The Indianapolis Indians open their season today, on the road in Toledo. Most of the rest of the International League started last night, except for the Norfolk Tides and the Charlotte Knights, who were rained out in Charlotte. The lights were on at Victory Field early this morning, even though the team is going on the road today.
Here are six things for Indians fans to be watching for this month:
1. Starling Marte -- This 23-year-old center fielder blasted his way through Spring Training in major league camp. He's starting the season in Indianapolis because he has not yet played a game above the AA level, and the Pirates feel he needs to spend some time in AAA, particularly facing a higher level of pitching. The Dominican native was the Eastern League batting leader in 2011 while playing for the Altoona Curve, with a .332 average. He also showed some power, a new thing for him, with 38 doubles, 8 triples, and 12 homers. With the Indians, he will spend most of his time in c...
Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.