March 2008

Biggest roster moves of the spring

The Cleveland Indians today announced that LHP Jeremy Sowers and LHP Aaron Laffey have been optioned to the Buffalo Bisons roster.

Sowers was the Bisons 2006 Warren Spahn Most Valuable Pitcher while Laffey took the honor last season.

Sowers, 24, split last season with the Bisons and the Indians and was 4-5 with a 4.10ERA in 15 starts with Buffalo (96.2IP, 112H, 56R, 44ER, 24BB, 51K). In his final nine games from July 21 to the end of the season, the former 1st round draft pick was 4-1 with a 2.95ERA. He finished 3rd on the Bisons in innings pitched (96.2IP) and 5th in strikeouts (61).

In 2006, Sowers was 9-1 with a 1.39ERA in 15 games with the Bisons, leading the team in wins and finishing 3rd in innings pitched (97.1IP). When he was promoted from the Herd on June 23, 2006, he led all of Triple-A in ERA.

Laffey, 22, flew up the Indians system in 2007, starting the year at Double-A Akron before making his Major League debut. In between, the southpaw went 9-3 with a 3.08ERA in 16 games with the Bisons (96.1IP, 89H, 36R, 33ER, 23BB, 75K). He became the first Bisons pitcher in the Modern Era to win six games in a single month, going 6-0 with a 0.87ERA in June. He won his next three decisions, becoming the only starting pitcher in the Bisons Modern Era to win nine consecutive decisions. He finished the year 1st on the Bisons in complete games (2), T1st in wins (9) and quality starts (10) and 3rd in strikeouts (75).

Laffey was named IL Pitcher of the Week on August 9 and after the season was given the Bob Feller Award as the Indians Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

The Indians spring training Major League roster is now at 29 players and 6 non-roster invitees.

Back burner blogging

BISONS NEWS BEAT:  This just in… I’ve learned the highlight video from the Family Fun Open House is online for your viewing pleasure. 

Packing can be summed up in with three letters… ugh.  I never get used to it and we’ve moved enough the US Post Office has a flash card of all our forwarding addresses.  My wife and I have gone into overdrive packing as we get ready to move next weekend.

As we move closer to Opening Day, I’ve gotten questions like, “who cares when you’re packing, when are the Bisons unpacking?”  A little harsh but I’ll answer the question. 

The Bisons will break camp and arrive in Buffalo Monday and have preseason workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There will be plenty of unpacking just to repack and travel to Norfolk to open the season.  Trust me, between the blog and Team, you’ll know just about every move the team makes once they’re in town. 

Taking your questions is something Duke and I enjoy doing during every broadcast.  Moving ahead we’ll handle your questions in two ways. 

  • Uno: We’ll compile all the questions you send in and answer them each week in our Saturday Mailblog session. 
  • Dos:  Throughout every broadcast we have Q&A sessions.  We check the broadcast booth inbox throughout the entire game.

You can send us an email or txt me:  Make sure you include your name and hometown when you send us a note so we can thank you for your effort.  It’s just easier to thank “Mr. Shaw” versus “SweetSammy @” – trust me! 

Roster trimmed, Miller on the mound

I’m back on the clock.  My apologies to those of you who check back regularly and found no update yesterday.  Between cursing my bracket and getting ready to move into our first house, time has been tight.  My question, how did we get all this “stuff” in just one year in Buffalo?  I digress.  Back to the task at hand and what happened in the last few hours:

Here’s some ‘three dot data’ from the Tribe on Thursday… Indians optioned OF BRAD SNYDER to AAA Buffalo and reassigned RHP MATT GINTER, RHP JEFF HARRIS, LHP RICH RUNDLES, CA ARMANDO CAMACARO, CA DAVID WALLACE, INF AARON HERR & INF DANNY SANDOVAL to minor league camp leaving just 36 players in Major League camp… Among the 36 players, there are 17 pitchers, 9 infielders, 7 outfielders and 3 catchers… RHP BRENDAN DONNELLY, who was signed to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training on February 6th will not report to camp until the end of March to begin his rehab after undergoing Tommy John surgery last August.  More details here! 

Also, Adam Miller was back on the mound.  In the 5-2 Buffalo win versus Akron, the Tribe’s top prospect worked two innings, allowed one hit, a walk, one punch out, and no runs. The Texan has already been slated to be part of the Herd’s roster if all goes well.  The game scheduled against Toledo was rained out.  Details here.

Good luck on your second day of bracket watching and capping off a less than productive work week 🙂 

Waiting on the Herd

The snow continued to melt off the Dunn Tire Park playing surface today as we all anticipate the Bisons official arrival in a few weeks.  There is a MASSIVE snow drift between the dugouts behind home plate so the sun has a lot of work to do to get rid of all the snow in the park but it has done a great job so far.  Down south the Bisons had much better playing conditions but couldn’t find enough fire power for a win.

Buffalo was defeated by the Round Rock Express (Astros), 8-2, Tuesday afternoon from Winter Haven, FL. The Herd is now 2-2 after the first four games of their 12-game spring exhibition schedule.

Solo home runs from outfielder Nathan Panther and infielder Wes Hodges accounted for both the Bisons runs. Panther also singled (2-3) as he had two of the Bisons’ five hits in the game.

With Cleveland having a scheduled off day, RHP Fausto Carmona pitched for the Herd. Cleveland’s 19-game winner from last season allowed three unearned runs on six hits in five innings of work. He also stuck out five.

Mulhern continues to mash

I bounced out of the office a little early today and made a brief appearance on ‘Western New York SportzBlitz’ featured on Time Warner SportsNet.  We talked a little hoops and Bisons baseball.  I really think in the months to come you’ll see more Bisons information featured.  When I left for the show I didn’t know the result of the game today or the individual performances.  You can read a few of the highlights below including another great day at the plate with Ryan Mulhern

By the way, Mulhern is one of nine featured wallpapers you can download and set as your desktop.  Any of the nine will look great and get you more excited for the season opener. 

Buffalo Bisons defeated the Richmond Braves, 11-1, Monday afternoon from Winter Haven, FL. The Herd is now 2-1 after the first three games of their 12-game spring exhibition schedule.

Outfielder Trevor Crowe homered, drove in two and stole his first base of the spring with the Bisons (1-2, HR, 2RBI, 2BB). First baseman Ryan Mulhern collected two more hits (2-3, 2B) to help lead Buffalo’s 14-hit attack.

The Bisons’ 2007 Most Valuable Player, Mulhern is hitting .700 (7-10) with five doubles and 4RBI so far this spring. Last season, Mulhern led the Bisons with 36 doubles and 76RBI.

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The Bisons Home Opener is just 25 days away and individual game, season ticket and ticket packages are now available.