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June 30, 2009   (0 comments)
The baseball draft is over and all that is left at this point of the draft is our two top picks,
Alex White and Jason Kipnis, right? Well, if you are a diehard prospect fan there is one element of the draft left besides these two. It is the summer draft-and-follow guys.
Since the new collective bargaining agreement went into place almost 3 years ago, major league teams weren’t allowed...
June 30, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers drop fifth straight
The Clippers lost to the Durham Bulls 4-3 Monday in the continuation of a four-game series at Huntington Park.
The third inning started the scoring when Michael Brantley knocked the first hit of the game to center field. After a walk to Trevor Crowe, Jordan Brown reached first on an error to load the bases. Matt LaPorta was hit by a pitch driving home a...
June 29, 2009   (0 comments)
Akron Aeros outfielder Nick Weglarz has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending June 28th. The 21-year old won the award for the second time this season after hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two doubles, four home runs, 12 RBI, five runs scored, six walks and a 1.150 slugging percentage in six games for the Aeros last week. The 6'3", 245 lb. slugger had at least one hit and...
June 29, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Ken Ray vs. Durham @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Jeanmar Gomez vs. Binghamton @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Paolo Espino vs. Myrtle Beach @ 7:00 pm
Lake County: T.J. McFarland vs. Hagerstown @ 7:00 pm
Mahoning Valley: Ryan Anthony at State College @ 7:05 pm
AZL Indians: Mike Rayl vs. Rangers @ 7:00 pm MS
June 29, 2009   (0 comments)
Aeros Fall 6-4 to Binghamton
Binghamton finally got the Aeros’ number, taking game three of this four-game series at Canal Park by the final score of 6-4 in front of 3,943 fans at Canal Park Sunday afternoon. The Akron pitchers permitted a season-high 12 walks (although only one came in to score), and three runs in the top of the seventh served as the difference for the B-Mets. The Aeros...
June 28, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians have signed RHP Johnny Goryl as a non-drafted minor leaguefree agent. "JD" is the son of Indians special assistant Johnny Goryl who has been a prominent figure in the Indians organization since he first came on board in 1982.. JD made his pro debut on Friday, June 26 for the Tribe’s Arizona Rookie League team in Goodyear and went 2.0 shutout-hitless innings allowing no walks and had...
June 28, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Zach Jackson vs. Durham @ 5:05 pm
Akron: Aaron Laffey vs. Binghamton @ 1:35 pm
Kinston: Eric Berger vs. Myrtle Beach @ 5:00 pm
Lake County: Trey Haley vs. Hagerstown @ 7:05 pm
Mahoning Valley: Marty Popham at State College @ 6:05 pm
AZL Indians: Alexander Morales at Dodgers @ 7:00 pm MS
June 28, 2009   (0 comments)
Ghosts of Prospects Past: Jeff Mutis
When a highly publicized prospect blossoms and reaches his full potential, fans and sportswriters will often try to pinpoint the exact moment when he turned the corner and “got it,” as the expression goes. It may have been a character building defeat, a gutsy comeback performance, or one otherwise unimportant game in which everything simply fell into place.
In Indians lore, many fans will...
June 28, 2009   (0 comments)
Bulls Bash Clippers 12-5
Durham hammered the Clippers 12-5 Saturday in the series opener at Huntington Park.
The game start poorly for the Clippers when Durham scored four runs in the first. It began with the second pitch of the game, a homer by Henry Mate. Columbus committed three errors in the inning, two by Jordan Brown at first base.
Clippers starter Jack Cassel settled down...
June 27, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have acquired RHP Chris Perez and a player to be named from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for INF/OF Mark DeRosa.
Perez, 23 (turns 24 July 1), has spent the majority of the 2009 season in the Cardinals bullpen going 1-1 with 1 save and a 4.18 ERA (23.2IP, 17H, 12R/11ER, 15BB, 30K) in 29 appearances. He began the 2009 season at AAA Memphis going...
June 27, 2009   (0 comments)
3B Mark DeRosa has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for RHP Chris Perez and a player to be named later.
Shapiro has stated that the player to be named later will be an important one, a magnitude of a player in past deals that brought Coco Crisp and Michael Brantley to Cleveland.
June 27, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians today signed their 20th round selection in the 2009 First Year Player Draft, RHP Kyle Smith out of Kent State University and Louisville, OH. Smith was 4-2 with a 4.79 ERA in 11 starts this season for the Golden Flashes and was hampered by shoulder issues. Indians have signed 23 picks overall from the 2009 draft, included 18 of the first 20 picks. The only unsigned picks in the first...
June 27, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Abreu Done For The Year
"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.
A shorter update today, mostly because things have been...
June 27, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Jack Cassel vs. Durham @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Josh Tomlin vs. Binghamton @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Russell Young vs. Salem @ 7:00 pm
Lake County: Danny Salazar vs. Hagerstown @ 7:00 pm
Mahoning Valley: Preston Guilmet at Williamsport @ 7:05 pm
AZL Indians: Jose Campos at Mariners @ 7:00 pm MS
June 27, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers fall
Rochester beat the Clippers 6-1 in the finale of an eight-game road swing. Both starters, Chuck Lofgren and Brian Deunsing, were on top of their game. The Wings scored two runs in the third, assisted by a defensive miscue, to take an early lead. The Clippers scored their only run in the fourth. Tony Graffanino smashed his second of three doubles, and Andy Marte scored him with...
June 26, 2009   (0 comments)
When Jose Veras reports to Cleveland tomorrow, RHP Jensen Lewis will be sent down to Columbus.
This move was confirmed by Eric Wedge at his post game press conference.
June 26, 2009   (0 comments)
This week's installment of Three Up, Three Down was pushed to Friday to allow for Mahoning Valley to get a few more games in. The Scrappers have raced out to a 6-1 start to their season, and we'll talk a little bit about two of the players that are fueling that start. Additionally, we'll touch on my favorite Indians minor leaguer, a bump in the road for a top prospect, and starting pitching issues...
June 26, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Chuck Lofgren at Rochester @ 6:05 pm
Akron: Hector Rondon vs. Binghamton @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Bryce Stowell vs. Salem @ 7:00 pm
Lake County: T.J. House vs. Hagerstown @ 7:00 pm
Mahoning Valley: Brett Brach at Williamsport @ 7:05 pm
AZL Indians: Francisco Jimenez vs. Dodgers @ 7:00 pm MS
June 26, 2009   (0 comments)
Rochester rallies to beat Clippers 8-7
The Rochester Red Wings rallied last and beat the Clippers 8-7 on Thursday.
The Clippers scored four times off of Triple-A rookie Jeff Manship in the opening frame. Doubles by Matt LaPorta, Tony Graffanino, Andy Marte and a single by Damaso Espino made it a 4-0 lead for Columbus. The wide margin would not last as Kirk Saarloos served up a three-run...
June 25, 2009   (0 comments)
Just a quick note that Paul Cousineau and I will be in the cyber waves again tonight talking Tribe on our weekly radio show Smoke Signals from 9:30-10:30 PM EST.
With the Indians season all but over, we will talk about where it all went wrong and where we go from here. We'll also talk about all the recent news and developments with the big league team and in the minor league system.