We are rounding third and heading home on the 2013 minor league season. With barely a month to go, it is a good time to take some stock on how some players fared in July to see whose prospect value has increased or decreased at this point in the season. Today, Tony takes a look at players at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina with the likes of Tim Fedroff, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer, Jake Lowery, Matt Packer, Carlos Moncrief, Bryson Myles, Jerrud Sabourin, Louis Head and others.
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have placed right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber on the 15-day Disabled List with a right long finger sprain and have recalled right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell from Triple-A Columbus.
In today's new edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the hot play of Mahoning Valley first baseman Nellie Rodriguez and looks at his value and the strides he has made. He also provides a ton of comments from the front office on players at rookie level Arizona such as Kieran Lovegrove, Mitch Brown, Anderson Polanco, Gerald Bautista, D’Vone McClure and many more, and also provides some insight from the front office on the promotion process.
Even though two of the Indians minor league affiliates were off there was still a lot of notable action among the four affiliates that played on Sunday. One very notable performance came from lefty Matt Whitehouse who is coming on strong at Mahoning Valley and who may be a sleeper from this year's draft. Tony steps in and recaps the night around the farm and discusses Whitehouse and several other players.
The Indians have made an interesting change to their starting rotation in advance of the big four game series with the AL Central Division leading Tigers which starts on Monday. They have announced that Ubaldo Jimenez has been pushed back to Friday and that Danny Salazar will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to start the game on Wednesday.
The Indians made a surprising move on Tuesday night optioning out right-handed pitcher Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the 25-man roster for newly acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski. Tony gives a quick recap of the move and makes sense of it.
The end of the minor league season is now in sight as it is just five weeks away, and in today’s week opening edition of Minor Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the dominating performance of Danny Salazar and how good he is and how the Indians are using him. He also explains the minor league promotion process with why some guys are not promoted when they may be playing well, and also provide lots of news and insights into players like Juan Diaz, Kyle Bellows, Tyler Naquin, LeVon Washington, Ben Heller, Casey Shane and more.
There is a lot going on with the Tribe, and in today's Tribe Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the changing of the guard that is close to occurring at shortstop for the Indians. He also looks at the season lefty Scott Kazmir has and wonders about the possibility of an extension for him, questions the continued use of Mark Reynolds, assesses the team's needs on the trade front, and more!
The Indians have been quite busy on the international signing front over the past month plus. Back in early June the Indians signed shortstop Yu Chen-Chang out of Taiwan, followed that up with two splashes at the start of the International Signing Period on July 2nd by inking shortstop Willy Castro and outfielder Junior Soto out of the Dominican Republic, and then just a few days ago came to terms on Cuban right-handed pitcher Leandro Linares. Tony shares the details on each signing...
In today’s second edition of Minor Happenings for the week, Tony takes an in-depth look at some of the hot prospects in the organization. He provides some insight into the season that outfielder LeVon Washington has had and when and where he will be promoted, provides some comments from Ross Atkins on a very talented Carolina Mudcats roster, reviews the hot start by shortstop Francisco Lindor at Akron and his major league time clock, provides insight into outfielder Clint Frazier’s pro debut and how the Indians are handling him, and discusses infielder Joe Sever who is an emerging prospect in the system.
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the continued strong performance of Double-A Akron lefty Matt Packer and his major league future, provides some comments from Ross Atkins on some players at rookie level Arizona, and some news and insights into players such as Carlos Moncrief, Jose Ramirez, Bryson Myles, Nellie Rodriguez, Matt LaPorta, LeVon Washington and more.
The July 31st trade deadline is only two weeks away. The second half of the season is set to begin and the Indians are right in the thick of the playoff race as they are 1.5 games out of first place and 3.0 games out of the wildcard. The Indians have been aggressive in their pursuit of options to complement their team and improve the lineup or pitching staff, and Tony runs down the assets the Indians have to acquire one of those players. He uses insight gathered from the team and other organizations and touches on the top 20 players that teams will covet when completing a deal with the Indians.
There are all sorts of goodies in this week’s Minor Happenings report. Tony takes a look at the strides that Triple-A Columbus right-handed reliever Bryan Price has made and if he is on the major league radar, he puts versatile Low-A Lake County infielder Erik Gonzalez under the prospect microscope, he provides a ton of comments from the front office on players up and down the Single-A Mahoning Valley roster, and provides insight and information on the likes of Cord Phelps, Trey Haley, Cody Anderson, LeVon Washington, Matt LaPorta and more!
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have recalled right-handed reliever Blake Wood from his 30-day rehab assignment with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, activated him from the 60-day Disabled List and optioned him to Columbus. To make room on the 40-man roster the Indians outrighted catcher Omir Santos to Columbus.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!