Trevor Bauer has been has been the talk of many Indians fans this season, hoping he could be the missing piece in the rotation. While he struggled in his only start this season for the Tribe, he has been pitching quite well in Columbus, striking out 16 batters in 13 innings while only giving up 10 hits, three runs and four walks.
The Columbus Clippers have started the season well, opening with a 6-5 record. The key so far to the Clippers success has been driving in runs to have very high scoring games. The driving force for the offense has been Jeremy Hermida, who leads the Clippers in home runs, runs batted in, walks and batting average.
So far this season, it seems that Hermida has rebounded from an injury plagued 2012 season to refind his 2011 form. In 11 games this season for the Clippers, his batting average is .297 with an OBP of .409. Hermida however is not just a contact hitter, as he already as driven in 10 RBI’s, placing him third in the International League, and a slugging percentage at .568, which is currently in the top 20 in the International League.
Hermida was the 11th pick in the 2002 First Year Player Draft by the Florida Marlins, straight out of high school in Marietta, Georgia. He played right field in high school the majority of the time but has also played left and center field, an ability he carried with him after he was drafted.
The excitement of the new season is not just contained up on the shore of Lake Erie, but is going strong in Columbus as the Clippers start their new season. This season marks their fifth year in their beautiful new ballpark, Huntington Park.
The Clippers ended last year by closely missing the playoffs, finishing with a record of 75-69. Last season was viewed as a disappointment, as their 2011 season was capped off by winning their second consecutive Governors Cup. This season however is viewed with the same sense of strong optimism that follows the Indians into the new season.
The Clippers this season are lead by a new manager Chris Tremie. Tremie played in the majors from 1995 through 2004, being a journeyman moving through six organizations. After his career was over, he started managing for the Tribe through the Gulf Coast Indians, working his way up to the Akron Aeros for the last two seasons and now the Clippers this year.
During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the young players on the 40-man roster that is a part of the Indians’ minor league system.
By Christian Petrila
After five full seasons in the minors, Indians outfielder Tim Fedroff took a massive step toward making his long-awaited Major League debut when he was added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20.
Fedroff was a seventh round pick for the Indians back in 2008 and has been nothing short of a consistent hitter throughout his time in the minors. For his minor league career, Fedroff is hitting .296 with 23 home runs and 204 RBI in 495 games, but last season was when he really began capturing the attention on many Indians fans.
By Bob Toth
Last week, I looked into the Indians’ recent draft woes, how it has impacted the present roster, and what the team has done in the recent drafts to hopefully correct the poor drafting and development over the last several years. If you missed the story last week, follow this link – Dispelling the Indians’ Draft Woes
One of the difficult aspects of drafting young players is that there is no way to predict their futures. Even being the very first person drafted is no assurance of superstardom. It cannot even guarantee a moderate level of success professionally.
It really is an impossible task to attempt to judge a draft shortly after it has happened. It is challenging to forecast the ceilings of such young players and the impact that their development, injuries, or their personal lives may have on who they become on and off the field.
It is all just educated guessing.
By Bob Toth
The Cleveland Indians have developed a reputation as a team that does not draft well.
That was certainly the case for the earlier portion of the first decade of the 21st century.
Poor drafts and talent evaluation problems helped to deplete the Indians’ minor league system of valuable prospects. The team was forced to acquire new young prospects through the trades of some of the team’s most popular and productive players or other expendable veteran parts. Moving these players early, instead of allowing them to potentially leave at the end of their contract with the club, ensures that the team procures future talent.
This week’s trade of Shin-Soo Choo and others to Cincinnati and Arizona was no exception to that norm. In fact, such a trade in 2006 with the Seattle Mariners was how Choo arrived on the scene with the Cleveland organization.
By Mike Brandyberry
The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System for the upcoming season.
Two members of the 2012 Major League coaching staff will resume prominent roles within the system. Tom Wiedenbauer …
Several weeks ago, we chronicled the seven Indians minor leaguers participating in the Arizona Fall League as part of the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions finished the short season with a record of 15-16, good for a second place, 2.5 games out of first. Here’s how the seven Indians farmhands faired.
The 22-year-old righty made five appearances for the Scorpions. In his five appearances, he tossed 5.2 innings allowing no runs on two hits while striking out three and walking four.
His solid stint continues to highlight his talent as a reliever for the Tribe brass after a solid 2012 campaign.
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.
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).
The Indians announced right-handed pitcher, Jordan Cooper, as this week’s Minor League Player of the Week.
The 23-year old, Carolina Mudcat, is a native of Berryton, Kansas, and was originally drafted in the 2008 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th round. Instead of signing with the Red Sox out of Shawnee Heights High School, Cooper decided to attend Wichita State University. Two years later, in the 2010 amateur draft, he was selected by the Tribe in the ninth round.
In 2010, Cooper saw action in 14 games where he started 13 and went 5-5 with a 4.94 ERA. In 62 innings of work, he allowed 79 hits, gave up 39 runs of which 34 were earned, forfeited nine home runs, allowed 18 walks while striking out 41 batters with Mahoning Valley.
By Sean Tuttle
Arizona League Indians infielder, Dorssys Paulino, has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week, August 13-19. In addition to this honor, he was promoted to Short-Season Class-A Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League.
The Bani, Dominican Republic native was signed as a Non-Drafted Free Agent by the Indians on July 2, 2011 as a 16-year old out of La Academia. Dorssys doesn’t turn 18 years old until November 21st. He was ranked the 7th best prospect in the Indians system by Baseball Prospectus entering the 2012 season.
Paulino, 17, hit .560 (14-25) for the week with three doubles, a triple, three home runs, and nine RBI’s while posting a 1.713 OPS. On August 13th against the Diamondbacks rookie club, Paulino tied a season high by going 4-for-5 with two runs, a double, three RBI’s and followed that with a three-hit game the next night with two home runs and a season-high five RBI’s.