It's not quiet Easter, but the Indians offense tallied for a big egg Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. Backed by the arm of four-time All-Star Mark Buehrle, Toronto shutout the Tribe for the first time this season, 5-0, to take the first two games of the three game series. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action from the ballpark.
Ryan Merritt may be a self-described “country boy” from a small town in Texas, but the talented left-hander has made a name for himself and now hopes to make it all the way to the big city of Cleveland. He is one of the Indians better young pitching prospects, and the IBI's Daniel Kale had a chance to sit down with him recently and get his thoughts on his career to date and where things go from here.
Double-A Akron shortstop Francisco Lindor and Low-A Lake County left-handed pitcher Matt Whitehouse had nice showings to lead the Indians farm system on Friday night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about those two performances and many others on the night in our daily Around the Farm piece here at IBI.
It's finally the weekend! 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 Ike Davis finding a new home in Pittsburgh, Manny Ramirez attempting another comeback, and more.
It wasn't a good Friday by any means for the Indians in their series opener with the Toronto Blue Jays. Loading up the bases with two out in the bottom of the ninth, the Tribe couldn't deliver any walk-off magic, as they fell in a frustrating loss to Toronto, 3-2. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action from the ballpark Friday night.
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 earlier, they have to run now. Join Jim as he goes over the 2013 Akron Aeros/RubberDucks, a team that was filled with high-end prospects like Carlos Moncrief, Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez, and many more.
Despite the efforts of Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall, the Indians could not overcome the pitching woes of Danny Salazar and the bullpen on Thursday. Even though the Indians managed to make Justin Verlander work during five innings, the Tiger bullpen came in and held the lead as they split the brief two-game series in Motown. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps Thursday's loss.
In Adam Plutko's first start, he had the run prevention without the dominance. In his second start, he had the strikeouts, but not the run prevention. So what happened in Plutko's third start Thursday night? The 2013 11th round draft pick and College World Series champion put it all together. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at Plutko's overall brilliance, a few notable season debuts (including Clint Frazier day), and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
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 an update with the Athletics' ballpark situation, some former Indians making the headlines, Joel Hanrahan is drawing interest from a number of teams, and more.
It is the first Minor Happenings of the year! The IBI's Tony Lastoria dives right into things with tons of information on Indians prospects throughout the system. He talks about Jesus Aguilar's start and how the Indians are experimenting with him a little to potentially add more versatility, provides some insight and thoughts on recent pickup Duke von Schamann, provide lots of injury details on all of the walking wounded throughout the system, provides a bevy of comments from the front office on the likes of Kyle Crockett and others, and also tons of insight into players like Trevor Bauer, Giovanny Urshela, Erik Gonzalez, Nellie Rodriguez and more.
Did anyone guess that Zach McAllister was going to be the best pitcher out of the gate this season? After another strong outing against the Tigers on Wednesday night, he might very well be. The IBI's Michael Goodman talks about McAllister's impressive outing, the continued struggles of some key players, some costly defensive miscues and more from the Indians 3-2 win over the Tigers.
Thanks to some bad weather Tuesday night, Akron, Carolina, and Lake County had doubleheaders Wednesday. With seven games on the slate throughout the system, there was plenty of action on the minor league front. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including yet another dominant Trevor Bauer start, Ryan Merritt continuing to put up strong outings, and much more as he takes you on a lengthy trip Around the Farm.
It's never easy when Cleveland squares up against Detroit. 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 an offer Kendrys Morales turned down, another Angels' outfielder goes down, 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!