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April 6, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Rays' Escobar latest to receive extension
The Indians are close to getting a couple of key players back in Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi. 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 the Rays continuing to dish out extensions, an lingering injury problem for Ryan Braun, and more.
April 6, 2014   (12 comments)
Around the Farm: April 5, 2014
The Indians had an amazing three doubleheaders in the organization on Saturday, and their early season starting pitching struggles continued at Josh Tomlin and others were touched up in their season debuts. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all the action in the farm system from Saturday...
April 5, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 3/30/14 - 4/5/14
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
April 5, 2014   (8 comments)
Carrasco struggles, Indians fall to Twins, 7-3
He may have had an option, but he may not be the best option. Five runs on five hits through the first three innings Saturday proved more than enough for the Twins against Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 6.35 ERA), as Minnesota cruised to an easy 7-3 victory Saturday afternoon. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
April 5, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Right Fielders
Today we move on to the right fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. The Indians have Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn seemingly locked into left field and center field for the next several years, but at the moment have a short term platoon-type situation in right field with David Murphy and Ryan Raburn. This is a position where the Indians thankfully have some legit prospects with everyday potential, and they are sprinkled throughout almost every level of the organization. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and includes scouting reports for them...
April 5, 2014   (2 comments)
MLB and the Draft: A 20 year look
Jeff Ellis has been working on draft information at Indians Baseball Insider for a few years. Of late he has focused quite a bit on the historical side of the draft and how the Indians have done. The common refrain when he has dipped into the past is that the Indians have really struggled at drafting, yet he was unsure if that was true as he was not certain of the success of every other team. So he decided he needed to figure out a system to compare every team in Major League Baseball and came up with some research for all 30 teams over the last 30 years that shows who has shined or struggled in the draft the last two decades.
April 5, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #4: Twins 2, Indians 7
The season opening series in Oakland saw the Cleveland Indians take the series 2-1, both of their wins having been taken in dramatic fashion. It took awhile to get going on Friday, but the Indians opened up their home schedule with a 7-2 thumping of the Twins and the IBI's John Grimm shares some thoughts on the performances of some key players.
April 5, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: April 4, 2014
The Indians affiliates did not have much luck in the win column on Friday as Double-A Akron was rained out and all three of Triple-A Columbus, High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County lost. The one saving grace, and really only one that matters, is the Indians winning 7-2. The IBI's Arthur Kinney chimes in with an IBI staple.....Around the Farm.
April 5, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Ike Davis likely to be dealt
The Indians are off to a hot start to begin the season! 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 latest on the likelihood Ike Davis is traded, the Nationals make a comment regarded their payroll situation, and more.
April 4, 2014   (12 comments)
Indians rally to defeat Twins on Opening Day, 7-2
There's no place like home. Back at Progressive Field for the first time in over six months, the Indians wouldn't let a few raindrops get in the way of Cleveland's most unofficial holiday. Down 2-0 in the bottom half of the sixth, the Tribe outscored Minnesota 7-0 over the final four frames, defeating the Twins, 7-2. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
April 4, 2014   (7 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: The potential of Zach McAllister
Zach McAllister made his season debut for the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, and it was a bit of a mixed bag. Yes, there were some positives, but it was far from a stellar performance. Nonetheless, the IBI's Steve Orbanek believes McAllister will play a key role for Indians and the team's chances for success in 2014, and he details that in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
April 4, 2014   (12 comments)
Jason Kipnis is more than a "blue-collar" star
Jason Kipnis has always been considered a player that's been a hard-worker. Unfortunately, when you are stereo-typed as a hard-worker, you are often downgraded as a player that has to overcome a lack-of-talent. Kipnis has fought that "blue-collar" stereotype his entire life, and in doing so, proved to the Indians that he's more than just a guy that gets dirty. Join Jim Pete as he chronicles Kipnis and his meteoric rise from his high school brilliance, to contract renaissance.
April 4, 2014   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: April 3, 2014
Sure, the major league club started playing games on Monday, but *real baseball* is finally back in your lives now that the Akron RubberDucks and the Carolina Mudcats kicked off the minor league season! The stars of tomorrow started their seasons of today, with players like Giovanny Urshela doing their best to answer all of the questions about them in one game. Join Jim Piascik as he reintroduces an IBI staple into your life and takes you Around the Farm.
April 4, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts: Opening series pros and cons
After a long and especially unpleasant winter, the boys of summer have returned and are about to make their way back to Cleveland as the Indians finally return from the West Coast. In Oakland, the Tribe didn't exactly play flawless baseball, but they managed to leave with a series win under their belts, which is pretty much all you can ask for. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he provides his pros and cons from the opening series.
April 4, 2014   (16 comments)
Cleveland, Kipnis agree to six-year extension
Cleveland and second baseman Jason Kipnis reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension early Friday morning according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, among others. The contract is for six years, $52.5 million, covering three arbitration seasons and two years of free agency. The deal also includes a club option for the 2020 season.
April 4, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Mets closer Parnell 50-50 on Tommy John
Opening Day in Cleveland has finally arrived! 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 an update on Mets closer Bobby Parnell, Arizona's plan for Daniel Hudson, and more.
April 3, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Center Fielders
Today we move on to the center fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. It all starts up the middle. Not only do you need a catcher that controls a pitching staff and can shut down a running game and a shortstop that can direct the infield and showcase some exceptional range and consistency, you also need a good center fielder that can cover a lot of ground and be a leader in the outfielder. The Indians have several of those kind of center fielders and the IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and more!
April 3, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Roundtable: Minor League opening day is here
It is opening day in the minor leagues. Tonight three of the Indians full season affiliates Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina will open while Low-A Lake County opens up their season on Friday. In our annual preview of the Indians minor league system, several IBI writers share their thoughts on what to watch this season, who can breakout, and so much more.
April 3, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 Columbus Clippers Preview
The Clippers will return to Huntington Park to kick off the season Thursday and although many of the players will be returning for another season, there will be many fresh faces in Columbus this season. Among those fresh faces are top prospects Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief, and Jose Ramirez. Join Adrienne Robbins as she previews the 2014 season for the Clippers.
April 3, 2014   (20 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #3: Indians 6, Athletics 4
Cleveland split yesterday's doubleheader, losing game one to Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics 6-1 before winning in comeback fashion 6-4 in the nightcap. Michael Brantley, aka Dr. Smooth, was the hero, singling in two runs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland the lead. With a series win to open the season, Cleveland now heads home to prepare for the home opener on Friday. Join Charlie Adams as he gives his Second Thoughts on last night's doubleheader.

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