Chris Kline

Prospect Diary: Chuck Lofgren

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Lefthander Chuck Lofgren is in his second full season in the Indians system, and he's off to a solid start with two wins in his first two outings. We're going to track the 20-year-old's progress over the course of the season as he gives us a weekly snapshot into every time he takes the mound.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Diary

Piecing Together The Puzzle

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When it comes to putting together rosters at the end of spring training, every decision leads to more decisions, and a move on the major league roster could make a difference in who heads to high Class A. We take a look at what factors go into the decisions, and how they're received by the players when the rosters are posted.

Minors | #2006#Season Preview

Spring Training Dish: Around The Camps

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The mood around Indians camp certainly is different than it's been in a long time. From the huge crowds heading to Chain O' Lakes Park to the hundreds of "PRONK" t-shirts to the buzz around minor league camp as fans circle the four fields at the complex looking for autographs, there is an obvious expectation to win. And win now.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

2005 Arizona Fall League Top 20 Prospects

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The AFL has always been known as a premier hitter's league, and that trend picked up in 2005, as all-time league records fell one after the other. Among the marks shattered were batting average (.296), runs per game (12.14), hits per game (20.83), slugging percentage (.469) and ERA (5.40). Still, three pitchers made the cut on the Top 20—two more than last year. Athletics righthander Huston Street, BA's 2005 Rookie of the Year, was the lone pitcher on the 2004 AFL list.

Minors | #2005#Arizona Fall League#Winter Baseball

Chris Kline’s AFL Road Trip: Scouting Jered Weaver

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Angels righthander Jered Weaver finished up 2005 at Double-A Arkansas, allowing three earned runs on six hits in his final start against Midland in the Texas League championship series. His fastball, slider and changeup were all quality pitches into the postseason, where he struck out 16 in 13 innings over two starts. But so far in the Arizona Fall League, Weaver has quickly found out that this isn't the Texas League anymore. In seven innings, the Angels' first-round pick in 2004 has allowed seven runs on 12 hits. His secondary numbers are still solid, with a 12-2 strikeout-walk ratio.

Minors | #2005#Arizona Fall League#Winter Baseball

Casto Might Be Moving Again

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Coming out of Portland as a third-round pick of the Nationals in 2003, Kory Casto wasn't exactly a high-profile prospect. There were a few expectations, but they were more like those of a corner outfielder who might hit for some power—not as a corner infielder who could also hit for average and pick it at third.

Minors | #2006#Season Preview