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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...
June 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Lonnie Chisenhall, Cord Phelps and Eric Berger are Carolina League All-Stars and will head to the Golden State to take on the California League All-Stars on June 23rd.
Kinston infielder Lonnie Chisenhall will be the starting third baseman for the Carolina League All-Stars. Chisenhall is currently leading the Carolina League in RBI (43) and hits (62). The Eastern North Carolina native is also...
June 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers blank Braves 12-0
Columbus blanked Gwinnett 12-0 in the opening game of a four-game series at Gwinnett Stadium.
Chuck Lofgren, in his second start with Columbus, was locked in a scoreless battle with Jeff Lyman through four innings, but the Clippers lit the scoreboard in the fifth. Andy Cannizaro, Damaso Espino and Michael Brantley had consecutive singles to break the tie.
June 6, 2009   (0 comments)
If you are like most professional baseball fans you know that every June there is a draft where your team gets new players. Some of them sound really exciting when you read about them in the newspaper or on the internet but most you have never heard of.
You probably know that these guys your team drafted are amateur players, just like in other sports. You probably also know that some of them...
June 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Lake County was rained out (again).
Clippers lose one; rained out in another
The Clippers dropped the opening game of a double-header in Charlotte 9-1. The second game was rained out.
The Knights jumped all over Kirk Saarloos in the second inning, scoring eight times, capped off by a Daryle Ward three-run homer. Saarloos lasted only two innings, taking his seventh loss of the...
June 5, 2009   (2 comments)
Minor Happenings: Webb Excelling At The Top
"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.
Last night, Paul Cousineau and I had the pleasure of...
June 5, 2009   (0 comments)
For tomorrow's (Saturday) double-header, RHP Jake Westbrook is expected to begin his rehab assignment with a start in game one. In game two, RHP Brian Grening has been called up from extended spring training and likely will make a spot start. If he does not start he will fill a much needed bullpen role backing up Westbrook in game one or eating some innings in a "bullpen-by-committe" start in game...
June 5, 2009   (0 comments)
he Indians signed INF/OF Rob Mackowiak and LHP Michael Gosling today and assigned them to Triple-A Columbus
June 5, 2009   (0 comments)
Today, the Indians announced they activated DH Travis Hafner from the 15-day DL. To make room for Hafner, they demoted struggling starter, Fausto Carmona, exercising his last minor league option.
UPDATE: Fasuto has actually been sent to the rookie-level Arizona Summer League, not Columbus.
June 5, 2009   (0 comments)
Former Indians owner Dick Jacobs has passed away from a longtime illness at age 84. He owned the team from 1986 to 1999, and was instrumental in getting the Gateway Project passed which brought the Indians a new ballpark in Jacobs Field in 1994 and brought the Cavaliers back downtown for basketball later that same year. His teams from 1994-1999 enjoyed the greatest run of success in franchise history...
June 5, 2009   (0 comments)
The Columbus, Kinston, and Lake County games were postponed due to rain.
Aeros fall
Akron scored four runs in the first three innings but managed just three hits over the final six frames, and the Reading Phillies came from behind to post a 7-4 win before 3,520 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday night. Reading moved to 30-22 and tied Erie for second place in the Southern Division,...