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July 13, 2014   (3 comments)
Around The Farm:  July 12, 2014
In the early part of the season, Clint Frazier's performance did not truly look the part of a high first round pick. It was still early for the center fielder, however, and the lack of results was not truly a big problem. Lately, however, Frazier has turned things around and started to put up some big numbers. Join Arthur Kinney as he outlines Frazier's recent tear and recaps the rest of the action from the minor leagues, taking you Around the Farm.
July 12, 2014   (5 comments)
Offense falls flat as Tribe lose to White Sox, 6-2
On Friday night, an overturned challenge helped the Indians to dismantle the White Sox and on Saturday afternoon, things seemed to be heading in that same direction.
July 12, 2014   (1 comments)
Mejia is developing into a special defender behind the plate
Very few players come along in the minor leagues who are viewed as special in one particular skill. Lots of players are above average or considered “plus” with a certain skill, but few have what is considered an elite bat or elite arm. The Indians happen to have a couple of players in their system with elite skills or intangibles, but one player who has really come onto the scene and really stands out is catcher Francisco Mejia.
July 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #92: White Sox 4, Indians 7
Making their way back to the .500 mark, the Cleveland Indians defeated the White Sox 7-4 in a largely offense-dominant affair. Turned on its head by a challenge in the fifth, Friday's win continued the momentum of Thursday's victory over the Yankees. The IBI's John Grimm concerns himself with the causes for Kluber's ineffective outing as well as the recent, limited renaissance of Nick Swisher, the lightning rod of the team.
July 12, 2014   (11 comments)
Around the Farm: July 11, 2014
It was a big night for 2013 first round pick Clint Frazier as he had his best night as a pro going 5-for-5 with two homers. He has really picked up his play of late and looks to be settling in at the Low-A Lake County level. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performance and many others in his trip Around the Farm from Friday night...
July 12, 2014   (5 comments)
Storylines: The hot stove is heating up
The King has returned to Cleveland! With two iconic athletes in LeBron and Manziel, Cleveland sports have certainly become a lot more interesting. 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 a number of trade rumors, when Justin Masterson could be back in the starting rotation, Jordan Zimmermann gets a scare, and more.
July 11, 2014   (0 comments)
Tribe get second chance, beat White Sox 7-4
LeBron James decided on Friday afternoon that the Cavaliers would get a second chance for a championship, in what may be known as the biggest day in Cleveland sports history. Hours later, the Indians got a second chance of their own and made the most of it in a 7-4 beating of the White Sox that took them back to the .500 mark on the season.
July 11, 2014   (3 comments)
Minor Happenings: Rodriguez heating up in the second half
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria reviews the season that Low-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez is having to date and the development process he has gone through with his coaches to bring more consistency to his bat. He also provides an absolute ton of comments from Ross Atkins on players up and down the system such as Giovanny Urshela, Ryan Merritt, Shawn Morimando, Clint Frazier, Eric Haase, Francisco Mejia, and many more.
July 11, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #91: Yankees 3, Indians 9
The Tribe was just about down for the count by the seventh inning trailing 3-0 and struggling to get a runner in scoring position, let alone come through with an RBI knock, but the Indians bid the Yankees and Derek Jeter farewell with a come-from-behind 9-3 victory to split the four-game set. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on Cabrera's clutch triple and Roberto Perez's big league debut.
July 11, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: July 10, 2014
Well, LeBron James is still undecided. Or maybe he isn't. Who knows? But unlike James, one star in the Cleveland organization was ready to go Thursday night. Francisco Lindor may be having a slightly down season compared to his high standards, yet the shortstop still looks ready for a promotion sooner rather than later. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Lindor's night, recaps the rest of the action throughout the system, and takes you Around the Farm.
July 11, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: The injury bug strikes three star players
While Cleveland continues to wait for LeBron's decision, the Indians pulled off a win against the Yankees! Is today the day LeBron comes home? 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 injuries to Masahiro Tanaka, Yadier Molina, and Brandon Phillips, Jonathan Papelbon's recent comments about being traded, a possible landing spot for Ben Zobrist, and more.
July 11, 2014   (6 comments)
Rookie Perez homers to cap Indians route over Yankees, 9-3
Roberto Perez will remember Thursday night for the rest of his life. Making his Major League debut, the 25 year-old catcher's dream came true in front of his very eyes. Leading New York 4-3 in the eighth, Indians bats exploded for five runs in the inning, capped off by Perez's first big league home run. The two-run shot increased the Tribe lead and they never looked back, routing the Yanks, 9-3. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
July 10, 2014   (1 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: The Indians shadow draft
Since the last of the Indians top picks outfielder Mike Papi signed it is time for the IBI's Jeff Ellis to post his annual shadow draft piece. Every year Jeff waits for all of the signings in the top 10 rounds to be completed and then he goes back and does the draft how he would have done it knowing what we know now with the signing bonuses and month of play from players.
July 10, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Rodriguez is red hot with the bat
The Captains had a rough week losing five in a row before winning on Wednesday night to finish the week 1-6. Some bats are starting to heat up (and some cool down) and the roster shuffling continues as players continue to come and go. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains...
July 10, 2014   (10 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #90: Yankees 5, Indians 4
The Indians roller coaster season continued on Wednesday. After a galvanizing win against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday, the Indians blew an early lead and ended up losing this game in 14 innings, 5-4. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on a frustrating loss for the Indians...
July 10, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: July 9, 2014
Most of Cleveland seemed to come to a standstill while awaiting LeBron James' announcement on Wednesday, an announcement we are all still waiting to bear witness to. But while there was mostly inaction regarding The Decision 2.0, the minor leagues provided plenty of action, including Erik Gonzalez showing more signs of life following a bit of an extended slump. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Gonzalez's season to date and the rest of the action throughout the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 10, 2014   (5 comments)
Ellsbury, Yankees edge Indians in 14 innings, 5-4
Jacoby Ellsbury decided 14 innings was long enough. Tied at four with two outs, the Yankees center fielder went deep off Tribe reliever Vinnie Pestano for the game-winning homer Wednesday, as New York edged the Indians, 5-4. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a frustrating extra inning loss from the ballpark.
July 10, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Masahiro Tanaka placed on 15-day DL
The New York Yankees took a hit is pitching phenomenon Masahiro Tanaka was sent to the 15-day disable list. He had a 12-4 record with a 2.51 ERA before heading to the DL with an elbow injury. For the Indians, Zach McAllister makes his return to the majors. In other news and notes, the trading game is fully in play as the season winds on.
July 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Pitching inside paying off for Will Roberts
As the Akron RubberDucks travel to Richmond for a key divisional battle with the first place Flying Squirrels, RubberDucks right-hander Will Roberts has the opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he sits down with the Virginia native and discusses his pro ball experience thus far and what has made him one of the more successful pitchers in the Indians organization this season.
July 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Plutko is making adjustments in Carolina
It was a week of streaks for the Mudcats, completing a season long four-game winning streak to start the week and finishing the week with a three game losing streak. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and also recently sat down with righty Adam Plutko to talk about his transition to Carolina.

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