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Fedroff Trying to Earn His Call to the Big Leagues Soon

August 17, 2012 |

By Evan Matsumoto

The Indians not-so-dramatic slide into mediocrity this season was far from unexpected. Cleveland now sits solidly in third place in the A.L. Central, barely nudging out the Kansas City Royals for bronze.

Eleven games out of first place, and with two-thirds of this west-coast road trip to go, the team’s roster needs a bat that will spark some sort of offense.

Enter Tim Fedroff.

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Urshela Name Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Round Up

August 16, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Cleveland Indians announced Carolina infielder, Giovanny Urshela, as the club’s Minor League Player of the Week, August 6-13. In addition to this honor, yesterday he was named the Carolina League Hitter of the Week. Urshela, hit .483 (14-29) with five doubles, three home runs, and six RBI’s throughout the week. On August 7th at Salem, Urshela went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI’s in Carolina’s 6-2 win and followed that up with a three hit game the next night with two more doubles, a home run, and an RBI.

For the 2012 season he is batting .279 (102-366) with 44 runs scored, 26 doubles, 10 home runs, and 52 RBI’s while posting a .744 OPS (.312 on-base pct., .432 slugging pct.). He is batting .400 (20-50) in the month of August, raising his season average from .259 to the current .279 mark.

The 20-year old righty out of Cartagena, Colombia was signed as a Non-Drafted Free Agent on July 2, 2008. In 2011, Urshela ranked fourth in the Midwest League in at-bats (505). In 2010, posted a career high .290 batting average in 58 games with Mahoning Valley.

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Canzler Hoping Early Season Struggles Lead to Late Season Call Up

August 13, 2012 | | One Comment

By Evan Matsumoto

Young talent in the Indians organization is not hard to come by; in a league where the median age is 28.8 years old, the Tribe fields a team whose average age is 27.2 years—the fifth youngest in the majors.

Promotion from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers is a regular occurrence among players on Cleveland’s active roster. Almost a dozen players on Cleveland’s 25-man active roster were promoted from Columbus, including Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall, who is on the 60-day disabled list due to a fractured right ulna bone. It’s not absurd to think, then, that the Tribe is looking to promote from within for the last leg of the season.

Russ Canzler is a name that sparks interest around Clevaland. Canzler made his Major-League debut with Tampa Bay last season but has spent the 2012 season in Columbus after being acquired by the Tribe on January 31 for cash.

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DeJesus is Indians Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 10, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Cleveland Indians announced Luis DeJesus as their Minor League Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon. DeJesus was also named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week.

The 20-year old righty from Diboll, Texas was drafted by the Tribe in the 11th round of the 2011 Amateur Draft out of Angelina College.

In 13 appearances with the Arizona League Indians, DeJesus went 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 46 innings of work. He gave up 41 hits, allowed 20 runs with 17 earned and walked 11 batters, while striking out 45 and hitting one.

This season he has split time between Lake County and Mahoning Valley. In four games with Lake County, DeJesus is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in 12 innings of work. He has finished two games and has one save. DeJesus gave up 15 hits, allowed 11 runs with 10 of them being earned. He walked six, struck out 12, and gave up two home runs.

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Carrera Wins Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 2, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Ezequiel Carrera, the Guiria, Venezuela native was acquired on June 27, 2010 from the Seattle Mariners along with infielder, Juan Diaz, in exchange for infielder, Russell Branyan, and cash. He originally was signed by the New York Mets as a free agent on April 4th, 2005 before being traded to the Mariners prior to the 2009 season. In 2011, Carrera made his Major League debut on May 20 and collected a game-winning, 8th-inning RBI bunt single in his first ever plate appearance versus Cincinnati.

In 2011, Carrera appeared in 68 games with the Indians and posted a .243 (49/202) batting average. He hit eight doubles, three triples, produced 14 RBI’s and accounted for 27 runs. He drew 16 walks while striking out 35 times, stole 10 bases successfully in 15 attempts.

Carrera hit .515 (17-33) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 13 RBI’s throughout the week, while posting a 1.407 OPS (.528 on-base pct, .879 slugging pct.).  On July 25 versus Toledo, he went 5-for-5 with four runs scored and a double in Columbus’ 11-10 win.  He also hit home runs in back-to-back games (July 24-25) for the first time in his career. For the 2012 season he is batting .297 (116-390) with 65 runs scored, 19 doubles, six triples, six home runs, and 42 RBI’s with 26 stolen bases while posting a .770 OPS (.347 on-base pct., .423 slugging pct.). He currently ranks tenth in the International League in batting average (.297), third in hits (116), third in stolen bases (26), second in runs scored (65), tied for fourth in triples (6) and currently has a 20-game hitting streak, which is the second longest in the International League this season.

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Gomez Making Adjustments For Another Big League Chance

July 30, 2012 |

By Evan Matsumoto

Jeanmar Gomez is a familiar name around Cleveland; Gomez split the 2011 season between Triple-A Columbus and Cleveland—ultimately ending his season on the Tribe roster.

Gomez is no longer in Cleveland’s clubhouse despite starting the 2012 season where he ended the last one. The 6-foot-3-inch, 200 pound righty is now in Columbus working on the things that will get him back to the big league.

“I’m working right now with my fastball, the command of my fastball.” Gomez said. “Try(ing) to throw it (at) the knees, (get) movement on my sinker over the plate (and) working with my secondary stuff.”

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Soto Named Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

July 26, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Indians named Akron Aeros starting left-handed pitcher, Giovanni Soto, as the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for July 15-22. Soto went 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA (14.0IP, 6H, 3R/2ER, 6BB, 7K) in two starts, including a nine-inning no-hitter on July 15th against Altoona in which he allowed one unearned run, three walks with six strikeouts in a 2-1 Akron win. It was just the second no-hitter in Akron Aeros franchise history and the first ever at Canal Park.

On July 20th, Soto suffered a tough loss, tossing five innings, allowing six hits, three runs (two earned), three walks with a strikeout in a 3-2 loss to Richmond. On the season he is 6-7 with a 3.72 ERA (106.1IP, 95H, 52R/44ER, 42BB, 88K) in 19 starts. Soto currently is tied for first in the Eastern League in complete games with two and shutouts with one.

Soto was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 29, 2010 in exchange for infielder, Jhonny Peralta. The Carolina, Puerto Rico native, was selected by Detroit in the 21st round of the 2009 June draft after originally being selected in the 46th round of the 2008 June draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2010, he led the Midwest League in shutouts with two, was tied for first in complete games with two, fourth in ERA (2.93) and was named to the Midwest League All-Star team for Class-A Lake County.

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Jordan Smith Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

July 20, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Then Indians named Jordan Smith of the Lake County Captains (A) as this week’s Indians Minor League Player of the Week. Smith has hit safely in eight of his last nine games with a .459 AVG, (17-37), two home runs, and 10 RBI’s. He has a hit in 15 of his last 17 games with a .492 AVG., (29-59), three doubles, two home runs, and 15 RBI’s.

Smith was drafted by the Indians in the ninth round of the 2011 amateur draft out of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. The outfielder just celebrated his 22nd birthday on July 5.

Smith began his career in Mahoning Valley last season, where he appeared in 65 games. During his time with the Scrappers, he batted .300, recorded 73 hits, accounted for 36 runs, and produced 47 RBI’s. He had 20 doubles, one triple, and stole three of four bases successfully. Smith was hit by pitchers nine times and intentionally walked once. Smith finished tied for second in the New York-Penn League in RBIs, third in on-base percentage (.403) and tied for fifth in doubles.

This season, Smith is in Lake County where he is batting .322, 95 hits, accounting for 41 runs, and 44 RBI’s in 73 games. He has hit 16 doubles, five triples, five home runs, and stolen five out of eight bases successfully. He has been hit by pitchers three times, and intentionally walked three times.

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Crowe’s Release the Last Squawk of His Indians Career

July 18, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

Call it strange, call it cliché, call it whatever you will, but when the Indians released Trevor Crowe on Monday, I could feel a part of my childhood leave with him.

Allow me to explain.

As passionate an Indians fan as I am, it took me the longest time to go to a professional baseball game. My parents tried to take me to an Indians game in 1997. I was four-years old and it was a Sunday afternoon game against the Cubs. I remember the clear blue sky and the beautiful field. I also remember the loud noise of the crowd that made the game unbearable at that age, so we left after maybe two innings. (I know. I’m ashamed of myself in retrospect).

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Wendle Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

July 12, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

This week’s Indians Minor League Player of the Week is rookie infielder, Joseph Wendle. Wendle was drafted in this year’s June amateur draft in the sixth round out of West Chester University.

In his first 16 games with the Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Wendle is batting .356, accounting for 10 runs and producing 10 RBI’s. He has five doubles and two triples while drawing seven walks and only striking out three times. Wendle is two for three on stolen base attempts.

Wendle is originally from Lincoln University, PA. and attended Avon Grove High School before furthering his education at West Chester University.

The 6-1 ft. tall 190 lbs. infielder was a four year starter at second base, and captain of the team. He was named to Tino Martinez Watch List (DII player of the year) for the third straight year in 2011. Wendle was ranked among the top 10 prospects in DII by Baseball America and ranked among the top 10 all-time in 11 offensive categories at West Chester. He was named to the Coastal Plains League All-Star squad in the summer of 2011 where he batted .377 average and was the team MVP.

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Clippers Held Hitless In Triple-A All-Star Game

July 12, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

Three Columbus Clippers made it to Buffalo to play for the International League All Stars in the Triple-A All Star Game: Matt LaPorta, Cord Phelps and Russ Canzler. The three leftBuffaloleaving much to be desired.

Matt LaPorta started in left field and would play the entire game. His first at bat was against Graham Godfrey (OAK) with two outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the first. On a 1-1 pitch, LaPorta grounded to third base. It would have been a tailor-made double play, but the throw to first from Jake Elmore (ARI) short-hopped first baseman Mike Hessman (NYM). LaPorta would be stranded there as the next batter flew out to left.

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Clippers All-Stars Shine Tonight in Buffalo

July 11, 2012 |

By Evan Matsumoto

The International League announced the rosters for the 25th International League All-Star game in late June.

Four members of the Columbus Clippers organization—Matt LaPorta, Cord Phelps, Russ Canzler and manager Mike Sarbaugh—will be representing the squad in Buffalo, New York this evening.

LaPorta is no stranger to all-star games—in 2008, LaPorta was named to the Double-A and Minor League All-Star teams by Baseball America. The now three-time All-Star also represented the United States in the same year at the Olympics in Beijing, China.

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