As tempting as it is to indulge in the frenzy of panic that tends to emerge after losses - or steep oneself in the intoxicating thrill of victory - it's frequently more useful to try to find the good in losses and the bad in wins. In this vein, John Grimm gives his Second Thoughts on Friday night's loss to the White Sox, looking at the early struggles of Carlos Carrasco, Asdrubal Cabrera's clutchness, and more.
It was an exciting night in Akron. Not only did the fans get to see two rehabbing big leaguers in Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi play, but they also got a chance to see future shortstop Francisco Lindor send everyone home happy with a walkoff homer. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm and highlights some of the notable good and bad performances on the night.
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 two investigations in Major League Baseball, Randy Wolf finds a new home, and more.
Today we move on to the left-handed relief pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. Like with the right-handed relievers, this is a tough position to rank because lefty relievers can be scarce in a farm system for a variety of reasons. At the moment the Indians have a solid one-two punch in Cleveland in Marc Rzepczynski and Josh Outman and have them backed up with Nick Hagadone in Columbus, but they have some legitimate prospect depth behind them to fill a need if any of the above trio get hurt, under perform, or leave the team in free agency or trade. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the options and provides scouting reports and insight on names like Crockett, Barnes, Polanco, Soto, Pannone and Araujo.
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.
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!