"Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle… Costanza?!"
If you’re like me, you are eagerly anticipating the big-league promotion of Jose “Can’t Stand Ya” Constanza, who is currently at Double-A Akron.
The day that transaction takes place, we can say “Con-stanza!” in “By Mennen” cadence every time he comes to the plate. When he makes a mistake, we can say, “And you want to be my latex salesman?” And when he’s asked to bounce around between multiple spots in the outfield, we can say, “A Jose, divided against itself, cannot stand!”
But until that day, Constanza remains a prospect to watch. And he’s not the only one, as the Tribe’s farm system has been boosted considerably by last month’s trades.
With that in mind, let’s check in with the new guys, shall we?
RHP Carlos Carrasco (Cliff Lee trade): As mentioned yesterday, Carrasco tossed an eight-inning gem at Indy on Tuesday and is now 3-0 with a 4.29 ERA in three starts since the trade. He’s struck out 21 and walked three in 21 innings.
C Lou Marson (Lee trade): In nine games with Columbus, Marson is batting .333 (11-for-33) with a pair of RBIs, three walks and four strikeouts.
SS Jason Donald (Lee trade): Donald is about two months removed from knee surgery and still struggling at the plate. He’s 6-for-31 with 10 strikeouts and three walks at Triple-A Columbus.
LHP Scott Barnes (Ryan Garko trade): Barnes made his Double-A debut last night and tossed five innings, allowing a pair of runs on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts in a victory over Connecticut. Barnes is now 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in five starts since joining the organization. He made four starts with Class A Kinston.
RHP Connor Graham (Rafael Betancourt trade): Graham is 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in three appearances, including two starts, at Akron. He’s struck out 14 and walked 11 in 12 1/3 innings.
RHP Bryan Price (Victor Martinez trade): Has made two starts at Class A Kinston, going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. He’s struck out nine and walked three in 12 innings.
LHP Nick Hagadone (Martinez trade): Made his second appearance for Class A Lake County last night, allowing a pair of runs on one hit with two walks and three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. He’s still limited from a pitch count standpoint because he’s about 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
RHP Jason Knapp (Lee trade): Made his organizational debut Tuesday at Lake County, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts over two innings. He missed about a month of action with arm fatigue.
And on the opposite end of the spectrum, what have the former members of the Tribe been up to?
Mark DeRosa, Cardinals: Is batting just .216 in 27 games with the Cards. Eight of his 21 hits have been homers, and he’s struck out 27 times.
Rafael Betancourt, Rockies: Has logged eight scoreless appearances covering 6 1/3 innings since the trade. He’s allowed just two hits and two walks.
Ryan Garko, Giants: Has tailed off at the plate, batting .225 (9-for-40) with a triple and three RBIs in 13 games.
Cliff Lee, Phillies: He gets the starting nod this afternoon at Wrigley Field. It will be his first start in seven days because of an off day and Pedro Martinez joining the Phillies’ rotation. Lee is 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA since the trade, striking out 15 and walking three in 16 innings.
Ben Francisco, Phillies: Has played nine games with his new club, batting .261 (6-for-23) with a pair of homers and four RBIs.
Victor Martinez, Red Sox: Had the five-hit, four-RBIs outburst against the Orioles on Aug. 2. On the whole, he’s 12-for-46 with two homers and eight RBIs.
Carl Pavano, Twins: Drove from Cleveland to Detroit to start for the Twins on Saturday and tossed a gem. Gave up no runs on five hits over seven innings to get the win over the Tigers, then drove back to Cleveland to pack up his belongings and move to Minnesota. He’s pitching today against the Royals.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- The Indians made another trade today, but this one shouldn’t require explanations to the fanbase from ownership and the front office. Infielder Andy Cannizaro, who was on the disabled list at Columbus, was sent to the White Sox for cash. He joins the Charlotte roster.
- Asdrubal Cabrera’s .310 average, entering today, ranks 12th in the AL. He’s batting .344 with eight doubles, two triples, three homers and 10 RBIs over his last 20 games. Today marked his second start in the No. 3 spot of the order.
- Omar Vizquel has been impressed with what he’s seen from Cabrera this series. “Somebody with the kind of talent he has and who is from my country and wearing my number makes me proud,” Vizquel said.
- Cabrera and Luis Valbuena seem to get more comfortable playing alongside each other by the day. “They really fit well together,” Eric Wedge said. “And they’re two of the most vocal guys we have here. They’re not afraid to speak up. I like that.”
- Short-season Mahoning Valley has the best record (34-19) in the New York-Penn League and has placed five players on the league’s All-Star team. Three are Draft picks from this year (infielder Kyle Smith, outfielder Jordan Henry and right-hander Corey Burns), while two are Draft picks from ’08 (right-handers Marty Popham and Clayton Cook). Travis Fryman will manage the NYPL AL squad.
- Keep your eye on Class A Kinston OF Tim Fedroff, a seventh-round selection in last year’s Draft. Fedroff is riding a 12-game hitting streak and is batting .379 with seven doubles, a homer and 11 RBIs since July 3.
- The new Indians.com toolbar might be of interest to you.
- Same drill this weekend as last weekend, as the blog will be in shutdown mode. On the Indians.com site on Monday, Matt O’Donnell will have a profile of Justin Masterson that allows us to get to know the Indians’ newest starter, and I’ll have another edition of the Inbox.