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Russ Canzler named Indians Minor League Player of the Week!

Russ Canzler was just named the Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week for 6/17-24!
Canzler, 26, hit .348 (8-23) with a double, 2 HR and 7 RBI throughout the week, while posting a 1.116 OPS (.464 on-base pct, .652 slugging pct.). He recorded 3 multi-hit games throughout the week, including June 19 at Charlotte where Canzler went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored, HR and 3 RBI in Columbus’s 13-2 win. For the 2012 season, he is batting .274 (73-266) with 33 runs scored, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs and 38 RBI while posting a .783 OPS (.332 on-base pct., .451 slugging pct.).

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 2012 Clippers Staff Announced


COLUMBUS ‐‐ Clippers President & GM Ken Schnacke today announced that Manager Mike Sarbaugh will return in 2012 for his third season leading the Clippers. “We are extremely happy to have Mike returning to Columbus. The past two seasons under his leadership, our team has gone “back-to-back” winning consecutive International League Governors’ Cup and Triple-A National Championship Trophies. Mike has overseen a wealth of young Indians talent and he and his staff have helped prepare them to perform at the major league level. We are also proud that Mike was honored in 2010 as Baseball America’s “Best International League Managerial Prospect” and was honored this past season as the International League Manager of the Year.”

Sarbaugh’s record at the helm of the Clippers is 167-121,  a .580 winning percentage.

In his eight seasons as a manager in the Indians organization, Sarbaugh has won a championship at every level and five in total.  His overall managerial record is 622-442 (.585).  The Shillington, PA native has a playoff record of 14-3 (.824) with the Clippers and 34-10 (.773) in his career.

Pitching Coach Ruben Niebla will return for his second season. “Ruben did a great job with our pitching staff last year, handling all the movement back and forth between Cleveland and Columbus” Schnacke added. “Our staff had it lowest ERA (3.94) since the 1992 season and our staff set a new franchise record for strikeouts in a season (1,142)”.

We are very pleased that Ruben will return to the Clippers in 2012.

New this season will be hitting instructor Phil Clark, promoted from the Indians affiliate in Kinston. He replaces Lee May, Jr., who has left the organization to join the Seattle Mariners.  “Phil Clark has been to Columbus a few times in our first two seasons, so he knows the facility and all the amenities he will have to work with. He has a strong resume and as a member of the organization will be familiar with many of the young position players who have advanced to Columbus.  The organization is happy to have him and Columbus is excited that he will be joining us in 2012” adds Schnacke.

Also returning to the Columbus staff for their third seasons will be strength & conditioning coach Todd Kubacki and athletic trainer Michael Salazar.  It is the fourth season in the Indians organization for both men.  Kubacki graduated from Youngstown State in 2007 with a degree in Health Education.  Salazar graduated from Manchester College (IN) in 1998 with a degree in Athletic Training and received his Masters in Health Education from UAB in 2000.

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Gomez promoted




INF Matt LaPorta Optioned to AAA Columbus

CLEVELAND, OH  – The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has recalled RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ from AAA Columbus.  To allow room on the 25-man roster the Indians have optioned INF MATT LaPORTA to AAA Columbus.

Gomez, 23, has spent the majority of the season in Columbus where he has gone 10-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 21 starts (2CG, 137.2IP, 123H, 39ER, 49BB, 107K, .242AVG).  He is currently 2nd among International League pitchers in ERA (2.55), is tied for 5th in wins (10), 10th in WHIP (1.25), tied for 15th in innings pitched (137.2) & 15th in strikeouts (107). He was also selected to the IL All-Star Team. The right-handed Venezuelan has also gone 0-2 w/a 5.70 ERA in 5 games/4 starts (23.2IP, 34H, 15ER, 4HR, 5BB, 11K, .330AVG) over two stints with Cleveland this year from April 19-May 5 and again on July 17.  He starts tonight against the Oakland A’s. He wears #58.


LaPorta has spent the entire season to date with Cleveland, hitting .238 (76-319) with 18 2B, 1 3B, 11HR & 44 RBI in 97 games.

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Indians and Giants Complete Trade

CLEVELAND, OH  – The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has acquired OF THOMAS NEAL from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for INF ORLANDO CABRERA.

Neal, 23, has hit .295 (65-220) with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 25RBI in 60 games for AAA Fresno of the Pacific Coast League (.351OB/.409SLG/.761OPS) in 2011.  The right-handed hitting outfielder has appeared in games at all three outfield positions and is hitting .338 (26-77) off LHP, .314 (33-105) with runners on base and .308 (20-65) with RISP.  He is currently on the disabled list with a left hand contusion (placed on DL on July 17).  He is now a member of the Indians 40-man roster and has been optioned to AAA Columbus and placed on the Triple A disabled list.

Neal was San Francisco’s 36th round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Riverside (CA) Community College.   In 2009 at Class A San Jose he hit .337 (160-475) with 41 2B, 22HR & 90 RBI in 129 games and led the California League in on-base % (.431) and was 3rd in runs (102), 4th in slugging % (.579) and 5th in batting average on his way to California League and Topps Class A All-Star honors.  He was an Eastern League All-Star at Double A Richmond in 2010 after hitting .291 (153-525) with 40 2B, 12HR & 69 RBI in 136 games (3rd in the EL in 2B/ 5th in hits).  His career minor league average is .296 (552-1863) with 128 2B, 11 3B, 56HR & 289 RBI in 502 games (.372OB/.467SLG/.839OPS).

Orlando Cabrera hit .244 (79-324) in 91 games for the Indians this season (.277OB/ .321SLG/.598OPS).

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