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May 14, 2009   (0 comments)
Gimenez Trying To Recover From Slow Start
This was not the kind of start that Triple-A Columbus catcher Chris Gimenez envisioned back when he packed his bags at the end of a successful showing in spring training out in Goodyear, AZ and boarded a plane for Columbus, OH a month ago.
Gimenez, 26, got off to an 0-for-22 start the first week and a half of the season, and since then he has been battling to get his numbers back to respectability...
May 14, 2009   (0 comments)
The Columbus Clippers game was rained out and will play a doubleheader tomorrow. The Lake County Captains had the day off.
Aeros squeak by
In what could be considered a relatively quiet game, it was a scoreless game going into the bottom of the sixth. However, that would change.
Jerad Head led off the inning by hitting a double to left. Then, with two outs and Head at second,...
May 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Bullpen Changes Galore For Indians
Today is a special edition of Minor Happenings, one that comes about as a result of the pretty significant news yesterday - from a farm system standpoint - that right-hander Hector Rondon has been moved to the bullpen. As fate would have it, I happened to have a scheduled visit to Akron last night and was able to get the scoop on the change from several people in the Indians organization.
May 13, 2009   (0 comments)
House Happy To Get First Season Going
Low-A Lake County 19-year lefty T.J. House had a lot of hype coming into this season. Having yet to throw a pitch as an Indian before the start of the season, he was ranked almost unanimously as one of the Indians top 20-25 prospects coming into the season.
House has the maturity well beyond his years to handle such expectations, but in the early going he has been more focused on getting...
May 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers down Lehigh Valley
The Clippers lifted the lid on a four game series with a 8-4 victory Tuesday night over Lehigh Valley. Andy Marte led the offensive charge with two hits and three RBIs. David Huff pitched six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits for the victory.
The Clippers scored in the second inning when Chris Gimenez led off with a single, and scored on a Jordan...
May 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Okay, as mentioned, RHP Hector Rondon has been officially moved to the Double-A Akron bullpen. Taking his place in the rotation is lefty Ryan Edell who comes down from Triple-A Columbus, and who will start tonight. To make room for Edell, RHP Eric Stiller was put on the reserve list (Mahoning Valley). Also, to make room for OF/1B Matt McBride who is officially on the roster today, OF John Drennen...
May 12, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians have apparently taken RHP Hector Rondon out of the rotation and have moved him to the bullpen at Double-A Akron. I am not sure if this move is effective tonight since Rondon is scheduled to start tonight, but most likely it is in effect immediately. I am hearing that someone will likely get the spot start tonight and take his spot in the rotation, likely LHP Ryan Edell who seems likely...
May 12, 2009   (0 comments)
First baseman/outfielder Matt McBride has been promoted from High-A Kinston to Double-A Akron after hitting .405 (51-for-126) with 15 2B, 6 HR, 36 RBI and 1.120 OPS in 31 games to start the season. .120. He departs Kinston leading the Carolina League in virtually every offensive category and in the entire minor leagues he is 1st in hits, 4th in average, 2nd in 2B, 1st in RBI, 3rd in TB (84) and T3rd...
May 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Welcome back everyone to this week’s Diamonds in Single-A. Over the last two weeks, this area has looked first at a starting pitcher and then a hitter, so this week’s focus will be on a middle reliever.
As every Indians fan this year is painfully aware, you can never have enough middle men in baseball, and while they tend to get ignored as prospects they are a very important part of building...
May 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Kinston had a scheduled off day.
Paw Sox blast Columbus
The Pawtucket Red Sox showed no mercy on the Clippers, pounding out twenty hits in a 9-1 win over Columbus on Monday.
The Sox wasted no time as Chip Ambres scored on a single by Chris Carter and Carter scored on a Paul McAnulty first inning double. With two outs in the second, Sean Danielson doubled and Jonathan Van Every...
May 11, 2009   (0 comments)
As I noted yesterday, RHP Michael Finocchi has been released. RHP Randy Newsom has been moved back to Double-A Akron to take his roster spot. Also, OF Stephen Head was placed on the Triple-A Columbus disabled list. RHP Jack Cassel was re-activated and newly signed RHP Blaine Neal took Head and Newsom's roster spots.
May 11, 2009   (0 comments)
For the second time this season Eastern North Carolina Native Lonnie Chisenhall is the Carolina League Player of the Week. The West Carteret High School alum had another monster week, hitting .533 (16-30), with two home runs, 12 RBI, 12 runs scored and a slugging percentage of .900. This is the second time this year Chisenhall is the Carolina League Player of the Week. He first grabbed the honor for...
May 11, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians have signed RHP BLAINE NEAL, 31, to a minor league free agent contract and assigned him to AAA Columbus…He last pitched in the big leagues w/Boston & Colorado in 2005 and overall has appeared in 113 Major League games w/FLA, SD, BOS, COL (5-4,5.08ERA,124.0IP, 161H, 70ER, 93K) …Owns a minor league career record of 31-22 w/a 2.67 ERA in 353 games (6GS, 112SV, 444.2IP, 400H, 132ER,...
May 11, 2009   (0 comments)
As I noted in yesterday's Minor Happenings, I am heading out to Miami, FL this Wednesday and will be there through Sunday, so there will be some changes this week. For one, there will be no Minor Happenings this week, and also no Smoke Signals radio show either. Both will return next Thursday May 21st.
If anyone still needs their prospect radio fix, I will be appearing on the Minor League Baseball...
May 11, 2009   (0 comments)
The South Atlantic League announced today that Captains starting pitcher T.J. McFarland has been named South Atlantic League pitcher of the week for the week of May 4th through the 10th.
McFarland, a 19 year old left hander out of Orland Park, IL, was 1-0 with an ERA of 0.82. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2007 draft out of Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. McFarland made two starts in...
May 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers beat Pawtucket
The Clippers withstood four innings from Daisuke Matsuzaka and beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-1 in front of a capacity Mother's Day crowd at Huntington Park. Pawtucket gave Matsuzaka a quick lead when the second batter of the game, Jonathan Van Every, hit a Zach Jackson pitch over the right field wall for a solo home run.
In the fifth inning, Pawtucket replaced...
May 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Nothing official at the moment, but with the Indians signing RHP Luis Vizcaino today he is expected to either join the Indians in Cleveland or go to Triple-A Columbus. With that, a roster spot needed to be opened up in Columbus, whether it is Vizcaino going there or whoever is optioned out from Cleveland going there. I am hearing the Indians cleared roster room in Columbus by sending RHP Randy Newsom...
May 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Indians Should Regret Stevens Trade
"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.
As noted earlier in the week, Minor Happenings was delayed...
May 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers snap losing skid
The Clippers snapped a six game losing streak with a 7-2 defeat of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Clippers starter Kirk Saarloos pitched seven strong innings and Columbus scored six runs in the sixth inning to get the win.
Saarloos allowed only two hits, including a Paul McAnulty solo home run off the scoreboard in right center in the fourth inning to tie the game...
May 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers Shutout 4-0
Columbus was shutout 4-0 on Friday night after a strong starting pitching performance from Pawtucket's Clay Buchholz who went 7.1 innings of shutout ball allowing just 2 hits, 1 walk and striking out 8.
Right-hander Tomo Ohka kept Columbus in the game with another quality start going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs on 8 hits, no walks and had 4 strikeouts. John Meloan...