Mickey Jannis was just getting ready to eat a sandwich before the game, when he was interrupted by a reporter looking to do a feature piece on him and his return to the Crushers. Without complaint or hesitation, he politely agreed and walked outside to chat. It was ironic that the Crushers’ opponent that day was the Normal CornBelters. It was a nice, normal day, a perfect time to interview the Crushers most normal pitcher.
For most players, the end of their playing career means the end of the line for their baseball career. But for some, they move into coaching, be it at the high school, college or even the professional level. One such person is Tony Mansolino who is in his third year of coaching with the Cleveland Indians and his first as hitting coach at Low-A Lake County. Tony recently sat down with him to talk about his transition into coaching and helping young Indians hitters.
Over the past three games, the Indians have come back from five down after the first, three down in the ninth and one down in the sixth to beat a downtrodden White Sox team. The Tribe’s ability to continually battle and grind out good at bats has paid of immensely late in games, and they have now won five of seven games on their current 11-game road trip. The IBI's Michael Hattery chimes in with his second thoughts as the Indians sit at the halfway point of the season.
Each year, prospects rise and fall within the Indians system, and Joe Wendle can officially be classified as one of this year's biggest risers. Wendle had another brilliant performance Saturday as he recorded his fourth home run in his last eight games. Wendle was not the only player to impress though as Carlos Moncrief, Jose Ramirez and Juan Diaz all had strong nights at the plate. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps those performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
Cleveland first baseman Nick Swisher drove in the tie-breaking run for the second straight game as the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox for the third time in 24 hours on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Indians are now 43-38 and five games over .500, and now trail the Detroit Tigers by 1.5 games in the American League Central pending the decision in the Tigers-Rays game. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all the action from the Tribe's series-clinching win.
Less than two months ago High-A Carolina left fielder Bryson Miles could barely brush his teeth. He’d dove for a ball at Harry Grove Stadium and landed the wrong way, leading to a painful shoulder subluxation. Since then he has been working to get back to 100%, and the IBI's Jacqueline Kantor recently caught up with him to see how he is progressing.
Starting the second game of the Indians twin bill against the White Sox, splitting time between Seinfield and the torturously slow Jose Quintana, the IBI's Michael Hattery began to pour over the absurdity of production that is Jason Kipnis. Perhaps it is “trendy” to discuss Jason’s torrid rate but for intents and purposes it is an unavoidable discourse that ends in Michael drooling over his fangraphs profile. He breaks it all down in his latest Trend Spotting piece...
We’ve probably said this before when the Indians have had good first halves of the season the last couple years, but this time, it’s legitimate. There is something special about this Cleveland Indians team. They won’t win every game, but they will battle you tooth and nail until the last pitch is thrown. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives you a double-dose of Second Thoughts about the Indians' thrilling twin-bill sweep of the White Sox.
While the big league Indians may have swept the pale hose in a doubleheader at Comiskey Park (or whatever they call that place nowadays), it was a far different story in the farm system, where an Aeros victory was all that prevented an organizational sweep. So grab an airsickness bag and join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he takes you on a turbulent ride Around The Farm...
The Indians made a bit of history Friday as the team competed in the longest doubleheader for two nine-inning games in MLB history. Thankfully, the doubleheader was a success for the Indians as the team won two games against the Chicago White Sox and now trail the Detroit Tigers by two games in the American League Central. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he provides all the details and recaps all of the action from the two big wins.
In today’s third edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the encouraging performance of short season Single-A Mahoning Valley infielder Claudio Bautista and what kind of prospect he truly is for the Indians. He also provides a ton of quotes and insight from Ross Atkins on several players at Double-A Akron like Ronny Rodriguez, Carlos Moncrief, Austin Adams and others, talks about the changes Will Roberts is working on, the injury to Luigi Rodriguez, and more.
One of the best stories of the 2013 Indians season has definitely been Scott Kazmir. The left-hander is currently 4-4 and has looked absolutely dominant in his last two outings. He's proven to be a solid back-of-the-rotation arm, and he really is one of the better Indians minor league signings in recent memory. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he takes a look at Kazmir's season in the latest edition of the IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
One can hardly complain about splitting a four-game set with the homer-happy Orioles at Camden Yards. But with the Tribe gaining on the Tigers’ tail and a double-header in Chicago looming on Friday, that mess of a fifth inning on Thursday night certainly took some wind out of the sails, leading to an Indians 7-3 loss and series split in Baltimore. The IBI's Andrew Clayman shares his second thoughts on the game....
All of the Indians affiliates were in action on Thursday night, including Columbus who had a doubleheader. There were several good and not so good performances on the night, but the one that really stood out was the start that left-hander Luis Lugo had for Mahoning Valley. Eric Haase and others also continue to make strides...
Double-A Akron first baseman Jesus Aguilar was recently named to the Eastern League All Star team and is having a solid season producing big RBI numbers for Akron. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him and talked about the adjustments he is making and what he needs to do to continue to grow as a hitter.
Since the Indians drafted Francisco Lindor in 2011, the tenure of Asdrubal Cabrera has had a fast-approaching, but unknown expiration date. Is this the right time to deal the 27-year old shortstop? If so, what's a reasonable return and who would be interested? The IBI's Charlie Adams weighs in with some heavy analysis and insight in this fantastic piece.
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!