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August 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Todd Hankins
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 Todd Hankins, a position player who has been around a few years but one 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 14, 2014   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Castillo's big week has people taking notice
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the suddenly hot performance from little known shortstop prospect Ivan Castillo. He breaks him down as a prospect, explains his value, where he needs work and what his future holds. He also provides comments from Ross Atkins on new pickups Zach Walters and James Ramsey plus what the Indians are working on with Zach McAllister in Triple-A. He also provides all the details on the playoff races for all six stateside affiliates, insight and info on players like Joe Wendle, Jerrud Sabourin and Cameron Hill, and much more.
August 14, 2014   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: August 13, 2014
It was a big night Around the Farm in the Indians system. Even though Double-A Akron was rained out, the other five stateside affiliates were in action and three of them played doubleheaders. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the busy night and notes another big outing from lefty Ryan Merritt, first baseman Bobby Bradley extends his hitting streak to 16 games, and more.
August 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2014 Draft: Part 3
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 third edition of this piece he looks at Mike Papi, Micah Miniard, Austin Fisher, Bobby Ison and Nathan Winfrey.
August 13, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: August 12, 2014
It was another rainy night in the organization, with four rainouts (including the big league club). But the rain did not dampen every team and it certainly did not keep Anthony Gallas down. The RubberDucks outfielder has done nothing but impress since being called up to Akron and that was no different Tuesday night. Join Tony Lastoria as he recaps Gallas' night, Danny Salazar's outing, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Pannone showing growth in return to AZL
In this week's first installment of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the development that lefty Thomas Pannone is making out in Arizona. There is a lot to like about him and Tony runs down his stuff, what he is working on and where he is making strides. Tony also provide lots of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina such as Elvis Araujo, Yandy Diaz, Ryan Merritt, Ben Heller and others, and provide lots of insight into the development of Justin Brantley, the plans for Nick Maronde and much more.
August 12, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: August 11, 2014
It was a quiet night Around the Farm as three affiliates had off days and another one was rained out, but there were still lots of good (and some bad) performances of note from the two affiliates that played. The IBI's Tony Lastoria notes the nice progression that right-hander Casey Shane has made this season, Zach McAllister's continued brilliance in Triple-A, and much more.
August 11, 2014   (15 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Cautious optimism after Carrasco outing
Carlos Carrasco pitched a very good game for the Indians in their series finale against the Yankees on Sunday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about why that start was encouraging, why his time in the bullpen may have allowed him to find himself and what we should take out of that start - if anything. He also talks about the recent injury to Nick Swisher and the opportunity to see Zach Walters, the departure of Vinnie Pestano, the continuing struggles of Jason Kipnis and much more...
August 9, 2014   (1 comments)
Carter embracing his opportunity in professional ball
Several new players from the recently completed MLB Draft are started to settle into the Indians minor league system. One of those players is right-handed pitcher Jordan Carter who was selected by the Indians in the 22nd round out of St. Joseph’s University (PA) and signed just a few days after the draft. Tony Lastoria recently spoke to Carter about his debut and the transition to professional ball.
August 8, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Bradley is looking like something "special"
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the surging Bobby Bradley out in Arizona and talks about how “special” he looks and why the Indians are excited about him. He also looks into the strong season to date from lefty Sean Brady, the suddenly red hot Francisco Miguel in Arizona, the quality season Duke von Schamann has put forth, provides tons of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron like Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Anthony Gallas, Shawn Armstrong, Joe Colon and more!
August 7, 2014   (0 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Louis Head
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 the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to focus in on an upper level pitcher who has really come on strong the last two seasons and established himself as one of the Indians better bullpen prospects. That person is Louis Head. Tony provides the details on his stuff, how good he is, what he is working on, his future and much more...
August 6, 2014   (3 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2014 Draft: Part 2
Over the course of the next few 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 second edition he looks at Justus Sheffield, Steven Patterson, Jordan Dunatov, Jordan Carter and David Speer.
August 5, 2014   (1 comments)
Stories from the Past: Q&A with Johnny Goryl
Probably the most fascinating person in the entire Cleveland Indians organization to talk to is Johnny Goryl. He is not a Hall of Famer, was never an All Star and spent limited time in the big leagues as a player, but what makes him so interesting is his long tenure in the game as this season marks his 64th year in the game. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares a lot of unique stories and experiences and talks about some of his most memorable moments in the game over the years.
August 5, 2014   (12 comments)
Around the Farm: August 4, 2014
Half of the Indians stateside affiliates were off on Monday as Akron, Carolina and Arizona all had scheduled off days. Of the three affiliates in action, right-hander Jordan Carter impressed the most with his good outing for Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his performance and more as he goes Around the Farm in the Indians system...
August 4, 2014   (14 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians are running out of time with McAllister
Time is running out for Zach McAllister and the Indians. Not only time on this season, but next season as well. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about how the Indians are in almost the same situation with McAllister now as they were this time last year with Carlos Carrasco. He also talks about the Cabrera and Masterson trades, takes a look at the 2015 Indians roster and their needs, ponders a potential DL assignment for Nick Swisher, and more.
August 4, 2014   (18 comments)
Around the Farm: August 3, 2014
Triple-A Columbus infielder Zach Walters continues to impress in the early going since the Indians acquired him last week from the Cardinals in exchange for Justin Masterson. The Indians really like Walters, and you can see why on days like Sunday when he mashes two homers. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the impressive showing for Walters and much more as he takes us Around the Farm....
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...
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 29, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: July 28, 2014
The Indians were off on Monday, but the farm system was busy with several good performances all around. Dorssys Paulino capped off a dramatic come-from-behind Captains win with a walkoff homer, Brian Ruiz continues to hit, and Bobby Bradley continued his assault on the Arizona League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps those performances and more as he goes Around the Farm...
July 28, 2014   (27 comments)
Tribe Happenings: To buy or sell, that is the question
The MLB trade deadline is only three days away. The Indians suffered through a tough 5-6 road trip to start the second half of the season, a trip that started with so much promise but ended with so much frustration. But even with the poor showing they are still only 3.5 games out of a playoff spot with two months to play. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides his thoughts on if the Indians should by or sell, what they even have to sell, how Carlos Santana has been the best hitter in the AL for two months and more.

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