Baseball American recently posted some very interesting notes on Adam Miller from an American League scout. He describes him to Kevin Brown and has some pretty good things to say about him. There’s no doubt this guy is talented and he’ll be in the rotation at some point this year.
MiLB.com previewed the Indians minor league system today. There’s a bunch of stuff here including profiles of players at each stop in the farm system as well as a recap of the 2006 draft. Adam Miller is highlighted and they list three players as under the radar. They also project big things for Brian Barton and Chuck Lofgren. This is a great one stop read on just about everything related to the Indians minor leagues.
Victor Martinez was the latest player profiled over at Baseball Prospectus. You get a look through Martinez’s minor league career as well as his debut and breakout seasons. The move to first base is also discussed as is Martinez’s mediocre defense behind the plate. Good read though, especially if you’re not familiar with the upstart catcher.
Next year, the Indians celebrate the 60th anniversary of their last World Series win. Man has it been a long time. They look like they have what it takes to get it done this year but man was that a good team. Larry Doby made his debut that yearand Bob Feller was a bona fide ace. I plan on commerating the season by documenting this outstanding season in a diary format but that’s another story. This is about a DVD I received recently and this is about as cool as it gets for Indians fans.
In there Vintage World Series Films series, A&E has recently come out with a DVD that highlights the 1948 World Series. You don’t get full games, but you get to see Bob Feller and Satchell Paige throw and you get to see Larry Doby rake the ball. The series went six games but three of those were one run games and it made for an exciting series against the Boston Braves. If you’re an Indians fan, this is a slice of history.
As a bonus, you also get a video that highlights some of the great comebacks during the 1995 season. I liked this shorter film, but if you’re going to buy this, it’s for that 1948 series.
You can’t complain about Adam Miller’s performance this spring. And it actually looked like he’d have a shot at a spot in the rotaton with Cliff Lee going down but it looks like the job was Fausto Carmona’s job to lose. So despite having not given up a run all spring, Miller will most likely be headed for Triple A Buffalo.
Miller was also one of the players highlighted in Kevin Goldstein’s Monday Morning Ten Pack. He talks about how good of a slider Miller has and he also mentions how valuable Miller could be if the Indians make a run at the playoffs.
Ryan Richards from Lets’ Go Tribe recently wrote a five questions piece on the Indians at the Hardball Times as they head into the 2007 season. He talks about things like all of the potential platoons the Indians could use as well as how the new and improve bullpen should shape up. Great read from one of the good Indians bloggers out there.
The Indians may be close to breaking through as a preemptive strike, they locked up the guy who’s but running things for the team through 2012 in a big contract extension. Mark Shapiro wants a ring and he now knows that the team is behind him long term. Things didn’t start out all that hot for Shapiro (remember the Robbie Alomar trade) but you can’t be too unhappy with where the Indians are at right now. A lot of people think they’re the team to beat in the Central.
Jeff Passan’s latest it a great read on Indians star outfielder Grady Sizemore. It talks about everything from his dugout banter to the car he drove up in to report to spring training. He also touches on Grady’s ladies, his local female fan club. Good read.
This is tough. Cliff Lee is going to start the season on the disabled list because of his injured abdominal muscle. He’s going to be shut down for close to two weeks, which means he won’t be in shape to start the season and the speculation is that he’ll be out of the rotation anywhere from four to six weeks. Now that there’s a spot in the rotation, we’ll get to see if some of the Indians’ young arms might be ready for a short stint in the rotation. I’d be particularly interested in Adam Miller getting a few spot starts although Fausto Carmona and Brian Slocum are also possibilities.
Alright, the Indians have looked pretty good this spring. They’re now 7-2 and even better, super prospect Adam Miller had a very good outing with three scoreless innings. Jeff Harris also had a nice game with two shutout frames in which he gave up only one hit.
Mike Rouse had the big day at the plate for the Indians. He homered and drove in three runs while Grady Sizemore and Ben Francisco also went yard.
Jake Westbrook gets the ball for the Indians tomorrow in a rematch against the Braves. Gametime is 1:05.
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