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March 8, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #13 Nick Hagadone
Nick Hagadone - Left-handed Pitcher
Born: 01/01/1986 – Height: 6’5” – Weight: 230 – Bats: Left – Throws: Left
(Photo: Ken Carr)History: Hagadone was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round of the 2007 Draft out of the University of Washington. He signed with the Red Sox for $575,000. The Indians acquired him as part of a three player package...
March 7, 2011   (0 comments)
This coming weekend we spring our clocks forward (already?), another sign that spring is near and baseball will soon be back in Cleveland.
Paul Cousineau and I are back on the cyberwaves tonight for some Cleveland Indians baseball talk in another edition of "Smoke Signals" from 11:00 - 11:30 p.m. EST. Tonight we will discuss some of the happenings from the past week with the Aaron Lafey trade,...
March 7, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #14 Kyle Blair
Kyle Blair - Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 08/27/1988 – Height: 6’3” – Weight: 230 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
History: The Indians selected Blair in the 4th round of the 2010 Draft out of the University of San Diego. As a college junior the Indians were able to pry him away from college for a well overslot bonus of $580,000. The bonus was much less...
March 6, 2011   (0 comments)
The Indians are hopeful Durbin provides some
stability to the bullpen (Photo: AP)
Some news, notes, and thoughts from my Tribe notebook
March 5, 2011   (0 comments)
(Photo: AP)Isn’t the old axiom good pitching beats good hitting?
Just a question considering the Cleveland Indians recently traded pitcher Aaron Laffey for hitter Matt Lawson.
Sure Laffey is not considered a “good” pitcher by any means. And what kind of player is Lawson? Most experts will say he is a fringe prospect at best; organizational filler.
So, shouldn’t average...
March 5, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #15 Hector Rondon
Hector Rondon – Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 02/26/1988 – Height: 6’3” – Weight: 180 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
(Photo: Ken Carr)History: Rondon was signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela in August of 2004. In July of 2007 at Low-A Lake County he threw six innings of no-hit ball and combined with two other pitchers...
March 4, 2011   (0 comments)
You may have noticed a new ad on the site on the right hand side of the page, TiqIQ. If you have not had a chance to check them out, I encourage you do so as they offer a unique service which pools together available tickets from many sites including eBay, StubHub, Tickets Now, Ticket Network, etc.
Here is a quick rundown on what TiqIQ offers:
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March 4, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #16 Felix Sterling
Felix Sterling - Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 03/15/1993 – Height: 6’3” – Weight: 200 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
History: The Indians signed Sterling as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in the spring of 2010. He finished 8th in the rookie level Arizona Summer League in ERA (3.16), 10th in strikeouts (57), and 8th in WHIP (1.17).
March 3, 2011   (0 comments)
The 2011 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects and More book is on its way to Goodyear, Arizona to be sold in the team shop at the stadium. Show your support for the book and site by picking up a copy of it there during spring training!
I can also confirm that the book will once again be in the team shops at Kinston and Lake County. I am currently working out details to have it in Akron again,...
March 3, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #17 Alex Lavisky
Alex Lavisky – Catcher
Born: 01/13/1991 – Height: 6’1” – Weight: 205 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
(Photo: Tony Lastoria)History: The Indians selected Lavisky in the 8th round of the 2010 Draft out of St. Edward High School (OH). At St. Ed’s he hit .450 (36-80) with nine doubles, 13 home runs and 40 RBIs while scoring 33 runs for the OHSAA...
March 2, 2011   (0 comments)
Indians Trade Laffey to Mariners for Lawson
Matt Lawson
(Photo: MiLB)The Cleveland Indians made a trade on Wednesday evening sending left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey to the Seattle Mariners for minor league infielder Matt Lawson.
Lawson, 25, split the 2010 season between AA Frisco (Texas) and AA West Tennessee (Seattle) batting a combined .293 (134-458) with 75 runs scored, 26 doubles, 7 triples, 9 HR and 56 RBI (.372 OBP, .439...
March 2, 2011   (0 comments)
As we continue on with the 2011 IPI Top 50 Indians Prospect countdown, here is something a little different. This is a Top 31 listing of the Indians prospects courtesy of the fans on this site where 20 die-hard message board posters put together their Top 30 and they were all averaged together to come up with one "gallery" listing.
Thanks to devoted site reader Mike B. - AKA the MadThinker...
March 2, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #18 Chen-Chang Lee
Chen-Chang Lee - Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 10/21/1986 – Height: 5’11” – Weight: 175 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
History: Lee was signed by the Indians as an international free agent in September of 2008 out of Taiwan for a reported $400,000. He attended Taipei Physical Education College and pitched for the Taiwanese National team in the 2006 and...
March 1, 2011   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the signing of free agent right-handed reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season. He will make $800,000 this year and has incentives in his deal which could add up to $1 million more to his base deal.
Durbin spent the last three years pitching in relief with the Philadelphia Phillies and compiled a mark of 11-7 with...
March 1, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #19 Kelvin De La Cruz
Kelvin De La Cruz – Left-handed Pitcher
Born: 08/01/1988 – Height: 6’5” – Weight: 187 – Bats: Left – Throws: Left
(Photo: Tony Lastoria)History: De La Cruz was signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in December of 2004. He is often referred to as "Carmona Left" because of his close resemblance to current...