"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.
The 2009 First-Year Player Draft has come and gone,...
Columbus tops Louisville 2-1 in extras
The Clippers beat Louisville 2-1 in ten innings on Friday at Huntington Park.
Jack Cassel and Homer Bailey put on a pitching clinic for the 10,751 fans in attendance. Neither factored in the decision, but the third largest crowd this season witnessed the first extra inning game in Huntington Park history. Niuman Romero scored from second on an error...
Akron and Kinston were postponed due to rain.
Clippers baffled in opener
The Columbus Clippers offense was stagnant in a 6-1 loss to the Louisville Bats on Thursday. Bats starting pitcher Ramon Ramirez entered the game with a winless record and a season ERA over five. Against the Clippers however, Ramirez was much better. He pitched six innings, striking out three while only allowing...
Just a reminder since it was pushed down the page because of the draft picks today, but Paul and I will be back with another edition of Smoke Signals tonight from 9:30-10:30pm EST. The show will be completely on the draft, and we will have 3rd round pick RHP Joe Gardner on at about 9:40pm EST and 18th round pick Dwight Childs on at about 10:00pm EST.
The call in number is 646-716-8012 and our...
Here is a quick breakdown of the draft:
Breakdown Of The 50 Players Taken:
- Right-handed pitchers (23), Left-handed pitchers (8), Position players (19)
College Players Drafted (41):
- Right-handed pitchers (19), Left-handed pitchers (6), Position players (16)
High School Players Drafted (9):
- Right-handed pitchers (4), Left-handed pitchers (2), Position...
More details to follow on players as they come in.
41st Round: C Maxwell Muncy, Keller High School (TX), 6'0" 190lbs, DOB 08/25/1990
Max Muncy is signed to play collegiate baseball at Baylor University. His signability in the draft was a main concern for many major league clubs. He played high school baseball at Keller High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Max was selected as the...
31st Round: 3B Raynor Campbell, Baylor University, 5'10" 175 lbs
Campbell's player page at Baylor
32nd Round: LHP Matthew Packer, University of Virginia, 6'0" 200 lbs
Packer's player page at Virginia
33rd Round: 3B Chris Kersten, Louisiana Tech University, 6'4" 225 lbs
Kersten's player page at Louisiana Tech
WAC Player of the Week
Okay, before we get underway with the third and final day of the draft today I wanted to give a couple of updates.
First off, the Indians will have two rehab starts in the system tonight with RHP Jake Westbrook getting his second rehab start in Double-A Akron. He is expected to go four innings or an unspecified pitch count at the moment. Whichever comes first. After the outing, he is expected...
It has been a busy past 24+ hours for the Indians, as they have added 30 new players into their Indians family and still have to add 20 more today with rounds 31-50. With all the new players picked, for most their time as an Indian will be short as more than half will not sign by the August 15th signing date and enter the draft again next year looking to improve their slot.
One day to go and a lot of information to follow
First, we are all looking for more info on the players who the Indians have drafted so far and will draft tomorrow (last 20 rounds start at 11:30 am). Check back on these players as, for the next few days and maybe weeks, their blog postings will be updated with information including, hopefully, interviews and, for those playing on summer league...
The Columbus Clippers had a scheduled day off today.
Aeros rout Fisher Cats
The Aeros dominated New Hampshire throughout the night Wednesday, romping to a 12-0 win in front of 4,110 fans at Canal Park. Nick Weglarz tied a franchise-record by smacking a pair of triples en route to a season-high five RBI, and it was Akron
In the 30th round, the Cleveland Indians select: INF Bryson Smith - Young Harris College (GA), 6'2" 190 lbs, DOB 12/17/1988.
UPDATE (7:07 PM EST): Jeff Ellis
Bryson Smith is an infielder out of Young Harris Community College. He is committed to go to Florida next year. He is one of the more intriguing players the Indians drafted late today. He didn
In the 29th round, the Cleveland Indians select: C Xorge Carrillo - Central Arizona College, 6'1" 205 lbs, DOB 04/12/1989.
UPDATE (7:03 PM EST): Jeff Ellis
The Indians really shocked the world taking another player from Arizona and their second catcher from Arizona in Xorge Carillo. Carrillo is a Juco player who is committed to Arizona State next year. He is ranked the 26th best prospect...
In the 27th round, the Cleveland Indians select: RHP Tyler Sturdevant - New Mexico State University, 6'1" 170 lbs.
UPDATE (6:46 PM EST): Jeff Ellis
Well before I even get in to this pick I feel I must comment on how bad the draft tracker for MLB has been. According to the draft tracker, Oklahoma is a college in Texas and New Mexico St. is in Colorado. Okay, back to the pick. Tyler Sturdevant...
In the 26th round, the Cleveland Indians select: RHP Antwonie Hubbard - University of Oklahoma, 6'3" 205 lbs.
UPDATE (6:38 PM EST): Jeff Ellis
Antwonie Hubbard is a right handed pitcher from Oklahoma. He was previously drafted by the Rays in the 12th round out of high school. Hubbard is a draft eligible sophomore. Hubbard suffered a stress fracture in his leg so he was extremely limited...
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!