Back in the 2011 season, there was much debate over the three best infield prospects the Indians had in the minor leagues, Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Cord Phelps. All three were viewed with great potential and hope, creating the …
By Christian Petrila
The Columbus Clippers currently house the MiLB’s greatest collection of “4-A” players.
Definition: Players who always excel in AAA, but never live up to expectations in the Majors.
In fact, there are so many 4-A guys that had they produced well in Cleveland, the Indians’ struggles of late could be a totally different story.
The Boston Red Sox completed their three-game sweep of the Indians with their second 6-3 victory in as many nights.
For the third time in as many games, the Red Sox struck first in the second inning. After a Mike Napoli triple that simply kept carrying, Daniel Nava drove him in with a single to right field. The next two plays were for Mike Aviles, as Jonny Gomes grounded into a fielder’s choice and Jarrod Saltalamacchia popped out. Zach McAllister got out of the inning by striking out Stephen Drew.
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 players on the 40-man roster that is in a roster battle to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.
By Craig Gifford
It was just two seasons ago that the Indians were looking for help at second base and turned to a rookie named Cord Phelps. In 2011, Phelps and Jason Kipnis were both highly regarded players at Triple-A Columbus. It was Phelps who received the first shot to play in Cleveland.
Phelps made his Indians debut on June 8, 2011. Kipnis was not promoted for more than a month while the Tribe took a look at what it had in the promising Phelps. Phelps struggled to adjust to the big leagues. Kipnis debuted on July 22, that year and has played at a near All-Star level ever since. Now, Kipnis is in camp with the second base job secured, while Phelps is just trying to find a place with the Tribe.
By Mike Brandyberry
The win was the first in Interim Manager Sandy Alomar’s career. The Indian great from 1990-2000 took over for Manny Acta when he was fired on Thursday afternoon. Alomar will manage the final six games of the season. Friday’s win was his first in control of the Tribe. General Manager Chris Antonetti said on SportsTime Ohio during the game Friday that they have identified two candidates at this point, Alomar and former Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona.
The Cleveland Indians came out swinging in Sandy Alomar‘s managerial debut Friday night against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Alomar, who was named interim manager for the remainder of the season after Manny Acta was fired Thursday, watched Cord Phelps, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Ezequiel Carrera collect three hits apiece and the Indians tally 16 hits as a team on their way to a 8-5 victory.
David Huff pitched six strong innings to pick up the win and improve to 3-0 (2.86). The 28-year-old lefty gave up three runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking none in his third start of the season.
The Royals struck first, scoring a run in the second on an Adam Moore RBI double, but the Indians battled back with three in the second, one in the third, and two in the fourth, chasing Kansas City starter Will Smith. After Casey Kotchman lined out to begin the bottom of the second, the Indians smacked five straight hits including a double by Shin-Shoo Choo to go in front 3-1.
By Craig Gifford
The Cleveland Indians have not given their fans much to be excited about over the past month. With 27 losses in their last 32 games, the Indians are 55-76 and will be in spoiler mode this September.
With a full slate of AL Central teams on the schedule, the final month does not appear that it will make the radar of a lot of the Tribe faithful. The one thing that could make things interesting is the annual September call ups and a certain injury comeback. Yes, a season that started with playoff aspirations has been reduced to a final month of prospect watching.
The biggest name to watch as the calendar flips to baseball’s final regular-season month is third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. The Chiz Kid has been out since late June with a wrist injury. At the time, the 2008 first-round pick seemed to be figuring out major league pitching.
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.
By Evan Matsumoto
The International League announced the rosters for the 25th International League All-Star game in late June.
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.
The Cleveland Indians love Twitter. We’ve scoured our timeline from the past week to give you the best of what the tribe roster has to offer on Twitter. This week, Cord Phelps makes his pitch to be the new face of UGGs (watch out Tom Brady), Jason Kipnis has a message for LeBron James, Vinnie Pestano needs a new pair of pants, Albert Belle visits Spring Training, and Trevor Crowe is Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez.
September 29 began a two week, end of season grade and breakdown by each position. Certainly after the wild ride the 2011 Cleveland Indians took fans on, grades, projections and areas of improvement are all sought for 2012, with the goal being a playoff team next season. Today, we examine the second basemen. Be sure to check out our previous features.