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August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
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Baseball America revealed their 2009 Mid-Season Best Tools at the threefull season levels. Below are current Indians who were recognized intheir respective leagues (included are those acquired via trade):
Best Strike Zone Judgment (IL) - OF Michael Brantley
He has struck outonly 43 times in 477 plate appearances and has struck out just three...
August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Shortstop Kyle Smith, outfielder Jordan Henry, right-handed reliever Cory Burns, right-handed starter Marty Popham, and right-handed starter Clayton Cook all named to NY-Penn League All Star Game. The game will be played this coming Tuesday August 18 at the State College Spikes ballpark, right on the campus of Penn State University.
August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians kept busy with their management of the 40-man roster today deciding to add left-hander R.J. Swindle off outright waivers from Tampa Bay. Swindle has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus. The 40-man roster is now at 34 players.
Swindle has split the season between AAA Nashville and Milwaukee before being designated and claimed by Tampa Bay on August 7th and then designated by them...
August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
I recently had the opportunity to talk to Ryan Fay over at and did a Q&A on the Indians farm system. We touched on the the players the Indians received in return in the Lee and Martinez trade, and also took sort of a midseason view of some of the blossoming and struggling prospects in the system. Check it out by clicking on the hyperlink. Here is the full link as well:
August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
LHP Nick Hagadone makes his second appearance with Lake County. He is scheduled to only go three innings or 50 pitches, and then LHP Chris Jones will piggyback him.
Columbus: Ryan Edell at Indianapolis @ 1:05 pm
Akron: Scott Barnes at Connecticut @ 6:35 pm
Kinston: Russell Young at Lynchburg @ 7:00 pm
Lake County: Nick Hagadone vs. Augusta @ 7:05 pm
Mahoning Valley:...
August 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Clippers score early in 4-2 win
The Clippers evened the series at Indianapolis with a 4-2 win Tuesday night.
Michael Brantley reached on an error to start the game and scored on a Jesus Merchan triple. Tony Graffanino plated Merchan with a sacrifice fly for a quick 2-0 lead. After a fly out, Wes Hodges doubled and scored on a Lou Marson single. Marson crossed the plate one batter later...
August 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Infielder Josh Barfield was outrighted to the Triple-A Columbus roster on Tuesday as he cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster. He was already in Columbus, but this was more of a paper move to remove him from the 40-man roster. The 40-man roster currently stands at 33 players (three more are on the 60-day DL).
August 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Today the Indians signed left-handed pitcher Matt Packer, their 2009 32nd round pick out of the University of Virginia. As a sophomore Packer led the NCAA with a 1.14 ERA, and as a junior this season went 3-5 with a 4.13 ERA (61.0 IP, 59 H, 28 ER, 59 K). Packer pitched well in the Cape Cod League this summer for Orleans (2-0, 1.90 ERA, 11 G, 23.2 IP, 16 H, 5 ER, 29 K). With this signing the Indians...
August 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Have Something Good Cook-ing
When you think of the Indians very good 2008 Draft you immediately think of names like third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall (1st round), right-handed pitcher Zach Putnam (5th round), and left-handed pitcher T.J. House (16th round).
Another player from that draft who is impressing and could quickly become one of the first names you think about is 19-year old right-hander Clayton Cook. The 6'3" 175-pound...
August 11, 2009   (0 comments)
A couple quick updates:
- Triple-A Columbus outfielder Matt LaPorta sat out last night's game because of a tweaked hamstring that he hurt during the game on Sunday. He is day to day.
- Recently acquired left-hander Scott Barnes has been promoted from High-A Kinston to Double-A Akron. He is expected to make his first start with Akron tomorrow (Wednesday).
- Barnes is replacing...
August 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Akron, Kinston, and Mahoning Valley all had scheduled off days on Monday.
Indianapolis downs Columbus 2-1
The Clippers opened a stretch of seven consecutive games against Indianapolis with a 2-1 loss at Victory Field. Indy opened the scoring with a Tagg Bozied solo homer in the second off Columbus starter Mike Gosling. It would be the only run Gosling allowed over four solid innings.
August 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet has been named the New York Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 3 to August 9. For the week, Guilmet made two starts going 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA and in 10.0 innings allowed seven hits, one earned run, one walk, and had 13 strikeouts. On Saturday, Guilmet struck out a career high ten batter in just five innings...
August 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Head Of Utilities
Jerad Head is like that handy friend or relative who knows how to fix anything. He may not be greatly skilled in one particular trade, but knows all the trades well and how to do anything.
This is much how the Double-A Akron Aeros have used Head this year in the lineup, either filling in at a position full time because of injury to someone else or playing almost everyday but moving around the...
August 10, 2009   (0 comments)
FYI, Gosling is being stretched out and going into the rotation the rest of the year. He will piggyback with Ken Ray while he stretches out.
Columbus: Mike Gosling at Indianapolis @ 7:05 pm
Akron: Off day
Kinston: Off day
Lake County: Danny Salazar vs. Augusta @ 7:00 pm
Mahoning Valley: Off day
AZL Indians: Scott Lewis vs. Dodgers @ 7:00 pm MST
August 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Lake County had a scheduled off day on Sunday.
Bisons bounce Clippers 12-8
The Buffalo Bisons defeated the Clippers 12-8 Sunday at Huntington Park. Clippers starter Chuck Lofgren left the game in the third inning after injuring his pitching hand. Lofgren gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits in two and a third innings.
The Columbus offense was slow to get started, they...
August 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Espino In The Zone
"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.
This is the third installment of three planned Minor...
August 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Bisons beat Clippers 2-1
The Buffalo Bisons escaped Huntington Park with a 2-1 victory over the Clippers Saturday night.
Columbus loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but couldn't complete the rally.
Adam Pettyjohn pitched eight shutout innings for the Bisons. He didn't walk a batter, struck out seven and allowed six hits. Only one Clippers base runner reached third base...
August 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Triple-A first baseman/outfielder Jordan Brown has been put on the disabled list today (shoulder). Taking his spot on the Columbus roster is infielder Jesus Merchan who was called up from Double-A Akron today. As noted earlier, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has been promoted from High-A Kinston and will take Merchan's roster spot in Akron.
August 8, 2009   (0 comments)
As Indians Farm Director Ross Atkins alluded to this week (check out today's Minor Happenings posted earlier), High-A third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has been promoted to Double-A Akron.
The 2008 first round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians leaves the Carolina League ranked in the top five in six different offensive categories. Chisenhall leads the Carolina League in RBI (79), is second...
August 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Fedroff Ignites Kinston Offense
"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.
This is part two of a three part Minor Happenings this...