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Launching off with the Aeros: 4/17/12 – 4/23/12 (4.24.12)

The past week wasn’t as kind to the Akron Aeros as the first two, as they went 2-3 and fell out of first place in the Western Division. The Aeros started off the week by splitting their final two games against the Bowie Baysox at home before splitting two more games at the Reading Phillies. After they were rained out Sunday, the Aeros started a 3-game set at the Bowie Baysox Monday with a loss. The Aeros now stand at 9-6 on the young season.

The Aeros still can’t complain about their pitching, which only allowed 17 runs in 5 games this past week. The issue in Akron remains the hitting. You can’t get away with scoring so few runs (16 in the 5 games last week) and keep winning.

The Aeros will continue their 3-game set in Bowie Tuesday and Wednesday before headed home for a 3-game series against the Altoona Curve Friday the 27th through Sunday the 29th. The Aeros will then stay home for a 4-game set against Binghamton. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, April 24, 2012

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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Q. April 2012

 

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Launching Off With The Aeros: 4/10/12 – 4/16/12 (4.17.12)

The Akron Aeros, much like this notebook (I hope), continued to find their stride over the past week, going 4-3.  The Aeros lost their game last Tuesday against the Altoona Curve, but then headed home to open their season at Canal Park with 3 straight wins over the Trenton Thunder. They stumbled on Sunday to miss out on a 4-game sweep of the Thunder, but rebounded with a 6-3 win over the Bowie Baysox on Monday. The team is currently 7-3 and in 1st place in the Eastern League’s Western Division.

The Aeros continue to win games mostly on the shoulders of their pitching staff, which has only allowed 22 runs in 10 games. That sort of rate is unsustainable, however, so if the Aeros expect to continue winning, they’ll need the offense to start coming through. Players like Tim Fedroff, Jared Goedert, and Kyle Bellows have been pulling their weight on offense, but the Aeros will need more players to pick up some of the slack (Nick Weglarz, Chun Chen, and Roberto Perez would be a good place to start).

The Aeros will continue their homestand against the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday and Wednesday night before headed out to Reading to play the Phillies in a 3-game set Friday the 20th through Sunday the 22nd. After that, the Aeros will head to Bowie for a 3-game series Monday the 24th through Wednesday the 26th. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, April 17, 2012

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Q. April 2012

 

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How I Met Your Aeros: Tim Fedroff (4.14.12)

At the end of the 2010 season, it looked like Tim Fedroff’s prospect bubble was on the verge of bursting. Upon his callup to AA Akron, he only had a .274/.349/.366 slash line, .715 OPS, 4 HR, 36 RBI and 7 SB in 12 attempts over 118 games. His plate discipline also disappeared, as he struck out 90 times in 501 plate appearances and only walked 48 times. That certainly wasn’t the big impression the 23 year old was hoping to have.

Repeating the AA level in 2011, Fedroff really put it together. He spent the first 70 games of his season in Akron, posting a very impressive .338/.399/.447 slash line and .846 OPS. He also improved his plate discipline, only striking out 39 times in 300 plate appearances. That hot start earned Fedroff a promotion to AAA Columbus, where he continued to impress. After posting a .272/.370/.362 slash line, .732 OPS and 35:35 SO:BB ratio in 62 games (262 plate appearances), Fedroff seemed poised to take the final step toward becoming a Major League player in 2012.

Unfortunately for Fedroff, an abundance of outfielders in the upper levels of the Indians’ minor league system have pushed him back down to Akron to start this year. Fedroff understands the roster crunch, however, and is trying to make the most of it. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, April 14, 2012

 
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Aeros Notebook: Week 1 (4.10.12)

The Akron Aeros got off to a fast start this past week (or five days, really), going 3-1 in four games over the Binghamton Mets and Altoona Curve. There were obviously things that did not go well, but anytime a team takes three-of-four on the road, it’s a good thing.

The Aeros will play two more games in Altoona before heading home to Canal Park for their home opener on Thursday, April 12. The Aeros will play the Trenton Thunder for the first four games of their homestand and then play the Bowie Baysox for the final three.

A quick, personal note here: this is my first time writing a team notebook anywhere, let alone for Indians Prospect Insider. Some things in this notebook will evolve throughout the season (especially my puns for the start of each section, which need major work), so bear with me for now. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, April 10, 2012

 
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Ranking the 2012 Indians’ Opening Day 25-Man Roster (4.9.12)

With spring in the air and baseball finally back in our lives again, let’s take a crack at ranking the Cleveland Indians’ Opening Day roster from 25th to 1st.

Without really think about it, I’m pretty sure that you would say that Shin-Soo Choo is better than Jairo Asencio, Carlos Santana is better than Aaron Cunningham, and Vinnie Pestano is better than Jose Lopez. The more interesting questions to me are toss-up questions like Justin Masterson or Jason Kipnis, Ubaldo Jimenez or Travis Hafner, and who the best and worst players on the roster are. Those are the questions I try to answer when I do these rankings.

I’ll be re-ranking the active roster at various points throughout the season, but for now, here is the Indians’ 25-man roster ranked from bottom to top. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, April 9, 2012

 
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8 things we learned from Indians opening day (4.6.12)

It may only be the first game of a long, arduous season, but there are eight definite lessons we can take from the Cleveland Indians’ record-setting 2012 opener.

After literally taking an hour and a half to find a parking spot, thus missing the first two innings of the game today, I was able to witness history. I was a part of the largest Opening Day crowd in Progressive Field history, I witnessed the longest Opening Day game in the history of Major League Baseball, and I got to see further proof that God just might hate Cleveland.

Melodrama aside, the Tribe’s 2012 opener left me with some definite impressions. It is basically the smallest of sample sizes, but here are eight things to take away from the first game of the Indians’ season. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, April 6, 2012

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Q. April 2012

 

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2012 Akron Aeros Preview (4.3.12)

Considering the amount of turnover and adversity the 2011 Akron Aeros went through, it is amazing that they managed to get to a 73-69 record. That team lost top players Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Alex White to promotion and lost Drew Pomeranz, Joe Gardner, and Matt McBride to the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. On top of that, the Aeros had to deal with injuries ruining Nick Weglarz’s effectiveness, the suspension of John Drennen for performance enhancing drugs midseason, Matt Lawson sudden retirement, and players like Jordan Henry and Kelvin De La Cruz not living up to their expectations.

Despite these problems and obstacles, there were plenty of good things to come out of 2011 for the Aeros. The emergence of Austin Adams, Tim Fedroff, Cory Burns, Chen-Chang Lee, Juan Diaz, and even Beau Mills to an extent were bright spots for fans and the organization. These players were a big part of what success the Aeros had last year and will look to continue improving in 2012. Unluckily for some of these players (but luckily for those of us who follow the Aeros), they will return to Akron in 2012 – at least for the start of the season. If they continue to improve this year, however, they will get their tickets to Columbus and Cleveland soon enough.

The 2012 Aeros will likely be more of the same mediocrity that the 2011 team offered, but they may impress as the season goes on. The big issue with this Akron team is the lack of top talent on the roster. With Austin Adams starting on the DL, the Aeros will not have any of IPI’s top 20 prospects on their Opening Day roster. Most of the Tribe’s best talent is still down in the lower levels of the minors, meaning the majority of the Aeros’ roster consists of uninspiring, low-ceiling prospects or non-prospects. The Aeros will be a solid team, but without top-end talent, it is hard to see them competing at a high level.

2012 will see the return of manager Chris Tremie for his second year at the helm of the Aeros, and he will be joined by pitching coach Tony Arnold and hitting coach Rouglas Odor. Let’s break down each position of the Akron Aeros’ roster and see what Tremie and company have to work with in 2012. (Each prospect’s ranking in IPI’s top 100 is in parenthesis after their name). Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, April 3, 2012

 
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