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November 29, 2007   (0 comments)
On Wednesday, the Indians lost three minor league free agents that were signed by the Washington Nationals:
Jason Stanford (LHP)
Bobby Brownlie (RHP)
Jim Ed Warden (RHP)
Stanford could use a change of scenery, and really had no spot for him in Buffalo with the likes of Chuck Lofgren and Scott Lewis moving up to Buffalo this year into the starting staff and joining holdovers...
November 27, 2007   (0 comments)
ASDRUBAL CABRERA combined to hit .303 in 2007
AARON LAFFEY was 17-6 w/a 3.34 ERA
CLEVELAND, OH—The Cleveland Indians today announced the recipients of the organization’s 2007 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards.
INF ASDRUBAL CABRERA has been named the 2007 winner of the Lou Boudreau...
November 27, 2007   (0 comments)
Here is an update how various prospects in the system are doing in the winter leagues:
Dominican Winter League:
Argenis Tavarez (C, Gigantes del Cibao): .000 AVG (0-1), .000 OPS
Chris De La Cruz (IF, Aguilas Cibaenas): .259 AVG (7-27), 2 2B , 2 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, .609 OPS
Andy Marte (IF, Azucareros del Este): .262 AVG (17-65), 6 2B, 11 RBI, 10 BB, 17 K, .722 OPS
November 21, 2007   (0 comments)
Now that the Indians have decided on who they would add to the 40-man roster to protect from the Rule 5 Draft, I just wanted to break down quickly why they added who they did and what players they left unprotected who are now in danger of being selected.
The fact they protected Adam Miller, Reid Santos, Scott Lewis, Tony Sipp and Wyatt Toregas is not much of a surprise to me. I even nailed...
November 19, 2007   (0 comments)
The Indians added the following players to their 40-man roster today:
Adam Miller (RHP)
Scott Lewis (LHP)
Reid Santos (LHP)
Tony Sipp (LHP)
Wyatt Toregas (C)
The 40-man roster is now at 39 players.
November 19, 2007   (0 comments)
Right-handed relief prospect Jeff Stevens continues to make his name noticed, and is primed for a potential bullpen role in Cleveland sometime in 2008 if he continues to pitch as well as he has in 2007 and this offseason. Team USA just won the World Cup, and Stevens was a big contributor in the bullpen throwing six shutout innings and only giving up three hits while striking out five.
November 17, 2007   (0 comments)
Baseball America just released their Arizona Fall League Top 20 Prospect ranking for the recently concluded Arizona Fall League (AFL) season in 2007. The Indians had two players make the list: right-hander Adam Miller (#5) and left-hander David Huff (#20). Here is what Baseball America had to say about the two pitchers in the rankings piece:
5. Adam Miller, rhp, Surprise (Indians): After battling...
November 16, 2007   (0 comments)
This is the beginning of an Indians minor league FAQ I am putting together. This FAQ will be updated a lot this offseason as I add more things like team records as well as many other things I come across that will be added. This will also be linked in the Minor League Reference section.
1. Player salaries
Major League Baseball handles all Minor League Baseball player contracts. In addition...
November 15, 2007   (0 comments)
There was some cause for serious concern this afternoon in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) when Indians top prospect Adam Miller had to leave his start in the first inning due to an undisclosed injury. Early reports mentioned he had left the game with an apparent hand injury, and many fans feared the worst.
The Indians organization and fans can catch their breath as it turns out he had to leave...
November 14, 2007   (0 comments)
I am in the process of completely a detailed FAQ for the site. Included in this FAQ will be items like what minor league players make, roster limits, team and league websites, stadium info, team records for each affiliate and more. This should be completed soon, and will be linked under the Minor League Reference section.
Today I added the player development staff as well as the coaching staff...
November 13, 2007   (0 comments)
Here is another update on how some of the Indians minor leaguers are doing in fall/winter leagues. Play in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) wraps up this week on November 15th, and play in the Hawaii Winter League (HWL) wraps up on November 18th. Both leagues have a short playoff, so play will extend a little after that for the teams that make the playoffs.
All stats through 11/12/2007
November 12, 2007   (0 comments)
Baseball Prospectus just released their Indians Top 11 Prospect list over the weekend. For more detail on these rankings, you will need to have a subscription to Baseball Prospectus. However, here is the listing (which is free):
Five-Star Prospects
Four-Star Prospects
1. Adam Miller, RHP
2. Wes Hodges, 3B
3. Beau Mills, 1B
Three-Star Prospects
November 9, 2007   (0 comments)
Some updates:
J.D. Martin reportedly is healthy and maybe on the verge of a bounce back season next year. According to minor league coordinator Dave Hudgens, in the recently completed Fall Instructional League, “Martin looked really good. He especially looked good in his last outing and was throwing all his pitches well.”
Martin is currently playing in the Nicaraguan Winter League...
November 8, 2007   (0 comments)
November 7, 2007
Bisons’ Ben Francisco Named to Topps’ Triple-A All-Star Team
Outfielder Hit .318 for the Bisons in 2007
Minor League Baseball announced that Buffalo Bisons’ outfielder Ben Francisco has been named to the Topps’ Triple-A All-Star Team. After each season, the best performances in each Minor League Baseball classification are...
November 7, 2007   (0 comments)
Just a couple random notes this morning:
First, the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster and make reserve lists at Buffalo, Akron, etc for protection from the Rule 5 Draft is November 20th. If you are not familiar with the Rule 5 Draft and what it is, a good, brief description can be found here. The Rule 5 Draft will take place at the end of the Winter Meetings on December 6th.
November 6, 2007   (0 comments)
Just an update on how some of the Indians minor leaguers are doing in fall/winter leagues so far:
All stats through 11/05/2007
Arizona Fall League (AFL)
Michael Finocchi (RHP): 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 games, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 0.95 ERA
David Huff (LHP): 1-1, 7.50 ERA, 5 games, 12 IP, 14 H, 3 BB, 10 K, 1.42 WHIP
Adam Miller (RHP): 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 3 games, 10 IP, 10...
November 5, 2007   (0 comments)
A couple quick notes:
First, some may have been wondering why Trevor Crowe is no longer playing in the Arizona Fall League and why Brad Snyder replaced him on the roster. Well, per an e-mail I got over the weekend from the Indians, it looks like Crowe was sent home in Tucson with a non-baseball medical condition. He may or may not return to fall ball.
Also, the roster deadline is November...
November 3, 2007   (0 comments)
Here is a listing of players in the Indians farm system who are minor league free agents:
Pitchers (11): Bobby Brownlie (RHP), Jake Dittler (RHP), Mike Koplove (RHP), Cliff Politte (RHP), Jeff Harris (RHP), Jim Ed Warden (RHP), Scott Elarton (RHP), Eric Dubose (LHP), Mariano Gomez (LHP), Rich Rundles (LHP), Jason Stanford (LHP)
Catchers (3): Mike Rose, Armando Camacaro, Yamid Haad
November 2, 2007   (0 comments)
Here is the official info from the Indians on who is Rule 5 eligible for the December 6, 2007 Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings:
Barton, Brian D
Bunkelman, Cody R
Burton, TJ J
Butia, Mike W
Buzachero, Bubbie D
Camacaro, Armando J
Cevette, Dan E
Constanza, Jose G
Cooper, Jason M
Cumberbatch, Cirilo E
De La Cruz, Christopher...