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September 18, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Akron Closes In On Championship
"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.
Some last minute house cleaning this week as the minor...
September 18, 2009   (0 comments)
Instructional League 101
This is a re-post of a piece last year on the Fall Instructional League originally researched and written by Dennis Nosco in the fall of 2007. This piece is very informative, and provides a good explanation of what Instructs is all about.
Quick, which part of the Indians
September 17, 2009   (0 comments)
Paul Cousineau and I are back on the cyber waves tonight with another edition of Smoke Signals. The Indians' season is quickly coming to a close and we will touch on some of the things (or lack of things) worth talking about these final weeks in what seems to be a crawl to the finish line on a season to forget. We'll also touch on the minor leagues and how the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Akron Aeros...
September 17, 2009   (0 comments)
Scrappers Fall in Final Game 5-2
On Wednesday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers concluded the 2009 season with a 5-2 loss in the deciding game of the NYPL Championship Series to the Staten Island Yankees. The Scrappers finished the season with a Pinckney Division Championship and a franchise record forty-nine wins in the regular season.
Scrappers starter Clayton Cook went the first...
September 17, 2009   (0 comments)
Rodriguez Bomb in 9th Propels Aeros
Akron Leads Series 2-0, Can Clinch Title Friday
Josh Rodriguez drilled a three-run homer in the top of the ninth and Josh Judy survived a heart-stopping bottom half of the inning as the Aeros survived a wild 7-6 victory over Connecticut in game two of the Eastern League Championship Series. Akron extended its franchise-record winning streak to 13 games...
September 16, 2009   (0 comments)
The 2009 Kinston Indians had a fantastic start and an even better finish, as their playoff push came down to the final game of the regular season. In between, the 2009 K-Tribe struggled through an ever changing lineup and untimely injuries, leading to a 60-78 overall record, tying the 1994 K-Tribe for the fewest wins in Kinston Indians History. The K-Tribe will be remembered, however, for an unbelievable...
September 16, 2009   (0 comments)
Tomlin Terrific as Aeros Take Opener
Josh Tomlin turned in seven outstanding innings and the Akron offense didn’t skip a beat after two days off as the Aeros took game one of the Eastern League Championship Series 7-2 over Connecticut before 3,449 fans at Dodd Stadium Tuesday night. Akron leads the best-of-five series one game to none, with game two set for Wednesday night.
September 15, 2009   (0 comments)
Smith Makes Most Of Opportunity
It was a season full of surprises and disappointments in the Indians farm system this year, but one of the bigger surprises was that of Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Steve Smith.
Smith, 23, had a sensational season as the Captains closer going 2-3 with 26 saves and a 2.36 ERA in 47 games. In 53.1 innings pitched he allowed 42 hits, 12 walks, and had 62 strikeouts. He finished 2nd in...
September 15, 2009   (0 comments)
On Monday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers played game one of the New York Penn League finals and lost to the Staten Island Yankees 3-0. With the loss the Scrappers are now 1-3 all-time against the Yankees in the postseason.
Scrappers starter Brett Brach went the first four innings and gave up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three. Vidal Nuno the pitched the next...
September 14, 2009   (0 comments)
Family Ties Strong For Greenwell
The minor league season is all about progress. The hope is a player when he goes to camp in early March is a much better, different player by the time the season ends six months later in early September.
One player who showed vast improvement this year in sort of a breakout season is Low-A Lake County outfielder Bo Greenwell.
Greenwell, 20, just put the finishing touches on a solid...
September 14, 2009   (0 comments)
First off, congrats to both the Akron Aeros and Mahoning Valley Scrappers for making it to the Championship Series for their league. With that in mind, here is the game schedule for each series:
Mahoning Valley Schedule (Best-of-Three):
Game 1: Monday September 14th @ Staten Island (7:05 pm)
Probable Pitcher: RHP Brett Brach
Game 2: Tuesday September 15th @ Mahoning Valley...
September 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Where In The World Is Jordan Brown?
I wrote earlier in the week about the Indians decision to not roster Triple-A Columbus outfielder/first baseman Jordan Brown. The piece was more focused on providing the Indians point of view and some of the reasoning behind the callup, and I purposely left my opinion and some of my rationalization on the decision out in order not to take away from the information presented.
The non-callup...
September 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Beau Mills homered and drove in three runs and also made a key play in the field as the Aeros claimed the Southern Division pennant for the fifth straight year, defeating Reading 9-3 and sweeping the Phillies three games to none in this best-of-five SDCS. Akron now awaits the winner of the Northern Division finals between Connecticut and New Britain, which Connecticut leads two games to one.
September 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Santana Dominates Double-A
"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.
Two teams are left playing in the Indians minor league...
September 11, 2009   (0 comments)
It seems that Mother Nature is the only thing that can stop the Akron Aeros right now.
The Aeros, winners of 10 in a row dating to the regular season and on the verge of clinching a fourth straight trip to the Eastern League Championship Series, will have to wait at least one more day as tonight’s contest against the Reading Phillies has been rained out. The game will be made up tomorrow...
September 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Jeanmar Gomez carried a shutout into the seventh and Jerad Head drove in three more runs as Akron claimed a 6-2 victory over Reading in game two of the Southern Division Championship Series before 3,450 fans at Canal Park Thursday night. The Aeros now lead the best-of-five series two games to none, with game three set for Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
Gomez and Phillies starter...
September 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Instructional League opens up in Goodyear, AZ next week as players will report on Wednesday September 16th. Games will begin on Tuesday September 22 and last for a little over three weeks until Thursday October 15th.
All games are at 12:30PM unless noted
Monday21-SepTuesday22-SepTEX12:30 PMWednesday23-Sep@TEX12:30 PMThursday24-SepFriday25-SepSD12:30 PMSaturday26-Sep@CIN12:30...
September 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Tomlin Rolls Again as Aeros Take Game 1
Akron Leads Best-of-Five SDCS 1-0; Game 2 Thursday
Josh Tomlin dominated Reading for seven magnificent inning and the Aeros got huge contributions from the bottom third of the lineup, taking game one of the Southern Division Championship Series 9-4 in front of 2,646 fans at Canal Park Wednesday. Akron now leads the best-of-five series one game...
September 9, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians short-season Single-A affiliate Mahoning Valley Scrappers took a commanding 1-0 series lead last night with a 3-1 victory over Brooklyn. It was a big road win where they now return home tonight for Game 2 and possible series clincher of the best-of-three series. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. EST at Eastwood Field with left-hander Vidal Nuno getting the start for the Scrappers.
The hero...
September 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Brown Not Cleveland Bound...For Now
Triple-A Columbus wrapped up their regular season yesterday, and most of the players have now gone home for the season. It was expected that a player or two would go north and play in Cleveland for the remainder of the season, and this happened when catcher Lou Marson was recalled yesterday; however, it was a surprise to learn that not only was first baseman/outfielder Jordan Brown not coming north...