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June 27, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Masterson dealing with knee issue
It's finally 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 Masterson's "nagging" knee injury, the Angels shopping for a closer, a potential starter for the White Sox next season, and more.
June 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E20: First half Double-A & Triple-A review
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 discuss all things pertaining to the Cleveland Indians. They will continue their midseason review of the Indians minor league affiliates with a look at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus and take about the good and bad showings there and other notable developments.
June 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Seven Down: Indians prospects who have hurt their stock
Earlier this week we posted the seven Indians prospects who have improved their stock the most, but just like there are two sides to every coin and a yin to a yang, that means there have been some prospects who have hurt their prospect value this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at those seven players who have struggled and uses insight and information gained from Indians personnel, scouts and his own observations to explain their struggles and what they need to do to get back on track.
June 26, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #78: Indians 6, D-Backs 1
While Tim Lincecum threw his second no-hitter in less than year's time against the Padres, the Indians finally got themselves back in the win column thanks to the return of the dominant Corey Kluber that has led the Tribe staff over the first months of the season as he pitched seven shutout innings to earn his sixth win of the year. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the victory in the desert.
June 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Heller showing dominant form in pen
The Lake County Captains (32-44) crafted a successful week, giving them a solid start to the season’s second half. Posting a 5-1 record, the team holds the best second-half record in the Midwest League and seems to have found some new life after an underwhelming first half. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains...
June 26, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: June 25, 2014
One bounce of the ball can be all it takes to change everything. Top prospect Francisco Lindor experienced this firsthand Wednesday as a routine double play grounder took a bad hop, bouncing up and hitting him in the face. Lindor seems to have avoided being struck in the eye, a potentially positive development, though he is still getting checked out. Join Jim Piascik as takes you Around the Farm, reporting from Canal Park and bringing you the rest of the action on a busy night in the system.
June 26, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Tim Lincecum throws second career no-hitter
For the second time in his career, Tim Lincecum no-hit the San Diego Padres. Nick Hagadone was sent up to the majors from Columbus while Josh Outman was out righted to the Clippers. The Padres are receiving interest in Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street, while David Price is still rumored to be available for a trade.
June 25, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: Lavisky's adjustments are paying off
The RubberDucks (45-33) went 4-2 on their road trip last week, sweeping the Reading Fightin Phils and dropping two out of three games to the Harrisburg Senators. They split a two-game series with the Erie SeaWolves due to a postponed game on Tuesday night. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook....
June 25, 2014   (3 comments)
Coaches Corner '14: Akron hitting coach Rouglas Odor
In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron RubberDucks hitting coach Rouglas Odor. In their talk, Odor discussed Tyler Naquin's recent hot streak and the adjustments that made it happen, what work Francisco Lindor still has to do at the plate to become a finished product, Bryson Myles' recent surgery, his timeline for recovery, and what was working well for him pre-injury, what Jordan Smith needs to do to turn his season around, and much more.
June 25, 2014   (27 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #77: Indians 8, D'Backs 9
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning) in a 14-inning affair that saw the Indians tie the game in the 9th, take a two-run lead in the 11th and ultimately lose in the 14th. The IBI's Charlie Adams gives his thoughts on the game and looks at how hot Carlos Santana has been and how he is actually projecting out to his best season in the majors.
June 25, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Notebook: Martin is still learning on the mound
The Carolina Mudcats couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the second half, as they won three of their first four games. However, the team dropped two straight to end the week to bring their record to 3-3 in the second half and 32-41 overall. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week for the Mudcats and also catches up with pitching prospect Josh Martin...
June 25, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: June 24, 2014
It was a quiet night on the farm thanks to Mother Nature as Double-A Akron, Low-A Lake County and short season Single-A Mahoning Valley were postponed because of rain, Triple-A Columbus had their game suspended in the fourth inning, and rookie level Arizona had a scheduled night off. Yet, High-A Carolina was in action and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their performance on Tuesday.
June 25, 2014   (11 comments)
Storylines: Rays ready to deal Price
It's officially trade rumors season! 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 trade rumors surrounding three key players, Grady Sizemore finds a new home, and more.
June 24, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI on Site 1.09
Here is episode number nine this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI. In this week's show we go to the big leagues in Cleveland. Host Hayden Grove talks Tribe with beat reporters Zack Meisel and Jim Berdysz, talks to red hot third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall about his season and sits down with pitching coach Mickey Callaway to talk about some of the things he has seen this year.
June 24, 2014   (7 comments)
Seven Up: Indians prospects who have improved their stock
As we are at the unofficial halfway point of the minor league season with the Single-A second half underway, short season ball having started and the Double-A and Triple-A All Star games looming, now is a good time to focus in on the Indians prospects who have really improved their stock to the industry not just with their performance but more importantly their development this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has talked to lots of Indians personnel and scouts from other teams and in those conversations came up with seven players who have really jumped up in value this season.
June 24, 2014   (18 comments)
Around the Farm: June 23, 2014
The Indians had several more pro debuts once again on Monday night as players like Bradley Zimmer, Luke Eubank, Leandro Linares and Ping-Hsueh Chen all made their professional debuts. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about their debuts, the outstanding outing from Joseph Colon at Akron and much more in his trip Around the Farm...
June 24, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Cardinals lose two players to DL
The Monday blues are out of the way and after an off day, the Indians are back in action tonight! 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 injury bug plaguing the Cardinals pitching staff, an update on the Matt Kemp rumors, where Michael Brantley stands in the latest All Star balloting update, and more.
June 23, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Best tools edition
As is the tradition here at the IBI, the IBI's draft guru Jeff Ellis provides his yearly piece on the top player tools in this year’s Indians draft. This is a great way to look at who has the best tools from the players drafted and signed this year by the Indians and helps fans get an idea of what things to specifically look for when they watch these players as they come up through the minors.
June 23, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Ciriaco is comfortable with his surroundings
The Clippers continue to play well and have been on a roll offensively of late. The IBI's Michael Rich chimes in with his weekly notebook on the Indians Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers and talked to infielder Audy Ciriaco about the adjustments he has made to his new team, notes the good and not so good performances over the past week, recaps all the news, transactions and more....
June 23, 2014   (4 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #76: Tigers 10, Indians 4
It was pretty much the perfect setting for a key divisional matchup between two teams who were both neck-and-neck in the standings and right within grasp of the first place spot in the AL Central. Well, Detroit leaves town back in first place while the Indians try to figure out what hit them before heading back out on the road. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on being swept by the Tigers.

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