The Indians have not shied away from frustrating moments to start the year. 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 more drama surrounding the ESPN article revolving around the worth of some big free agents, Joe Blanton leaving the A's Triple-A club, and more.
To start off The WAR Room, Jim Piascik will be going back to 2013 and going over last year's performances. Ideally this is something that would happen in the offseason, but since he was not able to compute these stats until now, they have to run now. Join Jim as he goes over the 2013 Columbus Clippers pitchers, including Trevor Bauer's year to forget, T.J. House's rising profile, and much more.
For the Cleveland Indians and the fandom that follows them, Saturday's 12-6 victory was an oasis in what has been an offensive desert of a start. The team's offense finally broke out of a week long slump and piled up 12 runs on 12 hits, though the starting pitching continues to be inconsistent. The IBI's John Grimm looks at the rotation's performance to date and offers up some evidence that things may not be as bad as they seem....
All four Indians' affiliates were back in action on Saturday afternoon, and with that several of the Indians hopefuls of the future had a chance to shine. Ryan Rohlinger and Jerrud Sabourin were perfect at the plate on the night, and Dorssys Paulino and Paul Hendrix had big nights at the plate. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm......
It wasn't pretty, but at least the Indians salvaged a win Saturday in Chicago. 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 Nationals losing their third baseman, the Cardinals extending their GM, and more.
The Akron RubberDucks debuted their new name and logo at Canal Park Thursday night, playing in front of their home crowd for the first time. Since the vast majority of IBI's readership probably was not there, Jim Piascik captured many of the sights of the spectacle, which you can see inside. Join Jim as he takes you through a day at Canal Park and the 2014 RubberDucks home opener.
As tempting as it is to indulge in the frenzy of panic that tends to emerge after losses - or steep oneself in the intoxicating thrill of victory - it's frequently more useful to try to find the good in losses and the bad in wins. In this vein, John Grimm gives his Second Thoughts on Friday night's loss to the White Sox, looking at the early struggles of Carlos Carrasco, Asdrubal Cabrera's clutchness, and more.
It was an exciting night in Akron. Not only did the fans get to see two rehabbing big leaguers in Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi play, but they also got a chance to see future shortstop Francisco Lindor send everyone home happy with a walkoff homer. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm and highlights some of the notable good and bad performances on the night.
It's finally 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 two investigations in Major League Baseball, Randy Wolf finds a new home, and more.
Today we move on to the left-handed relief pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. Like with the right-handed relievers, this is a tough position to rank because lefty relievers can be scarce in a farm system for a variety of reasons. At the moment the Indians have a solid one-two punch in Cleveland in Marc Rzepczynski and Josh Outman and have them backed up with Nick Hagadone in Columbus, but they have some legitimate prospect depth behind them to fill a need if any of the above trio get hurt, under perform, or leave the team in free agency or trade. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the options and provides scouting reports and insight on names like Crockett, Barnes, Polanco, Soto, Pannone and Araujo.
All good things must come to an end and such was the case for the Indians' 14-game win streak against the White Sox. Of course, with no Jason Giambi to summon from the bench, the task was somewhat tougher. Despite Danny Salazar making history, it was pretty much the Jose Abreu show on Thursday as he clubbed a pair of home runs. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Thursday's 7-3 loss.
As a soon-to-be 24-year-old just now debuting at Double-A, Joe Wendle is bound to have some questions about his future. So far in 2014, Wendle is doing what he does best to answer those questions -- hitting -- and Thursday night was no different. Joining Wendle is a catcher in Lake County continuing his development, some rough pitching performances throughout the system, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around the Farm.
Spring has sprung in Northeast Ohio! 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 Michael Bourn, White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is done for the year, and more.
The 2014 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!