The Cleveland Indians fell 6-3 to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night despite another strong outing from right-hander Justin Masterson. The Indians led 3-1 in the seventh inning, but the Orioles scored five runs that inning, which proved to be the difference. Join the IBI's Stephanie Metzger as he provides all the details from game two of the Tribe's four-game set against Baltimore.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder when it comes to prospects. Different prospects will catch the fancy of different fans, but quite often the reality is that the player does not live up to the hype. In a lot of ways prospects are like the "coming soon" clips shown before a movie where every movie looks good promising thanks to some great editing in a short two to three minute clip versus what actually comes out in the movie.
With the Single-A All Star break behind us and the start of short season leagues now in full swing, it is a good time to take stock in how several Indians prospects are either raising or lowering their prospect value halfway through the 2013 season. Today, Tony takes a look at some of those showings at the Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron levels, including the likes of Cord Phelps, T.J. House, Trevor Bauer, Scott Barnes, Jake Lowery, Matt Packer, Ronny Rodriguez, Carlos Moncrief and others.
The Indians have done their major lifting with signing picks from the draft as they have signed all of their picks through the ninth round and have signed 21 of the 39 players they selected in the draft. But they are still busy trying to sign a few more players, and today we provide an update on one new signing.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. Tonight, Tony and Jim will talk about the streaky Indians and if they can maintain their good play over the past two weeks so they can stay in the division and wildcard race. They will also talk about the All Star possibilities with the likes of Justin Masterson, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana and others, look at areas in need of improvement, ponder whether the Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn signings were worth it, and much more.
By sweeping the Normal CornBelters to start the week, and taking two of three from the Schuamberg Boomers, the Crushers recorded their best week long record of the season, going 5-1. They also won a season high five straight games, beginning with the final game against the Rockford Aviators on June 16th.
After a strong homestand that righted the Indians' ship, they hit the road for 11 games, starting with four in Baltimore. Ubaldo Jimenez lasted just 5.1 innings and got hit out of the park twice, and the offense didn't score until the sixth inning. They came on in a big way in that sixth, though, taking a lead that the bullpen would never relinquish and won 5-2. The IBI's Kevin Dean shares his second thoughts on the game...
On Monday Night, the Indians pulled out two wins, and both in a dramatic fashion. The Mudcats managed to win their first second half game, and in walk-off fashion. Lake County overcame getting two-hit on the night to pull out a 1-0 win. There are some interesting names on the board tonight, with Joe Wendle leading the way thanks to a new power surge.
Michael Brantley lifted the Cleveland Indians over the Baltimore Orioles with four RBIs and a home run to give Cleveland the 5-2 win on Monday night. Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.58) received the start against Baltimore lefty Zach Britton (1-2, 5.51).
Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays this off-season along with infielder Mike Aviles, catcher Yan Gomes has burst on the scene rather quickly with the Tribe in what has become his first full season in the big leagues. But before he came to Cleveland, before he stepped foot in a major league ballpark, he called the South American country of Brazil, home. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his "Road to the Show"...
In today’s special edition of Minor Happenings, Tony provides a ton of updates and comments from the Indians front office on the likes of Shawn Morimando, Eric Haase, Cody Penny, Louis Head, Caleb Hamrick, Luis Lugo and others, finds out what Clint Frazier is up to and when he will make his pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates on the likes of Alex Monsalve, LeVon Washington, Elvis Araujo, Shawn Armstrong and the whereabouts of Dillon Howard, and takes a look at the recent good play of Bryce Stowell and Yhoxian Median.
The Cleveland Indians had a pretty solid week as the team went 4-2 and won their series against both the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. Perhaps the biggest catalyst for the wins was second baseman Jason Kipnis, who just dominated and is now hitting .283 on the season. Other strong performances also came from Michael Bourn and left-hander Scott Kazmir. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these performances and more as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
The Tribe had a chance to sweep Minnesota out of town on Sunday, but the Twins had other ideas defeating Cleveland, 5-3. Rookie left-hander Pedro Hernandez kept hitters guessing for most of the ballgame as the Indians would tag him for just two runs on three hits through five innings, but the Indians were never able to breakthrough. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the game...
There were some major players in Sunday's ATF, as several top prospects had a big night for the Indians' organization. All the affiliates save the Carolina Mudcats won, giving lots of opportunities for solid performances. Leading the way on Sunday was a left-handed starter that is surging, a reliever that's making a case for time in the bigs, and perhaps the best prospect in all of baseball. Join Jim Pete for this Sunday's ATF.
It’s been a short week here in Carolina, thanks to the much needed All-Star break. The Muddies were locked and loaded with interesting prospects from the outset in April, but they were never able to make any sort of run with regards to wins. Join Jim Pete as he goes Fishing for Mudcats, as the summer kicks off in Carolina...
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!