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April 26, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Sandoval seeking five-year deal
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)
Determining Value
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)
Second Thoughts Game #22: Royals 1, Indians 5
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)
Around the Farm: April 24, 2014
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)
Storylines: Oakland could be on the market for pitching
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)
Minor Happenings: Is Jose Ramirez trade bait?
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)
Kluber hurls complete game in 5-1 victory over Royals
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.
April 24, 2014   (1 comments)
On-Deck with the Captains: 4/17/14 - 4/23/14
The arrival of first-rounder Clint Frazier highlighted the Captains’ week, though the team’s winning woes remained. They posted a 1-5 record last week as they managed to avoid a home sweep by the Burlington Bees, but their trip up north to Lansing, Mich. didn’t end well. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week.
April 24, 2014   (10 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #21: Royals 3, Indians 5
The Indians rallied for a much needed 5-3 win over the Royals on Wednesday night, earning just their second win of the season against a left-handed starting pitcher in the process. The IBI's Michael Goodman reviews some of the performances from the game and notes some good and bad trends which are developing with some key Indians players.
April 24, 2014   (14 comments)
Around the Farm: April 23, 2014
Jose Ramirez, power hitter? The International League has been kind to Ramirez so far in 2014, as the infielder has put on an uncharacteristic power show. But Ramirez reminded us of the other parts of his game Wednesday, showing off his wheels and on-base ability. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Ramirez's night, Dorssys Paulino's talent shining through in Lake County, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Josh Johnson falls victim to Tommy John epidemic
And the Tommy John bug gets ahold of another pitcher. 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 Josh Johnson having Tommy John surgery, more troubles in Arizona, and more.
April 24, 2014   (9 comments)
Clutch hitting leads to Indians 5-3 win over Royals
Solid starting pitching and clutch hitting made for a good recipe of success Wednesday night, as the Tribe took down Kansas City, 5-3. For the second straight game, the Royals offense would strike first on back-to-back home runs. But that wouldn't stop ace Justin Masterson from giving the Indians another quality start, as the offense behind Jason Kipnis came through late. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a win from the ballpark.
April 23, 2014   (2 comments)
Minor Happenings: Merritt is in complete control
Today in Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing Ryan Merritt has had to date and how his value continues to increase. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina such as Erik Gonzalez, Torsten Boss, Jeremy Lucas, Louis Head and others, looks at the slow start by Cody Anderson and why it is not a big deal, reviews Josh Tomlin’s performance to date, and provides insight and analysis on players like T.J. House, Enosil Tejeda, Michael Peoples, and more!
April 23, 2014   (1 comments)
Sailing with the Clippers: 4/16/2014 - 4/22/2014
It has been a rocky start to the season to say the least for the Columbus Clippers. At 7-10 the Clippers just recently rose above Toledo in the International League West standings to get out of last place. Although the team has struggled to get to the .500 mark, there's been a glimmer of hope from many players. The IBI's Adrienne Robbins takes a look at how the Clippers are playing in her recent notebook...
April 23, 2014   (3 comments)
Fishing for Mudcats: 4/16/14 - 4/22/14
This past week, the Carolina Mudcats have played a lot of baseball competing in two doubleheaders and an extra inning game. The Mudcats were able to win four out of seven games, sweeping the Salem Red Sox in a doubleheader last Wednesday and taking two out of four against the Frederick Keys. The IBI's Zachary Francis chimes in with his weekly Carolina Mudcats notebook...
April 23, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #20: Royals 8, Indians 2
The Indians had another poor showing from a starting pitcher and also made some key mistakes defensively which cost them on Tuesday night in an 8-2 loss to the Royals. The IBI's Charlie Adams walks through the game and examines some of the key moments and also takes a look at Danny Salazar's interesting change to his approach the second time through the Royals lineup which may have impacted his performance.
April 23, 2014   (17 comments)
Around the Farm: April 22, 2014
Columbus had a big night offensively with several players contributing to a blow out win, and on the mound Trevor Bauer put forth another good outing. At Akron and Lake County the hitters continue to remain ice cold early in the season, but Joe Colon and Jordan Milbrath shine once again on the mound. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about those performances and more in another edition of Around the Farm...
April 23, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Suspensions handed down after Sunday's brawl
Win or lose, it hasn't been pretty so far in Cleveland. 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 aftermath of the fight between the Pirates and Brewers, Joel Hanrahan drawing interest from numerous teams, and more.
April 23, 2014   (20 comments)
Salazar's struggles continue, Indians fall to Royals, 8-2
Nobody said it was easy. For 24-year-old Danny Salazar (0-3, 7.85 ERA), the fast-pace of the big leagues is slowly beginning to wear on the Tribe starter in 2014. His growing pains continued Tuesday night, as the Indians fell to Kansas City, 8-2. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from a very empty Progressive Field.
April 22, 2014   (2 comments)
Breakout Barometer: Jordan Milbrath
Today we unveil the "Breakout Barometer" for the first time during the 2014 season. This piece will post once or twice a month over the next few months of the season and target prospects that either are in the midst of or on the verge of a breakout campaign. For today’s first piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria felt it best to take a deeper look at one of the more interesting gems from last year’s draft, right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath.

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