July 5, 2014 (5 comments)
Independence Day 2014 has come and gone, and with it, another occasion for hype that has collapsed under the weight of a blowout loss. On Friday, that loss came at the hands of the Royals as Josh Tomlin took a 7-1 loss. The IBI's John Grimm, in the spirit of the NBA off-season, discusses Josh Tomlin's contract situation going forward, and notes the substantial risk and possible benefits of signing the Tommy John survivor to a long-term deal within the context of his upcoming arbitration awards
July 5, 2014 (11 comments)
The Fourth of July proved to be a less-than-impressive day in the Cleveland organization, but Arthur Kinney still found some performances of note. One of them belonged to Joe Sever, who looks to be getting back on track after some recent struggles. Join Arthur as he recaps all of the Independence Day action and takes you Around the Farm.
July 5, 2014 (2 comments)
Just call him, Ace Ventura. It didn't take much for Royals starter Yordano Ventura to solve a stagnant Indians offense Friday night. Holding the Tribe to just one run over 8 1/3 innings, Kansas City cruised to a 7-1 victory in the series opener of a three-game weekend series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the game from the ballpark.
July 5, 2014 (4 comments)
I hope all of you had an enjoyable Fourth of July. It's also the weekend now too! Make it a great one. 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 blockbuster trade the Athletics and Cubs pulled off, C.C. Sabathia receiving more bad news on the injury front, when Bartolo Colon could get traded, and more.
July 4, 2014 (3 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent surge in performance at Triple-A for right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar, how his stuff has looked and if he is getting back into the form that impacted the Indians roster late last season. He takes a deep look into the breakout performance at Double-A Akron for outfielder Anthony Gallas, what it means and what has changed for him. He also provides some insight into the turnaround for Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, looks at the biggest change to Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez’s approach and more.
July 4, 2014 (15 comments)
The name of the game is patience. No wait, that was last night's theme. Anyway, Kieran Lovegrove rewarded anyone who has been patient with him Thursday night, tossing five no-hit innings and showing flashes of why he was a highly regarded third round pick in 2012. He was joined by Claudio Bautista, who will also need some patience in the future as he learns to be more selective at the plate. Join Jim Piascik as takes you Around the Farm, breaking down Lovegrove and Bautista's nights in addition to recapping all the action throughout the organization.
July 4, 2014 (2 comments)
Happy Fourth of July! I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday. Also, a big thank you to all of the men and women serving this country and protecting our freedoms on a daily basis! 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 new deal for the Athletics improving their stadium, a member of the Indians front office turns down a job interview, the MLBPA investigating agents, and more.
July 3, 2014 (4 comments)
The International Signing Period kicked off on Tuesday. As with every year it brings a high-paced amount of signings that have been agreed on for weeks or months, and also brings with it a lot of questions as many don't understand how it works. The IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at how the system works, the problems that have brought to the forefront, and reviews and provides an update on each of the top six players the Indians have signed.
July 3, 2014 (1 comments)
It is often not easy for young players to adjust to pro ball and for some it can take a few seasons before they settle in and really begin to make some progress. For Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, that has been the case as he strugged his first year-plus in the organization but is really starting to settle in now. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to talk about his season and also recaps the week that was for the Captains...
July 3, 2014 (7 comments)
It had been mid-June since the Indians last scored a series win. It took another late game rally, but they scored three times in the 8th inning to come back and take the win against the Dodgers. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on why this was an impressive win for the Indians and more...
July 3, 2014 (12 comments)
It is really hard to be patient for any stretch of time. Like waiting for Christmas as a child -- or even now for Jim Piascik, the wait for the final Hobbit movie -- is unbearable (same for the waits leading up to the first two, for that matter). But it is absolutely vital to be patient to a fault with prospects, especially ones with the talent of Mitch Brown and Carlos Moncrief. Join Jim as he breaks down Brown's turnaround, the recent resurgence of Moncrief, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 3, 2014 (0 comments)
For years Justin Verlander has been the “ace,” of the Detroit Tigers and one of the best starting pitchers in baseball, however it has been a struggle for the former Cy Young the last two years. He got core muscle surgery in January and has not been the same ever since. In 17 starts this season Verlander is 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA and only 85 strikeouts. This would be his 3rd worse ERA of his career.
July 2, 2014 (2 comments)
In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard for a few moments and talk about some of his pitchers. They talked about the focus for talented righty Kieran Lovegrove, the advanced maturity of lefty Sean Brady, the promise of lefty reliever Anderson Polanco, the change in repertoire for righty Juan Santana, and lots more.
July 2, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats were able to continue their strong start to the second half of the season, going 4-3 on the week. Carolina dropped two of three at Salem before winning two of three on the road against Winston Salem. The Mudcats finished off the week by winning the first game of a three game set at home against Lynchburg. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was and also talks to infielder Joe Sever about his season to date.
July 2, 2014 (12 comments)
No one is hotter in the Indians farm system than outfielder Anthony Gallas. Since being promoted to Akron a few weeks ago he has been on an absolute tear at the Double-A level and is doing all he can to show he belongs there. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his big night and the rest of the Indians minor leagues players Around the Farm...
July 2, 2014 (0 comments)
It may be time to let Masterson rest his ailing knee with a DL stint. 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 Tampa Bay's thinking after a recent hot streak, Mickey Callaway speaking about Danny Salazar, and more.
July 1, 2014 (1 comments)
In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to discuss all things pertaining to the Cleveland Indians. The Indians reached the halfway mark in their season on Sunday with their 81st game, so now is a good time to sit back and review the first half of the season, talk about what went right, what went wrong, and what the Indians need to do to make another second half run at the playoffs this season.
July 1, 2014 (13 comments)
Now that it is July, the trade rumor mill is heating up. There are a lot of names on the block and the Indians in spite of being a sub .500 team appear to be buyers and not sellers. They are scouting pitching and there have been many reports of scouts at the Indians minor league games scouting players. This of course has led to all kinds of speculation who the Indians might target and who is the best fit. The IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at two players that fit the Indians needs and would be realistic trade possibilities.
July 1, 2014 (0 comments)
The RubberDucks (48-35) split two series this past week with both the Erie SeaWolves and the Harrisburg Senators. Akron sits a half-game back from the Richmond Flying Squirrels (48-34) for first place in the EL Western. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook....
July 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Here is episode number ten this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI. In this week's show we go back to short season Single-A Mahoning Valley where host Hayden Grove gets a chance to catch up with 2014 first round pick outfielder Bradley Zimmer. We also talk to lefty Sean Brady and media director and radio voice of the Scrappers Tim Pozsgai about the team.