Minor Issues: Pick Signings, All-Star Games, Scrappers 5-0


Yesterday I mentioned Jeremy Johnson signed, and now three more have as well. The big ones are 7th Round pick Jordan Henry, outfielder from Mississippi, and 18th Round pick Dwight Childs, catcher from Arizona.

The Indians just need to get 1 and 2, Alex White and Jason Kipnis, to have the top ten signed. Casey Frawley and Kent State's Kyle Smith the only players in the top 20 other than White and Kipnis that has yet to sign and Frawley is expected to at some point.

The other is 40th pick Greg Folgia, a shortstop out of Missouri. It looks to be official.

The Indians also added two Undrafted Free Agents and have assigned them to Mahoning Valley.

Infielder Dan DeGeorge, out of, yes, wait for it... Princeton! A smart guy!

They also added Ryan Anthony, a left-hander out of Emporia State. That's a cool sounding college.


The Clippers needed 10, but they got it done against Rochester in extra-innings with a run in the top of the tenth.

Jordan Brown did everything in his power to get the Clippers the win. First by hitting a three-run home run to tie the game up in the eighth inning and then by singling home Tony Graffanino in the tenth to give the Clips the lead.

Andy Marte followed up Brown's HR in the eighth with a solo shot of his own to give them the lead, but Rochester would come back to tie it back up in the bottom of the inning.

Wyatt Toregas had two hits and Michael Brantley had the other RBI.

Frank Herrmann picked up his first Columbus win by striking out two in a scoreless inning of relief. Zach Jackson gave up four runs in 5.1 innings.


The eighth inning was pretty popular for the Aeros too as they also made their charging comeback in the eighth. Held scoreless for the entire game and down 2-0, the Aeros scored five in the eighth to beat Trenton.

Carlos Rivero came in for Asdrubal Cabrera, who was making his first rehab start and went 0-3, and Rivero knocked in the first run of the game with a single.

And then Nick Weglarz followed that up by blowing the doors off the place with a Grand Slam. That's it... Winner!

Great rehab start for Aaron Laffey who went four innings, gave up just a hit and a walk with no runs. Neil Wagner gave up the two runs, Erik Stiller, Josh Judy and Vinnie Pestano pitched scoreless innings, with Judy winning and Pestano picking up save number 20.


Kinston is on their All-Star Break till Thursday, but there was some K-Tribers in action on Tuesday.

Lonnie Chisenhall and Cord Phelps got the start for the Carolina League All-Stars and for awhile there, Phelps was the hero.

Lonnie had a hit, but Phelps had knocked in the only Carolina League run in a tie ball game. Lancaster's Jonathan Gaston hit a home run to end the game in walk-off fashion for the California League.

Eric Berger also pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Carolina League All-Stars.

The Captains also resume tomorrow and also had their All-Star Break as the SAL League got together to play their All-Star Game.

And a Captain took home MVP Honors.

Karexon Sanchez knocked in two runs and scored two runs off two hits and two walks and stole a base for the SAL North Team.

Alex Perez, the other Captain in the game pitched an inning and gave up three earned off three hits.


Five in a row to start the year for Mahoning Valley and this one was a bit of a squeeker.

State College is the team with the cool deer looking logo if you remember and the Scrappers powered by a two-run sixth inning took a one-run game from them deer.

Kyle Bellows had two hits and catcher Roberto Perez doubled in one of the runs.

Great job by Marty Popham, going five strong, giving up just one earned off six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Nick Kirk was solid again, going three scoreless, giving up just one hit and striking out four as well for his second win. Corey Burns struck out the side to pick up his first save.


It took 12 innings, but that didn't stop the AZL Indians from beating the Royals yesterday.

Juan Aponte had a big game, going 3-6 with four runs batted in and a solo home run. Rolando Petit and Darling Read both knocked in runs, Jose Camargo had two hits, as did Jesus Brito, who also knocked in a run.

Leadoff man Trent Baker knocked in two runs off a hit in six at-bats.

Best pitching that night belongs to Francisco Valera, who went 3.2 innings, giving up just one hit and striking out three. Vidal Nuno struck out two and gained a save despite giving up a few hits and an earned run.

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