People ask me all the time why the Aeros continue to do well year after year. This is my fifth season covering the team for the Beacon Journal and I always say the same thing:
1) The parent-club Indians continually stock the team with a bulk of its minor-league prospects. It used to be all organizations did this at the Double-A level. But one look at the veteran Curve roster, and you can see they have as many, if not more, free-agent veterans than there are at the Tribe's Triple-A Buffalo level.
2) Like other Double-A teams each season, the Aeros tend to lose their best first-half players to promotion - like they did with Kevin Kouzmanoff last season (once he was healthy). However, the players at high Class-A Kinston come up to Akron and take over without losing much (last year it was outfielder Trevor Crowe).
That doesn't usually happen in a lot of other organizations, as the Double-A level is such a separator for eventual major league talent. But year after year the Kinston Kids (I'm old enought to call them that) come to town ready to play, and like Crowe did last year, often bring an infusion of energy with them that boasts the team.