The college and high school seasons are both in full swing. This means we have hit the time for teams to evaluate their boards and start shifting guys around with the draft now less than two months away. As always, IBI will be all over the MLB Draft, and the IBI's draft guru Jeff Ellis updates us on three guys whose stock is rising and falling.
Welcome to the first week of the Transaction Rundown. A notable number of transactions went down this week, including a notable one that is scheduled to happen tonight (Trevor Bauer). Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he runs down all of the week's player movement within the Indians system.
The heavily-advertised Indians offense faltered a bit on Friday as no Indians were able to muster much offense other than Michael Bourn. Right-hander Zach McAllister made his season debut and allowed two earned runs across six innings of work, yet the Indians count never mount enough offense to challenge the Rays. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he looks back at the game and offers his Second Thoughts.
The minor league season is now in full swing as all 120 full-season affiliates are now underway. The last six teams, including Indians High-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats, opened their season Friday. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he takes a look back at the best and worst performances of the first night of full-bore, four-team Tribe minor league action...
When going on a road trip, it’s easy to leave some necessary belongings behind. For the Indians, it looked like the team left their hitting shoes behind the Canadian border in Toronto, as Tampa Bay shutout the Tribe on Friday night, 4-0. The IBI's Jim Berdysz recaps a frustrating loss for the Indians.
There is perhaps no Cleveland Indians player that receives more criticism than Ubaldo Jimenez. The right-hander has been a colossal disappointment since coming over in July 2011 from the Rockies, yet he put together a solid start on Wednesday and was a key reason behind the Indians' 3-2 win. So, was Wednesday's start just smoke and mirrors, or could Jimenez actually be poised to rebound? The IBI's Steve Orbanek ponders in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
I close out my 2013 pre-season work with my 2013 preview for the Indians High A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. The Muddies appear to be loading up with top prospects, as ten of the top 60 start off the year with Carolina, and with another three or four ready to make the move when there's an opening. With an established Indians' coaching staff, led by last year's Lake County Skipper David Wallace, the Mudcats look to bring excitement to the Raleigh area in 2013.
Brett Myers didn't make himself any friends amongst fans last night, surrendering three home runs and repeatedly giving the Blue Jays back the lead. The offense tried valiantly Thursday night, but it just couldn't catch up to the surging Blue Jays. IBI's Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's loss, remarking on Myers' outing, a suddenly comfortable Carlos Santana, and more.
Minor league baseball is back! All of Cleveland's full season affiliates (except Carolina) were back in action Thursday, thus allowing Around The Farm to return to your life. IBI's Andrew Zajac took a look around Thursday night's games and saw an impressive debut from Jose Ramirez, a shutdown outing for Nick Hagadone, and much more. Join Andrew for Around The Farm, after the jump...
Cleveland dropped their first game of the season Thursday night as the Blue Jays won 10-8 in Toronto. Brett Myers was not on his game, allowing three home runs and seven runs. The offense was on for Cleveland, with Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds connecting on back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning. Join IBI's Jim Berdysz as he recaps Thursday's game.
Opening night is here for the minor leagues. The Minor League Baseball season kicks off tonight as all of Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and Low-A Lake County open their seasons. High-A Carolina has to wait a day as they open their season on Friday. We polled several of the site writers to get their take on things as the season gets ready to begin. Which affiliate and prospects are the most exciting? Who is due for a breakout? All of that and more are shared in the annual IBI roundtable...
The Cleveland Indians have already kicked off their season in Toronto, but the Lake County Captains are braving the cold at home in Eastlake. The Captains open up their season on Thursday night, and they’re preparing for the cold weather to come. Despite the unfavorable Cleveland chill, the team is warming up to the anticipated new season. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger previews the 2013 version of the Captains!
The Akron Aeros will take the field at Canal Park Thursday night at 6:35 looking to repeat as Eastern League champions with a new owner in tow, a new state-of-the-art scoreboard and a new team loaded with young top prospects. Jim Piascik walks you through the team's very exciting outlook with quotes from Manager Edwin Rodriguez, as well as the players themselves.
The Inside Pitch is back for 2013. The on-line radio show is hosted by Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis, who are two contributing members of IndiansBaseballInsider.com. The show debuted in April of 2012 and has a heavy focus on fantasy baseball, though depending on the time of the year the show also focuses on other subjects like the Cleveland Indians, the Major League Baseball Draft, trade and free agent rumors, and lots more.
Two games down, two W's in the win column. Ubaldo Jimenez was on last night, pitching deep enough into the game to turn things over to the bullpen. Chris Perez may have blown that lead Ubaldo gave him, but Mighty Mark Reynolds came in to save the day. Join IBI's Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's 3-2 extra innings victory.
Mark Reynolds hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning off of Toronto reliever Sergio Santos to give Cleveland a 3-2 victory at the Rogers Centre. The home run bailed out closer Chris Perez, who blew his first save of the season after allowing a home run to Jose Bautista in the ninth inning. Join IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the action in Wednesday night's series-clinching win.
The 2013 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!