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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...
September 16, 2008   (0 comments)
This is a piece that will run in this week's Minor Happenings, but wanted to run on its own as well. Even though the season is over, there will still be several player interviews and news updates to provide through the end of the month.
Indians minor league catcher Brian Juhl is what you would call an organizational soldier. A player who has little chance of making it to the big leagues or...
September 15, 2008   (0 comments)
Dixon's Durability And Consistency A Strength
The Indians minor league season came to an official close on Sunday evening with Akron losing 5-1 in Game Four of the Eastern League Championship series, and with the loss Akron dropped the best-of-five series three games to one. With the season over, many players will return home for the winter for some long overdue rest and relaxation, while others will go to Arizona for Instructional League which...
September 15, 2008   (0 comments)
Miscues Doom Aeros in 5-1 Loss
Trenton Claims Second Straight Eastern League Crown
TRENTON, NJ – The Thunder scored four runs in a sixth inning where nothing went right for Akron, and those scores propelled Trenton to the Eastern League title for the second consecutive year, defeating the Aeros 5-1 in game four before 3,117 fans at Waterfront Park. Trenton also bested Akron in four...
September 14, 2008   (0 comments)
Jackson Leads Thunder to 4-1 Win
Trenton Leads Series 2-1; Game 4 Sunday at 6:05 p.m.
TRENTON, NJ – Austin Jackson gaveth for Trenton Saturday night, and he tooketh away from the Aeros as the Thunder claimed game three of the Eastern League Championship Series 4-1 before 4,575 fans at Waterfront Park. The Thunder now lead the best-of-five series two games to one, with game four set...
September 12, 2008   (0 comments)
Aeros and Thunder Rained Out Friday
Series Tied 1-1; Game 3 Saturday at 6:05 p.m.
TRENTON, NJ – Game three of the Eastern League Championship Series was rained out Friday night in Trenton, pushing the remaining games in the series back a day.
The Aeros and Thunder will try again Saturday night at 6:05 p.m., with game four Sunday at 6:05 p.m. If necessary, game five will be...
September 11, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Santana Looks Like #1
"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.
And then there was one. With Mahoning Valley and Lake...
September 11, 2008   (0 comments)
Seven-Run 8th Lifts Aeros in Wild 13-10 Win
Series Tied 1-1; Game 3 Friday at Trenton
AKRON, OH – The Aeros blew a five-run lead, scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth, then watched as Trenton rallied and got the tying run to the plate in the ninth before Erik Stiller finally recorded the elusive 27th out as Akron outlasted the Thunder 13-10 in game two of the Eastern League...
September 10, 2008   (0 comments)
Thunder Claim Game 1 3-1, Lead Series 1-0
Game 2 Wednesday at Canal Park
AKRON, OH – Trenton scored the two deciding runs in the top of the sixth and the Aeros were unable to answer late, falling to the Thunder 3-1 in game one of the Eastern League Championship Series before 3,327 fans at Canal Park Tuesday. Akron will look to even the best-of-five series Wednesday evening at 7:05...
September 9, 2008   (0 comments)
Head's Athleticism On Display At Akron
After a controversial first round playoff series win, Akron is ready to play in the Eastern League Championship Series which kicks off tonight at 7:05 PM at Canal Park in Akron. The best-of-five series will see Game One and Game Two played at Akron tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday), with the series shifting to Trenton, NJ for Game Three on Friday, and if necessary Games Four and Five on Saturday and...
September 8, 2008   (0 comments)
Considering there is some time here before Akron's next playoff series and the season winds down as we wrap up another season of minor league baseball, I wanted to give a quick thanks to those who visit this site as well as to read the player stories as well as Minor Happenings or anything else minor league related. Grazi.
Things will continue to be business as usual here...