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September 30, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians today announced that the organization will not retain manager Eric Wedge for the 2010 season, which was to be the final year of his contract. In addition to this announcement, all seven members of his coaching staff have also been informed that they, as of now, will not return next year. It is possible that some of the coaches could return in some capacity depending on who the new manager...
September 30, 2009   (0 comments)
I have several box scores from the Instructional League and Parallel Fall League that I have accrued over the past few days. Here are the box scores for all games from Friday through Monday:
September 28, 2009RHECleveland14182Seattle151
Player NamePOSINNPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSE1. Webb, DonnieCF95511---------2. Phelps, Cord2B953211---2----3. Rodriguez, JoshDH953 11---2----4. Recknagel,...
September 29, 2009   (0 comments)
Akron Aeros (AA)
HittingABRH2B3BHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPSArnal, Cristo1000000000., Lonnie307142002220.467.500.5331.033Constanza, Jose316102006171.323.353.387.740Drennen, John296111025120.379.400.6211.021Goedert, Jared1000000000., Jerad297106209260.345.375.6901.065McBride, Matt28592011370.321.424.500.924Mills, Beau30683028270.267.333.567.900Rivero, Carlos27681005450.296.387.333.720Rodriguez,...
September 29, 2009   (0 comments)
Recknagel Looking For A Position
When the Cleveland Indians drafted first baseman Nate Recknagel out of the University of Michigan in the 19th round of the 2008 Draft, they knew they were getting a power hitter who lacked a true defensive position.
Recknagel has very good power and strength, which he showcased when he set a Michigan record with 23 home runs in 2008. He spent most of his time this season in Low-A Lake County,...
September 28, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians today announced the signing of the following fifteen (15) players to non-drafted minor league free agent contracts:
OF Angel Hernandez
LHP Alexander Joseph
INF Jairo Kelly
INF Jorge Martinez
INF Luigy Rodriguez
RHP Amiro Santana
RHP Juan Santana
RHP Yan Carlos Caripa
CA Juan Carlos...
September 28, 2009   (0 comments)
Popham Working Hard To Make It
Short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley almost had a season for the ages. They won a franchise record 49 games this year, but fell just short of the NY-Penn League Championship losing a lead in the late innings of their decisive Game 3 matchup with Staten Island.
The key to Mahoning Valley
September 27, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the year-end organizational winners of their Minor League On-Base Program “On-Base-Where Careers Take Off”, sponsored by Continental Airlines. The on-base program stresses pitch recognition and patience at the plate for all position players within the organization’s Player Development System.
Players are rewarded with a cash recognition for their...
September 26, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Akron Wins Another Title
"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.
While this may be the last true edition of Minor Happenings...
September 25, 2009   (0 comments)
Yesterday I posted the box score from the second day of games in the Instructional League going on currently in Goodyear, Arizona. I was able to get a copy of the box score to the first game from Tuesday 9/22.
Also, the new Arizona Parallel League has started. This is a new league which was thrown together this year to provide an opportunity for clubs to get in extra work for players and runs...
September 24, 2009   (0 comments)
Just an FYI, but there will be no Smoke Signals tonight. Paul and I are at the Indians game tonight, so are unable to host the show. We will be back next week (Oct 1st) and start season wrap up on the big league team and hand out some minor league awards.
September 24, 2009   (0 comments)
Today the Indians outrighted LHP Zach Jackson, LHP Rich Rundles, and LHP RJ Swindle from the 40-man roster and placed them onto the Triple-A Columbus roster. The 40-man roster is now at 36 players, with RHP Jake Westbrook and RHP Anthony Reyes still not included as they are still on the 60-day DL.
This is just the first of several more moves that will be made in the coming days to clear space...
September 24, 2009   (0 comments)
I don't know how often I will be able to post these, but here is the box score from yesterday's Instructional League game versus Texas (September 23rd):
Player NamePOSINNPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSE1. Fedroff, TimCF533-----------Sub Cid, DelviCF411-----------2. Phelps, Cord2B944-------1---3. Kipnis, JasonRF944-2---------4. Recknagel, Nate1B94221----2----5. Tice, Jeremie3B5211------1---Sub Brito,...
September 23, 2009   (0 comments)
Chen Adapts To Many Changes
The Indians tapped into the Pacific Rim for more talent back in September 2007 when they signed catcher Chun-Hsiu Chen to a minor league contract out of Taiwan.
Chen, 20, spent the entire time in Winter Haven in 2008 playing both in extended spring training and also in the Gulf Coast League (GCL) as he worked on his transition from third base to catcher. In the limited playing time he had in...
September 22, 2009   (0 comments)
Mini C.C. Has Good First Year For Tribe
He may be nowhere near the size of his predecessor in the organization C.C. Sabathia, but right-handed reliever Chen-Chang Lee had a very good debut season in the Indians organization this season
Sabathia stands in at 6
September 21, 2009   (0 comments)
Baker Growing With Indians
Baseball scouting for young talent these days goes well beyond scouting all the high school and college talent stateside for the Major League Baseball Draft. For the past few decades, scouring Latin America for talent has proven to be a success for many major league teams, and recently they have turned their attention to the Pacific Rim for talent in Asian countries as well as in Australia and other...
September 21, 2009   (0 comments)
Pictures Of Akron Celebrating
I posted the video earlier today, so here are some of the pictures from the celebration last night:
September 20, 2009   (0 comments)
Will add more video to this throughout the day and tomorrow.
Here is the main video of the final out with Judy striking the batter out, the players storming the field, piling up, and then some of the post-game hugs and congrats among players and coaches:
Playoff MVP trophy given out to Jerad Head, league trophy awarded to Akron, and more:
Here is a video of Mike Sarbaugh...
September 20, 2009   (0 comments)
Boy, what a fun night that was. I got to see firsthand Akron's third Eastern League Championship, and what a thrill that was to be there on the field as the players piled on top of each other celebrating the win, held up the league championship trophy, and then partied like you would not believe in the clubhouse for well over an hour.
I have TONS of pictures and video that I am in the process...
September 20, 2009   (0 comments)
Aeros Claim Eastern League Crown with 10-4 Win
Team of the decade. That’s what the Aeros are after claiming their third Eastern League Championship since 2003 Saturday night with a 10-4 win in game four of the ELCS. After coming up short in title runs over the last three years, the Aeros left no doubt this time around, taking the title for the first time since 2005. The 3,275 fans in attendance Saturday night were not disappointed with this year’s...
September 19, 2009   (0 comments)
Aeros Lead Series 2-1; Game 4 Saturday
Connecticut took advantage of five walks and three errors, and a late rally came up just short for Akron as the Defenders held on for an 8-7 win in game three of the Eastern League Championship Series before 4,252 fans Friday. The Aeros still lead this best-of-five series two games to one, with game four set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday night at Canal Park.