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April 30, 2008   (0 comments)
I was at Akron last night covering them and had the chance to talk to manager Mike Sarbaugh for awhile and also the hitting coach Lee May Jr to see what guys are working on and trying to do to get things going. I'll have their comments in my Thursday farm recap as it is too long to post here right now and I have to go through the audio to recollect everything.
One player of note I talked to...
April 30, 2008   (0 comments)
I was at the Akron game on Tuesday night and will have a lot of stuff to share over the next few days. Lots of stuff from manager Mike Sarbaugh and hitting coach Lee May Jr, plus interviews with players Chuck Lofgren, David Huff, and Chris Gimenez. On top of that, I also talked to three different scouts about a myriad of stuff, and one scout I talked to for close to an hour. Lots of things that I have...
April 29, 2008   (0 comments)
Brown Remains Steadfast Even After Personal Loss
Lake County outfielder Matt Brown is as tough as they come. He is a hardworking player who plays with the pedal to the metal by coming to the ballpark every day and giving it his all. His inspiration comes from his own competitive spirit, but also from a personal tragedy he recently went through which has helped him channel and improve his focus.
Three years ago when Brown was a freshman in...
April 29, 2008   (0 comments)
Lake County and Akron were off on Monday, but Kinston and Buffalo were in action.
Buffalo won 5-2, and were led by Adam Miller's four shutout innings where he allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four. Miller was not sharp as he needed 88 pitches to get through four innings, and because he was up to his 85 pitch count he was not brought back out for the 5th inning. OF Ben Francisco...
April 28, 2008   (0 comments)
An update on Chris Archer....he is not hurt and will make his next scheduled start which I think is on Wednesday. The move to put him on the disabled list was more a paper move and another move should be coming for Lake County soon once Archer's turn in the rotation comes up again. No word on why the move was made to get an extra pitcher (John Gaub) up to Lake County, but it should be cleared up soon.
April 27, 2008   (0 comments)
One note.....Lake County put RHP Chris Archer on the disabled list (injury unknown at this time) and LHP John Gaub was activated from extended spring training.
Whitney’s Walk-off Boosts Aeros
AKRON, OH – Matt Whitney sliced a walk-off double down the right field line in the bottom of the 10th to give the Aeros a 2-1 comeback win over Harrisburg in front of 3,449 fans at Canal Park...
April 26, 2008   (0 comments)
Archer Is Young And In Charge
The Lake County Captains pitching staff is loaded with many promising pitching prospects from the front of the rotation to the back of the bullpen. It has been the strength of the team and been the catalyst to their 15-7 fast start putting them in first place of the South Atlantic League's Northern Division.
One of the key components to that hot start has been right-handed starter Chris Archer....
April 26, 2008   (0 comments)
Boy, Kinston, Akron and Buffalo (L 2-1) continue to scuffle while Lake County continues to roll. These guys definitely can't wait for the calendar to flip to a new month.
Real quick, some news out of Kinston. It looks like lefty Dan Cevette may be injurred again. He complained of some pain his last time out, and tonight he had nothing as he was a good 6-8 MPH off his normal fastball range of...
April 25, 2008   (0 comments)
Some quick notes before the recaps:
- Aaron Laffey pitched only 3 innings and threw 50 pitches for Buffalo on Thursday night, which all but means he is getting the spot start in Cleveland on Monday against the Yankees.
- Outfielder Trevor Crowe is off to extended spring training for his ailing back (disc issue). He is going to be out for awhile. Unfortunate.
- The Indians re-signed...
April 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings:  Miller Returns To Buffalo
"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.
Last weekend, I was in Eastlake, Ohio to see Single-A...
April 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Edell Dazzles as Aeros Avoid Sweep
ALTOONA, PA – Ryan Edell tossed eight shutout innings and the offense provided just enough support as the Aeros avoided a sweep with a 2-0 win over Altoona before 3,446 fans at Blair County Ballpark Wednesday. Akron improved to 7-11 and snapped a season-high four-game losing streak, while the Curve fell below .500 at 9-10.
Edell ran into some trouble...
April 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Pestano Closing In On Opportunity After Injury
The Indians took a shot in the dark when they draft right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano in the 20th round of the 2006 draft out of Cal-State Fullerton. As a college junior, Pestano was one of the top relief prospects in the country going into the 2006 Draft, but a serious elbow injury early in the season sidelined him and put his professional baseball career in jeopardy.
Pestano hurt his elbow...
April 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Bats Quiet Again as Aeros Fall 7-1
ALTOONA, PA – The Aeros tied a season-low with only three hits andAltoona’s Brad Corley and Jason Delaney drove in three runs each as theCurve claimed a 7-1 win over Akron before 5,691 fans at Blair CountyBallpark Tuesday night. Altoona evened its record at 9-9 while the Aeroslost their fourth straight game and fell to 6-11.
The Curve never trailed...
April 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Word is out that right-hander Adam Miller will be activated in Buffalo to make his first start of the season in Buffalo. It is good to see him back again. I'll post the official roster move when I get it and who is being removed from the Buffalo roster.
Also, outfielder Trevor Crowe is going to be sidelined for about another month. Apparently the rumored bulging disc in his back I mentioned...
April 21, 2008   (0 comments)
I'm going to try and post these game recaps for the previous nights game. The local newspapers generally only cover the team when they are home, so this should give a quick overview on what happened for the away games as well as the home games.
Captains Drop Finale To Hagerstown 3-2
April 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Head's Versatility Catching On
This is a special edition of Minor Happenings, which today is just a recap of interviews I had with Jerad Head, Paolo Espino, and Carlton Smith while I was visiting the Indians advanced Class A affiliate Kinston in Woodbridge, Virginia a week ago.
Head's Versatility Catching On
Indians prospect Jerad Head is a jack-of-all-trades player where he not only can play anywhere in the infield...
April 19, 2008   (0 comments)
Wow. I never figured that my short little "rant" in my weekly farm recap on Thursday would cause such a stir.
To recap, I wrote this on Thursday:
Francisco was understandably disappointed to not make the Indians opening day roster, and it has shown early on. He has struckout three times in...
April 18, 2008   (0 comments)
Akron put outfielder Stephen Head on the disabled list yesterday with a broken bone in his right (non-throwing) wrist and activated infielder Brandon Pinckney from extended spring training. Head had appeared in just five games with Akron following a return from off-season shoulder surgery, but was hitting .357 with three RBI in those contests. Supposedly, Head and the doctors were actually happy...
April 17, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Hodges Off To A Hot Start
"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.
This weekend, I will be in Eastlake, Ohio to catch...
April 15, 2008   (0 comments)
I'll add to this later tonight or early tomorrow morning, but wanted to get a few things out. Been hectic with my birthday parties galore over the weekend and with our new "Gameday" feature that is starting up on STO ( tonight.
- Today RHP Bubbie Buzachero was sent to AAA Buffalo and Akron received RHP Scott Roehl from Mahoning Valley (extended spring...