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The Links: Indians Nearing Roster Decisions

November 17, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

It is widely speculated that major roster changes could be upon the Cleveland Indians this winter with the possibility of Asdrubal Cabrera, Chris Perez, Shin-Soo Choo and Justin Masterson all believed to be on the market for the right offer. While a move that would have any of those players leaving Cleveland would be deemed a major shake up to the roster, a minor tremor could be developing in the next couple days.

Tuesday, November 20 is the deadline for minor league players who are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft to be placed on the Major League 40-man roster and be protected. Any player who was signed at 18-years old or younger and has been in the organization for five years, or any player signed at 19-years old and older who has been in the organization for four years, and not on the 40-man roster is eligible to be drafted in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee from December 3-6.

Players selected in the Rule 5 Draft must remain on their new team’s 25-man roster for the remaining season or be offered back to their original team. Most times players that are drafted via the Rule 5 draft have a trade negotiated to eliminate the rules behind the draft and create a minor league option. Currently, the Indians have a full 40-man roster and several minor leaguers who are Rule 5 eligible.

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Ken Babby Buys the Akron Aeros and Promises New Fan Experience

October 23, 2012 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

A little over a month ago, the Akron Aeros won 51 games at home en route to their ninth playoff appearance. They went on to win the 2012 Eastern League Championship. In a year that saw success on and off the field, the Aeros today introduced Ken Babby as their new owner.

Babby is the former chief revenue officer and general manager of digital operations at The Washington Post. Akron citizens and Aeros fans that suffered under the Greg Agganis regime have a reason for hope moving forward. Fans should be excited by the changes coming to the Akron Aeros. While several improvements will be made to Canal Park, the big change is the $1M renovation to the scoreboard. The new ownership also kicked off a new 25 year lease for Canal Park, and a four year PDC (Player Development Contract) extension. The PDC extension insures that the Akron Aeros will remain a Cleveland Indians affiliate.

Babby, who is the son of former NBA agent and executive Lon Babby, is dedicated to the fans of the Akron Aeros.

“I love the experience, the feeling and the magic of walking into the ballpark,” Babby said. “Our goal is to create memorable experiences for every fan and every family member that comes to Canal Park.”

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Checking in With Some Forgotten Prospects

September 26, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

What do these names have in common: Nick Hagadone, Justin Masterson and Bryan Price? How about these: Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley and Rob Bryson?

It sounds like a game of, “Which of These Things is not Like the Other?” However, Price and Bryson also were involved in the last wave of blockbuster deals the Indians made. Price was involved in the 2009 trade of Victor Martinez trade and Bryson was shipped to Cleveland from Milwaukee in exchange for C.C. Sabathia.

So what have these two players (as well as recently departed Jason Knapp) accomplished since they donned the Chief Wahoo?

Let’s begin with Bryson. He came over in the Sabathia deal from Milwaukee. He has strikeout stuff, including a 96 mph fastball and a slider that can make grown men cry. There was debate as to whether he was a bullpen guy or a starter. He started games until 2010, when the Indians finally decided he was better suited in the bullpen.

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Akron Wins Eastern League Championship; Aeros 6, Thunder 1

September 16, 2012 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Dominant pitching and timely hitting brought the fourth Eastern League title to the boys from Canal Park. Akron Aeros flexed their muscles, taking the series three games to one with a 6-1 win over the Trenton Thunder.

Toru Murata (3-1, 2.60) started for the Akron Aeros. Murata started the season in the bullpen, before being moved into the starting rotation on August 3. He posted a 1-0 record as a starter, with a 1.17 ERA in six starts. Hoping to extend the series for the Thunders was lefty Nik Turley (10-5, 3.00). A 50th round draft pick by the Yankees in 2008, Turley won his last start, going five innings against the Reading Phillies in the division series.

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Thunder Wins Offensive Shootout, Forces Game Four; Thunder 11, Aeros 7

September 15, 2012 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Hitters ruled the roost in Friday’s contest as the two rivals combined for 18 runs on 24 hits. With multiple lead changes, and scoring flourishes, the contest proved a wild one. Trenton, facing elimination, fought their way back and took Game Three at home 11-7.

Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 0.00) got the start for the Aeros. The Indian was assigned the first two innings of the game before turning the ball over to right-handed pitcher T.J. House (8-5, 3.98). House, a former 16th round draft pick out of Picayune High School in Mississippi, made his last start against the Bowie Baysox on September 6. In that game, he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits. The Aeros had a 12-11 record when House took the mound. Taking the hill for Trenton was righty Mikey O’Brien (5-7, 4.20). O’Brien started the season in A+ for the Tampa Yankees, where he went 4-1 in six starts before being called up to Trenton.

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Aeros Take 2-0 Series Lead in Eastern League Championship Series; Aeros 7, Thunder 5

September 13, 2012 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Fantastic pitching and an offensive burst spelled doom for the Trenton Thunder. Akron displayed dominance at home all post season, winning the final three games of the Division Series, and the first two at home in the Championship, as they breezed through game two, winning in convincing fashion 7-5.

Aeros’ right handed pitcher Danny Salazar (5-2, 2.36) took the mound tonight for the home team. The 22-year old Salazar made his lone post season start against the Bowie Baysox on September 7, going 5.1 innings and giving up only two runs with a whopping eight strikeouts in route to an unfortunate no decision.

Looking to stifle the Aeros’ offense was Trenton Thunder left hander Shaeffer Hall (9-10, 3.67). Hall, a former 23rd round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, finished 3rd in the Eastern League in innings pitched with 164.1. He came in to relieve David Aardsma in game two of the ELDS at Reading, and threw 5.2 shutout innings, allowing only one hit.

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Aeros Strike Early and Take Game One of Eastern League

September 12, 2012 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Aeros starting pitcher Paolo Espino walked the tight rope all night, battled control issues, and fought his way through jam after jam, but the right hander kept the Trenton Thunder down for seven innings of shutout ball giving Akron the win 3-0.

The Akron Aeros hosted the Trenton Thunder tonight in the opening game of the 2012 Eastern League Championship Series. Akron travelled a tough road to get to the League finals. After losing the first two games of the five game series against the Bowie Baysox, The Indians Double-A club came storming back to sweep the final three games and advance to the ELCS. Trenton, however, made quick work of their East Division opponents, defeating Reading three games to one.

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Aeros Advance to Eastern League Finals, Captains Force Game Three

September 10, 2012 |

Aeros Win Game Five, Advance to Eastern League Final; Aeros 5, Baysox 2

By Ronnie Tellalian

The Akron Aeros battle back, down 0-2 in the best of five Eastern League Western Division series to score a stunning victory over the Wild Card winning Bowie Baysox. Akron came out guns blazin’ to start the game, and never looked back, as they take the series finale 5-2.

Starting the day for the Akron Aeros was the rehabbing Carlos Carrasco. The former Indian threw his rehab inning, and gave way to Akron’s RHP Brett Brach (5-7, 3.65). Branch pitched masterfully, giving up only two runs in his six and two thirds innings of work.

“Brett [Branch] went out there and shut them down for six innings,” Aeros manager Chris Tremie said of his winning pitcher “he really threw the ball great today.”

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Captains Lose Second Round Opener While Aeros Force Game Five

September 9, 2012 |

Akron Wins Battle of Sacrifices to Force Decisive Game Five; Aeros 2, Baysox 1.

By Ron Tellalian

Game four between the Akron Aeros and the Bowie Baysox turned out to be a clinic in small ball tactics. That strategy did not prove productive however, as only three runs scored while 18 men were left on base between the two clubs. When the dust settled, the Aeros came out on top, and tied the series up at two apiece with a nail biting 2-1 victory.

Taking the hill for the home team Akron Aeros was 27-year old, Japanese born, Toru Murata (3-1, 2.60). Murata’s last start came against Richmond on August 31 where he got the win throwing six shutout innings. He would look to duplicate that performance against Baysox LHP Jake Petit (11-3, 3.86). Despite dropping to the 42nd round before finally being drafted by the Orioles, Petit has shown success at every minor league level, boasting a 3.41 ERA in three professional seasons.

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Akron Survives To Force Game Four in Eastern League Semifinal Series; Aeros 4, Baysox 3

September 8, 2012 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Excellent pitching was the order of the day as the Akron Aeros faced elimination in game three of the Eastern League Western Division series, but poor defense made all the difference. Thanks to two costly errors by the Baysox, the Aeros stay alive with a 4-3 win.

The pitchers did their jobs today as the staffs of both teams combined to allow only 10 hits and rack up 17 total strikeouts. Taking the mound for the Akron Aeros was 22-year old Danny Salazar (4-0, 1.85). Salazar started the year in Carolina, where he pitched to the tune of a 2.68 ERA in 16 starts. The Aeros this year are 5-1 when Danny takes the mound. Countering, the Baysox trotted out 2012 1st round draft pick Kevin Gausman (0-1, 3.60 A- and A+). Another of the bright young arms in the Orioles organization, Gausman dominated colleget ball last year at LSU with a record of 12-2.

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Captains Sweep Series While Aeros Return Home Facing Elimination

September 7, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Captains Sweep Series, Advance to Play Fort Wayne Saturday; Captains 5, Hot Rods 4

Same score, same result, much different route to success.

The Captains traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky, Thursday night and defeated the Hot Rods 5-4 to win the quarterfinal Midwest League series. The score was the same as Wednesday’s game in Lake County, but this time the bullpen could not hold the lead and the Captains would win on a wild pitch in extra innings. The Captains will advance to play Fort Wayne in the best-of-three semifinal series on Saturday.

Lake County took the early lead in the top of the first inning when after an out was recorded, Francisco Lindor tripled past the diving Hot Rods third baseman Tyler Goeddel and all the way to the wall. After Lindor motored into third base he was able to score on Jordan Smith’s ground ball to shortstop and give the Captains the 1-0 lead.

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Minor League Regular Season Ends With Final Roundup

September 6, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Columbus Clippers (AAA) finished the season in second place in the Western Division of the International League with an overall record of 75-69. They finished 13 games behind first place Indianapolis, and four games out of the Wild Card spot. Infielder, Cord Phelps, has been named to the IL Postseason All-Star Team. The Clippers finished 75-69 on the season, marking the third straight season the Clippers have finished with a record above the .500 mark. Columbus finished second in the IL in attendance for the 2012 season, averaging 8,732 fans a game. Infielders Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler were named to the mid- season All-Star team. Columbus had four players named the IL Batter of the Week in 2012 (LaPorta, Canzler, Carrera, Phelps) and one player named IL Pitcher of the Week (Gomez). The Clippers hit six grand slam home runs (Beau Mills, Jared Goedert, Russ Canzler, Ryan Rohlinger, Luke Carlin, Juan Diaz).

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