August 15, 2014 (16 comments)
It is amazing how quickly things can change in baseball. In the immediate aftermath of the trade deadline, it was Zach Walters destroying opposing pitching while James Ramsey struggled. Well, another week made a huge difference, as now Ramsey is destroying opposing pitching too, just like he did Thursday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Ramsey's debut to date, Anderson Polanco's encouraging results in Lake County, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers gave up six runs in the third inning on their way to an 8-2 loss against the State College Spikes. The Scrappers managed nine hits in the game, but couldn't find the scoring touch as the State College pitching staff held strong. Juan Santana took the loss for Mahoning Valley after giving up seven runs in just three innings of work.
August 14, 2014 (6 comments)
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the suddenly hot performance from little known shortstop prospect Ivan Castillo. He breaks him down as a prospect, explains his value, where he needs work and what his future holds. He also provides comments from Ross Atkins on new pickups Zach Walters and James Ramsey plus what the Indians are working on with Zach McAllister in Triple-A. He also provides all the details on the playoff races for all six stateside affiliates, insight and info on players like Joe Wendle, Jerrud Sabourin and Cameron Hill, and much more.
August 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers fell behind early in Wednesday night in State College in large part to some shaky defense. The Scrappers were able to bounce back and rally, getting the tying run on base in the 9th inning, but ultimately ended up falling 5-4 to the State College Spikes.
August 13, 2014 (9 comments)
It was another rainy night in the organization, with four rainouts (including the big league club). But the rain did not dampen every team and it certainly did not keep Anthony Gallas down. The RubberDucks outfielder has done nothing but impress since being called up to Akron and that was no different Tuesday night. Join Tony Lastoria as he recaps Gallas' night, Danny Salazar's outing, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 12, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and State College Spikes were each scoreless through innings, but the Scrappers amped up their offense to win 5-0. Bradley Zimmer led the way with three hits and two RBIs, including his 10th double of the year. David Speer picked up the win after going four innings in relief and giving up just five hits and no runs while striking out four.
August 12, 2014 (0 comments)
In this week's first installment of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the development that lefty Thomas Pannone is making out in Arizona. There is a lot to like about him and Tony runs down his stuff, what he is working on and where he is making strides. Tony also provide lots of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina such as Elvis Araujo, Yandy Diaz, Ryan Merritt, Ben Heller and others, and provide lots of insight into the development of Justin Brantley, the plans for Nick Maronde and much more.
August 10, 2014 (0 comments)
A very hard loss for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers as they played the Staten Island Yankees. The bats could not come through to produce runners to get runs which is why the loss was devastating. The Scrappers took a hard loss to the Yankees with a 8-0 game.
August 10, 2014 (7 comments)
The story really has not changed much for Moncrief this season, as after a rough first two months from an overall performance standpoint, the 25-year-old has started getting better results without fixing his plate discipline. That still remains true, as evidenced by Moncrief's performance Saturday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Moncrief's season and the action throughout the minor league system as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 9, 2014 (1 comments)
What a win by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers as they played the Staten Island Yankees. With fans swarming in to get their Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini bobble head and watch an outstandingly well-played game by the Scrappers.
August 9, 2014 (1 comments)
Several new players from the recently completed MLB Draft are started to settle into the Indians minor league system. One of those players is right-handed pitcher Jordan Carter who was selected by the Indians in the 22nd round out of St. Joseph’s University (PA) and signed just a few days after the draft. Tony Lastoria recently spoke to Carter about his debut and the transition to professional ball.
August 9, 2014 (5 comments)
Cody Anderson put together a pretty good comeback performance Friday night, returning to the mound and putting up four perfect innings. Up in Columbus, Giovanny Urshela was not on the comeback trail, but he was continuing to put up big stats in his breakout season. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Anderson and Urshela's nights and the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 9, 2014 (0 comments)
A hard loss for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers vs. the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday. The Scrappers battled it out but came up short; the fans though, were treated to a Bon Jovi themed fireworks display after the game.
August 8, 2014 (5 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the surging Bobby Bradley out in Arizona and talks about how “special” he looks and why the Indians are excited about him. He also looks into the strong season to date from lefty Sean Brady, the suddenly red hot Francisco Miguel in Arizona, the quality season Duke von Schamann has put forth, provides tons of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron like Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Anthony Gallas, Shawn Armstrong, Joe Colon and more!
August 8, 2014 (9 comments)
James Ramsey did not get off to the best start in his Cleveland career, but he did his best to erase those first five games Thursday night. Meanwhile, farther south, Logan Vick continued his Carolina renaissance as he keeps benefiting from some good fortune after some wretched BABIP luck earlier in the season. Finally, even farther south and out to the west, Sicnarf Loopstok did his best to force a season's worth of performance into two games. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all this and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 7, 2014 (0 comments)
Sometimes a team runs into a hot pitcher and there is nothing that can they can do. That was the case on Thursday night at Eastwood Field as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers were held to just two hits as the fell 4-0 to the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Scrappers, who entered the game average eight hits a game over their past ten, were limited to just two singles.
August 7, 2014 (13 comments)
No matter how many times it is said, patience is really the name of the game when it comes to prospects. Even when it comes to a second round pick like Mitch Brown, jumping ship after fewer than two full professional seasons makes no sense. Brown may not be a finished product, but most prospects are not; otherwise they would be in the major leagues. Prospects in Brown's position are looking for growth and he has definitely shown that this year. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Brown's dominant outing, LeVon Washington's offensive outburst, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 6, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers were forced to extra innings after the Brooklyn Cyclones even the game at one in the eighth inning, but ended up winning with a run in the bottom of the 12th inning. Mahoning Valley didn't have a single pitcher toss more than four innings, while just one of five pitchers tossed less than two. Greg Allen led the team with three hits.
August 4, 2014 (0 comments)
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Vermont Lake Monsters held each other scoreless apart from a five-total-run fourth inning. Luckily for Mahoning Valley, the Scrappers had four of those runs as they beat the Lake Monsters, 4-1. Luis Gomez improved to 4-0 on the season with the win while Luke Eubank picked up the hold and J.P. Feyereisen got the save.
August 3, 2014 (0 comments)
One night after falling to the Vermont Lake Monsters on an unearned run, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers came out on Sunday afternoon and continued to kick the ball around. The Scrappers committed two more errors and dropped their second straight in Vermont and third-straight on the road trip by a 6-2 final.