Around the Farm: September 5, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Cody Anderson (Akron, SP) – L (0-1), 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 BK – While Cody’s first full season inDouble-A was often uneven, to say the least, what may very...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnson Serving Utility Role in Columbus with Eye Toward Bigs

Since his call-down in May, Elliot Johnson has continued to bring versatility, consistency and veteran experience to the Clippers lineup in more ways than the average player on the roster. Johnson was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in January after spending the first part of the 2013 season with the Kansas City Royals and he was claimed off the waivers by the Atlanta...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Clippers plate eight, beat Knights

COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Clippers have been run deficient over the last couple of weeks, but they took care of that notion in the first inning of Tuesday night’s 8-6 win over the Charlotte Knights at Huntington Park in front of 7,858 in attendance. Columbus sent eleven batters to the plate in a five-run first inning and left the bases loaded off of Charlotte starter Erik Johnson ...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Columbus Clippers lose to Durham Bulls, 5-2, after early lead

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Clippers dropped their third game in a row to Durham Saturday night, as they lost 5-2. Down by one in the bottom of the fourth and Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is currently rehabbing in Columbus, stepped up to the plate. With Elliot Johnson on first Kipnis smacked a two-run homer out to the left-field bleachers to take the...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

5/3 Recap: White Sox 0 – Indians 2

Roster Update: Elliot Johnson earned a very well deserved DFA this afternoon after making two errors in last night’s game. The only reason Johnson was on the team in the first place was as a defensive specialist, and since he was incapable of even that, he was designated. Left handed reliever, Nick Hagadone, has been brought back to the Majors in his stead, giving the Indians a...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians roster moves: Elliot Johnson DFA’d, Josh Tomlin to start Tuesday

The Indians announced a series of roster moves on Saturday afternoon, highlighted by the DFA of utility man Elliot Johnson and the planned promotion of Josh Tomlin to start on Tuesday. Today as well, starting catcher Yan Gomes was placed on the three-day paternity list. His wife Jennifer, the daughter of former major league Atlee Hammaker, gave birth to a daughter named Brooklyn...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Tomlin starting, Gomes has baby and Johnson demoted

CLEVELAND -- The suspense about who will be the Indians new fifth starter is over as Terry Francona announced before Saturday's game against Chicago that Josh Tomlin will take the hill on Tuesday against Minnesota. In Tomlin's recent outing last Thursday, the right-hander pitched a complete-game, three-hitter with no walks and 10 strikeouts as Columbus defeated Durham 3-0...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians place catcher Gomes on paternity list

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have placed catcher Yan Gomes on the paternity list and designated infielder Elliot Johnson for assignment. Gomes is batting .261 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 26 games. His wife, Jennifer, is expecting the couple's first child. The maximum stay on the paternity list is three days. Gomes, who signed a six-year, $23 million in spring...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians put Gomes on paternity leave, DFA Johnson, call up two

CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster:  Placed C YAN GOMES on the Paternity List.  Purchased the contract of C GEORGE KOTTARAS (#53) from AAA Columbus  Recalled LHP NICK HAGADONE (#50) from AAA Columbus.  Designated INF ELLIOT JOHNSON for assignment.  Gomes left the team last night to be with...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #24: Indians 3, Giants 5

A major premise of sabermetrics is not whether questions are answered correctly; correctly answering a question requires at most a bit of critical thinking, at least, a cursory amount of research. Far more important is ensuring that the correct questions are asked. During the top of the ninth inning of the Indians 5-3 loss to the Giants, the question was asked: Why is Corey Kluber pinch...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB changes rule that negatively impacted Indians

Indians outfielder Elliot Johnson thought he had a catch but after replay officials looked at his attempted grab in right field, they ruled it was not. That controversial play came during the second game of a doubleheader the Indians played with the Padres on April 9. Less than a month later, Major League Baseball has seen the light and made a change. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB’s new catch interpretation is begging to be exploited

I got into an argument over MLB’s new (old?) interpretation of what is a catch when Elliot Johnson “caught” a fly ball, took two steps, came up against the outfield wall and then dropped the ball as he attempted to throw the ball into the infield. It wasn’t ruled an out because the “definition of a catch” apparently includes a transfer, even for an outfielder who has...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Hoping to Draw Fans with New Bacon-Wrapped, Deep-Fried Outfielder

The Cleveland Indians have debuted a new player the organization hopes will boost the organization’s stagnant attendance, a bacon-wrapped outfielder that can run, catch and hit while also smelling like delicious bacon. “There’s an element of people who come to a MLB ballpark just because they love baseball,” said Indians general manager Chris Antonetti. “We have those fans...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' Johnson disagrees with results of controversial replay challenge

CLEVELAND -- Elliot Johnson got his second start of the season in right field during the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against San Diego, but Wednesday was one of those days that he would like to quickly move on from. Johnson was involved in a controversial replay challenge during the first inning and then was unable to move over the potential tying run during the eighth...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Scott Kazmir Impresses in A’s Debut, Jim Johnson Disappoints Again

Following a disappointing 2-0 loss on Opening Night and a rainout Tuesday night, the Oakland A’s bounced back Wednesday to take the first game of the day-night double header against the Indians behind a dazzling debut from veteran lefty Scott Kazmir and a good showing offensively from their lineup. Kazmir, pitching against his former teammates, tossed 7.1 innings of shutout baseball...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Vinnie Pestano and Elliot Johnson make Tribe’s 25-man roster

  Vinnie Pestano may have spent last fall as an outsider looking in, but he will get a chance at redemption this summer as the right-handed reliever has officially made the Cleveland Indians’ 25-man roster. Pestano was told this weekend that he will be one of the arms in the Tribe’s bullpen on Opening Day—a spot that was all but certain heading into Spring Training. Last season...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians make roster moves, 3B battle still going

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Terry Francona said earlier in the week that he envisioned roster cuts really heating up on Sunday. They started a day earlier. The Indians roster going into Opening Day started to get more into focus on Saturday with a couple moves. Outfielder Jeff Francoeur was released while utility man extraordinaire Elliot Johnson and pitcher Vinnie Pestano were told they...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Indians cut Jeff Francoeur

The Cleveland Indians have cut a key member of the competing cast of players vying to grab a final roster spot with the club. According to a report from Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Paul Hoynes, the Indians cut outfielder Jeff Francoeur on Saturday morning. Indians release Jeff Francoeur. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) March 22, 2014 Francoeur seemed to be heavily in the mix to make...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Spring Notebook: Player Stock Report

Opening Day is now under two weeks away for the Cleveland Indians. With decisions to be made and roster spots on the line, we dive in on a spring stock report for the Indians. We’ll break the key players down in three categories: Boom, Steady Going and Bust. _________________________ Boom- Rolling in Spring Justin Sellers- The Indians acquired the infield utility specialist after...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Elliot Johnson the Next Ryan Raburn?

Although the above title is unfair (it's unlikely that lightning will strike the same bottle twice or whatever they say), it is an interesting preposition. Elliot Johnson is actually coming from an even lower place than Raburn as he has never been a solid starter and even when given a chance, was never able to make anything of it. In his best season, 2012, he played in 123 games...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians, Johnson edge Rangers, 6-5

Player of the Game: Elliot Johnson (3-for-3 with a triple and 2 RBI) The Leadoff Even a Super Bowl champ couldn’t get in the way of another Tribe victory. Indians bats banged out six runs on 11 hits to edge Texas Monday afternoon, 6-5. To get things started, former Kansas City outfielder Jeff Francoeur collected a two out, two run single off Rangers starter Colby Lewis in the...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe signs Elliot Johnson to Minor League deal

The Cleveland Indians have made another minor league deal with an invite to spring training. With spring training just over the horizon, the Indians have inked switch-hitting infielder Elliot Johnson to a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp in spring training. Johnson, 29, played last season with Central Division rival Kansas City before he was released in late August...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians, INF Elliot Johnson agree to minor deal

Versatile free agent infielder Elliott Johnson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Indians that includes an invitation to big league spring training camp. The 29-year-old split last season between Kansas City and Atlanta. He batted .261 with five doubles, two triples and 10 RBIs as the Braves regular second baseman over the final five weeks. He was claimed off waivers...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves sign Pena to one-year deal; non-tender 3 players

The Atlanta Braves' offseason pressed forward with the re-signing of infielder Ramiro Pena and the non-tender of three contributors to last season's National League East champions: Paul Janish, Elliot Johnson and Christhian Martinez. All three players are now unrestricted free agents. Pena played well after signing as a free agent last season before suffering a torn labrum...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves cut Johnson, Janish, Martinez

Second baseman Elliot Johnson, third baseman Paul Janish and right-hander Cristhian Martinez became free agents when the Atlanta Braves failed to offer 2014 contracts on Monday night. Johnson batted .261 with 10 RBIs in 92 at-bats this year, when he earned $520,500. Janish hit .171 with two RBIs in 41 at-bats and made $725,000. After pitching in relief on April 3 and 6, Martinez...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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