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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.
August 11, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Clippers players find value with versatility
Triple-A Columbus continues to move along make their way to a potential postseason berth as they lead their division by 4.5 games with three weeks to play. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was for the Clippers, provides a look at some of the good and bad performances from the past week, shares all the news and notes out of Columbus and more in his latest notebook...
August 11, 2014   (15 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Cautious optimism after Carrasco outing
Carlos Carrasco pitched a very good game for the Indians in their series finale against the Yankees on Sunday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about why that start was encouraging, why his time in the bullpen may have allowed him to find himself and what we should take out of that start - if anything. He also talks about the recent injury to Nick Swisher and the opportunity to see Zach Walters, the departure of Vinnie Pestano, the continuing struggles of Jason Kipnis and much more...
August 11, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #118: Indians 4, Yankees 1
The pendulum appears to be swinging the other way once again as they manage to finish their road trip strong with a series win in New York courtesy of Corey Kluber and, surprisingly, Carlos Carrasco, who both kept the Yankees bats in check over the final two games of the series. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the victory.
August 11, 2014   (14 comments)
Around the Farm: August 10, 2014
Low-A Lake County got some power from a very unlikely source on Sunday which helped guide them to a decisive win and keep them in the hunt for a postseason berth. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about that big performance from shortstop Ivan Castillo and goes Around the Farm to recap all of the other action from Sunday...
August 11, 2014   (8 comments)
Storylines: Carrasco makes his case to stay in rotation
The Indians got a much needed good showing in the starting rotation from someone other than Corey Kluber on Sunday. The Indians also placed two players on the disabled list and called up players. The IBI's Jay Frierson chimes in with all the Tribe news and other news around baseball on Sunday....
August 10, 2014   (6 comments)
The WAR Room: Bidding farewell to Vinnie Pestano
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers, including a look at what the Angels are getting in Vinnie Pestano. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Pestano's encouraging minor league performance and the rest of the stats from around the organization as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 10, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #117: Cleveland 3, NY Yankees 0
Corey Kluber took his deadpan routine to New York on Saturday, and despite a brief injury scare in the fourth inning, all would appear to be well with the Cleveland ace. With scoring from Jose Ramirez hit the first home run of his career, a short two-run blast, and Michael Brantley adding an insurance run in the Eighth, it was Corey Kluber who monopolized the spotlight. The IBI's John Grimm looks back, not only on Corey Kluber's season, but attempting to situate Kluber's season in Indians history.
August 10, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: August 9, 2014
The story really has not changed much for Moncrief this season, as after a rough first two months from an overall performance standpoint, the 25-year-old has started getting better results without fixing his plate discipline. That still remains true, as evidenced by Moncrief's performance Saturday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Moncrief's season and the action throughout the minor league system as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 9, 2014   (1 comments)
Carter embracing his opportunity in professional ball
Several new players from the recently completed MLB Draft are started to settle into the Indians minor league system. One of those players is right-handed pitcher Jordan Carter who was selected by the Indians in the 22nd round out of St. Joseph’s University (PA) and signed just a few days after the draft. Tony Lastoria recently spoke to Carter about his debut and the transition to professional ball.
August 9, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #116: Cleveland 6, NY Yankees 10
While the 10-6 score suggests a baseball game that was an offensive explosion, Friday's contest was a game that was neither nearly as close as it looked nor one driven predominantly by offense. While Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer's control was far from pristine, the Cleveland defense defined the night, making two critical errors and setting the tone for Cleveland early. The IBI's John Grimm gives a year-to-date review of the Cleveland defense and the ignoble history they approach.
August 9, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: August 8, 2014
Cody Anderson put together a pretty good comeback performance Friday night, returning to the mound and putting up four perfect innings. Up in Columbus, Giovanny Urshela was not on the comeback trail, but he was continuing to put up big stats in his breakout season. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Anderson and Urshela's nights and the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Cubs acquire once-promising prospect Turner
It's finally the weekend! As summer begins to wind down, the playoff hunt is heating up. 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 Cubs acquiring former top prospect Jacob Turner, the Marlins talking extension with Giancarlo Stanton, an update on the Cole Hamels revocable waivers claim, and more.
August 8, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Bradley is looking like something "special"
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the surging Bobby Bradley out in Arizona and talks about how “special” he looks and why the Indians are excited about him. He also looks into the strong season to date from lefty Sean Brady, the suddenly red hot Francisco Miguel in Arizona, the quality season Duke von Schamann has put forth, provides tons of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron like Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Anthony Gallas, Shawn Armstrong, Joe Colon and more!
August 8, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #115: Indians 0, Reds 4
One would think we would know how this song and dance goes by now with the Indians here in 2014. Almost like clockwork, as soon as this team looks to be getting their act together to go on a hot streak, they fall right back to square one and need to build themselves up all over again. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the Indians third straight loss as the Ohio Cup leaves Cleveland.
August 8, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: August 7, 2014
James Ramsey did not get off to the best start in his Cleveland career, but he did his best to erase those first five games Thursday night. Meanwhile, farther south, Logan Vick continued his Carolina renaissance as he keeps benefiting from some good fortune after some wretched BABIP luck earlier in the season. Finally, even farther south and out to the west, Sicnarf Loopstok did his best to force a season's worth of performance into two games. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all this and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 8, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Indians announce stadium renovations
Happy Friday! 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 announcement that Progressive Field will be getting a facelift, Cole Hamels gets claimed on revocable waivers, an update on Padres manager Bud Black, and more.

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