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A Promising Season Ended Too Soon for the RubberDucks

After an offseason of rebranding, fresh faces, and boat load of renovations, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks came into the season with a promising season ahead of them. In his inaugural season as the RubberDucks manager, Dave Wallace looked on to lead what could have been one of the best Cleveland Indians minor league team in recent history. Unfortunately, the season ended earlier...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

The WAR Room: 2014 Carolina Mudcats hitters season in review

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 we will focus on the Mudcats' hitters before moving to the Lake County Captains next week. Of course, it is always important to keep...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: September 6, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Francisco Lindor (Columbus, SS) – 0-4, 1 K – The stat line isn’t so much the story here as what happens next.  The wait begins to see if Lindor gets a September call-up to...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor Happenings: Patterson leaves his mark in the Valley

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...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

The WAR Room: Breaking down September callup candidates

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. Of course, it is always important to keep context in mind, just like with scouting. A pitcher who is old for his level using that experience to succeed against young, inexperienced hitters must be taken with...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 30, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.  Erik Gonzalez (Akron, SS) – 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI Gonzalez has a badly-needed stellar night at the plate as the .360 hitter (in 30 Double-A games on the season) has only...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

The WAR Room: Lindor, Gonzalez adjusting well to new levels

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. Plus, I did a special edition of The WAR Room on Friday, breaking down Cleveland's newest additions, James Ramsey and Zach Walters. If you want to know exactly what Cleveland acquired at the trade deadline...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 2, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that Carolina was rained out on Saturday. Zach Walters (Columbus, 2B) - 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K It was a nondescript offensive night for the Clippers, but, much like last night, Walters...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

RubberDucks Notebook: Gonzalez brings "energy" to Akron

Week Review The RubberDucks (59-51) were swept by at Richmond in a battle of the Eastern League Western division that gave the Flying Squirrels some breathing room at the top. Akron continued their road trip by splitting a four-game set with the Reading Fightin Phils, and the team began a series with the Bowie Baysox on Monday night with a loss, 12-4. The week was highlighted by...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Gonzalez Has Big Shoes to Fill at Akron

With some big shoes to fill, Erik Gonzalez is up for the challenge of replacing top prospect Francisco Lindor at Double-A Akron. Lindor was promoted to Triple-A Columbus on July 21, and Gonzalez was in Akron the next day. After spending most of the first part of the season in High-A Carolina, Gonzalez is going to slide right into the lineup and be the everyday shortstop in Akron...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Mudcats Notebook: Sulser brings smarts, poise to mound

This incarnation of the Carolina Mudcats have been difficult to figure out. One week, the team will reel off five wins in a row, and the next, they will trade victories with losses and finish under .500 for the week. This was one of those weeks, as the team went 3-4, but took two of three in Myrtle Beach, the first half division winners. This week, the Mudcats will be at home for...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians promote Lindor to Columbus

On Monday night the Indians announced that they have promoted shortstop and top ranked prospect Francisco Lindor from Double-A Akron to Tripe-A Columbus. As part of a series of moves they also announced that shortstop Erik Gonzalez was promoted from High-A Carolina to Akron. With shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera leaving the game on Monday with a back injury he is expected to miss...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Francisco Lindor promoted to AAA Columbus

Francisco Lindor is now one step away from the Majors. Following Monday's minor-league games, the Indians announced that the 20-year old, who is the organization's top prospect, has been promoted from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus. Lindor was promoted to Akron at this point last year and many were wondering if the Indians would follow the same time frame in moving him...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mudcats Notebook: Gonzalez making necessary strides

The Carolina Mudcats had one of their best weeks of the season this week, reeling off five wins in six games. The Mudcats took the final two games of a four-game set against Lynchburg and three of four against Winston-Salem. The team also put the finishing touches on a season-best five-game winning streak, which ended with Sunday’s loss to the Dash. At week’s end, Carolina sits...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dash rally late to knock off Mudcats, 5-4

ZEBULON, NC — Behind an eighth inning rally, the Winston-Salem Dash came from behind to steal a victory from the Carolina Mudcats, 5-4, on Sunday. A three-run homer from Courtney Hawkins capped the comeback as the Dash ended Carolina’s five-game win streak. Carolina grabbed a quick lead, finding some early success off Dash starter Brad Goldberg. With one out in the bottom...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Gonzalez, Mudcats cruise past Dash, 9-2

ZEBULON, NC — An Erik Gonzalez grand slam propelled the Carolina Mudcats to a 9-2 win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Friday. The Mudcats threatened to open the scoring in the bottom of the first after Gonzalez’s one out base hit to right. The Carolina shortstop took big leads off first, noticeably perturbing Dash starter Angel Sanchez (1-1, 4.26). Sanchez struck out Joe...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Mudcats top Lynchburg Hillcats in 32-hit game

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Carolina Mudcats surged to an 11-6 win Thursday against the Lynchburg Hillcats thanks to a 15-hit effort. Alex Monsalve brought in four with a grand slam while Erik Gonzalez added three RBIs as the Mudcats cruised to the series victory. Carolina had to play form behind early as Lynchburg grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first off Mudcats starter D.J. Brown...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: July 9, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that the AZL Indians had a scheduled day off on Wednesday. Erik Gonzalez (SS, Carolina, Game 1): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI After a brief taste of Double-A -- where he posted...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Mudcats fall short in extras against Myrtle Beach, 6-4

ZEBULON, N.C. – After failing to capitalize with the winning run on third and just one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Carolina Mudcats fell, 6-4, to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Monday in 10 innings. The Pelicans rallied with two outs in the top of the 10th to score a pair of runs for their first lead of the game. D.J. Brown retired Jorge Alfaro and Nick Vickerson to open...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Mudcats bullpen collapses, Keys win in extras, 8-6

ZEBULON, NC — The Carolina Mudcats blew a pair of late-inning leads Friday as they fell to the Frederick Keys 8-6 in ten innings. The Mudcats held a three-run lead going into the eighth and a two-run advantage to begin the ninth, but Carolina’s bullpen just could not close the door blowing two separate save opportunities.   After scoring 11 runs on 17 hits in their comeback...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mudcats Develop and Star as Carolina League Closes First Half

The Carolina Mudcats slogged its way through the first half of the season with a 29-38 record, placing the team 11.5 games behind first place Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League South Division. It was the second year in a row the Muddies finished in last place in the division during the first half of the campaign, although expectations were markedly different from this season entering...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mudcats Notebook: Karsay talks about first half pitching

The Carolina Mudcats closed out the first half of the season on a sour note, going only 1-3 on the week, with one game being canceled by rain. The Mudcats enter the All-Star Break at 29-38 and finished the first half in a tie for third with the Winston Salem Dash. The Mudcats had three players named to the All-Star team in outfielder Anthony Gallas, shortstop Erik Gonzalez and...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: June 17, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Erik Gonzalez (Carolina League All-Stars, 3B) - 1-4 - Erik was one of two fielders (Myrtle Beach Pelicans RF Chris Garia was the other) to play the entire game at one position for...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mudcats lose skipper, but win game over Nationals, 6-4

Zebulon, NC-- After losing their skipper early in the game, the Carolina Mudcats pulled together to end a three game slide and win 6-4 over the Potomac Nationals on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium. Manager Scooter Tucker was ejected from the game in the bottom of the third after a disputed call with first base umpire Cody Oakes.  Erik Gonzalez appeared to beat out the throw...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Getting to know your prospects: Erik Gonzalez

Name: Erik Gonzalez Position: Shortstop Current team: High-A Carolina Mudcats Age: 22 Height: 6'1" Weight: 165 Bats: Right Throws: Right Facts & Info: Gonzalez was signed by the Indians as an undrafted free agent in August 2008 out of the Dominican Republic. He was added to the Indians 40-man roster in November. He played winter ball in the offseason for Leones del Escogido...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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