Posts Tagged ‘Columbus Clippers’

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.

The Z-Meter 8/9/2009

The Z-meter tracks the story arcs of 25 top prospects (or players we just like) on their way to the bigs. It is named after current Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, who made the transition from anchoring the University of Virginia to starring in MLB in one year.

Promoted:

Jordan Zimmermann: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) to Washington Nationals (MLB)
Matt LaPorta: Columbus Clippers (AAA) to Cleveland Indians (MLB)
Daniel Bard: Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) to Boston Red Sox (MLB)
Mat Gamel: Nashville Sounds (AAA) to Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
Fernando Martinez: Buffalo Bisons (AAA) to New York Mets (MLB)
Matt Wieters: Norfolk Tides (AAA) to Baltimore Orioles (MLB)
Antonio Bastardo: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA) to Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
Andrew McCutchen: Indianapolis Indians (AAA) to Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
 
Jhoulys Chacin: Tulsa Drillers (AA) to Colorado Rockies (MLB)
 
 
 
Antonio Bastardo: Reading Phillies (AA) to Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA)
Justin Smoak: Frisco Rough Riders (AA) to Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA)

Madison Bumgarner: San Jose Giants (A) to Connecticut Defenders (AA)
Yonder Alonso: Sarasota Reds (A) to Carolina Mudcats (AA)
Pedro Alvarez: Lynchburg Hillcats (A) to Altoona Curve (AA)

Mauricio Robles: West Michigan Whitecaps (A) to Lakeland Flying Tigers (A+)
Josh Vitters: Peoria Chiefs (A) to Daytona Cubs (A+)

Carlos Carrasco seems to like his change of scenery. After becoming a key piece of the trade that moved Cliff Lee to the Phillies, he’s won two in a row as a Columbus Clipper. His ERA is still absolutely dreadful, but the strikeouts continue to mount, and he’s one win away from .500 on the season, so we think he’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

Another trade brought Mauricio Robles to the Mariners’ organization, as he and Luke French were swapped for Jarrod Washburn. That makes him a High Desert Maverick, like our good friend Jamie McOwen. His first start with his new team was disastrous, as he posted a sky-high ERA of 33.75 in .1 innings pitched (his first official outing was an inning of relief on August 2). Needless to say, he picked up the loss.


The top level. These prospects are in AAA in the prime of their youth, waiting for the call that will change their lives.

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 23 Games – 9 W – 7 L – 3.38 ERA – 53 BB – 122 K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals – .261 – 68 R – 14 HR – 46 RBI – 83 BB – 0 SB – .453 SLG – .851 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .296 – 73 R – 4 HR – 33 RBI – 31 BB – 42 SB – .410 SLG – .761 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Columbus Clippers (Indians): 22 Starts – 8 W – 9 L – 5.29 ERA – 41 BB – 123 K

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .303 – 52 R – 4 HR – 45 RBI – 35 BB – 21 SB – .419 SLG – .784 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Oklahoma City RedHawks (Rangers): .214 AVG – 14 R – 3 HR – 17 RBI – 19 BB – 0 SB – .333 SLG – .651 OPS

Travis Wood, RHP – Louisville Bats (Reds): 3 Games – 1 W – 1 L – 2.89 ERA – 9 BB – 13 K


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but may get promoted to AAA first.

 

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .242 AVG – 44 R – 8 HR – 49 RBI – 51 BB – 1 SB – .361 SLG – .696 OPS

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .284 AVG – 73 R – 20 HR – 82 RBI – 71 BB – 0 SB – .535 SLG – .943 OPS

 
Andrew Locke, OF – Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros): .325 AVG – 70 R – 18 HR – 101 RBI – 38 BB – 1 SB – .518 SLG – .891 OPS
 
Madison Bumgarner, LHP – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): 15 Games – 7 W – 1 L – 2.11 ERA – 24 BB – 59 K
 Jeanmar Gomez, RHP – Akron Aeros (Indians): 18 Starts – 10 W – 3 L – 3.18 ERA – 31 BB – 94 K
 
 
Yonder Alonso, 1B (rehabbing in GCL) – Carolina Mudcats (Reds): .246 AVG – 4 R – 1 HR – 8 RBI – 6 BB – 1 SB – .377 SLG – .686 OPS
 
Kyle Drabek, RHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 12 Games – 7 W – 2 L – 3.66 ERA – 26 BB – 58 K
 
Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Altoona Curve (Pirates): .320 AVG – 26 R – 8 HR – 24 RBI – 16 BB – 1 SB – .558 SLG – .947 OPS
 
Eddy Martinez-Esteve, OF – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): .298 AVG – 50 R – 6 HR – 50 RBI – 40 BB – 1 SB – .423 SLG – .793 OPS

These guys have vast potential but need to work out some kinks in A-ball before they can advance.

Ian Gac, 1B – Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers): .230 AVG – 45 R – 16 HR – 44 RBI – 26 BB – 1 SB – .430 SLG – .715 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .251 AVG – 57 R – 12 HR – 69 RBI – 24 BB – 8 SB – .410 SLG – .704 OPS

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .258 AVG – 61 R – 7 HR – 48 RBI – 54 BB – 20 SB – .365 SLG – .714 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Daytona Cubs (Cubs): .236 AVG – 9 R – 0 HR – 10 RBI – 2 BB – 1 SB – .326 SLG – .587 OPS

Collin Cowgill, OF (injured) – Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): .277 AVG – 39 R – 6 HR – 36 RBI – 29 BB – 11 SB – .445 SLG – .819 OPS

Mauricio Robles, P – High Desert Mavericks (Mariners): 2 Games – 0 W – 1 L – 33.75 ERA – 3 BB – 1 K

Tim Beckham, SS – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays): .271 AVG – 47 R – 5 HR – 58 RBI – 28 BB – 8 SB – .395 SLG – .720 OPS

Ezekiel Spruill, RHP – Rome Braves (Braves): 17 Games – 8 W – 5 L – 1 SV – 3.06 ERA – 21 BB – 85 K

Brad Brach, RHP – Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres): 51 Games – 1.53 ERA – 3 W – 3 L – 28 SV – 11 BB – 71 K

Jamie McOwen, RF – High Desert Mavericks (Mariners): .329 AVG – 60 R – 7 HR – 63 RBI – 32 BB – 10 SB – .474 SLG – .857 OPS


NCAA: Only used if a prospect in college shows really, truly, immensely, hugely inescapable potential.

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State: 14 Starts – 13 W – 1 L – 1.32 ERA – 19 BB – 195 K

Strasburg was the #1 pick in the college draft this season, and will join the Washington Nationals system any old day now. He remains here as an honorary member.


Prospects chosen from Diamond Cutter’s Top 25, Baseball America, and our trademark irrational sense of whimsy.

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

I’ve learned a lot about minor league baseball this season, but the most interesting might be something I just discovered about ten minutes ago: major league teams and their minor league affiliates are like the characters on Friends* – sooner or later, they all end up dating one another.

*Yeah, Friends.  My pop culture references are so timely.  The backup example was Beverly Hills 90210.

Almost immediately after the season ended, what I’m assuming is a yearly affiliate shift began to occur.  And the more I read, the more I began to understand the tectonic nature of these relationships.  For example…

  • Last Thursday, the Cleveland Indians announced that they had signed a four-year player development agreement with the International League’s Columbus Clippers .  The Clippers were Washington’s AAA affiliate for the past two seasons.
  • Two days later, the Nationals signed a two-year deal the Syracuse Chiefs, also of the International League.  (Washington also extended existing deals with Class A Hagerstown and Class A Short-Season Vermont; both extensions are for two years.)
  • Two days after THAT, the New York Mets signed on with Buffalo, the International League team that had been cut loose as Cleveland’s affiliate.
  • In order to make the move to Buffalo, the Mets pulled out of New Orleans, clearing the way for division rival Florida to slide in for a two-year deal with the Zephyrs.
  • Florida’s shift to New Orleans meant that the organization pulled out of Albuquerque, where nearly 600,000 fans passed through the gates last season.  Taking their place?  The Los Angeles Dodgers organization, which returns its AAA affiliate to the place it called home for nearly three decades.
  • At the AA level, Los Angeles is returning the favor, moving from Jacksonville to Chattanooga, which allows Florida to take over the Suns franchise.  The Dodgers’ shift displaces the Reds, who were the previous tenants in Chattanooga.

Those are the major crazy, circular moves that have been announced over the past week or so.  MiLB.com has also reported on a number of other affiliate changes:

This is making my head hurt, and these aren’t even all the changes that were made.  I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but I just sort of stopped caring about decent sentence structure there after awhile; there are only so many ways you can say “shift” or “move”.  One thing is clear to me, however: we gots some work to do on our “MiLB Teams” page.

Spotlight on AAA Ball – 4/17/2008

The International League is celebrating 125 years of baseball this season. The 2008 class of the IL Hall of Fame will be the first to receive a statuette called “Curtain Call”, meant to honor the contributions made by HOF-worthy players. I think it’s kind of cool – like the baseball version of an Oscar. [MiLB.com]

Hey, Look! Jeff Weaver’s back! And he’s going to be a Nashville Sound (Brewers)! I don’t know if you remember the guy who tried to sell Weaver on ebay. I am not shitting you when I say that guy was in my fantasy baseball league at work. Oh, how we laughed. Weaver Returns [MLB.com] Weaver sold on eBay [SmartMarks]

As we track prospects, we hear a lot about the Louisville Bats (Reds), with their dynamic duo of Jay Bruce and Homer Bailey lighting up the minors and waiting for their turn in the bigs. Those guys are interesting enough, but I also like to hear about the strivers who hang on for years and do anything to keep playing. Here’s one such story, about a Kentucky native who left the U.S. to play ball in Japan, and now he’s back home. [Louisville Courier-Journal]

Take in a Columbus Clippers (Nationals) game on April 25th, and you’ll get a free baby tree in celebration of Arbor Day. That’s pretty cool. [Clippersbaseball.com]

Things might not ever be like they used to be in New Orleans, but this photo spread from the N.O. Zephyrs definitely gives a ray of hope that there are still good times to be had in the Big Easy [Zephyrs Photo Gallery]

That’ll close out another week of updates from around the minors. We’ll be back with A-ball on Monday.