A month is not nearly enough time to analyze winners and losers of Major League trades, but after more than four weeks with him on the roster, the Cleveland Indians have to be feeling pretty good about the return that they have gotten from left-hander Andrew Miller.
Miller was not the only player moved, as the Indians had to give up four players, two of whom were top prospects in the organization, in order to acquire the services of the reliever for the rest of this season and each of the next two years.
The All-Star southpaw has been everything that the Indians could have dreamed of when they pulled the trigger on the July 31 trade that brought Miller to Cleveland.
The trade deadline is proving to be far more active than some might have expected for the Cleveland Indians as the team announced the blockbuster addition of reliever Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees for minor leaguers Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller, and J.P. Feyereisen.
The deal came on the heels of another reported trade that would have sent Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy to Cleveland, but the Brewers backstop exercised the no-trade clause in his contract as the Indians were one of eight teams that he could block a move to.
Various reports have speculated how and why the deal fell apart. There were reports that Lucroy wanted the Indians to decline his team option for the coming season, enabling him to cash in on the free agent market a year sooner. Other reports from Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports claimed that he would not be the starting catcher on the club for 2017 and would have instead been used between catcher, first base, and designated hitter, something that Lucroy did not want.
A solid 11-2 win over the Charlotte Knights on Saturday gave the Columbus Clippers a series win with one more to play on Sunday evening. The Clippers put together a quality week, sweeping Pawtucket at home in four straight last weekend. A trip to Norfolk ended with a pair of losses, but the Clippers have guaranteed at least a 3-3 split on their six game road trip.
Columbus (60-48) is sitting in the top spot in the International League’s West Division with a four and a half game lead heading into Saturday’s late action. The Clippers will return home after Sunday’s game in Charlotte to host second place Indianapolis for four straight before bouncing back out on the road with four in Louisville and three more in Toledo.
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After weeks of rumors and speculation, the Cleveland Indians announced late Sunday night that the organization has moved its top two prospects, outfielders Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, to Triple-A Columbus.
The simultaneous move came after both have been subject of rumors linked to ways the Indians front office can bolster the 25-man roster of its first place club in the American League Central Division. Cleveland, with a six-game lead after the completion of Sunday’s games, has the second-best record in the league after being swept by the Baltimore Orioles.
The decision to promote both to the top level of the farm system may not have any bearing on whether the two are still with the club when the calendar flips to August, but given the projected holes in the outfield over the coming seasons and the Indians’ tendencies to hold in high regard their own top prospects, the relocation of both Frazier and Zimmer may indicate that neither will be moving anywhere but closer to becoming contributors to Cleveland’s parent club.
In the first edition of ‘Duck Tales since the Eastern League All-Star break, Akron struggled to get going after the break in action to host the Midsummer Classic at Canal Park. Play resumed the following Thursday as Erie took three out of four before the RubberDucks hit the road for a seven-game road trip.
With the first stop in Richmond on Monday, they fell 6-2, but Julian Merryweather and Michael Peoples earned wins to give the ‘Ducks a series win over the Flying Squirrels. Play moved to Altoona on Thursday as the Curve hosted Akron in the first game of a four-game set.
It is a big series this weekend for the ‘Ducks as they headed into play on Thursday night locked in a virtual three-way tie for first place in the Eastern League’s Western Division with the Curve and the Harrisburg Senators. A win in the opener over Altoona broke up that tie some, with the RubberDucks improving to 54-45 on the season.
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Two very different All-Star games took place on Wednesday with two very distinctly different results as the Double-A Eastern League and Triple-A International League participated in their own midsummer classics.
The Double-A All-Star Game pitted the Eastern and Western Division clubs against one another from Akron’s own Canal Park. The Triple-A contest featured the International League versus the Pacific Coast League from BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Major League Baseball hosted some of its top minor league prospects on Sunday night for the annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, held at Petco Park in San Diego.
Three Cleveland Indians prospects were selected to the competing teams, including Akron’s Clint Frazier for the U.S. Team and both Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia and Columbus’ Yandy Diaz for the World Team.
The RubberDucks have endured a lot this season, including a revolving door of players bouncing back and forth between Triple-A Columbus above them and both High-A Lynchburg and Single-A Lake County below them. If you’re having a tough time keeping track of who is on the roster, you aren’t alone.
All of the comings and goings may have hurt the ‘Ducks’ results on the field, but they have the talent to overcome that and may have done just that after a brutal June. After going 8-22 in the month, including a 12-game losing skid against Bowie, Reading, Harrisburg, and Erie, they have started July with a 5-2 mark, including a four-game winning streak this week that included taking the first three against Altoona before dropping the finale on Thursday night. In taking three of four, the ‘Ducks reclaimed the top spot in the Eastern League’s Western Division and will hold onto a half-game lead over the Curve as they head to Harrisburg to play the final three games of the first half against the Senators.
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The RubberDucks’ slide continues in Eastern League play, as the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians has played the opposite of their parent club, putting together an 8-22 month of June after Thursday’s 1-0 loss in Erie.
Somehow, despite the abysmal month, Akron is still right in the thick of things at the top of the Eastern League’s Western Division at 44-37, just a game and a half behind Altoona.
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The Cleveland Indians farm system has been well represented in midseason All-Star Games across the levels and the same will be said for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks later this month.
Six RubberDucks were selected for the Eastern League’s Western Division squad for the July 13 game from Akron’s Canal Park. The players will be coached in the game by their manager, Dave Wallace, hitting coach Tim Laker, pitching coach Tony Arnold, coach Luke Carlin, trainer Jeremy Heller, and strength and conditioning coach Scott Nealon.
Starting pitcher Shawn Morimando, reliever Perci Garner, catcher Jeremy Lucas, first baseman Nellie Rodriguez, and outfielders Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer will stay at home in Ohio to participate in the honor during the Eastern League’s All-Star break. Frazier and Morimando made the club through the fan vote.
Major League Baseball announced the U.S. and World rosters for the upcoming 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and two Cleveland Indians top prospects were selected to participate.
Former Indians first round pick Clint Frazier and catcher Francisco Mejia will represent the organization on Sunday, July 10, in the game from Petco Park in San Diego, California. Frazier is one of six outfielders on the U.S. roster, while Mejia is one of the two catchers selected for the World team.
The exhibition game will feature 15 former first round picks and players from a total of eleven different countries/territories.
After their losing skid hit 12 straight games last Thursday, the Akron RubberDucks got back into the win column with a three-game sweep of New Hampshire over the weekend. They took the first game of a road series in Reading before dropping a pair to lose the series on Wednesday and Thursday.
Akron remains in first place in the Eastern League’s Western Division with a 42-31 record. They are 23-12 at home, but 19-19 on the road. Despite the even mark on the road, only four teams in the 12-team Eastern League have performed better away from home this year.
The RubberDucks return home to host the Trenton Thunder this weekend, with four games scheduled in the next three days. They will close out the month of June with three games at Richmond before starting a four-game series in Erie against the SeaWolves next Thursday.
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