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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.
June 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Morimando is showing a lot of progress
A rough stretch of the season for the Carolina Mudcats continued for another week as the team went just 2-5 on the week. The IBI's Zachary Francis gets us all caught up with the week that was for the Mudcats, who is playing well and who is not, and also sat down with talented lefty Shawn Morimando to get his thoughts on his performance to date.
June 4, 2014   (16 comments)
Around the Farm: June 3, 2014
Outfielder Tyler Holt continues to impress in his initial debut to Triple-A and had another stellar night at the plate on Tuesday for Columbus. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he talks about Holt's performance as well as numerous other players in his trip around the Indians farm system.
June 4, 2014   (6 comments)
Bourn helps Indians edge Boston, 5-3; Tribe wins five straight
The House is a Rockin'. Opposing teams at Progressive Field; don't bother knockin'. For the second straight night, the Indians relied on solid starting pitching and timely hitting to string together another big win in their house Tuesday. Deadlocked in a 3-3 tie against Boston in the seventh, Michael Bourn delievered on what eventually became the game's deciding hit. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another victory from the ballpark.
June 4, 2014   (5 comments)
Storylines: Santana set to return to Indians on Friday
The Indians are set to activate Carlos Santana on Friday, Nick Swisher is about a week away from a rehab assignment in the minors and Zach McAllister will make his first rehab start in the minors at Low-A Lake County on Wednesday and Rays outfielder Will Myers is expected to miss at least two months. Those stories and more in another edition of Storylines here at IBI....
June 3, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI on Site 1.06
Here is episode number six this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI. In this week's show we go back on site to Akron, home of the Indians' Double-A affiliate Akron RubberDucks, but it is not what you think. Host Hayden Grove talks to August Fagerstrom of the Akron Beacon Journal and Fangraphs to discuss how several Cleveland Indians players are performing and sits down with RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander to talk about all of the rebranding efforts the team has made.
June 3, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E15: Nasty Masty 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 Monday night's dominant performance from Indians righty Justin Masterson. After some early command issues he settled in and pitched as well as he ever has as an Indian. They will talk about the performance and how he fits into things with the Indians the rest of this season and beyond plus much more!
June 3, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Q&A with Brad Grant
The 2014 MLB Draft is just two days away. This is an exciting and unique draft for the Indians as they don’t have a top 20 pick but they have three first round picks and will make four selections on the first day for the first time in franchise history. As he does before every draft, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant and have a long, candid conversation about the process with preparing for the draft, managing all of his scouts and the information that comes in, and a bunch of other topics pertaining to the draft itself.
June 3, 2014   (3 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: Sturdevant is showing comfort
The Akron RubberDucks won two series last week, taking two out of three from Baysox on the road and two out of three from the Harrisburg Senators at Canal Park. The highlight of the week was May 29th and 30th, when the RubberDucks scored 26 total runs on 30 hits in just two days. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...

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