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Down on the Farm: Weekly Indians Minor League Recap

Jul 27, 2014 -- 3:32pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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ESPN Cleveland’s weekly report on the Cleveland Indians' Minor League system and prospects. 

Indians Top Five Prospects

1. Francisco Lindor SS (Triple-A Columbus) – Since being promoted to Triple-A Columbus from Double-A Akron, Lindor is hitting .333 with two home runs and two RBI. The switch-hitter in 88 games this season with Akron hit .278 with six home runs and 48 RBI. Lindor has collected six hits in his first five games with Columbus, two of them being multi-hit performances.

2014 season totals – .281 AVG, 8 HR, 50 RBI

2. Clint Frazier CF (Class-A Lake County) – Frazier has cooled down at the plate and is now batting .206 with one home run and three RBI in his last 10 games. The outfielder had his best game at the plate on Wednesday, when he went 3-for-3 with a home run and RBI and a walk. Frazier in the month of July is batting .341 with six home runs and 13 RBI.

2014 season totals – .267 AVG, 11 HR, 37 RBI

3. Tyler Naquin CF (Double-A Akron) – Naquin remains on the disabled list after fracturing his right hand from a hit by pitch on June 27. According to MLB.com, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Naquin would miss sometime but the severity of the injury will have no long-term implications. Before his injury, Naquin was batting .231 (9-for-39) with four RBI in his last 10-games

2014 season totals – .313 AVG, 4 HR, 30 RBI

4. Cody Anderson RHP (Double-A Akron) – Anderson skipped his scheduled start on Thursday, as he sat out due to discomfort in his elbow. The right-hander in his last start on July. 19, went five innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in a 5-2 loss to Erie. Before that start, the right-hander in his previous two outings had only given up one earned run in a combined 11 innings.

2014 season totals – 4-9 W-L, 4.97 ERA, 65 SO

5. Francisco Mejia C (Low-A Mahoning Valley) – In his last 10-games Mejia is hitting .341 with three doubles, a triple and a home run. He’s also driven in eight runs, but has walked once and struck out seven times. The catcher's best game was on July. 20,  when he went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI.

2014 season totals – .267 AVG, 1 HR, 21 RBI

Around the Farm

Triple-A Columbus – The Clippers this past week went 3-3 with a series win coming against Louisville on the road.

Who stood out – Outfielder Carlos Moncrief in his last 10-games is hitting .405 with one home run and 10 RBI. Moncrief in his last five-games with Columbus has nine hits and eight RBI. This year he’s posting a .275 average with 10 home runs and 51 RBI.

Double-A Akron – Akron over the week posted a 1-6 record, with their only win coming on Friday against Reading on the road. The RubberDucks were swept by Richmond earlier in the week in a three-game series.

Who stood out – Starter Shawn Morimando on Wednesday pitched six innings against Richmond, allowing just one run on two hits. In that start he walked and struck out two for his first loss in Akron. Morimando this season is a combined 9-4 with a 2.68 ERA with Akron and Carolina.

High-A Carolina – Carolina this past week went 1-5 with their only win coming on Monday in a 4-3 win at Myrtle Beach.

Who stood out – Yhoxian Medina is batting .306 with five RBI in his last 10-games. The second baseman this year is hitting .283 with one home run and 24 RBI.

Single-A Lake County – The Captains over the week went 1-4 with their only win coming on Friday against Wisconsin, 2-1.

Who stood out – Outfielder Brian Ruiz is hitting .324 with one home run and four RBI in his last 10-games. Ruiz this season is posting a .258 average with one home run and 17 RBI.

Low-A Mahoning Valley – The Scrappers last week went 5-2, winning a series against Aberdeen at home and Williamsport on the road.

Who stood out – Starter Sean Brady on Wednesday pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, while walking and striking out three. This season the left-hander is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA in eight games.

Arizona League Indians – The Indians went 4-0 this week with wins against the Rangers, Mariners and Athletics.

Who stood out – Li-Jen Chu in his last 10-games is hitting .370 with three home runs and eight RBI. The right-handed hitting catcher this season is posting a .333 average with three home runs and 12 RBI.

What’s Trending in the Minors

On Saturday, one of the bigger brawls this season in professional baseball occurred in Albuquerque, N.M. It was the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A affiliate the Reno Aces against the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate the Albuquerque Isotopes.

The scuffle started in the second inning when Isotopes Erisbel Arruebarrena was upset after pitcher Mike Bolsinger threw at him. Arruebarrena then later shoved Aces catcher Blake Lalli after striking out and then threw his helmet at another Reno player.

The benches then cleared and a brawl ensued behind home plate and into the first row of the stands. After the scuffle a total of 10 players were ejected including Aces manager Phil Nevin. Check out the video below of the brawl.

 

 

Down on the Farm: Weekly Indians Minor League Recap

Jul 20, 2014 -- 5:10pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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ESPN Cleveland’s weekly report on the Cleveland Indians' Minor League system and prospects. 

Indians Top Five Prospects

1.Francisco Lindor SS (Double-A Akron) – In a double-header against Erie on Saturday, Lindor went a combined 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Lindor in his last 10-games is hitting .375 with three doubles and five RBI. The switch hitter in the month of July is posting a .291 average.

2014 season totals – .284 AVG, 6 HR, 48 RBI

2. Clint Frazier CF (Class-A Lake County) – Frazier in his last 10-games has hit .475 with three home runs and nine RBI. He’s also reached base in all 10 of those games, with four of the 10 being multi-hit performances. The right-handed hitter in the month of July is posting a .391 average with five home runs and 12 RBI.

2014 season totals – .272 AVG, 10 HR, 36 RBI

3. Tyler Naquin CF (Double-A Akron) – Naquin remains on the disabled list after fracturing his right hand from a hit by pitch on June 27. According to MLB.com, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Naquin would miss sometime but the severity of the injury will have no long-term implications. Before his injury, Naquin was batting .231 (9-for-39) with four RBI in his last 10-games.

2014 season totals – .313 AVG, 4 HR, 30 RBI

4. Cody Anderson RHP (Double-A Akron) – In his only outing this week, Anderson went five innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in a 5-2 loss to Erie. Before Saturday’s start, the right-hander in his last two outings had only given up one earned run in a combined 11 innings.

2014 season totals – 4-9 W-L, 4.97 ERA, 65 SO

5. Francisco Mejia C (Low-A Mahoning Valley) – Mejia has hit safely in seven of his last 10-games, with three of them being multi-hit performances. The switch-hitting catcher has also recorded at least one RBI in three of his last five-games.

2014 season totals – .248 AVG, 0 HR, 17 RBI

Around the Farm

Triple-A Columbus – The Clippers this past week went 2-2 winning and losing a pair against Indianapolis.

Who stood out – Jesus Aguilar in his last 10-games is hitting .333 with one home run and seven RBI. The first baseman has also hit safely in eight of his last 10 contests, with his best game coming on July 13, when he went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Aguilar this season is batting .282 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI.

Double-A Akron – Akron last week posted a record of 2-4 with their only wins coming against Trenton on the road and against Erie at home.

Who stood out – Starter Joseph Colon on Monday went five innings, where he surrendered one run on four hits for the no decision against Trenton. The right-hander in that game also walked one and struck out three. Colon this season is 8-4 with a 2.53 ERA.

High-A Carolina – Carolina posted a 3-3 record over the week, beating Winston-Salem, Lynchburg and Myrtle Beach.

Who stood out – Erik Gonzalez is hitting .395 with a home run and nine RBI in his last 10-games. He’s hit safely in all of those games, with five of the 10 being multi-hit performances. Gonzalez this year is batting .296 with three home runs and 46 RBI.

Single-A Lake County – This past week the Captains went 2-4, winning back-to-back games on Sunday and Monday against Great Lakes. Lake County was swept however on the road, losing three-games to Cedar Rapids.

Who stood out – Nellie Rodriguez in the span of 10-games is hitting .293 with three home runs and 12 RBI. Rodriguez this season is posting a .254 average with 16 home runs and 54 RBI.

Low-A Mahoning Valley – Over the week the Scrappers went 4-2, winning a three-game series at home against Connecticut. Mahoning Valley also saw wins against Lowell and Aberdeen as well.

Who stood out – Leo Castillo in his last five games is batting .368 (7-for-19) with a home run and eight RBI. The first baseman this season has a .241 average with three home runs and 20 RBI.

Arizona League Indians – The Indians last week fell to 1-4, with their only victory coming against the Brewers, 19-1.

Who stood out – Bobby Bradley is hitting .375 with two home runs and 16 RBI in his last 10-games. Bradley on July 16, went 4-for-5 with a double and a home run, while driving in seven runs. The left-handed hitter this season has a .362 average at the plate with three home runs and 22 RBI.

What’s Trending in the Minors

The San Diego Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, The El Paso Chihuahuas will be hosting Bark at the Park. This isn’t too unusual, as most teams throughout the minors and majors usually hold something similar to this promotion. The thing that separates the Chihuahuas from the rest of the teams, who do this event, is the uniforms they’ll be wearing. Take a look at the picture below.

 

 

Indians’ First Half Season Grades

Jul 18, 2014 -- 10:59am

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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The Indians are a frustrating team at times. They’ll have stretches where their bats go cold and their starting pitching is inconsistent. And then there’s times when the Tribe seems to be clicking on a cylinders. The crazy thing is the Indians haven’t been able to get more than two games over .500, but haven’t dropped below six under .500. Simply put, this ball club is average, as they enter Friday at 47-47. 

There are however, two things that stand out about this team the most. They have a consistent bullpen, ranking sixth in the majors with a 3.08 ERA. They also are very consistent with being a very bad defensive unit, ranking dead last in that category with 76 errors in 94 games.

Indians overall grade: C

Starting Pitchers

Corey Kluber (9-6 W-L, 3.01 ERA) – Kluber's the ace of the Indians’ starting staff and the most consistent starter they’ve had this season. In the month of May he was outstanding, going 4-0 in six starts, while striking out 60 batters. Kluber should’ve been an All-Star, but it was a numbers game that cost him a spot.

Grade: A

Justin Masterson (5-6, 5.51) –  The Indians desperately needed Masterson this season to be his 2013 version. However, things this year haven’t worked out, as he’s had five starts where he’s lasted under four innings. Hindsight’s 20/20, but good move by the Indians on not budging on their offer to Masterson, shame on him for not signing the extension.

Grade: D

Josh Tomlin (5-6, 4.21) – Tomlin had a solid month of May going 3-2 with a 3.04 ERA in five starts. He’ll never be an ace and he gives up a lot of hits, but he can provide a team length. Tomlin is a prototypical fifth starter who does enough to keep his team in games.

Grade: C

Danny Salazar (1-4, 5.53) – Last season he was light’s out, going 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 10 starts. This year in eight starts he struggled, and was sent down to Triple-A by mid May. He’s been okay in Columbus but the Indians really needed him to be at least half of the player he was last season.

Grade: D-

Zach McAllister (3-5, 5.63) – McAllister last year was solid for the Tribe, but it hasn't been that way this season. He had a stretch from May 10-21 where he allowed 17 earned runs in 7 2-3 innings. Like Salazar, McAllister has spent time in Triple-A this year. The right-hander on Saturday made his first start in the majors since May 21. He lost that outing, but pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits.

Grade: D

Trevor Bauer (3-4, 3.84) – He's the definition of day and night. Bauer on this season on the road is 0-3 with a 5.46 ERA in five starts. At home he’s 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA in seven starts. He’s looked much better this season and has become very reliable for the Indians.

Grade: B-

T.J. House (1-2, 4.40) – House is the left-handed version of Tomlin. He doesn’t have over powering stuff and he gives up a lot of hits, but he can give a ball club length. In six out of House's eight starts this season, he lasted at least five inning or more. He pitched okay for a rookie.

Grade: C

Carlos Carrasco (0-3, 6.95) – As a starter he was bad, but the Indians wanted to give him one last go in that role. In four starts this season, Carrasco allowed four earned runs our more. It’s safe to say he’ll never be a starter again as long as he’s with the Indians.

Grade: F

Bullpen

Cody Allen (3-2, 2.16, 12 SV) – The unofficial, official closer for the Indians now, Allen has recorded 11 consecutive saves since his last blown save on May 19. Allen’s allowed just 10 earned runs in 41 2-3 innings.

Grade: A

John Axford (2-3, 3.41, 9 SV) – Axford recorded nine saves in his first 13 games, but ended up losing his closers role in early May due to a series of shaky outings. Since leaving the closers role Axford has a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings.

Grade: C

Bryan Shaw (4-1, 2.70) – He’s continued where he left off last season. Shaw in the month of May had outstanding numbers, compiling a 1-1 record with a 0.71 ERA in 14 games. The month of June he struggled, posting a 6.52 ERA in 9 2-3 innings. It appears Shaw has shaken out of his funk, as this month he’s 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 7 1-3 innings.

Grade: B+

Marc Rzepczynski (0-2, 3.48) – Rzepczynski is the prime example of what happens when a guy receives a change of scenery. Since being traded to the Indians by the St. Louis Cardinals last season, the lefty is 0-2 with a 2.50 ERA. Last season in St. Louis he had an ERA of 7.84 in 11 games. Left-handed hitters this year against Rzepczynski are batting just .181 with four RBI.

Grade: B

Josh Outman (4-0, 3.28) – Outman’s numbers as the first half of the season progressed got worse, but they weren’t bad enough to be designated for assignment. He was a victim to the numbers game, as fellow lefty Kyle Crocket emerged on the scene for the Indians. Left-handed hitters were hitting .180 against Outman, however he has surrendered three home runs and 10 RBI against them.

Grade: C+

Kyle Crocket (2-0, 2.03) – Extremely young, but that doesn’t matter, as he’s given up just three earned runs on 13 hits in 13 1-3 innings. He more or less made Outman expendable after he was called up to the majors.

Grade: A

Scott Atchison (3-0, 2.93) – Quite a surprise this season, as Atchison, who's 38, has been one of the go to guys out of the bullpen. In 40 innings he’s allowed just 13 earned runs on 31 hits.

Grade: A-

Nick Hagadone (1-0, 4.15) – Hagadone’s been all right this season in what little amount of time he’s pitched. In 4 1-3 innings, he’s allowed two earned runs on four hits.

Grade: C-

Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 1.62) – As a reliever Carrasco has thrived, proving that he’s probably best suited in that role versus starting. He’s pitched in 33 1-3 innings as a reliever, but has allowed just six runs on as many hits.

Grade: A

Vinnie Pestano (0-1, 5.00)– Pestano isn’t the same reliever he was his first two seasons in the American League. The right-hander made the club out of spring training, but it was short lived, as he had an ERA of 13.50 in his first three games. He was sent to Triple-A and not called back up to the majors until late June. In his second stint he did much better, allowing just one earned run in 6 1-3 innings.

Grade: C-

C.C. Lee (0-0, 4.76) – Lee didn’t really do much to impress when he was on the big league roster. He appeared in 13 games early in the season, pitching 11 1-3 innings before being sent to Triple-A in mid May.

Grade: D+

Mark Lowe (0-1, 3.86) – In seven innings Lowe surrendered three earned runs on 10 hits, and was just average. Opposing batters were hitting .313 with two home runs, while he walked and struck out six.

Grade: C-

Blake Wood (0-1, 7.11) – He posses an electric arm, but that’s about it. In what little time Wood pitched for the Indians he was ineffective, surrendering five earned runs on four hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Grade: F

Outfield

Michael Brantley (.322, 15 HR, 63 RBI) – The Indians' lone All-Star this season, he leads the team in all major offensive categories except for batting average and on base percentage. Defensively, Brantley’s a Gold Glove caliber left fielder, committing only one error. He's also recorded nine outfield assists, ranking him second in the majors among left fielders.

Grade: A +

Ryan Raburn (.119, 2 HR, 17 RBI) – He’s one of the main reasons why the Indians have struggled against left-handed pitching this season. Last year Raburn was the reason why the club had success against lefties, as he hit .308 with seven home runs and 21 RBI against them. His magic pixy dust from last season seems to have run out.

Grade: D

David Murphy (.243, 6 HR, 44 RBI) – Murphy started off hot this season, as his batting average peaked as high as .294 on May 21. Since then he’s come back to reality, but has done well with runners in scoring position, batting .362 with two home runs and 39 RBI. He’s also been solid defensively, committing just one error.

Grade: C+

Michael Bourn (.267, 3 HR, 21 RBI) – Bourn’s not a true leadoff hitter but he plays solid defense and does well with runners in scoring position. This season he’s only committed two errors in the outfield while batting .281 with one home run and 18 RBI with runners in scoring position. The biggest issue with Bourn this season is his hamstring, as he currently is on the DL for the second time this year.

Grade: B-

Nyjer Morgan (.341, 1 HR, 6 RBI) – He only played in 15 games for the Tribe before a knee injury on May 14, put him on the 60-day disabled list, but he was a spark plug for the team. He provided good depth in the outfield, and the Indians could sure use him now with Bourn being out.

Grade: A

Chris Dickerson – Grade: Incomplete

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Infield

Asdrubal Cabrera (.251, 8 HR, 37 RBI) – At the plate Cabrera has been just okay. He’s tied along with Chicago's Alexei Ramirez for first in the AL in home runs for shortstops. He also ranks ninth in the majors in RBI by a shortstop. Defense though hasn’t been Cabrera’s forte this year, committing a team high, 14 errors.

Grade: C

Nick Swisher (.208, 8 HR, 36 RBI) – Swisher this season make’s his struggles from last year look solid. The switch hitter is having the worst season of his career, posting a slash line of .208/.288/.348. In the first three months of the year, Swisher had only five home runs and 25 RBI. He’s begun to heat up this month, hitting three home runs and 11 RBI. Overall Swisher is the straw that stirs the drink, if he’s on he can carry the Indians, but if he’s not they suffer.

Grade: F

Carlos Santana (.207, 14 HR, 37 RBI) – The first two months for Santana were disastrous, posting a .151 average in April and hitting .169 in May. However, the month of June was good to him, as he hit .308 with six home runs and 15 RBI. In Santana’s first two months combined he had just six home runs and 17 RBI. The second half can’t be as bad as the first, can it? The good sign is he still hits home runs.

Grade: D+

Lonnie Chisenhall (.328, 9 HR, 41 RBI) – Chisenhall has had a career year, where in the first two months of the season he hit over .360. His batting average currently ranks fourth in the AL, while putting together a night to remember against Texas on June 9. In that game he went 5-for-5 with three home runs and nine RBI. The only qualm with Chisnehall is his defense, as he’s recorded 13 errors this year.

Grade: A -

Jason Kipnis (.255, 3 HR, 24 RBI) – It’s been a rough season for Kipnis, as he missed almost all of May with an oblique injury. He hasn’t had a home run since April 21, but has begun to heat up in the month of July, batting .294 in 12 games. Defensively he hasn’t wowed anyone, as his range is pretty limited, despite committing only three errors.

Grade: C-

Mike Aviles (.270, 3 HR, 23 RBI) – A jack-of-all-trades, master of none. Aviles provides good depth off the bench with some decent pop in his bat. He had a solid month of May, hitting .301 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 25 games. Struggled in June where he had a .195 average in 14 games.

Grade: B

Elliot Johnson – Grade: Incomplete

Justin Sellers – Grade: Incomplete

Jose Ramirez – Grade: Incomplete

Jesus Aguilar – Grade: Incomplete

Catcher

Yan Gomes (.261, 12 HR, 36 RBI) –  Last season Gomes committed just three errors in a total of 85 games played. Defensively Gomes started off shaky this season, committing nine errors in his first 28 games, but has since then seemed to settle in. Though the average isn’t where it was last season when he batted .294, he has already past his home run total of 11.

Grade: B

George Kottaras (.261, 3 HR, 5 RBI) – Appeared in 12 games for the Indians and designated for assignment by them on two different occasions. Kottaras will probably be best known for his first game he played with the Tribe. In that constest he recorded two home runs in three at-bats. He’s no longer with the Indians as the Cardinal claimed him on July 11. 

Grade: B-

Designated Hitter

Jason Giambi (.128, 2 HR, 8 RBI) – Giambi’s at the stage in his career where he’s limited to just pinch-hitting when the team needs a big hit. Last season he hit .271 with four home runs and 25 RBI with runners in scoring position. This season with runners in scoring position he’s, batting .083 (1-for-12) with one home run and four RBI. He’s also had a string of injuries and it seems as if this could be his last season.

Grade: D-

 

 

Down on the Farm: Weekly Indians Minor League Recap

Jul 13, 2014 -- 4:54pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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ESPN Cleveland’s weekly report on the Cleveland Indians' Minor League system and prospects. 

Indians Top Five Prospects

1.Francisco Lindor SS (Double-A Akron) – Lindor's the only Indians’ farm hand who will be participating in the 2014 Futures Game in Minneapolis, Minn during the All-Star week. The switch-hitting shortstop in his last 10-games is batting .293 (12-for-43) with three RBI. In his past three-games he has two hits or more, while stealing four bases in as many games.

2014 season totals – .284 AVG, 6 HR, 46 RBI

2. Clint Frazier CF (Class-A Lake County) – In the span of 10-games Frazier has hit .419 with five home runs and eight RBI. He went 5-for-5 on Saturday against Great Lakes, where he collected two home runs and three RBI. Entering Sunday the right-handed hitter was riding a six-game hitting streak, with four of those games being multi hit performances.

2014 season totals – .268 AVG, 10 HR, 32 RBI

3. Tyler Naquin CF (Double-A Akron) – Naquin remains on the disabled list after fracturing his right hand from a hit by pitch on June 27. According to MLB.com, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Naquin would miss sometime but the severity of the injury will have no long-term implications. Before his injury, Naquin was batting .231 (9-for-39) with four RBI in his last 10-games.

2014 season totals – .313 AVG, 4 HR, 30 RBI

4. Cody Anderson RHP (Double-A Akron) – Anderson’s season has been up and down, but in his last two outings with Akron he’s allowed just one run in his last 11 innings. In that span he’s surrendered 10 hits, wile walking three and striking out seven. In the month of July the right-hander is posting a 2-1 record with a 2.81 ERA in three games. In June he had a record of 4-4 and a 7.15 ERA.

2014 season totals – 4-8 W-L, 4.76 ERA, 63 SO

5. Francisco Mejia C (Low-A Mahoning Valley) – Mejia’s last 10-games offensively have been a struggle for him, as he’s batting .158 (6-for-38) with no home runs and one RBI in that stretch. The switch-hitting catcher however has reached base in his last four games, collecting three hits and a walk.

2014 season totals – .230 AVG, 0 HR, 13 RBI

Around the Farm

Triple-A Columbus – Columbus over the week went 4-5, being swept by Pawtucket. They did however win a five-game series against Indianapolis three-games to two.

Who stood out – Starter Tyler Cloyd in two games this week, allowed just three runs in 12 1-3 innings. Cloyd on the season has a record of 6-5 with a 4.26 ERA.

Double-A Akron – The RubberDucks this week went 6-1 with their only loss coming against Richmond on the road Tuesday, as they fell 9-4.

Who stood out – Anderson this week went 2-0 while only allowing one run in 11 total innings.

High-A Carolina – Carolina went 4-2 in six games this week, and they’re currently riding a four-game winning streak.

Who stood out – Yhoxian Medina in his last 10-games is hitting .425 (17-for-40) with eight doubles a triple and four RBI. Medina’s best game this week came on Tuesday when he went 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles and an RBI. The second baseman this year is hitting .280 with one home run and 19 RBI.

Single-A Lake County – The Captains have won their last four games after dropping their first two earlier in the week. 

Who stood out – Frazier this week collected a total of 13 hits, four of those being home runs, while driving in seven runs.

Low-A Mahoning Valley – It was a rough week for the Scrappers, as they lost six games this week and eight straight overall. They did however snap their losing streak on Saturday, beating Lowell, 9-3.

Who stood out – Outfielder Taylor Murphy is hitting .382 with one home run and four RBI in the Scrappers last 10 contests. Murphy saw his best game at the plate on Saturday when he went 3-for-3 with two walks and two RBI. The left-handed hitter this season is batting .358 with one home run and seven RBI.

Arizona League Indians – The Indians lost their first game of the week on Sunday, but came back to win their next five.

Who stood out – 2014 third rounder Bobby Bradley in his last 10-games is batting .366 with one home run and 11 RBI. Bradley had his best game of the week on Thursday when he went 3-for-5 with a triple a home run and two RBI. In 13-games this season in the Arizona League, the left-handed hitter is posting a .358 average with two home runs and 15 RBI.

What’s Trending in the Minors

The San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate the Fresno Grizzlies will be hosting a home run derby contest at their ballpark. The contest is open to the public but it has a twist, as they will be going up against former major leaguer Jose Canseco. The ball club will be hosting open tryouts on July 20, and seven finalists will face off with Canseco on Aug. 12.

 

 

Tribe falls 6-2 to Chicago, despite a solid outing from McAllister

Jul 12, 2014 -- 9:01pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Mistakes early in the game, and some shaky bullpen work in the ninth, is what cost the Indians Saturday, as they fell 6-2 to the White Sox.

Quick Hits

  • The Indians, who are in third place in the American League Central, drop to 46-47 on the season.
  • Chicago improves to 45-50 on the season and sit in fourth place in the AL Central.
  • Zach McAllister’s record drops to 3-5 with the Tribe, and he now has an ERA of 5.63.
  • White Sox starter Scott Carroll improves to 4-5 with an ERA of 4.19.
  • Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, for his 15th of the season.
  • Jose Abreu hit his 29th homer of the year going 1-for-2 with two RBI for Chicago.

LVP of the Game – It was his major league debut, but it was also a rough one, as reliever Austin Adam’s allowed three runs on three hits in the ninth. Chicago’s Gordon Beckham, who only had one hit in his last seven games, then hit a two-run double with no outs to left field.

Tyler Flowers then grounded out to short, advancing Beckham to third. After a third of an inning, that was it for Adam’s first big league outing. Reliever Marc Rzepczynski then came in, allowing a sacrifice fly to Leury Garcia, for Adams third earned run.

“What I didn’t want to do is let him go until week without pitching,” said Indians’ manager Terry Francona on why Adams pitched in the ninth. “Tomorrow’s our last game before the break, and you have to figure, Cody, Shaw are going to pitch. We

McAllister Outing – McAllister on Saturday made his first start with the Indians since May 21, where in that start he allowed five runs on five hits in just two innings. In this outing however, he faired much better, pitching seven innings, allowing only three runs on just four hits. McAllister pitched well enough to win, but he allowed two mistakes that hurt him on a day where his offense didn’t quite show up.

“I thought he came out real aggressive, especially with his fastball, and mixed in some off speed pitches,” said Francona. “As the game went, he left the breaking ball to Abreu, kind of where he could get his arms extended. I thought after that he pretty much stayed with his fastball.”

The right-hander’s first hiccup came in the fourth inning when Abreu punished a breaking ball pitch for a two-run home run to right field. Two innings later in the sixth with two men on first and second, Chicago’s Adam Dunn crushed a pitch from McAllister for an RBI double. Overall, McAllister appeared to be pretty effective, and he looked good considering his struggles earlier in the season.

Not Getting It Done – Runs were hard to come by for the Indians on Saturday, with their biggest opportunity coming in the seventh with the bases loaded and one out. To start that inning, Lonnie Chisenhall reached first on a single, followed up by Yan Gomes who hit a fly ball to left, which dropped pretty quickly.

White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo made what appeared to be a catch at first sight, however after an Indians challenge, it was ruled that he had trapped the Gomes fly ball with his glove. David Murphy, the very next batter, then singled to right. Mike Aviles then had a chance to do some damage, but flied out to left. Asdrubal Cabrera then followed up with an inning ending strikeout.

There were to other times in the game, that being the third inning and fourth innings, where the Tribe had runners in scoring position, but were unable to capitalize. To be fair, the Indians had a lot of hard hit balls off of Carroll, however it just seemed like everything was hit to everyone.

Dr. Smooth – In the eighth inning Brantley leadoff with his 15th home run of the season, along with picking up his 63rd RBI. Brantley’s 63 RBI, tie him for seventh among the AL. With his homer on Saturday, the left-handed hitter now has a nine game hitting streak, giving him a .436 (17-for-39) average in that stretch.

Making Moves – Following Saturday’s game the Indians completed a trade where they acquired Angels’ lefty Nick Maronde for a player to be named or cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, designated hitter Jason Giambi was placed on the 60-day disabled list due to his knee. Maronde, who has an ERA this season of 12.79 in 6 1-3 innings, has been optioned to the minors.

Hoyer First Pitch – Before Saturday’s game, Browns’ quarterback and Cleveland native Brian Hoyer threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

A Stat from Left Field – Abreu has a .200 average against the Indians in his career, however he has five home runs out of the seven hits he’s collected.

Worth Quoting – “This is baseball, you’re not always going to capitalize. Our job is to keep getting those opportunities as much as possible. Hopefully tomorrow we have more opportunities and come through.” –Indians outfielder Michael Brantley on the seventh inning replay

Up Next – The Indians wrap up their three-game home series against the White Sox before the All-Star break on Sunday. On the mound for the Tribe, RHP Trevor Bauer (3-4, 4.23 ERA) he’ll go against Chicago LHP John Danks (8-6, 4.15 ERA). First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.

 

 

Tribe looks for three straight, as McAllister takes the mound against Chicago

Jul 12, 2014 -- 1:51pm

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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The in their last 10-games are 7-3 and look to continue that pace, as they go against the White Sox on Saturday at Progressive Field. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Pitching Matchups – Zach McAllister (3-4, 5.89 ERA) will make his first start in the majors since May 21, where he went two innings, allowing five runs on five hits. The very next day McAllister went on the disabled list with a lower back strain. After the right-hander was activated he was sent to Triple-A.

In six starts in Columbus McAllister posted a 5-0 record with a 2.33 ERA. Before going on the DL McAllister was 0-4 with a 9.51 ERA in six starts. McAllister owns a 3-1 record and ERA of 2.72 in seven career starts against Chciago.

On the mound for the White Sox is Scott Carroll (3-5, 4.52 ERA), who in his last outing allowed one hit in 6 2-3 innings in a 4-0 win over Boston. The right-hander this before that start compiled an 0-5 record with a 8.10 ERA in six starts. The rookie received his first ever loss against the Indian on May 3, when he surrendered two runs in six innings.

Batting Order

White SoxIndians
De Aza (L) LFKipnis (L) 2B
Ramirez SSCabrera (S) SS
Abreu 1BBrantley (L) CF
Dunn (L) DHSantana (S) 1B
Viciedo RFChisenhall (L) 3B
Gillaspie (L)Swisher (S) DH
Beckham 2BGomes C
Flowers CMurphy (L) RF
GarciaAviles LF

Who’s Hot – Nick Swisher has begun to heat up for the Indians, hitting three home runs in his last five games with seven RBI. In the span of seven games he’s hitting .310 and has seen his average jump from .197 to .207 in 10 games. The switch hitter this season has hit eight home runs and 36 RBI. Friday night Swisher went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Jose Abreu in his last seven games with the White Sox is posting a .357 average at the plate. Friday night the slugger extended his hitting streak to six games, and is 10-for-24 during that stretch. The right-handed hitter this year is recording a .287 average with a league high 28 home runs and 71 RBI.

Who’s Not – Tribe catcher Yan Gomes in the month of July is hitting just .207, however he has two home runs and six RBI. Gomes Friday night went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout. This season he’s batting .258 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI.

Gordon Beckham only has three hits in his last 10 games and is batting .081 (3-for-37) with a double and two RBI. He didn’t play Friday night, however Beckham went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Thursday night against Boston. The second baseman this year is hitting .236 with seven home runs and 25 RBI.

Scratched – Recently acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson was scratched from Saturday’s lineup. Dickerson, who was traded to the Indians on Monday from Pittsburgh, has played well since Michael Bourn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with hamstring tightness. He’s hit safely in the first five games he’s played with the club, while going 8-for-17 in that span.

“He’s done a really good job,” said Indians’ manager Terry Francona. “He’s been on base a ton. When a guy goes down and somebody fills in, and gets hot, it really helps.”

Making Moves – Before Thursday’s game the Indians announced that they had optioned reliever Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A. The Indians made this move to make room for McAllister. Pestano, who was called up from Columbus on June 20, posted a 1.24 ERA in that span. Francona had stated that Pestano pitched well its just protecting him against lefties was going to get tough. Left-handers against Pestano this season are posting a .538/.538/.923 slash line.

Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe has cleared waivers and will accept his outright assignment to Columbus. Lowe was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Former Indians now White Sox – Current Chicago reliever Zach Putnam played with the Indians in 2011. He appeared in eight games and had a record of 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA.

Notes

  • The Indians in their last 10 games are 7-3 and are now 1.5 games from second place. They have record of 46-46 and are 7.5 games behind first place Detroit in the American League Central.
  • Chicago sits in fourth place in the AL Central with a record of 44-50.
 

 

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