It’s almost September, which means it’s almost time for scarves, pumpkins, and to cease wearing white. It’s also time for what will hopefully be meaningful baseball and the most anticipated September happening — roster expansions and September call-ups.
The Indians have had an up-and-down season that has resulted in an average record. Their starting pitchers have been through the rotating door of Cleveland, Columbus, and even the bullpen more times than fans can count, though they seem to have finally reached a fairly steady pattern, provided the younger pitchers keep up their strong performances. The bullpen was lights-out for most of the season and the team’s saving grace, though Cody Allen’s past weekend left fans with a bit of a sour taste in their mouths, despite the runs attributed to Allen being also attributed as unearned. Defense has been laughable at times, and hitting is virtually non-existent, save for that Zach Walters kid.
Walters, Jose Ramirez, and Tyler Holt have brought new life into the team in recent weeks, giving fans excitement about the potential of new additions to the team. The three players are young and have spent most of their seasons on minor league rosters, but big league tribulations have given all three a chance to prove their worth.
The month of May was an average month for the Columbus Clippers (31-32) as they boasted a month record of 15-16, but there were many bright spots around the diamond in Columbus.
The Clippers started the month winning eight of their first 10 games, including six-straight win from May 5-10 against Rochester and Syracuse at Huntington Park. The team went on to win seven of the eight games during that home stand against the Red Wings and Chiefs.
Following the hot start, the Clippers lost 10 of the next 12 games on the road against Rochester, Syracuse and at home against Durham. The team finished the month with two wins at home against Louisville.
It was an up and down week throughout the Indians minor league system, but the biggest “up,” may have been the promotion of outfielder Clint Frazier to the Lake County Captains. Frazier made his debut Thursday evening. Frazier was the Cleveland Indians 2013 first round draft pick and the fifth pick overall. Frazier was the 2013 National Gatorade High School Player of the Year.
Before Frazier made his debut Thursday evening, the Tribe’s minor league affiliates had lots of action this past week.
The Triple-A Columbus Clippers began the week with a 1-5 record sitting in last place in the International West Division. Columbus was on the road for all eight games between April 10th and 17th. During this period the Clippers went 4-2 with two games at Indianapolis postponed due to inclement weather. The Clippers started the week losing two out of three games to the Louisville Bats. Columbus went on to win three straight road games versus the Indianapolis Indians and the Toledo Mud Hens. The Clippers have moved out of last place and currently sport a 5-7 record. At 23-years old and standing at 6’3 250 lbs. Jesus Aguilar is certainly an imposing figure. Aguilar imposed his will in his first 10 games of the season being named the Cleveland Indians minor league player of the week during this time. Aguilar hit .417 with four doubles, three home runs and eight runs batted in.
The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ players who is in a roster battle to earn one of the Tribe’s last spots on the Opening Day roster.
Quietly after the conclusion of last season, the Cleveland Indians claimed pitcher Tyler Cloyd off of waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.
There were some that were surprised that the Phillies had exposed the 26-year-old Cloyd to the waiver process. Injuries and ineffectiveness had riddled their aging starting rotation throughout the season. Left-handed starter John Lannan was lost in mid-April to injury and made only 14 starts on the season. Veteran Roy Halladay made just 13 starts, including an eight-run shellacking by Cleveland on April 30th, before losing time to the disabled list himself. Even rookie Jonathan Pettibone, who joined the club in late April, was shelved for the season with a shoulder injury by the end of July. Another veteran, Cole Hamels, was tagged for losses in nine of his first ten decisions.
Cloyd, who has had various degrees of success throughout his professional career, had shown the ability to compete consistently at the minor league level. He has not been able to translate that success in his two seasons in the Major Leagues.