June 1, 2014 (2 comments)
The bats have come alive again, which coupled with two critical pieces from the Shin-Soo Choo trade, starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and reliever Bryan Shaw, were pivotal in Cleveland's 7-6 victory over Colorado. The IBI's John Grimm discusses not only Bauer's strength in the game, but also the persistently combustible Lonnie Chisenhall, who has made a stirring argument to become an everyday player, as well as Mike Aviles's curious centrality within Saturday's game.
June 1, 2014 (3 comments)
The Columbus Clippers went off in grand fashion Saturday night, scoring 19 runs in the first game of their doubleheader. Everything clicked for the Clippers, including offensive breakouts up and down the lineup and masterful pitching. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down all the action in Columbus, takes a look at the other games on the night, and takes you Around the Farm.
June 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Manziel-mania will officially be making its way to Progressive Field on Wednesday. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on who's to blame for the Royals slow start, an early look at the summer trade market, and more.
May 31, 2014 (5 comments)
Last year the IBI's Jeff Ellis did a feature on the top prospects in the state of Ohio. This year’s class is stronger at the top but the depth is not where it was last year, though there are still plenty of interesting players and a few familiar names from last year as well. Jeff found nine guys to talk about this year that he had some familiarity with and he shares his thoughts on all of them in his latest...
May 31, 2014 (7 comments)
The Colorado Rockies entered Progressive Field as one of the hottest batting teams in the major leagues, and one of the best contact teams, in the majors. Kluber's dominating performance in a 5-2 defeat of Colorado required tremendous skill not only from the pitcher, but also from the catcher. The IBI's John Grimm discusses the divergent catcher-framing abilities of the two catchers and explores the magnitude of Kluber's achievements to date.
May 31, 2014 (14 comments)
Danny Salazar's fall continued on Friday night as he had another rough outing for Columbus, Ronny Rodriguez had an exceptional night at the plate and Shawn Morimando was stunning in his Double-A debut. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps that performances and more as he takes us Around the Farm to highlight all the good and bad performances from the night in the Indians system.
May 31, 2014 (2 comments)
Who said the Indians don't have an ace? Corey Kluber is not your prototypical front of the line starter, but he sure keeps pitching like one. Friday night at Progressive Field was no different, as the right-hander led the Tribe past the Colorado Rockies, 5-2, snapping the team's four-game losing streak. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the victory from the ballpark.
May 31, 2014 (0 comments)
It's finally the weekend and with the weather heating up, grab your tickets and head out to Progressive Field! 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 Cardinals promoting their top prospect, the Blue Jays also promoting their top prospect, Corey Kluber joins elite company, and more.
May 30, 2014 (5 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the emergence of Joseph Colon as a starting pitching prospect for the Indians, the significant strides he has made with his stuff over the past year and what his future holds with the Indians. He also looks at the good play of Tyler Holt and his role in the organization, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County, and provides lots of insight, news and analysis on players such as Roberto Perez, D.J. Brown, Eric Haase, Cody Anderson, Ryan Merritt, Grant Fink and others.
May 30, 2014 (0 comments)
In this era of pitchers blowing fastballs by hitters with triple-digit velocity, it's refreshing to see a hurler not blessed with a power arm find success through the actual art of pitching and that is exactly what left-hander T.J. House did against the White Sox on Wednesday night. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he breaks down the lone bright spot from a tough series in Chicago in a special off-day edition of Second Thoughts.
May 30, 2014 (13 comments)
It was a tale of two offensive explosions Thursday night. On one hand, the Akron RubberDucks erupted for 16 runs, led by a stellar performance from Bryson Myles. On the other hand, the Columbus Clippers allowed 18 runs, capped off by turning to Elliot Johnson to close out the game on the mound. Elsewhere, Adam Plutko made his Carolina League debut, Lake County *only* allowed eight runs (breaking the mold set by Akron and Columbus), and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 30, 2014 (0 comments)
It's almost June! Where has 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 a report that Kendrys Morales could make sense for the Yankees, the Royals shook up their coaching staff, some eye popping numbers about the Tribe, and more.
May 29, 2014 (2 comments)
In today's Coach's Corner, Jim Piascik sat down with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace and talked about the RubberDucks' pitchers. After discussing hitters last week, this week they focused on the pitching side of the equation, including Cody Anderson's growth and the adjustments he is making, what Will Roberts is doing to improve in his second year in Akron, what is making Joe Colon so effective this season, discussing some of the new faces to the organization, and much, much more.
May 29, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains posted a 2-5 week, but some close games at least kept the games interesting. The offense remains underwhelming as infielder Paul Hendrix is the only player hitting above .300. The team failed to produce any runs in three of its losses last week, and its two wins were one-run games. Here's the week that went down for the Captains.
May 29, 2014 (0 comments)
Our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk with Low-A Lake County right-handed starting pitching Robbie Aviles in an on-air interview. This is an old feature of the show that they are bringing back and they couldn't get it kickstarted back up with a hotter pitcher in the system. Tune in!
May 29, 2014 (7 comments)
Tracking Jesus Aguilar throughout the minor league system it appeared that he had two tangible skills worth monitoring, on-base ability and power, which if developed would carry him to the big leagues. He had a big jump in his power numbers early this season with a transition to Huntington Park in Columbus, and the IBI's Michael Hattery offers up a case study as to why we need to take offensive performances in Columbus (and Akron) with a grain of salt.
May 29, 2014 (9 comments)
When you’re struggling offensively, you should enjoy running into a guy like Hector Noesi. With the return of Jason Kipnis to the lineup and Noesi (career ERA of 5.73) on the hill, this was as good a chance as any to break out of the funk. Instead, the Indians failed to score more than two runs for a fourth consecutive game (all losses), and dropped a second straight winnable game late. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on another tough loss for the Indians...
May 29, 2014 (14 comments)
With the month of June approaching, it is likely the time worthy players will start earning promotions to the next level. Adam Plutko started the process, moving from Lake County to Carolina, but a few others look primed to make jumps of their own. Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix is one, as he continues to rake, as is fellow Captain Jordan Milbrath. However, Wednesday's headliner, Cole Sulser, is not as close to a promotion as Hendrix or Milbrath, but the right-hander was impressive in his own right. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Sulser's turnaround and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 29, 2014 (0 comments)
Well, that was a crushing defeat. 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 the rumors surrounding Baltimore and Jeff Samardzija, injury news from around the league, and more.
May 28, 2014 (7 comments)
Today is the first “stock watch” of the 2014 season for players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews over 20 performances to date from Columbus to Lake County and provides details as to whose prospect stock is falling, improving, or has not changed. Players reviewed include Roberto Perez, Giovanny Urshela, Austin Adams, Jordan Smith, Joseph Colon, Tyler Sturdevant, Ryan Merritt, Louis Head, Eric Haase, Robbie Aviles and many others.