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...
Join Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek for tonight's episode of Cleveland Sports Insiders at 9:00 P.M. They'll talk Jason Kipnis, the Indians run of series' wins, Scott Kazmir and the rest of the pitching staff. They'll also talk Cavs' Draft, Paul Pierce, Shawn Marion, and Steve's favorite topic...LEBRON JAMES. Has Steve been found, or will the Hangover, part 4 continue! Tune in at 9:00 to find out...
Of all the All Star games in sports, the mid-summer classic in Major League Baseball is by far the best. With this year's All Star game fast approaching, it means the selection process will occur in the next two weeks. James Keene takes a look at the Indians players that have the best shot of being named to the All Star team.
The Indians this season have been extremely streaky and been a rollercoaster ride all season, and Tony says they remind him of another Indians team from the past 10 years. He also touches on the emergence of Corey Kluber, some poor decision making by one of their draft picks, runs down several injury updates, and more.
More home cooking was in full effect for the Tribe on Saturday night as the Indians pushed by the Minnesota Twins for an 8-7 victory. The win increases Cleveland’s win streak to four straight now having won their last four series. Offensively, Cleveland hitters would walk a total of eight times, where six of them would come in the first inning against Twins starter P.J. Walters (2-3, 4.88 ERA).
It was a very busy night around the Indians' farm system on Saturday night as every affiliate was in action. There were a number of top performances as Jerrud Sabourin continued to impress as the undrafted wonder while Ronny Rodriguez showed why his prospect status continues to rise. Plus, utility man Cord Phelps continued to dig himself out from his early season slump. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he covers all these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
The Cleveland Indians scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and the Tribe bullpen bent but didn't break, as the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins, 8-7, Saturday night at Progressive Field. Corey Kluber continued his recent string of impressive outings while Jason Kipnis fell just a home run shy of the cycle to lead the Tribe. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he provides all the details from the Tribe's series-clinching win.
One could be forgiven for selling their Jake Lowery stock after 2012. The catcher was presented with a challenging assignment and simply could not manage it, ending the year with a demotion and plenty of questions. So far in 2013, though, Lowery has shown that last year was a fluke. Given another aggressive promotion due to injuries, Lowery filled in admirably and bounced back in a strong way. He recently talked to Jim Piascik about what Double-A is like, his approach at the plate and behind it, and much more.
One of the many ideas emphasized throughout the Indians offseason was that the front office truly believed that it had developed a core group of players that they could build around in order to compete for division titles. They even made some acquisitions by signing free agents Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to expand to that core. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a look at whether or not Michael Brantley truly should be part of that core...
Some were starting to question the future of Scott Kazmir as a starter for the Indians after his last start against Washington, when he served up five runs, four hits and three home runs in just two and two-thirds innings of work. Whether it was the rain, a mechanical issue or just another example of the inconsistency that the left-hander has dealt with so far this season, he had nothing working for him that night.
Some familiar names made an appearance in Friday night's Around the Farm, headlined by the hot hitting Ronny Rodriguez. The Akron middle infielder has been filling up the stat sheet in June. Jeremy Hermida, Danny Salazar, Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief, C.C. Lee, Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin all make an appearance on a busy night of organizational work. Join Arthur Kinney for Friday's ATF...
Jason Kipnis hit a two-run bloop single and the Cleveland offense posted three runs in the seventh inning off three different Minnesota pitchers, as the Indians beat the Twins, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field.
It's hard to believe it, but we're now more than halfway through the month of June, which means the MLB Trade Deadline is just over a month away. While the Cleveland Indians trail the Detroit Tigers by four games in the American League Central, as long as the team maintains that pace, they should be buyers come the deadline. And who should the Indians look to buy at that point? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he offers his thoughts on the topic in the lastest edition of the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
Every year after the draft IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis does a tools piece, and every year it doesn't really generate much interest. As a writer it seemed time for him to change it up a bit and shake up how he goes about this article. He wanted to make it more fun and give some awards and predictions, and he shares all of that in his latest.
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!