The Chicago Cubs have traded Kosuke Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Abner Abreu and right handed pitcher Carlton Smith. The 21 year old Abreu is in his second season for the High-A Kinston Indians. He is currently batting .244 with 16 Doubles, 5 Triples, 12 Home Runs, 35 RBI’s, and has stolen 19 bases on the year. The biggest knock on Abreu at the plate is that he strikes out a ton. He’s K’d 102 times in 336 at-bats this year while drawing just 22 walks. Abreu hit .252 in his first season at High-A in 2010 after a career year in which he hit .305 for the Low-A Lake County Captains in 2009. Smith is a 25 year old relief pitcher who has put up average at-best numbers for the last two years at Triple-A Columbus. The 6-2 right hander is currently 2-3 with a 4.50ERA and 2 saves in 34 appearances out of the Clippers bullpen. He’s struck out 46 batters in 46 innings, and opposing hitters are batting .259 against him. Smith has been working his way through the Indians organization since 2004 when he was a 21st round pick out of Okaloosa Walton junior college in Florida. In 2010 in 48 innings for Columbus, Smith went 1-5 with a 6.38ERA and allowed a .325 batting average to opposing hitters.
This clip is AWESOME!!!! WWE Superstar The Miz threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday’s Cleveland Indians game. As the video shows, he’s not half bad. The pre pitch interview, also below is a great listen for the wrestling fan as Miz talks about not remembering much of his Wrestlemania 27 match with John Cena and The Rock due to a concussion, being a lifetime Cleveland Indians fan, and bringing a championship home to Cleveland, and shares his thoughts on the C.M. Punk storyline.
The AWESOME Interview:
The Miz first pitch at the Indians Game:
Former New York Yankees prospect and brief Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers pitcher Jason Beverlin has been named as the Head Baseball Coach at Bethune Cookman University, a NCAA Division I program in the MEAC Conference. Cookman was most recently the pitching coach at the University of Tennessee. In his brief big league career Beverlin made three starts for the Detroit going 0-3 with a 9.49ERA in 2002. Later in 2002, he went 0-0 with a 7.31ERA for Cleveland. Bethune Cookman is coming off a 36-25 season going 18-0 in the MEAC.
Cleveland Indians journeyman pitcher Justin Germano threw a nine inning Perfect Game for the Columbus Clippers over the Syracuse Chiefs on Tuesday night. It is only the 5th Perfect Game in the history of the International League. Germano struck out seven batters including Corey Brown looking at a fastball over the inside corner for the final out. Final line was 9IP, 0ER, 0H, 0BB, 7K, WIN. Germano was up with the Indians briefly earlier this year, pitching 12.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Check out the video of the final out of Germano’s perfect game, the post game interview, and the celebration in the Columbus Clippers Clubhouse.
The Final Out:
Post Game Interview:
At age 28, Cleveland Indians Triple-A outfielder Jared Head is still looking to make his major league debut. The Columbus Clippers outfielder talks about the successes he’s had in the minors and his longing to make it to the big leagues while trying to balance life as a new dad.
Topekan closer to big-league shot — CJOnline.com
Jessica Quiroli has a great piece out on BaseballDigest.com where she talks to Phillies Cy Young Award Winner Cliff Lee about his early days of baseball. Lee offers insight on his focus going through the college ranks at Meridian Community College, the University of Arkansas, and the farm systems of the Montreal Expos and Cleveland Indians. The story is a great read from Quiroli who is a must follow on twitter @HeelsOnTheField and a must read on her blog High Heels On The Field.
Phillies Cliff Lee Reflects On College, Minor Leagues — BaseballDigest.com
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.