The return of baseball means the return of everyone's favorite Akron Aeros notebook, Launching Off With The Aeros. The Aeros got off to a rough start but rounded into form as the week rolled along. To see who led the way for Akron (spoiler alert: it was and always will be Jose Ramirez) and everything you need to know about the Aeros, check out Launching Off With The Aeros... after the jump.
It has been some time since the Indians have had a hitter with such promise pass through their lower levels. There have been some good young prospects to pass through Low-A Lake County over the years, but none with the upside and potential to impact a game with the bat like that of shortstop Dorssys Paulino. This is a big growth year for him, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down and talked to him about his goals for this season.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. The one hour show airs every Tuesday and is hosted by IndiansBaseballInsider.com’s Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete and is brought to you by the Akron Aeros. In tonight's show, Jim and Tony breakdown the first full week of the season for the Indians and give some early thoughts on anything to date that has been encouraging or discouraging.
Baseball returned to Cleveland yesterday. Optimism surrounding the Indians was in the air and everywhere to be seen downtown. That is, until Ubaldo Jimenez fell into a familiar set of bad habits, and a familiar face crashed the annual party. The IBI's Kevin Dean breaks down the game and gives some "second thoughts" on what he saw in the Indians home opener loss.
The Indians system was showing off a bit of their offense on Monday, as several Indians prospects showed off their skills with multiple hits. Today's ATF will say hello to the two top non-pitching prospects in the system, as well as the two last #1 picks. The pitching played a part on Monday as well, although the prospects aren't as prominent. Jim Pete takes you around the farm.
New York second baseman Robinson Cano hit his first two home runs of the season and Travis Hafner had four runs batted in against his former team, as Cleveland dropped its home opener at Progressive Field 11-6. The IBI's Nathan Kemp recaps a disappointing day all around for the Indians.
Baseball is back, and apparently so is the Indians' offense. Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds are just two Indians, who are off to hot starts at the plate, while the team's rotation has been solid as well. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week in a newly week IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
The Indians home opener is here! For one day every year the entire city and Cleveland region pays attention to the Indians, and that day is today. In what is an annual holiday for many baseball fans, the Indians get their home season underway, and to make it extra special the hated Yankees are in town. With the opener just a few hours away, Tony provides some interesting facts about the home opener and more!
The Cleveland Indians rebounded from their two losses to start off the Rays' series in a big way by exploding for 13 runs. #1 starter Justin Masterson led the way to an Indians shutout, going seven strong innings, and the Tribe built some steam as they roll into Cleveland to take on the New York Yankees in their home opener. Join Jim Berdysz for his second thoughts on the Indians' big win.
It's good to be back in the saddle here at ATF, as we take a look at Sunday's performances from accross the system. The Akron Aeros got a massive boost offensively by the top of their order, who absolutely hit the cover off the ball. The Mudcats swept the Dash in High A action and Joey Wendle brought out his whipping stick to help carry his team. Join Jim Pete as he takes you around the Indians organization.
The Cleveland Indians faced off against the Tampa Bay Rays looking at the potential of not only being swept in their second series of the year, but had yet to score a run against the dominant Rays pitching. Enter Justin Masterson, who proved to be a stopper as the Indians avoided the sweep by returning the shut-out favor to the Rays in dominating fashion, winning 13-0.
The draft season is in full swing and the MLB Draft is just a matter of weeks away. As teams frantically scatter their scouts across the country to get second, third and fourth looks at several college and high school players, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis steps in with his first 2013 Mock Draft. There are some intriguing names at the top of the draft, and the Indians should get a blue chip player with their #5 pick this year.
In this week's Tribe Happenings, Tony reviews the week that was for the Indians starting five in the rotation and wonders if we learned anything from each starter getting one start and if there are any encouraging signs or some areas of concern. He also touches on how the Indians will handle getting Kazmir back into the rotation, controlling and developing Bauer, surgery for Alex White, and much more!
The Indians lost a rough one to the Rays on Saturday night by a score of 6-0. They were shut out for the second straight game, Trevor Bauer really struggled with his control, and Lou Marson took a shot at home plate that he is still probably recovering from this morning. The IBI's Jim Berdysz chimes in with his "Second Thoughts" on last night's ugly loss.
Lake County, Carolina, Akron and Columbus were all in action on Saturday. Dorssys Paulino recorded his first multi-hit game of the season while Jesus Aguilar, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jacob Lee are just a handful of players who also had impressive performances. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps all the noteworthy performances and takes you Around the Farm.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer made his Indians debut on Saturday though is performance was less than spectacular as he walked seven batters across five innings of work. To make matters worse, the Indians' offense struggled to consistently get men on base, and the Tribe lost its third straight game, 6-0, to the Tampa Bay Rays. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all of the action from Saturday's contest.
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!