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August 18, 2009   (0 comments)
Toledo homers past Columbus 8-4
The Toledo Mud Hens clobbered their way to an 8-4 victory over the Clippers Monday night. Columbus flexed their muscles in the second against Hens starter Ruddy Lugo when Stephen Head hit his third homer in his last four games for a brief 1-0 lead. Mike Hessman had his say in the fourth with a Herculean blast off Chuck Lofgren to tie the game. Toledo snatched...
August 17, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Chuck Lofgren vs. at Toledo @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Off day
Kinston: Off day
Lake County: Nick Hagadone vs. Rome @ 7:00 pm
Mahoning Valley: All Star Break
AZL Indians: Alexander Morales vs. Angels @ 7:00 pm MS
August 17, 2009   (0 comments)
Morris Down, But Not Out
They often say bad things come in threes.
That was the case for High-A left-handed starting pitching Ryan Morris as he went through a season this year that had a lot of strange injuries and incidents before recently being shut down for the year because of a shoulder injury.
A 4th round pick by the Indians in the 2006 Draft out of high school, Morris had been progressing nicely through...
August 17, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus downs Indianapolis 4-2
The Clippers salvaged the final game of the series at Huntington Park. The scoring started in the fourth for the Indians. Brian Myrow opened the inning with a double, moving to third on a groundout and Tagg Bozied singled to score Myrow. Neil Walker doubled to bring Bozied home and put the Indians up 2-0.
The Clippers came right back in the bottom of...
August 16, 2009   (0 comments)
There are some really cool blogs out there that focus on swing analysis, innovative stats to projects players stats, and some that give a bird's eye view of a player through a scouting perspective. is one of those sites where Mike Newman focuses only on the top prospects that come through the South Atlantic League and writes a report on them. Be sure to click on the referenced...
August 16, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Carlos Carrasco vs. Indianapolis @ 5:05 pm
Akron: Josh Tomlin at New Britain @ 1:35 pm
Kinston: Paolo Espino at Salem @ 6:00 pm
Lake County: Jason Knapp vs. Rome @ 1:05 pm
Mahoning Valley: Vidal Nuno vs. Lowell @ 5:05 pm
AZL Indians: Jose Campos vs. Dodgers @ 7:00 pm MS
August 16, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians quiet Clippers 7-0
Indianapolis blanked the Clippers 7-0 Saturday night at Huntington Park.
Indians starter Daniel McCutchen pitched six strong innings and Jeremy Powell pitched the final three to shut out the Clippers. The Clippers managed seven hits by seven different Clippers on the night.
The Indians began their scoring in the second. After a single by Neil Walker,...
August 15, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Several Affiliates In Payoff Hunt
"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.
In case you missed the abbreviated part one to Happenings...
August 15, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians crush Clippers 14-5
The Indianapolis Indians routed the Clippers 14-5 Friday night at Huntington Park.
The Indians put together a seven-run first inning and a six-run fifth in the victory. The Clippers tied a season-high with four errors.
Kenny Ray started for Columbus. After a double and walk, Jeff Clement launched a three-run homer in the first inning. Two errors, three...
August 14, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Knapp, Hagadone Impress Tribe Officials
"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.
A lot of material to share again this week, this time...
August 14, 2009   (0 comments)
eft-hander Chuck Lofgren was scheduled to go tonight but his sprained left thumb is too bothersome. He is likely going on the 7-day disabled list this weekend to make room for one of the two new pitchers in Columbus right-hander Jose Veras and left-hander R.J. Swindle.
Columbus: Ken Ray vs. Indianapolis @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Jeanmar Gomez at New Britain @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Bryan Price...
August 14, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers beat Indy 7-6
The Clippers beat Indianapolis 7-6 Thursday night at Huntington Park.
Hector Rondon escaped first inning trouble to last a season-long six and two third innings. He allowed four runs, one earned, on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked a batter.
Jason Donald led the Clippers attack with three hits and three runs scored. Wes Hodges had two RBI for...
August 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Paul and I are back on the air tonight with yet another edition of Smoke Signals from 9:30-10:30pm. Tonight's show marks the one year birthday for our show as we originally debuted on August 14th, 2008. We have certainly come a long way since then, and I remember that night as if it were yesterday as I was on my death bed sick. Boy has the time flown. Here is the link to the show:
August 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Today the Indians traded Triple-A infielder Andy Cannizaro to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations. Cannizaro was on the disabled list at Triple-A Columbus and will be placed on Chicago's Triple-A roster in Charlotte.
August 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Barnes Could Be Another Shapiro Gem
Indians GM Mark Shapiro has a history of taking borderline middle of the road players such as Ben Broussard, Eduardo Perez, and Casey Blake and turning them into prospect gold with the likes of Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, and Carlos Santana.
August 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers lose to Indy
Matt LaPorta's solo blast in the second inning provided the only bright spot for the struggling Columbus offense.
Virgil Vasquez went seven innings, allowing only three hits to Clippers batters. The Clippers reached third base only once following LaPorta's 15th homer of the season. Juan Mateo and Jean Machi each tossed a scoreless inning of relief for Indy.
August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
(from the Indians)
Baseball America revealed their 2009 Mid-Season Best Tools at the threefull season levels. Below are current Indians who were recognized intheir respective leagues (included are those acquired via trade):
Best Strike Zone Judgment (IL) - OF Michael Brantley
He has struck outonly 43 times in 477 plate appearances and has struck out just three...
August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Shortstop Kyle Smith, outfielder Jordan Henry, right-handed reliever Cory Burns, right-handed starter Marty Popham, and right-handed starter Clayton Cook all named to NY-Penn League All Star Game. The game will be played this coming Tuesday August 18 at the State College Spikes ballpark, right on the campus of Penn State University.
August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians kept busy with their management of the 40-man roster today deciding to add left-hander R.J. Swindle off outright waivers from Tampa Bay. Swindle has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus. The 40-man roster is now at 34 players.
Swindle has split the season between AAA Nashville and Milwaukee before being designated and claimed by Tampa Bay on August 7th and then designated by them...
August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
I recently had the opportunity to talk to Ryan Fay over at and did a Q&A on the Indians farm system. We touched on the the players the Indians received in return in the Lee and Martinez trade, and also took sort of a midseason view of some of the blossoming and struggling prospects in the system. Check it out by clicking on the hyperlink. Here is the full link as well: