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July 11, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Sipp On The Mend
"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.
A little smaller version of Minor Happenings this week,...
July 11, 2008   (0 comments)
On Thursday, the Indians announced they have traded INF RYAN MULHERN and RHP DAN REICHERT to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. Mulhern and Reichert were both playing for the AAA Buffalo Bisons. Mulhern hit .250 (50-200) with 7RH & 26RBI in 58 games this season, while Reichert was 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA (43.0IP, 52H, 25R/21ER, 15BB, 29K) in 8 starts for the Bisons.
July 10, 2008   (0 comments)
The Indians promoted RHP J.D. Martin to Class AAA Buffalo on Wednesday. Martin, an Eastern League All-Star, was 7-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 appearances (three starts) for Akron. He had recorded 46 strikeouts against only 11 walks in 50.1 innings.
Aeros, Baysox Trade Shutouts in Split
LaPorta Goes 3-for-6 in Debut
AKRON, OH – The Aeros rode the arm of left-hander Scott Lewis in...
July 9, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: LaPorta Brings Thunder With His Bat
A little different setup this week with Minor Happenings. With the big trade over the weekend that consummated between the Indians and Brewers, and all the information coming out of it, I felt it best to do a special edition of Minor Happenings focusing just on the trade. The regular version recapping the news and notes from the previous week will actually post on Friday this week.
I was in...
July 9, 2008   (0 comments)
I'll have a special Minor Happenings later this afternoon sort of giving an update on the Sabathia/LaPorta trade with comments from some scouts, agents, LaPorta, and Farm Director Ross Atkins as well as many other things.
Anyway, I was at the press conference in Akron on Tuesday night.....what a crazy scene. I'll explain more in the article as well. In any case, LaPorta is now officially here...
July 8, 2008   (0 comments)
The Aeros announced three roster moves today, placing OF Trevor Crowe on the disabled list, activating OF Matt LaPorta from Milwaukee, and activating LHP Chuck Lofgren from the inactive list. Crowe was put on the disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle (retroactive to July 2nd).
In Buffalo, they are going with one less pitcher in the bullpen for the next week as they await to...
July 8, 2008   (0 comments)
Well, you know, there were some games played on Monday night. So, even with all the Sabathia trade talk abuzz, the machine must keep rolling. For any that missed some thoughts on the trade, scroll down the page for some things I posted over the last 24-36 hours. I'll also be adding more things in the next 24 hours including comments from LaPorta himself and from Farm Director Ross Atkins.
July 7, 2008   (0 comments)
The headliner in the Sabathia trade, OF/1B Matt LaPorta, will make his Indians debut in Akron on Tuesday night. A press conference is scheduled at 5pm on Tuesday in the Akron dugout, and I'll be there for it as well as to see LaPorta in his first game action as a member of the Indians. I may even go back on Wednesday night since the media circus will have died down, and I can maybe get a more private...
July 7, 2008   (0 comments)
One thing I always like to get, is a perspective from the other side of the deal. In this case, the Milwaukee Brewers. Brian Kapellusch over at was kind enough to respond to my call this morning and provide some insight on the four players the Indians are getting in this deal.
He and the rest of the guys over there, like here, have followed these guys extensively and may...
July 7, 2008   (0 comments)
Well, it looks like the C.C. Sabathia trade to Milwaukee finally went down. After roughly a week of speculation, and a crazy Fourth of July weekend, a deal finally went down on Sunday afternoon. The players coming to Cleveland are still being confirmed, but OF Matt LaPorta is confirmed and apparently LHP Zach Jackson, RHP Rob Bryson, and a player to be named later believed to be 3B Taylor Green are...
July 6, 2008   (0 comments)
I'll offer up some comments tomorrow in my late night update on all this C.C. Sabathia trade talk with the Milwaukee Brewers. I actually talked to a scout late tonight, a high ranking scout from a rival club and he flat out loves LaPorta and considers their system one of the top five systems in baseball. More on this has been a long day with family parties and with a trip to Buffalo on...
July 5, 2008   (0 comments)
The Indians signed RHP Preston Larrison to a free agent minor league contract on Friday. He will report to AAA Buffalo in the coming days. Larrison has spent his entire professional career in the Detroit Tigers organization after being selected in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft out of Evansville. He spent the entire 2008 season in relief at AAA Toledo where he went 2-2 w/a 3.31 ERA in 29 games (35.1IP,...
July 4, 2008   (0 comments)
Tomlin Has No Regrets Sticking With Baseball
Back when Kinston Indians right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin was a freshman in high school, he made a decision that would forever change his life.
You see, that year he was playing on both the varsity basketball and varsity baseball team at his high school in Whitehouse, TX. As basketball season ended and baseball season started, the two sports became a conflict as they overlapped one another....
July 4, 2008   (0 comments)
Happy 4th everyone!
On Thursday Akron 3B Wes Hodges was selected to play in the Futures Game in Yankee Stadium on July 13 for Team USA. He also is one of 60 players currently being considered for the 24-man United States Olympic Team that will be selected on July 16th. The Olympics begin in Beijing, China on August 9th, and outfielder Nick Weglarz is already on the Team Canada roster.
July 3, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: A Lot Of Crowe-ing In 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.
In case anyone missed it, earlier in the week I did...
July 3, 2008   (0 comments)
Round drafted (overall draft slot): 5th (171st)
Signing status: Still in negotiations through advisor at SSX Sports. He will be coming to Cleveland on July 10th to see a game and talk to Tribe officials. Said the round he was drafted in will have no effect on whether he signs and that, although he won't share his desired bonus, says that it is significantly above the slot for 5th rounders (around...
July 3, 2008   (0 comments)
LHP Rich Rundles has been selected as the lone Bison representing the club for the 2008 Triple-A All-Star game in Louisville, KY on July 16. This season, Rundles has a 5-4 record with a 3.58ERA. The game will be televised on ESPN2 as the International League takes on the best from the Pacific Coast League at Louisville Slugger Field.
Akron will send four players to this year’s All-Star Game...
July 2, 2008   (0 comments)
RHP Randy Newsom (finally) has been called up to Buffalo. No word yet on any corresponding moves and who he may replace in Buffalo...but if I were to speculate it is possible that Jeff Stevens or Brian Slocum are on their way to Cleveland.
Forgot to mention this yesterday, but lefty Tony Sipp has been moved up to Kinston to continue his rehab. He pitched one scoreless inning on Monday with...
July 1, 2008   (0 comments)
Realini Leads The Captains
One look around the Lake County clubhouse, and most of what you see are a bunch of young 19 and 20 year olds experiencing life as a professional on their own for the first time. Most of these players are not far removed from high school or even college, and while baseball is a sport that most of us played for fun as kids, for these guys it is a job that requires a lot of skill, discipline, patience,...
July 1, 2008   (0 comments)
Some quick updates on things that have happened in the last three days:
- C Yamid Haad has been activated by Buffalo, and C Armando Camacaro was placed on the disabled list on Friday.
- On Friday, Kinston starting pitcher Hector Rondon was selected to the World Team for the 2008 Futures Game.
- On Sunday, Buffalo activated right-hander Juan Rincon and placed first baseman Ryan...