Here are the box scores from the minor league games on Friday, as well as some quick observations:
- Russell Branyan was back in the Columbus lineup but only played DH going 1-for-3 with a 2B and 2 walks.
- RHP Carlos Carrasco went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, 1 walk, and had 2 strikeouts. The more interesting news is he only went 70 pitches and had to come out of the game...
The 2009 Akron Aeros won the Eastern League Championship, their third title in franchise history and third in the last seven years. For Aeros fans who ventured to the ballpark on a nightly basis last year they saw exciting baseball night in and night out with about as talented a roster as you will find in Double-A. In addition to the talent, the players were also hard workers and really meshed well...
Here are the box scores from the action on Thursday, a day that turned into quite the eventful day in minor league camp with cuts and rosters being announced. I don't have rosters yet, and when I do get them I don't think I will be able to officially post them for a few days. But here is what I know offhand (reminder these are are unofficial):
- TJ House and Kelvin De La Cruz in Kinston rotation.
Opening Day is only four days away....can you believe it? That's no April Fool's joke either.
With that in mind Paul Cousineau and I are back on the cyberwaves tonight to talk all things Indians baseball on our weekly on-line broadcast "Smoke Signals" from 9:30-10:30 PM EST. This week the focus will be entirely on the big league team as we wrap up all the happenings this spring, make sense...
As noted earlier today, the Indians made some final roster cuts today in minor league camp. Aside from maybe another player or two being cut over the next few days, it looks like these are the final cuts this spring:
Tom Mastny (RHP)
Mark Thompson (SS)
Dallas Cawiezell (RHP)
Adam White (OF)
Chris Nash (1B)
Matt Brown (OF)
Michael Pontius (RHP)
In not much of a surprise announcement today, the Indians have optioned out right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus. In doing so, they also named left-hander David Huff as the final starter in the opening day rotation. The 25-man roster - barring injuries - is now set for opening day this coming Monday.
Barring injury, here is the opening day roster:
Here are the box scores from Wednesday's minor league action against the Brewers. As an aside, no decision has been made on who the winner is between David Huff and Carlos Carrasco for the final spot in the big league rotation, but manager Manny Acta is supposed to address the media late Thursday morning with his decision. It is very much expected that Huff will be the guy who wins the spot.
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!