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June 14, 2008   (0 comments)
Even though Lake County's game was suspended tonight, with Delmarva and Greensboro both losing their magic number decreased to 1. Lake County has clinched a tie for the division and just needs to win one of their remaining three games or have Greensboro and Delmarva lose one of their last two to win the division outright. Go Captains!
Aeros and Sea Dogs Suspended Friday
June 13, 2008   (0 comments)
The Indians today agreed to terms with six (6) more draft picks from the 2008 First-Year Player Draft:
4th rounder RHP David ROBERTS (Long Beach St.)
6th rounder INF Jeremie TICE (Col of Charleston)
12th rounder RHP Guido FONSECA (Northern Iowa)
14th rounder RHP Carlos MONCRIEF (Chipola JC)
20th rounder RHP Marty POPHAM (Union College)
38th rounder RHP Brian...
June 13, 2008   (0 comments)
On Thursday, the Indians made a minor trade acquiring catcher Damaso Espino from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Espino was assigned to Akron and will take over as the backup catcher since Armando Camacaro was moved up to Buffalo. This move was n response to Buffalo catcher Yamid Haad being called up to Cleveland. Espino has spent the season in a reserve role at AAA Omaha...
June 12, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Scott Lewis Returns To 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.
I'll be in Lake County tonight to see the Captains...
June 12, 2008   (0 comments)
One quick note, JD Martin was sent back to Akron today. So much for getting a chance in Buffalo I guess.
Dixon, Goleski (Again) Lead Aeros 8-2
June 11, 2008   (0 comments)
A Scout's Take On The Indians
One of the cool things about going around to the different affiliates to check in on the players and teams each month is not only do I get a chance to see the players and talk to them, but every visit I meet someone new outside the Indians organization. Some of these people I have remained in contact with, and in this piece one of those contacts is a major league scout I have spoken to on several occasions.
June 11, 2008   (0 comments)
Adam Davis was officially activated at Lake County today, and he will be the primary catcher there as he learns his new position.
Kinston right-handed pitchers Steven Wright and Luis Perdomo were announced today as participants in the Carolina League All-Star game.
Go, Go Goleski!
June 10, 2008   (0 comments)
ROUND 9 Clayton Cook: RHP; Amarillo (TX High School; 6’3; 175; R/R; Born 7/23/90 (17)
ROUND 10 Donnie Webb: OF; Oklahoma State U; 5’11; 190; S/R; Born 4/30/86 (22)
ROUND 13 Adam Abraham: INF; Univ. of Michigan; 6’0; 215; R/R; Born 3/27/87 (21)
June 10, 2008   (0 comments)
Brown Awaits Big League Opportunity
It has been a season of disappointment for the Cleveland Indians and their fans. While there are still well over 90 games left in the season, the Indians could be on the verge of pulling the plug on their season with the idea to re-shuffle the deck for next year. If this happens, several of the Indians young players in the minors will get extended looks in Cleveland the last three months of the season...
June 10, 2008   (0 comments)
In this final draft article of the year (no player or front office interviews this year folks, I am taking the summer off from that) I wanted to cover a number of things:
a) summarize the Indians 2008 draft
b) compare our draft to that of other teams
c) talk about next steps forward starting with how to handle this year’s...
June 10, 2008   (0 comments)
This is unconfirmed, but apparently Adam Davis has been sent back down to Lake County. The primary reason supposedly will be to get him extended playing time at catcher, which he just picked up recently when he was in extended spring training for a few weeks in May.
Kinston Comes Back, Win 3-2
The Kinston Indians earned their 11th comeback win of the year, and their third win in a row,...
June 9, 2008   (0 comments)
Kinston Wins 5-4
The Kinston Indians won their second game in a row and took their second series from the first place Myrtle Beach Pelicans, winning 5-4 Sunday afternoon at Historic Grainger Stadium. Kinston took two of three from the Pelicans back at the beach in May, and does the same here in their last meeting of the first half.
The Pelicans went out in front early in the rubber...
June 8, 2008   (0 comments)
Pena Excels In Return To Lake County
With nine games to play in the first half of the season, Indians low Single-A affiliate Lake County holds a tenuous one game lead in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League (SAL). While the starting pitching at Lake County has been the backbone of the team, the offense has been paced by the consistent performance all year of outfielder Roman Pena.
Pena is in his second stint at Lake...
June 8, 2008   (0 comments)
Just a note, tomorrow (Monday) I will have a piece on Jordan Brown up on the site. Also, on Tuesday I have a big piece coming recapping a conversation I had with a scout where we talked about a dozen prospects. Can't wait to post it.
Aeros Score Final 11 Runs, Clip Dogs 11-10
June 7, 2008   (0 comments)
Lots of stuff on the draft the last two days. Scroll down the page for a lot of flash analysis from Day 1 from Dennis Nosco as well as his Day 2 Post-Draft thoughts. I also threw in a comment from a scout I talked to about Chisenhall.
Aeros Score Early, Often in 6-1 Victory
June 6, 2008   (0 comments)
This is going to be a short one because there isn't much to say.
(1) The Indians selected Lonnie Chisenhall in the first round. Most I checked with today think he is a first round talent on talent alone. However a lot of number of guys think that you have to include makeup and, when you do, he is not a first round talent. So you take your pick. Bottom line: the guy can hit and, as a college...
June 6, 2008   (0 comments)
ROUND 1 Lonnie Chisenhall
INF; Pitt CC (NC); 6’1; 200; L/R; Born 10/4/88 (19);
Resides in Newport, NC; Scout: Mayer.
ROUND 2 Curtis Haley
RHP; San Augustine HS; 6’3; 175; R/R; Born 6/21/90 (17);
Resides in San Augustine, TX; Scout: Cullen.
ROUND 3 Cord Phelps
INF; Stanford U; 6’2; 200;...
June 6, 2008   (0 comments)
Day 2 is underway, and Denny will have a rundown later tonight. Here are some of the picks so far today:
7th: Timothy Fedroff - OF, UNC, 2/4/87
8th: Eric Berger - LHP, U of AZ, 4/22/86
9th: Clayton Cook - RHP, Amarillo HS, 7/23/90
10th: Donnie Webb - OF, Okl St, 4/30/86
11th: Matthew Langwell - RHP, Rice, 5/6/86
12th: Guido Fonseca - RHP, U of Northern IA,...
June 6, 2008   (0 comments)
I'm not a draft guy, which is why Denny is here. I wasn't too upset about any pick, but that is moreso because I don't know anything about these guys and rely on insight from those like Denny and from any scouts I talk to.
Denny knows this stuff inside and out, and from his comments he likes Chisenhall's bat and potential, but felt it was an overdraft. This very well may be the case with the...
June 6, 2008   (0 comments)
Thinking about it last night I have the solution. If you believe, as I do, that these guys are really huge overdrafts then note this. Here are the bonuses that these guys are in line to get, based on MLB's slotting system:
Chisenhall $1.1 million
Haley $490,000
Phelps $360,000
Roberts $150,000
We will be spending a lot of money on these overdrafts in addition to...