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Dustin Ackley's Promotion is on the Horizon
What's that about May, you ask? Ackley has been red hot, and after a four-hit performance last night, his May slash line sits at .344/.453/.590. Of his 21 hits in 15 games this month, nine have gone for extra bases, with three ending up on the other side of a fence. All this while still drawing 13 walks and only striking out nine times.
Alex White stays in bigs
With Carlos Carrasco expected back to be off the disabled list and back in the rotation on Wednesday, the Indians needed to clear a spot on the staff. Cleveland opted to option right-hander Jeanmar Gomez to Triple-A Columbus, giving prospect Alex White a longer stay in the big leagues.
Matt Harvey blazing path to the big leagues
Easy gas. Those may be the two most intriguing words in baseball, and on this perfect Florida night, Matt Harvey, the Mets' top pitching prospect, is letting it go. Harvey annihilates the first 13 batters he faces on his way to nine strikeouts over 6 **1/3** innings for the St. Lucie Mets against the Bradenton Marauders, allowing only a quiet single up the middle.
The Book on Red Sox Prospect Tim Federowicz
Known as an advanced defender since being drafted by the Red Sox organization in 2008 with above-average major league defensive potential, Federowicz has continued to push his skills during his time in the system and hone the finer points of the catching position.
Alex White Earns First MLB Win
Former D.H. Conley, North Carolina and K-Tribe star Alex White earned his first Major League win Saturday night as the Cleveland Indians beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3. White pitched six tough innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and striking out 6. He walked 2 batters and surrendered a homerun to Vernon Wells. He pitched out of several jams to keep the Indians in the lead.
Former Diamond Heel Russ Adams retires from baseball
Former major league infielder Russ Adams, who played in 286 games with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2004 through 2009, has retired. Adams, 30, was hitting .180 with one homer and five RBIs in 61 at-bats for Triple-A Buffalo. He was the 14th overall pick in the 2002 draft by Toronto out of the University of North Carolina, one slot ahead of the Mets picking Scott Kazmir.
How long will Alex White stay in the big leagues?
When Carrasco injured his elbow, they promoted White, their No.1 pick in the 2009 draft, because they felt he gave them the best chance to win. He delivered a quality
start in his big league debut against the Tigers and he'll face Jered Weaver (6-1) and the Angels on Saturday night.
Slider becoming Alex White's weapon of choice
Alex White mixed his slider in here and there throughout last season as an Indians farmhand. Just because he used the pitch does not mean the pitching prospect had much control over it. "I used it," White said. "It wasn't very good, but I used it." The development of the slider played a role in White's rapid progress and eventual promotion to Cleveland's rotation last week.
Matt Harvey brilliant again in minor league start
With the way Matt Harvey is pitching, he likely won't be in the Florida State League much longer. Harvey tied a career high with nine strikeouts and gave up just one hit over 6 1/3 shutout innings Wednesday before the St. Lucie Mets dropped a 5-2 decision to the Bradenton Marauders.
Alex White feels right at home in debut
A funny thing happened when rookie Alex White put on his Indians uniform and began warming up in the outfield on Saturday. He no longer felt nervous about his Major League debut. "I was more nervous at breakfast yesterday morning," White said with a smile on Sunday. White struck out four and allowed two runs on six hits. Along the way, he experienced zero jitters.
Alex White Solid In MLB Debut
Former D.H. Conley High School and North Carolina star Alex White made his Major League Baseball debut Saturday night in a spot start for the Cleveland Indians. White pitched six innings, striking out four and allowing two earned runs in a no-decision as the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 in 13 innings.
Lucas: Tar Heel Ties In White's Pro Debut
When Alex White encountered Detroit Tigers righthander Rick Porcello in a tunnel beneath Cleveland's Progressive Field late on Saturday night, he could have said a lot of things. White had just made his major league debut, throwing six strong innings and allowing just two runs.
Tim Federowicz working his way up Red Sox system
Since then, Tim Federowicz and Ryan La-varnway have shadowed each other, starting every season on the same team. Both are 23, with Federowicz two days older. Currently, the two rotate roles in Portland. When one catches, the other is the designated hitter. The Red Sox want their prospects to get plenty of at-bats.
Indians report: Tribe might give Alex White early shot
This is not what the Cleveland Indians wanted, but there might be an upside to Plan B: a chance to see Alex White. White hasn't put in much time in the minors, but it's obvious that the Tribe's deep thinkers are looking for a reason to bring him to Cleveland, if only to give him a feel for the major leagues.
Daniel Bard: The Stopper
I asked Bard what his title should be. If Jonathan Papelbon is the closer, what is he? "Maybe you can call me the stopper,” he said. Bard said he has spent some time on Fangraphs.com reading the work those guys have done on a stat called Shutdowns and Meltdowns. It's a simple way to evaluate relievers. “It’s just another way to look at things," Bard said.