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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.
August 7, 2014   (18 comments)
Pestano for Clevinger: Indians go for upside
Today the Indians completed one of the first waiver deals of the baseball season. They traded right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano to the Angels for right-handed pitching prospect Michael Clevinger. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on the deal and provides some info on the new pickup for the Indians...
August 7, 2014   (0 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Louis Head
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. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to focus in on an upper level pitcher who has really come on strong the last two seasons and established himself as one of the Indians better bullpen prospects. That person is Louis Head. Tony provides the details on his stuff, how good he is, what he is working on, his future and much more...
August 7, 2014   (1 comments)
Captains Notebook: Brown, Frank lead the pitching staff
The Lake County Captains' offense appeared to go missing last week. Luckily, the team received a few solid pitching performances, particularly from Mitch Brown - though the team posted a 3-4 record for the week. The final full month of the season has arrived, but the Captains are slipping from contention for a second-half playoff spot. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger provides the week in review for the Captains....
August 7, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #114: Indians 3, Reds 8
The Indians fell to the Reds 8-3 on Wednesday night. Danny Salazar struggled with the home run ball and was promptly optioned out to Columbus after the game. Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes had good games, but nothing else really went right for the Indians. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on Salazar's outing, the possibility of Carlos Carrasco moving into the rotation and more...
August 7, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: August 6, 2014
No matter how many times it is said, patience is really the name of the game when it comes to prospects. Even when it comes to a second round pick like Mitch Brown, jumping ship after fewer than two full professional seasons makes no sense. Brown may not be a finished product, but most prospects are not; otherwise they would be in the major leagues. Prospects in Brown's position are looking for growth and he has definitely shown that this year. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Brown's dominant outing, LeVon Washington's offensive outburst, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 7, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Indians option struggling Salazar back to Columbus
Lots of players are going on waivers and many are being snatched up either to block a player from slipping through or a team legitimately trying to add them to the roster. In today's Storylines, the IBI's Jay Frierson provides the details on some players on waivers, some Tribe news with Danny Salazar being optioned to Columbus, and much more.
August 6, 2014   (3 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2014 Draft: Part 2
Over the course of the next few 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 second edition he looks at Justus Sheffield, Steven Patterson, Jordan Dunatov, Jordan Carter and David Speer.
August 6, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Lee handling transition to bullpen well
It was a difficult week for the Carolina Mudcats, as the team went just 1-5, closing the week on a five-game skid. With the difficult week, the team fell to 21-23 in the second half and 2.5 games behind Winston Salem in the Carolina League’s Southern Division. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and also sat down with reliever Jacob Lee to talk about his role change...
August 6, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: August 5, 2014
Zach McAllister shined once again for Columbus on Tuesday night, while Josh Tomlin struggled in Cleveland. McAllister's strange season continues as he has no problem dominating a Triple-A lineup but has had his problems getting big league hitters out. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us around the farm and notes McAllister's good outing, Michael Bourn's rehab appearance and much more...
August 6, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #113: Reds 9, Indians 2
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night by a score of 9-2. Much like the Indians enjoyed the previous game, the Reds had their ace, Johnny Cueto, on the hill. Cueto did not disappoint as he threw a complete game while only yielding two runs, but the game may have been much different if not for a crazy play in the seventh inning. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts...

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