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October 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Smit Goes From Outback To The Pros
This is an article from August 2007, but thought some who missed it the first time around may be interested in it. In the coming weeks, I'll be posting several more of these older articles that were written before this blog began a year ago.
The Indians dipped into the outback last year to nab 16-year old Jason Smit, a promising, young prospect out of Australia. When he signed with the Indians...
October 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Another edition of Smoke Signals airs tonight Thursday Oct 23rd at 9:30-10:30pm. Paul and I will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the organization at each position from majors to minors, and try to hone in on the positions of need and what to do this offseason. A 10pm, the talk will shift over to the winter leagues where we will run down the Hawaii, Arizona, Dominican, Venezuela, and Mexico...
October 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The AFL is now moving into it's third week and you saw in our week two review yesterday how Indians prospects have been fairing so far. Let's just refresh your memory with their overall numbers for the Winter season.
Player Updates: -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - 4G, 2.1IP, 8H, 15R, 13ER, 7BB, 1K, 50.14ERA
RHP Erik Stiller - 4G, 4.2IP, 14H, 17R, 10ER, 2BB,...
October 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Phoenix, Arizona — The Arizona Fall League stages its third annual Rising Stars Game at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 24 at Surprise Stadium, the spring home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. The Rising Stars Game is scheduled for a World Series travel day to fill a void for baseball fans.
Scouting and minor league directors of every major-league organization, in consultation with...
October 21, 2008   (0 comments)
Week two of the Arizona Fall League saw the Indians pitchers getting lit up across the board, lowlighted by a 28-1 loss by the Surprise Rafters yesterday. Josh Tomlin, stellar up until yesterday, got the start and gave up 9 ER in just 2 IP. Even with that poor outing, Tomlin's ERA stands at 10.00. Not to be outdone, Erik Stiller came in and gave up 7 runs (2 ER) including 2 HR. Add that to Chuck...
October 20, 2008   (0 comments)
The season is done and now the analysis begins. Most Tribe fans out there see an Indians team that, with a few changes, could be at the top of their division next year. To acquire the players to achieve that, however, the Indians will have to trade some of their top specs this winter. So the question is: How can the Indians ensure they trade players who are the least likely to make impacts later? One...
October 19, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Rafters are currently 4-7 and in last place (3 teams) of the AFL National Division - 2 games behind the first place Peoria Javelinas.
Player Updates (10/15 - 10/18): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren continues to really struggle in the AFL. Since the last update Lofgren has made two appearances; he worked 0.2 innings on 10/15 allowing 4 runs and...
October 18, 2008   (0 comments)
With no Minor Happenings until next spring and the news these days almost non-existent, for the entire offseason I will be providing a "Weekend Rundown" every Saturday or Sunday that sort of covers all the news from the previous week. Here is the rundown for this week, which actually had a lot of news:
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
June 19 RHP Brian Grening added to roster
June 23 INF Jansey Infante transferred to Lake County
June 27 LHP Eric Burger added to the roster
June 27 INF Jason Rodriguez retires
June 28 RHP Matt Langwell added to roster
June 28 INF Walter Diaz promoted from GCL Indians
July 2 P Guido Fonseca transferred to GCL Indians
July 12 P Travis Turek transferred...
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
4-24 Chris Archer transferred to Mahoning Valley roster
4-24 John Gaub added to the roster from extended spring training
4-30 Chris Archer added to the roster from Mahoning Valley
4-30 Ryan Morris transferred to Mahoning Valley roster
5-3 Santo Frias transferred to Mahoning Valley Roster
5-3 Ryan Morris added to the roster from Mahoning Valley
5-7 Mike Pontius...
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
8/31 – C Brian Juhl activated
8/31 – C Carlos Santana sent to AA Akron
8/27 – OF Nick Weglarz activated (Olympics)
8/27 – C Brian Juhl inactive
8/23 – INF Jerad Head received from Double A Akron
8/23 – INF Jansy Infante put on DL
8/20 – INF Jansy Infante taken off of DL
8/20 – INF Jerad Head sent to AA...
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
Here are the final transactions for Double-A Akron in 2008:
April 10: OF Trevor Crowe placed on DL (back) (retro to 4/6)
April 10: OF Stephen Head received from extended spring training
April 15: RHP Bubbie Buzachero promoted to Class AAA Buffalo
April 15: RHP Scott Roehl received from Mahoning Valley
April 17: OF Stephen Head placed on disabled list (wrist) (retro...
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
4/14 A. Gonzalez Placed on Temporary Inactive List
4/14 D. Wallace Activated from Mahoning Valley
4/15 T. Mastny Recalled to Cleveland
4/16 B. Buzachero Promoted from Akron
4/18 A. Gonzalez Activated off Temporary Inactive List
4/18 D. Wallace Transferred to Mahoning Valley
4/22 B. Francisco Recalled to Cleveland
4/23 A. Miller Acitvated
October 16, 2008   (0 comments)
Not 100% yet, but right-handed reliever Erik Stiller is likely to call in tonight for a 10-15 minute interview about what he is up to in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and what the experience is like out there. Also, Josh Kusnick (Michael Brantley's agent) will call in briefly as well with some thoughts on the AFL since he is out there right now.
In addition to that, Paul and I will get back...
October 16, 2008   (0 comments)
Gimenez Back To Form After Serious Setback
This is an article from the end of last season, but thought some who missed it the first time around may be interested in it. Especially considering that Gimenez is up for roster protection. I'll be posting several more of these older articles in the coming weeks that were written before this blog began a year ago.
Indians do-everything prospect Chris Gimenez may be one of the nicest guys...
October 15, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The AFL is now moving into it's second week and you saw in our week one review yesterday how Indians prospects have been fairing so far. Let's just refresh your memory with their overall numbers for the Winter season.
Player Updates: -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - 2G, 0-1, 1.1IP, 4H, 7R/ER, 4BB, 0K, 47.25ERA
RHP Erik Stiller - 2G, NR, 3IP, 4H, 3R/ER, 0BB,...
October 14, 2008   (0 comments)
Week one of the Arizona Fall League is in the books. We'll start with the least important stat, and tell you that the Surprise Rafters are sitting at 2-4 overall right now. I can think of few things less important than the Rafters final record this year though, so lets move on to the prospects. All stats below are through Monday's games.
Beau Mills - 1B
Mills has only seen action in...
October 14, 2008   (0 comments)
Finally got around to putting this list together, and will be something I hope to keep updated from here on out. This listing will be housed in the reference section on the right panel:
* Note, this is from info I have received throughout the year from the Indians and their affiliates. Not all releases are made public or are mentioned, so if you see any omissions please let me know and I will...
October 13, 2008   (0 comments)
Matt McBride's transition to the outfield in the Hawaii Winter League (HWL) is reportedly going well, which is not a suprise given his athleticism. No word yet on if this is a permanent thing or not and if this is just an experiment, but if McBride can play outfield it would help provide some versatility for him and give his ailing shoulder a much needed break from catching. Plus, with Carlos Santana,...
October 12, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
Since the last update the Surprise Rafters have gone 2-2 to put their overall record at 2-3 for the season; in the early going they stand 1 game back of the Peoria Javelinas who top the AFL National Division with a 3-2 record.
Player Updates (10/8 - 10/11): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - It's been a disastourous start to the AFL for Lofgren; a continuation of a very...

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