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December 31, 2007   (0 comments)
As mentioned Thursday, as the Top 50+ Prospect list was being put together this year, it was decided to not include any 2007 draftees except first round pick Beau Mills and to include no 2007 foreign signees or guys who played this year in the Dominican Summer League (DSL). Frankly, although a number of these guys have the potential to be top prospects, it is very difficult to rank them against more...
December 27, 2007   (0 comments)
Indians Top 50+ Prospects
As 2007 comes to a close, it is time to look toward the future. For Indians fans, that future is not just about 2008 and what happens as the Indians make another push to make the playoffs and win a championship. That future is also on the stars of tomorrow for the Cleveland Indians.
Like it or not, this organization prides itself on developing young talent, and they have and will continue to...
December 21, 2007   (0 comments)
Former IL Batting Champ Danny Sandoval, 2007 IL All-Star Aaron Herr
Among Players Given Invites to Major League Spring Training Camp
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have signed five players to minor league contracts with non-roster invites to Major League spring training camp. Among the players signed are infielder Danny Sandoval, the International League 2005 batting...
December 21, 2007   (0 comments)
The updates have been few and far inbetween of late, but this is mostly because very little is happening in the world of minor league baseball these days. Really, between now and spring training the news will scarce. That said, because of this slow time, I will soon be unveiling my Top 50+ Prospect List. I'll have articles after the 1st of the year, but I may have some sneak peaks at some of the players...
December 14, 2007   (0 comments)
RHP JD MARTIN was outrighted to AAA Buffalo today. Martin was designated for assignment on December 8 after the acquisition of INF JAMEY CARROLL from the Colorado Rockies. Martin will be a non-roster invitee to Major League spring training camp in February.
This is good news, as it would have been a shame to lose Martin on waivers in order to pickup a utility player in a trade. Martin has battled...
December 13, 2007   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians and the AAA Buffalo Bisons today announced that the entire 2007 coaching staff will again return to Buffalo for the 2008 season. TOREY LOVULLO, 42, returns as the teams Manager for the third consecutive season. Last year Lovullo guided the Herd to a record of 75-67 (.528) and a third place finish in the International League North Division. In two seasons with the Bisons, he owns...
December 11, 2007   (0 comments)
Things on the minor league front as far as news and the like should be quiet for awhile now that the Rule 5 Draft is over. I'll still chime in with any news as it breaks, and offer some thoughts if/when the Indians trade some of their minor league talent for a player of need for the big league club. Also, detailed scouting reports for players are coming soon (January), so be on the lookout for those.
December 6, 2007   (0 comments)
Indians Lose Barton And Whitney
The Indians lost two highly rated prospects in today's Rule 5 Draft as first baseman Matt Whitney was taken 7th overall to the Washington Nationals and outfielder Brian Barton was taken 10th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Indians did not lose any other players in either the major league, Triple-A, or Double-A phases. The selection of Barton is of no surprise, as leading into the draft he...
December 6, 2007   (0 comments)
Per a report from Baseball America, it appears that Barton may in fact not go #1 in the Rule 5 Draft today. Apparently, Tampa is looking for a bullpen arm that can help the major league bullpen. It is not known if Tampa would consider and Cleveland pitchers to fill this need, but more than likely they will look elsewhere.
In any case, it appears highly unlikely that Barton would slip through...
December 4, 2007   (0 comments)
Barton To Tampa?
UPDATE 12/04:
According to Chris Kline with Baseball America, it is looking more and more likely that Tampa Bay selects Barton with the first pick in the Rule 5 Draft this Thursday.
I spoke with someone with ties to the Indians organization today, and he was suprised that Barton would be considered for a Rule 5 pick as he thinks he is not ready for the majors (still needs work on plate...
December 2, 2007   (0 comments) ( recently completed their Top 50 Prospect ranking of all the players throughout minor league baseball. One player from the Indians made the list, and that was Adam Miller at #10. Here is the link to his writeup which includes some video of him in action: