IBI's resident sabremetrics' specialist Michael Hattery takes a close up look at the Cleveland Indians offense in comparison to the Tigers, re-examines Lonnie Chisenhall's potential premature demotion earlier this year and subsequent promotion, and analyzes why the time may be now to pull the trigger on an Asdrubal Cabrera trade. Become a trend setter with Michael Hattery, IBI's trend spotter...
You have to give this young man credit. Here we are nearing the All-Star Break and not only has Corey Kluber filled a role vacated by the long-injured Brett Myers, he has taken tremendous strides practically out of nowhere to become a reliable and even at times dominant major league starter. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps another gem tossed by the right-hander.
It was another night of good and bad on the farm in the Indians farm system, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps it all. Also, the biggest news of the night was not the performance of any one player, but the announcement that shortstop Francisco Lindor has been promoted to Akron.
Corey Kluber pitched scoreless baseball into the eighth inning and Michael Bourn had a two-run, pinch hit double as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 in the opening game of the final series before the All-Star break. As usual, the Indians struggled against Bruce Chen, but they did just enough to pull away with another win and more to 49-44.
With Steve Orbanek off getting married (congratulations Steve!), Orbiting Cleveland will be under new management for the next two weeks. Michael Hattery steps in, writing about the debut of Danny Salazar and how, in some ways, he is the anti-Carlos Carrasco. Michael breaks down the two pitchers, what their futures could hold, and much more in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The stories that touch the heart are the ones that come from the heart. “The Sandlot” is clearly a film about baseball set in the 1960s, but its inspiration derived from a real-life experience. David Mickey Evans directed and narrated “The Sandlot” 20 years ago and is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the film with a tour of several ballparks, where the film is being shown. Included in this tour is Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently spoke with Evans to discuss the film.
Two things dominated the pre-game commentary for this game. The first being the major league debut of Danny Salazar, and the second being the chance to grab a series win against Toronto as the All-Star break approaches. As it turns out, Salazar was sensational and the Indians came away with a much needed 4-2 win. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his "second thoughts" on the game...
Early in the afternoon, former ATF darling and highly regarded prospect Danny Salazar led the big league club to victory. A success story like Salazar shows exactly why following these prospects is fun: you are getting a glimpse at the major league contributors of tomorrow. A few players were doing their best Salazar impersonations Thursday, including a first baseman at Columbus trying to jumpstart his season and an outfielder rehabbing in Arizona trying to get back. For all this and more, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
Almost 49 years to the day of Luis Tiant’s major league debut with the Indians, Danny Salazar flash signs of the three-time All-Star also in his first big league start on Thursday. Offensively, the arm the 23-year-old Dominican native was no match for Toronto as the Tribe defeated the Blue Jays 4-1 to win the three-game series. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps Tuesday's 4-2 win.
One of the Indians top young pitching prospects left-hander Luis Lugo is pitching for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley and is off to a great start. He has considerable upside as there is so much he can become, and thanks to his calm demeanor and work ethic he has a chance to reach those lofty expectations as a prospect. The IBI's Hayden Grove recently caught up with him....
Slowly but surely, the Clippers seem to be improving as of late, going 3-4 over the past week. The pitching seems to be coming around from both the starting rotation and the bullpen. The biggest problem lies with the offense whom was shutout three times over the previous 7 days and has dropped to last in the International League in team batting average at .247. Nevertheless, Columbus is making strides of improvement and are inching their way back to .500 (42-52).
In the midst of a stellar season at Triple-A Columbus, relief pitcher Preston Guilmet has finally been given the opportunity that he has sought since being selected in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft - a shot in the majors. The IBI's Ethan Day recently caught up with him and discussed the things that helped get him his first big league call.
Join the IBI's Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac tonight from 8:00 to 9:00 PM for another edition of The Inside Pitch.
Tonight's episode will be devoted to the Indians, and the big preformance today of Danny Salazar. They will talk about trade targets for the Indians, and should they buy or sell this deadline. They will discuss the Cavs and the big signings of the past week with Clark, Jack, and of...
After yet another bullpen implosion, Cleveland found itself on the losing end of a winnable game. Poor pitching from the pen, some untimely bad defense, and some missed opportunities early and late in the game offensively cost Cleveland. Justin Masterson also struggled, though Terry Francona leaving him in too long hints at a larger problme. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's loss.
The AZL Indians dropped their third straight game Wednesday night, falling to the AZL Giants by a final tally of 8-2. The AZL Giants improved to 14-2 on the season and demonstrated why they have the best record in the Arizona Rookie League, coming through with clutch hitting and strong pitching throughout the game.
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!