July 21, 2014 (10 comments)
A series win in Detroit is a great way to start the second half. 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 the growing interest in Joaquin Benoit, the Phillies receiving calls on some of their veterans, and more.
July 20, 2014 (0 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters. In particular, Jim Piascik looks at the impressive seasons of Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez, and Giovanny Urshela, all of whom look ready to contribute in Cleveland. Join Jim as he writes about all that and more and takes you into The WAR Room.
July 20, 2014 (2 comments)
A doubleheader meets the most-used bullpen in the majors. If Francona were concerned about the state of his bullpen before the doubleheader began, his concerns dissipated after Kluber went 8.2 quality innings in the first game of the day, leading to a two-win doubleheader that put Cleveland in a position to sweep a four-game series in Detroit. The IBI's John Grimm notes how one apparently isolated incident, Francona's decision to leave Kluber in for the ninth, problematizes run differential as evaluation.
July 20, 2014 (4 comments)
Though the season has not gone as planned for Jerrud Sabourin, you would not know it based off Saturday night. Sabourin pulled off a rare event in baseball, as Arthur Kinney recaps. In addition to Sabourin, Arthur writes about the season Alex Monsalve is putting together, Anthony Gallas big doubleheader, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 19, 2014 (0 comments)
Brian Ruiz's family took advantage of opportunity when it moved from the Dominican Republic to Cleveland. Now, Ruiz is seizing the opportunity to play professional baseball with his hometown team. Ruiz continues to live at home on the city's West Side, just 30 minutes from Classic Park, home of the low-A Lake County Captains. Join Stephanie Metzger as she profiles Ruiz about playing so close to home and much more.
July 19, 2014 (3 comments)
In the first game back from the All-Star Break, Cleveland picked up precisely where it left off: Trevor Bauer on the hill and the offense coming through late. In a 9-3 victory that tested the patience of Cleveland fans until an explosive seven inning, the IBI's John Grimm situates Jason Kipnis's two home runs within a season that has failed to serve as the breakout that many expected and examines Trevor Bauer's consistent yet contradictory outing.
July 19, 2014 (4 comments)
The major league team got back into the swing of things Friday, returning from the All-Star break in grand style. But there was still action down on the farm, including Mahoning Valley's Leo Castillo making his case to get back up to Lake County. Join Arthur as he recaps the night, including Castillo's performance, Shawn Morimando's second outing in Akron, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 19, 2014 (0 comments)
The Indians started the second half of their season with a bang with a huge win over the Tigers! 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 Huston Street heading to Los Angeles, Brady Aiken failing to sign with Houston, the Tigers talking with a team about a closer, and more.
July 18, 2014 (0 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, Jim Piascik fills in for Tony and take a look at High-A Carolina pitcher Adam Plutko's adjustment to the level after a stellar debut in Lake County. He also breaks down Clint Frazier's recent surge and how the 2013 first round pick has progressed this season. Finally, Jim talked to Double-A Akron RubberDucks pitching coach Jeff Harris about Cody Anderson and the adjustments he is making, Joe Colon and his approach to pitching, and much more.
July 18, 2014 (10 comments)
The second half of the season is about to kick off, and now is as good of a time as any to analyze what it’s going to take for the Indians to make the playoffs. Currently, the team is 47-47 and just 3.5 games back in the race for the second Wild Card spot. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his off-day Second Thoughts on a three-step plan to get Cleveland into the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
July 18, 2014 (5 comments)
Major League Baseball decided to take Thursday off, but that was not the case in the minors. Every Cleveland affiliate was in action Thursday, filling the baseball gap in our lives very well. Jim Piascik recaps all the action, featuring this year's 10th round pick, Steven Patterson, reaching base seven (seven!) times, Danny Salazar's latest Columbus start, and much more. Join Jim as he takes you Around the Farm
July 18, 2014 (0 comments)
The All-Star break is officially over and we have baseball again! 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 a trade that has been discussed involving Ben Zobrist and David Price, injury updates involving the Cleveland Indians, the front runner for the GM job in San Diego, and more.
July 17, 2014 (2 comments)
Welcome to IBI's midseason top 30 prospect rankings. Now that we are at the All-Star break and more than half of the way through the minor league season, Jim Piascik is re-ranking the top prospects in Cleveland's system, including the risers, the fallers, those who stayed steady, and the newly drafted. Join Jim in part two of his rankings, where he breaks down #15 through #1.
July 17, 2014 (1 comments)
Claudio Bautista isn't a high-profile ballplayer. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2011, Bautista isn't a big name infielder -- not when guys by the names of Francisco Lindor, Joe Wendle and Jose Ramirez are around. That said, Bautista has quietly crafted a solid season with the Lake County Captains. Join Stephanie Metzger as she profiles Bautista and recaps the week for the Captains in her weekly notebook.
July 17, 2014 (10 comments)
The organization had a few All-Stars in action Wednesday night, though none really had a stellar performance that stood out. The same could be said for Carolina third baseman Yandy Diaz, though the bigger picture is much more encouraging when it comes to the 22-year-old. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Diaz's debut season to date, updates you on a few rehabbing players in Arizona, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 17, 2014 (0 comments)
In today's storylines, the MLB All-Star game takes center stage. This year’s all-star game was all about the retirement of Derek Jeter as he moves on to the next chapter of his life. However what was possibly overlooked was the progression of Los Angeles Angels outfielder, Mike Trout.
July 16, 2014 (0 comments)
Here is episode number 12 this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI.
In this week's show, we head to Cleveland, where host Hayden Grove welcomes home LeBron James, takes us into the All-Star break and talks to the Indians, including new outfielder Chris Dickerson, pitcher Corey Kluber and the ever-energized Nick Swisher. He also talks again to August Fagerstrom of...
July 16, 2014 (2 comments)
Welcome to IBI's midseason top 30 prospect rankings. Now that we are at the All-Star break and more than half of the way through the minor league season, Jim Piascik is re-ranking the top prospects in Cleveland's system, including the risers, the fallers, those who stayed steady, and the newly drafted. Join Jim in part one of his rankings, where he breaks down those who fell just short in addition to #30 through #16.
July 16, 2014 (2 comments)
For a second year in a row this spring, Michael Goodman profiled five players he thought were keys to the Indians’ playoff hopes. These were individuals whose performance, for better or worse, would go a long way toward determining the team’s ultimate fate in the 2014 season. With the All-Star Break upon us, Michael reviews those five players and looks at how they’ve done thus far.
July 16, 2014 (1 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats had one of their best weeks of the season this week, reeling off five wins in six games. At week’s end, Carolina sits atop the second-half Southern Division standings at 16-10, two games ahead of first-half champion Myrtle Beach. Join Zachary Francis as he recaps the past week for the Mudcats in his weekly notebook and profiles Erik Gonzalez, who is making the necessary strides to become a top prospect.