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May 5, 2014   (22 comments)
Around the Farm: May 4, 2014
When Dylan Baker went down with an injury just a few games into the season the Indians needed a pitcher to step up and fill his spot well in the High-A Carolina rotation. Right-hander D.J. Brown saw an opportunity, has since taken it, and has more than stepped up and performed well. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his performance as well as a host of others in another edition of Around the Farm.
May 1, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: Milbrath is making some impressive strides
In today’s Minor Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the incredible strides that right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath has made in the organization since being drafted a little over 10 months ago. Tony also talks about catcher Roberto Perez’s improvement, provides some comments from the front office on several of the Indians higher profile pitchers, and provides lots of insight and information on the development so far this season for players like Carlos Moncrief, Joseph Colon, Shawn Morimando, Adam Plutko and others.
May 1, 2014   (3 comments)
Smoke Signals s7e7: West Coast sweep edition
The Indians were 0-for-6 on their recent west coast trip through the state of California. They come home limping with a six game losing streak, an 11-17 record and lots of questions with the roster as the calendar has now flipped to May. The IBI's Tony Lastoria and Jeff Ellis talk about the issues plaguing the Tribe, provide some ugly numbers on their performance and wonder what can be done to right the ship.
April 29, 2014   (3 comments)
The IBI Hot List: 4/21/2014 - 4/27/2014
A day late but never a dollar short, it is time to recap all of the hot and cold performances in the Indians minor league system over the past week. The Hot List showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today’s listing includes 20 players and over 2000 words, and highlights players such as Roberto Perez, Jordan Milbrath, Carlos Moncrief, Michael Peoples and more.
April 29, 2014   (26 comments)
Carrasco removed from rotation, McAllister to start Wednesday
Indians manager Terry Francona informed the media on Monday night that right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been removed from the starting rotation. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some quick thoughts on how things may shake out over the next few days and who fills the vacated fifth spot in the rotation.
April 29, 2014   (11 comments)
Around the Farm: April 28, 2014
Columbus and Carolina were washed out on Monday, but Akron and Lake County played and came through with victories and some impressive performances in the process. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm and takes a look at the nice games from Will Roberts, Anthony Santander and more.
April 28, 2014   (26 comments)
Tribe Happenings: How much longer on Carrasco?
The Indians were swept right out of San Francisco on Sunday and with that their short six-game West Coast trip is off to a rough start. They actually pitched well overall, but some key mistakes in the field and one or two bad pitches did them in. The IBI's Tony Lastoria chimes in with his weekly Happenings column on the Indians and talks about how much longer the Indians can afford to stick with Carlos Carrasco, who comes up to replace Yan Gomes when he leaves for the birth of his child, some concerns with Masterson and more.
April 28, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: April 27, 2014
Triple-A Columbus continues to be the affiliate with some of the most exceptional early season performances, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them in his trip Around the Farm. He talks about the surprising performance of Roberto Perez and the red hot Trevor Bauer, plus rolls through the rest of the system highlighting the good and some bad performances from Sunday.
April 25, 2014   (22 comments)
Determining Value
With another season here, the IBI's Tony Lastoria digs up an article which has been a site favorite for a few years. He talks about the decisions teams make with their prospects and the way they are handled which provides a good idea of how a team values each player in the organization. If you pay attention to how a player is used and how they are moved, you can get a good feel for their prospect value.
April 24, 2014   (13 comments)
Minor Happenings: Is Jose Ramirez trade bait?
In today’s second part of our bi-weekly Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into Triple-A Columbus second baseman Jose Ramirez’s performance, his usage, how he fits onto the Major League roster and how he is being showcased as a potential trade chip. In addition to that he provides several comments from the front office on some players at Low-A Lake County such as Nellie Rodriguez, Jordan Milbrath and others, and provides insight and information on players such as Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, James Roberts, Claudio Bautista and more!
April 23, 2014   (2 comments)
Minor Happenings: Merritt is in complete control
Today in Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing Ryan Merritt has had to date and how his value continues to increase. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina such as Erik Gonzalez, Torsten Boss, Jeremy Lucas, Louis Head and others, looks at the slow start by Cody Anderson and why it is not a big deal, reviews Josh Tomlin’s performance to date, and provides insight and analysis on players like T.J. House, Enosil Tejeda, Michael Peoples, and more!
April 23, 2014   (17 comments)
Around the Farm: April 22, 2014
Columbus had a big night offensively with several players contributing to a blow out win, and on the mound Trevor Bauer put forth another good outing. At Akron and Lake County the hitters continue to remain ice cold early in the season, but Joe Colon and Jordan Milbrath shine once again on the mound. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about those performances and more in another edition of Around the Farm...
April 22, 2014   (2 comments)
Breakout Barometer: Jordan Milbrath
Today we unveil the "Breakout Barometer" for the first time during the 2014 season. This piece will post once or twice a month over the next few months of the season and target prospects that either are in the midst of or on the verge of a breakout campaign. For today’s first piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria felt it best to take a deeper look at one of the more interesting gems from last year’s draft, right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath.
April 22, 2014   (22 comments)
Around the Farm: April 21, 2014
It was a big night of impressive performances Around the Farm for the Cleveland Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details on the big games from Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Merritt, and also runs down several other performances up and down the system from Triple-A Columbus to Low-A Lake County.
April 21, 2014   (6 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Salazar, Carrasco both need to pick it up
In today's Tribe Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the struggles that both Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar have had in the early going and when a change may be needed with one or both of them. He also takes a look at the surprising defensive struggles of Yan Gomes, talks about Jason Giambi's activation and so much more.
April 21, 2014   (3 comments)
The IBI Hot List: 4/14/2014 - 4/20/2014
It is Monday, which means it is time to recap all of the hot and cold performances in the Indians minor league system over the past week. The Hot List posts every Monday and showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today's listing looks at players such as Trevor Bauer, Erik Gonzalez, Robbie Aviles, Anthony Santander, D.J. Brown and many others.
April 21, 2014   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: April 20, 2014
It was a light schedule on Sunday around the Indians minor league system because of Easter Sunday, but one team that was in action was High-A Carolina and they had several very impressive performances on the day. Join the IBI's Tony Lastoria as he takes us Around the Farm to talk about the impressive showing to date of Shawn Morimando and more.
April 17, 2014   (10 comments)
Minor Happenings: Aguilar's timeline to Cleveland is improving
It is the first Minor Happenings of the year! The IBI's Tony Lastoria dives right into things with tons of information on Indians prospects throughout the system. He talks about Jesus Aguilar's start and how the Indians are experimenting with him a little to potentially add more versatility, provides some insight and thoughts on recent pickup Duke von Schamann, provide lots of injury details on all of the walking wounded throughout the system, provides a bevy of comments from the front office on the likes of Kyle Crockett and others, and also tons of insight into players like Trevor Bauer, Giovanny Urshela, Erik Gonzalez, Nellie Rodriguez and more.
April 15, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 10 Indians International prospects
For the first time the Indians top International prospect listing is being posted to the IBI site. Previously only available in his book, the IBI's Tony Lastoria is providing a portion of the best young International prospects the Indians have which many have never seen or heard about. These are the top International players like Leandro Linares, Yandy Diaz, Yu-Chen Chang and so on who are coming stateside for the first time this year or in the near future for the Indians who were not included in the Top 50 or Top 100 listing because they are so new to the organization where they have not played a game or have not really been seen.
April 15, 2014   (18 comments)
Around the Farm: April 14, 2014
The Indians were off on Monday and Triple-A Columbus was postponed due to weather, but there were still three affiliates who stuck it out and played through some tough weather conditions on Monday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the noteworthy performances on the night with special attention to an error-fest in Lake County, the Duke making another impressive appearance with Akron, and more.

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