Doumit Joins Indians For Rehab; Harrison Homers In Loss

Charlotte Knights  5,  Indianapolis Indians  4 ( box ) The Indianapolis Indians began an 8-game road trip with a loss to the Charlotte Knights in Knight Stadium in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC.  2B Josh Harrison’s late-inning home run was not enough for the Indians to catch up to the Knights. Pirates’ C Ryan Doumit (photo), who has been working his way back after an ankle sprain, joined the Indians today to continue his...

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Tuesday Rumors: Upton, Iannetta, Giambi

Here are the rumors for Tuesday: -Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports repeats a rumor that we heard yesterday: the Pirates are one of five teams looking at B.J. Upton.  He mentions that the level of interest by the Pirates and Reds is unclear.  Upton would be a great addition defensively, although his bat has struggled throughout his career.  I posted a blind comparison yesterday of his offensive stats compared to Josh Willingham, and...

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Teams Understanding the Value of Prospects

Buster Olney had an interesting article up this morning on ESPN, talking about how teams are less willing to trade prospects.  The article quotes a few executives on the trade deadline this year, noting at how teams are more reluctant these days to deal prospects, as opposed to an example the article gave of 1997, when Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe were traded for Heathcliff Slocumb.  One executive referenced trade talks where a team...

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Young Prospects Require Patience

I’ve always had a certain approach when it came to evaluating prospects out of high school.  Too often, you see them evaluated by fans with the same expectations you see given to college players.  If a prospect isn’t above the high-A level three years after he’s drafted, it’s seen as a disappointment.  If the prospect struggles at all, people want to write him off.  In rare cases, such as most first rounders,...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Zack Von Rosenberg

One of the bigger disappointments in the minors this year has been Zack Von Rosenberg, and his struggles in his first year in full season ball.  Von Rosenberg is way too young to assume his poor numbers represent anything more than growing pains.  However, the 6′ 5″, 205 pound right hander has definitely experienced his share of struggles this year, with a 6.65 ERA in 89.1 innings, fueled mostly by 17 home runs. I’ve...

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