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With temperatures plummeting into the negatives, what better way to warm up then the Scrappers Hot Stove Banquet.  With less than a month to go, the Scrappers Scoop has all the details to get you ready for the event of the season.

As mentioned in the previous blog entry, the Scrappers are inviting fans to Ciminero’s Banquet Center on January 30, 2014 from 6-8 PM for a dinner and a meet and greet with some of the top prospects in the Indians’ organization.  Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children ages twelve and under.  Fans will enjoy dinner, remarks from a member of the Indians’ player development staff, and a silent auction benefiting the M.V.P.B.A. Scrappers Backers.  Following dinner, fans can take part in a question and answer session with the prospects as well as get autographs.

The Hot Stove Banquet is not only a way for you to support the Scrappers and the rich history of baseball talent the team has showcased in the valley, but also a way to interact with players the Indians have highlighted as their stars of tomorrow.  Sixty-four Major League players have roots in Mahoning Valley, and these seven young prospects could be the next to hit it big.  The Hot Stove Banquet is your chance to get their autographs, take a picture, learn what skills they hope to develop, and ask any question you would like before these players debut in the Major Leagues.

Still undecided on whether or to get a ticket for the Scrappers Hot Stove Banquet?  As part of the 2014 promotions schedule, one of the top prospects attending the event will have their very own Bobblehead given out at Eastwood Field this upcoming summer.  We will be announcing the bobblehead at the Hot Stove, and also giving everyone in attendance a ticket voucher to attend the bobblehead giveaway night.

Now let me introduce you to the All-Star line up of prospects we’ve got slated to attend the event! 

Giovanny Urshela

Giovanny Urshela

Giovanny Urshela

Born October 11, 1991 in Cartagena, Columbia Urshela signed with the Cleveland Indians as a Non-Drafted Free Agent on July 2, 2008.  He spent his first few season in the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona Rookie League before joining the Scrappers in 2010.  With the Scrappers, Urshela ranked third on the team for batting average ( .290), second on the team for hits (64), first on the team for RBI (35) and third on the team for total bases (81).  He played the 2011 season with Class A Lake County and the 2012 season with Class A Advanced Carolina.  After being named the Best Infield Arm in the Indians Organization by Baseball America in 2012, Urshela played the 2013 season in Class AA Akron.

 

 

 

Jesus Aguilar

Jesus Aguilar getting congratulated after a home run

Jesus Aguilar getting congratulated after a home run

Jesus Aguilar has been one of the hottest hitters rising up through the Indians farm system.  Born June 30, 1990 in Maracan, Venezula, Aguilar signed with the Cleveland Indians as a Non-Draft Free Agent on November 13, 2007.  After two seasons in the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Rookie League Aguilar joined the 2010 Mahoning Valley Scrappers.  Aguilar hit .244 with 30 hits, 17 RBI, 8 runs, 9 doubles, 2 homeruns and 2 stolen bases for the Scrappers.  During the 2011 season, Aguilar spent time in both Class A Lake County and Class A Advanced Carolina and lead all of the Indians’ organization in RBI (82), placed second in home runs (23) and third in hits (131).  He was named a 2011 and 2013 Indians’ Organization All-Star by Milb.com.  He was rated the Best Power Hitter in the Indians’ Organization by Baseball America in 2012 and was a member of the All-Star Futures team that same year.  Aguilar spent 2013 with Class AA Akron and again was an offensive leader.  He recorded the most RBI (105), had the second most homeruns (16) and had the third most hits (137) in the Indians’ Organization.  Following the 2013, season Aguilar was named a Post-Season Eastern League All-Star, was named the 17th ranked Indians’ prospect by MLB.com, and is currently listed on the Indians 40 man roster.

 

Bryson Myles

Bryson Miles (Jesse Piecuch)

Bryson Miles (Jesse Piecuch)

One of the speediest prospects in the Indians’ system Bryson Myles was born September 18, 1989 in Grand Prairie, Texas.  Originally recruited by Texas Christian University as a linebacker Myles chose to play baseball and was signed out of Stephen F. Austin University in the 6th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Amateur Draft.  He began his professional baseball career as a Scrapper and saw great success in Mahoning Valley.  Myles was a 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star and had the fifth highest batting average in the league (.302) upon the conclusion of the season.  He lead the 2011 Scrappers squad in stolen bases (20), and placed third on the team for triples (3), on base percentage (.394) and slugging percentage (.401).  He played the 2012 season for Class A Lake County and most recently played for the Class A Advanced Carolina Mudcats in 2013.  As a Mudcat Myles hit .285 and ranked second on the team for slugging percentage (.427), third for stolen bases (15), third for homeruns (8) and fourth for RBI (52).  The outfielder was named a 2013 Indians Organization All-Star by MiLB.com.

 

Erik Gonzalez

Erik Gonzalez (Jesse Piecuch)

Erik Gonzalez (Jesse Piecuch)

Erik Gonzalez was born on August 31, 1991 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.  He signed as a Non-Drafted Free Agent just five days shy of his seventeenth birthday on August 26, 2008.  After spending the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons in the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona Rookie League Gonzalez joined the 2012 Scrappers team.  In Mahoning Valley, Gonzalez hit .220 with 47 hits, 30 runs, 9 doubles, 1 triple and a homerun.  In addition, Gonzalez lead the 2012 team with 9 stolen bases.  He spent the 2013 season in Class A Lake County and Class A Advanced Carolina.  Gonzalez is currently listed on the Cleveland Indians 40 man roster.

 

 

 

Tyler Naquin

Tyler Naquin (Jesse Piecuch)

Tyler Naquin (Jesse Piecuch)

Another member of the 2012 Scrappers team, Tyler Naquin was born April 26, 1991 in Spring, Texas.  After a standout career at Texas A&M, the centerfielder was drafted in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.  Naquin was ranked the third best prospect and the Best Outfield Arm by Baseball America following his 2012 season with the Scrappers.  He spent the 2013 season in Class A Advanced Carolina and Class AA Akron.  At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Naquin had the second most hits (124), third most runs (69), third most doubles (27), second most homeruns (9), third highest slugging percentage (.424) and third most total bases (190) for the Carolina Mudcats.    He was a 2013 Carolina League All-Star, 2013 Arizona Fall League All-Star, a member of the 2013 Arizona Fall League Top Prospects team and is currently ranked the 5th Top Prospect in the Indians organization by MLB.com.

 

Joey Wendle

Joey Wendle (Jesse Piecuch)

Joey Wendle (Jesse Piecuch)

The third member of the Scrappers 2012 team expected to attend the Hot Stove is infielder Joey Wendle.  Wendle was born April 26, 1990 in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.  He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft out of West Chester University and had his professional debut here in Mahoning Valley.  Wendle had a standout year in 2012 hitting .327 and leading the Scrappers in hits (80), runs scored (32), RBI (37), doubles (15), triples (4) and total bases (115).  He was also named a 2012 New York-Penn League All-Star.  Wendle played the 2013 season for Class A Advanced Carolina and ranked second in the Carolina League for slugging percentage (.513) and extra base hits (53).  He was named a 2013 Carolina League All-Star and a Post-Season All-Star.  In addition to being named a 2013 Indians Organization All-Star by MiLB.com, Wendle was honored as the 2013 Lou Bourdreau Award recipient, which is given to the Indians Minor League Player of the Year.

 

Kyle Crockett

Kyle Cockett (Jesse Piecuch)

Kyle Cockett (Jesse Piecuch)

Rounding out the list of Top Prospects expected to attend the Hot Stove Banquet is left handed pitcher Kyle Crockett.  Crockett was born December 15, 1991 in Newport News, Virginia.  After an extremely successful collegiate career  at the University of Virginia, Crockett was selected in the 4th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.  He began his professional career as a Scrapper and also played for Class A Lake County. After finishing  the 2013 season in Class AA Akron, Crockett is now currently listed as the 15th best prospect in the Indians Organization by MiLB.com.

 

 

 

For more information on the Hot Stove Banquet or to order tickets call the front office at (330) 505-0000 or go to www.mvscrappers.com.

 “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth” – Lou Gehrig

If you’ve followed the MLB Postseason on social media this fall, you’ve probably seen quite a few hashtags involving October.  Major League Baseball started it all with #chasingOctober and several teams followed suit.  We saw #Buctober in Pittsburgh, #oCtober in Cleveland, #OAKtober in Oakland, #Soxtober in Boston, and here at the Scrappers we’ve had #Walktober.

Eastwood Field is home to the Scrappers for 38 home games between the months of June and September as well as YSU Penguin baseball through most of the Spring.  However, it also plays host to several community events such as the recent Walk Now For Autism Speaks Walk October 5th, and the Northeast Ohio Defeat ALS Walk this past Sunday.

Pumpkin decorating at the resource fair.

Pumpkin decorating at the resource fair.

2013 Was the first year we’ve helped host Walk Now For Autism Speaks Walk and it proved to be a truly unique and impactful event.  Autism Speaks began setup at 7am and by the time registration opened to the public at 9 the DJ was playing, tents were propped up and the resource fair was ready to go.  My favorite part of the event was that Autism Speaks involved local businesses and groups through their resource fair.  Ten tables at the fair were set up with information about Autism as well as an activities for kids who visited.

After opening remarks, teams followed Scrappy on a one-mile walk around the ballpark ending at third base on the field.  A personal element Autism Speaks incorporated into the event was having pictures of the different teams cycle through on the videoboard.  Several people stopped to check out their team picture from the year before and some of their favorite family pictures that they had submitted earlier this fall.

Team Pictures before Walk Now Autism Speaks

Team Pictures before Walk Now Autism Speaks

Ready, set, lets walk!

Ready, set, lets walk!

Walkers on the home stretch.

Walkers on the home stretch.

The following Sunday, the staff returned to Eastwood Field to help prepare for and host the second walk of the month, this time for the ALS Association.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a cause that has had a profound effect on the baseball community.  Hall of Famer and Yankee legend Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS during the 1939 season.  In what the New York Times called “one of the most touching scenes ever witnessed on a ball field” Lou Gehrig addressed Yankee Stadium, his critics, and his fans and thanked them for their support on July 4, 1939.  If you haven’t seen Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech, I highly recommend watching it.

The ALS Association set up information about Lou Gehrig’s legacy, a giant inflatable baseball jersey signed by fans and ALS supporters from all over the country, and information tables around the stadium for walkers to peruse after registration.  After an opening ceremony from the planning board as well as a statement from Miss Pennsylvania who recently lost her father to the disease, walkers followed Scrapper around the park to support ALS.

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ALS Awareness jersey signed by fans from all over the country

Lou Gehrig display

Lou Gehrig display at the Defeat ALS Walk

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Scrappy Leading the Defeat ALS Walk

Stephanie Novak and Jordan Taylor serving hot dogs and snacks after the walk.

Stephanie Novak and Jordan Taylor serving hot dogs and snacks after the Defeat ALS walk.

The Autism Speaks and ALS Association walks were my first two events since the season ended and proved to be a taste of how though we may only have games June through September, the Scrappers are  part of the community all year round.

Why purchase Scrappers season tickets? Here are a few reasons:

1. Guaranteed seats to all 38 Scrappers home games.
2. Exclusive gift
3. Benefit coupons
4. Guaranteed giveaways for selected games
5. Access to VIP Gate, which opens 15 minutes earlier than the main gate
6. Pre-season Meet-The-Team party
7. Free Scrappers media guide
8. Season wrap-up party
9. Unused ticket exchange program
10. Recognition in the 2011 souvenir game program
11. Nightly stat sheets and game notes
12. Special group outing discounts
13. Free box seat ticket vouchers
14. Extra VIP events featuring Q&A sessions with special guests

Don’t forget that season tickets are the perfect way to entertain clients/friends/family!

ALL NEW FOR 2011:  If you sign up for a 3-year season ticket package, you will receive a FREE SUITE RENTAL EACH SEASON ($500 added value). The suite rental includes 12 tickets and 3 parking passes. This can be used for any Sunday – Thursday game (one per account).

Full season ticket packages are priced at $304 per seat with payment plans available. Don’t forget about our Early Bird Discounts! These discounts are available if tickets are paid in full by December 31, 2010.

For more information, please call 330-505-000.

The fall season is upon us and Halloween is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 26th, 2010. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Buckeye Online School for Success, along with media partners 21 WFMJ, WBCB, and Clear Channel will be holding the annual “Trick or Treat” event from 6pm to 8pm at Eastwood Field. Bring your children 12 and under to trick or treat throughout the concourse. Tickets are only $1, and parents do not need a ticket to enter. Tickets are limited to the first 1,500 children, so be the first to purchase a ticket starting Monday, October 4th! Purchase your ticket at the Scrappers Team Office or call 330-505-000.

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