July 24, 2013 (11 comments)
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the continued strong performance of Double-A Akron lefty Matt Packer and his major league future, provides some comments from Ross Atkins on some players at rookie level Arizona, and some news and insights into players such as Carlos Moncrief, Jose Ramirez, Bryson Myles, Nellie Rodriguez, Matt LaPorta, LeVon Washington and more.
July 23, 2013 (0 comments)
With an 8-2 victory over the Staten Island Yankees in Monday’s matinee, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have now won consecutive series for the first time in 2013. The offense has scored at least seven runs in back-to-back games, and the bullpen threw six-plus scoreless innings in the win.
July 21, 2013 (1 comments)
On Sunday, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Staten Island Yankees took part in a daytime doubleheader at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Game one featured excellent pitching by the Staten Island staff, with the Yankees ultimately coming away with a 3-0 victory.
July 20, 2013 (0 comments)
In beating the Brooklyn Cyclones by a final score of 2-1 on Friday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers broke a couple of lengthy streaks and reached some seasonal milestones.
July 19, 2013 (6 comments)
The Cleveland organization got homer-happy Thursday night, as Lake County led the way with four home runs on their own. None of those shots could overshadow what happened with Carolina, however, as the team hit their first walk-off home run of the season. To find out walked off for the Mudcats and everything else you need to know about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
July 18, 2013 (0 comments)
After Nellie Rodriguez' career night resulted in a 7-5 loss on Wednesday night, the rest of the Scrappers lineup showed up on Thursday, backing up Rodriguez and beating the Brooklyn Cyclones 6-2.
July 18, 2013 (5 comments)
Well not that Colon, obviously. While Tony is off having fun on vacation, Jim Piascik fills in, analyzing High-A Carolina right-hander Joseph Colon's return from injury and his development, admires and breaks down the progress Double-A outfielder Carlos Moncrief has made in 2013, checks in with Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez on how a dozen of his players are doing and what changes they are making, and provides insight and information on the likes of Alex Monsalve, Bryson Myles, Dorssys Paulino, Nellie Rodriguez, D'Vone McClure, and more!
July 18, 2013 (8 comments)
Nellie Rodriguez struggled at Lake County early in the season, making it was clear that the organization pushed the first baseman too quickly. After he was moved down to Mahoning Valley, Rodriguez looked better and started to produce, not that anyone could have seen Wednesday night coming. Rodriguez turned in a career performance, and to read all about it and the rest of the action from the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
July 17, 2013 (0 comments)
Just two days removed from a 12-game losing streak-ending victory, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ defense allowed three unearned runs and the Scrappers fell to the Brooklyn Cyclones 7-5. The defense, which has recorded multiple errors in 14 of the team’s last 15 games, committed two errors in the bottom of the third inning which allowed the go-ahead runs to score.
July 16, 2013 (13 comments)
Now that we have hit the All-Star break and more than half the season is over, it felt right to have an updated prospect ranking on IBI. Since Tony will be putting in a ton of work ranking the prospects for 2014 soon enough, Jim Pete and Jim Piascik both ranked their top prospects and then merged their lists into one. Part one of that list is after the jump, as well as the two Jims' e-mail chain as they justified their rankings to each other.
July 16, 2013 (0 comments)
With an extra 48 minutes to think about their current 12-game losing streak due to a rain delay, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers were able to muster up the motivation to finally find a win, securing a 6-2 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters and ultimately ending the franchise-record losing streak.
July 15, 2013 (2 comments)
There are all sorts of goodies in this week’s Minor Happenings report. Tony takes a look at the strides that Triple-A Columbus right-handed reliever Bryan Price has made and if he is on the major league radar, he puts versatile Low-A Lake County infielder Erik Gonzalez under the prospect microscope, he provides a ton of comments from the front office on players up and down the Single-A Mahoning Valley roster, and provides insight and information on the likes of Cord Phelps, Trey Haley, Cody Anderson, LeVon Washington, Matt LaPorta and more!
July 14, 2013 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers extended their own record-breaking losing streak on Sunday night with a 5-1 loss against the Vermont Lake Monsters.
July 14, 2013 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers made history on Saturday night, as they lost their franchise record eleventh-straight game to the Vermont Lake Monsters by a final score of 6-3. In 2001, the Scrappers went on a ten game losing streak that ended on July 21st of the same year. The 2013 Scrappers bested that with consecutive loss number 11 on Saturday night.
July 13, 2013 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers tied a franchise record on Friday night against the Tri-City Valley Cats, as they lost their tenth consecutive game by a final score of 2-1.
July 12, 2013 (3 comments)
Early in the afternoon, former ATF darling and highly regarded prospect Danny Salazar led the big league club to victory. A success story like Salazar shows exactly why following these prospects is fun: you are getting a glimpse at the major league contributors of tomorrow. A few players were doing their best Salazar impersonations Thursday, including a first baseman at Columbus trying to jumpstart his season and an outfielder rehabbing in Arizona trying to get back. For all this and more, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
July 12, 2013 (0 comments)
Thanks to a rain-soaked Wednesday, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Tri-City Valleycats played a doubleheader Thursday, with both games scheduled for seven innings. Mahoning Valley’s pitching staff performed extremely well, allowing only seven hits combined. But the offense once again faltered, and the Scrappers dropped both games.
July 11, 2013 (2 comments)
One of the Indians top young pitching prospects left-hander Luis Lugo is pitching for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley and is off to a great start. He has considerable upside as there is so much he can become, and thanks to his calm demeanor and work ethic he has a chance to reach those lofty expectations as a prospect. The IBI's Hayden Grove recently caught up with him....
July 9, 2013 (2 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers now own the worst record in the entirety of the New York Penn League, as they fell to the State College Spikes on Tuesday night by a final score of 12-5. Just seven days ago, the Scrappers owned a record of 7-9; a record some would call respectable. Fast forward a week and the Scrappers have yet to win a game and are currently 7-16 with a .304 winning percentage on the season.
July 9, 2013 (6 comments)
Tony takes a look at 10 of the hottest hitters in the organization from Double-A Akron to rookie level Arizona – some names you know well and some you don’t. The players are not ranked, but are listed by level and include the likes of Tyler Holt, Jose Ramirez, Joey Wendle, Jeremy Lucas, Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, Logan Vick, Nellie Rodriguez, Clint Frazier and Joel Mejia. He provides insight into what kind of prospect each player is, their upside, their strengths and weaknesses, and some statistical trends as well.