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November 19, 2008   (0 comments)
The 40-man roster deadline is Thursday November 20th, but the Indians are expected to announce today (Wednesday) what players will be added to the 40-man roster and protected from the Rule 5 Draft. In the past four years, the Indians have announced the 40-man roster additions on the 19th twice (2004 and 2007), as well as on the 18th once (2005) and on the 20th once (2006). In any case, sometime in...
November 19, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Rafters record sits at 11-25 for the season and, with the Championship game taking place this coming Saturday (11/22), there are only 2 days left of the regular season (Weds & Thurs) for Tribe farmhands playing in the league.
Player Updates (11/16 -11/18): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren hasn't pitched since 11/11, so still holds a 28.29ERA...
November 18, 2008   (0 comments)
A Minor League Stop In Lake County
This is an article I wrote in August 2007 documenting a visit to Single-A Lake County. During my visits to all six affiliates that year I tried to give an outsider who doesn't have a chance to go to these affiliates what it is like there.
Stop number three on my minor league tour went into the books a few weeks back, this time at Single-A Lake County. I actually completed this visit back on...
November 17, 2008   (0 comments)
Okay, here is the first crack at a depth chart for 2009. It should be noted that this is a first draft, and this listing should change over the course of the next few months. Also, the look of this chart will be cleaned up more down the road to make it easier to read. As always, this will be housed in the resource section for quick reference.
Some quick comments:
- Buffalo and Akron...
November 16, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Rafters record sits at 10-24 for the season and, with their loss on Wednesday they were officially eliminated from post-season play.
Player Updates (11/12 -11/15): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren hasn't appeared since the last update and as a result his ERA holds at 28.29 in 9 appearances (7IP, 18H, 37R, 22ER, 15BB, 6K).
RHP Erik Stiller...
November 15, 2008   (0 comments)
Time for another Saturday rundown to recap all the happenings in the system from this past week. It was a quiet week, so here is the short update:
It was a privilege and honor to post Chuck Lofgren's story this week. There had been a lot of speculation the past few months on what the personal issue happened to be that Lofgren really was struggling with on and off the field the entire season,...
November 14, 2008   (0 comments)
Lofgren Has A Lot To Be Thankful For
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. It is the official kickoff to the Holiday Season, and a time when friends and family come together for a feast of food and drink, enjoy the company of loved ones, and just be thankful for all you have in your life.
Indians left-handed pitcher Charles "Chuck" Lofgren IV is thankful that he has been blessed with the physical abilities and talent to play...
November 13, 2008   (0 comments)
Paul and I will be talking about free agency tonight since we are on the eve of it starting up tomorrow. Also touch on the Cy Young and Cliff Lee winning it or not winning it. We'll spend the last 15-20 minutes of the show talking to flamethrowing right-handed reliever Neil Wagner about his experience in the AFL, what he is up to, the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, and what the plans are for him in 2009.
November 13, 2008   (0 comments)
This is an article from August 2007 after my visit to Kinston. I thought some who missed this on the first time around may be interested in it. In the coming weeks, every Thursday I'll continue to post more of these older articles that were written before this blog began a year ago.
I was in Kinston, North Carolina this past weekend, and in addition to the several players...
November 12, 2008   (0 comments)
There has been some confusion over the last few days about the eligibility of some of the Indians minor leaguers for the Rule 5 Draft who signed future contracts. The players in question are as follows:
Jerad Head (INF/OF)
Frank Herrmann (RHP)
Hector Rondon (RHP)
Carlos Santana (C)
Carlton Smith (RHP)
Isaias Velasquez (INF)
Neil Wagner (RHP)
November 12, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
Since the last update, the Surprise Rafters have gone 0-2 to lower their overall record to 9-21 for the season.
Player Updates (11/09 - 11/11): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren struggled again on 11/11; in part due to poor defense, but also due to poor control. He allowed 6 runs (all unearned) in only 0.1IP as a result of 3BB, a HBP and two errors (including...
November 10, 2008   (0 comments)
The Hot Stove Season in Major League Baseball will officially kick off this coming Friday November 14th when teams are permitted to start talking to and signing free agents. In addition to that, the trade season will start to kick into full gear before it reaches its climax during the Winter Meetings December 8-11.
In years past, the start of the Hot Stove Season has opened with little fanfare...
November 10, 2008   (0 comments)
Last updated: 11/21/2008
This is an unofficial listing of the Indians 2008 Rule 5 Draft eligibles. In the coming days, players from this list will be added to the Indians 40-man roster before the November 20th roster deadline. This list will be updated as these additions occur, and will be added to the right panel in the resource section for quick reference.
Note that the minor league...
November 9, 2008   (0 comments)
Remember that 2008 Indians Rule 5 eligibles list I posted almost two weeks ago? Well, as I mentioned the list was unofficial and there may be some changes (for the better) with who is actually available.
Since I have written the "Who Gets Rostered" article last week, I have been made aware of some things and this listing will be changing as I verify more information.
So what changed?...
November 9, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Rafters record sits at 9-19 on the season; they sit in last place (3 teams) of the AFL National Division.
Player Updates (11/05 - 11/08): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren pitched a scoreless inning on 11/06 to give him his first scoreless outing of the Fall season (8 games) and lower his ERA to 29.70 for the season (6.2IP, 8H, 31R, 22ER, 12BB,...
November 8, 2008   (0 comments)
Weekend Update: Miller To The Bullpen And More
Time for another Saturday rundown to recap all the happenings in the system from this past week as well as a few news items:
Anthony Castrovince did a nice piece on right-hander Adam Miller this week on To summarize the article, Miller's stat line in the Dominican Republic so far (1-1, 6.48 ERA, 16.2 IP, 17 H, 4 BB, 12 K) is better than it looks and he is up to 97 MPH consistently....
November 7, 2008   (0 comments)
"Smoke Signals"
hosted by Tony Lastoria and Paul Cousineau
Every Monday 11:00-11:30pm EST
Call in number: (949)203-4752
"Smoke Signals" is hosted by Paul Cousineau and Tony Lastoria, and originally debuted on August 13, 2008.
While Paul and I went in with zero radio experience, we have gotten to the point where...
November 6, 2008   (0 comments)
Alcombrack Looking Forward To Moving Up
This is an article from August 2007. Alcombrack played at Mahoning Valley in 2008 and looks primed to be the regular catcher in Lake County to start the season in 2009. I thought some who missed this on the first time around may be interested in it. In the coming weeks, I'll continue to post several more of these older articles that were written before this blog began a year ago.
November 5, 2008   (0 comments)
Paul and I will be talking about the 5th starter battle coming in spring training that looks like it will come down to four lefties in Laffey, Sowers, Lewis and Huff. David Huff himself is also scheduled to call in around 10pm and talk about his 2008 season, what looms in 2009, and much more.
Here is the link to the show:
November 5, 2008   (0 comments)
The Puerto Rican Winter gets underway tomorrow (11/06) and the rosters have now been announced.
The following Indians farmhands will be taking part: -
SS Kevin Fontanez (Indios de Mayaguez)
OF Andy Gonzalez (Leones de Ponce)
RHP Edward "Bubbie" Buzachero (Lobos de Arecibo)
OF Jason Cooper (Lobos de Arecibo)
As usual we will keep you up-to-date on their...

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