April 18, 2014 (2 comments)
Happy Friday! 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 with the Athletics' ballpark situation, some former Indians making the headlines, Joel Hanrahan is drawing interest from a number of teams, and more.
April 17, 2014 (10 comments)
It is the first Minor Happenings of the year! The IBI's Tony Lastoria dives right into things with tons of information on Indians prospects throughout the system. He talks about Jesus Aguilar's start and how the Indians are experimenting with him a little to potentially add more versatility, provides some insight and thoughts on recent pickup Duke von Schamann, provide lots of injury details on all of the walking wounded throughout the system, provides a bevy of comments from the front office on the likes of Kyle Crockett and others, and also tons of insight into players like Trevor Bauer, Giovanny Urshela, Erik Gonzalez, Nellie Rodriguez and more.
April 17, 2014 (13 comments)
Did anyone guess that Zach McAllister was going to be the best pitcher out of the gate this season? After another strong outing against the Tigers on Wednesday night, he might very well be. The IBI's Michael Goodman talks about McAllister's impressive outing, the continued struggles of some key players, some costly defensive miscues and more from the Indians 3-2 win over the Tigers.
April 17, 2014 (32 comments)
Thanks to some bad weather Tuesday night, Akron, Carolina, and Lake County had doubleheaders Wednesday. With seven games on the slate throughout the system, there was plenty of action on the minor league front. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including yet another dominant Trevor Bauer start, Ryan Merritt continuing to put up strong outings, and much more as he takes you on a lengthy trip Around the Farm.
April 17, 2014 (8 comments)
It's never easy when Cleveland squares up against Detroit. 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 an offer Kendrys Morales turned down, another Angels' outfielder goes down, and more.
April 16, 2014 (5 comments)
The Lake County Captains are currently stuck in a six-game losing streak. Since the season's start, the team's arms have struggled as they've allowed more runs than any team in the Midwest League. The bright side rests within the bats, where power has proved to be beneficial. IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the Captains' first 11 games.
April 16, 2014 (2 comments)
The IBI's Jeff Ellis has gone on record saying that he is a big fan of this year’s draft. It is partially because last years had so little depth, but it is because to him this is the deepest draft in years. The Indians have three picks in the Top 40 and four picks in the Top 65, so they stand a chance to get a lot of talent this season. Jeff has put together his first Big Board of the draft season with rankings and reports on the top 41 players in the draft.
April 16, 2014 (3 comments)
This week, the Carolina Mudcats have had their share of ups and downs on the road going 3-3 during the week and seeing some impressive individual performances but also losing a few players to injury. The IBI's Zachary Francis takes us fishing as he reviews the week that was for the Mudcats.
April 16, 2014 (2 comments)
On Sunday it was near 80 degrees and sunny. Tuesday it was in the low-30s and snowing. Gotta love northeast Ohio! 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 another hit to Tampa Bay's pitching depth, the Padres offer to Chase Headley, and more.
April 15, 2014 (3 comments)
For the first time the Indians top International prospect listing is being posted to the IBI site. Previously only available in his book, the IBI's Tony Lastoria is providing a portion of the best young International prospects the Indians have which many have never seen or heard about. These are the top International players like Leandro Linares, Yandy Diaz, Yu-Chen Chang and so on who are coming stateside for the first time this year or in the near future for the Indians who were not included in the Top 50 or Top 100 listing because they are so new to the organization where they have not played a game or have not really been seen.
April 15, 2014 (32 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Columbus.
April 15, 2014 (7 comments)
We are about eight weeks away from the MLB Draft, and if you have been reading this site for a few years you know that the draft is our specialty. The IBI's Jeff Ellis has been prepping himself for the draft and watching tons of games both in person and on TV and offers up some thoughts on some of the performances from some key draft eligible players this past weekend.
April 15, 2014 (2 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks made their first appearance at Canal Park over the past week, debuting their new mascot and the rebranded franchise (for pictures from the event, see the article IBI had on Saturday). Unfortunately for the RubberDucks, the team dropped four of seven over the past week, falling to 5-6 on the season. There were still great performances from Bryson Myles, the left-handed relievers, and much more. Join Jim Piascik with the weekly Akron notebook, Burning Tread with the RubberDucks.
April 15, 2014 (18 comments)
The Indians were off on Monday and Triple-A Columbus was postponed due to weather, but there were still three affiliates who stuck it out and played through some tough weather conditions on Monday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the noteworthy performances on the night with special attention to an error-fest in Lake County, the Duke making another impressive appearance with Akron, and more.
April 15, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians are about to open up their first series of the year against division foe Detroit. Buckle up! 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 Padres extending Jedd Gyorko, Joe Maddon's recent comments about Tommy John surgery, an update on Dustin Pedroia's injury, and more.
April 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The Clippers are 3-7 to start the season and although it's early are tied for last in the International League West standings with the Toledo Mudhens. Columbus' problems have been inconsistent with the losses coming between one and eight runs. Another week has passed in the season and there is still no one place to blame for the struggling Clippers. Join Adrienne Robbins as she goes Sailing with the Clippers.
April 14, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI Hot List returns this week with the first edition recapping the hot performances to date in the Indians system. This listing is a quick rundown through the hottest and some of the coldest players in the Indians system over the past seven days with news and insight into their performances. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the performances of them all, including names like Aguilar, Bauer, Myles, Merritt, Lucas, Head, Ferrell and more!
April 14, 2014 (41 comments)
Tribe Happenings is back! After a few weeks away, the Happenings return this week to discuss what is going on with the Cleveland Indians. Today, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the up and down performance of the team two weeks into the season, who has surprised and disappointed, provides insight into the roster decisions expected this week with Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi, expresses his concerns with the makeup of the roster against left-handed pitching, and more.
April 14, 2014 (3 comments)
The new 2014 Indians Baseball Insider: The Top 100 Prospects & More book is now available for sale! This year's more condensed version has over 180 players in the Indians organization featured in it with scouting reports for everyone, a new International Top 16 prospect listing for those that are new to the organization or may be debuting stateside this year, and more. The book is available for purchase on-line and should be available at other outlets soon. Details inside...
April 14, 2014 (0 comments)
Last year, it was Jason Giambi was the hero against the White Sox. This year, Alexei Ramirez whipped up some heroics of his own and exacted a little revenge on the team that beat Chicago 17 times in 2013. We all know what was wrong with the game on Sunday, so the IBI's Jake Dungan would like to focus on what went right for the Tribe.