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Cleveland Indians Report

Daily analysis of the Cleveland Indians and their minor league organization.

Updated: 2012-03-25T16:49:58.042-04:00


CIR UPDATE: Indians sign TJ McFarland


Baseball America is reporting that the Indians have signed 4th round pick TJ McFarland for an above-slot bonus of $285,000. The slot was $189k according to BA. Today is the final day for teams to sign 2007 draft picks or they lose all rights to said players, unlike in years past when teams had DFE rights to JUCO kids and could continue to negotiate with 4-year players as long as they had not

CIR UPDATE: Third Time the Charm for Kenny?


The Indians have acquired Kenny Lofton from the Texas Rangers today in exchange for Kinston catcher Max Ramirez. For Kenny, it will be his third tour of duty with the Tribe. Ramirez has a nice stick but I like this move to bolster the top of the lineup. When Sizemore, Gutierrez, and Lofton are all in the lineup together, the Tribe will now have an intriguing blend of speed and energy on the

CIR 7.18 - Garko Delivers Again!


.CLEVELAND (55-38, 2nd, 1.0 GB) - Won 6-5 v CWS (11 Inn)Grady Sizemore (274), 1-5Casey Blake (267), 1-5Victor Martinez (323), 2-4, RBI, W, 2BTravis Hafner (270), 1-3, WJhonny Peralta (289), 3-5Franklin Gutierrez (321), 1-4, RBITrot Nixon (242), 2-4, RBIJason Michaels (291), 1-1, 2BRyan Garko (313), 2-2, 3 RBI, HR (12)- two-run pinch-hit blast in 9th to send game into extras- game-winning knock in

CIR UPDATE: Bisons Screaming Kids Afternoon Special


The Bisons are in Charlotte for an afternoon tilt against the Knights. You can follow along via the boxscore or tune in via milb gameday audio.

CIR 7.17


.CLEVELAND (54-36, 2nd, 1.0 GB) - Lost 11-10 v CWSCasey Blake (268), 1-4, RBI, W, 3BVictor Martinez (321), 1-3, 2 RBI, HR (17)Travis Hafner (269), 2-4, 2 RBI, WJhonny Peralta (285), 2-5, 2BRyan Garko (307), 2-4, RBIJason Michaels (287), 1-4Franklin Gutierrez (325), 4-5, 3 RBI, 2B, HR (5), SB-2Cliff Lee (5-6, 5.67) 5.1IP, 9H, 7R, 3W, 5KFernando Cabrera (5.79), 0.1IP, 5H, 4R- SF, 2B, HR (3-run), 1B

CIR UPDATE: Martin Delivers Big Blast


Todd Martin just belted his league-leading 6th homerun and the Scrappers have moved out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the 5th.

CIR UPDATE: Scrappers on the Radio


You can tune into the Scrappers game at Tri-City right now via the free milb gameday audio. Joanniel Montero is on the bump for the good guys. Through two innings, it's a scoreless affair.

CIR UPDATE: Three More Years for Wedge


The Indians announced today that Eric Wedge has signed a three-year contact extension to remain as the Tribe's skipper through 2010. Both of his options were picked up for 2008 and 2009 and the extra year was tacked on at the end. No word on whether additional options are tucked onto the back end of this deal as well. Currently in his fifth season at the Tribe's helm, Wedge has a 373-366 (.505)

CIR 7.16 - Another Series Win


.CLEVELAND (54-37, 2nd, 0.5 GB) - Won 5-3 v KCGrady Sizemore (279), 0-4, W, SB (25)Travis Hafner (266), 3-4, HR (15), 2 RBIJhonny Peralta (283), 1-4, 3KRyan Garko (304), 2-3, RBI, W, HR (11)- July: 414/471/793/1.264- Weekend: 6-for-10, 2 HRJason Michaels (288), 2-4Franklin Gutierrez (292), 1-2, RBI, W, 2B, SB- Peter Gammons says he might be the best defensive CF in the ALFausto Carmona (11-4,



(regular update is below)IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.A DECLARATION BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,IN GENERAL CONGRESS ASSEMBLED.When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature

CIR 7.4.07 - Six in a Row in Motown!


.What a night! Casey's shot in the 11th, Borowski making quick work of the Tigers in the 11th, Ben's pinch-hit blast in the 8th ("are you kidding me?" says the FSN Detroit announcers), Michaels gunning down Sheffield at the plate, Mastny wiggling out of a bases loaded jam in the 10th, Betancourt overcoming automatic balls for delay of game (were they not watching Nate Robertson in the early

CIR 7.3.07 - SWEEP!


.CLEVELAND (50-32, 1st, 2.0 GA) - Won 10-2 v Tampa BayGrady Sizemore (283), 1-5, 4 RBI, HR (14), GS- Salami was 500th career hitVictor Martinez (325), 2-4, WTravis Hafner (257), 1-4Ryan Garko (294), 1-5, RBI, 2BTrot Nixon (244), 1-3, WBen Francisco (500), 3-3, 3 RBI, W, 2B, HR (2)Mike Rouse (132), 1-2, RBI, WJosh Barfield (257), 0-3, W- 1st walk since May 25 (135 ABs)Fausto Carmona (9-4, 3.78),

CIR 7.2.07 - Four in a Row


.Big arms in Cleveland, big bats in Buffalo and Akron, and Grady, CC, and Victor headed to San Francisco with the stars.CLEVELAND (49-32, 1st, 1.5 GA) - Won 3-2 v Tampa BayGrady Sizemore (285), 1-4, RBI- big RBI knock in 7thCasey Blake (272), 1-4Jhonny Peralta (284), 2-4, RBI, HR (14)Travis Hafner (257), 1-4Ryan Garko (294), 2-4, 2BBen Francisco (333), 1-3, 2BCliff Lee (5-4, 4.90), 8IP, 4H, 1R,

CIR 7.1.07 - CC Picks up a Dozen


.CC picks up his 12th, Laffey notches his 6th in a row, Carleton no-hits through one, and Kelvin De La Cruz is sensational again for the littlest Indians.CLEVELAND (48-32, 1st, 1.5 GA) - Won 8-3 v Tampa BayGrady Sizemore (285), 3-4, 3 RBI, WCasey Blake (273), 1-5, 2 RBIVictor Martinez (323), 3-5, 2B-2Travis Hafner (257), 1-3, RBI, 2W, HR (13)Jhonny Peralta (281), 2-5, RBIRyan Garko (290), 2-4,

CIR 6.30 - Francisco Walks Off


.CLEVELAND (47-32, 1st, 0.5 GA) - Won 2-1 v Tampa BayGrady Sizemore (279), 0-2, 2W, SBCasey Blake (274), 1-4Victor Martinez (318), 1-3, RBI, WTravis Hafner (257), 1-4Jhonny Peralta (279), 1-4Trot Nixon (243), 2-3, WBen Francisco (333), 2-4, RBI, HR (walk-off)- 1st start, 1st hit, 1st homer, 1st walk-off, 1st home plate mob, 1st shaving cream pie in faceJake Westbrook (6.10), 7IP, 5H, 1R, 2W,



Sorry gang, no report this afternoon. Work demanded an earlier start this morning as well as an abbreviated lunch. Look for today's report sometime this evening.

CIR UPDATE: Mulhern and Rivas All-Stars


Ryan Mulhern and Luis Rivas were selected to the International League All-Star team today. They'll join skipper Torey Lovullo in Albuquerque for the game on July 11. More in the next CIR.



The Indians placed Aaron Fultz on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain and recalled Edward Mujica from Buffalo to take his place in the bullpen. The move is retroactive to June 23 which makes Fultz eligible to come off the DL on July 8. More in the next CIR.

CIR 6.27.07 - 9th Inning Magic


.(shoot, I thought I posted this early this morning)With five victories throughout the organization yesterday, all seven teams, from Cleveland to the Haven, currently have at least a share of first place. How cool is that? Entering yesterday's games, only Milwaukee (184-126, .594) had a better organizational winning percentage than the Indians (188-141, .571).CLEVELAND (45-31, T-1st) - Won 8-5

CIR 6.26 - CC Racks Up #11


.CC Sabathia continues to build his case for being named the American League All-Star Game starting pitcher with another sensational outing last night, tossing a complete-game gem against his hometown A's in the Tribe's 5-2 victory over Oakland. After giving up two runs in the second, the big left-hander settled down and retired 13 in a row in the middle innings. Assisted by three double-plays,

CIR 6.25.07


.LINE OF THE DAY - Carleton Smith (7IP), Austin Creps (1IP), and Luis Perdomo (1IP) combine to no-hit Delmarva in the Captains 2-0 victory over the Shorebirds. Smith punched out the side in the first and retired the first seven he faced before yielding a one-out walk in the top of the third. After dispatching the next two to finish the inning, Smith retired the final 12 batters he faced before

CIR 6.18.07


.CLEVELAND (40-28, 1st) - Won 5-2 v AtlantaGrady Sizemore (285), 0-4Jason Michaels (269), 1-4, RBI- game-changing catch in 8th with two-onCasey Blake (281), 1-4- 26 game hit streakVictor Martinez (323), 1-4Jhonny Peralta (280), 1-3, W, 2BTrot Nixon (241), 0-1, 3WFranklin Gutierrez (229), 2-4, RBI, SB- great slide at homeFausto Carmona (8-2, 3.12), 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2W, 5K- headed for 1st all-star

CIR UPDATE: Brief Hiatus


It started over the weekend and will likely continue through Wednesday - a major work event is going to make updates to the CIR extremely difficult over the next few days. We'll be back as soon as we can. GO TRIBE!

CIR UPDATE: Rounds 6-11


(apologies for the shortened format - time is very short today)ROUND 6: Bo Greenwell, son of former Red Sox outfielder Mike, CF, Riverdale HS (Fort Myers, FL), signed with Miami-FL, 6'0" 185, #21 prospect in Florida (BA), compared to Mark Kotsay (BA), good bloodlinesROUND 7: Cole St. Clair, LHP, Rice University, JR, 6'5 225, #56 overall prospect (BA), potential top 10 pick entering season (BA),

CIR UPDATE: Day 1 Recap


After Beau Mills, the Indians selected left-handed pitcher TJ McFarland out of Stagg HS in Illinois with their next pick in the fourth round. A 6'3, 190 pound southpaw, BA had him ranked as the #5 prospect in Illinois and notes that he throws in the low 90s and surged up draft boards in recent weeks. A University of Missouri signee, McFarland is expected to opt for pro ball. In the fifth, the