In the latest Down on the Farm Report with Ross Adkins, hosted by Jim Rosenhaus (former Bisons play-by-play announcer):
Why it's important to have the Kinston Indians ballclub in our Minor League farm system - important to have a warm-weather ballclub - allowed Cliff Lee to rehab in warmer climate.
More importantly than the warmer weather is the relationship the Indians have with Kinston, including the history of baseball there.
C Max Ramirez - has high OBP - each night, part of run production; either a catalyst or driving them in; needs to shore up some of the defensive areas and gets comfortable as he's a converted catcher. He has plenty of arm and natural confidence. Wants to be in the lineup every night.
LHP David Huff - aggressive with his fastball and has good fastball command - like Cliff Lee; repeats his delivery very well and is having success.
RHP Jeff Stevens - breaking through - up to 95 MPH with his fastball; has a "whiffle-ball" breaking ball; very polished RHP for a 23-YO recent college graduate.
I've noticed that they've made the Down on the Farm segment shorter; they've replaced the second half with the "Community Involvement" segment, where current Indians' players have done good things in the community. Also, they're reviewing some Indians' highlights from past seasons, including Andre Thornton walking 6 times in one game.
No offense, but I'd prefer having two segments of Minor League news like they had it with John Farrell and Matt Underwood. They used to mention 6-8 Minor League players at different levels in a week's time, not 3 at just one level.
Oh well, I guess one segment is better than none. :-) I hope you enjoyed it!