It has been a season of disappointment for the Cleveland Indians and their fans. While there are still well over 90 games left in the season, the Indians could be on the verge of pulling the plug on their season with the idea to re-shuffle the deck for next year. If this happens, several of the Indians young players in the minors will get extended looks in Cleveland the last three months of the season...
2008 BASEBALL DRAFT WRAPUP - TIME FOR SOME CHANGES
In this final draft article of the year (no player or front office interviews this year folks, I am taking the summer off from that) I wanted to cover a number of things:
a) summarize the Indians 2008 draft
b) compare our draft to that of other teams
c) talk about next steps forward starting with how to handle this year’s...
This is unconfirmed, but apparently Adam Davis has been sent back down to Lake County. The primary reason supposedly will be to get him extended playing time at catcher, which he just picked up recently when he was in extended spring training for a few weeks in May.
Kinston Comes Back, Win 3-2
The Kinston Indians earned their 11th comeback win of the year, and their third win in a row,...
Kinston Wins 5-4
The Kinston Indians won their second game in a row and took their second series from the first place Myrtle Beach Pelicans, winning 5-4 Sunday afternoon at Historic Grainger Stadium. Kinston took two of three from the Pelicans back at the beach in May, and does the same here in their last meeting of the first half.
The Pelicans went out in front early in the rubber...
With nine games to play in the first half of the season, Indians low Single-A affiliate Lake County holds a tenuous one game lead in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League (SAL). While the starting pitching at Lake County has been the backbone of the team, the offense has been paced by the consistent performance all year of outfielder Roman Pena.
Pena is in his second stint at Lake...
Just a note, tomorrow (Monday) I will have a piece on Jordan Brown up on the site. Also, on Tuesday I have a big piece coming recapping a conversation I had with a scout where we talked about a dozen prospects. Can't wait to post it.
Aeros Score Final 11 Runs, Clip Dogs 11-10
Lots of stuff on the draft the last two days. Scroll down the page for a lot of flash analysis from Day 1 from Dennis Nosco as well as his Day 2 Post-Draft thoughts. I also threw in a comment from a scout I talked to about Chisenhall.
Aeros Score Early, Often in 6-1 Victory
This is going to be a short one because there isn't much to say.
(1) The Indians selected Lonnie Chisenhall in the first round. Most I checked with today think he is a first round talent on talent alone. However a lot of number of guys think that you have to include makeup and, when you do, he is not a first round talent. So you take your pick. Bottom line: the guy can hit and, as a college...
Day 2 is underway, and Denny will have a rundown later tonight. Here are some of the picks so far today:
7th: Timothy Fedroff - OF, UNC, 2/4/87
8th: Eric Berger - LHP, U of AZ, 4/22/86
9th: Clayton Cook - RHP, Amarillo HS, 7/23/90
10th: Donnie Webb - OF, Okl St, 4/30/86
11th: Matthew Langwell - RHP, Rice, 5/6/86
12th: Guido Fonseca - RHP, U of Northern IA,...
I'm not a draft guy, which is why Denny is here. I wasn't too upset about any pick, but that is moreso because I don't know anything about these guys and rely on insight from those like Denny and from any scouts I talk to.
Denny knows this stuff inside and out, and from his comments he likes Chisenhall's bat and potential, but felt it was an overdraft. This very well may be the case with the...
Thinking about it last night I have the solution. If you believe, as I do, that these guys are really huge overdrafts then note this. Here are the bonuses that these guys are in line to get, based on MLB's slotting system:
Chisenhall $1.1 million
We will be spending a lot of money on these overdrafts in addition to...
"Minor Happenings" 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.
For those that missed it, draft extraordinaire Dennis...
Big props to Denny today for the running live blog he did on the MLB Draft. Some great stuff, and good instant flash analysis. Now, yes, Denny is known to go over-the-top at times, but he knows his stuff. For those that missed all the comments, just scroll down the page. While I know a great deal about the minors, I knw very little about the draft since I don't follow anything leading up to it. Just...
Zach Putnam. Well, finally a pick that doesn't look like a monkey made it from a list of 2000 randomly selected names.
This guy actually has some upside. If the rest of the picks in the draft are like this then this draft may not be a total disaster.
Only problem with that logic: you make you living as a scouting director on the first 3 rounds of the draft because after the top 100...
David Roberts, RHP Long Beach State - This guy is so unknown the MLB site doesn't even have a video or scouting report on him and he isn't even listed among the top 176 prospects in the freakin' state of California and he is good enough to be the 141st overall selection in the draft?
He pitched all of 27 innings as a reliever this year and yet he is worth the 141st selection in this draft....
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