talk about some of his pitchers. They talked about the focus for talented righty Kieran Lovegrove, the advanced maturity of lefty Sean Brady, the promise of lefty reliever Anderson Polanco, the change in repertoire for righty Juan Santana, and lots more.