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Tribe Top 10 Prospects

Baseball America is in the middle of publishing its annual Top Ten Prospects reports, and the Tribe is due up tomorrow, I believe. Anyone care to post their current top 10's, and/or any...

MLB.COM Tribe Top 20


Excellent Review. Includes individual scouting reports.


My Top 30 Prospects For 2011

It's early in the new year,  the season for top prospect lists as we wait for pitchers and catchers to report. Tony Lastoria has started his top 50, and while I certainly appreciate his going that...

Frank Herrmann's 2006 Diary


Herrmann wrote a weekly article for the Harvard Crimson on his intro to minor league ball. Interesting tidbits and perspective. Start at the bottom and if you like, work your way up.

Draft Thread


Who should we take at #5?

Gammons on Grady Injury


key quote: "If, as some fear, there is serious cartilage damage, Sizemore could be out for the season"

Rondon to DL


Lastoria tweet. Arm tightness. Thought something was up when he only lasted 60 pitches last night. Perhaps an explanation of recent performance as well.

BA Goes to Kinston


Baseball America scouts DeLaCruz/Hagadone vs. Montgomery/Melville

Minor League Rosters Posted


Lastoria posts the rosters pending last minute changes. Starting Rotations: Columbus: Carrasco, Rondon, Gomez, Pino, SLewis Akron: Graham, Berger, Barnes, Putnam, Espino Kinston: De La Cruz, Hagadone, White, Perez, House Lake County: Cook, Gardner, Popham, Haley, Adams


top 30 prospects

I know a lot of Top 10 lists have been published, linked to and discussed here, and most observers give high marks for the current state of the tribe farm system for its depth of legit ML...

BA on Chiz, plus Tribe Notes


A brief feature on Chisenhall's switch to 3B. Another entry has notes on Herrmann, Rondon and others. One interesting note is that '08 HS lefty draftee T.J. House has shown enough polish to likely crack the rotation at Lake County, despite having yet to throw an official pitch as a pro.

Tragic End for Minor League "Batman"


Unusual story. Tried to write a quick comment on it but failed - seems like it would need a larger treatment to do it justice.

Grady pulls out of WBC


Slight groin strain, no classic for Grady. can't say I'm unhappy about that. Only downside from a fan perspective is perhaps seeing less of Brantley.

Valbuena/Cabrera Comp


Past and future middle infield?

Nice Pitching Line


Man, would I love to see something like this, say, next August in a tight race?

Hector Rondon - Futures Game Report


BA was blogging the game inning by inning and had a nice review of Rondon. "Clean arm action - explosive fastball sitting at 93" . Nice.

Tony Sipp Writeup


Good article by David Hall at . He took over the beat from Chris Kline, now at BA, and always catches non-baseball context in his stories, to very good effect. Sipp's back throwing 93 again, but I'm not sure I like the qualified "largely pain-free" assessment of his elbow.

Sipp Sighting


The GCL Tribe began their season today, dropping two close games to the GCL Yanks after a rainout yesterday. Tony Sipp made his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, pitching a scoreless inning to start the second game before giving way to 18 yr old Alex Perez who finished the game out. Also making his first post-surgery appearance in a game was Matt McBride, who DH'd and had a hit and a stolen base. Great to see some guys actaully coming back after extended absences due to injury. The GCL Tribe team has a lot of young talent this year, featuring a rotation fronted by TJ MacFarland, who pitched well in the first game, and a roster filled with prep draftees and grads from the Dominican Academy. Also a couple of international signees, Aussie Jason Smit (may be hurt, he didn't play in either game) and Taiwanese catcher Chun-Hsiu Chen. The bulk of the talent as usual is on the pitching staff, but the G-Tribe does have some fairly high ceiling athletes on the offensive side as well, with Abner Abreu (3B) perhaps getting the most early attention. '07 draftees Bo Greenwell and Kevin Rucker join Devi Cid to make a very athletic outfield. Looking forward to following the youngsters for the rest of the year, especially given the anti-inspirant vibe from the parent club this year.

Captains Notes


Lake County recap... In other news, Trevor Crowe goes on the DL with back tightness, Stephen Head takes his place in the Akron OF, coming in from EST where he was recuperating from shoulder surgery.


Marte's Role In '08

Entering the holidays and hot stove doldrums, I figured this deserved a diary thread, seeing as how its likely the roster will not undergo much upheaval going into spring training.Assuming the...


Adam Miller Hurt?

Apparently he started on the mound for the Surprise Rafters today and was removed in the first inning with a "hand/wrist injury", after giving up 3 runs in the first, recording 1 out.No mention in...


Laffey to Cleveland

Aaron Laffey was removed after 2.2 innings and specific # of pitches in the first game of a Buffalo doubleheader today.The Buffalo announcers said that they got the word he was heading to...


Minor Details

Thought it was time to once again highlight a player or two on the farm that may be below the radar a bit. I was going to focus on Aaron Laffey, but he is starting to get his own press, as...


A-Cab article

Was asked to re-post this on its own, a nice article on Asdrubal:Corrected link here. [Jay]And here's his current player stats.Might as well expand into general ob's...A-Cab has probably had the...


Minor Details

Thought I'd do some caption shots of guys on the farm who haven't been talked about much:Aaron Laffey, Buffalo - Another in a line of soft tossing lefties, Aaron started out the season in the Akron...


Upcoming Draft

We're getting pretty close to the draft, and it will be an unusual one for the Tribe in that they have FA'd themselves out of their second, third and fourth round picks. The only reason they...


Carmona's Tuneup

I believe Fausto is the first Lake County Captain to make it to the majors. Tonite he threw for his old team against the Akron Aeros for his final tuneup before going "fer real" this weekend. He...

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