There were a lot of interesting back-stories in Monday's minor league games. Would Lonnie Chisenhall continue his hitting streak, which was currently sitting at 12 games? Could Shawn Morimando continue his scoreless innings streak after winning the Carolina Pitcher of the Week award? Would Tyler Naquin continue his multi-hit game streak alive? Join Jim Pete for Monday's ATF to find out the answer to those questions, and much, much more.
Mark Teixiera blasted a grand slam in the third inning off a struggling Justin Masterson as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-4, in the opening game of a three-game series. With the loss, the Indians fall a full game behind the Detroit Tigers, who had an off day.
After struggling to the tune of a 3-6 start to the season, the Crushers managed a .500 week, taking two of three from Florence and one of three from Joliet over the weekend. The team is now 6-9 on the season, but is still trying to find a level of consistency. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara shares the details in his weekly Crushers notebook.
The 2013 MLB Draft is three days away and MLB organizations are getting anxious as they make last minute preparations for what is a big day for every team in the league. No one knows the draft better than IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis except for those personnel involved with MLB teams, and he has put together his second big board of the Top 33 players in the draft and provides some insight and commentary on each.
It was a rough week for the Cleveland Indians as the team's left-handed bullpen options continued to let them down and played a key role in the team finishing 3-4. Of course, if there is a positive, it's the fact that the Detroit Tigers struggled as well during the past week and only lead the Indians by a half game in the American League Central. The Indians will attempt to get things back on track this week, but before they do that, take a moment to join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps this past week in the IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
Sunday’s at Progressive Field haven’t been too good for the Indians this season, as the team dropped the rubber match against the Rays, 11-3. The Tribe is now just 1-3 on Sunday at home, averaging just three runs a ballgame over the four games. Three runs was all Cleveland would manage against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson and starter Zach McAllister struggled for the first time this season. Jim Berdysz shares his "second thoughts" on the game...
There's nothing like covering Around the Farm on a night in which every part of the Indians' organization finds a way to lose. Never fear ATF readers, your friendly neighborhood minor league artiste is here to meet your affiliate needs. Today's ATF covers Tyler Naquin, Dorssys Paulino, Francisco Lindor, Jordan Smith and Enosil Tejeda. Huh? Who's this Tejeda character? Join Jim Pete with a look at Tejeda, and all of Sunday's best...and worst.
Evan Longoria and Yunel Escobar both hit two-run home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians, 11-3. With the win, the Rays won the rubber match of the three-game series, improving their record to 31-25. They are now 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, though they sit in fourth place in the hotly-contested division.
Join Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek for tonight's episode of Cleveland Sports Insiders. Tonight, they'll talk Cavs basketball, and the NBA as a whole, before diving into first round pick discussions. They'll also jump into some Cleveland Indians baseball, and boy...there's plenty there to talk about. Look, it's not scripted, so who knows where this will go. Join us at 9:00!!!
The first half of the Carolina League season has turned into an observance of players rather than team. While the Muddies have several interesting prospects, none seem to be able to drive in or score enough runs to win ball games. Still, there are several intriguing players, and former top pick Tyler Naquin has been taking center stage. Go fishin' with Jim Pete as he details the Muddies week that was.
As we move into June the Indians are five games over .500 and a half game out of first place, something a lot of Indians fans thought was not possible back in spring training. Tony touches on that, but he also looks at the Indians' struggles in the left-handed relief department and what their options are there, the turnaround of Ubaldo Jimenez, what the Indians do with Lou Marson when he returns, and gives the details on the upcoming MLB Draft.
With no rain or any chance of rain delays in the forecast, the Indians got a much needed victory Saturday afternoon over Tampa Bay, as they shutout the Rays, 5-0. Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3, 4.83 ERA) looked sharp over his eight innings of work, allowing just one of his four hits in the ballgame for extra bases.
The first day of June brought several interesting performances by Cleveland Indians prospects. Lonnie Chisenhall doesn't appear to be all that enthused about being back in the minors, and is trying to do something about it. Cord Phelps is another player that tasted the big leagues in 2013, but seems to be going in another direction. Join Jim Pete for Saturday's ATF to find out about Chis, Phelps, and a whole lot more.
Fishing for Mudcats returns this week in two parts after taking a temporary vacation last week. This morning, Jim Pete takes a look at action from week seven, which was play from the previous week. Francisco Lindor and Cody Anderson rose to the top once again, as the Mudcats showed life for the first time since early April. Join Jim Pete for Part One, and tune in later today for Part Two, looking at this past week's Carolina Mudcat action.
The Cleveland Indians took the field Saturday for game two of their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays only a mere 10 hours after game one had concluded. While there may have been concerns that the lack of sleep could have got to players, it certainly did not affect Tribe right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Indians to a 5-0 win. While Jimenez provided the pitching, Jason Giambi took care of the offense as he drove in three runs for the Indians. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he provides all the play-by-play from what was arguably Jimenez's best start in his Indians career.
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!