June 3, 2014 (21 comments)
It's no secret Justin Masterson has struggled. Coming into the game Monday 0-3 with a 8.84 in his last four starts, the Indians ace may have finally turned a corner. Striking out 10 over seven shutout innings, Masterson led the Tribe to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox in what was his best start of the season. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another win from the ballpark.
June 3, 2014 (0 comments)
Was it just me or was it odd seeing Grady Sizemore in a Boston uniform playing in right field? 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 Astros promoting and extending one of their top prospects, numerous updates on the Indians, what the Blue Jays could potentially do to improve their team, and more.
June 2, 2014 (0 comments)
If you’re looking for someone with a contagious attitude, look no further than outfielder Carlos Moncrief. The native Mississippian has a trademark grin that shows up in the outfield and in the batter’s box, and it’s pretty easy to see why. A slow starter in the past, the arrival of June is just in time to heat up his cold bat. The IBI's Grant Miller recently sat down with the Indians top prospect about how he is adjusting to Triple-A and what he is doing to adjust to the new level.
June 2, 2014 (8 comments)
In this week's installment of Inside the Wigwam, IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim "Birdman" Berdysz, answers the question of whether or not Corey Kluber has solidified himself as the Indians ace. He also gives the latest news and notes surrounding the ballclub, tracking Cleveland's top players over a great month of May. And gives his final call on what the rotation may look like without Justin Masterson next year.
June 2, 2014 (0 comments)
The Clippers took two of four from Charlotte, the team that has the dubious distinction of holding the worst record in the International League, then two of three from Louisville before beginning a long road trip on Sunday. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was, talks to manager Chris Tremie about all of the roster moves of late, highlights all the good and bad performances from the past week and more.
June 2, 2014 (10 comments)
The Indians are slowly but surely making up ground in the division as they have now climbed out of the cellar and passed up the Royals for fourth place. They are now within two games of the Twins and White Sox and six games behind the division-leading Tigers after completing a three-game sweep of Colorado on Sunday. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the victory.
June 2, 2014 (12 comments)
The draft is Thursday so instead of a single concentrated piece IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis provides some news, notes, and thoughts on the upcoming draft. He takes a look at who he believes are the Indians top five targets with their #21 pick, provides some details on some of his favorite players in this draft class, reviews the Pirates-Marlins trade that sent a pick to the Pirates for a player, and more.
June 2, 2014 (5 comments)
Lefty Giovanni Soto has struggled since returning from a the disabled list a few weeks ago and he had another tough outing on Sunday. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about Soto's recent struggles and also makes not of a big night from Clint Frazier, Dace Kime, Joe Colon and many others in his trip Around the Farm...
June 2, 2014 (0 comments)
There's nothing better than a walk-off homer to complete a series sweep. 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 Houston honing in on their first overal pick in the draft, a trade involving a draft pick, and more.
June 1, 2014 (0 comments)
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. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge. Among those trends is the success of Akron RubberDucks right-hander Joe Colon and Lake County Captains right-hander Robbie Aviles, both of whom are finding success with their sinkers. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down in this week's edition of The WAR Room.
June 1, 2014 (2 comments)
The bats have come alive again, which coupled with two critical pieces from the Shin-Soo Choo trade, starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and reliever Bryan Shaw, were pivotal in Cleveland's 7-6 victory over Colorado. The IBI's John Grimm discusses not only Bauer's strength in the game, but also the persistently combustible Lonnie Chisenhall, who has made a stirring argument to become an everyday player, as well as Mike Aviles's curious centrality within Saturday's game.
June 1, 2014 (3 comments)
The Columbus Clippers went off in grand fashion Saturday night, scoring 19 runs in the first game of their doubleheader. Everything clicked for the Clippers, including offensive breakouts up and down the lineup and masterful pitching. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down all the action in Columbus, takes a look at the other games on the night, and takes you Around the Farm.
June 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Manziel-mania will officially be making its way to Progressive Field on Wednesday. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on who's to blame for the Royals slow start, an early look at the summer trade market, and more.
May 31, 2014 (5 comments)
Last year the IBI's Jeff Ellis did a feature on the top prospects in the state of Ohio. This year’s class is stronger at the top but the depth is not where it was last year, though there are still plenty of interesting players and a few familiar names from last year as well. Jeff found nine guys to talk about this year that he had some familiarity with and he shares his thoughts on all of them in his latest...
May 31, 2014 (7 comments)
The Colorado Rockies entered Progressive Field as one of the hottest batting teams in the major leagues, and one of the best contact teams, in the majors. Kluber's dominating performance in a 5-2 defeat of Colorado required tremendous skill not only from the pitcher, but also from the catcher. The IBI's John Grimm discusses the divergent catcher-framing abilities of the two catchers and explores the magnitude of Kluber's achievements to date.
May 31, 2014 (14 comments)
Danny Salazar's fall continued on Friday night as he had another rough outing for Columbus, Ronny Rodriguez had an exceptional night at the plate and Shawn Morimando was stunning in his Double-A debut. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps that performances and more as he takes us Around the Farm to highlight all the good and bad performances from the night in the Indians system.
May 31, 2014 (2 comments)
Who said the Indians don't have an ace? Corey Kluber is not your prototypical front of the line starter, but he sure keeps pitching like one. Friday night at Progressive Field was no different, as the right-hander led the Tribe past the Colorado Rockies, 5-2, snapping the team's four-game losing streak. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the victory from the ballpark.
May 31, 2014 (0 comments)
It's finally the weekend and with the weather heating up, grab your tickets and head out to Progressive Field! 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 Cardinals promoting their top prospect, the Blue Jays also promoting their top prospect, Corey Kluber joins elite company, and more.
May 30, 2014 (5 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the emergence of Joseph Colon as a starting pitching prospect for the Indians, the significant strides he has made with his stuff over the past year and what his future holds with the Indians. He also looks at the good play of Tyler Holt and his role in the organization, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County, and provides lots of insight, news and analysis on players such as Roberto Perez, D.J. Brown, Eric Haase, Cody Anderson, Ryan Merritt, Grant Fink and others.
May 30, 2014 (0 comments)
In this era of pitchers blowing fastballs by hitters with triple-digit velocity, it's refreshing to see a hurler not blessed with a power arm find success through the actual art of pitching and that is exactly what left-hander T.J. House did against the White Sox on Wednesday night. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he breaks down the lone bright spot from a tough series in Chicago in a special off-day edition of Second Thoughts.