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.
It appears that the Clippers set their anchor at the beginning of June and forgot to pull it back up because they are going nowhere fast. Yet again, Columbus finished the week with a losing record, going 2-4 in six contests against Pawtucket, Lehigh Valley and Norfolk. Now seven games below .500 at 36-43, the Clippers sit 16 games behind front-runner Indianapolis in the International League West.
Scott Kazmir was absolutely brilliant for the second consecutive start, limiting a good Orioles offense to just one run over seven innings. Joe Smith came in and blew the lead in the eighth but the bats rallied for two runs in the ninth and then Vinnie Pestano slammed the door in the ninth for a much needed 4-3 Indians win. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his "second thoughts" on the game...
The Inside Pitch is back for 2013. The on-line radio show is hosted by Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis, who are two contributing members of IndiansBaseballInsider.com. In tonight's episode, Andrew and Jeff will be providing live coverage of the NBA Draft. They'll be dissecting the picks as they happen. In between picks, they may also dive into the Tribe discussing their recent winning ways as well as Jason Kipnis' month of June.
The Indians had a busy night on the farm as everyone was in action, although Columbus was suspended after three innings because of rain. Wonderkid Clint Frazier was back in the lineup on Wednesday after his multi-hit debut on Tuesday, and Joey Wendle continues to hit well at Carolina. Tony shares thoughts on both of them and more in ATF....
Hall of Famer Ty Cobb once said, “Speed is a great asset.” For the Indians on Wednesday, speed would prove to be a huge asset when it would matter the most. Down 3-2 in the ninth inning, the Tribe rallied back to steal a win from the Orioles with a 4-3 victory in Baltimore.
Signed as an undrafted free agent, Carolina Mudcats first baseman Jerrud Sabourin has developed into a true underdog story. The model of consistency, Sabourin leads the Carolina League in batting average at .318 and is fourth on the team in hits and plays great defense at first base. Sabourin was recently honored for his efforts with a selection to the Carolina League All-Star team. The IBI's Zachary Francis recently caught up with him to see how his season is going.
In today’s second edition of Minor Happenings for the week, Tony takes a look at the emergence of two high profile pitching prospects in Mahoning Valley with Caleb Hamrick and Luis Lugo. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina, the strides that Ronny Rodriguez continues to make, the prospect standing of Jerrud Sabourin, the injury concerns of Matt LaPorta, the inconsistency that Luis DeJesus is working through, the big pro debut of Clint Frazier and more.
After a solid opening weekend, the AZL Indians kicked off their second week of play Tuesday against the AZL Brewers. Tuesday also marked the professional debut of the Indians 2013 first round draft pick, Clint Frazier, and he certainly demonstrated why the Indians chose to take him with the fifth overall selection.
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!