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May 30, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: May 29, 2014
It was a tale of two offensive explosions Thursday night. On one hand, the Akron RubberDucks erupted for 16 runs, led by a stellar performance from Bryson Myles. On the other hand, the Columbus Clippers allowed 18 runs, capped off by turning to Elliot Johnson to close out the game on the mound. Elsewhere, Adam Plutko made his Carolina League debut, Lake County *only* allowed eight runs (breaking the mold set by Akron and Columbus), and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Could Morales become a Yankee?
It's almost June! Where has time gone? 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 report that Kendrys Morales could make sense for the Yankees, the Royals shook up their coaching staff, some eye popping numbers about the Tribe, and more.
May 29, 2014   (2 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Akron manager Dave Wallace part two
In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik sat down with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace and talked about the RubberDucks' pitchers. After discussing hitters last week, this week they focused on the pitching side of the equation, including Cody Anderson's growth and the adjustments he is making, what Will Roberts is doing to improve in his second year in Akron, what is making Joe Colon so effective this season, discussing some of the new faces to the organization, and much, much more.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Lugo, Bautista starting to heat up
The Lake County Captains posted a 2-5 week, but some close games at least kept the games interesting. The offense remains underwhelming as infielder Paul Hendrix is the only player hitting above .300. The team failed to produce any runs in three of its losses last week, and its two wins were one-run games. Here's the week that went down for the Captains.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E14: The Robbie Aviles edition
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 talk with Low-A Lake County right-handed starting pitching Robbie Aviles in an on-air interview. This is an old feature of the show that they are bringing back and they couldn't get it kickstarted back up with a hotter pitcher in the system. Tune in!
May 29, 2014   (7 comments)
Trend Spotting: Jesus Aguilar and a case study in ballpark effect
Tracking Jesus Aguilar throughout the minor league system it appeared that he had two tangible skills worth monitoring, on-base ability and power, which if developed would carry him to the big leagues. He had a big jump in his power numbers early this season with a transition to Huntington Park in Columbus, and the IBI's Michael Hattery offers up a case study as to why we need to take offensive performances in Columbus (and Akron) with a grain of salt.
May 29, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #54: Indians 2, White Sox 3
When you’re struggling offensively, you should enjoy running into a guy like Hector Noesi. With the return of Jason Kipnis to the lineup and Noesi (career ERA of 5.73) on the hill, this was as good a chance as any to break out of the funk. Instead, the Indians failed to score more than two runs for a fourth consecutive game (all losses), and dropped a second straight winnable game late. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on another tough loss for the Indians...
May 29, 2014   (14 comments)
Around the Farm: May 28, 2014
With the month of June approaching, it is likely the time worthy players will start earning promotions to the next level. Adam Plutko started the process, moving from Lake County to Carolina, but a few others look primed to make jumps of their own. Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix is one, as he continues to rake, as is fellow Captain Jordan Milbrath. However, Wednesday's headliner, Cole Sulser, is not as close to a promotion as Hendrix or Milbrath, but the right-hander was impressive in his own right. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Sulser's turnaround and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Orioles eyeing Samardzija
Well, that was a crushing defeat. 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 the rumors surrounding Baltimore and Jeff Samardzija, injury news from around the league, and more.
May 28, 2014   (7 comments)
IBI Stock Watch: Gonzalez, Head among many improving stock
Today is the first “stock watch” of the 2014 season for players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews over 20 performances to date from Columbus to Lake County and provides details as to whose prospect stock is falling, improving, or has not changed. Players reviewed include Roberto Perez, Giovanny Urshela, Austin Adams, Jordan Smith, Joseph Colon, Tyler Sturdevant, Ryan Merritt, Louis Head, Eric Haase, Robbie Aviles and many others.
May 28, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #53: Indians 1, White Sox 2
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night by a score of 2-1. The game was started late due to a rain delay and paused for two-hours after the third inning thanks to another rain delay. Even though the second rain delay wiped White Sox ace Chris Sale from the game the Indians were unable to capitalize offensively. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts on the game and looks at the Indians concerning run distribution this season.
May 28, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: May 27, 2014
Double-A Akron was rained out on Tuesday, but the Indians other three full season affiliates were in action on a wet night around baseball. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm for the Indians and notes an encouraging performance from Carlos Moncrief, another exceptional outing from Ryan Merritt, a big power night from Eric Haase and much more.
May 28, 2014   (2 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Hankins is showing versatility, performance
The Carolina Mudcats started off the week by getting swept in a double header by the Wilmington Blue Rocks, which accurately summed up the week for the team. Carolina only managed two wins on the week, going 2-6. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was, provides all the news and notes from the week and recently sat down with Todd Hankins to get his thoughts on his recent play of late.
May 28, 2014   (12 comments)
Storylines: Swisher, Santana placed on DL
Jesus Aguilar has been given another chance to prove himself with the Indians. 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 injury-caused roster moves for the Indians, the Rangers possible plans for the summer, and more.
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: Wendle is settling in at Akron
The RubberDucks finally cooled down a bit after their hot start, splitting a series with Altoona on the road, and losing three out of four at home against the Reading Fightin Phils. Akron’s record sits at 31-19 overall, still sitting atop the Eastern League West and second in the league overall behind the Portland Sea Dogs. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E13: Looking for consistency edition
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 talk about several things regarding the Indians. They will talk about the Indians up and down performance on their current road trip, the issues at third base and other positions, which players are setting themselves up for All Star consideration, and also dive into some draft talk and much more if time permits.
May 27, 2014   (12 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 5.0
If you are an Indians fan no place has you better covered when it comes to the draft than here at Indians Baseball Insider. The draft is a little over a week away and most of the player's have all but established their values to organizations at this point. The IBI's Jeff Ellis steps in with his updated mock draft and runs down all of the picks in the first round - 41 in all - with insight and information into each pick including the three picks the Indians make at #21, #31 and #38.
May 27, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #52: Indians 2, White Sox 6
Monday's Memorial Day game saw the Indians continue an apparent season-long issue, struggling against left-handed pitching, with Jose Quintana and the White Sox pitching staff holding Cleveland to zero extra base hits. Despite having more baserunners than Chicago, Cleveland's 6-2 loss felt substantially more one-sided than it really was. The IBI's John Grimm addresses the many peculiar aspects of Josh Tomlin's performance, as well as addresses the affairs of the bullpen.
May 27, 2014   (17 comments)
Around the Farm: May 26, 2014
There were some very interesting performances up and down the Indians minor league system on Monday. Jesus Aguilar was removed from the game and looks to be Cleveland bound, Joseph Colon threw his first career nine-inning shutout, and Robbie Aviles continues to roll. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about all of those performances and more as he goes Around the Farm and recaps the day on the farm..
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Mets make moves to shake team up
I hope all of you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend! 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 Mets shaking things up, what the Astros could do in the draft, a potential landing spot for Justin Masterson in the off-season, and more.

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