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Top Ten Prospects for July 2014

This is the first month that Rookie and Short Season players will be considered for the rankings, immediately adding about 100 players into the mix. This year’s draft picks will not be included, however, instead being featured at the end of the season as an entire group. After a mediocre June, there were more than 35 players good enough for consideration, so apologies if you or...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: July 10, 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 (SS, Akron): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS Lindor may be having a slightly down season by his standards, but the 20-year-old is still growing into his power...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitching inside paying off for Will Roberts

As the Akron RubberDucks travel to Richmond for a key divisional battle with the first place Flying Squirrels, RubberDucks right-hander Will Roberts has the opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane. When his turn comes to take the mound, the Virginia native can not only feel like he's pitching in a home game, but he can also harken back to the days of his youth when...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: July 5, 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. Nellie Rodriguez (Lake County, 1B) - 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI - Nellie-Rod's offensive resurgence continues with this incredible performance on the night.  Rodriguez'...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

RubberDucks struggle vs. Baysox, fall 7-1

AKRON, OH - RubberDucks miss opportunities, fall to Baysox 7-1. While the “ZOOperstars,” a group of inflatable, sports-themed fauna, showed up to Canal Park on Saturday night, waddling their way into the hearts of the Akron crowd in the process, the bats of the Akron RubberDucks did not. Following a mere two-run showing in a loss to Bowie Friday night, the RubberDucks’ offense...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Roberts Adds a Workhorse Attitude to the Rotation

If there is one thing that a pitcher can do to make their manager happy, it’s giving them innings. When a starter can give their team a solid six or seven innings, then that gives the bullpen a break. That can lead to a more effective bullpen when they are able to get more consecutive nights of equal rest. When a starter goes only three or four innings that causes more work for...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: June 25, 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 (SS, Akron): 1-for-1, 1 2B Lindor started the game strong -- keeping his weight back and lining an opposite-field double over the left fielder's head -- but left...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Indians Have Another All-Star Second Baseman in Wendle?

Akron RubberDucks second baseman was some kind of hot this past week. Joe Wendle went 11-21 for an obscene .524 average with three runs scored, three doubles, one triple, eight runs batted in and added a stolen base. Wendle got off to a slow start to the season having multiple hot and cold streaks. Over his last 26 games, however, Wendle has been consistently hot hitting .333 with...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: June 19, 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.  Will Roberts (SP, Akron): W (7-7), 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 1 HBP Roberts' longest and best outing on the season is the headline of Thursday's Around the Farm, but...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

The WAR Room: Merritt continues to dominate in Carolina

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge. Of course, it is always important to keep context in mind...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: June 13, 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. Joe Wendle (Akron, 2B) - 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 Sac Fly - Wendle's second three-hit effort in three nights was a perfect one at the plate and came with 3 runs batted in....
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks quack louder than Dogs bark

AKRON, OH – In a match-up between the Eastern League's two first place teams, Akron right-hander Will Roberts filled the role of stopper, hurling six innings and allowing just one run to lead Akron to a 6-1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs in the series opener at Canal Park on Friday. The win breaks the RubberDucks' four-game losing streak, which matched their longest...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Report: Akron RubberDucks

The Double-A Akron RubberDucks are a rare example of a minor league affiliate both playing well and loaded with talent. Often times talent and upside doesn't equal wins in the minor league standings, but that has been the case this season for the Cleveland Indians' most exciting minor league affiliate to watch.   Just the Facts Akron (39-28) sits in first place in the Eastern...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

RubberDucks Notebook: Roberts Is evolving as a pitcher

The Akron RubberDucks won a series at New Britain, taking two out of three from the Rock Cats. The team then lost two out of three to the Senators in Harrisburg. Tuesday, the team was swept in a double-header by the Binghamton Mets. Akron has now dropped five of its last nine games. Player Feature: Will Roberts RubberDucks Notebook 6-11-14: Will Roberts by Dav1ess31 on Mixcloud...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: June 8, 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. Yandy Diaz (3B, Carolina): 5-for-5, R, 2B. It took a few games for Diaz to get settled in, but in his fourth games back from injury he had a huge day for Carolina with a perfect...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

RubberDucks drop series finale in Harrisburg, 4-2

HARRISBURG, PA. — Cutter Dykstra, son of former MLB great Lenny, had a double and two RBI in a 4-2 victory at home over the RubberDucks. Harrisburg took two out of three from Akron in this weekend’s series. The game’s first run came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Dykstra hit a sacrifice fly to center field that brought in Michael Taylor, giving the Senators a one...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: June 3, 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: Low-A Lake County had a scheduled off day on Tuesday. Tyler Holt (Columbus, CF) - 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - Yes, we all know that Holt has been raking this season, especially...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Akron RubberDucks continue strong season with 5-3 win against Rock Cats

(New Britain, Conn.) June 3, 2014 – Akron righthander Will Roberts mowed down the first nine batters he faced Tuesday night, and went on to post a 5-3 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats in the opener of a three-game series at New Britain Stadium. The RubberDucks (36-21) won for the second straight game, and opened this six-game road trip to New Britain and Harrisburg on a...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wendle and Lavisky triple, RubberDucks beat Rock Cats 5-3

NEW BRITAIN, CT. —  A pair of triples from Joe Wendle and Alex Lavisky plated three runs and helped the RubberDucks earn a win on the road at New Britain, 5-3. Akron was the first to get on the board in the top of the third. Wendle hit a two-out three-bagger that brought Ronny Rodriguez in from third and Tyler Naquin all the way from first to home, giving the team a 2...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Coach's Corner '14: Akron manager Dave Wallace part two

In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik sat down with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace and talked about the RubberDucks' pitchers. After discussing hitters last week, this week they focused on the pitching side of the equation, including Cody Anderson's growth and the adjustments he is making, what Will Roberts is doing to improve in his second year in Akron, what...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: May 22, 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.  Ryan Merritt (SP, Carolina): W (6-1), 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 SO With the high number of strikeouts in today's game, seeing a pitcher go seven innings with only one...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Colon’s Continued Command the Next Step in Development

The development of a starting pitcher takes many steps through the minor leagues. For Akron RubberDucks, Joseph Colon, he’s taking another step in the maturation process early this season. The 24-year old Colon is 2-2 in eight starts, with a 2.82 ERA in 44.2 innings in his first Double-A assignment this season. Along with Will Roberts, the two starters have become the front of...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: May 11, 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, Low-A Lake County had a scheduled off day on Sunday. Josh Martin (RP, CAR): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Martin was near perfect again in relief as he struggled a little with...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor Happenings: Aviles is nearing his pre-draft form

In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings which focuses on the pitching in the Indians organization, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot start by Robbie Aviles and why he has had more success this season. He also breaks down Trevor Bauer’s outstanding start to his season and the work he put in over the offseason to get where he is today, provides lots of...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

RubberDucks pitchers focus on developing changeups

While attending a game at Canal Park this season, fans can "ooh and ah" at the fastballs popping in the high-90s on the scoreboard radar gun. Same with the visible, knee-buckling break of a curveball or slider. But the changeup is a less noticeable and understated element of pitching. "They're not as sexy as breaking balls or fastballs," Akron RubberDucks...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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