August 1, 2014 (4 comments)
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)
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)
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)
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.
July 28, 2014 (16 comments)
Fresh off a player hitting for the cycle just a week earlier, the Indians got another one in their system on Sunday from the hot bat of outfielder Jordan Smith. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps Smith's impressive showing on the day and his clutch hit in the ninth which not only gave him the cycle but a RubberDucks win.....and Tony also recaps all of the other action Around the Farm...
July 26, 2014 (3 comments)
High-A Carolina right-handed pitcher Clayton Cook is someone who came out of high school with good prospect pedigree when the Indians selected him in the ninth round of the 2008 Draft. He quickly asserted himself as one of the Indians best young pitching prospects, but early in the 2012 season some persistent pain in his right shoulder changed his career outlook like the snap of a finger. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently spoke to him about his comeback...
July 25, 2014 (7 comments)
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. We kick things off with High-A Carolina right-handed reliever Ben Heller who is having a fantastic season and has vaulted himself up the prospect charts for the Indians. What does he throw? How good is his stuff? What is he working on? What kind of future does he have? The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some information on all of that and more...
July 24, 2014 (5 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the emergence of Sean Brady who is another good lefty starting pitching prospect for the Indians in the lower levels of the minors. He also talks about the early impressions that catcher Francisco Mejia has left so far this season, the Dominican Summer League sensation Gabriel Mejia, provides a ton of quotes from the Indians front office on players like Ryan Merritt, Cody Anderson, Yandy Diaz, Tyler Holt and others, and also provides some insight and information on players like Gabriel Arias, Jordan Smith, Clint Frazier, Taylor Murphy, and more!
July 23, 2014 (17 comments)
The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching. With just over a week until the deadline passes, teams are already making deals to fill needs and there will sure to be more in the upcoming days. The Indians are one of those teams looking to make a deal and add a player to jump start the team. But who do the Indians have to trade that teams would want? That's where the IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in to provide a deep list of players and provides insight into why teams like them and why the Indians would or would not trade them.
July 22, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians have a lot of young, talented pitchers scattered throughout the lower levels of their organization and the one with the most upside of them all might be Low-A left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk to the talented lefty and notes the strides he has made this season...
July 22, 2014 (11 comments)
It was a rough night for the Indians top four minor league affiliates as they totaled just four runs in the four games between them; however, there were a lot of interesting performances throughout the system and there was some big news as well. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm and talks about the promotion of top prospect Francisco Lindor to Columbus.
July 21, 2014 (6 comments)
The Indians lone All Star representative outfielder Michael Brantley is having a season to remember in his breakout campaign with the Indians, and it may end up leading to an MVP season for him. The IBI's Tony Lastoria returns this week and discusses Brantley's MVP candidacy, the Indians struggles against left-handed pitching, the shuffling of arms in the rotation and what that means, and much more.
July 21, 2014 (21 comments)
The Indians got a big night from two players at different ends of the prospect spectrum on Sunday. They got an impressive performance from the veteran Tyler Holt in Triple-A Columbus, but got an even more impressive showing from Francisco Mejia who is a fast rising star in Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their day and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
July 12, 2014 (1 comments)
Very few players come along in the minor leagues who are viewed as special in one particular skill. Lots of players are above average or considered “plus” with a certain skill, but few have what is considered an elite bat or elite arm. The Indians happen to have a couple of players in their system with elite skills or intangibles, but one player who has really come onto the scene and really stands out is catcher Francisco Mejia.
July 11, 2014 (3 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria reviews the season that Low-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez is having to date and the development process he has gone through with his coaches to bring more consistency to his bat. He also provides an absolute ton of comments from Ross Atkins on players up and down the system such as Giovanny Urshela, Ryan Merritt, Shawn Morimando, Clint Frazier, Eric Haase, Francisco Mejia, and many more.
July 8, 2014 (2 comments)
In today’s early week edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down all of the injuries throughout the Indians minor league system and provides updates on the status of the players and when they might be returning to the field. He also takes a look at the recent good pitching from High-A Carolina reliever Rob Nixon, provide tons of comments from the front office on several players at Triple-A Columbus who have recently been called up (Tyler Holt and Roberto Perez) or soon will be (Giovanny Urshela, Bryan Price, etc), and much more.
July 8, 2014 (10 comments)
Jake Lowery is starting to put things together in Akron. Bradley Zimmer may be on the move to Lake County with Mike Papi set to be in uniform on Tuesday with Mahoning Valley. Bobby Bradley continues to impress in his pro debut in Arizona. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about all that and more as he recaps the night Around the Farm....
July 7, 2014 (22 comments)
In today's Tribe Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the latest setback for Michael Bourn and how his injury may be more mental than physical at this point. He also takes a look at the magical season that just elected All Star outfielder Michael Brantley is having and why he should be in the MVP discussion, why Corey Kluber deserves to be an All Star but probably won't be getting a contract extension anytime soon, and more.
July 7, 2014 (19 comments)
The fireworks from the Fourth of July came to an end over the weekend, but Low-A Lake County infielder Grant Fink provided some of his own fireworks with a big day offensively. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his extraordinary performances, talks about Bryan Price's rise in the system, Anthony Gallas' hot bat and much more.
July 4, 2014 (3 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent surge in performance at Triple-A for right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar, how his stuff has looked and if he is getting back into the form that impacted the Indians roster late last season. He takes a deep look into the breakout performance at Double-A Akron for outfielder Anthony Gallas, what it means and what has changed for him. He also provides some insight into the turnaround for Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, looks at the biggest change to Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez’s approach and more.