Four Home Runs Lead Indians To A Win

Indianapolis Indians  7,  Durham Bulls  4 (Box)   The Indianapolis Indians scored 7 runs in the 9th inning of last night’s game in Louisville, and tonight, they started up right where they left off, defeating the Durham Bulls at Victory Field.  They began by scoring in each of the first three innings, and in four of the first five frames.  The Indians, who had been second-to-last in the International League in number of...

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Three Hits For Presley In Indians’ 5th Straight Win

Indianapolis Indians  4,  Louisville Bats  1 (Box)   Three hits by RF/LF Alex Presley and three triples sparked the Indians to a win over the Louisville Bats, giving the Tribe a 2-0 game lead in this home/away series.  Presley singled, doubled, and tripled, missing his second cycle with the Indians by only a home run.  SS Anderson Hernandez and 2B Brian Friday also tripled.  Justin Wilson earned his fourth win of the season with...

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Duke Welker Lighting Up the Radar Guns in Altoona

ALTOONA, Pa. — Standing at 6′ 7″, 260 pounds, Duke Welker is a big man. But he’s got an even bigger arm. The right-hander has seen his fastball light up the radar guns throughout the Eastern League touching 98, 99 and even 100 in relief from the Altoona Bullpen. Welker has made 13 appearances with Double-A Altoona in 2012, but it’s enough for Manager P.J. Forbes to notice his potential. “This guys...

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Prospect Notebook: Baker’s Fastball Command, Welker’s Control

Nathan Baker was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He spent the last two years in A-ball, playing in high-A during the 2011 season. This year Baker will be making the jump to the Double-A level, starting in the Altoona rotation. The Pirates sent Baker to the Arizona Fall League over the off-season to give him some experience against upper level hitting. The left-hander had some inconsistent...

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Prospect Notebook: Alderson Touches 93 MPH

I wrote the other day about Tim Alderson going back to an old long toss program, and how his old velocity is back this Spring. Alderson threw an inning today in the Triple-A game, and the results were once again strong. The first pitch out of Alderson’s hand was a fastball. The gun reading? 93 MPH. Alderson followed with three straight 91 MPH fastballs, getting a ground out back to the mound. In the next at-bat he led off with...

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