Mitch Talbot is pitching well for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 29 June 2010 at 6:12 pm

26-year old righty starting pitcher Mitch Talbot has been a godsend for the Indians this season. He has started 15 games for the Indians this season and he is 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. The Indians’ scouts did a good job suggesting Talbot to GM Mark Shapiro as he reminds me a lot of Jake Westbrook. Coming into this season Talbot’s only major league experience came in 2008 with the Rays in which he pitched in 3 games (1 start) in which he was 0-0 with a 11.17 ERA and a 2.79 WHIP. Talbot is leading the Indians in wins right now and unless Jake Westbrook or Fausto Carmona get hot I see him leading the team at the end of the year.

Matt LaPorta will likely get a call from the Cleveland Indians to start at 1B

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 27 June 2010 at 8:09 am

The Indians will likely call up 25-year old righty swinging Matt LaPorta to replace the departed Russell Branyan as the starting 1B. LaPorta has played in 18 games since his demotion to AAA and he is 25 of 69 (.362 avg, 1.094 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 5 homers and 16 RBIs. He also has been showing good plate discipline in the minors walking 12 times while whiffing 10 times. The Indians hope that regular playing time will finally give LaPorta the confidence he needs to succeed in the majors. He played in 35 games for the Indians earlier this season and he was 26 of 119 (.218 avg, .567 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs. The Indians’ fallback plan if LaPorta fails is likely Andy Marte so it’s time for LaPorta to step up.

The Cleveland Indians trade Russell Branyan to the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Sunday 27 June 2010 at 8:04 am

The Indians are 26-47 (14.5 GB) on the season so let the Fire Sale start. The Indians have traded 34-year old lefty swinging 1B Russell Branyan to the Seattle Mariners for 23-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and 21-year old switch hitting shortstop Juan Diaz. Branyan played in 52 games for the Indians this season and he was 45 of 171 (.263 avg, .819 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 10 homers and 24 RBIs. He has played in 294 games for the Indians in six years with them and he is 205 of 882 (.232 avg, .783 OPS) with 124 runs scored, 55 homers and 139 RBIs. The Indians will likely recall Matt LaPorta to start at 1B with Branyan off to Seattle. Ezequiel Carrera was the Mariners’ #15 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. Carrera played in 64 games in AAA-ball this season for the Mariners and he was 57 of 213 (.268 avg, .654 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 0 homers, 18 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has now played in 436 games in his six years in the minors and he is 462 of 1,587 (.291 avg, .750 OPS) with 265 runs scored, 11 homers, 144 RBIs and 115 stolen bases. Juan Diaz was not one of the Mariners’ top 30 prospects coming into this season. Diaz has played in 70 games in A-ball this season and he is 75 of 254 (.295 avg, .779 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 7 homers, 41 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He has now played in 416 games in his five years in the minors and he is 380 of 1,490 (.255 avg, .668 OPS) with 181 runs scored, 16 homers, 159 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. The Indians will also either send the remaining $1.1 million bucks on Branyan’s contract or a player to be named later. The Indians appear to have gotten some value for Branyan but it always sucks to see a team giving up on their season especially since it’s still June.

Carlos Santana hits the ground running for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 26 June 2010 at 11:26 am

24-year old switch hitting catcher Carlos Santana is off to a great start to his major league career. He has played in 13 games for the Indians so far and he is 13 of 41 (.317 avg, 1.114 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs. Santana is showing great plate discipline so far as he has walked 9 times while only whiffing 5 times. The Indians placed him #3 in the batting order from day #1 and he certainly has not disappointed yet. The Indians traded Casey Blake for Santana a couple of years ago and it could turn out to be the best trade GM Mark Shapiro ever has made.

The Indians promote Aaron Laffey and send two players to the minors

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 25 June 2010 at 4:42 pm

The Indians have promoted 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Aaron Laffey. Laffey will take over David Huff’s spot in the Tribe’s starting rotation. Laffey pitched in 20 games (0 starts) earlier this season for the Indians and he was 0-1 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. The Indians hope he’ll be better this time around. He started 4 games in AAA after his demotion and he was 0-1 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP. Laffey must improve his control if he wants to keep a job in the Indians’ starting rotation as he walked 15 batters in only 20 1/3 innings in AAA. The Indians finally showed mercy on Indians fans by demoting 24-year old lefty swinging 2B Luis Valbuena to AAA. Valbuena played in 49 games for the Indians this season and he was 25 of 151 (.166 avg, .514 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. Hopefully he won’t be back to Cleveland any time soon as he looks completely lost both at the plate and in the field. The Indians also demoted 26-year old righty reliever Jensen Lewis even though he didn’t deserve it. Lewis has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Indians this season and he is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Look for him to be back at some point in the near future.

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