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July 31, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 7/30: Akron Cruz-es to Victory
Aeros Blank Phillies, Secure 6-0 Victory
The Aeros continued their recent success at home Friday night with an all-around performance in a 6-0 victory against the Reading Phillies. A crowd of 7,277 fans on Fireworks Friday witnessed Akron win at Canal Park for the 12th time in 13 games, highlighted by six shutout innings from lefty starter Kelvin De La Cruz. Coupled with a loss by the Altoona...
July 30, 2010   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians tonight announced they have traded outfielder Austin Kearns to the New York Yankees in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. This trade is to be completed on or before August 20.
Kearns hit .272 (82-301) in Cleveland this year with 18 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 42 RBI in 84 games with the Indians. He was signed to a free agent minor league contract...
July 30, 2010   (0 comments)
When the Indians traded Jhonny Peralta on Wednesday night it left a wide open competition for the vacant third base position on the team.
While top rated prospect Lonnie Chisenhall is expected to become the everyday guy there by the end of next season, the Indians have a need to fill the position in the short term, hence why the likes of Luis Valbuena, Jayson Nix, and Andy Marte will get some...
July 30, 2010   (0 comments)
The Scrapperbook: Week Six
As the old saying goes, "When it rains, it pours," and that was exactly the case for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers this week. Amazingly, for as bad of a season as they've had to this point, attendance for home games ranks exactly middle of the pack in the league, averaging about 3,134 per game. With that, I'd like to thank all the great fans who continue to support this team win or lose. Hopefully...
July 30, 2010   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: July 29
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday's performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player played in yesterday's game.
Matt McBride-1B, Columbus: 4-5, HR (1), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, K.
Welcome to Columbus, Mr. McBride. Just promoted from Akron and batting 5th between former Akron teammates Jared Goedert and Cord Phelps,...
July 30, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 7/29: Aeros Rally Late
Aeros Rally, Walk Off in 6-5 Win Over Reading
The Aeros tied the score in the eighth inning before winning in the ninth, defeating the visiting Reading Phillies 6-5 in front of a rowdy Canal Park crowd Thursday night. Catcher Miguel Perez scored first baseman Beau Mills with the walk-off sacrifice fly to left field, providing the dramatic victory for Akron
July 29, 2010   (0 comments)
McBride Promoted To Columbus
The Indians have promoted Double-A Akron outfielder/first baseman Matt McBride to Triple-A Columbus today. To make room for him in Columbus, outfielder Ezequiel Carrera was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Outfielder Lucas Montero was promoted from High-A Kinston to Akron to take McBride's spot on the roster. There is no word at this time who may be taking Montero's roster...
July 29, 2010   (0 comments)
If you have not heard already, the Indians traded infielder Jhonny Peralta to the Detroit Tigers for Low-A left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto. For a recap of the trade along with some quotes from GM Mark Shapiro, beat reporter Anthony Castrovince has a very good writeup on the trade.
Here are some quick thoughts on the deal:
- Make no mistake about it, there was little...
July 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: July 28
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday's performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player played in yesterday's game.
Chun Chen, DH-Kinston: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R
Its only been 16 games, but an .887 OPS for a 21-year old catcher in the Carolina League is pretty good. Chen has 10 RBI since the call to Kinston,...
July 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Paul Cousineau and I are back on the cyberwaves tonight with another edition of "Smoke Signals" from 9:30-10:30 PM EST.
I am back and settled in from my two week excursion to the Gulf and East Coast. Just in time too to talk tonight about any action the Indians may be in on with trades. We already saw infielder Jhonny Peralta get dealt yesterday, so we will surely discuss that deal and any...
July 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recaps 7/28: Phelps Paces Clippers
Marson and Phelps key Clippers victory
Lou Marson is known for his defense around the Indians organization, but not much for his offense. On Wednesday night, he made the naysayers think twice, as he recorded two hits and two RBI's in a Clippers, 6-4 win.
Marson's first hit came in the fourth inning as he doubled to left field, scoring Cord Phelps from second base who was hit by a...
July 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Peralta Traded To Tigers
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has traded infielder Jhonny Peralta and cash to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto. To take Peralta's place on the Indians active 25-man roster, infielder Luis Valbuena has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus.
Soto, 19, has spent the entire season to date with Class A West Michigan, going 6-6 with...
July 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Aguilar Powers Rookie-Level Arizona
"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.
Okay, as mentioned over the...
July 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: July 27
Jared Goedert, 3B-Columbus: 1-3, HR (17), R, RBI, 2 BB, K
First HR in a while for Goedert. After popping 10 in June, he has "just" 7 in the month of July. His OPS for the month is still over 1.000, and his overall OPS for the Clippers stands at a robust 1.049. He's becoming more patient at the plate as well; of his 21 BB for Columbus, 7 of them have come in his last 8 games.
July 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Brach Named Midwest League Player of the Week
The Midwest League has announced that Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Brett Brach was named their Pitcher of the Week winning for July 19-25.
Brach threw the Captains first complete game shutout this season on July 24 vs. Peoria going nine shutout innings and allowing seven hits, one walk, and had five strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches in total, 61 for strikes. He induced 10 groundball...
July 28, 2010   (0 comments)
While the big league games are not recapped daily here at the IPI, I just wanted to give a big shout out to one of the IPI's proudest sons right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin for an OUTSTANDING effort on Tuesday night against the reigning World Champion New York Yankees.
To go out and face the minimum through six shutout innings and ultimately going 7+ innings and allowing just one run on three...
July 27, 2010   (0 comments)
Tomlin Up, Hodges DFAed, Brantley Optioned
Today the Cleveland Indians announced they have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin from Triple-A Columbus. To make room on the Major League roster outfielder Michael Brantley was optioned to Columbus following last night’s game. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Wes Hodges was designated for assignment. Tomlin will make his Major League debut tonight as he starts...
July 27, 2010   (0 comments)
Trades Take Time To Show True Colors
The Indians won
July 27, 2010   (0 comments)
Akron's Week That Was: 7/19 - 7/25
The Aeros took on mighty division leading Altoona earlier last week and it was just as if they had been playing last place Erie. The Aeros swept the Curve out of town and put a nice dent into their division lead. As it stands now, the club is just a game back of Bowie and five games back of Altoona after they dropped two to Reading in a four, make it three, game series. Akron fell to Reading in...
July 27, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 7/26: Clippers' Bats Remain Hot In Win
Brown, Valbuena power Clippers, again
Luis Valbuena homered twice and Jordan Brown added another, plus another bases-loaded hit, as Columbus swept Pawtucket out of town, 11-7, in front a record-setting crowd of 12,517 Monday night at Huntington Park.
The Clippers jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first inning, including two on a Brown single, which made him 11-for-14...