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Another pitcher coming up.


Mike Gosling will replace Greg Aquino


Gosling was signed on June 6, only pitching in 3 games for 8 innings. 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 run, 8 strikeouts.




Also from Lastoria, good news for Mike Brantley fans as he thinks he could be in Cleveland pretty soon. A .348 average in June (.397 OBP) and a 6:4 BB:K ratio.


Still only 21 years old when the season started, his age and inexperience showed early in the season as he got off to a slow start in Columbus adjusting to the new level in Triple-A. He also battled through a hamstring injury he suffered in the first week of the season which lingered for most of the month before he took almost a week off to get past it. Those two factors combined were a big reason why in 17 games in April he only hit .217 (15-for-69) with 0 HR, 5 RBI and a .574 OPS. He came back with a solid May hitting .261 (30-for-115) with 2 HR, 9 RBI, and a .726 OPS in 30 games played, and in 16 games so far in June he is hitting .348 (23-for-66) with 1 HR, 8 RBI and an .822 OPS. His strong performance the past seven weeks has raised his batting average 72 points from .200 to .272 and his OPS by 165 points from .544 to .709 from where they were at on April 27th. He already has three home runs on the season, which is one shy of his career high and we are not even half way through the season. Also, his 20 stolen bases rank him 2nd in the International League and he has been caught only twice good for a 90.9% success rate.


His maturity and ability to handle tough situations well is something that could play into the equation where he fills the every day center field role in Cleveland sooner rather than later. The team is in sort of a holding pattern with star center fielder Grady Sizemore on the disabled list with a sore elbow, and in the meantime they have gotten by with playing outfielders Trevor Crowe and Ben Francisco out in center field on a temporary basis while they await Sizemore's hopeful return. Sizemore is reportedly close to returning to the team as he will start swinging the bat this weekend, and if he has no setbacks he could be back in a week or two. But, if he has a setback and the soreness lingers he is expected to have surgery on the elbow which will sideline him for at least six weeks. If this happens, expect Brantley to get a call to Cleveland to fill the huge void in center field and at the top of the lineup. While he still has some issued to work through with his route running, he would still be a much better fit out there defensively over Crowe and Francisco. He would also be a welcomed addition to the lineup and provide some excellent speed and on-base ability which has been sorely lacking since Sizemore went on the disabled list.



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An update on the top prospects.....



full season triple crown stats in italics





Matt LaPorta

.304 avg / .849 OPS / 6 doubles / 4 home runs / 19 RBI (.302 avg / 9 HR / 33 RBI)

Michael Brantley

.279 avg / .367 OBP / 15 stolen bases (.257 avg / 3 HR / 22 RBI / 30 SB)

Chuck Lofgren

2-3 / 32 innings / 4.18 ERA / 20 strikeouts / 8 walks (2-4 W-L / 36.1 IP / 4.71 ERA / 21 K)





Carlos Santana

.236 avg / .850 OPS / 7 doubles / 4 home runs / 16 RBI (.265 avg /11 HR /47 RBI)

Nick Weglarz

.297 avg / 1.050 OPS / 7 doubles / 5 home runs / 21 RBI (.257 avg / 12 HR / 55 RBI)

Beau Mills

.283 avg / .788 OPS / 7 doubles / 2 home runs / 20 RBI (.260 avg / 6 HR / 39 RBI)

Hector Rondon

1-1 / 17.2 innings / 2.55 ERA / 19 strikeouts / 3 walks (7-4 / 66 IP / 2.59 ERA / 65 K)

Jeanmar Gomez

2-0 / 28.2 innings / 2.83 ERA / 21 strikeouts / 9 walks (6-2 / 67.2 IP / 2.79 ERA / 54 K)





Lonnie Chisenhall

.238 avg / .787 OPS / 6 doubles / 5 home runs / 14 RBI (.283 avg / 13 HR / 54 RBI)

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The Clippers just put up 8 runs in the first inning against Toledo.


LaPorta hit a grand slam


Brantley had 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI and a stolen base


All in all, the team sent 12 to the plate, 8 hits, 1 walk, and seven players scored the 8 runs.



Time to yank LaPorta and bring him back up.

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The Clippers just put up 8 runs in the first inning against Toledo.


LaPorta hit a grand slam


Brantley had 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI and a stolen base


All in all, the team sent 12 to the plate, 8 hits, 1 walk, and seven players scored the 8 runs.



Time to yank LaPorta and bring him back up.



Maybe now that DeRosa's gone he might play some.


It made no sense the first time when they brought him up to play like every third day. If you bring a guy up let him hit some. He can play first, corner outfield, or DH so let the guy hit.


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Agreed. I really can't stand the "put the best team on the field line" anymore. If the only objective was putting the best team on the field for any given day, Martinez would never play 1st base. Garko would never be asked to patrol the outfield, and Shoppach and Francisco just wouldn't play.


If Wedge was willing to watch Shoppach and Francisco bat under .200 in June, what's the downside of playing LaPorta?




Also, I finally updated the first page stats and noticed a couple things. Andy Marte is leading all the triple crown stats in Columbus. Is he worth a call up? Has he regained any trade value?


And the leading starter in ERA in Columbus is Zach Jackson (yikes) with an ERA of 4.87 (yikes). Granted, that's with Sowers, Huff, and Ohka currently in Cleveland, but still. De La Cruz, Berger, Rondon and Gomez can't climb the ladder fast enough.

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De La Cruz, Berger, Rondon and Gomez can't climb the ladder fast enough.


And just like that, welcome to Columbus, Hector.

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Rondon pitches 6 hitless innings in AAA debut


Hector Rondon put the finishing touches on a spectacular triple-A debut with the Clippers tonight in Huntington Park by pitching six no-hit innings against the Indianapolis Indians. The bullpen - Rich Rundles, Jensen Lewis and Greg Aquino - held on for a 2-1, five-hit victory.


Rondon, who was just promoted from double-A Akron, struck out eight and walked two. He left after throwing 95 pitches and touching 95 mph on the stadium radar gun.


The start for Rondon, the Cleveland Indians' top pitching prospect, was jaw-dropping. His first 11 pitches were strikes. All eight strikeouts came in the first four innings and only one Indianapolis batter reached second base. Rondon walked Chris Snelling in the third and hit Brian Bixler with a change-up. He finished the inning by striking out Chris Barnwell.


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Via the DiaTribe, here's Baseball America's mid-season top 50 prospects.


1. Jason Heyward, of, Braves

2. Mike Stanton, of, Marlins

3. Jesus Montero, c, Yankees

4. Justin Smoak, 1b, Rangers

5. Madison Bumgarner, lhp, Giants

6. Buster Posey, c, Giants

7. Carlos Santana, c, Indians

8. Chris Tillman, rhp, Orioles

9. Brian Matusz, lhp, Orioles

10. Logan Morrison, 1b, Marlins

11. Freddie Freeman, 1b, Braves

12. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Diamondbacks

13. Neftali Feliz, rhp, Rangers

14. Alcides Escobar, ss, Brewers

15. Yonder Alonso, 1b, Reds

16. Wade Davis, rhp, Rays

17. Dominic Brown, of, Phillies

18. Desmond Jennings, of, Rays

19. Jason Castro, c, Astros

20. Tim Beckham, ss, Rays

21. Brett Wallace, 3b, Cardinals

22. Matt LaPorta, 1b/of, Indians

23. Michael Taylor, of, Phillies

24. Kyle Drabek, rhp, Phillies

25. Michael Saunders, of, Mariners


The Next 25 (listed alphabetically, if you couldn’t tell before): Tim Alderson, rhp, Giants; Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Pirates; Lars Anderson, 1b, Red Sox; Jake Arrieta, rhp, Orioles; Jhoulys Chacin, rhp, Rockies; Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b, Indians; Christian Friedrich, lhp, Rockies; Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Rays; Aaron Hicks, of, Twins; Brad Holt, rhp, Mets; Eric Hosmer, 1b, Royals; Austin Jackson, of, Yankees; Casey Kelly, rhp/ss, Red Sox; Jason Knapp, rhp, Phillies; Mat Latos, rhp, Padres; Jordan Lyles, rhp, Astros; Jennry Mejia, rhp, Mets; Matt Moore, lhp, Rays; Mike Moustakas, 3b, Royals; Derek Norris, c, Nationals; Martin Perez, lhp, Rangers; Ben Revere, of, Twins; Esmil Rogers, rhp, Rockies; Josh Vitters, 3b, Cubs; Nick Weglarz, of, Indians.




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Rondon, Clippers win


Hector Rondon's second career triple-A start for the Clippers didn't border on the spectacular as his debut had nine days before in Huntington Park. But the 21-year-old right-hander looked cool and efficient tonight while leading Columbus to a 5-4 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs.


Rondon (2-0) had pitched six no-hit, no-run innings against Indianapolis in his first start with the Clippers. He allowed seven hits in six innings to the Chiefs, who snapped his shutout streak at 11 innings with a two-out RBI single by Michael Morse in the sixth. Rondon retired Kory Casto on a grounder to Matt LaPorta at first base and turned a 5-1 lead over to the bullpen.



So all in all, that's 6 innings, 7 hits, 1 run. 5 K's and 0 BB's. Fastball still in the mid-90s.


Jordan Brown has 3 more hits. .328 average on the year with an OPS just shy of .900. Naturally, Garko and Francisco are blocking him and LaPorta, but hey...maybe we'll catch a glimpse in September.




Carlos Santana strikes out three times, but hits the go-ahead 2-run homer in the bottom of the 7th as the Aeros win 6-4.

Nick Weglarz goes 0-3 but manages to score two runs.

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CIMO, thanks so much for keeping this thread going. At least it gives us a glimpse at the future. Gotta confess that I've fallen completely off the Tribe Wagon this Summer. Still paying attention (not to mention $$) to the Extra Innnings and XM radio packages and still reading up on 'em when I get the chance, but I'm pretty much a disinterested observer for the first time in my life. Instead of using the "previous" button to check out a great pitching match-up when the Tribe game is between innings, it's now used when that great match-up is at commercial break...sometimes.


Just checked out my Tribe bookmarks for the first time in weeks and found this piece from Ingraham:


Commentary: Sizing up the Tribe in 2012

Saturday, July 18, 2009

By Jim Ingraham



Let's wipe away the dead insects and bugs and other filth from the windshield of the Indians' 2009 season and try to look three years down the road.


What will the Indians' starting lineup look like in 2012? Here are some possibilities:


Catcher: Carlos Santana. Assuming he's as good as everyone says he is, the 23-year-old Santana should be a lock to be the Indians' catcher for years to come, once he reaches the big-league club for good, which will likely be late 2010 or early 2011. He appears to be a Victor Martinez clone, a switch-hitting catcher with power.


First base: Victor Martinez, Beau Mills or Matt LaPorta. Martinez, who can become a free agent after the 2010 season, seems to have an attachment to the organization that might translate to giving the Indians a hometown discount as they try to sign him to an extension. If not, Martinez will be gone, either through trade or free agency. Mills is a first baseman by trade, LaPorta is splitting time between first and left field at Columbus. If the Indians have a surplus of outfielders in 2012, LaPorta could be moved to first. If not, it's likely LaPorta in left and Mills at first. Ryan Garko? It's difficult to see a long term fit for him in Cleveland.


Second base: Luis Valbuena. The 23-year-old Valbuena has made a very good impression in his rookie year, despite some lean offensive numbers, although as this is being written his .387 slugging percentage is higher than that of Jhonny Peralta, Ben Francisco and Kelly Shoppach. The Indians can feel very good about their double-play combination for the next five or six years.


Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera. Scouts have said that Cabrera has Gold Glove-caliber potential at shortstop. Now that the Indians have finally gotten around to moving Cabrera to that position, he is living up to those raves.


He's a terrific defender and a much better hitter than advertised. Cabrera has been one of the few bright spots in this dreary Indians season.


Third base: Lonnie Chisenhall. It may take awhile, but the countdown to the trade of Jhonny Peralta is officially under way. Even if Peralta isn't traded, he can become a free agent after the 2011 season, which will open the door for the 20-year-old Chisenhall, who is one of the most exciting prospects in the Indians' minor-league system. An immensely talented left-handed hitter who hits the ball hard to all fields, Chisenhall this year has nine more home runs (15) and 24 more RBI (62) than any of his teammates at Class-A Kinston. It's not a question of if he'll eventually be the Indians' third baseman. The only question is when.


Left field: LaPorta, Nick Weglarz or Michael Brantley. What's your preference for left field, thunder or lightning? The powerful LaPorta and Weglarz both offer the former, the speedy Brantley the latter. Weglarz, a muscular left-handed hitter, with 13 homers and almost as many walks as strikeouts at Akron, has very intriguing potential. It could shake out any number of ways, but it seems probable that two of the above three will be everyday players for the Indians in 2012, with LaPorta, as previously mentioned, also a possibility at first base.


Center field: Grady Sizemore. Believe it or not, he'll turn 30 in the middle of the 2012 season. The six-year contract Sizemore signed in 2006 includes an option for 2012, which means it will probably be his last year in Cleveland.


Right field: Shin-Soo Choo. He could be an All-Star by 2012. Because of his willingness to take a walk and his superior arm, an argument could be made that the vastly-underrated Choo is a more complete player than Sizemore.


Designated hitter: Travis Hafner. He'll turn 35 in June of 2012. Given his age, his injury history, that by 2012 he'll be six years removed from his last great season, and the fact that his 2012 salary will be $13 million, and the Indians basically have an untradable designated hitter. However, between now and 2012, should Hafner somehow return to something close to the hitter he once was and the Indians are able to trade him, Mills, LaPorta or Weglarz would be potential DH candidates.


Starting rotation: Here's how ominous the Indians' pitching situation is: There is not one pitcher on the staff right now that you could say with certainty will be on it in 2012. Cliff Lee will almost certainly be gone. Fausto Carmona, should he be able to put all the pieces together again, potentially could be the club's No. 1 starter in 2012. Hector Rondon, the top minor-league arm at the moment, has a chance. Aaron Laffey could fit in there somewhere. Jeremy Sowers? David Huff? Who knows? This is an area of the team the Indians will apparently have to go heavily into the free agent market to address in the coming years.


Bullpen: If the starting rotation for 2012 is Question Mark and the Mysterians, the bullpen is a complete unknown. Again, it's very unlikely that anyone you see in the Indians bullpen tonight will be there in 2012.







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Good post Bean, and thanks for the thanks. You're obviously not alone jumping off the wagon. A good all-star game, great prospects inching closer to the bigs, and just a pretty unwarranted sense of optimism got me really re-energized for the 2nd half, but then we get to our 3rd starter...and it's Tomo Ohka. He didn't even have a very bad outing, but he's just the kind of player, same with Francisco, Garko, and Carroll (and Peralta these days) that suck all the excitement out of the game. That Carl Crawford catch in left was such a watershed moment for me...a thing of beauty while we have to watch Ben Francisco and Ryan Garko in the corners. Have we had a single memorable moment this year? Choo with the game winner off the gull I suppose, but that was obviously more of a fluke than actual athletic achievement.


I just want some excitement. Whether it's these current guys showing some grit and making a case for them to stay on the team, or it's the young guys actually getting some experience. Crazy as it sounds, Andy Marte would be a feel good story in Cleveland. Just any kind of spark.




As for that article, it definitely makes you think. You have to love all of these top prospects...but how ironic is it that they could signal the end for our two best players. LaPorta and Weglarz will be good players for LF/1B, Santana at C. Grady's contract is up in 2010...put Brantley in Center and what do you lose? Grady's power will be made up for with Weglarz and LaPorta, his speed with Brantley, and his average is nothing to begin with. With Hafner tied up long-term and only being able to play one "position", I can't see anyone else as the DH...leaving nothing for Vic. Crazy stuff, makes you glad you're the not the GM.


But who knows....with the mini-renaissance Hafner's having (.941 OPS) we could be able to trade him down the road. I'm fine with losing Grady (even though the casual fans will probably storm the Prog with torches and pitchforks in hand)...but I'm not sure I can handle losing Vic, even if our prospects are all they're cracked up to be.

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Strong hitting, stingy pitching push Clippers over Yankees

Thursday, July 23, 2009 11:27 PM


It wasn't a surprise that the Columbus Clippers needed their bats to get the win Thursday night over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. The real shock was that the bats ended up overshadowing the man on the mound.


On a night when long-time Columbus manager Stump Merrill was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame, one of the Clippers' newest additions-top pitching prospect Hector Rondon, who had allowed just one earned run in his two starts since being called up from double-A Akron July 8-was out to show why he belongs here too.


Keeping to his winning pace, the 21-year-old Venezuelan surrendered just two runs and scattered 11 hits in his six innings, then left it up to his offense.


It delivered in powerful fashion, handing the Clippers a 6-2 win-their fifth in the last seven games-and Rondon his third in as many games.


"I think it was better than his last start, with his control of his fastball," said Damaso Espino, who has caught all three of Rondon's games. "Overall he threw pretty well."


But it was Andy Marte who stole the scene. Making his fourth start at first base this year to give Wes Hodges a spot at third, Marte's 4-for-4, four-RBI night was topped off with a three-run moonshot in the ninth-his second homer of the game and sixth in the last seven-that sealed the win for the Clippers and for Rondon. Marte is now tied for third in the league with 17 home runs.


"Nothing (Marte) does amazes me anymore," manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's been very consistent all year long. He hits two home runs. One of them gives Hector Rondon a win, the other one breaks the door open. The right guy in the right spot, and Andy's done that all year for us."


"You never know when you're going to hit a home run. It just happens," Marte said.


"(Rondon) said he owes me a drink."


The long ball was all Columbus considered necessary. Besides a first-inning sacrifice fly by Jordan Brown, the Clippers' other run came on a fourth-inning solo shot by Matt LaPorta, his 12th, that gave Columbus an early 2-1 lead.


Columbus' hitters, which lead the league in batting average, OPS and runs scored, have been the team's strong suit this year. But since the arrival of Rondon, pitching has stepped up as well.


Rondon's third straight quality start was characteristic of the Clippers' post-all-star-break pitching staff. Entering Thursday's game with the league's highest ERA (4.61), fewest strikeouts (598) and most homers allowed (86), Columbus' pitching corps has surprised since the minor league midsummer classic.


In the seven games since the break, Clippers starting pitching has posted a 3.18 ERA, 36 strikeouts and just six walks, not to mention a 5-2 record.



And the article doesn't mention Rafael Perez, who had another solid outing.



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Santana's now at four straight games with a homer. On the year he has 19 homers and 69 RBI, with a .930 OPS. It seems like he might be getting tired of being walked, July is the first month this year he's struck out (19) more than walked (10). He'll probably stay in Akron all year, but he definitely seems ready for the next level.

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Carrasco, Clippers hang loss on Martinez


Carlos Carrasco won his debut with the Clippers tonight against his former teammates and helped Columbus salvage a split in the four-game series with a 9-6 victory over Lehigh Valley in Coca-Cola Park.


The Clippers also hung a loss on Pedro Martinez, who made his first rehab start for the IronPigs as he attempts to return to the major leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies. Michael Brantley led off the game against Martinez (0-1) with a home run for the Clippers.


The parent Cleveland Indians acquired Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson on Wednesday in a trade that sent Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to the Phillies. He worked 5 1/'3 innings against his former teammates and allowed eight hits and four runs.


The Clippers took the lead for good in the fifth inning. Stephen Head doubled and Jason Donald walked. Niuman Romero drove in both runners with a triple. After Brantley walked, he stole second and Romero scored on a throwing error by catcher Paul Hoover. Brantley took third and came home on a Josh Barfield sacrifice fly.


In the eighth inning, Jordan Brown doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Tony Graffanino single. Graffanino then stole second and Head drove him in with a single Barfield added a two-run double in the ninth.


Rafael Perez allowed a run in the ninth inning. He had not allowed a run in his first 13 appearances with the Clippers.


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Good day in Columbus...at least for Tribe fans.


Clippers starter Hector Rondon and Gwinnett starter James Parr each took a shutout into the fifth inning.


Rondon cruised through the first two batters in the inning before running into his first difficulty of the game. He was ahead of Alvin Colina 1-and-2 in the count but wound up walking him. Clint Sammons followed with a two-run home run, only the third hit of the game for Gwinnett.


Columbus answered against Parr in the bottom of the inning. Wes Hodges led off with a home run that hit three-quarters of the way up the batter's eye in dead center field. Michael Brantley later tied the game at 2-2 with a two-out RBI single that scored Jason Donald from second base.


Rondon left after six innings and 94 pitches with the game still tied. Jess Todd relieved and retired Gwinnett in order in the seventh and eighth innings with four strikeouts.



Team lost in 10... but Rondon going 6 innings with 7 Ks, 4 hits, 2 walks, and only 2 runs on a 2-run homer. Todd with 2 perfect innings and 4 Ks.


I know everyone's clamoring for LaPorta, but he's in a slump, batting .167 in the last 10 games. Not to mention that Marte and Crowe definitely deserve a (probably final) chance to show what they got before we move onto LaPorta, who's obviously a huge part of this team going forward.


In the same span, Brantley's batting .205 with 8 hits, but he's still drawing walks (7) and scoring runs (8).





Jeanmar Gomez tied a season-high with eight strikeouts and Akron used a pair of sacrifice flies to squeak past Binghamton 3-2 before 2,250 fans at NYSEG Stadium Sunday night. The Aeros improved to 68-41 with the victory, tying a season-high with their seventh straight win and also getting back to their high-water mark of the season at 27 games over the .500 mark. Akron also notched its second straight series sweep and moved seven games ahead of second-place Reading in the Southern Division. The B-Mets dropped to 40-66. Gomez (9-3) worked into the sixth inning for his second straight victory, allowing just four hits and two walks in 5.2 shutout frames. He recorded eight strikeouts for the second straight start and fourth time this year.


So anyone boycotting the Tribe should definitely head out to an Aeros game. Rondon may be gone, but that has to be a great team to watch.


Jeanmar Gomez is now 9-3 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 87 Ks in 99 innings. Amazing how many exciting right handers we have in the system these days.





And a few various updates, with Lastoria talking to an unnamed AL scout.


During a long rain delay on Friday night I also had the chance to talk to a professional scout for an AL team for about 15 minutes about a lot of various players on the Kinston roster and in the organization. It was not a formal interview as nothing was written down or recorded while we spoke, though afterwards I frantically wrote down a bunch of things on the players we talked about. Here is a quick rundown on some of the players we talked about with his comments summarized:


Lonnie Chisenhall: A baseball player, best swing he has seen all year, and defense at third is coming along. Uses entire field well when hitting, and is the top hitting prospect in Indians system outside of Santana.


Carlos Santana: An electric bat and arm with an unbelievable ability to square up the ball and hit it hard. Rifle arm, though still working on nuances of game behind the plate. Clearly a top ten prospect in all of baseball.


Cord Phelps: Good on-base ability and a very good defender at second base. With his versatility, he mostly projects as a good utility type player in bigs, though there is some room to grow to become an everyday player.


Tim Fedroff: Not impressed with his play in the outfield and doesn’t think he can stay in center. Too small and too light of a bat for the corners. Fourth outfielder at best. Given the signing bonus the Indians paid him, he’ll get every chance to prove scouts wrong.


Eric Berger: Kind of a funky delivery which creates a little deception. Not too high on him and feels he at best is a backend rotation starter in bigs.


Nick Weglarz: Unbelievable size for his age. Light tower power and an advanced approach at plate. So-so in the outfield, but with the bat he has a team could live with that. Needs to be more aggressive attacking pitches in the zone.


Hector Rondon: Huge leap this year, and has been great in the outings he has seen him. Feels the Indians may have really found something with him and called him the best pitcher in the organization.


Carlos Carrasco: Great stuff, but very inconsistent. Loads of potential but has a hard time maintaining focus entire game, especially when he gets into jams.


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LaPorta, Carrasco key Clippers win


Matt LaPorta drove in four runs on three hits and Carlos Carrasco pitched into the eighth inning of his home debut for the Clippers tonight n a 9-6 victory over Buffalo in Huntington Park.


Carrasco retired the first eight Buffalo hitters before former Columbus shortstop Wilson Valdez singled in the third inning.


Carrasco headed into the eighth inning for the first time this season with a two-hitter. Javier Castillo led off with a single and raced home on a double by Andy Green. Ground ball outs by Valdez and Reyes scored Green. With two outs, Carrasco walked Jesus Feliciano and Nick Evans knocked him out of the game with a two-run home run that cut the deficit to 7-5.




And from the "tribe insider" twitter...


Nick Hagadone organization debut last night (3.0IP, 3H, 1R/ER, 0BB, 5K) for Lake County


Coming off Tommy John surgery, Hagadone is on a 3 innings or 50 pitches limit. The 5 Ks is a nice start.

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Not a lot of big happenings lately....so here's a catch up on some of the big names while I have some time.




Matt LaPorta had been in a mini-slump, but has 9 hits, a double, a homer, and 7 RBI in 8 games in August. On the year he's batting .297 with 14 homers and a .893 OPS.


Michael Brantley has improved his batting average every month so far. On the year he sits at .262 with a .348 OBP, and has 38 stolen bases...and has supposedly been playing a mean center field.


Hector Rondon is still tearing up, through 6 starts and 35 innings in Columbus, he's struck out 35, has an ERA of 2.57 and a WHIP of 1.20. For the year (Akron and Columbus) he's 10-7 with a 2.69 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and has struck out 108 in 107 innings.


Josh Barfield apparently doesn't have any Marte in him. Sporting a .252 OBP in Columbus, his future is definitely elsewhere.


Lou Marson and Jason Donald haven't inspired much confidence either. Marson is batting .272 in his 8 games since joining our organization, Donald is sitting at .222 with a double and a homer.


Carlos Carrasco's stats (9 ER in 13 innings) don't look good. But he took a 1-run, 2 hitter into the 8th inning in his second start before getting knocked out of the game. Still has a 2-0 record for the Clippers, and the 11 Ks aren't bad either.





Lonnie Chisenhall finally got the call up as the Aeros season winds down. He's still manning 3rd, played two games, got 2 hits, 1 double and a walk. His Kinston line (18 homers and 79 RBI in 99 games) is obviously much more impressive.


Carlos Santana keeps raking. Shapiro says his bat is major league ready, just needs to work on his game calling. He hit .311 in July, and is sitting at .320 in August. On the year he has a .284 average with 20 homers and 82 RBI...and a fantastic .943 OPS.


Nick Weglarz still looks to be a ways off Cleveland's radar. Oozes potential, but had a dreadful April, followed by a great May and June (each with an OPS over 1) followed by a July where he hit .217 (but still managed a .800 OPS)...and currently he's hitting .087 in August. Should need at least one more full year of seasoning, but I still love him as a prospect. On the year he's hitting .233 with 16 homers and 65 RBI.


Connor Graham has been pretty hit our miss since coming over from Colorado. Pitched in 3 games (2 starts) since coming to Akron, going 12.1 innings, giving up 6 earned, 11 hits, 11 walks, and 14 Ks.


Jeanmar Gomez has been fantastic, but still hasn't gotten much recognition. Currently 10-3 in Akron, with a 3.18 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and has struck out 94 in 104 innings. Only 21 years old, seems like he should be a factor in the rotation in a couple years.


Beau Mills still hasn't shown much of his power, but has 26 doubles to go with his .266 average, 10 homers and 61 RBI.




The lower guys, mainly Nick Hagadone and Jason Knapp haven't done much (if anything) yet, I'll keep it posted when they start piling up some stats.

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Carlos Carrasco goes 8 innings, giving up 1 run, 4 hits, walking none, and striking out 10 tonight. Take out the 8th inning collapse in his last start, and that's back to back great outings for him.


- overall line for his 3 starts in Columbus: 21 innings, 17 hits, 3 walks, 21 Ks.


Jason Knapp in his Tribe debut goes 2 innings (remember, he's on a strict pitch count of 50 pitches or 3 innings), gives up a hit and 2 walks, with 2 Ks.

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Ross Akins shares via Lastoria


On Nick Hagadone: "He has a really impressive arm. Every scout that sees him, every person you talk to be it a Red Sox official or a scout for a different organization the first thing that jumps out is he is left-handed and throws 99 MPH. The more you talk to people the more you find out about Nick, and the more you talk to Nick you realize that all those things that are very important that you don't really know until you start digging in on an individual. His intangibles are off the charts. From the Boston Red Sox to our scouts to our own assessment, everyone talks about him as being someone who sets the standard, sets the benchmark very high for work ethic, discipline, and passion for baseball. Those are things that are always a nice bonus to a guy who throws 99 MPH, is left-handed, and strikes guys out regularly."


On Hagadone's Tommy John surgery: "We had all of the information and we are equipped to handle [his recent Tommy John surgery]. There are many pitchers in the game who have gone through that process before. It certainly increases the risk somewhat, but when you know them and feel like you are prepared to handle them, and then you factor in what the reward is, it is worth taking that risk. We are following a plan that was put together by doctors and rehab therapists. We are sticking with a plan that was put in place months ago based on the Red Sox opinion and now our opinion. All the things we want to see we see, all the things he is saying is what we want to hear. He is also very realistic about it. He is feeling things that are normal to feel when you come off Tommy John. He has some stiffness and tightness that he is working through. But he is still overpowering hitters, he is still showing the velocity he showed before, and he is getting back to commanding his pitches at the rate he was before that. Really impressive to see him, and he really stands out on the field. He is just a big, physical, strong, left hander who puts the ball over the plate and has some presence about him."


On Jason Knapp: We are extremely excited. All the names and all the arms, they are all very exciting. You look at those young A-ball pitchers Hagadone and Knapp, guys that are in the upper-90s, very disciplined, very hard-working, and very physical. One is left-handed and one is right-handed and they both throw 95 MPH and above. Knapp is young, durable, and extremely driven and very hard-working as well. [He had] bicep tendonitis, which is near where the bicep connects to the shoulder. He has a dull ache where his bicep connects to his shoulder, and that is very typical of all pitchers, especially of young pitchers when their velocity is increasing and climbing. It is just something we have to monitor and make sure we don't push through. He is ready to go and we are just going to honor the progression he was on with the Phillies and make sure we respect the process. We are going to err on the side of caution and let him work through that and not push him through it. He is a very impressive young, strong, physical right-handed power pitching prospect that really could end up being one of the larger pieces of that deal. He is a little bit more physical, so his delivery is a little bit more aggressive.




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So I think Carrasco is working out okay.



Clippers down Indianapolis behind Carrasco


Carlos Carrasco pitched into the eighth inning for a third consecutive start and Stephen Head hit a two-run home run to lead the Clippers to a 4-2 victory over the Indianapolis Indians today in Huntington Park.


Carrasco (10-9) is 4-0 in four starts for Columbus since being acquired by the Cleveland Indians in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched 7 2/3 innings in his latest outing and checked Indianapolis on five hits and two runs, one earned.


In the eighth, Carrasco had one on with two outs when he walked Brian Myrow. Reliever Jose Veras entered and retired Jeff Clement on a fly to Barfield in left to end the inning.



So in his time in Columbus, that's now 4 wins in 4 appearances, 28.2 innings, 11 earned runs, 22 hits and 5 walks...27 Ks.




Scott Lewis is activated and optioned to Columbus.


Lonnie Chisenhall is batting .100 through 8 games (30 ABs) in Akron.

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Columbus starter Hector Rondon limited the Indians to three hits over the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Pedro Lopez opened the inning with a single and went to third on Brian Myrow's double. Jeff Clement then tied the score at 1-1 with a ground ball to Romero at shortstop.


Rondon pitched a scoreless seventh but left with a no decision when the Clippers couldn't score in the eighth. Columbus threatened in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings but couldn't push across a run.



Josh Barfield was the hero, with the game winning home run in the 12th inning.


Rondon is now 4-2 in 9 starts in AAA, pitching 53.2 innings, giving up 57 hits and 10 walks, with 50 strikeouts and a 2.68 ERA. His .352 BABIP means he should be even better.

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Carrasco looks good again, currently at 7 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 runs (1 earned). 1 walk to 3 strikeouts.


Hopefully he makes his next start in Cleveland.

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