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Akron Insider: 2014 Review - The pitchers

Over the past few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria has provided year-end pieces like this for rookie level Arizona, Short-A Mahoning Valley, Low-A Lake County and High-A Carolina. In today's second part of his Akron review, Tony sits down with Indians Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of the pitchers there...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Coach's Corner '14: Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace

In this week’s first offseason edition of “Coach’s Corner”, a piece that will run every Wednesday for the next several weeks, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace out in Arizona and talk about some Indians players participating in the Arizona Fall League, other winter ball leagues and from his Akron team this past season...
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November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 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-handerDanny Salazar won this award and the year before that Corey Kluber won it, so there has been some...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor Happenings: Roberts is evolving into a big league arm

This is the final edition of Minor Happenings this season. In this piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what kind of prospect right-handed pitcher Will Roberts is for the Indians and how seriously people should take him as one. He also looks at the good season from outfielder Clint Frazier, the combination of performance and development for lefty Ryan Merritt and provides...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The WAR Room: 2014 Akron pitchers 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 at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Akron RubberDucks pitchers. The list of previous season in reviews are below: The Carolina Mudcats hitters and pitchers The Lake County Captains hitters and...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: September 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.  Nellie Rodriguez (1B, Lake County): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO, 1 E Who else would be at the center of Lake County's 7-2 win and 2-0 series sweep than Rodriguez, the player...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Roberts guides RubberDucks back to even in series

(Akron, Ohio) – Right-hander Will Roberts set a new career-high with 11 strikeouts, and led theAkron RubberDucks to a 5-1 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in game two of the Eastern League Western Division Series Thursday night at Canal Park. With the win, Akron (1-1) ties the best-of-five series at a game apiece heading into game three on Friday evening at 7:05 at Richmond’s...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mudcats’ Season Closes With Many Highlights

When looking at things in the context of wins and losses, particularly given the success of several of the other teams in the Cleveland minor league system, it would be easy to dismiss the 2014 edition of the Carolina Mudcats as unproductive. A 62-74 overall record for the campaign will not look good in the media guide next season. Of the top-four teams in the Tribe’s organization...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

B-Mets complete sweep, down RubberDucks 5-2

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets were looking for a three-game sweep of the AkronRubberDucks entering Sunday’s series finale at NYSEG Stadium. Lefty Steven Matz made sure they got it. Matz (6-4) dealt five innings of shutout baseball, striking out six in the process, and the Mets defeated Akron, 5-2, to finish a weekend sweep. Matz, a former second round pick by the Mets...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Akron RubberDucks take two from Portland Sea Dogs

(Portland, Maine) August 14, 2014 – Akron’s Jaime Pedrozalaunched a solo home run leading off the seventh and final inning in game two of Thursday’s doubleheader at Portland, setting the stage for a 1-0 RubberDucks victory over the Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field. Thanks to Pedroza’s homer, his first in the Indians organization, the RubberDucks completed a sweep of the doubleheader—having...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Duke of the Ducks Returns to His Early Season Form

The Akron RubberDucks are in a chase for the post season, and with a drastically different lineup from Opening Day, they’re doing what they can to keep on pushing towards the playoffs. A big reason why they’ve been able to stay in contention this entire season is due to some quality starting pitching. Joseph Colon and Will Roberts have been a huge key to this team’s success...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor Happenings: Bradley is looking like something "special"

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...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: July 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. Note, Lake County had a scheduled off day on Tuesday. Bryson Myles (Arizona League, RF) - 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - Myles has has a highly successful rehab stint thus far...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Richmond's three home runs too much for Akron, Ducks lose 8-2.

AKRON, OH. — The Flying Squirrels hit three home runs in their win in game two of a three-game series on Tuesday night. The RubberDucks have now dropped six straight games and seven of their last eight. “This is a good team. There’s a reason they’ve won as many games as they have,” said manager David Wallace. Richmond struck first in the third inning when Myles Schroder and Skyler...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: July 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.  Steven Patterson (2B, Mahoning Valley): 4-for-5, 2 R, 3 2B, 2 BB, 1 HBP Anytime you can reach base seven times, it is pretty clear you had a special night. Granted, this was a 14...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

RubberDucks Strive For The Post Season Heading Into the Second Half

With the All-Star break closing in this week, it’s time to take a moment to look over what has been nothing less than an awesome first half for the Akron RubberDucks. After changing the name from the Akron Aeros to the RubberDucks prior to this season, owner Ken Babby along with manager Dave Wallace were looking to bring some new life to this Akron team. Aside from all the new...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 12, 2014  |  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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July 11, 2014  |  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 one...
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July 08, 2014  |  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's last 10...
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July 06, 2014  |  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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July 06, 2014  |  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?
July 01, 2014  |  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...
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June 26, 2014  |  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?
June 21, 2014  |  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 really...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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