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Francona discusses recent trade, off-season forecast on PD Sports Insider

Indians Manager Terry Francona was the special guest on this afternoon’s episode of the PD Sports Insider on Cleveland.com.  Francona joined hosts Bud Shaw and Dennis Manoloff from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Glenn Moore of Cleveland.com to discuss a range of questions surrounding the club.

With off-season activity gearing up, Francona spoke at length about the outlook for the club’s winter, and what the club hopes to accomplish heading into next season. He also offered his take on the recent trade with the Blue Jays which sent reliever Esmil Rogers to Toronto for infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Yan Gomes.

“You hate to give up any pitching arms, but to get good players [sometimes] you have to do that,” Francona said on the show. “Toronto really regarded Esmil Rogers highly, and we get back a guy in Mike Aviles that can play Second, Third  and Short, and probably left and right. He’s a guy who can play everyday, or he can move all over the diamond. He gives you a guy with great baseball acumen. He loves to compete – whether he’s in the lineup or on the bench – he’ll always bring something positive to a team. He’s got a little edge to him, which is good.”

Francona also offered his take on Gomes, 25, who hit .328 with 13HR and 59 RBI in 79 games at AAA last year.

“Yan Gomes is a guy that can play the corners and can catch,” said Francona. “He probably got caught up in an organization that had a lot of catching, which not too many teams can say. So again, we had a chance to bring in two good players for one, and where we are situation right now, I thought it made sense.”

The full interview is available on Cleveland.com: Watch Here

– TribeVibe contributor Max Lom

Indians prospects taking advantage of extended season in Arizona Fall League and elsewhere

Ronny Rodriguez has followed up a strong regular season by excelling in Arizona. – Photo by Ken Inness/MiLB.com

Update: Two Indians prospects, catcher Alex Monsalve and pitcher Trey Haley have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League’s Futures Game. The game will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00PM ET and will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

Although the Major League season ended Sunday night, many young players will continue to play through the winter as they aim to speed up their development by playing extended seasons. The Indians have a number of young players currently working on their game in the Arizona Fall League, while several others will be participating in Winter Leagues across Latin America.

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) began its 2012 season on October 9 and eight players from the Indians organization are taking part by representing the Scottsdale Scorpions in the extended season. Several players, such as shortstop Ronny Rodriguez and left-handed pitcher T.J. House, have excelled in the AFL as they look to improve on strong 2012 seasons in the minor leagues.

Rodriguez, 20, is rated the No. 5 prospect in the organization by MLB.com after showing impressive power (19 HR and 66 RBI) with the Carolina Mudcats (Hi-A) in the 2012 regular season. He is hitting .273 through 11 games in the AFL, with six RBI and three stolen bases.

House is coming off a promising season in which he was promoted from Carolina to Double-A Akron, compiling a 10-5 record and 3.56 ERA between the two teams. He has built on his 2012 regular season campaign with several strong performances in Arizona, striking out 18 batters over 17 innings of work, and posting a 1.59 ERA.

Both Rodriguez and House hope to follow in the footsteps of a number of current Indians players who have spent time developing their game in the AFL in recent years.

Jason Kipnis excelled in the AFL in the fall of 2010, and Vinnie Pestano appeared in the league in 2009. Both players went on to make their Major League debuts the following season.

The Arizona Fall League schedule ends on November 15, but similar leagues in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico will take place throughout the fall and winter.

Notable current Indians have played in these leagues as well in recent years. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera played in the Venezuelan Winter League from 2007-2011, while catcher Carlos Santana and pitcher Rafael Perez each made appearances in the 2009 Dominican Winter League. Pitcher Esmil Rogers is expected to play in the Dominican this winter.

For more on the Indians prospects currently plying their trade in off-season leagues, read Tyler Emerick’s feature for MLB.com.

– TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom

Players discuss their off-season plans – Part One

After eight months of baseball, from the beginning of Spring Training in February to the end of the season last week, Indians players headed home to get some rest, and begin preparing already for the 2013 season. Each player has his own routine to prepare for next season, and TribeVibe caught up with a number of Indians players before they departed the clubhouse for the off-season.

In part one of the off-season feature, TribeVibe spoke to several pitchers about their plans this winter:

Vinnie Pestano

TribeVibe: How long will you take before you begin preparing for next season?

VP: Usually every year I give myself about a month to rest and relax, but it’s usually only about two or three weeks until I get bored enough to get back in there. Any more than that and I already feel like I’m starting to cheat myself for next season. So probably two-and-a-half or three weeks, right around the time the World Series gets going, is usually when I start working out again. (more…)

15 Questions with Esmil Rogers

Indians pitcher Esmil Rogers earned his first win in an Indians uniform on July 18. Rogers recently sat down and took on TribeVibe’s “15 Questions.”

TribeVibe: Who is someone who intimidates you?
Esmil Rogers: Nobody.

TV: Do you have a trophy or award that stands out among others in your career?
ER: Not in baseball but in basketball; MVP for most points in a game.

TV: What is the best birthday gift you have ever received?
ER: Seeing my mom.

TV: What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
ER: [I have not taken it] yet. Maybe Spain.

TV: What is the first car you ever drove?
ER: Honda.

TV: Did you mimic any particular player’s batting stance as a kid?
ER: My brother’s.

TV: Do you have any pets?
ER: A dog, Rondo.

TV: Are there any states in particular that you want to visit that you have never been to?
ER: Washington, D.C.

TV: What is the current song playing on your iPod?
ER: A Latin song, Beso Mojado.

TV: What is the last movie you saw?
ER: Step Up 3.

TV: What is your favorite clubhouse snack?
ER: Sushi.

TV: Do you have a favorite NBA team?
ER: Chicago.

TV: How will the Chicago Bulls do this coming season?
ER: We’ll see. I think they’re going to be alright. We only need Derrick Rose.

TV: What is the ideal temperature for a baseball game?
ER: Not hot, but warm.

TV: What was your favorite book as a kid?
ER: Libro Nacho.

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

A Punch in the Face: Pedro Strop’s Perspective

TribeVibe recently spoke with Orioles reliever Pedro Strop, who was roommates with Indians pitcher Esmil Rogers at the Rockies Dominican Academy. Check out the original story here: http://tribevibe.mlblogs.com/2012/07/17/esmil-rogers-a-punch-in-the-face/

TribeVibe: What happened in your room the day that Esmil told you he was quitting baseball?
Pedro Strop: He was kind of struggling a little bit when he was first traded. He started packing his stuff, and I said, “What are you doing?” He said, “I’m going home.” I was like, “You’re going home? You’re not going anywhere.” He packed all his stuff, and he was just going to walk away. I stood up in front of the door. We were standing there fighting and punching. I said, “You’re not going out.” He started crying, and I chewed him out. I talked to one of the coaches the next day, and then we talked to him. After that, everything was better.

TV: What did Esmil want to do in New York?
PS: He had family there, and usually, a lot of players that cannot play anymore go to New York; that’s what they do. They just find a job there and work just a regular job. That was what he was planning by that time.

TV: Why did you choose to name your son Rogers?
PS: I just liked the name. His name is Rogers, but everybody calls him “Roger.” It just looks like it.

TV: Is there a reason why you chose Esmil to be your son’s godfather?
PS: He is a great person, and we are really good friends. I get along with his family; we are close. I chose him as godfather because we are good friends.

TV: What is Esmil’s best quality?
PS: He is always happy. Always. You’re never going to see this guy mad. He’s always happy.

TV: How often do you keep in touch with Esmil?
PS: The whole year.

TV: How would you analyze Esmil as a pitcher today?
PS: He’s a pretty good pitcher, and I think he has good stuff to start. He looks more like a starting pitcher. I think he can be a good reliever, too, but I see him as a starter. Hopefully he’ll get an opportunity to start at some point in his career.

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

Esmil Rogers: A Punch in the Face

Sometimes it just takes a punch in the face for one to realize their true potential on the baseball field and in life. For Indians pitcher Esmil Rogers, it took two.

Rogers, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, signed with the Colorado Rockies Dominican Academy in 2003 and played in the Dominican Summer League. In three years as shortstop, Rogers hit .208 in 494 at-bats.

The DSL pitching coach recognized Rogers’ arm strength as an infielder and decided to convert him into a pitcher, fully aware of his potential on the mound.

“I tell [people] they made me a pitcher because I hit too much,” Rogers said. “They say, ‘They made you a pitcher, and you hit too much?’ I say, ‘Yes. I hit .300 in three years — .100, .100, and .100.’”

Rogers made the transition from infielder to pitcher with current Orioles reliever Pedro Strop, his former roommate at the Rockies Academy. While Strop flourished on the mound, Rogers struggled to keep men off base.

In 2006, both Rogers and Strop were promoted to the Casper Rockies (recently named the Grand Junction Rockies). Rogers went 2-6 in 15 starts (63.1 IP) with a 6.96 ERA, while Strop sported a 1-0 record in 11 appearances with a 2.08 ERA.

Rogers, 26, said his performance that year led him to doubt his talent.

“I pitched [in rookie league], but I didn’t pitch good like what I know I can do,” he said. “One day I was picking up all my stuff, and I said I wanted to quit baseball. I didn’t want to play anymore. I [wanted] to go to New York.”

Strop, who had experienced similar poverty growing up in the Dominican Republic, had other ideas for his friend.

“[Strop] hit me two times in the face, in my eyes,” Rogers said. “I started to cry, saying, ‘I don’t want to play baseball anymore.’ He told me, ‘You can throw 95 mph, and you want to go home?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He hit me again and said, ‘You’re not going anywhere. You have to pass through me.’”

Strop stood in the doorway, preventing Rogers from leaving his room at the academy. Rogers made several phone calls to his family members, including his brother, Eddie Rogers, 33, who was a shortstop for the Orioles at the time.

Eddie immediately questioned his brother’s desire to find a job in New York City.

“My brother said, ‘What are you going to do? You’ve never worked. The only thing you can do is play baseball,’” Rogers said.

Heeding the advice of his brother and closest friend, Rogers spent that offseason working with the pitching coach at the Rockies Dominican Academy. After receiving an invite to Spring Training, Rogers allowed just one earned run in 34 innings in spring ball.

“Me and my roommate went to the complex together, and we got a call from the Rockies GM,” Rogers said. “We got on the 40-man together, we became pitchers together, [I] got my debut in 2009, and he got his in 2009, too.”

Strop and Rogers made their Major League debuts just 15 days apart. Strop did not allow a run in 1.0 inning on August 28, 2009 at Minnesota. Rogers allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in 4.0 innings at San Diego on September 12, 2009.

In 38 appearances for the Orioles this season, Strop is 4-2 with a 1.59 ERA, while Rogers carries a 0.69 WHIP and a 2.25 ERA in 13 games with Cleveland.

The highs and lows of Minor League Baseball and of life have ultimately drawn the former roommates closer together. Strop, who had been there for Rogers at the crossroads of his life, named his two-year-old son “Rogers Strop” and asked Rogers to be his son’s godfather.

“We were roommates and really good friends because we played together,” Rogers said. “We are like brothers right now. Everything we do is together.”

While the lights and glamour of New York City once appeared to be his destination, Rogers is thankful for his “brothers’” guidance as he pitches under the lights for the Cleveland Indians.

“I think the only reason I wanted to go to New York is because I didn’t want to go back to the Dominican,” Rogers said. “There’s nothing to do where I’m from, anyway. The only thing everyone does over there is play baseball; that’s the tradition for my city, my country.”

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

Indians Game Information, July 4

CLEVELAND INDIANS (41-39, 2nd, -2.0 G) vs. LOS ANGELES ANGELS (45-36)
RHP Derek Lowe (7-6, 4.42) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (4-8, 5.12)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

WINS AND LOSSES: Cleveland plated runs in 6 of 8 turns at-bat last night and pounded out 14 hits to beat the Angels 9-5…Cleveland is 1-1 to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Los Angeles-AL (1-1) and Tampa Bay (4 games) that will wrap up the club’s first “half” of the 2012 campaign heading into the All-Star break…the Indians have lost 21 of their last 36 games, buthave still won 3 of 4, 4 of 6, and 40 of their last 75…Cleveland’s overall 2012 record sits 2 games above the .500 mark (41-39), 6 games shy of the club’s season high-water mark (8G, 26-18, May 24)…the Indians have been at or above the .500 mark for 79 consecutive days…club has not been below the .500 mark since April 14 (3-4)…Cleveland is 2 games above the .500 mark at home (21-19), winning 4 of 5, 10 of 17 and 19 of the last 32 games at Progressive Field after starting the year 2-6 in Cleveland…club’s road record sits at an even .500 (20-20) away from Progressive Field.

KANSAS  CITY  HERE  I  COME:  The  Indians  will  have  a  pair  of  representatives at the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City, as SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA and closer CHRIS PEREZ were both named to the American League team Sunday as the result of player balloting…this marks the 2nd career selections for both Cabrera and Perez, as the same duo was also added to the 2011 Mid-Summer Classic in Phoenix…the last Indians SS to make consecutive All-Star teams was OMAR VIZQUEL in 1998-99, while the last Indians reliever to do so was JOSE MESA in 1995-96.

NOT MAKE BELIEVE: ESMIL ROGERS has posted a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11.1 IP) across 9 appearances since being acquired by the Indians on June 12, which is the 4th-best figure among A.L. relievers with at least 10.0 IP in that span behind Seattle’s duo of Wilhelmsen (0.00, 11.0 IP) and Furbush (0.73, 12.1 IP), and Detroit’s Villarreal (1.54, 11.2 IP)…Rogers’ .150 (6-40) opponents’ avg. is also 4th-best among that same population of A.L. relievers, as he has recorded 15 strikeouts against just one walk.

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