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August 22, 2014   (4 comments)
Indians defensive errors give Houston a late 5-1 victory
The Indians have 99 problems, and all of them are errors. Knotted in a 1-1 tie with Houston in the ninth, two critical defensive errors by the Tribe cost them the series opener. Held to just one run on two hits all night, the Astros went onto score four runs in the inning, leading to a 5-1 victory. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps an ugly loss from the ballpark.
August 22, 2014   (8 comments)
Minor Happenings: Brown's re-emergence has been stellar
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the strong rebound right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown has made this season and just how impressive he has been since early May. He also spends a lot of time looking at the Happenings in Arizona with a deep look into the spectacular showing Bobby Bradley has had and why it is so special on so many levels, he provides a ton of comments from Ross Atkins on the players in Arizona such as Bradley, Yu-Cheng Chang, Alexis Pantoja, Justus Sheffield, Grant Hockin, Jared Robinson and others, and more.
August 22, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #126: Indians 1, Twins 4
Thursday was another reminder that nothing is automatic in baseball and even the best in the game have their off-days. Corey Kluber still gave the Indians a quality outing allowing only three runs in seven innings of work, but by his standards, he was below par for the course against the Twins as the Tribe failed to complete the three-game sweep. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the game.
August 22, 2014   (16 comments)
Around the Farm: August 21, 2014
Clint Frazier and Carlos Moncrief highlighted the night for the organization on Thursday, but the pair are pretty different when it comes to their developmental status. As a young outfielder in Low-A, Frazier's performance on-the-field matters less than Moncrief's, who is an older player in Triple-A. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down what that means in addition to recapping the rest of the action from throughout the minor leagues as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 22, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Angels acquire Beckham from White Sox
It's almost the weekend! 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 Angels acquiring Gordon Beckham, Garrett Richards receives a diagnosis, what some are saying about Asdrubal Cabrera in Washington, and more.
August 21, 2014   (1 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Anderson Polanco
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI 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. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to focus in on Anderson Polanco who is a lower level left-handed pitcher who has been on the prospect periphery for a little while but is starting to make some noise and establish himself a little more firmly on the radar.
August 21, 2014   (1 comments)
On-Deck with the Captains: Hendrix, Paulino heat up
The Lake County Captains are nearing the final stretch of the 2014 season. Last week, the team went 5-2, putting them 5 1/2 games out of first in the second half standings and 2 1/2 games behind the South Bend Silver Hawks.
The team is still 10 games away from elimintation, so the next two weeks will be incredibly interesting. Both the Captains and Silver Hawks have been winning as of late, the Captains posting a 7-3 record over their last 10 games and the Silver Hawks going 6-4.
August 21, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #125: Indians 5, Twins 0
The Indians are in the midst of an important nine game stretch of games. So many times this season the team has followed an emotional high (Tuesday’s comeback win) with a letdown. That wasn’t the case in this game as TJ House worked around a lot of traffic to keep the Twins off the board and the Indians got some key hits throughout the lineup. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on the game...
August 21, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: August 20, 2014
Now. We always want things now. Better sooner than later. Yet, when it comes to prospects, it is often about the long game. D'vone McClure's stock has fallen after two subpar seasons in Arizona, yet the outfielder is still only 20 years old. Dace Kime may be a bit older than McClure, but the 22-year-old is only in his first full professional season. These players are not supposed to be finished products, and looking between the lines, there are positive signs for both. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps McClure and Kime's performances and the rest of the action from throughout the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 21, 2014   (7 comments)
Storylines: Swisher undergoes surgery, done for season
It was a busy night with regard to news around MLB. Close to home, first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher's season officially ended when he underwent arthroscopic surgery to both knees on Wednesday. Angels pitcher Garrett Richards suffered an unfortunate injury and looks to be lost for the season. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps the news....
August 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2014 Draft: Part 4
Over the past few weeks and upcoming weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will continue to post pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2014 Draft. The Indians signed 30 players in total and he will have a tons of comments on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant as well as other insights as well. In today's fourth edition of this piece he looks at Grant Hockin, Simeon Lucas, Luke Eubank, Gian Paul Gonzalez and Drake Roberts.
August 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Notebook: Merritt, Plutko lead the Mudcats rotation
Even though the week was bookended by victories, the Carolina Mudcats had another difficult week and are running out of time to make up ground in their chase to make the playoffs. The IBI's Zachary Francis chimes in with his weekly notebook and recaps the week that was for the Mudcats...
August 20, 2014   (15 comments)
Around the Farm: August 19, 2014
Jerrud Sabourin and Ryan Merritt each had another big night for High-A Carolina and four Short-A Mahoning Valley All Stars were all in action in the NY-Penn All Star game on Tuesday night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all of these performances and more as he goes Around the Farm to recap all of the action in the Indians system....
August 20, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Cleveland locks up Atchison for 2015
Old Man Atch will be back in the Cleveland bullpen for 2015, and possibly beyond. 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 Atchison extension, a new role for Ubaldo Jimenez, and more.
August 19, 2014   (4 comments)
Plutko is enjoying success with Indians in first pro season
The Cleveland Indians have had quite a few very good pitching performances throughout the minor league system this season. One such pitcher who has had a good year is High-A Carolina right-handed starter Adam Plutko. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talked to him earlier in the year and discussed his transition from a successful college career to the pros.
August 19, 2014   (7 comments)
Second Thoughts: Indians continue to lack consistency
Inconsistency is the only thing that’s been consistent with the Indians this season. Their latest feat has been the offense’s struggles to back a starting pitching staff that has pitched well of late. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his thoughts on the offensive struggles of late, takes a look at a key upcoming stretch of games in the schedule, and more...
August 19, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: August 18, 2014
It was a quiet night Around the Farm on Monday as three of the Indians six stateside affiliates had the night off, but there were still a lot of interesting performances of not from the games that were played. The IBI's Tony Lastoria notes the strong outing from reliever Bryan Price, the power of Yu-Cheng Chang, and much more...
August 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Baltimore-Washington television dispute continues
The Cleveland Browns played their second preseason game of the year yesterday while the Indians were off. Wasn't too pretty, was 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 preliminary injunction being granted in the Baltimore-Washington television dispute, a group of Rangers cleared waivers, a possible favorite for a Cuban free agent, and more.
August 18, 2014   (1 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Moncrief setting records with his arm
Triple-A Columbus is finishing strong and could be on the verge of clinching a playoff spot by the weekend. One of the keys to their playoff run has been the strong arm of Carlos Moncrief who now has 21 outfield assists on the season. The IBI's Michael Rich recently sat down with him to talk about his success this season both defensively and offensively, and he also runs down the week that was for the Clippers with all the news and notes.
August 18, 2014   (7 comments)
IBI Hot List: Chang, Brown leading late season surge
It’s been awhile since we last posted a Hot List. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at all of the good and some not so good performances in the Indians minor league system so far in August and provides insight and information into players such as Yu-Cheng Chang, Mitch Brown, Bobby Bradley, Anthony Gallas, Bobby Ison, Greg Allen, Giovanny Urshela and much more...

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