In the last post, we looked at Baseball America's published thoughts on the Indians overall 2010 draft, which the magazine rated as the best in baseball. In this post, we'll take a look at what BA's Jim Callis thinks specifically of the 27 players the Indians selected and signed.
CALLIS' QUICK TAKE - The rebuilding Indians nearly doubled their bonus spending in 2010 ($9.4 million) from 2009 ($4.9 million). They handed seven-figure bonuses to Pomeranz, Washington, Wolters and Lavisky and gave over-slot deals to six other players.To read more or comment...
The Indians may be struggling to sell their current product to their frustrated fan base, but at least one respected publication - Baseball America - likes what the team did in the 2010 draft to help begin to turn things around.
For starters, BA ranked the Indians draft as the best in baseball. Here's the Top 5 list for Best Draft:
2. Red Sox
3. Blue Jays
Also, BA tabbed the Indians No. 1 pick - LHP Drew Pomeranz - as having the second-best secondary pitch. Here's the Top 5 list in that category with draft round always in parenthesis:
The Indians acquired RHP Andrew Shive and INF Matt Cusick from the New York Yankees to complete the July 31st trade that sent closer and RHP Kerry Wood to the Yankees.
Shive, a 24-year old reliever, went 1-2 with a 4.56 ERA, 20 walks and 14 strikeouts in 16 appearances between Rookie Staten Island and low Class-A Charleston of the South Atlantic League this season coming off 2009 reconstructive right elbow surgery. Shive was the Yankees' 35th-round selection in the 2008 draft out of Azusa Pacific University.
Cusick, 24, split the 2010 season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, where he combined to bat .243 with 13 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 35 RBI in 88 games.
A pair of Aeros were tabbed as the Indians best minor league players from last season as 2B Jason Kipnis was named the Tribe's Lou Boudreau Award winner as the top minor league position player in the Indians player development system and RHP Alex White was honored as the Bob Feller Award winner as the organization’s top minor league pitcher.
In just his first full professional season, Kipnis, 23, hit a combined .307 with 96 runs scored, 32 doubles, eight triples, 16 home runs and 74 RBI in 133 games between high Class-A Kinston and Double-A Akron in 2010. Following the completion of the Aeros
season, Kipnis joined the Triple-A Columbus Clippers for their playoff run and batted an additional .455 (10-for-22) with nine runs scored, three doubles, two triples, two home runs and three RBI in five games as the Clippers claimed International League and Triple-A Champion titles.
The Indians' first pick in this year's draft, Drew Pomeranz, made his first start in the Arizona instructional league and worked three hitless innings, giving up two walks and striking out seven.
His fastball reached the plate at between 93 and 95 miles per hour.To read more or comment...
With the recent transition of Mark Shaprio to Indians club president and Chris Antonetti to executive vice president, general manager, the Indians announced a bevy of promotions/moves within the front office the last two weeks.
MIKE CHERNOFF, Assistant General Manager
Mike has been with the club for seven seasons and has served as the club’s Director of Baseball Operations since 2007. He will continue to oversee the club’s professional scouting and baseball analytics and will also be involved in all aspects of Baseball Operations, primarily assisting Chris Antonetti in player acquisitions, contract negotiations and the day-to-day operations of the department.
CHICAGO: Manager Manny Acta held a pregame meeting with his players this morning before the Indians wrapped up the season against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
""I thanked them for the great effort they gave this year,'' he said. ""I pointed out that they took some steps forward, especially the pitching saff. And I thanked them for the way they represented us on and off the field. We take those things seriously, too.''
Acta also reminded them of their off-season responsibilities to stay in shape and come to spring training ready to play.
CHICAGO: Shin-Soo Choo carries on on-base percentage of .401 into tonight's game against the White Sox and can become the first Indians hitter to finish a season at .400 or better since Travis Hafner did it in 2006.
""I value that a lot,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""You score runs by getting on base. That speaks highly of a good hitter. It really speaks to his value this year, because of what he had to deal with, being pitched around a lot. Even then, he didn't chase pitches or try to do too much.''To read more or comment...
CHICAGO: Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff reported on the list of injured players and indicated that all appear to be on schedule.
""Grady Sizemore (microfracture knee surgery) is approximately two weeks away from starting ground based activities for his lower half (lunges, squats for example). At the end of January, he will start hitting and throwing.''
Sizemore has undergone two rechecks of his surgically repaired knee and has received favorable reports. ""Dr. (Richard) Steadman was very pleased with where he is in the process,'' Soloff said.To read more or comment...