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June 30, 2008   (0 comments)
Welcome to the Gulf Coast League (GCL), where the Cleveland Indians lowest level affiliate the rookie-level GCL Indians reside. It is professional baseball in its rawest form, with a roster littered with draft picks out of high school from the two most recent drafts, as well as several young Latin American players experiencing professional baseball stateside for the first time.
Last year, I...
June 30, 2008   (0 comments)
I was out of town in D.C. over the weekend to see Kinston and do some sightseeing in the Nations capital. Sorry if anyone tuned in over the weekend and did not see any updates. In any case, here are the wraps from Sunday. I'll do a thorough listing of any noteworthy news late Monday once I catch up on the eight gazillion e-mails I have.:-)
Aeros Sneak Past Phillies, 7-6
June 27, 2008   (0 comments)
Today, RHP Frank Herrmann was sent to Mahoning Valley and RHP T.J. Burton was placed on the disabled list with a strained left calf. Taking their spots on the Akron roster are LHP Ryan Edell and RHP Luis Perdomo. The move of Herrmann to Mahoning Valley is just a paper move as he was not really sent there. They do these kind of moves when they need to finagle a starter onto the team. Herrmann will likely...
June 26, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Stevens Closing In On Callup
"Minor Happenings" covers the important developments and news in the Indians farm system. While most of the information in this report is from my own research and through interviews I have conducted with organizational personnel, some information in this report is collected and summarized from the various news outlets that cover each team.
I am heading to Frederick, MD tomorrow for the weekend...
June 26, 2008   (0 comments)
On Wednesday the Indians signed 11th round pick right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell from Rice University and 19th round pick first baseman Nate Recknagel from the University of Michigan. As of this writing, their assignment had not been disclosed, but it is likely they could go to Mahoning Valley.
One programming note, on STO's Minor League Magazine that will air this coming Tuesday July 1st...
June 25, 2008   (0 comments)
Baysox Shut Down Aeros in Twin-Bill Sweep
AKRON, OH – The Baysox allowed just one run in two games, sweeping a doubleheader from the Aeros by scores of 5-0 and 7-1 before 4,160 fans at Canal Park Tuesday night. Akron fell to 46-30 and Bowie improved to 43-34 to move within 3.5 games of the Aeros for first place in the Southern Division.
Bowie starter Jason Berken sliced and diced...
June 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Trey Haley - High School RHP Pitcher committed to Rice University
Round drafted (overall draft slot): 2nd (76th)
Signing status: Still in negotiations through advisor Joe Sambito, former Astros reliever.
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180'
Birthdate: 6-21-80
Stuff: Fastball 90-95, curveball 77-81, changeup (83-84)
Pre-draft buzz: Indians followed him closely...
June 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Morris Pitching Well Beyond His Years In Lake County
A little over a week ago, Lake County put the finishing touches on a first half division championship in the South Atlantic League (SAL). One of the players directly responsible for that championship is left-handed starter Ryan Morris, who in 13 first half starts went 6-1 with a 2.50 ERA.
Morris, 20, has held his own in a league where he is about two years under the league average age of 22....
June 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Aeros Walk-Off Again, Nip Baysox 11-10
AKRON, OH – Brandon Pinckney drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly as the Aeros once again overcame a huge deficit to win 11-10 in 10 innings before 2,995 fans at Canal Park Monday night. The Aeros improved to 46-28 and the Baysox fell to 41-34.
Bowie put up four runs (all with two outs) in the top of the first off Akron starter Scott Lewis,...
June 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Aeros and Indians Extend PDC
Akron to Remain as Cleveland Affiliate through 2012
June 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Kinston Gives Lead Up in the Ninth, Wins with a Walk-off in the 10th
The Kinston Indians gave up eight runs in four innings, but Alex Castillo bailed them out with a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th to win it for the K-Tribe.
The Indians had a pair of three-run innings in the first and third and capped off the scoring with solo home runs from Beau Mills and Jared Goedert...
June 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Former Ivy Leaguer Stiller Enjoying Success In Minors
Erik Stiller is not your ordinary pitching prospect.
You see, Stiller is a graduate from the prestigious Ivy League school Princeton University. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics at the age of 21, and upon graduation had lucrative job offering after job offering thrown at him.
But, Stiller had other ideas.
Stiller always had a dream to play professional baseball...
June 22, 2008   (0 comments)
LHP Kelvin De la Cruz was promoted to Akron on Saturday for what looks like was just for a spot start. Akron had a doubleheader and De La Cruz pitched Game Two going five innings and giving up four runs on four hits, three hits and struckout four. RHP Paolo Espino replaced De La Cruz on the Lake County roster. This should just be a temporary move, but I wonder....
By the way, Akron outfielder...
June 21, 2008   (0 comments)
After a slow start to the season where they were 17-21 as of May 19th, the Akron Aeros have been on a roll lately. Winners of 16 of their 17 games and 26-6 since then, Akron has charged full bore into first place of the Eastern League's Southern Division. At 43-27 overall, Akron now owns a three game lead in the division.
While several good offensive performances and some good starting pitching...
June 21, 2008   (0 comments)
Left-hander Tony Sipp is back in action. After missing all of last season and half of this season recovering from an arm injury and subsequent Tommy John suregery, Sipp made his season debut on Friday with the GCL team going one shutout inning with a walk and strikeout. He'll likely be sent on a rehab assignment to Mahoning Valley or Lake County in the next week or two.
Also, catcher Matt McBride...
June 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Round drafted (overall draft slot): 8th (251st). Eric was a redshirt junior accounting for his college senior-like age.
Signing status: Will sign on June 24th
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210'
Birthdate: 4-22-1986
Stats 2008: 4.34 ERA 8-4 74.2 ip 70 H 40 R 34 ER 34 BB 67 K
Farm team assigned to: Mahoning Valley.
Role at Arizona this year: Began season...
June 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Davis Makes Position Change To Catcher
If at first you don't succeed, try another position.
At least that is the case for Indians prospect Adam Davis. Davis is a 2006 third round draft pick out of the University of Florida who has played middle infield almost his entire baseball career. When he came into the system in 2006, at short-season Mahoning Valley he played 49 games at second base and 16 games at shortstop. Last year at...
June 20, 2008   (0 comments)
The Indians signed two more draft picks on Thursday: 24th round pick Kevin Fontanez INF and 25th round pick Steve Smith RHP. The Indians have now signed 17 of their 50 draft picks.
Akron catcher Chris Gimenez got a well deserved callup to Buffalo, and catcher Wyatt Toregas was reassigned to Akron. This is a move that should help both players.
Kinston scores 13 runs on 10 hits in the...
June 19, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Gimenez Is Tearing It Up
"Minor Happenings" covers the important developments and news in the Indians farm system. While most of the information in this report is from my own research and through interviews I have conducted with organizational personnel, some information in this report is collected and summarized from the various news outlets that cover each team.
Several pieces are in the pipeline which I hope to...
June 19, 2008   (0 comments)
Right-hander Josh Tomlin and infielder Niuman Romero were selected to the Carolina League All-Star roster on Wednesday. Five members of the Carolina League All-Star team will not participate due to organizational call-ups, including Kinston pitcher Steven Wright, and Tomlin and Romero were chosen as two of the replacements.
Also, right-hander Paolo Espino has been re-activated in Kinston. Word...