After a night off on Monday with two rainouts and two scheduled off-days, the Indians minor league teams were back in action on Tuesday night and there were some big performances. Jesus Aguilar had a big night at the plate, Dylan Baker was perfect in his season debut, Michael Bourn made his second rehab appearance, and much more...
Unfortunately for the Clippers their season hasn't exactly started off with a bang. After two rainouts Columbus is 0-4 going into their second series of the season. Join the IBI's Adrienne Robbins as she takes us Sailing with the Clippers in our weekly Triple-A Columbus notebook.
A new season brings new faces and new contributions from the top and bottom of the lineup. Outfielders David Murphy and Nyjer Morgan are two of those new faces, as both are quickly making names for themselves in their new city. Behind a quality outing from starter Corey Kluber, the Indians found themselves back in the win column Tuesday night, defeating the Padres, 8-6. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
The amount of elbow injures to pitchers this season has become extremely alarming. 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 potentially devastating injury for Matt Moore, the Giants putting an end to extension talks with Kung Fu Panda, and more.
Today we move on to the left-handed starting pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. Since drafting and developing C.C. Sabathia the Indians have not had a lot of success over the last 15 or so years in the left-handed pitching department - be it starting or relieving. While they still have a long way to go, things on that front may be changing as they have a few very promising left-handed arms in the lower levels and for the first time in a few years there are some legitimate upside left-handed starting pitching prospects throughout the organization. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and includes scouting reports on them as well.
The Akron RubberDucks made it through their rain soaked first week at .500, splitting a four-game series with the Binghamton Mets. Strong performances from top prospects like Francisco Lindor, Cody Anderson, and Joe Wendle led the way during the RubberDucks' first week, but that was far from the whole story. Join Jim Piascik as he bids adieu to the old Akron "Launching off with the Aeros" notebook and introduces the new edition: Burning Tread with the RubberDucks.
Although Monday's game was washed away, we are now officially a week into the season, the Indians having played six games thus far. While the IBI's Kevin Dean is not taking much stock in any six-game stretch (especially the first one of the year), there are still observations worth making, and he shares them in today's Second Thoughts.
Rain, rain, go away! 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 extension talks between Pablo Sandoval and the Giants, Tommy Hanson finding a new home, and more.
Today we move on to the right-handed starting pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. It is no secret that the Indians have really struggled to draft and develop good starting pitching over the past two decades or so, but things look to be on the up as they have a good mixture of interesting upper level right-handed starters worth keeping an eye on as well as several high upside young, raw arms in the lower levels of the system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the Top 15 right-handed starting pitching prospects with scouting reports for names like Anderson, Plutko, Milbrath, Sulser, Colon, Peoples and more.
Despite winning their first home opener since 2008, the Indians pitching woes turned out to be too much for the offense to overcome, even after they scored seven runs on Sunday. Justin Masterson struggled with command as he gave up six runs (five earned) in three and two-thirds innings. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the Twins taking the series with a 10-7 win.
The Indians continue to get good performances from a few of their top prospects in the early going, and have also had some lesser prospects contribute as well. In today's trip Around the Farm, the IB's Tony Lastoria takes a look at some hot days at the plate from Jesus Aguilar and Joey Wendle as well as some nice performances on the mound by Cole Sulser and others.
The Indians completed a minor trade on Sunday and acquired more Minor League pitching depth. 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 Tommy John surgery trend now trickling down to top prospects, a potential injury for Yasiel Puig, and more.
It was a rocky roller coaster ride that left your head spinning. A very winnable series turned sour Sunday, as Indians starters continue to struggle early on in 2014. After an up and down seesaw battle, Minnesota edged the Tribe, 9-7 to win the three-game weekend series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
The college baseball season is entering its third month, and things are definitely starting to shape up. The top talents on both the high school and college level are asserting themselves, while other players are sliding some. Maybe it is just because of how weak last year was, but every week Jeff Ellis is more and more impressed by this class. Join Jeff as he releases his third mock draft.
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!