Ball Played: Indians deliver goodnight gut punch

The pitching matchup for Monday’s game was strongly in favor of the Cleveland Indians. Trevor Bauer had been the best pitcher on the staff in the early season having given up a mere two runs in twelve innings pitched, while striking out nineteen and allowing a total of thirteen baserunners. The Chicago White Sox countered with John Danks who had yet to complete six innings in either...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Holt Not Getting Ahead of Himself After Breakout Season

Tyler Holt was the first player I interviewed when I started covering the Columbus Clippers last summer. He had just been promoted to Columbus from Double-A Akron. A few weeks after the interview, he got called up to Cleveland and made his big league debut on July 6. Holt had a positive impact on the Tribe’s playoff run that fell short. If you were not watching the games and only...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chasing After Chacin

Early on Tuesday, the Indians made a group of moves essentially to increase the depth of the pitching staff, even before Carlos Carrasco was cracked in the skull by a line drive. Essentially, this was a move that saw Shaun Marcum designated for assignment to make room for Brett Hayes on both the 25 and 40 man roster with a separate signing of former Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin...
Via Burning River Baseball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

4/14 Recap: Same Old Song And Dance

Roster Update: On Monday, the Indians signed AAA reliever Ryan Webb, who had been released by the Dodgers. Because of some odd moves, the Dodgers will receive the 74th pick in the 2015 draft from the Orioles for Webb and will pay his $2.75M salary for the year, making anything he does for the Clippers or Indians this year free of charge. In slightly bigger roster news, Shaun Marcum...
Via Burning River Baseball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians add Hayes, DFA Marcum, and sign Chacin

The Cleveland Indians made their official moves on Tuesday to prepare for life without Yan Gomes (temporarily). Brett Hayes will now be the backup catcher as he gets promoted from Columbus. To make room on the roster, pitcher Shaun Marcum is the player who was designated for assignment. News: + Brett Hayes up from AAA + Shaun Marcum designated + Sign Jhoulys Chacin to minors deal...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians designate Shaun Marcum for assignment

The Cleveland Indians have designated right handed pitcher Shaun Marcum for assignment. Marcum, 33, accepted an assignment to Triple-A at the end of Spring Training but was called on up Sunday to make a spot start. In that appearance he allowed one run over five innings. Marcum did not pitch at all at the big league level in 2014. Back in 2013 he appeared in 14 games for the New...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians bring up catcher Brett Hayes from minors

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have selected the contract of catcher Brett Hayes from Triple-A Columbus, a needed move with Yan Gomes injured and expected to miss six weeks. Hayes began the season with the Clippers, and didn't get a hit in five at-bats. The Indians signed him to a minor league free-agent contract in December. He was with Kansas City's organization in 2014. Cleveland...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano: The Last Man Standing

At this point, it only makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano. That’s not something you hear every day, but it makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano because these are the remaining names that currently populate our free agent depth charts: Ryan Doumit Brett Hayes Lyle Overbay Rafael Furcal Chris Nelson Scott Hairston Tony […]
Via Fangraphs
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez picked up starts down the line with Perez eventually...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians sign four to minor-league deals

The Indians have signed four players to minor-league deals with non-roster invitations for spring training. All of the signings are likely to end up at Triple-A Columbus. Two are catchers. Brett Hayes spent most of last season in Kansas City before going to Triple-A Omaha for the final month. Hayes has appeared in 175 games in the majors over the past six seasons and has a .209 career...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough AAA Championship edition.

HR CALL: Cheslor Cuthbert (3) , Brett Hayes (4) Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Brett Hayes 2-4  2 R  2B  HR  2 RBI  Omaha Storm Chasers 4                   Pawtucket Red Sox 2One pitch into the Christian Binford's first AAA start it looked bad as Rusney Castillo hit it over the wall in left center, but Binford and the team would settle in and pick up...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough – AAA Championship Game

Photo Minda HaasOmaha Storm Chasers hottest starter, Aaron Brooks took the hill for Omaha in the deciding fifth game of the AAA championship game Sunday versus the Reno Aces. The Chasers right-handed starter had caught fire during the past month winning his last six starts with slightly over a 1.40 ERA to pace the Chasers through the playoffs and finish to the regular season. On...
Via Pine Tar Press
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.13.14

HR CALL: Brian Bocock (1,2), Pedro Ciriaco (1), Brett Hayes (1), Brett Eibner (1)  Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Brian Bocock 3-4   2 R  2 HR  3 RBI  Omaha Storm Chasers 11          Reno Aces 2            Series tied 2-2The Chasers offense slugged their way to a series tie. Fallin behind 1-0 in the 3rd, the Chasers would score 9 unanswered runs in...
Via Pine Tar Press
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.09.14

HR CALL: None Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Aaron Brooks  7.0 IP  4 H  2 R  1 BB  5 K  Omaha Storm Chasers 6                  Reno Aces 2                Chasers lead series 1-0Aaron Brooks once again pitched great as the Chasers jumped out to a series lead.  The offense jumped on Aces' starter Clayton Richard and chased him out of the game...
Via Pine Tar Press
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.04.14

Despite some late hitting and strong pitching Omaha saw their series tied up while Idaho Falls finished off their season.HR CALL: Whit Merrifield (2), Marten Gasparini (1), Luis Valenzuela (2)  Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Clayton Mortensen 5.0 IP  1 H  1 R  0 ER  0 BB  8 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 3                   Memphis Redbirds 4        ...
Via Pine Tar Press
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 08.30.14

While Omaha kept their playoff hopes alive, Wilmington and Idaho Falls saw their playoff dreams falter. The Affiliates would go 2-5.HR CALL: Whit Merrifield (3), Matt Fields (26, 27), Cheslor Cuthbert (2), Brett Hayes (3), Brian Fletcher (5), Brett Eibner (1), Kenny Diekroeger (5) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Luis Santos 5.1 IP  3 H  0 R  0BB  4 K Pine Tar Press Hitter...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 08.28.14

The Affilaites would go 3-4 as the season winds down.HR CALL: Johnny Giavotella (6), Brett Hayes (2), Orlando Calixte (11), Humberto Arteaga (1), Kenny Diekroeger (4), Joshua Banuelos (3), Mike Hill (3) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Aaron Brooks 7.0 IP   2 H  0 R   1 BB  7 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Johnny Giavotella  3-4  2 R  2B  HR  3 RBI [caption id...
Via Pine Tar Press
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 08.08.14

A good day for the Affiliates going 5-3.HR Call: Justin Maxwell (8), Brett Hayes (1),  Zane Evans (4), Raul Mondesi (3), Leland Clemmons (2) Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Glenn Sparkman 6.2 IP  5 H  1 R   1 BB 10 K Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Cheslor Cuthbert 4-7 R  2 2B  RBI  BB  SB  Omaha Storm Chasers 6               Colorado Springs Sky Sox 2  ...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' hack-first-ask-questions-later approach simply not working

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It is well documented that the Royals are baseball's most impatient offensive team. Though the Royals don't hit for power (last in baseball with 62 homers) and therefore need all the baserunners they can get to score runs, they simply refuse to walk. They are last in all of baseball in walks (256) and walk percentage (6.2 percent). And if you go deeper into the...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals trade Valencia, designate Hayes for assignment

BOSTON -- The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia. The deal between playoff contenders was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in Boston on Monday night. The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Ride Big Seventh Inning, Win Game 5-2

Round one of Verlander vs. Chen goes to Yordano Ventura. Technically, Yordano Ventura got the win, but Bruce Chen gave us 5.1 innings of decent work. In his first start off the DL, Chen only allowed two earned runs, and struck out two batters. While this does not qualify as a quality start, for Bruce this was certainly quality. Royals pitchers haven’t quite figured out Austin Jackson...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers at Kansas City Royals: Series Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers are catching the Kansas City Royals at just the right time. Having just won 10-straight, the Royals have regressed, and are now on a streak of a different kind. Kansas City will look to get back on track with this upcoming series against the Dodgers. Game 1: Jeremy Guthrie (4-6. 3.86 ERA) vs. Zach Grienke (9-3, 2.57) Welcome back, Zach. Long time, no see....
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays hammer Royals' 'B' squad, 12-2

This would be acceptable. If it was March. And this one indeed had all the markings of a bad spring training game: The Royals started a rookie pitcher, and followed him with another rookie pitcher, neither of which figure into the Royals' plans in 2014. Oh, and throw in a classic spring "B" lineup as manager Ned Yost needed to rest center fielder Lorenzo Cain, catcher Sal Perez and...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

As Astros complete sweep of Royals, fans left to wonder ‘What’s Next?’

Just nine days ago, the Kansas City Royals were coming off a thrilling comeback win over the Baltimore Orioles and were in search of their third straight win. With the Chicago White Sox coming to town, at least two out of three wins seemed to be a lock. In the series opener, the Royals quickly jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead and they appeared primed to climb up to two wins...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' ship keeps sinking but hey, it was a nice day at The K

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Manager Ned Yost is a man searching and almost begging for answers these days. Yost's team just got swept by the lowly Astros, the latest a 9-3 dud on Wednesday afternoon. Asked if his team was a little embarrassed, Yost said, "Yeah, they outplayed. That's why I was so frustrated (Tuesday) night." The Royals have lost seven of nine and have fallen to a season...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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