Former Indians 1st Round Pick Adam Miller Once Again On The Comeback Trail

Eight long years after being the 31st overall selection in the first round of the 2003 draft, Adam Miller is once again on the cusp of finally making it to the majors. Miller is back at Double-A Akron after missing the 2009 and 2010 seasons following his fourth surgery to repair ligament damage to the middle finger on his throwing hand. As unlikely as it would seem and despite a surgically disfigured finger, Miller has regained some of the form that once had him among the brightest pitching prospects in the game. Miller sat down with the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto and talks about his long road back to baseball.

Adam Miller May Be The Highlight Of The Tribe’s Surprising Season — Cleveland.com

Northwest League Suspends Four Players & Fines 51 After Spokane Indians & Vancouver Canadians Brawl

The Northwest League handed down suspensions for the July 11th brawl between the Spokane Indians and the Vancouver Canadians. Spokane’s Santo Perez and Jose Monegro will sit for three games. Rougned Odor who helped initiate the fight will sit for four games. Matt West, who was video taped throwing sucker punches was suspended six games by the league and had an additional four games tacked on by the parent Texas Rangers for a total of 10 games. Additionally a total of 51 players from both teams were fined an undisclosed amount of money. Raw video of the brawl can be seen below via KREM.com

Washington Nationals Promote Pitching Prospect Brad Peacock To Triple-A

The Washington Nationals have promoted Brad Peacock to Triple-A Syracuse. The 23 year old is in the middle of a breakout year. He went 10-2 with a 2.01ERA and had 129 strikeouts while allowing just 23 walks in 98.2 innings for Double-A Harrisburg. Eastern League hitters hit just .179 against the 6’1″ right hander.

Mets Pitcher Taylor Buchholz Talks In-Depth About His Battle With Depression

Mets pitcher Taylor Buchholz who has been on the DL since June 2nd opens up about the battle with depression that took over his life and put his baseball career at a cross roads. The article provides a fascinating insight into Buchholz’ struggle, opening up about his condition, and his fight to overcome it.

A Former Phillies Draft Pick Deals with Depression on a Major League Level — Patch.com

Two Toronto Blue Jays Prospects Receive 50 Game Suspensions

A pair of Toronto Blue Jays prospects currently in the Dominican Summer League were suspended for violations of the Minor League Baseball Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Aderly De La Cruz was 2-0 with a 3.60ERA in 15 innings this summer. Luillyn Guillen was 0-0 with a 1.13ERA in 8 innings.

Two Jays prospects suspended for drug test — SportsNet.ca

2011 Top 50 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings

By J.P. Schwartz

Direct your questions & feedback directly to J.P. Schwartz by following him on Twitter @Jaypers413

A player must have fewer than 130 at-bats or fewer than 50 innings pitched at the major league level in order to qualify for the 2011 organizational prospect rankings

#1 Bryce Harper (Nationals)

#2 Mike Trout (Angels)

#3 Julio Teheran (Braves)

#4 Matt Moore (Rays)

#5 Shelby Miller (Cardinals)

#6 Manny Machado (Orioles)

#7 Jameson Taillon (Pirates)

#8 Robbie Erlin (Rangers)

#9 Jesus Montero (Yankees)

#10 Carlos Martinez (Cardinals)

#11 Jurickson Profar (Rangers)

#12 Jacob Turner (Tigers)

#13 Brett Lawrie (Blue Jays)

#14 Brandon Belt (Giants)

#15 Tyler Skaggs (Diamondbacks)

#16 Drew Hutchison (Blue Jays)

#17 Manny Banuelos (Yankees)

#18 Taijuan Walker (Mariners)

#19 Matt Harvey (Mets)

#20 David Holmberg (Diamondbacks)

#21 Anthony Ranaudo (Red Sox)

#22 Brad Peacock (Nationals)

#23 Lonnie Chisenhall (Indians)

#24 Dellin Betances (Yankees)

#25 Neil Ramirez (Rangers)

#26 Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)

#27 Desmond Jennings (Rays)

#28 Gary Sanchez (Yankees)

#29 Wil Myers (Royals)

#30 Nick Castellanos (Tigers)

#31 Mike Moustakas (Royals)

#32 Leonys Martin (Rangers)

#33 Jarrod Parker (Diamondbacks)

#34 Martin Perez (Rangers)

#35 Zack Wheeler (Giants)

#36 Jake Marisnick (Blue Jays)

#37 Jonathan Singleton (Phillies)

#38 Michael Choice (A’s)

#39 Kyle Gibson (Twins)

#40 Jedd Gyorko (Padres)

#41 Tyler Thornburg (Brewers)

#42 Jarred Cosart (Phillies)

#43 Nick Franklin (Mariners)

#44 Miguel Sano (Twins)

#45 Hak-Ju Lee (Rays)

#46 Nolan Arenado (Rockies)

#47 Trevor May (Phillies)

#48 Tim Wheeler (Rockies)

#49 Devin Mesoraco (Reds)

#50 Tim Beckham (Rays)

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