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August 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Another top prospect lost for season
Another week is in the books! Have a great and enjoyable 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 another top prospect going down and requiring Tommy John surgery, a change in the Indians rotation, an update on Brian Cashman's future with the Yankees, and more.
August 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Todd Hankins
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI 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. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to talk about Todd Hankins, a position player who has been around a few years but one that a lot of people may not know much about. What kind of prospect is he? How is his bat and defense? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all the details...
August 15, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts: The kids are alright
Newcomer Zach Walters made his presence known in Cleveland with a walk-off home run on Wednesday while Tyler Holt has already been turning some heads on the national level with his sensational defense in the outfield in just his first couple starts in the majors. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he takes a look at what the Tribe's rookies have done so far this season.
August 15, 2014   (16 comments)
Around the Farm: August 14, 2014
It is amazing how quickly things can change in baseball. In the immediate aftermath of the trade deadline, it was Zach Walters destroying opposing pitching while James Ramsey struggled. Well, another week made a huge difference, as now Ramsey is destroying opposing pitching too, just like he did Thursday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Ramsey's debut to date, Anderson Polanco's encouraging results in Lake County, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 15, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Manfred pegged as Selig's replacement
Is it weird to anyone else how much the Indians have been off lately? Well, the good news is that the Indians are back in action today! 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 the election of Rob Manfred as the next commissioner of MLB, John Axford gets the axe, whether Mets manager Terry Collins is safe or on the hot seat, and more.
August 14, 2014   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Castillo's big week has people taking notice
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the suddenly hot performance from little known shortstop prospect Ivan Castillo. He breaks him down as a prospect, explains his value, where he needs work and what his future holds. He also provides comments from Ross Atkins on new pickups Zach Walters and James Ramsey plus what the Indians are working on with Zach McAllister in Triple-A. He also provides all the details on the playoff races for all six stateside affiliates, insight and info on players like Joe Wendle, Jerrud Sabourin and Cameron Hill, and much more.
August 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Haase, Brantley continue to lead team
The Lake County Captains picked up five straight wins this week as the team's offense has suddenly come to life. They remain 6 1/2 games back in the second half playoff race, though the first place West Michigan Whitecaps have already clinched a spot. Sitting just 2 1/2 games behind the second place South Bend Silver Hawks, the Captains are still playing meaningful baseball.
August 14, 2014   (11 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #119-120: Indians split doubleheader
In game one of the doubleheader Zach Walters hit the Indians’ sixth walk off home run of the season, the most in the majors, and an outstanding start from Trevor Bauer. In game two they got more excellent pitching but the offense struggled as they lost 1-0 in 12 innings. It was a night of missed opportunities for the Indians, and the IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on the doubleheader...
August 14, 2014   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: August 13, 2014
It was a big night Around the Farm in the Indians system. Even though Double-A Akron was rained out, the other five stateside affiliates were in action and three of them played doubleheaders. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the busy night and notes another big outing from lefty Ryan Merritt, first baseman Bobby Bradley extends his hitting streak to 16 games, and more.
August 14, 2014   (1 comments)
Indians split doubleheader with D-Backs
The Indians played two games Wednesday, but it's the first one they will want to remember. Just like the roller coaster of a season it's been, a twin bill with Arizona started sweet but would end sour. When the dust settled after 21 innings of play, the Tribe and D-Backs split a doubleheader on one swing of the bat from each ball club. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps both games from the ballpark.
August 14, 2014   (5 comments)
Storylines: Machado is back on the DL with knee injury
Manny Machado is going to miss yet more time this season as he came down with a knee injury recently. The Indians will activate Michael Bourn on Friday. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides the details on both of those news bits and much more in another daily edition of Storylines...
August 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Monsalve's working to be more focused
A rainy spell throughout the Carolinas put a damper on the Carolina Mudcats week, as the team went just 2-3 with two games being postponed. Carolina is still very much in the playoff race with the first half division champion Pelicans once again in the driver’s seat and the Winston Salem Dash just one-half game ahead of the Mudcats for the final playoff spot. The IBI's Zach Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and had a chance to sit down and talk with Alex Monsalve about his season.
August 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2014 Draft: Part 3
Over the past few weeks and upcoming weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will continue to post pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2014 Draft. The Indians signed 30 players in total and he will have a tons of comments on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant as well as other insights as well. In today's third edition of this piece he looks at Mike Papi, Micah Miniard, Austin Fisher, Bobby Ison and Nathan Winfrey.
August 13, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: von Schamann working to get ahead
The RubberDucks (67-56) went on a bit of a hot streak, winning six of their last seven games thanks to some great pitching. Akron is now just 1.5 GB of first-place Richmond and 6.5 games ahead of third-place Bowie in the EL Western playoff race. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron and also provides lots of news and notes on players on the team....
August 13, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: August 12, 2014
It was another rainy night in the organization, with four rainouts (including the big league club). But the rain did not dampen every team and it certainly did not keep Anthony Gallas down. The RubberDucks outfielder has done nothing but impress since being called up to Akron and that was no different Tuesday night. Join Tony Lastoria as he recaps Gallas' night, Danny Salazar's outing, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 13, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Sigh of relief for Tigers, Verlander
A slow day in baseball news is headlined by some AL Central injuries. 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 Justin Verlander's positive MRI, David Murphy's not-so-positive MRI, and more.
August 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Pannone showing growth in return to AZL
In this week's first installment of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the development that lefty Thomas Pannone is making out in Arizona. There is a lot to like about him and Tony runs down his stuff, what he is working on and where he is making strides. Tony also provide lots of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina such as Elvis Araujo, Yandy Diaz, Ryan Merritt, Ben Heller and others, and provide lots of insight into the development of Justin Brantley, the plans for Nick Maronde and much more.
August 12, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts: Carrasco to the rescue
Carlos Carrasco has passed the first test in his return to the starting rotation and looks to be in line for more tests in the coming weeks for the Indians. The IBI's Michael Goodman looks at the growth Carrasco still needs to make, the adjustments as a starter he will need to make, and how his career path looks awfully similar to former Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook...
August 12, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: August 11, 2014
It was a quiet night Around the Farm as three affiliates had off days and another one was rained out, but there were still lots of good (and some bad) performances of note from the two affiliates that played. The IBI's Tony Lastoria notes the nice progression that right-hander Casey Shane has made this season, Zach McAllister's continued brilliance in Triple-A, and much more.
August 12, 2014   (8 comments)
Storylines: Royals add some pop, acquire Willingham
It was with a heavy heart that the world found out about the passing of the legendary Robin Williams yesterday. He will be greatly missed. 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 the Royals acquisition of Josh Willingham, some eye popping stats regarding Corey Kluber, the Tigers "kicking around" the idea of adding a bat, and more.

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