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July 27, 2009   (0 comments)
Kinston Indian’s starter Eric Berger is the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week. The Carolina League All-Star struck out a career high 11 batters in just six innings on Saturday, earning a no decision in his only start of the week. Berger gave up just three hits and walked two without giving up a run Saturday against Wilmington.
Berger (7-7, 2.29 ERA) has the lowest ERA among active pitchers...
July 27, 2009   (0 comments)
This week’s Diamonds in Single A will focus on a player who hopefully never plays an inning with the Indians single A farm teams. This week will focus on the newest Indian, Connor Graham. The Indians have stated that Graham will report to Akron, which will be his first time above A ball. So, for the time being he is still eligible for this column. He was acquired this week when the Indians traded...
July 27, 2009   (0 comments)
Pawtucket squeezes past Clippers
Pawtucket beat the Clippers 3-2 on Sunday at McCoy Stadium. Charlie Zink took the mound for the Pawtucket Red Sox, sporting a knuckleball that baffled the Clippers. He walked a batter in every inning, but kept the bats off the baseball for much of the day.
Both teams got on the board in the second inning with Andy Cannizaro driving in Andy Marte on a...
July 26, 2009   (0 comments)
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cleveland Indians announced that they have completed the deal that sent Mark DeRosa to St. Louis in exchange for Chris Perez and a player to be named later. It has been announced today that the player to be named later that has completed the deal is RHP Jess Todd.
Todd will be added to the 40-man roster and report to Columbus.
Todd is 23 years of age...
July 26, 2009   (0 comments)
Ghosts of Prospects Past: 2003 Indians Bullpen
There wasn’t exactly a torrent of fan reaction last week when the Tribe dealt Rafael Betancourt to Colorado for BB prone AA arm Connor Graham. It was a necessary move, financially and logistically, and hardly an earth shattering one. Still, it seems like Raffy might have deserved a better sendoff. The fact is, there may be no breed in the Big Leagues as rare as the long-tenured middle reliever. It’s...
July 26, 2009   (0 comments)
No new signings in the past few days, but by popular request here is a listing recapping all the players signed and not signed to date:
Round Player Pos. School ST
2 Jason Kipnis OF Arizona State University AZ
3 Joe Gardner RHP UC Santa Barbara CA
4 Kyle Bellows 3B San Jose State University CA
5 Austin Adams RHP Faulkner University AL
6 Ben...
July 26, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers rally falls short
The Red Sox out-slugged Columbus 13-11 Saturday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. The first two games of the series could not have been more different. One night after a 3-1 Clippers win that saw ten combined hits, the teams totaled 24 runs on 34 hits. Friday night there were eight total runners left on base, Saturday, the teams combined to strand 19 runners. The...
July 25, 2009   (0 comments)
Carlton In Charge
For Double-A Akron right-handed reliever Carlton Smith, his first ever professional All Star game experience was a memorable one. He was added to the team less than a week as a replacement for injured closer right-hander Vinnie Pestano, but his selection was more than deserved as in 24 games he is 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA (55.1 IP, 47 H, 16 BB, 27 K).
Most of all, with the All Star game in Trenton,...
July 25, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers pitching quiets Pawtucket
The Clippers came out on top of the Pawtucket Red Sox 3-1 Friday night, improving Columbus to 6-2 since the All-Star break. Chuck Lofgren and Paw Sox righty Michael Bowden dueled back and forth for more than six innings, with Pawtucket scoring in first on the only two hits Lofgren would allow in six innings.
The Clippers bats were held largely in...
July 24, 2009   (0 comments)
ongrats to Rob Bryson on his return to pitching action tonight in Arizona.
Columbus: Chuck Lofgren at Pawtucket @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Michael Tejera vs. Altoona @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Russell Young vs. Wilmington @ 7:00 pm
Lake County: Danny Salazar at Lexington @ 7:05 pm
Mahoning Valley: Preston Guilmet at State College @ 5:35 pm
AZL Indians: Rob Bryson vs. Rangers...
July 24, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: One Man "Reck"ing Crew
"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.
Short update today due to me being in transit to Kinston...
July 24, 2009   (0 comments)
Mahoning Valley was rained out on Thursday.
Aeros split twin-bill with Seawolves The Aeros split their two games today with the Erie SeaWolves, taking the suspended game one 4-3 before dropping what was supposed to be a seven-inning second game in eleven innings by the final count of 6-5 in front of 2,872 fans at Jerry Uht Park. The first two home runs of Mickey Hall
July 23, 2009   (0 comments)
RHP Rafael Betancourt has been traded to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Class A RHP Connor Graham.
Graham is 23-year-old pitcher who's a native of Bowling Green and a Miami of Ohio alum, who possesses a big 6'7", 235 lbs. body. He is 7-4 with a 3.14 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 41 walks in 80 1/3 innings pitched (16 starts). His ERA is the sixth-best in the league, and he's limited the opposition...
July 23, 2009   (0 comments)
A few notes as I get ready to head out today on my drive to North Carolina to see Kinston play this weekend and next weekend:
- Wes Hodges has been cleared to play third base, and was scheduled to play there last night had they not been rained out. With that, Andy Marte is going to start splitting time at third base, first base and at designated hitter. With Hodges now ready for full time third...
July 23, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus and Lake County were postponed due to rain, while Akron's game was suspended due to rain.
K-Tribe snap 4-game skid
After Winston-Salem scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning, Kinston came back with an RBI ground out from Lonnie Chisenhall (0-for-4) in the bottom of the frame. The RBI drove in Lucas Montero who singled to lead off the inning.
The K-Tribe...
July 22, 2009   (0 comments)
Powerful Weglarz Proving His Prospect Standing
They call Nick Weglarz "Big Red" because of his enormous size and red hair, but these days many opposing pitchers call him "Code Red" after the pounding he has given them in the Eastern League this year playing for Double-A Akron.
The 21-year old outfielder is blossoming into the big time power prospect many thought he could be when the Indians selected him in the 3rd round of the 2005 Draft...
July 22, 2009   (0 comments)
Lake County was off on Tuesday.
Clippers fall to Scranton Wilkes-Barre 2-1
The Clippers fell in a pitcher's duel, losing 2-1 to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Tuesday night.
Fausto Carmona and Kei Igawa battled through seven innings. Carmona allowed a solo homer in the second to Yurendell de Caster. The Yankees didn't record another hit until a double in the seventh. Colin...
July 21, 2009   (0 comments)
I apologize to those of you who are not Browns fans, but my season tickets came in the mail yesterday. With that, I am selling most of my tickets again this year since I will not be attending most of the games. This is a quick note to anyone who may be interested in picking up tickets to a Browns game this year.
I have two tickets to each game, and my seats were upgraded this year and I am...
July 21, 2009   (0 comments)
No changes to the big league roster to report, but here are some moves much lower in the system to catch up on some of the recent movement:
Third baseman Jeremie Tice has been reinstated from the 7-day DL and placed on a rehab assignment with the AZL Indians. Infielder Jesus Merchan has been placed on a rehab assignment with the AZL Indians as well. Right-hander Francisco Valera has been transferred...
July 21, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Fausto Carmona vs. Scranton/WB @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Bobby Livingston at Erie @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Alexander Perez vs. Winston-Salem @ 7:00 pm
Lake County: Off day
Mahoning Valley: Clayton Cook at Aberdeen @ 7:05 pm
AZL Indians: Joseph Colon at Padres @ 7:00 pm MS