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September 30, 2008   (0 comments)
Note: This is an unofficial list as the official list will not be released by the Commissioner’s office until October 16th.
Pitchers (9): T.J. Burton (RHP), Eddie Buzachero (RHP), Matt Ginter (RHP), John Halama (LHP), Jeff Harris (RHP), Juan Lara (LHP), Preston Larrison (RHP), J.D. Martin (RHP) Jeff Weaver (RHP)
Catchers (3): Armando Camacaro, Damaso Espino, Yamid Haad
September 29, 2008   (0 comments)
Josh Is No Punch And Judy Pitcher
Practically every pitcher in the bullpen at Single-A Lake County this year emerged and put themselves on the prospect map as far as reliever pitchers go. Right-hander Rob Bryson was the most publicized because he came in the C.C. Sabathia trade, right-hander Vinnie Pestano racked up a ton of saves on the year, right-hander Mike Pontius got off to a sensational start early in the year and can throw...
September 28, 2008   (0 comments)
Holt Has Striking Command
The ability to throw strikes is something that comes easier and more natural to some pitchers, but for most it can be a struggle. The Indians have several pitchers in the system who have become notorious for their exceptional command, namely pitchers like left-hander David Huff and right-hander Josh Tomlin who are widely considered the top starting pitchers in the organization as far as the ability...
September 27, 2008   (0 comments)
A quick update today:
September 26, 2008   (0 comments)
I don't know how often I will have these updates, but the Indians provided some news from the Fall Instructional League out in Goodyear, AZ that Adam Miller made his debut on Tuesday in a 7-1 win over Kansas City. Miller threw two perfect innings and had three strikeouts while throwing 32 pitches. He topped out at 94 MPH on the radar gun. Outfielder Nick Weglarz, first baseman Beau Mills and catcher...
September 25, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Phelps Is Second To None
"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.
Today is the final edition of Minor Happenings of the...
September 25, 2008   (0 comments)
I'm going solo tonight for the weekly hour long check out "Smoke Signals" if you get a chance. The show is still a WIP, but it is coming along with the hopes by the start of next season I am seasoned enough to have live guests on. Just another way to try and promote the minor leagues and also give some of these kids some attention.
Tonight it will be 100% on the minors. I'll talk...
September 24, 2008   (0 comments)
As many of you may know, I have reached out to many of you to see if you wanted to get involved with the site. Jellis is one of those people, and he along with a few others who will debut in the coming days and winter will help provide a varying opinion and perspective on things. Also, they will be able to provide some good analysis pieces and more that should complement the stuff I do on the site....
September 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Here is a listing of the Indians players who will participate in the Hawaii Winter League (HWL) this fall: ... &year=2008
Adam Davis (C), Matt McBride (C), Josh Judy (RHP), Matt Meyer (LHP), Dustin Realini (1B), and Heath Taylor (LHP) are all on the North Shore team. Play begins this Saturday, 9/27.
One note, and I have received a...
September 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Left-hander Reid Santos has been claimed off outright waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.
September 23, 2008   (0 comments)
A Wild Offseason Awaits Herrmann
When you think of immediate major league starting depth that the Indians will have stashed away in the minors next year, the names of lefties David Huff and Scott Lewis come to mind. Another pitcher who has entered that mix is Akron right-hander Frank Herrmann.
Herrmann is a relatively unknown prospect, a player who went to Harvard University and went undrafted in the 2005 Draft before the...
September 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Outfielder Brad Snyder was claimed today off outright waivers by the Chicago Cubs.
September 22, 2008   (0 comments)
On Sunday the Indians announced the year-end organizational winners of their Minor League On-Base Program “On-Base-Where Careers Take Off”, sponsored by Continental Airlines. The on-base program stresses pitch recognition and patience at the plate for all position players within the organization’s Player Development System.
Players are rewarded with a cash recognition for their performances...
September 21, 2008   (0 comments)
Wagner Finishes Strong At Akron
Right-hander Neil Wagner put up a great showing down the stretch this season.
After starting the year at advanced Single-A Kinston and putting up an 8.73 ERA in nine April appearances, Wagner settled in the rest of the way to put up a 3.44 ERA in 32 appearances from May until mid-August when he was called up to Double-A Akron. At Akron he was sensational in limited time going 2-2 with a 2.75...
September 20, 2008   (0 comments)
I was finally able to get a roster breakdown for the Indians Instructional League, and it is indeed still broken up into three camps. The breakdown is as follows:
Fall Development Program (Games) (28)
Archer, Chris (RHP)
Bryson, Rob (RHP)
De La Cruz, Kelvin (LHP)
Gomez, Jeanmar (RHP)
Haley, Trey (RHP)
Lewis, Scott (LHP)
September 19, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Move To Columbus Finally Official
"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.
With Akron now finished with the playoffs, the Indians...
September 18, 2008   (0 comments)
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed a Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers of the International League. The four-year agreement will run through the 2012 season.
This agreement marks the first time the Indians and Columbus Clippers have been affiliated in the 32-year history of the Clippers organization. Columbus had been affiliated...
September 17, 2008   (0 comments)
Jones Already Aiming For Next Year
Left-hander Chris Jones is a prospect that has not been talked about a lot this year, mostly because he was hindered with an arm injury in spring training that prevented him from pitching until later in the year. Also, being down at the bottom of the minor league ladder in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League 1000 miles away from Cleveland in Winter Haven, Florida tends to keep players like Jones out...
September 16, 2008   (0 comments)
From the Indians....
21-Year Old Amateur Hurler was Member of 2008 Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) Olympic Team
CLEVELAND, OH --- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed amateur RHP CHEN-CHANG LEE to a free agent minor league contract.
Lee, who turns 22 on October 21, hails from Taiwan and...
September 16, 2008   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club will utilize the Player Development Complex in Goodyear, Arizona with the beginning of Fall Instructional League on Wednesday, September 17. The FIL will run for one month and will conclude on October 17.
Many of the organization’s top prospects will participate in the camp as a total of fifty-eight (58) players will report to Arizona in...