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November 26, 2008   (0 comments)
As you know by now, the Leagues in Hawaii and Arizona are over for another season. However, feel free to check last Sundays round-up for a reminder on the Indians farmhands individual performances.
Caribbean Winter Leagues
There are a couple of adjustment to the Caribbean rosters this week. In Venezuela, Eddie Mujica has transferred from Caribes de Anzoategui to Navegantes del Magallanes...
November 25, 2008   (0 comments)
With Thanksgiving on Thursday, our show has been moved up to a special day and time tonight, Tuesday November 25th at 8:00-9:00 pm EST. Paul and I will touch on several of the current topics with the Indians, and halfway through the show Jordan Brown will be calling in where we will spend the last half hour talking about things from his thoughts on not being rostered, the Rule 5 Draft, his 2008 season,...
November 25, 2008   (0 comments)
For those wondering about the fourth option year rule and how a player like Michael Aubrey will get one this year and how Tony Sipp will likely get one a few years from now (if needed) here is the explanation as offered by Baseball America a few years ago:
In some circumstances, baseball rules allow for a fourth option....
November 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Niles, OH – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are scheduled to unveil a new look on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Members of the media and fans are encouraged to attend the announcement that will be held at Center Court of the Eastwood Mall at 3:00 PM. The Scrappers will be releasing a new primary team logo along with new uniforms featuring new home and road caps. New Scrappers merchandise will be available...
November 24, 2008   (0 comments)
McBride Full Of Talent And Hustle
This is a piece from August 2007 that ran before this blog started. Up until the New Year, I'll continue to re-post some past articles on players still in the system which were written before the conception of this blog. Also, McBride will be appearing on Smoke Signals sometime in Janaury to talk about his 2008 season, his transition to the outfield, and what is in store for him in 2009.
November 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Championship game between Mesa Solar Sox and Phoenix Desert Dogs took place yesterday (11/22) with the Desert Dogs winning 10-4 to claim the AFL title. The Desert Dogs rode out the first 5 innings against Atlanta Braves uber prospect Tommy Hanson (5IP, 3H, 1R, 8K) before exploding for 5 runs in the 6th inning and 4 runs in the 7th against the Sox bullpen.
November 22, 2008   (0 comments)
It is Ohio State vs. Michigan today (Go Bucks!), and time for another Saturday rundown to recap all the happenings in the Indians system from this past week:
There has been a lot of talk the past few weeks about third baseman Wes Hodges defensive issues. The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a story on him this week, and in Baseball America's Indians Top 10 rankings which came out this week they did...
November 21, 2008   (0 comments)
CLEVELAND, OH-- The Cleveland Indians & Director of Player Development ROSS ATKINS today announced the player development staff assignments for the 2009 season. TOREY LOVULLO will manage the Columbus Clippers, the Indians newest Player Development affiliate, while MIKE SARBAUGH (Akron), CHRIS TREMIE (Kinston), AARON HOLBERT (Lake County) and TRAVIS FRYMAN (Mahoning Valley) will all return as managers...
November 21, 2008   (0 comments)
After a wild and hectic day yesterday with the 40-man roster, here are some quick thoughts on it and the selections the Indians made:
Players were informed around 6pm EST (about 4 hours before the press release) they were being rostered. I know some people were wondering when they find out, so there you go. They are pretty much strung along just like everyone else and don't have an idea what...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
CLEVELAND, OH --- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has added five (5) players on to the club’s 40-man roster. Today the Indians purchased the contracts of the following players from the Triple A Columbus roster: CA CARLOS SANTANA, OF TREVOR CROWE, CA CHRIS GIMENEZ and RHP JEFF STEVENS. The club also purchased the contract of RHP HECTOR RONDON from Class A Kinston.
Santana, 22,...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Edit 9:19pm: Dodgers just added 10 players to their 40-man.
We'll talk about the developments with the Indians 40-man on our show which starts in ten minutes.
Edit 9:08pm: The Rangers and Phillies completed a trade tonight that looks like a deal for 40-man purposes. Also, the Reds 40-man has been set. That leaves four teams, the Indians, Dodgers,...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Paul and I will be talking about the roster decisions the Indians made today to add players from their minor league system to the 40-man roster. We will talk about what impact these players, if any, have on the 2009 season and also touch on any surprise decisions. In addition, time permitting we will talk about the slow start the Indians are off to this offseason and baseball in general and what to...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced the recipients of the organization's 2008 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards.
INF Beau Mills has been named the 2008 winner of the Lou Boudreau Award as the top Minor League position player in the Indians player development system. Additionally, LHP David Huff has been selected as the Bob Feller Award winner for 2008 as the...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Nothing yet on who the Indians will be adding to the 40-man roster, but just got an email from the source on Jordan Brown. According to him there is now a chance Brown is NOT rostered. A week or so ago he was supposedly set to be rostered, but something changed.
I am speculating here, but is it possibly his foot injury that had him prematurely end his winter league season in the Dominican Republic?...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Indians Excited About Weglarz
Here is another article written back in August 2007. Over the final six weeks of 2008, I will continue to add some articles from the 2007 season that were written before this blog went live in October 2007 so those that may have missed them the first time around may get a chance to see them.
Lake County Captains outfielder Nick Weglarz has made quite a first impression this year as the 19-year...
November 19, 2008   (0 comments)
The clock keeps counting down on the Indians announcement of their roster selections by the November 20th roster deadline. Something may be announced tonight, or tomorrow, but either way we should know within 24 hours.
In addition to some of the fans who are waiting with anticipation for this announcement, the players are in the same boat as well. From what I know, the players themselves still...
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...