There was no escaping the powerful storms that pushed through Northeast Ohio Wednesday night, as the Mudcats were delayed during their game in Virginia. The Mudcats were in the middle of an offensive outburst when the rains came down and, after the tarp was rolled back up, they continued assaulting the opposition. The Eastern League All-Star game in New Britain, Connecticut was also delayed, though there were fewer fireworks in that game. To read all about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
They say baseball teams go as far as starting pitching takes them. Tribe ace Justin Masterson (10-7, 3.72 ERA) gave his team another quality start, but it was the bullpen that gave the game away late, yet again. Cleveland scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not enough to overcome another bullpen meltdown as the Toronto Blue Jays squeezed by the Tribe 5-4. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps Wednesday night's loss.
When asked a few weeks ago if he thought he was deserving of an Eastern League All-Star nomination, Akron Aeros right-hander Jose Flores dismissed the question, saying he doesn't think about things like that. Flores will be thinking about the game tonight, however, as the reliever will be participating in the game in New Britain, Connecticut. Jim Piascik talked with Flores recently about what is different in 2013, what is making him successful, and more.
The Cleveland Indians have signed 11th round draft pick right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko. With his signing they have now signed 25 of their 39 draft picks. The deadline is just two days away and Tony talks about who the Indians may still have their sights on and provides an update on the status of the unsigned picks.
The 2013 Draft is long over now, and most players who are going to sign have done so. This year, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis thought it might be fun to cap off the draft coverage here at the IBI with an Indians shadow draft. A shadow draft is exactly what you think it is: Jeff gets to put on my GM cap and make every single pick. Take a look at who he picks and compare his picks to what the Indians did.
The past week was a good one for the Lake County Captains as they went 4-1 since last Wednesday with one game suspended due to rain. Most notable is the team’s offense, which took off and scored a total of 41 runs during the last five games. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains.
Welcome to the first of several installments of a special "Trade Talk" edition of Call to the Bullpen! The All-Star Break is coming up, which means the MLB trade market will soon be crazy busy. The Indians have shown no indication that they will sell or be dormant this trade season. In fact, the Tribe has been fervent in a search for a top of the rotation starter and Jake and Hayden are here to discuss all the latest rumors.
Whether you like him or not, Ubaldo Jimenez has been a solid contributor to the Indians rotation this season. While we can all probably agree he’s far from being the Cy Young-contending ace he once was, he has been at least serviceable at the very minimum. Then again, being 7-4 with a 4.37 ERA is a tad better than serviceable. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Ubaldo's dominant start and the Tribe's shutout victory over the Jays.
Podcast with Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete, as they talk Cleveland Indians baseball on the Tuesday Night staple, Smoke Signals. In this episode, the crew talked Ubaldo and his Houdini act, the scrappy bench, the Tigers/Yankees/Red Sox, the trade deadline, prospects and call-ins from a couple of IBI regulars!
It was a short day in terms of games in the Indians' farm system on Tuesday and finding any performances of note (good or bad) from the Mudcats game was as difficult as the nurse's job would've been if a stone sculpture of a turnip showed up at today's blood drive at the Jake, but the IBI's Arthur Kinney is here to take us "Around The Farm" and review the notable performances on the night...
Quality starts have been few and far between for Tribe starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Tuesday proved different for the right-hander, as he and the Indians shutout the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0 for their eleventh shutout of the year. The win was much needed after a disappointing loss to the Tigers the previous night.
After losing the first two games of a four game series in spectacular fashion to the Tigers, and then ultimately losing three of the four games in the series, Indians fans at least subconsciously recognized what they already suspected: this year’s Cleveland Indians are not at the same level as the Tigers and will be hardpressed to win the AL Central. The Indians need pitching, and one of the ways they may try to get it is by trading Asdrubal Cabrera in some sort of package.
Tony takes a look at 10 of the hottest hitters in the organization from Double-A Akron to rookie level Arizona – some names you know well and some you don’t. The players are not ranked, but are listed by level and include the likes of Tyler Holt, Jose Ramirez, Joey Wendle, Jeremy Lucas, Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, Logan Vick, Nellie Rodriguez, Clint Frazier and Joel Mejia. He provides insight into what kind of prospect each player is, their upside, their strengths and weaknesses, and some statistical trends as well.
The Akron Aeros got back to winning after a bit of a dry spell, taking five-of-seven games on a road trip to Bowie and Richmond. The winning pushes the Aeros to 44-46 on the year, 5.5 games behind the first-place Harrisburg Senators. The amazing hitting of Jose Ramirez, the power of Jake Lowery, and a plethora of strong pitching carried the Aeros. To find out all you need to know about the week for Akron, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
After dropping the first two games of this series to the Tigers in hopeless fashion, the Indians still had a chance to split the four-game wraparound on Monday. The offense managed just two runs, but were well within position to win it throughout, thanks to mostly quality pitching. Down the stretch, it was a series of questionable coaching decisions that helped lead to a brutal loss. The IBI's Kevin Dean shares his "second thoughts" on the tough loss for the Tribe.
The AZL Indians were flat from the first pitch to the last Monday night, as the visiting AZL Padres took a dominating 11-3 victory. It could have been the 100+ degree heat or the fact that they have played six games in as many days, but the usually energetic and loose AZL Indians were shells of their normal selves. They were out hit 18 to four on the evening and never managed to muster up any sort of fight.
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!