Right now the Indians are ice cold despite being in the warm glow of the West Coast. Thankfully here at TSM Baseball we don’t just follow the Indians and there are plenty of story lines to follow throughout the Indians minor league system. Here’s your weekly dose of who’s hot and who’s not in the Indians minor league system.
Over 162 games there are bound to be peaks and valleys. But let’s be honest if I had realized that winning three out of four against the Royals was going to be a peak I would have savored the moment a little more.
If you weren’t paying attention the Tribe had a pretty rough weekend out in San Francisco and will stay out on the West Coast tonight to start a series with Angels. While the Indians are technically in last place in the AL Central they are only three games out of first with a record of 11-14 so things aren’t getting out of hand quite yet. Step into my office and I’ll get you caught up on all the Noise on the North Coast.
This week Andy and Jason discuss Michael Pineda‘s sticky situation in New York. Then Andy swoons over Gregory Polanco and discusses Starling Marte‘s struggles as well as Carlos Gomez‘s etiquette, or lack thereof. Jason congratulates Cleveland on being 11-11 despite their rough start. He highlights their poor play defensively, but not wanting to be a Negative Nancy, does some swooning of his own over The Chiz Kid. Finally, the gang wraps up with a SeaWolves shout-out to Greg Coleman for treating his fans right and Wade Gaynor for hitting a home run that has yet to hit the ground.
Last season, as summer faded into fall Danny Salazar was putting the finishing touches on an awesome debut season. The Indians had originally said that Salazar would be shut down when he reached his innings cap but when Justin Masterson landed on the disabled list and the Indians were still in the playoff hunt those plans went out the window.
It’s a beautiful spring day along the North Coast and the sun is shining even brighter since John Axford pulled the rabbit out of the hat on Easter Sunday to record his sixth save of the season. What’s that? You’re disappointed in the Indians 8-10 start? Well just remember that your 2013 Cleveland Indians sported that exact same record after 18 games. In fact, they went all the way down to 8-13 before righting the ship. So with that reality in mind, let’s take a minute to catch up on all the noise along the North Coast.
By Andy Burdick
How great is it that Major League Baseball players can fight at the office and only end up with a few days of leave?
Union jobs, man.
If you haven’t already seen, on Sunday, April 20, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez tossed his bat and pimp walked on a deep fly ball to center field, which didn’t sit well with Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.
By Andy Burdick
Ike Davis is now a Pittsburgh Pirate. After what I’m sure most New York Mets fans would describe as a frustrating tenure in the Big Apple, General Manager Neal Huntington made a move for the power hitting lefty on Friday right before the Mets took on the Braves. The Pirates traded minor league relief pitcher Zack Thornton and everybody’s favorite, PTBNL (Player to be Named Later).
Davis was the 18th overall pick by the Mets out of Arizona State in the 2008 draft, the same year that the Pirates selected power hitting third baseman Pedro Alvarez 2nd overall. The 27 year old lefty is making $3.5 million this season, is arbitration eligible through 2016, and hits free agency in 2017 Continue reading
By Andy Burdick
The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a much different start this season than the beginning of 2013. Last April, the Pirates hit a total of 26 home runs as a team. Through the first sixteen games of the season, Pittsburgh has 23 home runs, which is second in all of baseball, only to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They’re slugging .407, tenth in all of baseball. So where did Pittsburgh find all of this power over the first two weeks of the season? Continue reading