A lot of the attention early in the Indians big league camp has been on the battles for the 5th starter, last reliever, and final bench player. But, there is another interesting battle brewing with the start of minor league camp just a week away.
There will be many position battles in minor league camp this spring, particurly on the pitching staff for Kinston and Lake County as close to 40-50...
20. Jordan Brown - First Baseman
Born: 12/18/1983 - Height: 6'0" - Weight: 205 - Bats: Left - Throws: Left
YearAgeTeamLvlGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBBAOBPSLGOPS200521Mahoning VyA-197515191037372.253.291.387.678200622KinstonA+12547371137267158751594.290.362.469.831200723AkronAA127483851613621176635611.333.421.484.905200824BuffaloAAA1094205211830375135673.281.337.417.754 Career 380145122343593123622115218920.300.372.455.827
Smoke Signals is back on the air tonight (Thursday February 26th) from 9:30-10:30pm EST. Amazingly, we are now two weeks into spring training, but still have almost five weeks to go (wow). Paul and I will hit on all the developments of the past week in big league camp and also some thoughts on some of the early returns from the first two Cactus League games the Indians have played in.
Infielder Andy Marte cleared waivers today, and has been outrighted to Triple-A Columbus. He will be back in major league camp on Thursday as a non-roster invitee.
The fact that all 29 other major league clubs passed on him by not claiming him pretty much nails it home that no one believes he has any value at the moment as a major league caliber player. Sure, if he were a street free agent...
I don't know how often I will have these updates until I get to Arizona for the final week and a half of spring training, but here is some info from today's intrasquad game:
The final score was 8-6, and here are some of the highlights:
Trevor Crowe 2-3, HR, RBI
Josh Barfield 1-3, HR, 3RBI
Kelly Shoppach 2-2, 2RS, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Beau Mills 2-3, 2RS, 3B, RBI
23. Zach Putnam - Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 07/03/1987 - Height: 6'2" - Weight: 225 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
YearAgeTeamLvlWLERAGGSSVIPHERHRBBKBB/9K/9WHIP200821U of MichiganC902.581212076.262224237220.127.116.1100821Mahoning VyA-013.723309.2740518.104.22.168
History: Putnam was a 5th round pick in the 2008 Draft out of the University of Michigan. Coming into his final year...
Here is the press release that came in from the Indians regarding Cervenka shortly after I posted yesterday's piece:
The Cleveland Indians today signed amateur CA MARTIN CERVENKA to a non-drafted free agent minor league contract. Cervenka, 16, is a right-handed hitting catcher from Prague, Czech Republic and was signed by Peter Gahan, the club
It is time for another weekend rundown of the happenings from the past week in the Indians farm system. Spring training is already underway for the big league players, but minor league camp has yet to start, although the start of camp is creeping up fast. Some players will report to early camp which starts this Wednesday February 25th, but most of the players will report on Thursday March 5th (pitchers)...
26. Cord Phelps - Second Baseman
Born: 01/23/1987 - Height: 6'2" - Weight: 200 - Bats: Switch - Throws: Right
YearAgeTeamLvlGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBBAOBPSLGOPS200821Stanford UC632597691163135841386.351.445.5871.032200821GCL IndiansR13000001020.000.000.000.000200821Mahoning VyA-35141244410222115224.312.376.454.830
History: Phelps was a 3rd round pick in the 2008 Draft out of Stanford...
In a suprise move today, the Indians traded away 20-year old infielder Isaias Velasquez to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for 30-year old right-handed reliever Juan Salas.
Velasquez was signed almost four years ago by the Indians at 16 years of age out of Panama, and just this past season played at short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley where he hit .281 with 1 HR, 18 RBI and a .711 OPS in 64 games....
Paul and I are back on the cyberwaves tonight Thursday February 19th from 9:30-10:30pm for another edition of Smoke Signals. We'll be talking Tribe and discussing some of the events from the past week since the start of spring training (which is basically a whole lot of nothing!). We will also have outfield prospect Nick Weglarz on around 10pm for our weekly on-air interview for the second half of...
27. Alexander Perez - Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 07/24/1989 - Height: 6'2" - Weight: 156 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
YearAgeTeamLvlWLERAGGSSVIPHERHRBBKBB/9K/9WHIP200718DSL IndiansR122.901310049.24116313642.411.61.09200819GCL IndiansR244.26109050.23724516492.88.71.05Career363.5923190100.178408291132.610.11.07
History: Perez was signed as an undrafted free agent in May 2007 out...
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