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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.
June 23, 2014   (12 comments)
Around the Farm: June 22, 2014
It was a big night for organizational debuts in the Indians system as a half dozen recent draft picks make their pro ball debuts on Sunday, and a great many of them impressed in their first games. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the debuts from Greg Allen, Steven Patterson, and others, notes another strong start from lefty Ryan Merritt and more!
June 22, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: San Diego fires GM Byrnes
Cleveland gets the large crowds they wanted all weekend, but couldn't perform for the home fans. 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 a shake up in the San Diego front office, trade rumors out of Tampa Bay, and more.
June 22, 2014   (7 comments)
Tribe defensive woes continue, Detroit routs Cleveland, 10-4
The word "error" is defined as the deviation from accuracy or correctness. For the Indians, nothing as proven more costly this season than a lack of consistent defense. Three more errors Sunday, and an ugly seven run fifth inning was more than enough for Detroit to close the book on a dismal weekend at Progressive Field. Slugging out 10 runs on 12 hits, the Tigers cruised to an easy 10-4 victory to sweep the three-game series. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps an dismal loss from the ballpark.
June 22, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: Aguilar, Ramirez stay hot in Columbus
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters, in particular Jesus Aguilar and Jose Ramirez pushing to make it back to the majors. Though limited roster spots in Cleveland (and injury in the case of Ramirez) may keep the pair in Triple-A, neither is being held back by their performance. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the hitters throughout the system and takes you into The WAR Room.
June 22, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #75: Tigers 5, Indians 4
The Cleveland Indians (37-38) dropped their second straight game to the Detroit Tigers (39-32) 5-4 on Saturday night at Progressive Field, this time in 10 innings. Miguel Cabrera doubled in Ian Kinsler in the tenth inning to give the Tigers the lead back. The IBI's Michael Rich shares his second thoughts on the game...
June 22, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers continue to play well even with roster challenges
At the moment, things are falling into place for the Columbus Clippers. Manager Chris Tremie’s team won 14 of 18 from May 31 to June 17. Three losses in the past three days still don’t hide the fact that the team is in the middle of a confident stride. The IBI's Grant Miller writes about the Clippers recent hot play....
June 22, 2014   (7 comments)
Around The Farm:  June 21, 2014
When it comes to prospects, sometimes the divide between one who makes it and one who does not just comes down to health. Roberto Perez and LeVon Washington are both examples of this, as they are both in the midst of big years after injury-riddled 2013 seasons. Now that both are healthy, Perez and Washington are raking, as they did Saturday. Join Arthur Kinney as he writes about Perez and his future, Washington and his potential rise, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 22, 2014   (3 comments)
Cabrera, Tigers edge Cleveland, 5-4 in extras
Pick your poison. Deadlocked in a 4-4 tie in the tenth inning with a runner on second, Indians manager Terry Francona decided for Cody Allen to pitch to baseball's best hitter with first base open. Bad move? Some may certainly say so. But when Victor Martinez is hitting behind Miguel Cabrera, either slugger can bring just as much venom. That's exactly what led to the Tigers 5-4 victory over the Tribe Saturday night. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the game from a sold out Progressive Field.

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