July 29, 2014 (0 comments)
The RubberDucks (59-51) were swept by at Richmond in a battle of the Eastern League Western division that gave the Flying Squirrels some breathing room at the top. Akron continued their road trip by splitting a four-game set with the Reading Fightin Phils, and the team began a series with the Bowie Baysox on Monday night with a loss, 12-4. The IBI's Spencer Davies talked to Erik Gonzalez in his latest notebook....
July 29, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians had an off day on Monday, but that did not stop all the talk about the upcoming trade deadline on Thursday. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, there are many opinions and thoughts about what the Indians should do, or not do. The IBI's Michael Goodman offers up a unique take on this with a conversation with his father.
July 29, 2014 (1 comments)
Through his first eight appearances of the season, Triple-A Columbus starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd struggled to a 1-3 record with a 6.38 ERA. He led the league with eight home runs given up and opponents were hitting .330 off of him. Since then he has turned things around and the IBI's Michael Rich recently had a chance to catch up with him to see what has changed...
July 29, 2014 (10 comments)
The Indians were off on Monday, but the farm system was busy with several good performances all around. Dorssys Paulino capped off a dramatic come-from-behind Captains win with a walkoff homer, Brian Ruiz continues to hit, and Bobby Bradley continued his assault on the Arizona League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps those performances and more as he goes Around the Farm...
July 29, 2014 (0 comments)
The trading deadline is getting closer and there's a ton of buzz. 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 latest buzz surrounding Jon Lester, the latest on a pair of Indians that could be on the trading block, a few teams that could make sense for Troy Tulowitzki, and more.
July 28, 2014 (1 comments)
It’s lonely at the top. Triple-A Columbus opened up last week by taking three of four in Louisville and found themselves alone in first for the first time since May 10. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was, provides all the news and notes from the team and recently sat down with Francisco Lindor to get his take on his promotion.
July 28, 2014 (27 comments)
The MLB trade deadline is only three days away. The Indians suffered through a tough 5-6 road trip to start the second half of the season, a trip that started with so much promise but ended with so much frustration. But even with the poor showing they are still only 3.5 games out of a playoff spot with two months to play. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides his thoughts on if the Indians should by or sell, what they even have to sell, how Carlos Santana has been the best hitter in the AL for two months and more.
July 28, 2014 (12 comments)
While the series in Detroit may have had a hangover effect on the Tribe as they traveled to Minnesota and Kansas City, they at least made sure to end a tough stretch on a high note before returning home and heading into an off-day. Sunday belonged to the Tribe and, more specifically Carlos Santana and Danny Salazar. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the victory.
July 28, 2014 (16 comments)
Fresh off a player hitting for the cycle just a week earlier, the Indians got another one in their system on Sunday from the hot bat of outfielder Jordan Smith. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps Smith's impressive showing on the day and his clutch hit in the ninth which not only gave him the cycle but a RubberDucks win.....and Tony also recaps all of the other action Around the Farm...
July 27, 2014 (4 comments)
Carlos Santana is making fans forget about his horrible start very quickly. 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 a could-be blockbuster trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers, Terry Francona speaks about Francisco Lindor, and more.
July 27, 2014 (1 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers, including Mitch Brown. Brown is finding some strong success in Lake County this year, a very positive step for the 2012 second round pick's development. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Brown's season to date and the rest of the pitchers in the system as he takes you into The WAR Room.
July 27, 2014 (0 comments)
Cleveland dropped the third game of a four-game series in Kansas City on Saturday, falling to the Royals 7-5 in a loss that both ensured a series loss and a road trip that will end under .500. Scoring, fueled by a five-run second for the Indians and five response runs in the next two innings by Kansas City. The IBI's John Grimm ponders both the state of the rotation going forward as well as the return of Carlos Santana.
July 27, 2014 (9 comments)
Through his first five games at the Triple-A level, Francisco Lindor has fit right in. He took that to another level Saturday, launching his first two home runs as a Clipper. Arthur Kinney recaps Lindor's night and time in Columbus so far in addition to bringing you the action from around the organization. Join Arthur as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 26, 2014 (3 comments)
High-A Carolina right-handed pitcher Clayton Cook is someone who came out of high school with good prospect pedigree when the Indians selected him in the ninth round of the 2008 Draft. He quickly asserted himself as one of the Indians best young pitching prospects, but early in the 2012 season some persistent pain in his right shoulder changed his career outlook like the snap of a finger. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently spoke to him about his comeback...
July 26, 2014 (6 comments)
It is a rare evening in Kauffman Stadium that a game's outcome is determined by the team to hit the fifth home run, but - in the spirit of 'You Can't Predict Baseball' - Carlos Santana's two home run game was outpaced by Kansas City's three home run game. Even in one of the most spacious parks in the majors, Indians Josh Tomlin struggled, surrendering two long balls in the game. The IBI's John Grimm examines Tomlin's fly ball tendencies, both the problems they generate and the benefits that they do not.
July 26, 2014 (15 comments)
Justin Masterson continued his rehab outing for the Indians on Friday night in Columbus to the tune of mixed results. He was able to pitch deep into the game; however, he really struggled with his command all night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney reviews that performance as well as some of the hot performances from Jeremy Lucas, Gio Urshella and lots more in his trip Around the Farm...
July 26, 2014 (0 comments)
We're entering the last weekend in July, can you believe it? 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.J. Pierzynski signing with the Cards, the latest on Jake Peavy, when we could see Asdrubal Cabrera back on the field, and more.
July 25, 2014 (7 comments)
This is a new feature piece here at the IBI that specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. We kick things off with High-A Carolina right-handed reliever Ben Heller who is having a fantastic season and has vaulted himself up the prospect charts for the Indians. What does he throw? How good is his stuff? What is he working on? What kind of future does he have? The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some information on all of that and more...
July 25, 2014 (15 comments)
It's tough to definitively say what could've been in the game of baseball, but if there was ever one single play to point to as the primary cause for a loss, Ryan Raburn accomplished that feat on Thursday. Danny Duffy had his good stuff working, but Corey Kluber was better and could've very well had a shutout win. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps an especially tough loss for the Tribe.
July 25, 2014 (6 comments)
Corey Kluber's dominant outing at the major league level may be (rightfully) getting most of the attention today, but the organization's starter one level down also made some noise Thursday. Toru Murata may not be having the best year, but you could not tell Thursday as the right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Murata's big night, takes a look at Carlos Moncrief's plate discipline this season, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.