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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?...
November 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Indians Excited About Weglarz
Here is another article written back in August 2007. Over the final six weeks of 2008, I will continue to add some articles from the 2007 season that were written before this blog went live in October 2007 so those that may have missed them the first time around may get a chance to see them.
Lake County Captains outfielder Nick Weglarz has made quite a first impression this year as the 19-year...
November 19, 2008   (0 comments)
The clock keeps counting down on the Indians announcement of their roster selections by the November 20th roster deadline. Something may be announced tonight, or tomorrow, but either way we should know within 24 hours.
In addition to some of the fans who are waiting with anticipation for this announcement, the players are in the same boat as well. From what I know, the players themselves still...
November 19, 2008   (0 comments)
The 40-man roster deadline is Thursday November 20th, but the Indians are expected to announce today (Wednesday) what players will be added to the 40-man roster and protected from the Rule 5 Draft. In the past four years, the Indians have announced the 40-man roster additions on the 19th twice (2004 and 2007), as well as on the 18th once (2005) and on the 20th once (2006). In any case, sometime in...
November 19, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Rafters record sits at 11-25 for the season and, with the Championship game taking place this coming Saturday (11/22), there are only 2 days left of the regular season (Weds & Thurs) for Tribe farmhands playing in the league.
Player Updates (11/16 -11/18): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren hasn't pitched since 11/11, so still holds a 28.29ERA...
November 18, 2008   (0 comments)
A Minor League Stop In Lake County
This is an article I wrote in August 2007 documenting a visit to Single-A Lake County. During my visits to all six affiliates that year I tried to give an outsider who doesn't have a chance to go to these affiliates what it is like there.
Stop number three on my minor league tour went into the books a few weeks back, this time at Single-A Lake County. I actually completed this visit back on...
November 17, 2008   (0 comments)
Okay, here is the first crack at a depth chart for 2009. It should be noted that this is a first draft, and this listing should change over the course of the next few months. Also, the look of this chart will be cleaned up more down the road to make it easier to read. As always, this will be housed in the resource section for quick reference.
Some quick comments:
- Buffalo and Akron...
November 16, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Rafters record sits at 10-24 for the season and, with their loss on Wednesday they were officially eliminated from post-season play.
Player Updates (11/12 -11/15): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren hasn't appeared since the last update and as a result his ERA holds at 28.29 in 9 appearances (7IP, 18H, 37R, 22ER, 15BB, 6K).
RHP Erik Stiller...
November 15, 2008   (0 comments)
Time for another Saturday rundown to recap all the happenings in the system from this past week. It was a quiet week, so here is the short update:
It was a privilege and honor to post Chuck Lofgren's story this week. There had been a lot of speculation the past few months on what the personal issue happened to be that Lofgren really was struggling with on and off the field the entire season,...
November 14, 2008   (0 comments)
Lofgren Has A Lot To Be Thankful For
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. It is the official kickoff to the Holiday Season, and a time when friends and family come together for a feast of food and drink, enjoy the company of loved ones, and just be thankful for all you have in your life.
Indians left-handed pitcher Charles "Chuck" Lofgren IV is thankful that he has been blessed with the physical abilities and talent to play...
November 13, 2008   (0 comments)
Paul and I will be talking about free agency tonight since we are on the eve of it starting up tomorrow. Also touch on the Cy Young and Cliff Lee winning it or not winning it. We'll spend the last 15-20 minutes of the show talking to flamethrowing right-handed reliever Neil Wagner about his experience in the AFL, what he is up to, the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, and what the plans are for him in 2009.
November 13, 2008   (0 comments)
This is an article from August 2007 after my visit to Kinston. I thought some who missed this on the first time around may be interested in it. In the coming weeks, every Thursday I'll continue to post more of these older articles that were written before this blog began a year ago.
I was in Kinston, North Carolina this past weekend, and in addition to the several players...
November 12, 2008   (0 comments)
There has been some confusion over the last few days about the eligibility of some of the Indians minor leaguers for the Rule 5 Draft who signed future contracts. The players in question are as follows:
Jerad Head (INF/OF)
Frank Herrmann (RHP)
Hector Rondon (RHP)
Carlos Santana (C)
Carlton Smith (RHP)
Isaias Velasquez (INF)
Neil Wagner (RHP)
November 12, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
Since the last update, the Surprise Rafters have gone 0-2 to lower their overall record to 9-21 for the season.
Player Updates (11/09 - 11/11): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren struggled again on 11/11; in part due to poor defense, but also due to poor control. He allowed 6 runs (all unearned) in only 0.1IP as a result of 3BB, a HBP and two errors (including...
November 10, 2008   (0 comments)
The Hot Stove Season in Major League Baseball will officially kick off this coming Friday November 14th when teams are permitted to start talking to and signing free agents. In addition to that, the trade season will start to kick into full gear before it reaches its climax during the Winter Meetings December 8-11.
In years past, the start of the Hot Stove Season has opened with little fanfare...