Prospect Reports: Phil Irwin Getting Back the Feel For His Pitches
May17

Prospect Reports: Phil Irwin Getting Back the Feel For His Pitches

April was a month to forget for Phil Irwin. In the month, Irwin had an 11.57 ERA in 14 innings, with 20 hits allowed. “When you take a year off from surgery and don’t get as many innings in the spring as you want, I was just struggling to find the timing on my delivery,” Irwin said. “I just did not get the feeling of comfort on the mound early in the season. It obviously resulted in a bad April.” However, Irwin turned it around in...

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Scout: Gregory Polanco has a chance to be a star
May13

Scout: Gregory Polanco has a chance to be a star

With the media and fan attention that has been thrown at Gregory Polanco, almost everything has been said about the super prospect. With this kind of attention comes Major League pressure. The pressure and the attention allow some people to forget that Polanco is only 22. In fact, he has had only five at bats this season against pitchers who are younger than him. The numbers don’t lie for Polanco, with an OPS of 1.015 through 36 games...

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Prospect Reports: Breaking Down Nick Kingham’s Stuff Against Akron
May11

Prospect Reports: Breaking Down Nick Kingham’s Stuff Against Akron

Follow @CTD_Sypien It was a tale of two Nick Kingham’s on a cool spring Saturday night in Akron, Ohio. Kingham dazzled with consistency during the first three frames, working ahead in the count, repeating his delivery, and working quickly. During his final two frames, Kingham saw diminished control and got out of his quick rhythm on the mound. On the night Kingham threw three pitches to a line up which featured top Indian...

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Andy Oliver Dominating, But Still Has Questions With His Control
May03

Andy Oliver Dominating, But Still Has Questions With His Control

For former top prospect Andy Oliver, the only thing that is keeping him out of the Major Leagues is control, or lack there of. While he led the International League in strikeouts with 138 in 2013, he also blew away the competition with his league leading 112 walks. In fact, Oliver had more walks than hits allowed. He only allowed 99 hits in his 124.1 innings. Though on the surface, it doesn’t appear that Oliver has seen much...

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The sinker is working early for Casey Sadler
Apr29

The sinker is working early for Casey Sadler

Though Casey Sadler admitted that he was trying to “refine the craft and get better as the year goes on,” getting better may be a tough one for the sinker ball throwing right-hander. In four starts, Sadler has a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings in Triple-A. In his last outing, Sadler was just dominant, allowing just four hits in seven shutout innings. He walked two and struck out six. The strikeout totals in his last Indianapolis start is what...

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Brandon Cumpton avoids first slow start of career
Apr23

Brandon Cumpton avoids first slow start of career

Brandon Cumpton is off to a staggeringly strong start this season. However, that is not something that he is generally accustomed to. This is a trend that holds up statistically as well, as 2014 is the only successful April that Cumpton has compiled in professional baseball. In 2013, Cumpton allowed 16 earned runs in 28 innings with Altoona and Indianapolis. In 2012, he allowed 10 earned runs in 25 innings with Altoona. But the most...

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