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(8.30.13) Around The Farm: August 29, 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. 

Eric Haase (C, Lake County): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO

Cleveland may not have top-end catching prospects that project to be the next Buster Posey, but they are loaded with some intriguing names to watch. One of those is Haase, who is finishing his first year in a full season league. Haase still has holes in his approach (that 117:39 SO:BB still needs work), but the 20-year-old’s power is what makes him special. With 21 doubles and 14 home runs in 102 games, Haase is adding value with his bat while doing well in his first taste of Low-A. The catcher needs to continue this while likely moving up to Carolina in 2014, but as of right now, Haase has only helped himself in 2013. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, August 30, 2013

 
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(8.29.13) Around The Farm: August 28, 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. 

Jordan Smith (CF, Carolina): 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO

All year, people like me were just hoping to see a little power out of Smith. Through the first four months of the season, Smith only averaged 6.5 extra-base hits per month, not at all the kind of power Smith was supposed to grow into. Luckily for us, that power came together in August, as Smith has 12 extra-base hits already with a few days to go. Plus, Smith owns a beautiful 11:21 SO:BB and has been cutting his teeth in center field, where — assuming he can handle the position in the long-term — his bat would play up. It was beginning to look like Smith was stuck in place, but this red-hot August paints a rosier picture going forward for the outfielder. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, August 29, 2013

 
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(8.27.13) 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 Tuesday afternoon when it was announced that outfielder Tyler Naquin and catcher Jake Lowery were selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League. Many top prospects make it out to the AFL and these two will be challenged (and hopefully will learn and grow from it) this October and November.

The Aeros finish out their season with three more games at home Tuesday through Thursday against the Erie SeaWolves. Akron then heads out on the road for a four-game set with the Altoona Curve. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, August 27, 2013

 
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(8.24.13) B-Mets strike early and often, defeat Aeros 10-2

AKRON, OH — The Binghamton Mets scored early on Brett Myers and never let up, beating the Akron Aeros 10-2 Saturday night at Canal Park.

Myers — who started for the Aeros (63-69) on a major league rehab assignment — did not look good. The right-hander was throwing in the uppers 80s but did not seem to have a command of his pitchers. Myers threw 16 pitches in 0.1 innings — nine for strikes — while allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits, no walks, and no strikeouts.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez was not concerned about Myers’ struggles, however, and was encouraged instead by seeing the right-hander simply back on the mound. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, August 24, 2013

 
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(8.24.13) IBI Digest: 8/18/13 – 8/24/13

The minor league season is beginning to wind down, but IBI’s coverage is still going strong. Like every week, we were there to report on any developments from throughout the system and bringing you everything you need to know.

Of course, IBI was also there to bring you everything on the big league club as the competition for a playoff berth continues.

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

From Indians Baseball Insider, August 24, 2013

 
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(8.23.13) Around The Farm: August 22, 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. 

Joseph Colon (SP, Carolina): W (4-3), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP

The starting pitching pool in the upper levels of the organization was dry up until recently but now the future is starting to brighten. Names like Danny Salazar and Cody Anderson are giving fans reason to rejoice, but Colon’s is one that should be mentioned too. The 23-year-old is having a great year in Carolina, posting a 2.99 ERA and 2.88 FIP in 72.1 innings with a 1.84 GO/AO and 7.71 SO/9. The right-hander is getting hitters to pound the ball into the ground, getting strikeouts, and is eating a ton of innings (five or more innings in all but two of his last 13 starts). Colon may not be a top of the rotation arm, but if he manages to develop into a decent back-end starter, it will be huge for the starting pitching depth in the system going forward. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, August 23, 2013

 
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(8.23.13) Sloppy defense allows Aeros past B-Mets 7-3

AKRON, OH — The Binghamton Mets came into Akron Thursday night fresh off of clinching the Eastern Division.

Not that the Akron Aeros cared.

The Aeros (62-68) defeated the B-Mets (81-50) by a score of 7-3 thanks to four Binghamton errors and a four-run first inning.

After a one-two-three inning from Akron starter Toru Murata, the Aeros wasted no time scoring. A leadoff single from shortstop Jose Ramirez followed by a fielding error on Binghamton second baseman Josh Rodriguez allowed Ramirez to reach third base.

Ramirez ran on the error and nearly was hit by the ground ball. He was aware of his surroundings, however, just one of the little things manager Edwin Rodriguez loves about the shortstop. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, August 23, 2013

 
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