Archive for August 31st, 2009

Now Pitching For The Cleveland Indians…

The Indians are planning to call up top prospect Carlos Carrasco, obtained from the Phillies in a trade deadline deal for Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee, to make his major league debut on Tuesday:

It’s no surprise that the Indians, who have taken major heat from their fan base for dealing Lee and catcher Victor Martinez before the deadline, are anxious to show off some of the talent they got back. Marson will also join the Indians, and chances are Donald would have too if it weren’t for back spasms that landed him on the DL at Columbus.

Carrasco, 22, was 6-9 with a 5.18 ERA in 20 starts for Lehigh Valley prior to the trade, 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA in six starts for Columbus after.  He struck out 148 batters in 157 innings between the two stops.

As noted above, he is expected to be joined by Columbus teammate Lou Marson, a 23-year-old catcher who also came over from the Phillies in the Lee trade.  The move has had the opposite effect on Marson, who has gone from .294/.382/.370 with the IronPigs to .235/.300/.309 with the Clippers.  He is currently mired in a 1-31 slump.

Dominican Summer League All-Stars Announced

These were announced last Wednesday, just before the start of the playoffs:

Catcher: Jaime Del Valle, White Sox
First Base: Reymond Nunez, Yankees 2
Second Base: Carlos Willoughby, Giants
Third Base: Eric Avila, Pirates
Shortstop: Juan Silverio, White Sox
Outfield: Dioris Robles, Indians
Outfield: Rafael Ortega, Rockies
Outfield: Kelvin Duran, Yankees 2
Designated Hitter: Jhonatan Javier, Orioles/Brewers
Right-Handed Pitchers: Pedro Guerra, Twins; Randol Rojas, Rangers 2
Left-Handed Pitcher: Andy Otero, Braves
Relief Pitcher: Miguel De Los Santos, Rangers 2

Player of the Year: Carlos Willoughby, Giants
Pitchers of the Year (tie): Pedro Guerra, Twins; Randol Rojas, Rangers 2
Manager of the Year: Jayce Tingler, Rangers 2

For the record, I’m officially 0-1 on MVP guesses.  I had Reymond Nunez or Alexander Sanchez taking home the award.

Giants Win Dominican Summer League Championship

Earlier today, the DSL Giants beat the DSL Twins, 2-1, to finish off a three game sweep in the Dominican Summer League championship series.

All three games were tightly contested, low-scoring affairs – 4-3, 3-1, 2-1.  In the first, the Giants came from behind to win in extra innings; in the final two, they scored in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie.

If the box scores are to be believed, all three games also featured a strange occurrence in which the pitcher threw back-to-back wild pitches that allowed a base-runner to advance twice.  It happened for the Twins in Game One and the Giants in Games Two and Three, predictably resulting in a run for the offense each time.

Lorenzo Mendoza, a perfect 8-0 in the regular season, went 2-0 in the postseason, including a complete game four-hitter to clinch the championship.