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June 17, 2014   (6 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #71: Angels 3, Indians 4
The Indians started off the homestand right, with a 4-3 victory over Jered Weaver and the Angels. A game in which three of Cleveland home runs reached the plate via the long ball, it might be surprising that the highlight of Cleveland's day was its pitching. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down the oft-discussed Carlos Carrasco, and how the extreme nature of Carrasco's 2.1-inning shutout save demonstrated helps answer a pivotal question: why does Carrasco fare substantially better from the bullpen?
June 17, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: June 17th signing update
The Indians have a lot of high profile draft picks in town this week to visit Progressive Field and be around the big league team and of course to finalize their contracts. One such high profile player officially came off the board on Monday as Justus Sheffield signed his deal with the Indians, and a few more should become official today or tomorrow. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides updates on who is in town and also some other deals that have been finalized.
June 17, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: June 16, 2014
The Indians had three affiliates off on Monday with Carolina and Lake County enjoying their All Star break and Akron getting a night off, but there was still lots of action in the system at Columbus and Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm...
June 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Tony Gwynn passes away
The muggy weather has returned to much of the country. Hopefully you're staying out of the heat! 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 passing of one of the best hitters of all-time, Baltimore losing one of star players for the year, the possibility of the Red Sox having a fire sale, and more.
June 16, 2014   (6 comments)
Indians stay red hot at home, edge Angels, 4-3
They say home is where the heart is. And it's safe to say home couldn't be any sweeter for the Tribe this year. Returning to Progressive Field for the first time since June 4, the Indians continued to showcase their winning ways at their home ballpark. After a back-and-forth battle through the first four innings, Cleveland hitters edged out the Angels, 4-3 to notch their third straight win, and marking their tenth consecutive home victory. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
June 16, 2014   (1 comments)
IBI Hot List: Anderson's struggles continue into June
It’s been awhile since we last posted a Hot List. Such is the way things work once the draft season kicks in. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at all of the good and some not so good performances in the Indians minor league system so far in June and provides insight and information into the struggles for Cody Anderson, the hot hitting Tyler Naquin and Carlos Moncrief, the hot pitching of Luis Lugo and Ryan Merritt, and much more.
June 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Pestano is working his way back
The Clippers come home from a long road trip and promptly swept a four game home series against Scranton Wilkes-Barre over the weekend. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was for the Indians Triple-A affiliate with all the news and notes for the team and also recently sat down with right-handed reliever to talk about his progress on the mound this season.
June 16, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #70: Indians 3, Red Sox 2
After losing four in a row, the Indians managed to salvage their road trip with two straight wins to put them back at the .500 mark and maintain their position in the standings. Nick Swisher was the hero on Sunday as he put the Tribe ahead in extra innings with a solo home run. It was Swisher's first RBI since returning from the DL and his first homer since going deep against the Athletics on May 16th. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the Tribe's fifth extra-inning victory of the season.
June 16, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: June 16th signing update
The IBI's Tony Lastoria is back in the saddle today after spending the last three and a half days at a state baseball tournament in Columbus. With that in mind, he uses today's update to get us all caught up on the news from over the weekend as the Indians officially inked a few players, agreed to terms with several more and got official word from some others that they are not signing - not to mention there is all kinds of other news surrounding unsigned picks.
June 16, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: June 15, 2014
One of the more encouraging performances over the past month has come at Low-A Lake County where right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown is starting to perform like the high draft pick and big time prospect he has been made out to be. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his recent performance, the struggling Cody Anderson and a lot more in his trip Around the Farm...
June 15, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Giants eyeing Samardzija
The Indians picked up an important win to split the series and get back to .500. 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 Jeff Samardzija rumors, the next step for Zach McAllister, and more.
June 15, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: Merritt continues to dominate in Carolina
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. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including Carolina left-hander Ryan Merritt continuing to dominate at the High-A level, Lake County left-hander Luis Lugo's slightly hidden greatness, and much more.
June 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #69: Cleveland 3, Boston 2
After a two-year drought, Cleveland secured a season series victory over Boston with a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday. Stemming from this narrow victory in which an RBI walk functioned as the winning run, the IBI's John Grimm breaks down the personnel dissonance, is unable to reap the rewards of his perfectly serviceable pitching style.
June 15, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: June 14, 2014
It was another big night Around the Farm for the Indians. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all the action and notes yet another big performance from first baseman Jesus Aguilar in Columbus, Zach McAllister's rehab outing, another good start by Shawn Morimando, D'Vone McClure's walk rate and more.
June 14, 2014   (6 comments)
Holt's adjustment to Columbus not taking long at all
When a player moves up the minor league ladder, it’s safe to assume that it might take them some time to acclimatize to each level. That isn’t the case with Columbus Clippers outfielder Tyler Holt. Ever since making his Triple-A debut on May 26, Holt has been a revelation. Grant Miller recently spoke with Holt about his transition and his goals for the rest of the season.
June 14, 2014   (7 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #68: Cleveland 3, Boston 10
Cleveland fell to Boston 10-3 on Friday, in an affair that saw a fairly equal display of batters but was decided by the pitchers. While Boston right-hander John Lackey threw five strikeouts to one walk, Cleveland starter Justin Masterson lasted only two innings, walking four and striking out none. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down a possible source of Masterson's control problems on Friday and discusses the solid and altogether bizarre performance of Asdrubal Cabrera.
June 14, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: June 13, 2014
Short season Single-A Mahoning Valley got their season started on Friday night and there were several good performances led by catcher Francisco Mejia. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he recaps Mejia's performance, the hot hitting Joe Wendle and all the other players throughout the system in Around the Farm...
June 14, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Morgan is progressing well in his rehab
Indians outfielder Nyjer Morgan is working his way back from his left knee injury out in Arizona. In this MLB news and notes segment, the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news from the previous day and notes Morgan's rehab status, another Indians transaction and lots of other moves around MLB.
June 13, 2014   (1 comments)
Swisher brought experience, energy to RubberDucks rehab
Indians first basement Nick Swisher completed a rehab appearance at Double-A Akron this week and was activated by the Indians on Thursday in Boston. But the impression he left on the players in Akron and the sincere love of the game he shows was something to take in and witness firsthand, which is exactly what the IBI's Hayden Grove did. He sat down and talked to Swisher about his Akron experience and more...
June 13, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #67: Indians 2, Red Sox 5
Consistency continues to elude the Indians even now in mid-June. Just when it looked like they were getting locked into a groove after sweeping their last home stand and taking two out of three in Texas, they have suddenly lost their way once again in Kansas City and now Boston. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the Tribe's third straight loss and gives an update on the team's potential All-Star representatives.

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