It’s the All-Star break in 2013 and once again, the Indians find themselves within striking distance of the division lead. There have been many keys that have led to their strong showing in the first half. However, one element that deserved a good deal of the credit is the starting pitching staff, one that originally had a lot of ‘maybes’ and ‘what-ifs’. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he breaks down the rotation at the halfway point.
There was only one game played in the Indians organization on Tuesday night because of the MLB All Star game, but it was a big one. In Akron the game featured the debut of shortstop Francisco Lindor as well as the continued good play of several other hot prospects in the system.
The Akron Aeros stumbled a little bit coming out of the Eastern League All-Star break, dropping three of their five games over the past week. The team got a shot in the arm, however, with the news that top prospect Francisco Lindor is joining the team starting tonight. Jim Piascik brings you quotes from Lindor's press conference earlier today, as well as recapping the rest of the week in Launching off with the Aeros.
Now that we have hit the All-Star break and more than half the season is over, it felt right to have an updated prospect ranking on IBI. Since Tony will be putting in a ton of work ranking the prospects for 2014 soon enough, Jim Pete and Jim Piascik both ranked their top prospects and then merged their lists into one. Part one of that list is after the jump, as well as the two Jims' e-mail chain as they justified their rankings to each other.
In the spring the IBI's Michael Goodman profiled five players that he felt were keys to the Indians season. These were the guys that he labeled that the team needed to step forward if the team wanted to compete in 2013. Those five players were Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, and Lonnie Chisenhall, and with the season now just past the halfway point, he reviews how each player is doing.
The Indians went into their four-day vacation during the All-Star break with a fine record of 51-44, putting them a game and a half back in the division and three out of a wild card spot. In this edition of Second Thoughts, the IBI's Kevin Dean looks toward the second half by analyzing the remaining schedule and wondering about ways that they can play even better than they have.
There are many familiar names from Monday night's tour around the affiliates. Break-out star Carlos Moncrief and Jesus Aguilar headline a talented case that also includes Ronny Rodriguez, Austin Adams, Bryson Myles and Nellie Rodriguez. Join Michael Hattery, as he gives you your daily does of Around the Farm.
There are all sorts of goodies in this week’s Minor Happenings report. Tony takes a look at the strides that Triple-A Columbus right-handed reliever Bryan Price has made and if he is on the major league radar, he puts versatile Low-A Lake County infielder Erik Gonzalez under the prospect microscope, he provides a ton of comments from the front office on players up and down the Single-A Mahoning Valley roster, and provides insight and information on the likes of Cord Phelps, Trey Haley, Cody Anderson, LeVon Washington, Matt LaPorta and more!
Down 4-3 in the home half of the sixth, the Tribe scored three runs off Royals lefty Tim Collins to route Kansas City, 6-4 sweeping the three-game series. No hit was bigger than shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run double off Collins in the inning, giving Cleveland the late lead it would not waiver. Join IBI's Jim Berdysz, as he give us his Second Thoughts...
Triple-A Columbus reached the All Star break on Sunday, just like the parent club in Cleveland. As Columbus rests up over the break and the rest of the affiliates continue to play on, there will continue to be some amazing stories in the minors this season. One player who has not necessarily amazed but who has made some big strides this season is Tyler Naquin, and there are others!
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double in the sixth as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Sunday afternoon to earn a sweep. The Tribe has now won five of their last six games to push their record to 51-44 and trail the Detroit Tigers by 1.5 games in the American League Central Division. Cleveland has its most wins at the All-Star break since 2007--the last time the Indians made the playoffs.
The IBI's Jim Pete and Michael Hatter return to the cyber airwaves tonight for a new episode of CSI: Cleveland Sports Insiders. Join the two as they touch on the Tribe's hot week and also the results of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2013 foray into free agency. It all goes live tonight at 9 p.m. on the IBI radio network...
Indians outfield prospect Tyler Naquin is having a very good first full season at High-A Carolina. He has shown off his hitting skills, exceptional arm, and rapidly improving defense in center field. There is talk a promotion may be coming for him very soon, but in the meantime there are a few things he is working on. The IBI's Zachary Francis recently caught up with him and had a long conversation about his season, what he is working on and more.
With Tony out of town and the All-Star break approaching, Jim Piascik is filling in for Tribe Happenings with his Ranking the Roster piece. Jim takes a crack at ranking all 40 players Cleveland has used at the big league level, from the one-game callups to those playing every day of the season. It is a foregone conclusion that Jason Kipnis is at the top, but where does everyone else rank? Find out after the jump...
Collecting five runs on nine hits, the Tribe needed just one of those hits Saturday night as they defeated Kansas City, 5-3. Sporting their throwback 1902 uniforms, it was on the back of starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (5-4, 4.60 ERA) and the bat of third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall that the Indians cruised to their second straight victory over the Royals. The win gives Cleveland their seventh series win over their last 32 games.
The Indians organization just had one of those nights in which everyone seemed to bring out their whipping stick, and at every level. The headliners for the night are three years apart at the same level, but should be close in the end-of-the-year prospect rankings. Who are these two? Join Jim Pete, as he returns to weekend ATF duty in lieu of Steve Orbanek, who had the audacity to get married.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!