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July 16, 2014   (1 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Gonzalez making necessary strides
The Carolina Mudcats had one of their best weeks of the season this week, reeling off five wins in six games. At week’s end, Carolina sits atop the second-half Southern Division standings at 16-10, two games ahead of first-half champion Myrtle Beach. Join Zachary Francis as he recaps the past week for the Mudcats in his weekly notebook and profiles Erik Gonzalez, who is making the necessary strides to become a top prospect.
July 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Around The Farm: July 15, 2014
Most of Cleveland's minor league affiliates were off Tuesday night, with only the Dominican Summer League team in action. That's where Arthur Kinney takes you as he recaps the only non-All-Star game in town, breaking down Gabriel Mejia's season to date and much more. Join Arthur as he takes you on a shorter-than-usual trip Around the Farm.
July 15, 2014   (20 comments)
Ranking the 2014 roster at the All-Star Break, part two
There have been plenty of ups and downs for Cleveland so far in 2014, yet the team is entering the All-Star break at a perfectly average 47-47. There have been a few notable breakout stars and players performing above their true talent, but given the number of disappointments Cleveland's gone through, .500 actually feels pretty good right now. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part two of his All-Star break roster rankings, listing players #21 through #1.
July 15, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: A first-half season review
The RubberDucks stand at 56-41 and are currently one game behind the first-place Richmond Flying Squirrels in the Eastern League Western division race. Akron has had an interesting season thus far, from rehab assignment stints to hitting streaks to the injury bug, but the team has kept its focus well. Join Spencer Davies as he recaps the RubberDucks' first half.
July 15, 2014   (4 comments)
Around The Farm: July 14, 2014
Though the major league teams are all on break for the All-Star game, that is not the case in the minors. Arthur Kinney recaps Monday's night's action throughout the system, including Alex Lavisky possibly snapping out of his recent funk and Jesus Aguilar's performance at the Triple-A home run derby. For all that and more, join Arthur as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 15, 2014   (18 comments)
Storylines: Could the Rays, Indians revisit trade talks?
The Mid-Summer Classic is tonight! Will you be watching? 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 rumor circulating between the Rays and Indians, the likelihood Houston Street gets traded, Bartolo Colon being made available for a trade, and more.
July 14, 2014   (4 comments)
Ranking the 2014 roster at the All-Star Break, part one
There have been plenty of ups and downs for Cleveland so far in 2014, yet the team is entering the All-Star break at a perfectly average 47-47. There have been a few notable breakout stars and players performing above their true talent, but given the number of disappointments Cleveland's gone through, .500 actually feels pretty good right now. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part one of his All-Star break roster rankings, listing players #42 through #22.
July 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Sailing with the Clippers: A week of ups and downs
The Columbus Clippers had a long week full of ups and downs. They started the week tied for first with Indy. The Clippers dropped three to Pawtucket and the first two to Indy before winning four straight to end the week exactly how they began it – tied for first. Join Michael Rich as he recaps the strange week the Clippers had and looks ahead to what's to come.
July 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #94: White Sox 2, Indians 3
The Indians head into the All-Star Break on a high note earning a game and series win over the White Sox. After 94 games, the Tribe sits in third place at an even 47-47 and seven and a half games behind first place Detroit. Considering the inconsistency this team has battled through so far, that's not the worst spot to be in. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the victory.
July 14, 2014   (12 comments)
Around The Farm: July 13, 2014
It was a big night for some of the top prospects in the system, with Francisco Lindor representing the organization in the Futures Game and Jesus Aguilar and Clint Frazier staying hot. As we head into the All-Star break, Arthur Kinney has you covered, recapping the performances of those top prospects and everyone else throughout the system. Join Arthur as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 13, 2014   (14 comments)
Storylines: Antonetti speaks about Indians' plans
The Indians head into the All-Star break just 3.5 games out of the second Wildcard spot. 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 what Cleveland could look to do before the trade deadline, Miami receiving calls on Giancarlo Stanton, and more.
July 13, 2014   (4 comments)
Gomes powers Indians over White Sox, 3-2
For a first half of a season that featured so many highs and lows, Sunday's series finale couldn't have ended on a better note. Trailing Chicago 2-1 in the eighth inning, Yan Gomes stepped up and delivered when it mattered most. The Tribe catcher launched a go-ahead two-run homer just over the wall in right field to give the Indians both the lead and win, edging the White Sox, 3-2. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
July 13, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: Merritt, Lugo pitching well in the lower levels
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. This week's edition includes a look at a pair of left-handers in the lower levels -- Ryan Merritt and Luis Lugo -- who are both performing quite well, though their ERAs kind of skew the story. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the truth behind Merritt and Lugo's respective ERAs in addition to the rest of the organization's pitchers as he takes you into The WAR Room.
July 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #93: White Sox 6, Indians 2
In Zach McAllister's first start in the major leagues since his disastrous May 21st outing against Detroit, the Cleveland Indians found themselves on the losing end of a 6-2 loss that, because of a 9th inning rally by Chicago, was closer than the final score would indicate. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down McAllister's performance within the context of his 2014 season and provides a cursory overview of the Cleveland Indians' 2014 BABIP numbers to date.
July 13, 2014   (3 comments)
Around The Farm:  July 12, 2014
In the early part of the season, Clint Frazier's performance did not truly look the part of a high first round pick. It was still early for the center fielder, however, and the lack of results was not truly a big problem. Lately, however, Frazier has turned things around and started to put up some big numbers. Join Arthur Kinney as he outlines Frazier's recent tear and recaps the rest of the action from the minor leagues, taking you Around the Farm.
July 12, 2014   (5 comments)
Offense falls flat as Tribe lose to White Sox, 6-2
On Friday night, an overturned challenge helped the Indians to dismantle the White Sox and on Saturday afternoon, things seemed to be heading in that same direction.
July 12, 2014   (1 comments)
Mejia is developing into a special defender behind the plate
Very few players come along in the minor leagues who are viewed as special in one particular skill. Lots of players are above average or considered “plus” with a certain skill, but few have what is considered an elite bat or elite arm. The Indians happen to have a couple of players in their system with elite skills or intangibles, but one player who has really come onto the scene and really stands out is catcher Francisco Mejia.
July 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #92: White Sox 4, Indians 7
Making their way back to the .500 mark, the Cleveland Indians defeated the White Sox 7-4 in a largely offense-dominant affair. Turned on its head by a challenge in the fifth, Friday's win continued the momentum of Thursday's victory over the Yankees. The IBI's John Grimm concerns himself with the causes for Kluber's ineffective outing as well as the recent, limited renaissance of Nick Swisher, the lightning rod of the team.
July 12, 2014   (11 comments)
Around the Farm: July 11, 2014
It was a big night for 2013 first round pick Clint Frazier as he had his best night as a pro going 5-for-5 with two homers. He has really picked up his play of late and looks to be settling in at the Low-A Lake County level. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performance and many others in his trip Around the Farm from Friday night...
July 12, 2014   (5 comments)
Storylines: The hot stove is heating up
The King has returned to Cleveland! With two iconic athletes in LeBron and Manziel, Cleveland sports have certainly become a lot more interesting. 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 number of trade rumors, when Justin Masterson could be back in the starting rotation, Jordan Zimmermann gets a scare, and more.

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