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IBI Scoreboard for August 19, 2014
Triple-A
TOL 9
COL 1
Double-A
ALT 7
AKR 2
High-A
FRE 2
CAR 6
Low-A
LC 3
BG 0
DSL
IND 3
DOD 1
August 3, 2014   (15 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #110: Texas 0, Cleveland 2
On a night where Jim Thome was immortalized in bronze, the Cleveland and Texas bats participated in an evening of silence, as the Cleveland Indians found their way back to .500, defeating the Rangers, 2-0. The performance of T.J. House - while brief, proved to be the defining performance of the night. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down T.J. House by presenting another lefty breakout pitcher as a perfect-world projection: the Houston Astros' Dallas Keuchel.
August 3, 2014   (5 comments)
Around The Farm: August 2, 2014
Not every night in the Cleveland organization can be filled with eye-catching performances, as sometimes each team has a collective down night. That was the case Saturday, but while any insane two-homer or nine-inning shutout outings were absent, there were still some interesting performances to behold. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps those performances, including Zach Walters highlighting Around the Farm for the second straight night, and takes you Around the Farm.
August 3, 2014   (4 comments)
House leads Indians to shutout Rangers, 2-0
Two runs on five hits. Talk about a unique way for the current Indians team to honor Jim Thome's No. 25. Well, maybe not exactly, but that would be all the runs and hits the Tribe offense needed Saturday. A two run sixth inning was enough for Cleveland to shutout the Rangers, 2-0 to win their second straight against Texas. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
August 2, 2014   (1 comments)
Cycle just the latest triumph for Jordan Smith in second half
After struggling at the outset of the 2014 campaign, Akron RubberDucks outfielder Jordan Smith has really turned things around in the second half, which included hitting for the cycle last weekend against Reading. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he talks in-depth with Smith as well as manager Dave Wallace about the outfielder's recent success and what he needs to do to maintain it.
August 2, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #109: Texas 2, Cleveland 12
Following up on a surprising two-year trend of beating the Texas Rangers, the Cleveland Indians bounced back from three straight series opener losses with a decisive 12-2 victory over Texas. Taking the hill for Cleveland was Danny Salazar, who threw six innings with only one unearned run scoring. The IBI's John Grimm examine's Salazar's performance, the pitcher's success on Friday, why such success was unlikely, and the positive regression experienced by the Dominican right-hander.
August 2, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: August 1, 2014
Recently acquired infielder Zach Walters made his organizational debut for the Indians on Friday night and had a big game for Triple-A Columbus collecting three hits. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his performance along with all the other performances up and down the Indians system as he goes Around the Farm...
August 2, 2014   (1 comments)
Murphy, Indians offense explode to rout Texas, 12-2
All it takes is a flip of the calendar. With just two months of the regular season remaining on the schedule, the Tribe offense flipped the switch on high to jump-start an important stretch of baseball in August and September that lie ahead. The club exploded for a dozen runs on 16 hits to rout Texas in the series opener, 12-2. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
August 2, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Cliff Lee "likely" lost for season
The Indians got off to a hot start to open up the month of August. Can they keep it rolling on Saturday? 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 Cliff Lee's latest injury, an embattled former closer given his walking papers, a possible target for the Red Sox in the offseason, and more.
August 1, 2014   (7 comments)
The WAR Room: A special, in-depth look at Ramsey & Walters
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. However, today is a special edition of The WAR Room taking a look at Cleveland's deadline acquisitions: James Ramsey and Zach Walters. We have all seen the scouting reports and raw stat lines written about and tweeted, but what do the advanced stats say? Join Jim Piascik as he delves into what the numbers say about the two newest members of the Cleveland organization and takes you into The WAR Room.
August 1, 2014   (4 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Yu-Cheng Chang
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. This week we take a look at a hitter, shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang at rookie level Arizona. What kind of prospect is he? How is his bat and defense? What kind of future does he have? The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some information on all of that and more...
August 1, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #108: Mariners 6, Indians 5
With the fate of their season continuing to hang precariously in the balance, the Tribe entered the eighth inning of Thursday's rubber match against the Mariners with a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately, the battle was won by Mike Zunino as he lined a 2-0 cutter from Bryan Shaw over the left field wall for a two-run homer as Seattle emerged victorious taking two out of three in the series. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the loss.
August 1, 2014   (18 comments)
Around the Farm: July 31, 2014
The trade deadline has come and gone with Cleveland adding to two interesting prospects to their farm system. James Ramsey and Zach Walters will make their organizational debuts in the coming days, but on Thursday, the stage was set for two players on the opposite ends of the prospect spectrum; one at the beginning and one near the end. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Bobby Bradley's season in the Arizona League, Adam Miller's shutdown outing in Akron, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 1, 2014   (6 comments)
McAllister inconsistent again; Mariners edge Indians late, 6-5
As teams bolstered their rosters across the country Thursday, the Indians were busy subtracting players from their big league team, not adding them. It showed on the field in the rubber match with Seattle. Leading Seattle 5-4 in the eighth, right-hander Bryan Shaw served up what became the game-winning homer to Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, as the Mariners edged Cleveland, 6-5. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the loss from the ballpark.
August 1, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Trade deadline passes with flurry of moves
It's officially August and the trading deadline has come and gone. Will the focus for the Indians continue to be to make the playoffs? 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 big trades that occurred at the trading deadline, two injury updates on Tribe players, Cliff Lee's injury on Thursday, and more.
July 31, 2014   (43 comments)
Cabrera for Walters....was it worth it?
Asdrubal Cabrera was a guy who everyone knew would be traded. His expiring deal and the Indians depth at shortstop made it pretty clear he would end the season with another team. Today he was dealt to the Washington Nationals in exchange for infielder Zach Walters. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his flash thoughts on the deal...
July 31, 2014   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2014 Draft: Part 1
Over the course of the next few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will be posting post-draft 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 first edition he looks at Bradley Zimmer, Alexis Pantoja, Jared Robinson, David Armendariz and Jodd Carter.
July 31, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Kime's streaky season continues
The inclement weather doused the Captains week, but the team managed to pick up a trio of wins. It dropped two to the Wiscosin Timber Rattlers and one to the West Michigan Whitecaps, but managed to split with the Beloit Snappers as one game was cancelled due to rain. The Captains now sit 6.5 games back in the second half standings with a 45-62 overall record, the third worst in the Midwest League. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger shares her weekly notebook...
July 31, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #107: Cleveland 2, Seattle 0
The big news out of Cleveland is that Justin Masterson has been traded. While that topic took center stage in the afternoon, the duel between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber highlighted the evening. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his Second Thoughts on the busy day that was Wednesday, analyzing the trade that dominated the afternoon and the pitching matchup that dominated the night.
July 31, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI on Site 1.13
Here is episode number 13 this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI. In this week's show, we head to Lake County where host Hayden Grove talks to IBI creator and lead writer Tony Lastoria about Francisco Lindor's timeline and many other things pertaining to the Indians farm system. He also sits down and talks to 2014 first round pick outfielder Michael Papi and talks about his transition to the pros and more.
July 31, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: July 30, 2014
Duke von Schamann went seven scoreless innings for the RubberDucks. Jesus Aguilar combined a homer, a double, and two walks for the Clippers. Jerrud Sabourin did the same for the Mudcats. But despite a night chock full of elite performances, none topped Tyler Cloyd's no-hitter in Columbus. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps the very busy night in the organization and takes you Around the Farm.

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