It’s hard to be upset with a 4-2 week, but the Crushers have to be disappointed that they lost their weekend series with the Aviators after starting the week by sweeping the ThunderBolts. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara recaps the week that was and more for the Lake Erie Crushers.
The minor leagues may be considered a place for adjustments and learning from mistakes but so far, Enosil Tejeda has mostly seen success. Tejeda, a 24-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, has been one of the double-A Akron Aeros’ most reliable bullpen arms since his promotion from high-A Carolina in May. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger talked with him recently and provides the details in her latest.
The Cleveland Indians went through a rough patch this past week as the team lost its series against the Kansas City Royals and also dropped the first two games of a four-game series against the Tigers. The bullpen struggled mightily and played a big role in the Indians losses, and there now seem to be some major pitching questions moving forward. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
Sunday marked the five-year anniversary of the CC Sabathia trade to the Milwaukee Brewers back on July 7, 2008. Flash forward five years later, left fielder Michael Brantley (the player to be named later in that deal) had his best day as a member of the Indians against Detroit on Sunday. Slugging two home runs and picking up a career-high five RBI, Cleveland snapped its four game losing streak, as they edged the Tigers 9-6 at Progressive Field.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is still hanging around in the Indians organization and the results to date have been mixed. His performance continues to be inconsistent and he may not get a shot in Cleveland this year, but he has been battling each time out. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his outing as well as a whole slew of guys on the farm.
The Cleveland bullpen continued a disturbing trend, as Vinnie Pestano allowed a game-tying, three-run homer to Torii Hunter in the top of eighth, but the Indians came back with three runs of their own to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-6. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the Tribe's continuing bullpen issues, Corey Kluber's strong start and Michael Brantley's big day at the plate.
Early in the season it looked like Akron Aeros shortstop Ronny Rodriguez may have been pushed too hard and needed some time back in High-A Carolina to get his head right. After a pivotal midseason adjustment to his swing, however, Rodriguez is tearing up the Eastern League and simply dominating. Jim Piascik talked with Rodriguez recently about that change, what makes him such an electric player, and more.
In this week's Tribe Happenings, Tony compares the Indians and Tigers and sees a significant difference between the two teams that might be hard for the Indians to overcome. He also looks at the Indians pursuit of starting pitching in the trade market and potentially some bullpen arms, talks about new Tribe All Stars second baseman Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson, gives an update on the recovery and possible return of Zach McAllister, and more.
Still believe Tribe Town? Awesome Amazingness? More like Abominable Awfulness. A four run third inning and a three run fourth was more than enough runs for the surging Detroit offense as they took down the Indians 9-4 on Saturday. The IBI's Jim Berdysz has all of the gory details of yet another Indians loss to the Tigers, their seventh straight. Team Streak continues!
There was plenty of action to recap Saturday night in the Indians farm system as all the affiliates were in action, and there were also many outstanding performances. Joe Wendle continued his recent tear with a record-setting night at Carolina while Danny Salazar put together his latest brilliant effort on the mound. Plus, Nellie Rodriguez had arguably his finest night as a professional. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
Torii Hunter fell a single short of the cycle to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 9-4 win over the Cleveland Indians Saturday. The Indians have now been outscored 16-4 by the Tigers in the first two games of the four-game series. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all the action from Saturday's forgettable loss.
Of the many pieces that have fallen into place for the Indians so far Corey Kluber has been in all likelihood the most surprising. From the start of spring training expectations surrounding Kluber and the Indians rotation were non-existent. In fact, the words most frequently associated or espoused about Kluber were probably 4A starter, rotation depth, 7th or 8th starter and long man. The IBI's Michael Hattery breaks down the numbers to try and get a feel for who the real Corey Kluber is...
The 2013 MLB Draft signing deadline on July 12th is fast approaching. The Indians have signed all of the bonus pool picks that there are going to sign and are $332,100 under budget which means they have some money they can use for post-10th round picks and not be at risk of being severely taxed or lose a first round pick. Here is an update on some of the post-10th round picks who the Indians have talked to and may be talking to.
After pitching a complete-game shutout against the White Sox last weekend, Justin Masterson couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning before giving up six of the Tigers’ seven runs of the night. it was not the way the Indians wanted to start this four-game set, but it’s still only one game. However, it doesn’t get any easier from here on out. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives his second thoughts on Friday's disappointing loss to the Tigers.
Some unsung heroes in the Indians system made their mark on Friday night as players like Bryson Myles, Bo Greenwell, Paolo Espino and others shook off some disappointment to date with their seasons to have big nights. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps those performances as well as several others in his trek around the farm...
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!