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September 16, 2009   (0 comments)
Tomlin Terrific as Aeros Take Opener
Josh Tomlin turned in seven outstanding innings and the Akron offense didn’t skip a beat after two days off as the Aeros took game one of the Eastern League Championship Series 7-2 over Connecticut before 3,449 fans at Dodd Stadium Tuesday night. Akron leads the best-of-five series one game to none, with game two set for Wednesday night.
September 15, 2009   (0 comments)
Smith Makes Most Of Opportunity
It was a season full of surprises and disappointments in the Indians farm system this year, but one of the bigger surprises was that of Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Steve Smith.
Smith, 23, had a sensational season as the Captains closer going 2-3 with 26 saves and a 2.36 ERA in 47 games. In 53.1 innings pitched he allowed 42 hits, 12 walks, and had 62 strikeouts. He finished 2nd in...
September 15, 2009   (0 comments)
On Monday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers played game one of the New York Penn League finals and lost to the Staten Island Yankees 3-0. With the loss the Scrappers are now 1-3 all-time against the Yankees in the postseason.
Scrappers starter Brett Brach went the first four innings and gave up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three. Vidal Nuno the pitched the next...
September 14, 2009   (0 comments)
Family Ties Strong For Greenwell
The minor league season is all about progress. The hope is a player when he goes to camp in early March is a much better, different player by the time the season ends six months later in early September.
One player who showed vast improvement this year in sort of a breakout season is Low-A Lake County outfielder Bo Greenwell.
Greenwell, 20, just put the finishing touches on a solid...
September 14, 2009   (0 comments)
First off, congrats to both the Akron Aeros and Mahoning Valley Scrappers for making it to the Championship Series for their league. With that in mind, here is the game schedule for each series:
Mahoning Valley Schedule (Best-of-Three):
Game 1: Monday September 14th @ Staten Island (7:05 pm)
Probable Pitcher: RHP Brett Brach
Game 2: Tuesday September 15th @ Mahoning Valley...
September 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Where In The World Is Jordan Brown?
I wrote earlier in the week about the Indians decision to not roster Triple-A Columbus outfielder/first baseman Jordan Brown. The piece was more focused on providing the Indians point of view and some of the reasoning behind the callup, and I purposely left my opinion and some of my rationalization on the decision out in order not to take away from the information presented.
The non-callup...
September 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Beau Mills homered and drove in three runs and also made a key play in the field as the Aeros claimed the Southern Division pennant for the fifth straight year, defeating Reading 9-3 and sweeping the Phillies three games to none in this best-of-five SDCS. Akron now awaits the winner of the Northern Division finals between Connecticut and New Britain, which Connecticut leads two games to one.
September 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Santana Dominates Double-A
"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.
Two teams are left playing in the Indians minor league...
September 11, 2009   (0 comments)
It seems that Mother Nature is the only thing that can stop the Akron Aeros right now.
The Aeros, winners of 10 in a row dating to the regular season and on the verge of clinching a fourth straight trip to the Eastern League Championship Series, will have to wait at least one more day as tonight’s contest against the Reading Phillies has been rained out. The game will be made up tomorrow...
September 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Jeanmar Gomez carried a shutout into the seventh and Jerad Head drove in three more runs as Akron claimed a 6-2 victory over Reading in game two of the Southern Division Championship Series before 3,450 fans at Canal Park Thursday night. The Aeros now lead the best-of-five series two games to none, with game three set for Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
Gomez and Phillies starter...
September 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Instructional League opens up in Goodyear, AZ next week as players will report on Wednesday September 16th. Games will begin on Tuesday September 22 and last for a little over three weeks until Thursday October 15th.
All games are at 12:30PM unless noted
Monday21-SepTuesday22-SepTEX12:30 PMWednesday23-Sep@TEX12:30 PMThursday24-SepFriday25-SepSD12:30 PMSaturday26-Sep@CIN12:30...
September 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Tomlin Rolls Again as Aeros Take Game 1
Akron Leads Best-of-Five SDCS 1-0; Game 2 Thursday
Josh Tomlin dominated Reading for seven magnificent inning and the Aeros got huge contributions from the bottom third of the lineup, taking game one of the Southern Division Championship Series 9-4 in front of 2,646 fans at Canal Park Wednesday. Akron now leads the best-of-five series one game...
September 9, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians short-season Single-A affiliate Mahoning Valley Scrappers took a commanding 1-0 series lead last night with a 3-1 victory over Brooklyn. It was a big road win where they now return home tonight for Game 2 and possible series clincher of the best-of-three series. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. EST at Eastwood Field with left-hander Vidal Nuno getting the start for the Scrappers.
The hero...
September 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Brown Not Cleveland Bound...For Now
Triple-A Columbus wrapped up their regular season yesterday, and most of the players have now gone home for the season. It was expected that a player or two would go north and play in Cleveland for the remainder of the season, and this happened when catcher Lou Marson was recalled yesterday; however, it was a surprise to learn that not only was first baseman/outfielder Jordan Brown not coming north...
September 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Kinston Indian’s first baseman Ole Sheldon is the Carolina League Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season. Sheldon put the K-Tribe on his broad shoulders as he kept the Indians in the playoff hunt through the final day of the regular season Sheldon hit .355, driving in eight runs with a .581 slugging percentage over the final week of the regular season. Sheldon finished the 2009...
September 8, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians and the Lake County Captains today agreed to a four year extension to their player development contract. The new extension is effective for the 2011 season and carries all the way through the 2014 season.
Next year the Captains will move to the Midwest League after seven seasons in the South Atlantic League. The Captains and Indians have been affiliated since 2003, and...
September 8, 2009   (0 comments)
As noted with the earlier update, Triple-A Columbus first baseman/outfielder Jordan Brown will not be called up to Cleveland and instead Triple-A Columbus infielder Niuman Romero has been called up. In addition to that news, here are two other noteworthy nuggets that affect Double-A Akron:
- Triple-A Columbus infielder Jason Donald is expected to play for Akron in the playoffs. Nothing official...
September 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Mahoning Valley was off on Monday as they were getting ready for the start of the NY-Penn League playoffs which start for them tonight at 7:05 p.m. in Brooklyn.
Barnes, Drennen lead Aeros in Finale
The Aeros closed the regular-season on a high note, clobbering Erie 9-3 to polish off a four-game sweep of the SeaWolves before 8,815 fans at Canal Park Monday afternoon. Akron (89-53) now...
September 7, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians will make a roster move on Tuesday, a move expected to be the final move of the season where they will purchase the contract of infielder Niuman Romero and call him up to Cleveland.
First off, congrats to Romero. He is realizing his dream to get a big league shot, so I wish him the best and have no ill will toward him.
That said, with this move, outfielder/first baseman...
September 7, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have recalled CA LOU MARSON from AAA Columbus. Marson will wear #30 and becomes the 31st member of the Major League roster.
Marson, 23, has split most of the 2009 season at the Triple A level between AAA Lehigh Valley & AAA Columbus in the International League where he has hit at a combined .277 (87-314) with 18 doubles, 2HR & 33 RBI in 91 games (42RS,...