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Armstrong Has a Simple 2013 Goal: Cleveland

January 31, 2013 |

By Laurel Wilder

Shawn Armstrong’s goal for the 2013 season is simple: To finish his climb through the Indians organization and make it to the majors.

For the 6-foot, 2-inch, 210 pound right-handed pitcher from Bridgeton, N.C., that goal does not seem far off.

The Indians drafted Armstrong in the 18th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of East Carolina University.  Though he is relatively new to the Indians system, with 2012 being his first full season, Armstrong has risen through the minor ranks at an alarming speed.

Armstrong,22, started his 2012 season pitching for Low-A Lake County, but quickly moved up to pitch for High-A Carolina and ended his season playing for Double-A Akron.  The only other player recently to move through the Tribe system at that speed is current Indians right-handed relief pitcher Cody Allen.

“I loved it,” Armstrong said of his rapid move through the organization. “Playing at every level, getting to meet all the different staff and players was a good experience for me, because it was a learning experience. I got to have three different pitching coaches’ perspectives of pitching…It kind of made my season just fly by.  I looked up and it was September and we were playing for a championship in Trenton.”

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Holt Continues to Adjust While Growing in Tribe’s System

January 26, 2013 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Hard work and patience often results in personal growth and achievement. It’s the formula Cleveland Indians farmhand Tyler Holt hopes will take him to the big leagues some day soon.

While 2012 was a very positive year resulting in development and progress for Holt, the road has not always been easy for him as a professional. Despite a strong amateur and collegiate career, Holt has had to make mechanical adjustments to continue to thrive as a professional. The hard work and adjustments saw Holt thrive at three different levels last season.

“You’re never satisfied, but I was happy I learned way more than I expected,” Holt said. “I don’t think you are ever satisfied though, even when you make it to the league. If I can just have a good process and learn more than I thought I would, or I go about it doing the right thing, then I’m happy. The results will come if you really buy into the system and the process, you’ll be fine.”

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Wolters Taking In Every Breath of His Development with Tribe

January 24, 2013 |

By Laurel Wilder

When asked what their favorite thing is about the game of baseball, one would expect a player to talk about making a seemingly impossible out, or driving in the game winning run.  For 20-year-old Tony Wolters, however, the smell of fresh-cut grass during batting practice is far more special than any play he could make.

“It’s a great smell!” Wolters said at the Lake County Captains’ Hot Stove Dinner.  But, all smells aside, Wolters admitted that he truly enjoys “taking ground balls, hitting…I love the practice [before the game].”

The importance of practice is one thing the infielder from Vista, CA, knows all too well.  Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the third round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Wolters played with the Indians’ Arizona League and in Mahoning Valley before spending his 2012 season with the Carolina Mudcats.  Wolters posted fairly solid numbers during his first two seasons, batting .211 with two stolen bases during the five games he played in Arizona in 2010, and posting a .292 AVG with 19 SB in 2011 with Mahoning Valley.

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Change in Role for Moncrief Has Him Headed Upward in Tribe System

January 17, 2013 |

By Laurel Wilder

Baseball is about consistency.  Successful players work tirelessly for days on end to perfect their role on the team, to improve their numbers, and to perform flawlessly enough to earn the much sought after promotion to the big leagues.  Many players have been working at the same position since their early years of playing.  Getting a request, therefore, to move to a new position is enough to throw them for a bit of a loop.

Carlos Moncrief, however, is not a man to get easily flustered.

Moncrief was drafted by the Indians in the 14th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft as a relief pitcher, despite his work as a starter in high school and his only having thrown 17 innings as a late-inning reliever while at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fl.  During his two seasons pitching with the Indians organization (he pitched for the Gulf Coast League in 2008 and the Arizona Rookie League in 2009), Moncrief appeared in a total of 28 games, going 1-2 overall with a combined ERA of 7.75.  He gave up 39 hits, 22 walks, and allowed one home run while also throwing 43 strike outs.

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Indians Announce Minor League Coaching Staffs for 2013

November 30, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System for the upcoming season.

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Recapping the Tribe Arizona Fall League Participants

November 19, 2012 |

By David Roberts

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.

Shawn Armstrong

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.

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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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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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Cooper is Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 30, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

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.

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Toole Uses All of His To Play All Nine Positions In a Night

August 27, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Little Leaguers and boys in the backyard always dream of playing all over the field and having the ball hit to them all night long. Few get the opportunity, and even fewer get the chance to do it professionally.

For Cleveland Indians minor leaguer Justin Toole, Saturday night was a reward and tribute to his versatility.

“At the beginning of the season he and the Indians told me he could play everywhere,” Mudcats Manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “Originally, I thought, ‘yeah right,’ but after working with him, he really could play anywhere.”

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Paulino Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 23, 2012 |

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.

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Urshela Having Breakout Season and Progression with Mudcats

August 18, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Prospects develop at different speeds, some hitting the minor league system and taking it by storm, while others take time to find their stride as a professional.

For Carolina Mudcats’ Giovanny Urshela, it appears 2012 is the season the 20-year-old, right-handed hitting third baseman turns the corner and asserts himself as a bona fide prospect in the Cleveland Indians minor league system.

Urshela is this week’s Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week and also the Carolina League’s Player of the Week. From Aug. 6 through 13, Urshela hit .483 (14-29) with five doubles, three home runs and six RBI. Currently, Urshela is hitting .275 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI while hitting third in the Mudcats’ lineup most of the season.

“This season has been better for me,” Urshela said. “I didn’t start out good, but I’m getting better and have worked in the cage.”

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