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Around the Farm: June 4, 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 Lake County was rained out. Joey Wendle (DH, Akron): 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI The transition from High-A to Double-A is often cited as the hardest non-major league jump...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Coach's Corner '13: Greg Hibbard part 1

Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with former Double-A Akron pitching coach and new short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Hibbard and they talked in great detail about a lot of those exciting arms that finished in Akron or passed through there...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Rule 5 Draft: Live blog

I will be updating this posting with news and notes from today’s Rule 5 Draft, though I have a feeling that today’s activity could be the lightest in years. We will see. The Indians have a spot open on the 40-man roster as they are currently at 39 players, so it is possible they draft someone. If they do, the belief is that it will be a relief pitcher as the highest success rate...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Coach's Corner '13: Ruben Niebla Part 1

The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Indians minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla and discussed the strides and sometimes the struggles for a great many pitchers at the full season affiliates this year. They talked about how Dylan Baker and Cody Anderson have separated themselves as prospects, the development of Shawn Morimando and Joe Colon...
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November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Tony Awards: Pitcher of the Year

Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Pitcher of the Year. This award goes to the starting pitcher in the Indians organization that had the best year from a performance perspective, not necessarily from a prospect standing. Last year, right-hander Corey Kluber won this award and it served as a precursor to a fantastic breakout year in Cleveland...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Tony Awards: Comeback Player of the Year

Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Comeback Player of the Year. This award goes to the player who came back from a rough 2012 season – be it due to injury or performance – and any other obstacles to put up a very good 2013 season and reestablished and/or solidified himself as a prospect for the Indians. Here are the 2013 Tony Awards so...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Happenings: Yes way, Jose!

In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the impressive 15-month run that infielder Jose Ramirez has had going from an unknown player to one currently in the big leagues helping the Indians playoff push. He also provides tons of comments from the front office on players like Francisco Lindor, Clint Frazier, Jesus Aguilar and others, looks into what Nellie Rodriguez...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Launching off with the Aeros: The 2013 season in review

On the surface, calling a 68-73 season a success -- especially when that season follows a championship campaign -- would be ludicrous. In the case of the 2013 Akron Aeros, however, it would be true. While last year brought Akron an Eastern League championship, 2013 saw the arrival of numerous top prospects and brought the future one step closer to Cleveland. The ultimate goal of...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Launching off with the Aeros: The season in review

On the surface, calling a 68-73 season a success -- especially when that season follows a championship campaign -- would be ludicrous. In the case of the 2013 Akron Aeros, however, it would be true. While last year brought Akron an Eastern League championship, 2013 saw the arrival of numerous top prospects and brought the future one step closer to Cleveland. The ultimate goal of...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: August 31, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Matt Packer: SP, Akron Aeros: W (12-9), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K: This wasn’t Packer’s best outing of the season, but it really does sum up how far he’s come since his struggles began...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Aeros power up in 9-0 win over Curve

Altoona, PA – The Akron Aeros may be out of the Eastern League playoff picture, but that doesn’t mean they are mailing in a lackluster effort in the final series of the season.On Saturday, the Aeros matched a season-high with four home runs, shortstop Ronny Rodriguez drove in four runs, and lefty Matt Packer earned his league-leading 12th win of the year, as Akron defeated the...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Launching off with the Aeros: 8/20/13 – 8/26/13

The Akron Aeros had a decent week -- winning four of their seven games -- though it was not enough to get them back into the playoff picture. With a 64-70 record, the Aeros are seven games out of the wild card with seven games to go. As in, one more loss (or an Erie SeaWolves win) eliminates the reigning Eastern League champions. Despite this bad news, the Aeros got some good news...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Erie prevails over Akron in opener of pivotal series

Akron, OH – Erie’s road to the EL playoffs runs through Akron, and on Monday night, they kept the wheels moving in the right direction.Currently holding the wild card spot in the EL West race, and just a half-game out of first place in the division, the SeaWolves opened a key, four-game series against the Aeros with a 3-2 victory on Monday night at Canal Park.The final play...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: August 26, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note, both short season Single-A Mahoning Valley and rookie level Arizona were postponed on Monday. Jose Ramirez (Akron SS): 3-5, SB: On a night when Columbus, Akron,  and Lake County...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 21, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that Columbus was off last night. Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): Games 1 & 2: 2-for-7, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB Wendle has been regressing from his four-digit OPS in mid-July...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 21, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that Columbus was off last night. Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): Games 1 & 2: 2-for-7, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB Wendle has been regressing from his four-digit OPS in mid-July...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 21, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that Columbus was off last night. Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): Games 1 & 2: 2-for-7, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB Wendle has been regressing from his four-digit OPS in mid-July...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 21, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that Columbus was off last night. Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): Games 1 & 2: 2-for-7, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB Wendle has been regressing from his four-digit OPS in mid-July...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 21, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that Columbus was off last night. Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): Games 1 & 2: 2-for-7, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB Wendle has been regressing from his four-digit OPS in mid-July...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 21, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that Columbus was off last night. Joe Wendle (2B, Carolina): Games 1 & 2: 2-for-7, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB Wendle has been regressing from his four-digit OPS in mid-July...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Packer, Bullpen Bring Hammer Down on SeaWolves

Erie, PA –  If the title of Wednesday’s Akron game at Erie was “The Return of Matt Packer,” then the sub-title might have been “Business As Usual.”Packer, the Aeros all-star lefty, dealt seven innings of three-hit, one-run baseball to earn his 11th win of the season, as the Aeros defeated the SeaWolves, 5-1, at Jerry Uht Park. The Aeros (61-68) took two of three games...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Launching off with the Aeros: 8/6/13 – 8/12/13

Needing a winning streak to get back into the Eastern League playoff race, the Akron Aeros went the other way over the past week, losing four of six games and falling to 56-64. That mark leaves the Aeros 8.5 games behind the Harrisburg Senators for first place in the Western Division and 7.5 games behind the Erie SeaWolves for the wild card spot with 21 games to go. Seeing Akron...
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August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Rock Cats score 7 in first, drop Aeros 13-6

Akron, OH – After being swept on the road the previous week, the Akron Aeros were defeated once more by a final score of 13-6 on Tuesday night at Canal Park.   The Rock Cats had secured the victory after the top half of the first inning due to strong hitting against the Aeros’ starter, Matt Packer. The Aeros suffered one of their worst innings of the season right from the start...
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August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

IBI Stock Watch: July 2013 Part 1

We are rounding third and heading home on the 2013 minor league season. With barely a month to go, it is a good time to take some stock on how some players fared in July to see whose prospect value has increased or decreased at this point in the season. Today, Tony takes a look at players at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina with the likes of Tim Fedroff, Danny...
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August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Launching off with the Aeros: 7/30/13 – 8/5/13

The Akron Aeros won on Saturday and Sunday, but it was not enough to undo their four-game losing streak to start the week. Losing four of six games dropped the Aeros to a 55-59 record, 5.5 games behind the Harrisburg Senators for first place in the Western Division and five games behind the Erie SeaWolves for the wild card. Considering that Akron is only one game ahead of the Altoona...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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