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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,...
June 4, 2009   (0 comments)
With 1 out in the 4th tonight in the Akron Aeros game, literally like 20-25 minutes ago, RHP Hector Rondon threw a pitch that was described by the broadcaster as very slow and up and Akron Pitching Coach Ruben Niebla shot out of the dugout followed by Manager Mike Sarbaugh and the trainer. After a very short discussion, Rondon was pulled from the game. No idea what happened, but given the state of...
June 4, 2009   (0 comments)
Well, after a week off, Paul and I are back on tonight and there certainly is a lot to talk about with all the injuries and roster changes of late, not to mention all of the trade rumors of late regarding the Indians.
We did not have a guest scheduled tonight because all of the games tonight for the affiliates were at 7pm, but with everyone being rained out we attempted to get someone on tonight...
June 4, 2009   (0 comments)
Lake County's game was suspended in the fouth inning due to rain.
Clippers down Charlotte
On an evening where four players in the Clippers line up combined of eight of their nine hits on the evening, it would be enough to beat Charolette 6-4.
Michael Brantley, Tony Graffanino, Matt LaPorta, and Andy Marte each had two hits on the night. The other hit came off the bat of Wyatt...
June 3, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has placed INF Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a left ac joint sprain. To replace Cabrera on the active roster the Indians have recalled INF Josh Barfield from AAA Columbus.
Cabrera was injured in yesterday's game vs. the Minnesota Twins in the
1st inning. This is his 1st career trip to the disabled list at the big league...
June 3, 2009   (0 comments)
The Comeback Kid
Left-handed pitcher Chuck Lofgren is having a sensational season and has been one of the best comeback stories of the year in minor league baseball.
Just a year ago Lofgren came into the 2008 season ranked as a top five prospect in the Indians system in virtually every publication that ranks prospects, but a season last year that affected him mentally, emotionally, and physically saw him tumble...
June 3, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers fall 3-1 in Charlotte
The Clippers couldn't overcome mistakes and missed opportunities in a 3-1 loss to the Charlotte Knights.
A throwing error by Gordon Beckham allowed Mickey Hall to score the first Clippers run in the third inning. Michael Brantley moved to third on the play, which started with a Brantley bunt. Starter Jose Contreras then walked the bases loaded, but the...
June 2, 2009   (0 comments)
RHP Bryce Stowell has been promoted from Lake County to Kinston. The 22-year-old Stowell is making his Kinston Indians debut tonight vs. Wilmington. Stowell is a La Habra, California native and went to school at UC Irvine. Cleveland selected him in the 22nd round of the 2008 draft, and Stowell got his first minor league action this season at Low-A Lake County. Stowell has appeared in three games...
June 2, 2009   (0 comments)
The Aeros made a roster move today, as the Cleveland Indians signed IF Kyle Haines and assigned him to Akron. The move brings the Aeros back to the roster limit of 24 active players.
Haines began his professional career with the San Francisco Giants as a 34th-round pick out of Eastern Illinois in 2004. He spent all of last year with the Connecticut Defenders here in the Eastern League, batting...
June 2, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers rock Tides 16-3
The Clippers avoided the sweep with a 16-3 blowout of the Norfolk Tides on Monday.
Columbus sent fifteen batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring eleven runs on seven hits. Matt LaPorta and Jordan Brown each scored twice in the inning. The mark tied the Clippers team record for runs in an inning, a feat last accomplished in 1992.
Five Clippers...
June 1, 2009   (0 comments)
On this week's version of Three Up, Three Down we take a look at a couple of 19-year olds playing well in Lake County, the PTBNL in the C.C. trade, and a trio of scuffling Aeros.
Three Up:
Lake County southpaw T.J. House is just 1-5 on the season, but has really pitched well and has been the victim of some poor run support. So far this year, House has a 3.10 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and has a...
June 1, 2009   (0 comments)
LHP Tony Sipp will replace RHP Rafael Betancourt, who was placed on the DL today, on the Indians 25-man roster.
June 1, 2009   (0 comments)
OF John Drennen was reassigned to Double-A Akron today. Akron's roster was short two players, so no move was made to remove a player. Another move to fill the roster is coming, likely either LHP Chuck Lofgren returning into the rotation from Columbus (some word he may have only been in Columbus for a spot start) or a pitcher from High-A Kinston being promoted.
June 1, 2009   (0 comments)
It is once again time for another Diamonds in Single-A. Sorry about the no show last week, but the holiday weekend kept me very busy. This week’s article will focus on pitching with a look at Ryan Miller, starting pitcher for High-A Kinston.
Ryan Miller was the Indians 36th round selection out of Blinn Junior College in Texas in 2006. He was a draft and follow player who the Indians were...
June 1, 2009   (0 comments)
Tides beat Clippers again
The Norfolk Tides beat the Clippers 7-3 on Sunday at Huntington Park.
One bad inning spoiled Chuck Lofgren's debut. He gave up four runs in the fourth inning and that was all the Tides needed to knock off the Clippers for the third straight day.
The Tides got on the board in the second inning; Jolbert Cabrera singled and eventually scored on a single...