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May 11, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: Lindor leading the way
For the first time this season, The WAR Room is bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. Now that we have about five weeks of the season in the books, the numbers are starting to look like something we can use. This week Jim Piascik takes a look at the hitters throughout the system, including Francisco Lindor's torrid start with the RubberDucks, Jesus Aguilar's powerful surge in Columbus, and much more.
May 11, 2014   (4 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #37: Indians 1, Rays 7
In any baseball season, there will come games like Saturday's contest against Tampa Bay - contests whose sole highlight is its absence. Such was the case when Zach McAllister took the hill; the brightest moment of the night was its conclusion, the clement words: It's Over. The IBI's John Grimm provides some Second Thoughts on the game and other things going on with the Indians.
May 11, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: May 10, 2014
There was an offensive explosion at High-A Carolina while most of the other affiliates struggled to do much hitting and scoring on Saturday night. There were also several good pitching and hitting performances throughout the system, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm to review all of the action.
May 10, 2014   (4 comments)
The MLB Draft: The history of it and how it works
The Major League Baseball draft is the biggest and most complicated in all of sports. It has a long and very interesting history, most of which has been based on the idea of keeping player salaries lower, and has gone through so many changes over the years that the IBI's Jeff Ellis often finds the rules are misunderstood. Jeff takes a look at how the draft was started and reviews how it works today.
May 10, 2014   (10 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #36: Indians 6, Rays 3
The lead-up to the 7 PM contest between Cleveland and Tampa Bay saw the Cleveland sports Twitter cosmos was astir regarding a rather different team. In the aftermath of drafting a certain Mr. John Paul (a pope, possibly, or a papal candidate) as well as the news of a possible suspension to a star wide receiver, frantic emotions defined the zeitgeist - the roller-coaster trajectory to the Indians 6-3 win was no less viscerally gripping. The IBI's John Grimm provides his second thoughts on the Indians' fourth straight win.
May 10, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: May 9, 2014
It was another busy night Around the Farm with lots of exciting and some not so exciting performances. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night and takes a look at how Giovanny Urshela continues his early season offensive onslaught, Francisco Lindor comes up with another big hit, Clint Frazier is really starting to settle in and more!
May 9, 2014   (9 comments)
Minor Happenings: When will Aguilar come to Cleveland?
In this week's week-ending edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the waiting game for Jesus Aguilar’s arrival in Cleveland and what the Indians are waiting for, provides lots of front office comments on some players at Double-A Akron, provides injury updates on several players including LeVon Washington and Bryan Price, and provides lots of insight and information on prospects such as Bryson Myles, Joe Wendle, Anthony Gallas, Dorssys Paulino and others!
May 9, 2014   (4 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #35: Twins 4, Indians 9
The Indians have had plenty of great pitching as their starters have compiled a sub-2 ERA during this seven-game span. The Tribe managed to win five games and take both series, but one could argue that they could be on a seven-game win streak right now. The lineup made up for lost time on Thursday, however, as they pushed nine runs across in a charge led primarily by Cabrera and Brantley. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives his thoughts on the win.
May 9, 2014   (31 comments)
Around the Farm: May 8, 2014
Some nights, nothing of note happens on the Cleveland sports scene. Others go absolutely crazy (and I'm not just talking about the glorious arrival of Johnny Manziel). The big league team got a win Thursday, but the minor leagues were filled with great performances as well. Adam Plutko put together the best outing of his career, Francisco Lindor hit a huge grand slam, Trevor Bauer continued dealing, and that is just the beginning. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps it all and takes you Around the Farm.
May 9, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Treanor calls it a career and retires
It was a light news day around the league on Thursday, but there were still some noteworthy transactions. One such transaction was the announcement that catcher Matt Treanor has opted to retire. In addition to that news, the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes how the Giants are looking to extend Sergio Romo and much more.
May 8, 2014   (5 comments)
Cabrera, Brantley lead Indians over Twins, 9-4
Things couldn't get any smoother for Tribe hitter Thursday afternoon. Behind another great starting pitching performance this time by ace Justin Masterson, Indians bats exploded for nine runs on 15 hits, topping Minnesota, 9-4. Notching their third straight victory, Cleveland (16-19) wins the four-game series with the Twins, now having won five of their last seven ballgames. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from Progressive Field.
May 8, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 MLB Draft News: Hoffman and Bukauskas updates
IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis posted his most recent mock draft on Wednesday and of course on the day it posted some of the biggest news of the draft season happened on that day. There were two things that occurred, both of which he believes has a pretty major effect on the Indians draft. He talks about that and more in his latest...
May 8, 2014   (2 comments)
On-Deck with the Captains: Hendrix takes over as shortstop
The Lake County Captains had an interesting week that consisted of an 18-inning game, position players pitching and the departure of Dorssys Paulino. Now 9-24, the team remains in the basement of the Midwest League. One player who isn't struggling is shortstop Paul Hendrix, who will look for more playing time with Paulino gone. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently spoke with Hendrix and recaps the Captains' previous week.
May 8, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E9: Pitching, pitching and more pitching!
Our new bi-weekly Smoke Signals format puts us back on the air tonight at 11:00pm ET! In tonight's show Tony Lastoria and Jeff Ellis look at some of the bullpen talent and depth the Indians have assembled and how it shakes it over the next few years. The will also provide their thoughts on the completed Twins series, delve into some MLB Draft talk, and talk about some of the more interesting early season minor league performances in the system.
May 8, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #34: Twins 3, Indians 4
It’s been a long time since we’ve had one of these wins. Mike Aviles’ hit in the bottom of the ninth inning (with two outs!) gave the Indians their first walk off win of the year. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his Second Thoughts on the walk off magic, the struggling bats, evaluates Danny Salazar's performances and much more.
May 8, 2014   (20 comments)
Around the Farm: May 7, 2014
Following a down season at the plate in 2013, it seemed like Roberto Perez was hitting the wall. But the new season brought Perez health and a reinvigorated performance as the catcher is enjoying the best offensive season of his professional career. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Perez, the continued emergence of Jordan Milbrath, and the rest of the action Wednesday night in the minor leagues as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 8, 2014   (1 comments)
Aviles gives Cleveland a 4-3 walk-off win over Twins
History is known to repeat itself. For Indians second baseman Mike Aviles, history did just that Wednesday night at Progressive Field. Knotted up in a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth, Aviles lined a walk-off single to center field off Twins reliever Casey Fien to give the Tribe a 4-3 win over Minnesota. A much needed victory for Cleveland (15-19), having won two straight in the four-game series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the first walk-off win of the season.
May 8, 2014   (6 comments)
Storylines: Potential top-5 pick done for season
A slow day in baseball news, but a walk-off winner makes it a nice night for Tribe fans. 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 the unfortunate injury to a top draft prospect, encouraging news for Baltimore regarding Matt Wieters, and more.
May 7, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 4.0
The college baseball season has entered its fourth month and more and more guys are cementing themselves into the first round. With the draft about four weeks away the IBI's Jeff Ellis updates his draft board and provides his fourth mock of the 2014 Draft and projects out all 41 picks in the first round of the draft - including three Indians picks.
May 7, 2014   (0 comments)
Fishing for Mudcats: Lucas is leading the Mudcats charge
The Carolina Mudcats were an even 3-3 this past week. They took the first game of the home series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks before dropping the next three to lose the series; however, Carolina has been able to bounce back in a big way, taking the first two games against the Lynchburg Hillcats on the road. The IBI's Zachary Francis provides his weekly Mudcats notebook with a small feature on Jeremy Lucas and recaps the rest of the news and notes for the team.

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