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Some Good News and Some Bad News from Indians’ Camp in Goodyear

March 13, 2017 |

The World Baseball Classic has deprived Major League spring training camps of countless players, but life carries on as the 30 teams prepare for the quickly approaching regular season slate of games.

The Indians, down eleven players from their organization, have continued on without some of the bigger names from their roster, including Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, and Andrew Miller. Despite the vacancies, the show must go on and the Tribe has put together a good stretch of play with their depleted roster, winning three straight over the weekend and four of their last five contests overall.

But with the good, generally comes the bad, and there was plenty of both over the course of the week. Read More

Indians Protect Mejia, Select His Contract from Lynchburg

November 19, 2016 |

Friday was a busy day for the Cleveland Indians, as four separate roster moves were made throughout the day in advance of the deadline for adding players to the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft in December.

Earlier in the day, the team claimed left-handed pitchers Tim Cooney and Edwin Escobar off of waivers and outrighted catcher Chris Gimenez from the 40-man roster. With one final roster spot remaining, the Indians selected the contract of High-A catcher Francisco Mejia, protecting him from exposure to the Rule 5 draft. Read More

MILB.com Names Indians’ Organizational All-Star Team

October 22, 2016 |

While the focus right now may be on the Cleveland Indians’ Major League roster, things are going well throughout the Tribe’s farm system as well.

The importance on drafting strong and developing stronger is no more apparent than at the Major League level for the Indians. The current playoff roster is well-balanced between guys drafted/signed internationally and developed solely by the club (Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Cody Allen to name a few), others acquired via trades and developed on the farm (Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana, and other absentee names like Carlos Carrasco, Michael Brantley, and Yan Gomes), and other veterans still who were added via big trades or free agent moves (Andrew Miller, Mike Napoli, Rajai Davis, Brandon Guyer, and Coco Crisp).

The names that compose the roster now all worked their way up through the minor league system, whether in the Indians organization or elsewhere. The names of the future are doing the same and some standout performers were recognized this week when MILB.com announced its picks for Cleveland’s organizational All-Stars. Read More

Pelicans Capture Mills Cup Championship with Three-Run Seventh; Pelicans 5, Hillcats 3

September 15, 2016 |

A three-run seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Mills Cup Championship Series on Wednesday as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans came back to defeat the Lynchburg Hillcats by a 5-3 final.

The win gave the Pelicans a 3-1 series win and their second consecutive Carolina League championship as they celebrated on the Hillcats’ home turf, Calvin Falwell Field at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Just two batters into the bottom of the first, the home team held the early lead. It would not last for long as the Hillcats twice on the night surrendered a slight one-run lead.

Against Pelicans starter Preston Morrison in the first, Tyler Krieger singled and scored on a double to center by Francisco Mejia. They would add a single by Yu-Cheng Chang and Anthony Santander was hit by a pitch, but Bobby Bradley went down swinging before a double play grounder from Dorssys Paulino. Read More

The Postseason Pendulum of the Hillcats

September 14, 2016 |

The High-A Lynchburg Hillcats had clinched a guaranteed playoff berth by winning the first-half Northern Division title in the Carolina League.

The team fought valiantly to win the Northern Division second half title. That victory would insure all three divisional series games be played at Calvin Falwell Field in Lynchburg.

Alas, the Hillcats finished the second half with the identical 39-31 record of Potomac. With Potomac holding the tiebreaker – head-to-head wins – this meant the first game of the Northern Division Championship would take place at Pfitzner Stadium in Potomac. Read More

Top Three Tribe Farm Teams Set to Start Minor League Playoffs

September 7, 2016 |

It’s playoff time in the minor leagues and three Indians affiliates will begin their chases for postseason crowns on Wednesday night.

The Triple-A Columbus Clippers, Double-A Akron RubberDucks, and High-A Lynchburg Hillcats all punched tickets in their respective leagues behind solid 2016 seasons. The Clippers won the International League’s West Division with an eleven-game lead at year’s end. The RubberDucks clinched a playoff berth on Sunday and won the Western Division title outright on Monday. The Hillcats won the Carolina League Northern Division first-half crown and tied the Potomac Nationals for the division’s second-half title with a 39-31 finish. Read More

Hitting Prowess Drives the Thrillcats

August 31, 2016 |

Over the past several weeks, the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats have been a prominent feature in both Carolina League and national baseball news. Lynchburg’s on-field host, Kestrel Kerl, has awarded the team the moniker of “Thrillcats” and the team and the player continue to live up to this name.

All the excitement began with the continuation of what turned out to be a 50-game hitting streak for catcher Francisco Mejia. The streak began May 25 while Mejia was a member of the Low-A Lake County Captains and continued at Lynchburg under the watch of hitting coach Larry Day.

“You try to keep him focused on the things that matter and that is his daily preparation as both a hitter and a catcher,” said Day. “Rigo Beltran, our pitching coach, does a phenomenal job of educating him on the night’s starting pitcher so that he knows what he’ll be seeing, and what he’ll be calling as the catcher.” Read More

Marabell’s Walk-Off, Santander’s Doubles, New Hardware, and More in Hillcats Chatter

August 29, 2016 |

The Carolina League season is rapidly winding down for the Lynchburg Hillcats, with just seven games remaining on their regular season schedule. Their ticket to postseason baseball in September was punched with a first half Northern Division crown, but they are sitting atop the league again with a 37-26 record and a one-game lead over the Potomac Nationals after breaking a tie in the standings with a walk-off win on Sunday. Earlier in the week, they had completed a sweep over Wilmington before dropping the first two games of their three-game set with the P-Nats.

The Hillcats will take their final road trip of the regular season this week, heading to Myrtle Beach for three games with the Pelicans beginning Tuesday before returning home for four straight against the Salem Red Sox. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on September 7.

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Bradley Named Carolina League MVP as Six Hillcats Named Postseason All-Stars

August 28, 2016 | | 2 Comments

Lynchburg’s Bobby Bradley is your Carolina League Most Valuable Player for the 2016 season, as the third-year pro brought home the second consecutive league MVP award for the Hillcats.

The Carolina League also announced its 13-man postseason All-Star roster, nearly half of which was filled by Lynchburg players. In addition to Bradley, outfielders Greg Allen and Anthony Santander, second baseman Mark Mathias, shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang, and catcher Francisco Mejia also were honored by the end-of-the-season accolades. Hillcats manager Mark Budzinski was named the league’s Manager of the Year.

The six players honored with postseason All-Star selections fell just one short of Lynchburg’s record for selections in a year, set in 2002 when the club had seven players picked. Read More

Mejia’s Hitting Streak Temporarily Ends, Chang to DL, and More in Hillcats Chatter

August 14, 2016 |

The Lynchburg Hillcats continued their fight for the second half crown in the Carolina League’s Northern Division, but ended the day on Saturday four games in back of first place Potomac. The Hillcats have already secured a playoff berth with their first half title, but remain in the hunt for home field advantage in the High-A postseason.

The Hillcats finished last weekend on a down note, dropping three straight in a four-game set to the rival Salem Cubs. After a day off on Monday, they took two of three from the Nationals to cut into that deficit in the division, winning the games on Tuesday (2-1) and Thursday (3-2). Returning home for three against Winston-Salem, the Dash won 10-2 on Friday and won on Saturday 7-5 on a two-run home run in the tenth inning.

Lynchburg will wrap up their series with Winston-Salem at 4:00 PM on Sunday before hitting the road for seven straight with Frederick (four games) and Myrtle Beach (three). After that road trip, they will play ten of their final 13 regular season games at Calvin Falwell Field.

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Streak Now 47 for Mejia, Santander Maintains RBI Lead, and More in Hillcats Chatter

August 8, 2016 |

Those pesky rival Salem Red Sox ruined the Hillcats’ weekend, taking three of four from Lynchburg. It was the first time since the middle of May that the two teams have not split a series against one another.

August has not been kind to the Hillcats (26-18) in general as the club is just 3-5 to start the month. With a playoff berth already clinched with their Northern Division win in the first half, they are still fighting for the second-half crown too, but trail the Potomac Nationals by four games. They split their series at home against those same Nationals to begin the final month of the regular season, but the pitching staff was lit up over the weekend, giving up 13, 12, and 11 runs in three straight games from Friday to Sunday against Salem.

The ‘Cats will take a needed day off on Monday to recoup before spending three days in Potomac, where they can make up some ground and hope to end the P-Nats’ five-game winning streak. They will return home at the end of the week to host Winston-Salem for three, only to hit the road again for another week.

In other Hillcats chatter: Read More

Getting the Dish on Francisco Mejia

August 3, 2016 |

Francisco Mejia was a shortstop growing up in Bani of the Dominican Republic. That’s not an uncommon position for someone with a 5’10”, 175 lb. build.

Instead, in the last few months before the International Signing Period at his coaches suggestion, Mejia shifted to catcher. He has been learning to handle the position ever since.

“I love catching, but it’s a hard position to play,” said Mejia. “My first year, I was a bit scared of catching. I played mostly designated hitter.” Read More