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August 27, 2013   (13 comments)
Breaking down the September callup options for the Indians
The Indians players enjoyed a much needed off day on Monday, but the organization was still hard at work in the offices at Progressive Field and on site at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus evaluating September callup options for the stretch run. Tony checks in and goes through a list of 21 players at Akron and Columbus that are being considered for callups and provides insight into why they will or won't be called up by the Indians. Will Jose Ramirez fill a utility role? Does Jesus Aguilar get called up? What about Kyle Crockett or Bryan Price? He answers all of that and more in his latest...
 
August 27, 2013   (0 comments)
Indians participants named for Arizona Fall League
On Tuesday the Indians announced that four position players have been named to the Arizona Fall League. Outfielder Tyler Naquin, second baseman Joey Wendle, catcher Jake Lowery and infielder/catcher Tony Wolters were all named to the team.
 
August 25, 2013   (10 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Ice cold bats are holding the Indians back
The Indians are right in the thick of the playoff race in the American League, but the offense in August has gone thud and prevented them from making a serious move in the standings. Tony takes a look at the monstrous struggles for the offense in August and also takes a deeper look at the AL playoff race, the release of Diasuke Matsuzaka, the eventual return of Josh Tomlin, the signing of David Cooper and much more.
 
August 25, 2013   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: August 24, 2013
The early returns from the 2013 Draft have been there for the Indians, and while lefty Kenny Mathews struggled on Saturday night for Mahoning Valley he has been impressive early on in his pro debut. Tony fills in for Around the Farm and notes the good start to Mathews' career and several of the other good and not so good performances on the night.
 
August 23, 2013   (2 comments)
Minor Happenings: Frazier's start is great, but caution needed
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the impressive pro debut by Clint Frazier out in Arizona, where he is excelling/struggling, and where the numbers can also be misleading. He also provides several comments from the front office on some lesser talked about players at Lake County such as Luis Morel, Jeremy Lucas, Richard Stock, Joe Sever and others, and provides insight into Jose Ramirez’s big league future, Francisco Lindor’s season being over, the breakout year for Erik Gonzalez and much more.
 
August 20, 2013   (1 comments)
Minor Happenings: Baker is shooting up the ranks
In this week’s opening Minor Happenings salvo, Tony takes a look at the excitement that is brewing with Low-A Lake County right-handed pitching prospect Dylan Baker and why he is one of the Indians best pitching prospects. He also provides several comments from Ross Atkins on players at Double-A Akron such as Tyler Holt, Carlos Moncrief, Will Roberts and others, and provides lots of insight into the development of Jesus Aguilar, Luis DeJesus, Caleb Hamrick, Sean Brady, Jorge Martinez and others.
 
August 20, 2013   (3 comments)
Indians release Diasuke Matsuzaka
The Indians announced on Tuesday morning that Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Diasuke Matsuzaka requested and was granted his release from his minor league contract with the Indians. He is now a free agent.
 
August 16, 2013   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Smith is improving, but swing needs work
In today’s week ending edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at High-A Carolina outfield prospect Jordan Smith who continues to make incremental progress and has the skills but has a few things he is still working on before he is taken more seriously as a prospect. In addition to that he provides some comments from Ross Atkins on how the organization prioritizes prospects for trades as well as comments on several players at Carolina and Lake County, plus he provides insight into the development of Paolo Espino, Kyle Crockett, Ryan Merritt, Luis Lugo and others.
 
August 13, 2013   (9 comments)
Indians sign free agent first baseman David Cooper
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent first baseman David Cooper to a minor league contract. The deal also includes an opt out if he is not added to the major league roster by the end of August.
 
August 13, 2013   (4 comments)
Minor Happenings: Aviles is sill finding his way, but is improving
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the strides that Lake County right-hander Robbie Aviles is making but also looks at the warning signs of possible trouble up ahead with him. He also provides several comments from the front office on High-A Carolina players such as Joe Colon, Tony Wolters, Louis Head, Nick Pasquale, Bryson Myles and others, provides the whereabouts of Adam Plutko and why he is not pitching, and has a detailed infirmary report on just about every injured player in the minors.
 
August 12, 2013   (8 comments)
IBI Inbox: Don't give up on the Tribe just yet
Thanks to a six game losing streak the Indians went from within striking distance of the AL Central lead and leading the AL wildcard race to a longshot in the division and four games out in the wildcard race. But Tony says it is not time to jump ship. He answers that question plus others about Yan Gomes' future as a backstop in Cleveland, extensions for players, lefty relief options, and much more in his latest IBI Inbox.
 
August 11, 2013   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: August 10, 2013
Triple-A Columbus lefty T.J. House led the way in the Indians system on Saturday night with a stellar eight inning outing. He is on quite a role of late, and Tony checks in and talks about his outing as well as the good performances from Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez, Bryson Myles, Clint Frazier and tons more.
 
August 10, 2013   (4 comments)
Minor Happenings: Aguilar is beginning to show some thunder
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the quiet but good season that Double-A Akron first baseman Jesus Aguilar has had, what improvements he has made, what kind of impact he could have in Cleveland and when he could arrive in the big leagues. He also discusses the emergence of Joseph Colon as a legit starting pitching prospect, the kind of prospect Nellie Rodriguez is, provide tons of quotes from the front office on Akron players such as Kyle Crockett, Jeff Johnson, Jake Lowery and others, and more!
 
August 9, 2013   (0 comments)
Carrasco called up, Guilmet send back to Columbus
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they gave recalled right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco and have optioned right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Columbus.
 

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