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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
July 21, 2009   (0 comments)
Kinston was off on Monday night.
Clippers dump Yankees 8-1
The Clippers beat Scranton Wilkes-Barre 8-1 in the series opener at Huntington Park on Monday night. Zach Jackson turned back the clock and the Columbus offense knocked around Yankees starter Romulo Sanchez.
Jackson ended a winless streak that dated back to May. It briefly looked like another rough day when the second...
July 20, 2009   (0 comments)
For those wondering why left-hander T.J. House has not pitched in awhile, the reason is two-fold. In his last start on July 11th he was removed after three innings after he got hit with a line drive right on the elbow. Pretty scary moment. His start on July 17th was skipped as a precaution, but he is fine and is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday in Lexington.
That said, if not for the minor injury...
July 20, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Zach Jackson vs. Scranton/WB @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Josh Tomlin at Erie @ 7:05 pm
Kinston: Off day
Lake County: Chris Jones vs. Greenville @ 7:00 pm
Mahoning Valley: Kyle Smith at Aberdeen @ 7:05 pm
AZL Indians: Off da
July 20, 2009   (0 comments)
Jones-ing For An Opportunity
Things this season did not start out as Low-A Lake County left-handed starting pitcher Chris Jones thought they would. But as they always say, it's not how you start it is how you finish.
Jones, 20, was caught in a spring training minor league camp battle that had roughly eight to nine different starters battling for just five spots in the opening day Lake County rotation. He along with a few...
July 20, 2009   (0 comments)
Aeros Take Series, Cruise to 7-3 Victory
The Aeros claimed a 7-3 triumph over the visiting Bowie Baysox in front of 3,613 fans at Canal Park Sunday afternoon, taking the final three games of the four-game series. The offense was in full force again with nine walks and a dozen hits, helping starter Michael Tejera to his first win as an Aero. Akron improved to 59-36 with the victory and maintained...
July 19, 2009   (0 comments)
strong>Columbus: Jeremy Sowers vs. Syracuse @ 5:05 pm
Akron: Michael Tejera vs. Bowie @ 1:35 pm
Kinston: Eric Berger at Potomac @ 1:05 pm
Lake County: Trey Haley vs. Greenville @ 7:00 pm
Mahoning Valley: Marty Popham vs. Oneonta @ 5:05 pm
AZL Indians: Gregorio Rosario vs. Cubs @ 7:00 pm MS
July 19, 2009   (0 comments)
This is mere speculation here on my part, but with an off day on Monday we could (finally) see some changes with the Indians major league roster.
Going off what a high ranking official in the Indians organization told me two weeks ago where there would be some roster changes after the break, this would be a good time for those changes. To go a step further, I don't think it is just a coincidence...
July 19, 2009   (0 comments)
Ghosts of Prospects Past: Rod Nichols
Cry me a river, Cliff Lee (5-9). Sure, anybody would agree that the Tribe ace has been the victim of some offensively inoffensive run support this year. An ERA around 3.40 ought to get a pitcher to the .500 mark at the very least. Still, historically speaking, there is at least one former Cleveland hurler who would look at Lee
July 19, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers rally past Syracuse 6-3
The Clippers rallied from an early deficit to defeat Syracuse 6-3. Chuck Lofgren settled down after a rough start, lasting seven innings on three runs and six hits. He allowed two walks and recorded two strikeouts.
The Chiefs wasted no time scoring on Lofgren. The first three batters in the game scored after back-to-back doubles by Jorge Padilla and...
July 18, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians have supposedly released right-handed pitcher Masa Kobayashi today. The timing of this is interesting as it may mean a 40-man roster spot is needed to add a player from Columbus who is not on the 40-man roster who they want to promote to Cleveland (Andy Marte? Jordan Brown?). Or, maybe they need the roster spot to add some players they may be getting in a trade. Of course, it may be that they...
July 18, 2009   (0 comments)
I did not mention this yesterday, but Low-A right-handed reliever Eddie Burns has been put on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. Taking his place on the roster is left-hander Francisco Jimenez who has been promoted from the rookie-level Arizona League team out in Goodyear, AZ.
Jimenez has been interesting to follow in the early parts of the season. Not much is known about him at...
July 18, 2009   (0 comments)
For this week’s Diamonds in Single A, I am going to take a look at Alexander Perez, a young pitcher who really burst on the scene this year and just last week got his first start in high A.
Perez was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2007. He was only 17 years old when he signed the deal, so he actually spent that first season in the Dominican Summer league. Alexander throws a fastball,...