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May 28, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: May 27, 2014
Double-A Akron was rained out on Tuesday, but the Indians other three full season affiliates were in action on a wet night around baseball. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm for the Indians and notes an encouraging performance from Carlos Moncrief, another exceptional outing from Ryan Merritt, a big power night from Eric Haase and much more.
May 28, 2014   (2 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Hankins is showing versatility, performance
The Carolina Mudcats started off the week by getting swept in a double header by the Wilmington Blue Rocks, which accurately summed up the week for the team. Carolina only managed two wins on the week, going 2-6. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was, provides all the news and notes from the week and recently sat down with Todd Hankins to get his thoughts on his recent play of late.
May 28, 2014   (12 comments)
Storylines: Swisher, Santana placed on DL
Jesus Aguilar has been given another chance to prove himself with the Indians. 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 injury-caused roster moves for the Indians, the Rangers possible plans for the summer, and more.
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: Wendle is settling in at Akron
The RubberDucks finally cooled down a bit after their hot start, splitting a series with Altoona on the road, and losing three out of four at home against the Reading Fightin Phils. Akron’s record sits at 31-19 overall, still sitting atop the Eastern League West and second in the league overall behind the Portland Sea Dogs. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E13: Looking for consistency edition
Our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk about several things regarding the Indians. They will talk about the Indians up and down performance on their current road trip, the issues at third base and other positions, which players are setting themselves up for All Star consideration, and also dive into some draft talk and much more if time permits.
May 27, 2014   (12 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 5.0
If you are an Indians fan no place has you better covered when it comes to the draft than here at Indians Baseball Insider. The draft is a little over a week away and most of the player's have all but established their values to organizations at this point. The IBI's Jeff Ellis steps in with his updated mock draft and runs down all of the picks in the first round - 41 in all - with insight and information into each pick including the three picks the Indians make at #21, #31 and #38.
May 27, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #52: Indians 2, White Sox 6
Monday's Memorial Day game saw the Indians continue an apparent season-long issue, struggling against left-handed pitching, with Jose Quintana and the White Sox pitching staff holding Cleveland to zero extra base hits. Despite having more baserunners than Chicago, Cleveland's 6-2 loss felt substantially more one-sided than it really was. The IBI's John Grimm addresses the many peculiar aspects of Josh Tomlin's performance, as well as addresses the affairs of the bullpen.
May 27, 2014   (17 comments)
Around the Farm: May 26, 2014
There were some very interesting performances up and down the Indians minor league system on Monday. Jesus Aguilar was removed from the game and looks to be Cleveland bound, Joseph Colon threw his first career nine-inning shutout, and Robbie Aviles continues to roll. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about all of those performances and more as he goes Around the Farm and recaps the day on the farm..
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Mets make moves to shake team up
I hope all of you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend! 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 Mets shaking things up, what the Astros could do in the draft, a potential landing spot for Justin Masterson in the off-season, and more.
May 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Adams' return to form has been impressive
Before right-hander Austin Adams had surgery on his throwing shoulder in May 2012, he was riding the crest of the wave. Over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Adams threw 243 strikeouts in 248 innings in Single-A and Double-A. Then an injury came, threatening to make him another hurler derailed by the treatment table. But Adams hasn’t let that happen. The IBI's Grant Miller recently sat down with the talented righty to talk about his return from injury and recent success.
May 26, 2014   (2 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Salazar returns to Columbus
The Clippers dropped the final two games in Syracuse, but ultimately won the season series against the Chiefs taking five of eight. The Clippers finished the road trip taking only two of eight games. Danny Salazar made his return to the Clippers a forgettable one, lasting just 2.2 innings and 70 pitches where he gave up five runs on six hits and three walks and only struck out one. Join Michael Rich and go Sailing with the Clippers.
May 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #51: Indians 2, Orioles 4
On Sunday, Josh Beckett managed to turn the clock back a few years as he threw Major League Baseball's first no-hitter of the season for the Dodgers. Trevor Bauer also had a glimpse back in time, but the memory wasn't so pleasant as he tossed over 100 pitches in only four and a third innings. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on a 4-2 loss as the Tribe settled for a series split in Baltimore.
May 26, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: May 25, 2014
Happy Memorial Day everyone! The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm and looks at yet another outstanding performance from the hot hitting Paul Hendrix at Lake County, new daddy Eric Haase going yard in his first game back, Mitch Brown's encouraging performance and much more!
May 25, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Manny Ramirez lands surprising new gig
Happy Memorial Day to everyone! 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 Manny Ramirez's return to U.S. baseball, the rehab plan for Jason Kipnis, and more.
May 25, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: Lindor, Hendrix continue to impress
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters. 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 down the continuing success of Francisco Lindor and Paul Hendrix, the Jose Ramirez experience in Columbus, and much more.
May 25, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #50: Cleveland 9, Baltimore 0
The departure of Ubaldo Jimenez to Baltimore this past offseason was a matter of much controversy, and one whose consequences came to the fore on Saturday. The result was a one-sided 9-0 Cleveland victory as the offense did a great many things right, and as rising national star Corey Kluber threw seven shutout innings. The IBI's John Grimm discusses this game, the apparently unusual strike zone, and the many peculiarities of Kluber's performance
May 25, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: May 24, 2014
Hopefully everyone is enjoying a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. All four Indians full season affiliates were in action on Saturday and Adam Plutko put up another outstanding effort for Low-A Lake County. The IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about Plutko's great outing and much more as he takes us Around the Farm....
May 24, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Rangers could look to Morales in wake of Fielder injury
Man, is Corey Kluber fun to watch pitch or what? 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 updates on Cleveland's injury situation, a possible destination for Kendrys Morales, and more.
May 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Finally healthy, Gallas enjoying revival at Carolina
Whether he is staring down a 90 mph fastball or raucously rooting for his Cleveland sports teams, Anthony Gallas has always taken things pitch-by-pitch and day-by-day. While his path to greatness hasn’t always been clear, this approach has taken him and his Carolina Mudcats to new heights. The IBI's Daniel Kale recently caught up with Gallas and talked to him about his big season, his return from injury and more.
May 24, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #49: Baltimore 8, Cleveland 4
Faced with a tired bullpen, the Cleveland Indians called up lefty T.J. House for his first major league start. While House put in a crucial six-inning performance, offense was the order of the day, with the Orioles posting 14 hits in an 8-4 defeat of the Indians. The IBI's John Grimm reflects on the performance, both as it relates to the rookie starter's use and to left-fielder Michael Brantley.

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