Hello everyone and Happy Independence Day! :-)
The latest Farm Report with Ross Atkins:
Winning percentages for Indians: 58% for the 6 teams, 2nd in all of baseball; 5/6 clubs in 1st place!
There is value in winning at the Minor Leagues; easier to develop players in a winning atmosphere, but it isn't paramount; won't sacrifice developing players for winning. However, often those wins are due to the result of the development of players.
Tim Bogar - AA Akron - will manage at AA All-Star Game next week; bringing 6 AA players with him:
RHP Randy Newsom (was the PTBNL in the Crisp/Marte trade)
LHP Reid Santos
C Wyatt Toregas
1B/OF Jordan Brown
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
OF Brian Barton
Very exciting - All on their way up; it's a very positive thing; very encouraging.
Going to the AAA AS Game:
Manager Torey Lovullo
1B Ryan Mulhern
2B/SS Luis Rivas
Lovullo - making sure the energy is up and helping the players develop their skills in order to advance to the ML level; has done a very good job of keeping a steady ballclub despite a lot of turnover. All the AAA players don't want to be in Buffalo, but rather, in Cleveland.
Farm Report off next week; back in 2 weeks!