July 26, 2014 (15 comments)
Justin Masterson continued his rehab outing for the Indians on Friday night in Columbus to the tune of mixed results. He was able to pitch deep into the game; however, he really struggled with his command all night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney reviews that performance as well as some of the hot performances from Jeremy Lucas, Gio Urshella and lots more in his trip Around the Farm...
July 26, 2014 (0 comments)
We're entering the last weekend in July, can you believe it? 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.J. Pierzynski signing with the Cards, the latest on Jake Peavy, when we could see Asdrubal Cabrera back on the field, and more.
July 25, 2014 (7 comments)
This is a new feature piece here at the IBI that specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. We kick things off with High-A Carolina right-handed reliever Ben Heller who is having a fantastic season and has vaulted himself up the prospect charts for the Indians. What does he throw? How good is his stuff? What is he working on? What kind of future does he have? The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some information on all of that and more...
July 25, 2014 (15 comments)
It's tough to definitively say what could've been in the game of baseball, but if there was ever one single play to point to as the primary cause for a loss, Ryan Raburn accomplished that feat on Thursday. Danny Duffy had his good stuff working, but Corey Kluber was better and could've very well had a shutout win. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps an especially tough loss for the Tribe.
July 25, 2014 (6 comments)
Corey Kluber's dominant outing at the major league level may be (rightfully) getting most of the attention today, but the organization's starter one level down also made some noise Thursday. Toru Murata may not be having the best year, but you could not tell Thursday as the right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Murata's big night, takes a look at Carlos Moncrief's plate discipline this season, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 25, 2014 (4 comments)
As July draws to a close, the Hot Stove is heating up. Will the Indians make any moves? 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 Kendrys Morales reuniting with his former team, injury updates on the Tribe front, a plethora of trade rumors, and more.
July 24, 2014 (5 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the emergence of Sean Brady who is another good lefty starting pitching prospect for the Indians in the lower levels of the minors. He also talks about the early impressions that catcher Francisco Mejia has left so far this season, the Dominican Summer League sensation Gabriel Mejia, provides a ton of quotes from the Indians front office on players like Ryan Merritt, Cody Anderson, Yandy Diaz, Tyler Holt and others, and also provides some insight and information on players like Gabriel Arias, Jordan Smith, Clint Frazier, Taylor Murphy, and more!
July 24, 2014 (0 comments)
The Captains have fallen victim to a seven-game losing skid, a tough 180 flip from the six-game winning streak the team crafted just two weeks ago. The team remains the worst-hitting squad in the league with a collective .239 average, but they lead the Midwest League in home runs with 85. Here's the week in review for the Captains.
July 24, 2014 (9 comments)
The Indians lost the rubber match on Wednesday to the Twins, 3-1. These are the series that the Indians need to win if they want to earn a playoff spot. The loss in this game was a huge missed opportunity, and offsets any momentum gained during the Detroit series. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on one of the more frustrating losses of the season for the Indians...
July 24, 2014 (8 comments)
On Wednesday there was another competitive balance lottery and once again the results were good for the Indians. There were 12 picks up for grabs between 15 teams, so three teams were shut out of the lottery. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on the importance of the additional pick the Indians awarded and how the lottery works.
July 24, 2014 (18 comments)
Though the lower levels of the minors are more about development than raw results, it is always great to see a top prospect putting up strong numbers down in Lake County. Clint Frazier has pulled that off of late, surging in a big way in the second half of the season. He was at it again Wednesday, so Jim Piascik broke down his performance compared to another first round pick who went through Lake County recently, Francisco Lindor. Join Jim as he recaps Frazier's night and all the action from the minor league side as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 24, 2014 (3 comments)
IBI's Jamyson Frierson takes a look into the top story lines for the Cleveland Indians and all of Major League Baseball. Today's top stories start with Bartolo Colon's near-perfect game as the ageless wonder continues to perform. The Indians made a few transactions and are set to get an important player back on the mound.
July 23, 2014 (17 comments)
The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching. With just over a week until the deadline passes, teams are already making deals to fill needs and there will sure to be more in the upcoming days. The Indians are one of those teams looking to make a deal and add a player to jump start the team. But who do the Indians have to trade that teams would want? That's where the IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in to provide a deep list of players and provides insight into why teams like them and why the Indians would or would not trade them.
July 23, 2014 (0 comments)
This incarnation of the Carolina Mudcats have been difficult to figure out. One week, the team will reel off five wins in a row, and the next, they will trade victories with losses and finish under .500 for the week. This was one of those weeks, as the team went 3-4, but took two of three in Myrtle Beach, the first half division winners. The IBI's Zachary Francis catches us on the week that was for the Mudcats and also recently sat down to talk with Cole Sulser about his season...
July 23, 2014 (2 comments)
What a much needed win by the Tribe on Tuesday after losing two of their last three games. This game saw the return of Danny Salazar who hasn’t pitched in a big league game since May 15th. It also saw Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher have offensive nights that we haven’t seen from either of them much this season. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts on the win...
July 23, 2014 (16 comments)
Francisco Lindor made his Triple-A debut on Tuesday night. Bryson Myles continues to rake during his rehab assignment in Arizona. Adam Plutko had a start to forget. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about those performances and more as he takes us Around the Farm in the Indians system to recap all the action from Tuesday night...
July 23, 2014 (7 comments)
The rumors heat up as we get closer to the trade deadline. 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 Yankees acquisition of Chase Headley, MLB begins process of interviewing Bug Selig's replacement, and more.
July 22, 2014 (0 comments)
In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to discuss all things pertaining to the Cleveland Indians. They discuss the Indians good start out of the gate after the All Star break with a series win in Detroit and how things are currently going on their 11-game road trip, talk about Francisco Lindor's promotion to Triple-A Columbus on Monday, what the Indians may target at the trade deadline and much more.
July 22, 2014 (1 comments)
The RubberDucks (57-46) started their second half of the season on a rough note, dropping five of their last six. This includes a five-game skid they have headed into tonight’s game against Richmond. Akron currently sits back four and a half games from the EL Western first-place Flying Squirrels (60-41). The IBI's Spencer Davies looks back at the week that was in his latest notebook....
July 22, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians have a lot of young, talented pitchers scattered throughout the lower levels of their organization and the one with the most upside of them all might be Low-A left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk to the talented lefty and notes the strides he has made this season...