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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.
June 13, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: June 12, 2014
Nights like Clint Frazier had on Thursday have not come as frequently as we would like for the center fielder so far in 2014, but while Frazier is struggling a bit this year, putting up big stats this season is not the real goal. It is more important right now for Frazier to learn about the grind that is the minor league season, just like another top prospect a few years ago with. Join Jim Piascik as he explains Frazier's situation in more detail, breaks down Carlos Moncrief's recent surge, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Trade rumors are heating up
Happy Friday! 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 few trade rumors, an update on draft signings, a loophole in Yu Darvish's contract, and more.
June 12, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Final draft thoughts from Jeff Ellis
Another draft is in the books and it’s time for IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to review the draft in whole and shape up his thoughts and ideas on the draft this year. He gives his thoughts on this draft as a whole and particularly the top 12 selections in the draft and also makes note of some players beyond the top 12 that he likes and hopes the Indians sign.
June 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Brown is starting to come around
The Lake County Captains (24-42) split a 4-4 week, including a sweep of a rain makeup double-header June 5. The team managed to keep most games tight, except for June 6, which resulted in a 14-4 blowout loss. The team remains the worst-hitting squad in the league and the pitching sits among the bottom half of the Midwest League, but they're finding small ways to win. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the Captains' previous week.
June 12, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: Roberts is evolving as a pitcher
The Akron RubberDucks won a series at New Britain, taking two out of three from the Rock Cats. The team then lost two out of three to the Senators in Harrisburg. Tuesday, the team was swept in a double-header by the Binghamton Mets. Akron has now dropped five of their last nine games. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
June 12, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #66: Indians 1, Royals 4
After impressing in Texas the Indians two two steps back in Kansas City losing both games and not looking good in doing so. The poor hitting, struggles against lefties, and sloppy defense returned, and it all added up to a quick two-game sweep at the hands of the Royals. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on the game...
June 12, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: June 12th signing update
In another big signing update, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides updates on 10 players the Indians selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. He notes Justus Sheffield's travel plans and signing status, negotiations with Sam Hentges, the signing of another four players, one player who is transferring to another school and likely won't sign, and much more!

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