May 6, 2014 (11 comments)
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings which focuses on the pitching in the Indians organization, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot start by Robbie Aviles and why he has had more success this season. He also breaks down Trevor Bauer’s outstanding start to his season and the work he put in over the offseason to get where he is today, provides lots of comments and quotes from the front office on some key prospects at Triple-A Columbus, and provides insight and updates on players such as Austin Adams, Will Roberts, Cole Sulser, Kenny Mathews, T.J. House and more.
May 6, 2014 (6 comments)
After perhaps the most brutal loss of the season, the Indians welcomed the Twins into town for a series of four. This game, while not quite the gut-punch, played out in a similar fashion: not enough offense, and a great starting pitching performance nullified by the closer. The IBI's Kevin Dean breaks down another tough loss for the Indians on Monday night.
May 6, 2014 (3 comments)
In episode three of this season's new TV program here at IBI, host Hayden Grove goes "on site" to Lake County and Akron and talks with the IBI's Tony Lastoria about some prospects and the development struggles young players may go through. He also conducts an on-air interview with top prospect Clint Frazier and sits down with both Lake County manager Marc Budzinski and Akron manager Dave Wallace to get their thoughts on their respective teams.
May 6, 2014 (27 comments)
On Monday night something happened in a baseball game that you rarely see, which was two position players pitching in the same game for the same team. That is what happened with Low-A Lake County after the game went deep into extra innings and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that game and recaps all of the noteworthy performances on the night throughout the Indians farm system.
May 6, 2014 (12 comments)
Déjà vu? You can say that again. Deadlocked in a scoreless tie in the tenth inning, Tribe closer John Axford (0-3, 4.85 ERA) thrived in his role of the villain for the second straight game. Coming into the ballgame in a non-save situation Monday, Axford served up what would be the game-winning solo homer to Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar, as Minnesota hung onto defeat the Indians, 1-0. Join Tribe IBI beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a dismal night at the ballpark.
May 6, 2014 (2 comments)
Will the Indians finally break out of their offensive slump? 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 odd injury to Giants pitcher Matt Cain, the Nationals trying to extend Doug Fister, and more.
May 5, 2014 (10 comments)
Even with the sting of John Axford's blown save still fresh in our minds, the Indians are off to a good start in May. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews just how bad April was for the Indians and how fortunate they were to even win 11 games, and he also looks at the defensive shortcomings of the team and if they are fixable, give his thoughts on Josh Tomlin as the new fifth start, talks about Corey Kluber's emergence and more!
May 5, 2014 (3 comments)
It is Monday, which means it is time to recap all of the hot and cold performances in the Indians minor league system over the past week. The Hot List showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today’s listing includes 20 players and over 2500 words on players such as Francisco Lindor, Paul Hendrix, Anthony Santander, Kenny Mathews, Duke von Schamann, D.J. Brown and more.
May 5, 2014 (1 comments)
After splitting the week with three wins and two losses, the Clippers have finally started to show consistency. Columbus returns to Huntington Park Monday sporting a 13-15 record and sit second in the International League West standings. The IBI's Adrienne Robbins reviews the week that was for the Clippers.
May 5, 2014 (2 comments)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Perhaps Dickens was prophesying Sunday's game between the Indians and White Sox with those words. Either way, it encapsulates the resounding joy followed by sheer frustration and heartbreak felt by Tribe fans that afternoon. Kluber and Kottaras made history, but Axford couldn't finish the job. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the loss.
May 5, 2014 (22 comments)
When Dylan Baker went down with an injury just a few games into the season the Indians needed a pitcher to step up and fill his spot well in the High-A Carolina rotation. Right-hander D.J. Brown saw an opportunity, has since taken it, and has more than stepped up and performed well. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his performance as well as a host of others in another edition of Around the Farm.
May 5, 2014 (8 comments)
Well, Sunday's game really halted what seemed to be some growing momentum for the Tribe. 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 Cincinnati injury news, a surprising financial move made by the Rays, and more.
May 4, 2014 (17 comments)
Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver once said, "The key to winning baseball games is pitching, defense and three-run homers." The Indians brought the starting pitching and defense, but it was the White Sox that would bring the final punch. A three-run homer off the bat of right fielder Dayan Vicideo in the ninth inning allowed Chicago to avoid the series sweep Sunday, defeating the Tribe, 4-3. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
May 4, 2014 (1 comments)
For one final time, The WAR Room will bring you the advanced statistics from the 2013 season. Starting next week, we will begin evaluating the 2014 stats, as at that point the number of games played will be enough to yield useful stats. Join Jim Piascik as he looks back one more time on 2013 and brings you the advanced statistics for the Carolina Mudcat and Lake County Captain hitters.
May 4, 2014 (16 comments)
The Indians shut down the White Sox on Saturday as Masterson put the ball on the ground and the offense did just enough to win 2-0. While the Indians won, the IBI's John Grimm looks at to interesting notes from what was an otherwise rough game to watch. He talks of Jose Ramirez's rise and Masterson's outing...
May 4, 2014 (19 comments)
The Indians named Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin the starter for Tuesday's game, but right-hander Trevor Bauer did not let the disappointment of not getting the call affect him as he had another outstanding for Columbus. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night Around the Farm.
May 4, 2014 (0 comments)
Cleveland has won two in a row. One more makes it a winning streak. 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 A's search for pitching depth, roster moves made by the Indians, and more.
May 3, 2014 (1 comments)
On Friday, an offensive barrage helped the Indians to halt their six-game losing streak. On Saturday, it was a phenomenal pitching performance that earned the Tribe their second straight victory - a 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. The IBI's Hayden Grove recaps another Tribe win.
May 3, 2014 (4 comments)
While attending a game at Canal Park this season, fans can "ooh and ah" at the fastballs popping in the high-90s on the scoreboard radar gun. Same with the visible, knee-buckling break of a curveball or slider. But the changeup is a less noticeable and understated element of pitching. Changeups may not be as sexy as fastballs or breaking balls, but they play a key role in a pitcher's development. Jim Piascik recently spoke with a collection of Akron RubberDucks pitchers and coaches about changeups, how each pitchers throws it, and what makes it so useful.
May 3, 2014 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster, placing Yan Gomes on the Paternity List, purchasing the contract of C George Kottaras from AAA Columbus, recalling LHP Nick Hagadone from AAA Columbus, and designating INF Elliot Johnsonfor assignment.