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November 30, 2008   (0 comments)
Columbus Clippers (AAA):
Torey Lovullo, Manager
Scott Radinsky, Pitching Coach
Jon Nunnally, Hitting Coach
Jeff Desjardins, Athletic Trainer
Akron Aeros (AA):
Mike Sarbaugh, Manager
Ruben Niebla, Pitching Coach
Lee May Jr., Hitting Coach
Michael Salazar, Athletic Trainer
Kinston Indians (A):
Chris Tremie, Manager
November 30, 2008   (0 comments)
Player Development
Director, Player Development: Ross Atkins
Director, Latin American Operations: Lino Diaz
Assistant, Player Development: Meka Asonye
Advisor, Player Development: Johnny Goryl
Field Coordinator: Dave Hudgens
Pitching Coordinator: Dave Miller
Lower Level Pitching Coordinator: Steve Lyons
Hitting Coordinator: Bruce Fields
November 30, 2008   (0 comments)
Caribbean Winter Leagues
Player Updates (overall numbers - Italics indicate players season is over): -
RHP Randy Newsom - 4G, 2.2IP, 7H, 7R/ER, 3BB, 1K, 23.62ERA
OF Matt LaPorta - 17G, .164(11-for-67)/.250/.299/.549, 3 2B, 2HR, 12RBI
INF Asdrubal Cabrera - 6G, .368(7-for-19)/.500/.632/1.132, 2 2B, HR, 5RBI
OF Franklin Gutierrez...
November 29, 2008   (0 comments)
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and for those that ventured out on Black Friday you are still in one piece. Anyway, here is a quick roundup of the recent news in the Indians farm system this week:
For those that missed our special Tuesday night edition of Smoke Signals this past week, you missed a great guest in first baseman Jordan Brown. Brown was very candid throughout the 25-minute...
November 28, 2008   (0 comments)
This story was originally written in January 2007; however, the general theme here still exists and I wanted to re-publish it to this blog for those that may have missed it the first time around on and
In an unexpected move last week, the Indians signed free agent outfielder Trot Nixon to a 1 year $3M deal that also included a total of up to $2M in...
November 27, 2008   (0 comments)
Q&A With Erik Stiller
I originally wrote this piece and conducted the Q&A with Stiller in August 2007. This is a re-post to this blog since it was written before this blog was started in October 2007. Happy Thanksgiving!
I'll be heading to Kinston, North Carolina this weekend to visit the Cleveland Indians advanced Single-A affiliate the Kinston Indians. While I plan on speaking with several of the players...
November 26, 2008   (0 comments)
As you know by now, the Leagues in Hawaii and Arizona are over for another season. However, feel free to check last Sundays round-up for a reminder on the Indians farmhands individual performances.
Caribbean Winter Leagues
There are a couple of adjustment to the Caribbean rosters this week. In Venezuela, Eddie Mujica has transferred from Caribes de Anzoategui to Navegantes del Magallanes...
November 25, 2008   (0 comments)
With Thanksgiving on Thursday, our show has been moved up to a special day and time tonight, Tuesday November 25th at 8:00-9:00 pm EST. Paul and I will touch on several of the current topics with the Indians, and halfway through the show Jordan Brown will be calling in where we will spend the last half hour talking about things from his thoughts on not being rostered, the Rule 5 Draft, his 2008 season,...
November 25, 2008   (0 comments)
For those wondering about the fourth option year rule and how a player like Michael Aubrey will get one this year and how Tony Sipp will likely get one a few years from now (if needed) here is the explanation as offered by Baseball America a few years ago:
In some circumstances, baseball rules allow for a fourth option....
November 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Niles, OH – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are scheduled to unveil a new look on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Members of the media and fans are encouraged to attend the announcement that will be held at Center Court of the Eastwood Mall at 3:00 PM. The Scrappers will be releasing a new primary team logo along with new uniforms featuring new home and road caps. New Scrappers merchandise will be available...
November 24, 2008   (0 comments)
McBride Full Of Talent And Hustle
This is a piece from August 2007 that ran before this blog started. Up until the New Year, I'll continue to re-post some past articles on players still in the system which were written before the conception of this blog. Also, McBride will be appearing on Smoke Signals sometime in Janaury to talk about his 2008 season, his transition to the outfield, and what is in store for him in 2009.
November 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Championship game between Mesa Solar Sox and Phoenix Desert Dogs took place yesterday (11/22) with the Desert Dogs winning 10-4 to claim the AFL title. The Desert Dogs rode out the first 5 innings against Atlanta Braves uber prospect Tommy Hanson (5IP, 3H, 1R, 8K) before exploding for 5 runs in the 6th inning and 4 runs in the 7th against the Sox bullpen.
November 22, 2008   (0 comments)
It is Ohio State vs. Michigan today (Go Bucks!), and time for another Saturday rundown to recap all the happenings in the Indians system from this past week:
There has been a lot of talk the past few weeks about third baseman Wes Hodges defensive issues. The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a story on him this week, and in Baseball America's Indians Top 10 rankings which came out this week they did...
November 21, 2008   (0 comments)
CLEVELAND, OH-- The Cleveland Indians & Director of Player Development ROSS ATKINS today announced the player development staff assignments for the 2009 season. TOREY LOVULLO will manage the Columbus Clippers, the Indians newest Player Development affiliate, while MIKE SARBAUGH (Akron), CHRIS TREMIE (Kinston), AARON HOLBERT (Lake County) and TRAVIS FRYMAN (Mahoning Valley) will all return as managers...
November 21, 2008   (0 comments)
After a wild and hectic day yesterday with the 40-man roster, here are some quick thoughts on it and the selections the Indians made:
Players were informed around 6pm EST (about 4 hours before the press release) they were being rostered. I know some people were wondering when they find out, so there you go. They are pretty much strung along just like everyone else and don't have an idea what...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
CLEVELAND, OH --- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has added five (5) players on to the club’s 40-man roster. Today the Indians purchased the contracts of the following players from the Triple A Columbus roster: CA CARLOS SANTANA, OF TREVOR CROWE, CA CHRIS GIMENEZ and RHP JEFF STEVENS. The club also purchased the contract of RHP HECTOR RONDON from Class A Kinston.
Santana, 22,...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Edit 9:19pm: Dodgers just added 10 players to their 40-man.
We'll talk about the developments with the Indians 40-man on our show which starts in ten minutes.
Edit 9:08pm: The Rangers and Phillies completed a trade tonight that looks like a deal for 40-man purposes. Also, the Reds 40-man has been set. That leaves four teams, the Indians, Dodgers,...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Paul and I will be talking about the roster decisions the Indians made today to add players from their minor league system to the 40-man roster. We will talk about what impact these players, if any, have on the 2009 season and also touch on any surprise decisions. In addition, time permitting we will talk about the slow start the Indians are off to this offseason and baseball in general and what to...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced the recipients of the organization's 2008 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards.
INF Beau Mills has been named the 2008 winner of the Lou Boudreau Award as the top Minor League position player in the Indians player development system. Additionally, LHP David Huff has been selected as the Bob Feller Award winner for 2008 as the...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Nothing yet on who the Indians will be adding to the 40-man roster, but just got an email from the source on Jordan Brown. According to him there is now a chance Brown is NOT rostered. A week or so ago he was supposedly set to be rostered, but something changed.
I am speculating here, but is it possibly his foot injury that had him prematurely end his winter league season in the Dominican Republic?...