April 28, 2014 (26 comments)
The Indians were swept right out of San Francisco on Sunday and with that their short six-game West Coast trip is off to a rough start. They actually pitched well overall, but some key mistakes in the field and one or two bad pitches did them in. The IBI's Tony Lastoria chimes in with his weekly Happenings column on the Indians and talks about how much longer the Indians can afford to stick with Carlos Carrasco, who comes up to replace Yan Gomes when he leaves for the birth of his child, some concerns with Masterson and more.
April 28, 2014 (0 comments)
Coming up on the one month mark and after a rocky start, Columbus has begun to even things out. The Clippers' record has yet to reach the .500 mark, but after winning five of the last seven they are inching closer (.455). The IBI's Adrienne Robbins reviews the week that was for the Clippers.
April 28, 2014 (4 comments)
There's no use sugarcoating it. The Indians headed west with a nice little hot streak under their belts winning four out of their last five games and three straight in a key division battle against Kansas City. Unfortunately, that momentum fell flat once they set foot in AT&T Park. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps a frustrating end to a disappointing weekend in San Francisco.
April 28, 2014 (13 comments)
Triple-A Columbus continues to be the affiliate with some of the most exceptional early season performances, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them in his trip Around the Farm. He talks about the surprising performance of Roberto Perez and the red hot Trevor Bauer, plus rolls through the rest of the system highlighting the good and some bad performances from Sunday.
April 28, 2014 (6 comments)
Danny Salazar finally showed what he is capable of on Sunday, but the Tribe offense is still scuffling. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Matt Garza giving advice to Jeff Samardzija, a new foreign player for teams to bid on this offseason, and more.
April 27, 2014 (21 comments)
In this week's Inside the Wigwam, "The Birdman" IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz wonders if Carlos Carrasco would benefit with a role change to the Tribe bullpen. He also shares some news and notes surrounding a struggling Cleveland team, and gives his "Final Call" on Carrasco and an ugly three-game sweep by the Giants this weekend.
April 27, 2014 (0 comments)
To start off The WAR Room, Jim Piascik will be going back to 2013 and going over last year's performances. Since we are nearly to the point of having enough minor league games in the books to have useful stats, he will be finishing the 2013 retrospective early (to get to 2014 sooner), bringing you all of the Akron, Carolina, and Lake County pitching stats today. Join Jim as he analyzes Cody Anderson, Cleveland's best minor league pitcher in 2013, other impressive starters like Joe Colon and Shawn Morimando, and much more.
April 27, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians got off to a good start and Zach McAllister was crusing through four innings, and the Indians were up 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. That is when things went haywire as the Giants plated four runs and took control of the game and eventually won 5-3. The IBI's John Grimm chimes in with his Second Thoughts on the game....
April 27, 2014 (3 comments)
It was a tale of two pitchers on Saturday night as High-A Carolina left-handed pitcher Shawn Morimando had another sensational outing while Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Dace Kime struggled through another tough outing. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about those two outings, the RBI machine in Columbus that continues to rake, and more in Around the Farm...
April 27, 2014 (1 comments)
The Indians seemingly let one slip away on Saturday. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a couple of injuries to Brewers' stars, updates on the injury to Chris Davis and the rehab of Manny Machado, and more.
April 26, 2014 (4 comments)
Glen Anthony “T.J.” House, Jr. got his first Major League experience last season when he was called up for three days in June. He’s working hard to make sure that it is not another Moonlight Graham moment as he never got into a game and has not been back since. The IBI's Michael Rich recently caught up with House and talked about that memorable first time call to the big leagues and what he is doing to get back there.
April 26, 2014 (13 comments)
The Indians fell to the Giants 5-1 on Friday night in a game where it was never as close as the score indicates. Giants starter Tim Hudson was in complete control all night while Indians starter Carlos Carrasco actually pitched well but the Giants just maximized every run scoring opportunity they had. The IBI's John Grimm talks about Carrasco's interesting advanced stats and how he has been unable to catch a break so far this season.
April 26, 2014 (18 comments)
It's been an exceptional month for Jesus Aguilar and Jose Ramirez at Triple-A Columbus and both continued their big April campaigns with another great showing on Friday night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their performance along with the rest of the good (and bad) showings on the night Around the Farm.
April 26, 2014 (3 comments)
We're entering the last weekend in April. Where has the time gone? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on an update on extension talks with Pablo Sandoval and the Giants, Terry Francona's plans for Carlos Santana, Tony Clark's concerns with the Mets, and more.
April 25, 2014 (22 comments)
With another season here, the IBI's Tony Lastoria digs up an article which has been a site favorite for a few years. He talks about the decisions teams make with their prospects and the way they are handled which provides a good idea of how a team values each player in the organization. If you pay attention to how a player is used and how they are moved, you can get a good feel for their prospect value.
April 25, 2014 (7 comments)
Be forewarned, this analysis will be giving a lot of love to Indians right-hander Corey Kluber as he tossed his first big league complete game against the Royals on Thursday during the midday finale of the four-game set. Tribe hitters also finally managed to break through against Royals lefty Bruce Chen. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the Indians' rubber match victory.
April 25, 2014 (8 comments)
When it comes to prospects, everything is easier when the top guys are performing the way they are supposed to. Such was the case Thursday night as top prospect and shortstop-in-waiting Francisco Lindor put on a show for the RubberDucks. Though, as Jim Piascik cautions, just because Lindor is highly rated and has a strong reputation does not mean he is ready for Cleveland just yet. Join Jim as he breaks down Lindor, looks at how Carolina starter D.J. Brown is seizing his opportunity, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 25, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians are about to embark on a long west coast trip! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Athletics possibly seeking help in their rotation, Michael Pineda learns his punishment, Darren Oliver has landed a new job, and more.
April 24, 2014 (13 comments)
In today’s second part of our bi-weekly Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into Triple-A Columbus second baseman Jose Ramirez’s performance, his usage, how he fits onto the Major League roster and how he is being showcased as a potential trade chip. In addition to that he provides several comments from the front office on some players at Low-A Lake County such as Nellie Rodriguez, Jordan Milbrath and others, and provides insight and information on players such as Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, James Roberts, Claudio Bautista and more!
April 24, 2014 (6 comments)
It was a day for smiles in the Indians series finale with Kansas City Thursday afternoon. And yes, even for Corey Kluber (2-2, 3.90 ERA), who had himself a career day on the mound in his fifth start. Tossing his first big league complete game victory, the right-hander led the Tribe past the Royals, 5-1 to win the four-game series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.