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McAllister Staying Ready and Waiting For Another Call

June 13, 2012 |

By Evan Matsumoto

There are things in baseball that a player cannot control; the distance to dead center, a Tim Wakefield knuckleball, and how long it will be until the big leagues call.

For Zach McAllister, he’s waiting for the call that keeps him in the big leagues for good.

“The mental side of the game is one of the biggest things that I think separates people from being at this level and being a mainstay at the big-league level,” McAllister said. “It’s being able to handle going up and down and not necessarily knowing where you’re going to be at everyday because it could change right away.”

The 2012 season has seen McAllister with the Tribe four times already, filling in for Josh Tomlin as a sort of sixth man in a five-man rotation.

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Tice Rising To Top With Mudcats and Minor League Roundup

June 8, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Jeremie Tice, age 25, was first drafted in the 2006 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins in the 38th round, but decided to go back to college. In 2008, the Cleveland Indians drafted Tice in the the sixth round of the amateur draft out of the College of Charleston.

In the five seasons Tice has been in the Tribe organization, he has seen action at third base, first base and in the outfield. This year he has spent the majority of his time operating as the Carolina Mudcats designated hitter.

In 171 plate appearances this season, Tice has 45 hits, 16 doubles, and has accounted for 29 runs. He is first in the Carolina League in RBI’s with 45, first in slugging (.639), tied for second in extra base hits with 27, and first in home runs with 11. He has drawn 17 walks as compared to 35 strikeouts. His current batting average holds at .306 through 43 games.

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Lindor Has Early Professional Success and Minor League Roundup

May 31, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

In only his second season as a member of the Cleveland Indians organization, infielder Francisco Lindor, has been making waves at the plate and in the media. Lindor, 18, was drafted by the Tribe in the first round (8th pick overall) of last year’s June amateur draft out of Montverde Academy High School in Florida. The Puerto Rico native originally committed to Florida State, but made his debut in single-A Mahoning Valley last year.

In only 46 games this season, Lindor, is batting a .286 average. He has produced 30 runs, has 57 hits which include nine doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Lindor has 84 total bases to go along with 19 RBI’s. He has drawn 13 walks, and has struck out 30 times. He has also stolen 11 bases, and only been caught four times.

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Comparing Minor and Major League Attendance and Minor League Round-Up

May 25, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

With the recent comments of Tribe closer, Chris Perez, about the poor attendance at Progressive Field this season and the fact that the Indians have the worst attendance in the MLB, some may wonder how a first place team can accomplish this feat. Others may raise the question, “How does their minor league system bring in fans?”

Some may blame the lack of attendance on a number of reasons such as expense of going to the ballpark, not wanting to get too excited this early in the season, or maybe other events are going on in the daily lives of fans.

When considering cost to attend a single game, researchers often look at the Fan Cost Index. The Fan Cost Index comprises the prices of four adult average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least expensive, adult-size adjustable caps. Based on a study done in April of 2011, the Cleveland Indians ranked below the average in MLB and 13th lowest overall. The MLB average ticket price was $26.91 with a Fan Cost Index of $197.35. The Indians average ticket price was $18.49 with a Fan Cost Index of $170.96.

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Tallest Minor League Player Arrives In Akron and Minor League Round-Up

May 17, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The tallest player in the minors is now coming out of the Akron Aeros bullpen. On May 5, the Cleveland Indians acquired, Ludovicus Jacobus Maria van Mil a.k.a. Loek Van Mil, from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an outright trade for future considerations. The Indians immediately assigned Van Mil to the Akron Aeros.

Van Mil, 27, was born in Oss, Netherlands. At a height of seven feet, one inch he is currently the tallest player in the minor leagues.

He has pitched for the Netherlands national baseball team, appeared in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, and was selected to appear in the 2008 Summer Olympics, but missed the tournament because of injury.

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LaPorta’s Success Does Not Mean He’s Ready and Minor League Roundup

May 11, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

After the first week in May Tribe fans are experiencing a few unexpected realities. First, the Tribe is in first place. Most fans will say that was not expected, but with the moves the Detroit Tigers made this offseason, it is hard to argue that they are not still the favorite to take the Central. The second is the production of first baseman Matt LaPorta. Sure he is producing in Triple-A, but many scouts will tell you that the leap from Triple-A to the big leagues is a significant one. Minor league statistics do not necessarily transfer to major league success.

LaPorta is currently in his fourth season as a member of the Tribe. He was drafted in the first round by the Milwaukee Brewers, seventh overall, in the 2007 amateur draft. He became an Indian in July 2008 when he was traded with Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson, and later Michael Brantley for starting pitcher, CC Sabathia.

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Cody Allen Soars Through System and Minor League Roundup

May 3, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

It isn’t often you see a player progress through the minor league system at the rapid speed of which Cody Allen has done in the Tribe’s farm system. It is even rarer for a pitcher to do so. In the short month of April alone, Allen has gone from Single-A Carolina, to Double-A Akron, and all the way up to top tier Triple-A Columbus.

The 23-year old righty, was born in Orlando,Florida, and was drafted by the Indians not once, but twice, first in the 16th round of the 2010 MLB June amateur draft, and again in the 23rd round last June.

Last year, Allen climbed the ranks after spending 14 games in Mahoning Valley, had a record of 3-1 an ERA of 2.14 in 33.2 innings of work, struck out 42 batters and only allowed one home run. He spent seven games in Lake County going 2-0 with no ERA, struck out 28, and only allowed ten hits. He then spent one game apiece in Kinston and Akron before the season came to a close.

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Huff Rehab Start, Promotions and Round-Up Headline Week In Minors

April 27, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

David Huff appeared in a rehabilitation start on April 20 with the Akron Aeros. Huff is recovering from a right hamstring strain that he suffered on March 29 while pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training.

Huff pitched four shutout innings against the Reading Phillies. He gave up one hit, allowed one walk, and struck out 3 batters. The efforts of Huff were in vain on Friday, as the Aeros gave up a 3-0 lead losing in the bottom of the 10th inning, 4-3.

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Weglarz Hopes To Stay Healthy In 2012

April 19, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Progressing to the big leagues is not easy task, but for minor leaguer Nick Weglarz, staying healthy may be his biggest obstacle.

Weglarz is entering his seventh season within the Indians minor league system, and his fourth as a member of the Akron Aeros. The 24-year old, left handed, outfielder was selected in the 2005 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians in the third round, 94th overall.

Prior to the draft, Weglarz attended Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne, Ontario. As a Canadian, Weglarz had the opportunity to be part of Team Canada’s baseball team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. During his run in the Olympics, Weglarz hit .400 in the preliminary games, and .450 in the Olympic qualifier against Taiwan.

Weglarz’s made his largest advancement in 2010 when he was called up to Triple-A Columbus for fifty games. During that time he maintained a batting average of .286 with 50 hits, six home runs, and 20 RBI’s. He also drew 28 walks and struck out 43 times.

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Clippers Promotions Fill The Calendar

March 31, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

With the opening of the 2012 season just days away, one team affiliated with the Tribe can’t wait for their opening ceremonies. When the Columbus Clippers open their doors on Thursday April 5th, the first 3,000 fans will receive the National Championship caps. The Clippers will be celebrating back-to-back National Championships, and competing for the three peat.

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DTTWLN Going Down On The Farm

March 1, 2012 |

 

By Sean Tuttle

New this year to DTTWLN will be my coverage of the minor league systems within the Indians organization, any big name prospects coming to visit, and of any news on the rehabilitation journeys that may occur throughout the season.

Every Thursday, followers can expect updates on injured players, comments from their managers, and interviews with young talents that are hopeful to play for the Tribe in the near future.

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Sarbaugh the Key To Clippers Development and Success

November 18, 2011 |

The Cleveland Indians, who went from being a bad team in 2010 to an average team 2011, are hoping to make the leap to the next level in 2012. With the major midseason trade for Ubaldo Jimenez and resent acquisition of veteran starting pitcher Derek Lowe, Tribe management is showing the desire to win now. The team is even likely to make more of a splash in free agency than in most offseasons.

While trades and free agents have and will add veteran leadership to the club, the Indians are still expected to be young. The Tribe will remain bolstered and built on fresh faces like Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano, who were all in the minor leagues within the last two years.

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