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June 30, 2010   (0 comments)
The Rookie Report
Editor's note: Joe will be writing about the happenings in the lowest of levels in the Cleveland Indians system, that being the rookie level leagues in Arizona and the Dominican Summer League.
Arizona Rookie League
The Arizona Rookie League Indians started play last week in Goodyear, and have sputtered out of the gate to a disappointing 1-5 start. They trail the 6-0 Brewers by 5...
June 30, 2010   (0 comments)
Three Akron Aeros players will participate in the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game in Harrisburg, PA, the league announced on Tuesday afternoon. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, outfielder John Drennen and closer Bryce Stowell all made the final rosters for the Western Division in the annual exhibition game on July 14th. Both Chisenhall and Stowell were fan balloting selections for the All-Star...
June 30, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 6/29: Popham Has Impressive Double-A Debut
Popham Solid in Debut as Aeros Win 4-3
Right-handed starter Marty Popham delivered a quality start in his Double-A debut as the Aeros snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 4-3 victory against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. A crowd of 3,688 fans at The Diamond witnessed a solid pitching duel between Popham and Richmond ace Daryl Maday before a wild finish to end the game....
June 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Clip & Dirty: 6/28
The Clippers took part in a back and forth affair against the Gwinnett Braves last night. The Clippers fell behind in the 2nd and were unable to score until they broke through for a run in the 6th to tie it, 1-1. They fell behind again in the top of the 8th, only to take their first lead in the bottom of the inning on a 2-run homer by Jared Goedert. However, the Clippers blew the lead in the 9th...
June 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Coach
I recently had a chance to sit down with Low-A Lake County pitching coach Mickey Callaway and talk at length about some more of the pitchers on his roster. The last time we spoke, we concentrated on the starting rotation, so this time the focus was on the bullpen and all the new arms that have recently joined the Lake County staff.
On Preston Guilmet: "He is looking really good. He throws...
June 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 6/28: McFarland Wins Again
Kinston Takes Series From Potomac with 6-5 Win
Kinston blasted three early home runs, then leaned on closer Cory Burns to hold on for a 6-5 win over Potomac Tuesday night in Kinston. With the win, Kinston takes the series from the Nationals. T.J. McFarland gathered his Carolina League leading eighth win of the season , as Burns picked up his league leading 13th save.
The K-Tribe exploded...
June 28, 2010   (0 comments)
The 411 On The Branyan Trade
It's been a little over 24 hours since the Indians traded first baseman Russell Branyan to the Seattle Mariners for two prospects in outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and infielder Juan Diaz. Here are some quick thoughts on the trade and info on the two players obtained, and I may have a follow up piece on this soon once I talk to more people today and tomorrow about the deal.
- I have not yet...
June 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Akron's Week That Was: 6/21 - 6/27
The Akron Aeros made some unpleasant headlines this past week for some off-the-field news that you never want to hear about. On the field they didn't do much to turn heads the other way. They did claim a series over Richmond by winning two games, but then got swept by Binghamton. Jason Kipnis continues to hit, Zach Putnam has returned to action, and Eric Berger has hit yet another bump on the rocky...
June 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 6/27: Greenwell's Four Hits Propel Kinston
Greenwell Leads Kinston past Potomac
Back-to-back home runs broke a tie game, as Kinston pounded out 15 hits on the way to a 6-4 win over Potomac Sunday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. Kinston reliever Cory Burns struck out the side (all looking) to seal the victory in the ninth inning. Burns is now 12-for-12 in save opportunities with Kinston and 24-for-24 overall this season. Burns...
June 27, 2010   (0 comments)
And so the second half turns for the Kinston Indians. In the first half of the season, Kinston proved to be a temporary home for several of the parent clubs top prospects. Heading to Akron early on was a virtual All-Star team of minor league prospects that including Kelvin De La Cruz, Nick Hagadone, Bryce Stowell, Alex White, Jordan Henry and Jason Kipnis. All have found a varied degree of success...
June 27, 2010   (0 comments)
Rodriguez Gets Nixed
The Cleveland Indians sent struggling second baseman Luis Valbuena to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, a move that was long overdue after he hit a miserable .166 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 49 games with the Indians this year.
Kudos to the Indians for finally making the move.
But the pats on the back stop there.
Instead of pulling from within and calling up infielder Josh...
June 27, 2010   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians announced they have acquired outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and shortstop Juan Diaz from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Russell Branyan and cash or a player to be named later.
Carrera, 22, has spent the entire 2010 season to date at AAA Tacoma as he has hit .268 (57-213) with 24 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triples and 18 RBI in 64 games. He has stolen 9 bases...
June 27, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 6/26: Pack Attack Delivers Win For Captains
Packer Leads Captains to 5-0 Win
Matt Packer threw eight scoreless innings and Roberto Perez had four hits to lead the Lake County Captains to a 5-0 shutout over the West Michigan Whitecaps on Saturday. The Captains have thrown four shutouts this season and are off to a 2-0 start in the second half of the season.
Jeremie Tice led off the top of the fourth inning with a double and...
June 26, 2010   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Kipnis Is First At Second
"Minor Happenings" is a weekly column which 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.
Lots and lots of stuff to...
June 26, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 6/25: Sarbaugh Wins No. 500
Clippers hold on in series opener, 7-5
The Columbus Clippers defeated the Gwinnett Braves, 7-5 on Friday night at Huntington Park. The win gave Clippers' manager, Mike Sarbaugh, his 500th of his career and also put Columbus 15 games above .500, matching their best mark this season.
The Clippers took over the lead in the sixth inning as they scored four runs on five hits after trailing...
June 25, 2010   (0 comments)
The Scrapperbook: Week One
For most players on the Scrappers roster, this was their first week of playing professional baseball and the team as a whole has struggled. After taking two out of three from Jamestown to start the season, Mahoning Valley has now lost their last four games.
"It's really difficult to throw quality pitches, especially early in the year," said Scrappers manager Travis Fryman. "Most of your college...
June 25, 2010   (0 comments)
"Indians Minor League Magazine" is a half hour program on the Cleveland Indians cable network SportsTime Ohio (STO) which airs weekly on Tuesday nights from 6:00-6:30 PM EST. The show recaps all of the highlights from the week that was in the Cleveland Indians farm system with lots of video, interviews, and in-studio guests.
The show recaps the week that was in the system and also features...
June 25, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 6/24: Drennan Strikes Again
Aeros Take Series With Squirrels, Win 3-2
The Aeros defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels Thursday afternoon at Canal Park by the final score of 3-2 despite three fielding errors and a 19-minute rain delay. The rubber match of this three-game series turned into a drawn-out pitcher
June 24, 2010   (0 comments)
Today the Cleveland Indians announced they have claimed infielder Jayson Nix off outright waivers and have added him to the Major League roster. The Indians also optioned right-handed pitcher Jensen Lewis and infielder Luis Valbuena to AAA Columbus. To allow room on the 40-man roster for Nix, the Indians have designated right-handed pitcher Shane Lindsay for assignment.
Nix, 27, was recently...
June 24, 2010   (0 comments)
Three Indians Players Charged With Assault
Three Cleveland Indians minor league players have been charged with felonious assault per a report in the Akron Beacon Journal.
Double-A Akron first baseman Beau Mills and infielder/outfielder Jerad Head along with Triple-A Columbus right-handed starting pitcher Josh Tomlin have been arrested per the report, an incident which occurred on June 3rd at a nightclub in Akron called Whiskey Dick's...

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