All good things must come to an end and such was the case for the Indians' 14-game win streak against the White Sox. Of course, with no Jason Giambi to summon from the bench, the task was somewhat tougher. Despite Danny Salazar making history, it was pretty much the Jose Abreu show on Thursday as he clubbed a pair of home runs. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Thursday's 7-3 loss.
As a soon-to-be 24-year-old just now debuting at Double-A, Joe Wendle is bound to have some questions about his future. So far in 2014, Wendle is doing what he does best to answer those questions -- hitting -- and Thursday night was no different. Joining Wendle is a catcher in Lake County continuing his development, some rough pitching performances throughout the system, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around the Farm.
Spring has sprung in Northeast Ohio! 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 on Michael Bourn, White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is done for the year, and more.
Today we move on to the right-handed relief pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. This is always the toughest position to project in a minor league system as most Major League relievers are failed minor league starters. As a result, most of the Indians pen prospects of the future will come from the current pool of starters they have at all levels of the system. That said, the IBI's Tony Lastoria sees several interesting right-handed relievers worth keeping an eye on and gives scouting reports and insight into players such as C.C. Lee, Austin Adams, Bryan Price, Trevor Frank, D.J. Brown, Louis Head and many more.
Trevor Frank prefers to spend his free time surfing, but the waves of Lake Erie may not produce a swell large enough for shortboards. Frank doesn’t mind, however, because he’s spending his summer toeing the rubber rather than rails of a surfboard. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the Low-A Lake County reliever and talks about his ascent up the pro ranks...
Another doubleheader, another split. After a great offensive series against Minnesota and an eight run outburst on Tuesday, the Indians offense slumped in both games on Wednesday. The team managed only 11 hits in the two games, but thanks to some stellar pitching found a way to take one game of the doubleheader. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides some "second thoughts" on the games...
Death, taxes (which Jim Piascik finished last night), and #WashTime making noise on the field. Anyone familiar with Cleveland's minor league system knows to expect great things when LeVon Washington is on the field and Wednesday was no exception. Joining Washington is a Lake County pitcher showing some surprising swing and miss in his game, a pair of organizational debuts with the RubberDucks, and more. Join Jim as he takes you Around the Farm.
It what seems to be a growing theme, an injury headlines today's article. 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 a potential surgery-causing injury to Josh Hamilton, what MLB executives think Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales are worth, and more.
Even Meat Loaf knows that two out of three ain't bad. The Indians and Padres split Wednesday's traditional doubleheader, as pitching was the game of the game in the twin bill. Despite a win and loss on the day, the Tribe was still able to take the three-game series improving to 8-4 all-time against San Diego since 2003. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action from the ballpark.
Few people get to travel the world. For center fielder Nyjer Morgan, he's had to endure just that in order to keep his big league career alive. Signed to a minor league contract this offseason with an invite to spring training, Morgan has quickly impressed Cleveland with his bat and unique veteran presence. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz caught up with the man they call "Tony Plush" and shares his thoughts on one of the Indians new faces in 2014.
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 I was not able to compute these stats until now, they have to run now. Join Jim as he goes over the 2013 Columbus Clippers, a team that lacked high-end prospects but had a few interesting standouts last year, including Lonnie Chisenhall.
The season is now in full swing and the Indians have been hot at the plate, but the pitching has been inconsistent, to say the least, to start the year. Around the league, Tommy John surgery patients continue to mount as top Pirates prospect Jameson Tallion has opted for the procedure and Rays lefty Matt Moore may be soon to follow. Tune in at 3pm ET for all the latest Indians and MLB discussion with Jake and Hayden!
Even though things got a little interesting in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, the Indians cruised to an 8-6 win over the Padres. The IBI's Charlie Adas breaks down the Indians win by looking at some key moments in the game and provides some interesting insight into how key moments earlier in the game solidified the win for the Indians.
After a night off on Monday with two rainouts and two scheduled off-days, the Indians minor league teams were back in action on Tuesday night and there were some big performances. Jesus Aguilar had a big night at the plate, Dylan Baker was perfect in his season debut, Michael Bourn made his second rehab appearance, and much more...
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