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December 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Today the Indians announced that they will not tender 2010 Major League contracts to right-handed pitchers Adam Miller, Anthony Reyes, and Jose Vera. All three pitchers are now free agents and the 40-man roster currently stands at 37 players.
Reyes is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent last season and Miller is still trying to recover from a complicated and career threatening...
December 13, 2009   (0 comments)
The winter leagues are starting to wind down, and here are the updated stats for the players in the Indians organization participating in fall and winter ball. All stats are through games played on Friday December 11th.
Of note, Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona had a very encouraging outing on Friday night going 5.0 innings and allowing just 2 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, and 0 strikeouts in an...
December 12, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians and Director of Player Development Ross Atkins today announced the remaining staff assignments for the 2010 Player Development System. Aaron Holber has been appointed as the manager at Class-A Kinston, Ted Kubiak manager at Class-A Lake County, Travis Fryman returns as manage short-season Class-A Mahoning Valley and Chris Tremie will manage the rookie Arizona League Indians.
December 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Kinston Coaching Staff Announced
The Cleveland Indians announced today the 2010 coaching staff of the Kinston Indians, as Aaron Holbert takes over as manager, Tony Arnold is the pitching coach and Rouglas Odor returns to coach the K-Tribe for a second straight season.
Manager Aaron Holbert gets the promotion to Kinston after spending two seasons as the manager of Low A Lake County. Holbert led Lake County to back-to-back...
December 11, 2009   (0 comments)
For the first time in a long time the Cleveland Indians were participants and not just spectators in the Rule 5 Draft. Going into yesterday's draft the Indians had not selected a player in the Rule 5 Draft since right-hander Neomar Flores from the Astros in the Triple-A phase of the 2004 Draft, and the last player they took in the Major League phase was infielder Travis Chapman seven years ago in the...
December 10, 2009   (0 comments)
12/10/2009 10:47 A.M. ET: Here is some quick info on the Indians new pickup in the Rule 5 Draft, right-hander Hector Ambriz. The Indians got an extensive look at him back when he was at UCLA as he was a teammate of lefty David Huff who they were scouting heavily at the time. He throws a fastball that sits 91-93 MPH and touches up to 95 MPH. His splitter is a very good pitch and is his out pitch. Indians...
December 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Santana Has Surgery, Miller Has Setback
The Indians made an announcement today that catcher Carlos Santana underwent surgery yesterday to remove a fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand. The surgery was performed by Dr. Tom Graham at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, MD. This injury came out of nowhere, especially after his trip to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic was cut short supposedly due to illness. As...
December 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians 2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview
We are on the eve of the 2009 Rule 5 Draft which will take place at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings tomorrow out in Indianapolis, IN. For those unfamiliar with the Rule 5 Draft and how it works check out the in depth FAQ here on the site, and here is the list of the Indians 2009 eligibles to be taken.
Looking at how things stand right now, it looks like if the Indians lose anyone it...
December 9, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians today named Triple-A Columbus hitting coach Jon Nunnally as their Major League Hitting Coach to complete new manager Manny Acta's 2010 Major League Coaching Staff.
Nunnally, 38, has been a Hitting Coach in the Indians Player Development system the last three seasons since retiring as a player after the 2006 season. He was the hitting coach for the High-A Kinston Indians in 2007...
December 8, 2009   (0 comments)
Consistency An Offseason Goal For Edell
The Indians have built up an impressive amount of depth in the pitching ranks at Triple-A and Double-A. While they have only a small handful of truly elite arms with ceilings as potential top of the rotation arms or backend relievers, they have a lot of pitchers who could fill a depth role as a backend of the rotation starter or a middle reliever.
But with so many options at their disposal,...
December 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Breaking Down The Rule 5 Draft
With the Rule 5 approaching, I thought it might be a good time to dust off this old column and take a deeper look at the last few drafts. For this year I am adding a new break down. Each year I will also look at the highest level each player has reached; this came to mind when people were heavily debating the Kelvin De La Cruz addition. I will only count the highest level, though, if they make 8...
December 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Last Updated: January 5, 2010
Here is the first edition of the 2010 Depth Chart, though this listing will surely change some throughout the rest of the offseason. As always, figuring out the rosters at the big league, Triple-A and Double-A level are not too difficult. That said, the most difficult task is figuring out the rosters for the two Single-A affiliates, especially the makeup of the...
December 5, 2009   (0 comments)
The weekly stats update usually posts on Sunday, but today it is posting a day early because of all the Rule 5 Draft coverage on the site which will start on Sunday and continue through the end of the week. In any case, here are the updated stats for the players in the Indians organization participating in fall and winter ball. All stats are through games played on Thursday December 3rd.
December 4, 2009   (0 comments)
Here are some quick updates and thoughts on some of the recent developments in the quest to obtain more information on the player to be named in the Kelly Shoppach trade as well as other happenings in the Indians organization:
No Go On Aybar
In my update on Wednesday I made mention that the Indians may be targeting infielder Willy Aybar as the player to be named from Tampa Bay to complete...
December 3, 2009   (0 comments)
Switch To Bullpen The Wright Move
It was a move that was planned almost from the day right-hander Steven Wright was drafted by the Indians in the second round of the 2006 Draft.
Coming out of college at the University of Hawaii, Wright was a high profile pitching prospect set to go in the first few rounds of the draft. He we a strike thrower, threw a fastball in the low 90s, and featured a slider that many considered one...
December 2, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians announced today that they have infielder Brian Buscher, left-hander Mike Gosling, right-hander Jason Grilli, and infielder Luis Rodriguez to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to major league camp this spring. All four players spent extensive time at the big league level in 2009.
Buscher, 28, split the 2009 season between AAA Rochester and the Minnesota Twins. With...
December 2, 2009   (0 comments)
Updated: 9:23 AM
The Indians yesterday completed a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays sending catcher Kelly Shoppach to them for a player to be named later. In the wake of the trade, here is some additional information Indians GM Mark Shapiro shared in a conference call with the media as well as some of my thoughts on the deal and other things:
- Shapiro said there were three reasons they...
December 1, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians announced today that they have traded catcher Kelly Shoppach to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later. The player to be named must be selected on or before December 20.
Shoppach, 29, hit .214 (58-for-271) for the Indians in 2009 with 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 89 games (33 RS, 33 BB, 98 SO). Kelly spent four seasons with the Indians primarily in the back-up...
December 1, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians and Director of Player Development Ross Atkins today announced that Mike Sarbaugh has been named the manager of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers while Joel Skinner has been named the manager of the Double-A Akron Aeros for the 2010 season.
Sarbaugh, 42, will manage at Triple-A Columbus after spending the last two seasons as the Manager of the Double-A Akron Aeros. The...
December 1, 2009   (0 comments)
Here is a current up-to-date listing showing the outlook for Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles from 2010-2013. This listing does not include any recent International signings since July of 2009. This listing will be housed in the "Indians Resource Center" along the right side for quick reference, and the 2010 listing will be updated after the 2009 Draft to include players not selected.