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April 23, 2010   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Bo Knows Baseball
"Minor Happenings" is a weekly column which 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.
I was in Lake County this...
April 23, 2010   (0 comments)
After getting off to a torrid start by winning their first nine games in the Midwest League, the Captains have started to cool off. They lost their first series of the year as the Great Lakes Loons took two of three from them this week in Eastlake. The Captains now sport a 12-3 record, and lead the Loons by two games in the Northern Division of the Midwest League.
On Thursday night, outfielder...
April 23, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/22: Rough Day All Around For Indians Affiliates
Toledo Rallies Past Clippers
Yohan Pino looked like Johan Santana circa 2004 for 3 innings Thursday night, striking out 7 batters and allowing only two weak hits and throwing only 12 pitches out of the strike zone. The 4th inning unfortunately turned out to be a disaster for the Clippers righty. Pino walked two, hit a man and allowed 2 hits that turned into 4 runs for the Toledo Mud Hens...
April 22, 2010   (0 comments)
Diamonds In Single A: Looking Back Part 1
For the first column of the year, I thought it might be fun to revisit the players that this article focused on last year. As the year goes on I also plan to do more in depth revisits of the players to see how they are progressing up the minors, so not only will this space be used to promote lesser known players but will also show the success and failures of these players since they left Single A.
April 22, 2010   (0 comments)
Tonight Paul Cousineau and I are back on the cyberwaves with another edition of "Smoke Signals" from 9:30-10:30 PM EST. As always, we will recap the week that was for the big league Indians as well as what went down in the minor leagues. The Indians rode a hot streak of good starting pitching and Shin-Soo Choo's bat to win four in a row before going to Minnesota and dropping the first two games of...
April 22, 2010   (0 comments)
Clip & Dirty: 4/21/10
The story of the game was the early exit of Carlos Santana with a leg injury, but per Tony's wonderful twitter update (which saved an evening of collective hand-wringing) we can be thankful that it appears to be only a minor injury and should put Carlos on the day-to-day routine. The home crowd certainly had trouble enjoying it to their fullest with Santana's departure, but the Clippers turned in...
April 22, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/21: Gomez Back To Old Form
Gomez Leads Clippers To Victory
In his third career Triple-A start, right-hander Jeanmar Gomez showed the potential that has him ranked as one of the Indians top pitching prospects and made them add him to the 40-man roster last offseason. His pitching combined with some timely hitting by the Clippers offense led them to a convincing 6-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon.
After struggling...
April 21, 2010   (0 comments)
Three Up, Three Down: 4/14 - 4/20
Welcome to this week's installment of Three Up, Three Down. On the upside, we will look at a second baseman tearing the cover off the ball for Akron, a Captains OF with a major league name, and a flamethrowing lefty aquired at the trading deadline. On the downside, we have a couple of struggling Aeros and a veteran at AAA who is not making the most of an opportunity. Finally, we'll get an update...
April 21, 2010   (0 comments)
Santana Injured
As I just tweeted, Triple-A catcher Carlos Santana left the game today with an apparent left leg injury. He injured himself in the third inning of today's game against Louisville where in his second at bat of the game he fouled a ball hard off his lower leg, foot area. He immediately collapsed to the ground and was in considerable pain, and had to be helped off the field by teammates as he could...
April 21, 2010   (0 comments)
At this time last year, infielder Jason Donald was playing with the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley trying to make every impression possible to somehow crack a Phillies infield situation where he was road-blocked by All-Stars Jimmy Rollins at shortstop and Chase Utley at second base.
Even though the situation in Philadelphia appeared impossible for Donald to fit into,...
April 21, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/20: Hagadone Helps Kinston End Slide
K-Tribe Gets 4-0 Win
The K-Tribe snapped a six game skid, shutting out Wilmington 4-0 Tuesday night in Delaware.
Kinston pitching was great again tonight, as starter Nick Hagadone gave up just two hits in 4 2/3 innings. Hagadone struck out three and walked one. Hagadone has not given up an earned run in three starts this season. T.J. McFarland got the win out of the pen, getting Hagadone...
April 20, 2010   (0 comments)
With the Kinston Indians shutting out the Wilmington Blue Rocks 4-0 tonight, I can't help but wax poetic one more time about the pitching staff assembled in Kinston. Tonight, Nick Hagadone and T.J. McFarland combined on the three-hit shutout. Hagadone continues to showcase stud status, and as he builds his pitch count towards the three-digits, should also build a resume that gets him to Akron by...
April 20, 2010   (0 comments)
2010 Columbus Clippers: Starting Rotation
When you get to the AAA level and take a look at each individual player they are generally grouped into one of two categories: quad-A, or legitimate big league prospect-in-waiting. Someone like Trevor Crowe has moved into the quad-A camp, whereas someone like Carlos Santana is obviously a big-league prospect in waiting. The thing we want to look at, is why they are viewed this way? Is it their minor...
April 20, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/19: De La Cruz Pitches Six No Hit Innings
De La Cruz Deals, But Kinston Loses Late
Kinston starter Kelvin De La Cruz threw six innings of no hit ball, but it wasn
April 19, 2010   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have optioned OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY to AAA Columbus.  Brantley opened the season with Cleveland and has hit .156 (5-32) with 1 double, 3RBI and 4 runs scored in 9 games so far this season.
To assume Brantley's place on the 25-man roster the Indians are expected to activate INF RUSSELL BRANYAN from the 15-day disabled list prior to tomorrow...
April 19, 2010   (0 comments)
Akron's Week That Was: 4/8 - 4/18
The defending Eastern League Champions came out of the gates just as we would have expected them to. After taking the first two series from Trenton and Binghamton, the Aeros arrived in Akron to open up Canal Park against the other team in the EL that had gotten off to a hot start, Bowie. The Baysox clobbered the Aeros in the home opener and went on to take three of four from Akron to establish an...
April 19, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recaps: Goedert Leads Aeros To Win
Goedert, Putnam Help Aeros End Skid
The Akron Aeros stopped their four-game losing skid on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park in front of 2,712 fans. Russell Branyan made his second rehab start at first base where he went 1 for 4 with a run scored on the afternoon. Sunday
April 18, 2010   (0 comments)
The Sunday Drive With the K-Tribe:  A Tale of Two Cities
These are the days that make living in North Carolina special. It's been downright summer-like over the past week, with weather hovering in the 80's and blue sky's in abundance. You'd think that the Kinston Indians' offense would have gotten the message. Unfortunately for the stellar pitching, that offense didn't do much to impress anyone over the past week. The K-Tribe lost five of the six games...
April 18, 2010   (0 comments)
The year is 1992.
US President George Bush falls ill at a state dinner in Japan, vomiting into the lap of Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa. Russian President Boris Yeltsin announces that Russian nuclear missiles will no longer be pointed at U.S. cities. Serial killer Jeffery Dhamer is sentenced to life in prison. A suicide car-bomb goes off in the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing...
April 18, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 4/17: Pino, Clippers Upstage Chapman
Columbus Beats Bats, Chapman
The Clippers (6-3) earned probably their most impressive victory of the season on Saturday afternoon as they beat highly touted Reds prospect Aroldis Chapman and the Louisville bats 3-1.
Chapman has become almost become something of a legend because of his 100 MPH fastball and the big contract he signed with the Reds in the offseason. But he proved to...