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May 31, 2008   (0 comments)
FYI, Nash on the DL. Likely not back for at least three weeks. Shoulder still bothering him, and they are hoping some rest does some good. Likely return is soon after the All-Star break.
Akron KO’s Bowie with K’s, Win in 9th
AKRON, OH – Newcomer Bronson Sardinha reached on an infield single in the bottom of the ninth with the bases full to lift Akron to a 5-4 win over Bowie before...
May 30, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Archer Turns It Around
"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.
I was in Akron over the holiday weekend and had a chance...
May 30, 2008   (0 comments)
On next Tuesday's Indians Minor League Magazine show on STO, Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant will be in studio to discuss the MLB Draft. Also, infielder Josh Barfield will be featured, and a then and now with pitcher Rafael Perez will be shown.
K-Tribe Sweeps Doubleheader, Wins A Season High Five Games in a Row
The K-Tribe swept a doubleheader from Frederick, bringing their...
May 29, 2008   (0 comments)
Man, what a tough break for Adam Miller. He had surgery on his finger Wednesday and is out for at least two months and most likely the season.
As an FYI, Minor Happenings will post Friday afternoon.
K-Tribe Postponed
Tonight’s K-Tribe game vs. the Frederick Keys at Historic Grainger Stadium has been postponed because of rain. Two seven inning games will be played tomorrow...
May 28, 2008   (0 comments)
Some quick news on the injury front. Right-handed reliever Michael Finocchi (broken leg) and left-handed starter Scott Lewis (strained lat) both are expected back in Akron sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. Also, left-hander Tony Sipp (Tommy John surgery) is expected to begin his rehab assignment in Kinston sometime in mid-June, likely right after the Carolina League All-Star break.
Kinston Wins...
May 27, 2008   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have signed OF Todd Linden and INF Jorge Velandia to minor league deals today and assigned them to Buffalo. Linden hit .333 (26-78) with 3HR and 12RBI in 22 games with Triple-A Sacramento (Athletics) of the Pacific Coast League. Velandia hit .287 (27-94) with 3HR and 12RBI in 28 games with Syracuse before a brief two-game stint with Toronto (0-7). The Herd also activated RHP Jensen...
May 26, 2008   (0 comments)
Hi! Dennis Nosco here. Thanks to Tony for letting me blog to his site. As this is my first time blogging bear with me. As Tony told you I write for the same website he writes for and I cover the draft (among other niche baseball areas) for that website. As Tony promised I will be blogging here sporadically before the draft and, hopefully, a lot more on draft days June 5th and 6th. Any comments will...
May 26, 2008   (0 comments)
Akron Bats Quiet in 8-1 Defeat
AKRON, OH – Erie starter Luke French shut down the Aeros lineup, working into the eighth as Akron fell 8-1 to the SeaWolves before 6,704 fans at Canal Park Sunday afternoon. Akron fell back to .500 at 23-23 with its second straight loss, while Erie moved its record to 19-30.
Akron knocked out 10 hits on the afternoon, but had very little to show for...
May 25, 2008   (0 comments)
Speed The Name Of White's Game
If you love speed, you'll love watching Lake County Captain outfielder Adam White. White is the fastest player in the Indians system, and one of the fastest players in the minors. Coming into the draft last year, White was deemed the fastest runner in the draft and was graded as an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. In a nutshell, he is fast. Very fast.
Players with speed can be very exciting...
May 25, 2008   (0 comments)
Winning Streak Ends as Aeros Fall 5-1
AKRON, OH – Erie’s Danny Christensen tossed seven innings of one-run baseball for his first win since July 29th of last year and halted Akron’s five-game winning streak in the process, as the SeaWolves claimed a 5-1 victory before 2,877 fans at Canal Park Saturday night. Erie improved to 18-30 while the Aeros slipped to 23-22.
Akron starter...
May 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Westbrook, Bullpen Lights Out in 4-0 Win
AKRON, OH – Jake Westbrook looked strong in six innings of work and the Aeros bullpen picked up where he left off in Akron’s 4-0 win over Erie before 5,981 fans at Canal Park Friday. The Aeros claimed their fifth win in a row and raised their record to 23-21, while the SeaWolves dipped to 17-30. It was Akron’s fifth shutout of the year and second...
May 23, 2008   (0 comments)
One programming note for the upcoming Indians Minor League Magazine show on STO this coming Tuesday 5/27. Akron Aeros GM Jeff Auman will be on the show, and the show will have a feature on Lake County Captains pitcher Ryan Miller.
Also, Frank Herrmann will be making a one-start appearance at Kinston on Friday night. With Jake Westbrook pitching in Akron on Friday, it bumped Herrmann from his...
May 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Huff Showing His Stuff At Akron
"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 week I was in Lake County on Sunday and Tuesday,...
May 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Some roster moves were announced on Wednesday. At Buffalo, with pitchers Jeremy Sowers and Oneli Perez being activated, Jason Stanford was released and Bubbie Buzachero was reassigned to Akron. With Buzachero in Akron, TJ Burton was reassigned to extended spring training.
Aeros, Indians Pitching Dominates Curve
AKRON, OH – Aeros starter David Huff continued to impose his will on opposing...
May 21, 2008   (0 comments)
I was in Lake County on Tuesday night and was able to talk to left-handed starters Kelvin De La Cruz and Ryan Miller as well as outfielder Adam White and pitching coach Ruben Niebla, all of which I plan to have feature pieces on in the next week or so.
In case you were wondering where first baseman Chris Nash and outfielder Matt Brown have been, they are both a little dinged up and out injured....
May 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Buffalo first baseman Jordan Brown was activated from the disabled list today. Also, congrats to Akron left-hander David Huff for winning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors.
Hodges Lifts Aeros to 5-3 Win
AKRON, OH – Wes Hodges doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to lift the Aeros over the Altoona Curve 5-3 in front of 8,927 fans at Canal Park Monday to open...
May 19, 2008   (0 comments)
With the 2008 Draft roughly two weeks away, the focus here for the next few weeks will start to shift to the Indians draft on June 5th. I'm a novice when it comes to the draft, as my time is 100% spent on following the kids AFTER they have been drafted. But, a colleague of mine on the main site I write for will likely be coming here and posting some pre-draft thoughts and doing a two day draft blog...
May 19, 2008   (0 comments)
Phillies Blow Out Aeros 14-1
READING, PA – The Aeros sat around for more than two hours to wrap up their series with the Reading Phillies Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium, and in the end the wait really wasn’t worth it.
Reading scored five runs in both the second and third innings and never looked back, scoring a 14-1 decision over Akron before 4,513 fans. The Phillies improved...
May 18, 2008   (0 comments)
Gimenez Is Starting To Catch On
When you want to sit down and talk baseball, you talk to Chris Gimenez. When you want to talk about catching, he's your guy as well. In fact, if you want to talk about anything, go find him and he'd likely sit down and talk with you for hours.
That's just who Gimenez is, a conversationalist with an upbeat and engaging personality. Over the years the 6'2" 200-pound catcher has started to make...
May 18, 2008   (0 comments)
Aeros Outlast Phillies in Marathon
READING, PA – Akron waited out an 85-minute rain delay and a season-high game time of 3:45 to earn an 8-5 win over Reading before 7,555 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium Saturday. The Aeros improved to 18-20 with the win while Reading slipped to 18-22.
Lou Marson gave the Phillies an early lead with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first, but the Aeros...