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June 8, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Morales finds surprising new home
The last major free agent has finally signed. 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 Twins landing Kendrys Morales, the plan for Nick Swisher, and more.
June 7, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Day 3 info
Okay, two days are in the books, now for the fun (and insanity) that is the final day of the draft. Today the Indians will make selections in the 11th through 40th rounds and then things will end. We will be posting draft capsules for each of the 30 picks made today, but those will show up later in the day. Check out this thread to see the updated Indians picks as they are made...
June 7, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #61: Cleveland 4, Texas 6
In the aftermath of the Cleveland Indians sweeping a six-game homestand, the team was quickly reminded that, while Cleveland holds the best home record in the American League, they also hold the worst record on the road in that same Junior Circuit. The IBI's John Grimm recounts the more notable occurrences of Cleveland's 4-6 loss in Arlington to the Rangers, noting that, given both the competition and the total baserunners Cleveland garnered, there were certainly some positive signs to be taken from the game.
June 7, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: June 6, 2014
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. In today's recap the IBI's Arthur Kinney looks at the good performances by Tyler Naquin and Bryson Myles at Double-A Akron on the night as well as the rest of the performances throughout the system.
June 7, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Morales could sign soon
It's finally the 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 news that Kendrys Morales could sign with a club soon, Ryan Zimmerman's position change, Johan Santana suffers another injury, and more.
June 6, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Day 2 info
Today the draft kicks back up at 1pm ET and will only cover rounds 3-10. As each pick is made today we will have info up literally minutes after it is announced. This is a quick note that I am posting to the site to remind everyone that the picks for today will not show on the front page or in the front page slider. They will all post to the newswire to the right and in the "News" section at the top of the site.
June 6, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: First day thoughts and more
The Indians made four selections on the first day of the 2014 MLB Draft on Thursday picking up college outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Mike Papi along with prep pitchers Justus Sheffield and Grant Hockin. This was a big night for the Indians as they had three first round picks and a chance with such a deep draft to really bring in some top shelf talent into the system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares his thoughts and provides insight on all of the picks and the IBI's Jeff Ellis also shares his thoughts and previews the top talent still on the board as we move into rounds three through ten today.
June 6, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: June 5, 2014
Thursday may have been the day the organization begins adding new players to the organization, but for all of the minor leaguers already in the system, it was just another day. Akron RubberDucks starter Cody Anderson pitched just like he has lately, which is good considering the turnaround the right-hander has undergone recently. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Anderson's rebound, Zach McAllister's rehab start, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 6, 2014   (7 comments)
Storylines: Pirates have the ammo to add starter
Are you caught up in Draft madness? Well, you should be! 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 possibility of the Pirates adding a starting pitcher, a potential trading partner for Billy Butler, more bad news for the Texas Rangers, and more.
June 5, 2014   (69 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Live day one blog
As always, the IBI is your top source for everything surrounding the Indians draft as we will be all over the draft this week and up through the signing deadline with information, scouting reports, news, and much more. As each pick is made we will be throwing up draft capsules and tons of other information literally minutes after the picks are made. Here is our running live draft blog which gets you up to speed on everything you need to be prepared for the draft and updates throughout the night leading up to the first Indians pick.
June 5, 2014   (1 comments)
Minor Happenings: Sturdevant has re-established his value
In today’s Minor Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the comeback that right-handed reliever Tyler Sturdevant is making, why he has had so much success this season and where he fits into the Indians’ Major League plans. He also looks at infielder Paul Hendrix’s outstanding month of May and All Star snub, how left-hander Luis Lugo is having an excellent season that many are not even aware he is having and how infielder Audy Ciriaco has been a man of many hats and been one of the Indians better minor league signings at Triple-A in some time.
June 5, 2014   (14 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: The Final Mock
Draft day is here! The 2014 MLB Draft kicks off tonight and as always the IBI will be all over it providing news and info leading up to the Indians picks and then capsules for every player once they are made. As a lead in to our coverage tonight we have IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis' final mock draft where he mocks out the first THREE rounds in their entirety and the Indians first five picks. This is a non-premium piece today so all can enjoy!
June 5, 2014   (2 comments)
Captains Notebook: Frazier, Kime starting to turn things around
The Lake County Captains recorded a 2-3 record last week, including a rainout on June 4. The team partook in some close games last week, including a one-run win and a one-run loss to the South Bend Silver Hawks. The offense remains the worst-hitting team in the Midwest League, but sits third in the home run rankings. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger reviews the Captains' previous week.
June 5, 2014   (16 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #60: Red Sox 4, Indians 7
A phenomenal home stand ends with a bang as Asdrubal Cabrera becomes the latest walk-off hero with a three-run line drive homer in a late-night duel between the Tribe and Red Sox. The Indians complete not only the three-game sweep of the reigning World Series champs, but also the sweep of the home stand overall. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on another Tribe victory.
June 5, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: June 4, 2014
You know it's a good night offensively on the farm when you average 10 runs per team. Columbus, Akron, and Carolina all went off at the plate Wednesday, scoring runs left and right on the way to victory. Leading the charge in Akron was a familiar face in second baseman Joey Wendle, as the infielder typically makes waves with his bat. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at Wendle's performance, breaks down Yhoxian Medina's effort in Carolina, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 5, 2014   (2 comments)
Cabrera's walk-off blast sends Indians over Boston, 7-4
Rain couldn't even cool off the blazing Tribe. Tied at 4-4 in the 12th inning, Asdrubal Cabrera connected on a game-winning three-run homer to send the Indians over Boston, 7-4, completing the three-game series sweep. The hit came four hours and 29 minutes after first pitch, and six hours and 57 minutes form Wednesday's original scheduled start time. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a wild night at the ballpark.
June 5, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Could Polanco be in Pittsburgh by Friday?
Finally, it's MLB draft day! 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 possibility of Gregory Polanco making his Major League debut in Pittsburgh on Friday, Justin Masterson following in Jon Lester's steps, and more.
June 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E16: 2014 MLB Draft preview show
Our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. In tonight's special edition show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to preview the 2014 MLB Draft. With the draft set to start on Thursday, Jeff and Tony will discuss what lies ahead for the Indians in what is really one of the most important drafts for them in some time considering the amount of high level picks they have. They will discuss all the top players, who the Indians may target and much more.
June 4, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Jeff's Big Board 2.0 - The final edition
With the draft set to kick off in 24 hours, here is IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis' final Big Board. Some injuries have shuffled things up at the top and throughout the first round, but Jeff still loves this draft and considers it a deep draft - especially with prep arms - and feels the Indians should have a chance to add a lot of depth to their system. He profiles his top 43 players on his board in this 4000+ word piece...
June 4, 2014   (19 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #59: Red Sox 3, Indians 5
The Indians won their fifth game in a row and eighth straight at home with a 5-3 win against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Lefty T.J. House pitched well and aside from a hiccup in the middle innings the bullpen locked it down late to preserve the win. The IBI's Tony Lastoria fills in and provides his second thoughts on House's performance, Michael Bourn's surge and Terry Francona's bullpen usage.

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