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March 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Top 100 Prospects: #11 Carlos Rivero
11. Carlos Rivero - Shortstop
Born: 05/20/1988 - Height: 6'3" - Weight: 210 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
YearAgeTeamLvlGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBBAOBPSLGOPS200517DSL IndiansR6623721616003112267. IndiansR3713417386022210200.284.338.373.711BurlingtonR166631430175110.212.264.303.567200719Lake CountyA1154365911426076247841.261.332.369.701200820KinstonA+1084114611627186436841.282.342.411.753Career3421284146343681181861102259.267.326.364.690
March 10, 2009   (0 comments)
I've already mentioned that Lonnie Chisenhall has been officially moved from shortstop to third base. Here are a few other position changes that I have learned about:
- As I speculated in my update over the weekend, Abner Abreu indeed seems to have been moved to the outfield as he is working out there. This makes sense now that Chisenhall and Tice will likely be the third baseman at Kinston...
March 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Okay, for anyone who has about 40mins of time to spare, here is the video from my appearance on SportsTime Ohio this past Friday. Due to the size, the two segments are split into two pieces for four parts in total.
I took the advice from some fans and recorded it from the TV with my digital video camera and then uploaded it to my computer and then to You Tube. Hopefully there are no copyright...
March 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Top 100 Prospects: #12 Michael Brantley
12. Michael Brantley - Outfielder
Born: 05/15/1987 - Height: 6'2" - Weight: 195 - Bats: Left - Throws: Left
YearAgeTeamLvlGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBBAOBPSLGOPS200518AZ BrewersR44173346031019221314.347.426.376.802 18HelenaR10348112003642.324.425.382.807200619West VirginiaA10836047108102042615124.300.402.339.741200720West VirginiaA562184173151232312218.335.413.440.853 20HuntsvilleAA58187284761021292517.251.353.294.647200821HuntsvilleAA10642080134172440502728.319.395.398.793...
March 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Top 100 Prospects: #13 Scott Lewis
13. Scott Lewis - Left-handed Pitcher
Born: 09/26/1983 - Height: 6'0" - Weight: 195 - Bats: Switch - Throws: Left
YearAgeTeamLvlWLERAGGSSVIPHERHRBBKBB/9K/9WHIP200420Mahoning VyA-025.063305.15301131.722.01.13200521Mahoning VyA-014.6076015.213826243.413.81.21200622KinstonA+331.4827260115.284193281232.29.60.97200723AkronAA793.6827250134.21355513341212.38.11.26200824AkronAA622.331313073.1621929611.17.50.97...
March 8, 2009   (0 comments)
As always, time for another weekend rundown of the news and notes in the Indians minor league system.
The Indians have officially moved 2008 1st round pick Lonnie Chisenhall to third base. After his good showing at shortstop last year at Mahoning Valley where his manager Travis Fryman raved about how he played there, and also Indians Scouting Director John Mirabelli's postseason...
March 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Day 1 of my first spring training was a bit different than I had thought it might be like. I had no clue what to expect, but thought I might get out and throw, come to find out it was a day full of tests. The drive down here was only 8 hours but seemed more like 24, the more I drove the more it seemed like I was getting farther away, but I guess what can you expect when you are an 18 year old kid embarking...
March 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Top 100 Prospects: #14 John Meloan
14. John Meloan - Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 07/11/1984 - Height: 6'3" - Weight: 230 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
YearAgeTeamLvlWLERAGGSSVIPHERHRBBKBB/9K/9WHIP200520OgdenR023.69166139.03016418544.212.51.23200621ColumbusA111.54120123.19547412.715.80.6921Vero BeachA+102.5043018.015524272.013.51.0621JacksonvilleAA101.6950010.23215234.219.40.75200722JacksonvilleAA522.183501945.12411318703.613.90.9322Las...
March 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Top 100 Prospects: #15 Abner Abreu
15. Abner Abreu - Third Baseman
Born: 10/24/1989 - Height: 6'3" - Weight: 170 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
YearAgeTeamLvlGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBBAOBPSLGOPS200717DSL IndiansR56228346913744118465.303.353.474.828200818GCL IndiansR51199325016411379524.251.289.538.827 Career 107427661192911157827989.279.324.504.828
History: Abreu was signed as an undrafted free agent in October 2006...
March 5, 2009   (0 comments)
Tonight on Smoke Signals, Paul and I will kickoff our Indians season preview. With only four shows left before the start of the season (thank God), we will be previewing each of the four segments of the team: the starting rotation, bullpen, outfielders, and infielders. First up tonight is the starting rotation, which is clearly the most concerning area of the team at this point. Here is the link to...
March 5, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor league camp officially opens today. While a few players are in big league camp and some are down for early minor league camp, today is the reporting date for all minor league pitchers and catchers. Here is a listing of the important dates in minor league camp this spring:
March 5th: Pitchers and catchers report
March 6th: Physicals for pitchers and catchers
March 7th: First...
March 5, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Top 100 Prospects: #16 Tony Sipp
16. Tony Sipp - Left-handed Pitcher
Born: 07/12/1983 - Height: 6'0" - Weight: 190 - Bats: Left - Throws: Left
YearAgeTeamLvlWLERAGGSSVIPHERHRBBKBB/9K/9WHIP200420Mahoning VyA-313.161010042.23315513742.715.61.08200521Lake CountyA412.221312069.04717519712.59.30.96 21KinstonA+222.66225247.13414423594.411.21.20200622AkronAA423.13294360.14421221803.111.91.09200723DNP----------------200824GCL...
March 4, 2009   (0 comments)
For those interested, I will be on MiLB Radio tonight (March 4th) at 11:30 PM EST. The site is and the link to listen to the show is here. I'll be talking a lot about the Indians top prospects, how I got involved with writing and reporting about them, and we will also talk some about the big league team and how 2009 looks for them.
March 4, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor league camp is about to open with pitchers officially reporting this Thursday (March 5th) and the position players reporting on Saturday (March 7th).
Each full-season Indians minor league affiliate will play 14 games this year in spring training, with the opponents being the farm teams from the Rangers, Dodgers, White Sox, Brewers, and Padres. The Triple-A and Double-A teams (Columbus...
March 3, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Top 100 Prospects: #17 Luis Valbuena
17. Luis Valbuena - Second Baseman
Born: 11/30/1985 - Height: 5'10" - Weight: 200 - Bats: Left - Throws: Right
YearAgeTeamLvlGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBBAOBPSLGOPS200317AguirreR50167263811412220253.228.323.359.682200418AguirreR612164478246234271511.361.444.5561.000200519EverettA-7428747751031251313714.261.333.443.776 19TacomaAAA34000000120.
March 2, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Top 100 Prospects: #18 Chris Gimenez
18. Chris Gimenez - Catcher
Born: 12/27/1982 - Height: 6'2" - Weight: 190 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
YearAgeTeamLvlGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBBAOBPSLGOPS200421Mahoning VyA-712604078233103830622.300.419.527.946200522Lake CountyA1123845490241136648904.234.354.404.758200623Lake CountyA913295584251114033726.255.364.438.802200724KinstonA+832695676141205450553.283.406.565.971 24AkronAA301132025606129311.221.285.434.719200825AkronAA55177466015162652330.339.487.5371.024200825BuffaloAAA5419523539131923602.272.354.374.728...
March 1, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Top 100 Prospects: #19 T.J. House
19. T.J. House - Left-handed Pitcher
Born: - Height: 6'2" - Weight: 215 - Bats: Left - Throws: Left
History: House was a 16th round pick in the 2008 Draft out of Picayune High School (MS). As a senior in high school last year, he went 7-2 with a 0.89 ERA and had 99 strikeouts and 25 walks. He also pitched...