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September 2, 2014   (15 comments)
Around the Farm: September 1, 2014
The minor league regular season officially came to a close on Monday and we officially say goodbye to High-A Carolina and Short-A Mahoning Valley until next season. We also say goodbye to the rookie level AZL Indians who capped off an impressive team and individual showing this season with a league championship on Monday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the action and gives special mention to every player that player in the Arizona League Championship game on Monday.
September 2, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #135: Tigers 12, Indians 1
This game was about as ugly as they get. The team was coming off an outstanding series against the Royals, possibly the hottest team in the Majors in the month of August, so this game certainly came out of nowhere. The Indians have gone to the bullpen early over the last month very few times. This time it was Corey Kluber who failed to get through the third inning, as unbelievable as that is to say. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on a disappointing start to a big series for the Indians...
September 2, 2014   (2 comments)
Tigers, Cabrera rout Indians on Labor Day, 12-1
The last time David Price took the mound at Progressive Field, he was spraying silly string on his teammates as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays in October. On Monday, he just made the Indians offense look silly. Scoring 12 runs on 20 hits, division rival Detroit routed the Tribe, 12-1 in the first game of a four-game series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the game from the ballpark.
September 2, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Astros shake up organization with firings
I hope all of you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Now, it's back into the swing of things. 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 Astros announcing the firing of their manager and bench coach, Jesus Montero receives discipline for his recent scuffle, where Hanley Ramirez could land in free agency this offseason, and more.
September 1, 2014   (0 comments)
Ranking the 2014 roster at the stretch run, part one
Though there have been ups and downs this season, Cleveland's 70-64 record has them on the fringes of playoff contention and in the thick of things as the calendar turns to September. Despite some definite disappointments, there are still plenty of bright spots on the team this season. Join Jim Piascik as he once again ranks the major league roster as Cleveland heads into the stretch run.
September 1, 2014   (11 comments)
Around The Farm: August 31, 2014
Rain may have suspended the major league club's hunt for the playoffs on Sunday Night Baseball, but the actual playoffs opened up for one team down in the minors. With the rest of the affiliates close to wrapping up their seasons, the Arizona League team kicked off their semifinal matchup Sunday. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down that playoff action, highlights Audy Ciriaco's big night in Columbus, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
September 1, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Dunn waives no-trade to join A's
The August trade deadline has now come and passed. 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 A's acquiring Adam Dunn from the White Sox, the Brewers bolstering their bullpen, and more.
August 31, 2014   (7 comments)
The WAR Room: Breaking down September callup candidates
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters, including a look at four Columbus hitters who could be September callups. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Jesus Aguilar, Giovanny Urshela, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Moncrief in addition to the rest of the organization as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 31, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #134: Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2
The stretch run in 2013 that propelled the Cleveland Indians into the playoffs was a stretch of a remarkably easy strength of schedule. When Cleveland defeated Kansas City in Kauffman Stadium on Saturday ensuring a series win against the AL Central, the narrative changed. With a bullpen that allowed two runs in 5.1 innings, the IBI's John Grimm examines how the bullpen has reached its current zenith as one of the best pens in the game.
August 31, 2014   (7 comments)
Around The Farm: August 30, 2014
As the great philosopher Jagger once said: "but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need." The RubberDucks tried to clinch a playoff spot with a win last night, but despite their loss, found themselves in anyway. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps the action in the organization, including Erik Gonzalez leading the way for the RubberDucks, and takes you Around the Farm.
August 30, 2014   (5 comments)
Carr's camera has shot many memories over the years
You probably wouldn’t know him if you saw him. But if you are a Cleveland Indians fan, you have probably bumped into Ken Carr at one time or another. Be it spring training, at Progressive Field, or at one of the minor league ballparks, the man with the faded safari hat, glasses, and cameras has been shooting pictures for 25 years. The IBI's Tony Lastoria did a feature on him last year and updated it and re-posted it here for all to enjoy...
August 30, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #133: Cleveland 6, Kansas City 1
For the first time in 2014, Cleveland finds itself five games over .500, as the Indians took the first game of a critical road series in Kansas City. With the last three innings imperiled by rain, Salazar's effective if unorthodox night was cut short at five innings and 72 pitches. The IBI's John Grimm examines the peculiarities of Salazar's most bimodal pitch: the splitter.
August 30, 2014   (12 comments)
Around The Farm: August 29, 2014
With the season winding down, it is time for players to try to make their final impressions on the organization before heading into the long offseason. For players like Joey Wendle (who missed a big chunk of the season due to injury), however, these final days are critical to make up for lost time. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down Wendle doing just that Friday and recaps the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Montero encounters strange situation on rehab stint
Labor Day weekend has finally arrived! 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 bizarre situation that unfolded involving Jesus Montero, how Derek Jeter could be hurting the Yankees playoff chances, the discord between Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter, and more.
August 29, 2014   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Aguilar is making his presence noticed
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot hitting Jesus Aguilar at Triple-A Columbus and just how potent his bat is, the strides he has made this season and wonders why he is not yet in Cleveland. He also takes a look at the strong pro debut from 17th round pick Cameron Hill and gives some insight into his stuff and ability, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players like Yandy Diaz, Dylan Baker, LeVon Washington and others, and more!
August 29, 2014   (5 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #132: Indians 3, White Sox 2
Carlos Carrasco's brilliant stretch of pitching since returning to the starting rotation continued on Thursday as he held Chicago to just one run over six and two thirds innings. Jason Kipnis extended his dominant play in his hometown as the Windy City while Michael Bourn claimed the league lead in triples with nine. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the Indians' 3-2 victory in Chicago.
August 29, 2014   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: August 28, 2014
Thursday night in the Cleveland organization was highlighted by the old and the new. At this point, Nellie Rodriguez putting up big numbers in Lake County has become old news, as the first baseman has spent most of 2014 doing just that. Casey Shane shutting down the New York-Penn League is new, however, as the 2013 sixth round pick was only recently called up from the Arizona League. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 29, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Phillies president and CEO to take leave of absence
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 Phillies part-owner taking a leave of absence, Indians catcher Yan Gomes could be close to returning to the lineup, Mashahiro Tanaka continues to move forward in his rehab, and more.
August 28, 2014   (1 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Claudio Bautista
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 talk about Claudio Bautista, a position player who has had a strong season at Low-A Lake County but someone that a lot of people may not know much about. What kind of prospect is he? How is his bat and defense? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all the details...
August 28, 2014   (0 comments)
On-Deck With the Captains: 8/22/14-8/27/2014
The Lake County Captains are going to the playoffs. It was a rough first half for the team, so rough that any thought of a playoff bid seemed long gone. Instead, the team bore down and crafted a successful second half, clinching a playoff spot on Aug. 27. The pitching has stepped up and the bats have produced, an obvious recipe for success. Now, the Captains will close the season out at home before they seek a Midwest League championship.

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