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August 31, 2014   (7 comments)
Around The Farm: August 30, 2014
As the great philosopher Jagger once said: "but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need." The RubberDucks tried to clinch a playoff spot with a win last night, but despite their loss, found themselves in anyway. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps the action in the organization, including Erik Gonzalez leading the way for the RubberDucks, and takes you Around the Farm.
August 30, 2014   (5 comments)
Carr's camera has shot many memories over the years
You probably wouldn’t know him if you saw him. But if you are a Cleveland Indians fan, you have probably bumped into Ken Carr at one time or another. Be it spring training, at Progressive Field, or at one of the minor league ballparks, the man with the faded safari hat, glasses, and cameras has been shooting pictures for 25 years. The IBI's Tony Lastoria did a feature on him last year and updated it and re-posted it here for all to enjoy...
August 30, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #133: Cleveland 6, Kansas City 1
For the first time in 2014, Cleveland finds itself five games over .500, as the Indians took the first game of a critical road series in Kansas City. With the last three innings imperiled by rain, Salazar's effective if unorthodox night was cut short at five innings and 72 pitches. The IBI's John Grimm examines the peculiarities of Salazar's most bimodal pitch: the splitter.
August 30, 2014   (12 comments)
Around The Farm: August 29, 2014
With the season winding down, it is time for players to try to make their final impressions on the organization before heading into the long offseason. For players like Joey Wendle (who missed a big chunk of the season due to injury), however, these final days are critical to make up for lost time. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down Wendle doing just that Friday and recaps the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Montero encounters strange situation on rehab stint
Labor Day weekend has finally arrived! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a bizarre situation that unfolded involving Jesus Montero, how Derek Jeter could be hurting the Yankees playoff chances, the discord between Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter, and more.
August 29, 2014   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Aguilar is making his presence noticed
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot hitting Jesus Aguilar at Triple-A Columbus and just how potent his bat is, the strides he has made this season and wonders why he is not yet in Cleveland. He also takes a look at the strong pro debut from 17th round pick Cameron Hill and gives some insight into his stuff and ability, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players like Yandy Diaz, Dylan Baker, LeVon Washington and others, and more!
August 29, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #132: Indians 3, White Sox 2
Carlos Carrasco's brilliant stretch of pitching since returning to the starting rotation continued on Thursday as he held Chicago to just one run over six and two thirds innings. Jason Kipnis extended his dominant play in his hometown as the Windy City while Michael Bourn claimed the league lead in triples with nine. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the Indians' 3-2 victory in Chicago.
August 29, 2014   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: August 28, 2014
Thursday night in the Cleveland organization was highlighted by the old and the new. At this point, Nellie Rodriguez putting up big numbers in Lake County has become old news, as the first baseman has spent most of 2014 doing just that. Casey Shane shutting down the New York-Penn League is new, however, as the 2013 sixth round pick was only recently called up from the Arizona League. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 29, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Phillies president and CEO to take leave of absence
Happy Friday! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Phillies part-owner taking a leave of absence, Indians catcher Yan Gomes could be close to returning to the lineup, Mashahiro Tanaka continues to move forward in his rehab, and more.
August 28, 2014   (0 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Claudio Bautista
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to talk about Claudio Bautista, a position player who has had a strong season at Low-A Lake County but someone that a lot of people may not know much about. What kind of prospect is he? How is his bat and defense? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all the details...
August 28, 2014   (0 comments)
On-Deck With the Captains: 8/22/14-8/27/2014
The Lake County Captains are going to the playoffs. It was a rough first half for the team, so rough that any thought of a playoff bid seemed long gone. Instead, the team bore down and crafted a successful second half, clinching a playoff spot on Aug. 27. The pitching has stepped up and the bats have produced, an obvious recipe for success. Now, the Captains will close the season out at home before they seek a Midwest League championship.
August 28, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #131: Chicago 3, Cleveland 2
After more dramatics from Zach Walters on Tuesday, Corey Kluber took the mound on Wednesday in a game where the Indians were the heavy favorites. The White Sox were losers of seven straight and 14 of their last 18. Meanwhile, the Indians had their ace on the mound, had won three straight, and were facing a pitcher they’d hit well all season. It didn’t matter. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's 3-2 loss.
August 28, 2014   (15 comments)
Around the Farm: August 27, 2014
The playoffs may pass the major league club by this season, but playoff fever is in full effect on the minor league side, with the Lake County Captains clinching a spot in the postseason. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps the night, including Claudio Bautista's large role in the Captains' clincher, Francisco Mejia putting up a big night with the Scrappers, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 27, 2014   (2 comments)
Everything is coming together for Rodriguez this season
The Low-A Lake County Captains are on the verge of making the playoffs. The Captains roster has been in flux all season and features a good mix of legit high upside prospects along with some solid veteran role player types, but one player who has been there all season and might be the team MVP is first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talked with him earlier this season on the adjustments he has made over the past year-plus in the system.
August 27, 2014   (3 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Clevinger is adjusting to new team
In the midst of a playoff race, the Carolina Mudcats are making a furious late season push to be a representative from the Carolina League’s Southern Division. The team won six of seven games this week and closed the week with five wins in a row to find themselves just 1.5 games back in the Southern Division with one week left in the regular season. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and also sat down and talked with recent trade acquisition Michael Clevinger...
August 27, 2014   (27 comments)
Around the Farm: August 26, 2014
The Columbus Clippers clinched the division title and berth in the International League playoffs on Tuesday night. The Lake County Captains moved one step away from a playoff berth with a win, and the Carolina Mudcats kept themselves in the playoff chase with a win. In addition to the team success on the night, the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the notable individual performances Around the Farm...
August 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Braves could look to deal B.J. Upton
It was a big day in Cleveland, as Kevin Love was officially introduced as a Cleveland Cavalier. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on some intriguing trade rumors surrounding the Braves, interest in Bartolo Colon after he cleared waivers, and more.
August 26, 2014   (4 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2014 Draft: Part 5
Over the past few weeks and upcoming weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will continue to post pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2014 Draft. The Indians signed 30 players in total and he will have a tons of comments on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant as well as other insights as well. In today's fifth edition of this piece he looks at Bobby Bradley, Julian Merryweather, J.P. Feyereisen, Argenis Angulo and Dominic DeMasi.
August 26, 2014   (13 comments)
Second Thoughts: The time is now for Indians to make a push
Despite going 4-2 on the week, the Indians odds of making the playoffs actually decreased. That number now stands at 9%. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his thoughts as the Indians get set to play a big stretch of games that will ultimately determine their playoff fate, he ponders about next year's defensive lineup, and more.
August 26, 2014   (34 comments)
Around the Farm: August 25, 2014
It was a wild night Around the Farm as the Indians had three of their affiliates go into extra innings and win key games and improve their playoff chances. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the performances and notes the exceptional night from Jesus Aguilar, Bradley Zimmer's great pro debut, the return from injury for Mason Radeke, and much more.

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