July 2008

Top Dog Talks

Tribe GM Mark Shapiro addressed a number of issues yesterday.

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As it stands right now after speaking with Buffalo Manager, Torey Lovullo, Laffey will work on fine tuning a few things prior to starting in a game. Look for him to start in the Herd’s next homestand.

For the time being, the roation stays Jackson, Halama, Weaver, Bullington and Huff. The Bisons will be back in action tonight against Charlotte.

Crazy days

Trades lead to roster moves and that means new players in the clubhouse. A really busy past couple of days for the Herd.

Let’s get right to it…

Here are the latest activations:
The Buffalo Bisons today announced that RHP Jon Meloan and INF Walter Diaz have been placed on the team’s active roster for Sunday’s game in Charlotte against the Charlotte Knights (5:15 p.m.). Meloan was acquired by the Cleveland Indians yesterday in the Casey Blake trade. Diaz has been promoted from Single-A Mahoning Valley.

Meloan and Diaz will fill the roster spots as INF Andy Gonzalez had his contract purchased by the Indians yesterday and RHP Jeff Stevens was placed on the temporary inactive list to begin his Olympic preparations with Team USA.

The Cleveland Indians have also traded INF Chris De La Cruz to the Florida Marlins organization.

Meloan, 24, was the Dodgers 5th round selection out of the University of Arizona in the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The 6-3, 225 pound right-hander made his Major League debut with the Dodgers just last season, appearing in 5 games in September (7.1IP, 8H, 9R, 9ER, 8BB, 7K). He began 2007 at Double-A Jacksonville where he went 5-2 with 19 saves and a 2.18 ERA (45.1IP, 24H, 11ER, 18BB, 70K) in 35 appearances out of the bullpen while being named to the Southern League All-Star team and top reliever in the SL by Baseball America. He was later promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas where he went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (21.1IP, 12H, 4ER, 9BB, 21K) in 14 appearances before his call-up by LA.

Meloan was converted by the Dodgers to a starting pitcher this season and has spent the entire campaign with the Las Vegas 51’s, going 5-10 with a 4.97 ERA (105.0IP, 119H, 72R, 58ER, 60BB, 99K) in 21 games and 20 starts this season. He will work out of the Bisons bullpen.

Diaz, 23, has made the Triple-A level after just 19 professional games. A 48th round selection by the Indians in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Diaz has hit .288 (17-59) with four doubles and nine RBI for short-season Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League.

Here are your News & Notes today

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the third game of a four-game series from Knights Stadium (5:15 p.m.). The series is now tied at a game apiece following the Herd’s 4-0 shutout victory last night. The Bisons are now 1-1 on an eight-game roadtrip that will take them to Durham, July 29- August 1. On the mound tonight for the Herd is LHP Zach Jackson. The southpaw allowed just one run in four innings on July 21 in his first start with the Bisons. Charlotte will send out RHP Jack Egbert.

TODAY’S STARTER: Zach Jackson-Last Game: 7/21 vNOR: (ND, 4.0IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K), Tides’ 8-4 Win.
-2008 w/Bisons: (1-0, 1.69)(5G, 1GS, 10.2IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 10K).
-2008 w/ Nashville: (1-5, 7.85)(22G, 6GS 57.1IP, 61H, 54R, 50ER, 18BB, 34K).
-2007 w/ Nashville: (11-10, 4.46)(29G, 28GS, 169.2IP, 184H, 95R, 84ER, 64BB, 123K)
-2007 w/ Nashville: 1st in starts (28), innings (169.2), strikeouts (123).
-Originally a first round draft pick by Toronto in 2004.
-Acquired in trade with Milwaukee on July 7, 2008

ZACH ATTACK: LHP Zach Jackson has impressed in his first five games with the Bisons. After allowing just one run in four relief outings (6.2IP), the southpaw gave up just one run on two hits in his start on Monday against Norfolk. Jackson struck out four and left with the lead after 53 pitches because he hasn’t been stretched out as a starter. Jackson was one of four players the Cleveland Indians acquired earlier this month in the trade that sent LHP C.C. Sabathia to Milwaukee.

BISONS BITS: OF Todd Linden has reached base in 17 straight games, hitting .354 (23-65) with 8 walks…OF Brad Snyder is 6 for his last 13 (.462) with 3 doubles, 1 home run and 3RBI…C Chris Gimenez has reached base safely in 7 straight games, hitting .400 (10-25) with 8 walks…OF Trevor Crowe’s 1st-inning home run last night was his first Triple-A hit.

Laffey returns, trade winds

Big day for roster moves in the Big Leagues and in Buffalo. Let me see if I can help all of you keep this straight since the ‘trade winds’ are blowing at gale force.

As forecasted on the broadcast earlier this week, Aaron Laffey is back to Buffalo and will return to the rotation Sunday evening. Side note, Fausto Carmona is off the DL, that’s why Laffey was optioned back. Matt Ginter will stay in the rotation and throw Tuesday against Detroit.

This morning, Casey Blake was traded to the Dodgers, Andy Gonzalez leaves Buffalo for Cleveland to take the roster spot. The Bisons gain reliever Jon Meloan from Los Angeles and will join the Bisons bullpen when he arrives in the coming days.

Anthony Reyes was traded to Cleveland from St. Louis and will be in the Bisons rotation starting Monday in the series finale against Charlotte.

Following the game Friday night, Chris De La Cruz was traded to the Marlins and that leaves Buffalo with two position players – catcher Yamid Haad and outfielder Jason Cooper (I hope no infielders get hurt until the Tribe finds and extra body to bring to Buffalo).

Also, former Bisons outfielder, Jason Tyner is at the ballpark today and is listed on Marc Bombard’s card as an extra player for tonight.

Times like these are hectic for Bisons skipper Torey Lovullo… the cell has been glued to his ear.

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What southern hospitality

Charlotte. Just the name makes veteran Bisons cringe and common chatter in the clubhouse prior to taking the field on Friday night, “the next four days are going to be the longest of the year.”

Good point, since going back to 2006 the Herd have dropped seven straight to the Knights in the former “Castle” and 8 of 9 in the last three visits.

Here are today’s News & Notes

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the second game of a four-game series from Knights Stadium (7:15 p.m.). The Knights struck first in the set, winning the opener last night, 15-4. This contest is part of an eight-game roadtrip for the Herd as they will travel to Durham, July 29- August 1. On the mound tonight for the Herd is LHP David Huff. The southpaw allowed just one run in five innings on Sunday but fell in defeat to Richmond. Charlotte will send out RHP Tomo Ohka.

TODAY’S STARTER: David Huff-Last Game: 7/20 vRIC(2): (L, 5.0IP, 6H, R, ER, 2K), Bisons’ 1-0 loss.
-2008 w/ Bisons: (2-3, 3.19)(9GS, 48.0IP, 44H, 20R, 17ER, 5BB, 50K).
-2008 w/ Akron (AA): (5-1, 1.92)(11G, 10GS, 65.2IP, 44H, 17R, 14ER, 14BB, 62K)
-2007 w/ Kinston (A): (4-1, 2.72)(11GS, 59.2IP, 57H, 23R, 18ER, 15BB, 46K).
-2007 Carolina League All-Star, missed second half of season (left elbow strain).
-2006 w/ Mahoning Valley (A): (0-1, 5.87)(4GS, 7.2IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 8K).
-Drafted by Cleveland in the 1st round (39th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft

HUFF’S STUFF: LHP David Huff has allowed just one total run in his last two starts, but has an 0-1 record to show for his efforts. Buffalo lost both games by a 1-0 score. In fact, Huff has allowed three runs or less in seven of his nine starts with a 3.19ERA, but his record is just 2-3. The Bisons have scored just 22 runs in his nine starts (2.4 R/G). Huff’s 112 total strikeouts this season (62 with Double-A Akron) are the most for any Indians minor league pitcher.

BIG GAME TODD: OF Todd Linden had a monster game last night with a double, two home runs and three RBI. He’s the fifth Bison to homer twice in a game this year and the first since OF Brad Snyder knocked two out on July 2. Linden has now reached base in 16 consecutive games, hitting .365 (23-63) since July 7. Over the span the outfielder has eight doubles, two home runs, 11RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored.

JUMPIN’ GIMENEZ: C Chris Gimenez has drawn two walks in each of his last three starts and has now reached safely in six straight games. Since the All-Star break, he is hitting .381 (8-21) with five runs scored and eight walks. So far this month, the catcher is hitting .290 (18-62) with a home run and six RBI.

BISONS BITS: INF Jordan Brown has a five game hitting streak (.381, 8-21), the longest active streak for a Bisons hitter…RHP Randy Newsom’s 25 saves (1 with Buffalo, 24 for Akron) lead all Indians minor leaguers.

Bisons crack 'Fab Fifty'

Minor League News rated the Mid-Season MLN FAB50 Baseball 2008. The list had a few Bisons on it too.

LHP DAVID HUFF(no. 17), CA CHRIS GIMENEZ(no.42) and RHP JEFF STEVENS(no. 40) were all named to the MLN FAB50 Baseball 2008 Mid-Season Movement & Talent Rankings… Huff is 2-3 with a 3.19ERA (48.0, 44H, 20R/17ER, 4HR, 5BB, 50K) in nine games for the Bisons… Gimenez is batting .240 (23-96) with 9RS, 4-2B, 3B, HR and 8RBI in 27 games for the Herd… Stevens is 0-2 with 5S/8SVO (25.0IP, 16H, 13R/12ER, 3HR, 13BB, 36K) in 16 games with the Bisons… He was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team and will compete in the Bejing Olympic Games on August 8-24 (Baseball competition Aug. 13-23)… The Bisons are ranked 3rd overall for top prospects in player development this season. (courtesy Cleveland Indians)

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