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(6.15.13) IBI Digest: 6/8/13 – 6/15/13

Cleveland welcomed 39 new players into the organization, culminating in a lightning round session Saturday that kept everyone involved busy.

Not everyone will sign, but in order to learn all the new names and faces, check out our draft page. All you need to know as you dive into the new draft class.

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week: Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 15, 2013

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(6.14.13) Around The Farm: June 13, 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 and Akron were both rained out last night.

Shawn Morimando (SP, Carolina): L (4-6), 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP

Morimando may have allowed three runs Thursday night, but with all of them unearned, this gives the left-hander four out of his last five starts without allowing an earned run. This was not one of the prettiest outings of this stretch, as Morimando only made it through five innings, but he still lowered his ERA to 2.73. Morimando’s FIP is pretty high (3.85), a byproduct of his 48:32 SO:BB in 69.1 innings, so there is room to grow if the left-hander wants to sustain his success. Still, if Morimando can build on his early season success, there is no reason that he cannot begin to fill the void of left-handed pitching in Cleveland’s organization. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 14, 2013

 
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(6.13.13) Around The Farm: June 12, 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 yesterday.

Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Akron): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI

Rodriguez through the months:

April: .245/.250/.351 line, .601 OPS, .106 ISO in 24 games

May: .262/.292/.437 line, .733 OPS, .175 ISO in 27 games

June: .381/.400/.595 line, .995 OPS, .214 ISO in 10 games

Small sample sizes throughout, but with the knowledge that Rodriguez changed his swing about a month ago, the progression makes sense. Rodriguez’s approach has been much better in recent weeks and it is showing up in the stats.

Of course, plenty of attention is still paid to Rodriguez’s seven walks in 61 games this year. He is limiting strikeouts (only 37), but the low amount of walks keeps his on-base percentage down (.297).

Interestingly, a scout told me a few years ago that he does not care about walks at this level because the pitchers miss much worse than in the major leagues. In his view, it is much easier to see your pitch coming in Double-A and doing something with it is more important.

I would still want to see my top prospects drawing walks and showing good pitch selection, but if that pitch selection is leading to hits over walks, that is not actually a bad thing. Sometimes — and this is coming from a SABR guy — walks are overrated. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 13, 2013

 
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(6.11.13) Launching off with the Aeros: 6/4/13 – 6/10/13

With nine wins over the past two weeks, the Akron Aeros have almost climbed back over .500 for the first time since May 10. The recent hot streak moved the Aeros to only four games back of the first place Richmond Flying Squirrels, though the team is still in fourth place.

Akron’s winning ways have been the combination of some very efficient pitching and great all-around play on offense. The team has been a lot of fun to watch and is filled with players to keep an eye on.

Unfortunately, the Aeros will be on the road for the entire week, heading to New Hampshire and Portland. The team will be back in Akron next Tuesday to host the Trenton Thunder. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 11, 2013

 
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(6.9.13) Akron bats go silent as Portland avoids sweep 4-1

AKRON, OH — After scoring 34 runs in the past four games, the Akron Aeros’ offense finally calmed down as they lost to the Portland Sea Dogs 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Canal Park. The loss snapped Akron’s five-game winning streak and dropped the Aeros to 31-32 on the year.

Portland starting pitcher Keith Couch (4-2, 4.43 ERA, 3.97 FIP) kept the Akron bats quiet for the first half of the game, going five innings with three hits, one walk, three strikeouts, and one run. Couch did not overpower the Aeros, but manager Edwin Rodriguez was impressed by his effectiveness. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 9, 2013

 
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(6.9.13) Tribe Happenings: Going big at the MLB draft

With draft weekend upon us and the massive amount of time and research needed to bring you the best Indians draft coverage on the web keeping Tony busy, I am filling in on Tribe Happenings this week. Don’t worry, though; Tony will be back next week. You’re only stuck with me for one week.

With that out of the way, let’s get on to the news, notes, and thoughts from my Cleveland notebook:

“Risky” Selection of Frazier the Right One

Thursday night was a big one in the organization, as the team owned the fifth overall pick in the draft — and no others until Friday. No one is going to complain about the loss of picks due to signing Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, but losing those selections did change the tenor of Thursday night.

I had no issue with last year’s selection of Tyler Naquin — a solid player if an overdraft at 15th overall — because the pick was used to get more high-end talent in subsequent rounds. By saving a little money on Naquin and passing on someone like Lucas Giolito, Brad Grant and company were able to pick players like Mitch BrownKieran Lovegrove, and D’Vone McClure.

While that strategy worked well in 2012, 2013 is a different year. Teams should always be flexible depending on the situation they are in and 2013 was a much different one for Cleveland. Saving money in round one when a team is not picking until the third round does not make much sense in my mind. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 9, 2013

 
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(6.8.13) Cooper efficient in return to rotation as Aeros win 4-3

AKRON, OH — The Akron Aeros extending their winning streak to five games Saturday night, defeating the Portland Sea Dogs 4-3 at Canal Park. The win moves the team to 31-31 on the year as the Aeros got back to .500 for the first time since May 13.

Akron starting pitcher Jordan Cooper (2-2, 4.14 ERA, 4.39 FIP) — who had not started a game since May 21 — pitched effectively, holding the Sea Dogs to one hit and no runs in six innings. That hit came from Sea Dogs (31-28) leadoff hitter and center fielder Shannon Wilkerson in the first inning. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, June 8, 2013

 
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