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Adams Available as an Arm in Waiting

March 2, 2015 | | One Comment

If baseball has learned anything about Indians manager Terry Francona in his two seasons as skipper in Cleveland, it is that Tito loves his bullpen.

Francona broke records last season with his use of the Indians relievers. Heading in to the 2015 season, he may pitch some of these men until their arms break or fall off altogether.

That is where a player like Austin Adams may fit in.

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Today in Tribe History: March 2, 1916

March 2, 2015 |

Mickey Rocco, who spent his entire Major League career with the Indians and the bulk of that during World War II, is born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He had been in the minors since 1935 when he made his debut … Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 1, 1919

March 1, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians get a steal of a deal, robbing Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics of three contributors to the Indians’ 1920 championship team in a four-player swap on this date in 1919.

The Indians sent outfielder Braggo RothRead More

Today in Tribe History: February 28, 1988

February 28, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians sign free agent utility man Terry Francona.

After five seasons in Montreal and one in Chicago with the Cubs, Francona spent his seventh season in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds in 1987, hitting .227 in … Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 27, 1963

February 27, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Athletics agree to a deal, as the Tribe sends outfielder Chuck Essegian west for pitcher Jerry Walker.

Walker, a former All-Star with the Baltimore Orioles in his third season in the Majors and first … Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 26, 1985

February 26, 2015 |

Longtime Cleveland Indians pitcher George Uhle passes away at the age of 86 in Lakewood, Ohio.

“The Bull” debuted with the Indians as a 20-year-old in 1919 and appeared in two games of the 1920 World Series, throwing three scoreless … Read More

Ramsey Provides Young Outfield Depth

February 25, 2015 |

If you are a young outfielder in the Cleveland Indians farm system, it is possible that you might be a bit discouraged by your prospects of cracking the Major League roster any time this season. It is a stark contrast to just a couple of years ago when, prior to the arrivals of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher and the success of Michael Brantley, the Indians outfield was a frightening mess consisting of injured stars like Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo and fill-ins like Ezequiel Carrera, Aaron Cunningham, Johnny Damon, Shelley Duncan, Kosuke Fukudome, and Austin Kearns, just to name a few.

Once devoid of depth at the top levels of the farm system, the Indians now have several viable internal candidates to step up in the event that any of the members of the 25-man roster are unable to play for any length of time. Several more big name prospects just at the beginnings of their professional careers wait behind these options.

Last July’s acquisition of James Ramsey from the St. Louis Cardinals, as the return for former staff ace Justin Masterson, added another layer of depth to a stronger group of candidates in the upper levels of Cleveland’s minor league system.

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Today in Tribe History: February 25, 1975

February 25, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians pull off a pair of trades with the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs.

The Indians sent minor leaguer Alvin McGrew and catcher Dave Duncan to the O’s for first baseman Boog Powell and pitcher Don Hood. … Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 24, 1956

February 24, 2015 |

Future Hall of Fame first baseman and designated hitter Eddie Murray is born in Los Angeles, California.

Murray’s successful career was long established before he put on a Cleveland Indians uniform. He was drafted and developed by the Baltimore Orioles, … Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 23, 1976

February 23, 2015 |

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Elarton is born in Lamar, Colorado.

The 6’7” right-hander spent ten years in the Majors, including parts of three seasons in an Indians uniform. After starting his career with the Houston Astros and showing some … Read More

Cleveland’s Success Riding on Young Starters

February 22, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians’ 2014 season would have been far less successful if not for the emergence of several key young contributors within the starting rotation.

The offense lacked consistency from some of the biggest names and highest paid members of the organization. The defense, for lack of better and more appropriate terms, was downright atrocious with the glove and arm while leading the free world in errors. The pitching staff, and in particular those in the rotation, kept the Indians competitive and on the outskirts of the playoff picture until mid-September, while both the offensive and defensive woes should have eliminated them far earlier.

If Cleveland is going to live up to some of the developing hype being generated by the media around the club, it is going to be this same group of young and generally inexperienced starters who are going to have to lead the team in the year ahead.

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Today in Tribe History: February 22, 1983

February 22, 2015 |

Casey Kotchman is born in St. Petersburg, Florida.

A first round pick of the Anaheim Angels in 2001, Kotchman bounced around the league after five seasons in California. He spent parts of seasons in Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, and Tampa Bay … Read More