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June 10, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians seventh round pick: CF Jordan Henry - University of Mississippi
6'3" 175 lbs.
UPDATE (06/11/2009 10:05 AM EST): Dennis Nosco
Henry was the 131st ranked prospect by Baseball America
Jordan Henry bio
Jordan Henry stats
From Ole Miss website:
June 10, 2009   (0 comments)
In the 6th round, the Cleveland Indians select: 1B Ben Carlson - Missouri State University
6'3" 230 lbs.
UPDATE (06/11/2009 10:03 AM EST): Dennis Nosco
198th ranked prospect in BA
June 10, 2009   (0 comments)
In the 5th round, the Cleveland Indians select RHP Austin Adams - Faulkner University
5'11" 185 lbs.
UPDATE (1:26 PM EST): Dennis Nosco
He is a college senior at Faulkner and so has no levarage in negotiations and won't be able to demand a large bonus.
Local paper article on Adams: Threw up to 98 mph in workouts for teams!
Commentary: He is obviously an arm-strength...
June 10, 2009   (0 comments)
In the fourth round, the Cleveland Indians select SS/3B Kyle Bellows - San Jose State
6'3" 210 lbs.
UPDATE (06/11/2009 10:01 AM EST): Dennis Nosco
Bellows 2009 stats: .389 239 AB 16 2B 10 HR 15 BB 25 K 5 SB 7 E
SJSU website article
Bellows bio
UPDATE (12:39 PM EST): Jeff Ellis
In the 4th round the Indians drafted Kyle Bellows 3B from San Jose St....
June 10, 2009   (0 comments)
General consensus among the 'experts' is that the Indians did well in the first round with White, solid in the second round with Kipnis. No word on what those experts think of Gardner in the 3rd round but it is not a bad pick, may turn out really good AND, as we learned last year, there is still a lot of silver and a little gold to be mined on the next two days of the draft...
June 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Director's Cuts
Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant had the following to say about 1st round RHP Alex White, 2nd round OF/2B Jason Kipnis, and 3rd round RHP Joe Gardner:
On Alex White: “He has a plus fastball up to 96 MPH with heavy life. He features two different secondary pitches, a split which is a late swing-and-miss type pitch and a slider that is a swing-and–miss type pitch as well. He...
June 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Here are some videos of the new Indians prospects in action.
RHP Alex White:
OF/2B Jason Kipnis:
RHP Joe Gardner:
June 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Yes, there were games on Tuesday night even though the MLB Draft took place!
Clippers outlast Braves in 11 innings
Columbus and Gwinnett went back and forth in the series finale and a passed ball in the eleventh inning was the difference in a Clippers 6-5 victory.
Jo Jo Reyes took the mound for the Braves in a rehab start, but left after four pitches. Reyes re-aggrivated his...
June 9, 2009   (0 comments)
With the 94th overall selection in the 2009 MLB Draft, the Cleveland Indians select: RHP Joe Gardner - UC Santa Barbra
6'5" 220 lbs.
UPDATE (11:54 PM EST): Dennis Nosco website
Player Bio
2009 stats
Commentary: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder at this point. In the 3rd round you are looking for projectability and signability. Pitchers still...
June 9, 2009   (0 comments)
With the 63rd overall selection in the 2009 MLB Draft, the Cleveland Indians select: OF/2B Jason Kipnis - Arizona State
6'0" 180 lbs.
UPDATE (11:15 PM EST): Official Release
The Cleveland Indians selected OF JASON KIPNIS with their 2nd round pick (63rd overall) in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The junior outfielder is currently batting .385 (85-221)...
June 9, 2009   (0 comments)
With the 15th pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, the Cleveland Indians select: RHP Alex White - UNC
6'3" 190 lbs.
UPDATE (9:37 PM EST): Dennis Nosco
Here are a few links that might be beneficial:
2009 Stats
2009 CWS Bracket; see White pitch Sunday
College Baseball Blog article (with video)
Real Baseball Intelligence Scouting Report
UPDATE (9:36 PM...
June 9, 2009   (0 comments)
LHP Joe Smith was activated off the 15-day DL. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, LHP Tony Sipp was optioned to Columbus.
June 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Okay, we are all set for the start of the First Year Player Draft in baseball which commences tonight at 6:00pm.
Just a reminder, we'll be all over the Indians first three picks tonight. We will have a post for each player taken tonight and continually update that post with analysis from people here as well as provide nuggets of information found elsewhere with links to the information. Dennis...
June 9, 2009   (0 comments)
The South Atlantic League has announced their mid season All-Star teams and the Lake County Captains have two representatives on the Northern Division Team. Right-handed pitcher Alexander Perez and and second baseman Karexon Sanchez have been chosen to represent the Captains at the All Star game in Charleston, WV on June 23.
June 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Since the draft is this Tuesday, I thought it would be appropriate to look back on one of last year’s draft class for my column this week, so let’s take a look at Cord Phelps.
Cord Phelps was the Indians 3rd round pick last year out of Stanford. He is primarily a second basemen, which is where he has played exclusively since he was drafted. At the time he was viewed by some as an over...
June 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Akron and Kinston had scheduled off days on Monday.
Clippers drop 5-4 decision to Gwinnett
The Clippers fell to the Gwinnett Braves for the first time in the team's brief history in suburban Atlanta by a 5-4 score.
Matt LaPorta drove in Michael Brantley in the first give Columbus an early 1-0 lead. Zack Jackson took the mound, having given up two earned runs or less in every...
June 8, 2009   (0 comments)
In this week's Three Up, Three Down, we take a look at uber-prospect Matt LaPorta, Beau Mills' recent hot hitting, as well as the struggles of Mr. Perfect and Matt Cassell's brother.
Three Up:
Matt LaPorta has not let his struggles at the major league level effect his mindset in AAA, as he has picked up right where he left off in the middle of the Clippers lineup. LaPorta is hitting...
June 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Just a reminder, the 2009 First-Year Player Draft will be held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network on Secaucus, NJ tommorrow (Tuesday, June 9) at 6PM ET. The draft has beeen expanded from two to three days, with the final two days being conducted via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City. The first day will consist of three rounds during which the Indians hold the 15th pick, the 63rd &...
June 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Lake County had a scheduled off day on Sunday.
Clippers sneak past Braves 3-2
The Clippers downed the Gwinnett Braves 3-2 on Sunday. Unlike the opening game of the series, both clubs got on the board early and Columbus scored late for the win.
The Clippers scored first in the opening frame after a Michael Brantley walk, Tony Graffanino doubled and went to third on the play at...
June 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Putnam Has An Exciting Future In The Bullpen
In case you have not noticed the Indians are in dire need of bullpen help.
They have exhausted almost every option available to them at the big league and Triple-A level only to find a few band aids to cover the holes in a bullpen that was a train wreck each and every night the first six or seven weeks of the season. The current bullpen really is a patch job of duck tape, bandages, and super...