The Akron RubberDucks made their first appearance at Canal Park over the past week, debuting their new mascot and the rebranded franchise (for pictures from the event, see the article IBI had on Saturday). Unfortunately for the RubberDucks, the team dropped four of seven over the past week, falling to 5-6 on the season. There were still great performances from Bryson Myles, the left-handed relievers, and much more. Join Jim Piascik with the weekly Akron notebook, Burning Tread with the RubberDucks.
The Indians were off on Monday and Triple-A Columbus was postponed due to weather, but there were still three affiliates who stuck it out and played through some tough weather conditions on Monday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the noteworthy performances on the night with special attention to an error-fest in Lake County, the Duke making another impressive appearance with Akron, and more.
The Indians are about to open up their first series of the year against division foe Detroit. Buckle up! 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 the Padres extending Jedd Gyorko, Joe Maddon's recent comments about Tommy John surgery, an update on Dustin Pedroia's injury, and more.
The Clippers are 3-7 to start the season and although it's early are tied for last in the International League West standings with the Toledo Mudhens. Columbus' problems have been inconsistent with the losses coming between one and eight runs. Another week has passed in the season and there is still no one place to blame for the struggling Clippers. Join Adrienne Robbins as she goes Sailing with the Clippers.
The IBI Hot List returns this week with the first edition recapping the hot performances to date in the Indians system. This listing is a quick rundown through the hottest and some of the coldest players in the Indians system over the past seven days with news and insight into their performances. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the performances of them all, including names like Aguilar, Bauer, Myles, Merritt, Lucas, Head, Ferrell and more!
Tribe Happenings is back! After a few weeks away, the Happenings return this week to discuss what is going on with the Cleveland Indians. Today, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the up and down performance of the team two weeks into the season, who has surprised and disappointed, provides insight into the roster decisions expected this week with Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi, expresses his concerns with the makeup of the roster against left-handed pitching, and more.
The new 2014 Indians Baseball Insider: The Top 100 Prospects & More book is now available for sale! This year's more condensed version has over 180 players in the Indians organization featured in it with scouting reports for everyone, a new International Top 16 prospect listing for those that are new to the organization or may be debuting stateside this year, and more. The book is available for purchase on-line and should be available at other outlets soon. Details inside...
Last year, it was Jason Giambi was the hero against the White Sox. This year, Alexei Ramirez whipped up some heroics of his own and exacted a little revenge on the team that beat Chicago 17 times in 2013. We all know what was wrong with the game on Sunday, so the IBI's Jake Dungan would like to focus on what went right for the Tribe.
The Indians had some interesting performances across their minor league system on Sunday, led by High-A Carolina outfielder Bryson Myles who is some kind of hot in the early going this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the action both good and bad on the day in Around the Farm...
The Indians have not shied away from frustrating moments to start the year. 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 more drama surrounding the ESPN article revolving around the worth of some big free agents, Joe Blanton leaving the A's Triple-A club, and more.
To start off The WAR Room, Jim Piascik will be going back to 2013 and going over last year's performances. Ideally this is something that would happen in the offseason, but since he was not able to compute these stats until now, they have to run now. Join Jim as he goes over the 2013 Columbus Clippers pitchers, including Trevor Bauer's year to forget, T.J. House's rising profile, and much more.
For the Cleveland Indians and the fandom that follows them, Saturday's 12-6 victory was an oasis in what has been an offensive desert of a start. The team's offense finally broke out of a week long slump and piled up 12 runs on 12 hits, though the starting pitching continues to be inconsistent. The IBI's John Grimm looks at the rotation's performance to date and offers up some evidence that things may not be as bad as they seem....
All four Indians' affiliates were back in action on Saturday afternoon, and with that several of the Indians hopefuls of the future had a chance to shine. Ryan Rohlinger and Jerrud Sabourin were perfect at the plate on the night, and Dorssys Paulino and Paul Hendrix had big nights at the plate. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm......
It wasn't pretty, but at least the Indians salvaged a win Saturday in Chicago. 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 the Nationals losing their third baseman, the Cardinals extending their GM, and more.
The 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!