The Indians dumped Derek Lowe and Johnny Damon into the trash heap, and dealt Steven Wright to the Boston Red Sox, where he'll be learning from the knuckleball of Wakefield. Kluber, Rottino, Carrera and Seddon also made the move to the bigs, while Travis Hafner headed home for the birth of a child. Oh yeah, Aaron Cunningham was DFA'ed, and kept around. Oh joy...
The Cleveland Indians designated Johnny Damon for assignment today, ended a fairly controversial tenure that forced the former all-star outfielder into the field after two seasons in the DH-role. To say it was even a moderate success would be the overstatement of the millennium, and that's definitively not hyperbole. Good luck to you Johnny Damon in your quest to latch on to a playoff contender.
And the losing streak continues. After being swept by the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals this past week, the Indians dropped their seventh game in a row to Detroit on Friday night, 10-2. It marked just the third time the team was defeated by the Tigers in 10 games this season.
The AZL Indians made three errors on Friday night, but their offense was able to bury the defensive woes as they slugged 12 hits and defeated the Dodgers 9-6 with hit parades in the fourth and sixth innings.
COMSTOCK PARK, MI- The Lake County Captains (22-18, 53-56) used a three run third inning to take the lead and added on after that to secure a 5-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps (19-21, 55-55) on Friday night. Lake County won three of four in the last series.
The Clippers got back in the win column Friday night, and they did it without much of an offense. After scoring 77 runs last week, Columbus started this week losing its first three games and extending its losing streak to four. The streak stopped Friday, but it wasn’t due to the Clippers production at the plate. Behind seven-shutout innings thrown by right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, the Clippers beat the Norfolk Tides, 1-0, in Southern Virginia.
ZEBULON- The Carolina Mudcats (21-19) fell for the second straight night, losing to the Lynchburg Hillcats (19-21) 7-2. Each time the Mudcats would tie the game, the Hillcats would go right back in front in the next half inning.
Luis Dejesus isn’t one of the best starters in the New York-Penn League for nothing. The right-hander has been nothing short of dominant, checking in at 4th in the league in ERA at 1.64, and sixth in WHIP at 0.93. If the Lake Monsters didn’t know about him beforehand, they sure got a lesson Friday, as Dejesus turned in his best outing of the 2012 campaign, tossing seven innings of shutout baseball, a season high.
With Ezequiel Carrera and Vinny Rottino's promotions to Cleveland, could that pave the way for Thomas Neal to receive a promotion to Columbus? His numbers certainly suggest so. Also, Jeanmar Gomez has shown two very different sides of himself since being demoted to Columbus? So, which Gomez was on display Friday night? Take a look after the jump...
Over the course of the next few weeks Tony is going to be posting post-draft pieces scouting all of the players that the Indians drafted AND signed in the 2012 Draft. The Indians signed 26 players in total, and he has comments on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant. In today's piece he provides comments from Grant and a quick summary on D'Vone McClure, Caleb Hamrick, Scott Peoples, Nick Pasquale, and Nick Hamilton.
The short season Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers went 3-3 this week, dropping one game in the standings, now five games behind Auburn. As the Scrappers battle to stay consistent and competitive,site columnist Andrew Zajac recaps the week that was, as well as looking at the team stat leaders in his weekly notebook "The Scrapperbook".
The Indians went down early, fought back, then found a way to lose in the end. Just another day in the life for Cleveland fans. There were some good moments, like Carlos Santana's continued resurgence and Corey Kluber's ability to dig deep after a rough 1st, but that's little consolation. Join Jason Ruggiero as he gives his second thoughts on a tough loss last night in Kansas City.
The Indians continue to fade, none of their affiliates won last night, and one of them was nearly on the wrong end of a perfect game. Baseball wasn't kind to Northeast Ohio last night, but there are always bright spots to be found. Whether it's an outfielder in Columbus doing everything he can to be called up, a starter in Akron continuing his resurgence or a reliever in Carolina dominating after an injury, there's always something to hang your hat on. Join Jim Piascik as he takes your Around The Farm.
What a difference a week has made for the Columbus Clippers. After posting a 6-1 record last week—which included part of a season-high six-game winning streak—Columbus has taken to the losing side this week. The Clippers lost their fourth-straight game Thursday night in Norfolk, falling to the Tides in game one of a four-game set in southern Virginia.
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!