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November 30, 2009   (0 comments)
Diamonds in Single A: Clayton Cook
It’s time again for another Diamonds in Single A article. This week I wanted to focus on a lesser known prospect in the Indians system who seems like a great break out candidate for next year—right handed starting pitcher Clayton Cook.
Cook was a 9th round selection out of Amarillo, Texas in 2008. He had been slated to attend Oklahoma but instead decided to get his major league career...
 
November 29, 2009   (0 comments)
Sunday Notebook: Lovullo Out, Sarbaugh In?
I'm finally back from my Thanksgiving trip to Des Moines, Iowa and have a few notes to catch up on:
- As reported earlier in the week by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Triple-A Columbus manager Torey Lovullo has left the organization and has signed on with the Boston Red Sox to be the manager of their Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket. When Lovullo was passed over for the Indians managerial opening...
 
November 29, 2009   (0 comments)
Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving and you are all into the holiday spirit that December brings. The Arizona Fall League wrapped up a week ago, but the winter leagues are just a little past their midpoint with five to seven weeks left depending on the league. Here are the updated stats for the players in the Indians organization participating in fall and winter ball. All stats are through...
 
November 27, 2009   (0 comments)
The 4th Option Year & Kelvin De La Cruz
Those familiar with how an "option" works, after a player has been added to the 40-man roster the club is given three seasons where they can option the players to the minors as many times as they want without exposing them to other teams. When a player is on the 40-man roster but is playing in the minors he is on what is called "optional assignment", hence the term "options".
There are a...
 
November 26, 2009   (0 comments)
First off, Happy Thanksgiving to all the Tribe fans out there, and also thanks to all the readers for their continued support with this site.
That said, with 2009 quickly coming to a close, I will be posting lots of video shot over the course of the 2009 season. Earlier this month I posted the video I shot from Instructional League while I was out there this year, and today I will post some...
 
November 25, 2009   (0 comments)
AFL Wrapup
The Peoria Sags finished the 2009 Arizona Fall League campaign in third place in the West Division with a 14-18 record. They were four games behind the eventual champion Peoria Javalinas. The AFL winner is pretty much irrelevant, as the focus is on individual prospect development. With that being said, lets take a look at how the Indians prospects fared this season:
Matt McBride had a stellar...
 
November 24, 2009   (0 comments)
Against All Odds, Stiller Nears End Of Incredible Journey
If there is one area of the Cleveland Indians minor league system where they have a lot of depth and talent, it arguably is in the bullpen. They have relievers of all different types up and down the system, be it high impact potential prospects or just good middle relief depth options. Power righties or crafty lefties. You name it, they pretty much have all bases covered in the system when it comes...
 
November 23, 2009   (0 comments)
With the Indians making their 40-man roster selections, the final listing of Rule 5 Draft eligibles is now known. Here is the final listing going into the draft which will be held on Thursday December 10th. This listing will be linked on the right side of the page in the "Indians Resource Center" for easy reference.
Pitchers:
Dixon, Kevin*
Edell, Ryan
Espino, Paolo
Flores,...
 
November 22, 2009   (0 comments)
First off, this is just another reminder that Paul Cousineau and I will be airing a special offseason edition of Smoke Signals tonight from 9:30-10:30pm. We will be talking about the recent roster moves, coach additions to Manny Acta's staff, and more, and will also have Indians left-handed pitcher Chuck Lofgren on as our guest. If you have any questions you would like answered on the show, please...
 
November 21, 2009   (0 comments)
Reviewing The Indians Roster Decisions
As a quick FYI, Paul Cousineau and I will be airing a special offseason edition of Smoke Signals this Sunday night November 22nd from 9:30-10:30pm. We will be talking about the recent roster moves, coach additions to Manny Acta's staff, and more, and may have an interview or two.
On Friday afternoon the Indians added seven players to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft...
 
November 20, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Add Seven Players To Roster
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has purchased the contracts of the following seven players: INF/OF Jordan Brown, LHP Kelvin De La Cruz, INF Jason Donald, RHP Jeanmar Gomez, INF Wes Hodges, INF Carlos Rivero, and OF Nick Weglarz.
Brown, 25, spent the entire season in AAA Columbus where he was a mid-season and post-season all-star selection and hit an International League-best...
 
November 20, 2009   (0 comments)
Roster D-Day
UPDATE 11/20 10:30am EST: I have received confirmation that right-handed pitcher Carlton Smith was not rostered. Again, not a big surprise as while Smith is talented and had a great year the Indians have a lot of depth in the bullpen in Akron and Columbus and can gamble on losing a reliever or two.
UPDATE 11/20 10:04am EST: Have received a lot of e-mails and seen a lot of talk on message...
 
November 19, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians Looking To Judy For Relief
The 2009 Arizona Fall League (AFL) season wrapped up on Wednesday night, and of the ten total players the Indians sent to the AFL the one player who really made a name for himself and stood out was right-handed reliever Josh Judy.
Yes, the versatile Matt McBride certainly had a great AFL campaign hitting .364 with a 1.152 OPS in 20 games, but he has always been one of the Indians better...
 
November 18, 2009   (0 comments)
Today the Cleveland Indians and Manager Manny Acta announced that they have hired Sandy Alomar Jr. as their first base and catching coach.
Alomar, 43, spent eleven seasons catching with the Cleveland Indians from 1990-2000 where he was a six-time All-Star selection and last summer was the 33rd player to be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame. During his tenure with the Indians, Alomar...
 

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