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August 17, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: Ramsey surging in Columbus
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters, including James Ramsey's red-hot debut in Columbus. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you an abbreviated version of The WAR Room, with all of the advanced stats of Cleveland's minor leaguers you could want.
August 15, 2014   (16 comments)
Around the Farm: August 14, 2014
It is amazing how quickly things can change in baseball. In the immediate aftermath of the trade deadline, it was Zach Walters destroying opposing pitching while James Ramsey struggled. Well, another week made a huge difference, as now Ramsey is destroying opposing pitching too, just like he did Thursday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Ramsey's debut to date, Anderson Polanco's encouraging results in Lake County, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 10, 2014   (6 comments)
The WAR Room: Bidding farewell to Vinnie Pestano
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers, including a look at what the Angels are getting in Vinnie Pestano. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Pestano's encouraging minor league performance and the rest of the stats from around the organization as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 10, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: August 9, 2014
The story really has not changed much for Moncrief this season, as after a rough first two months from an overall performance standpoint, the 25-year-old has started getting better results without fixing his plate discipline. That still remains true, as evidenced by Moncrief's performance Saturday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Moncrief's season and the action throughout the minor league system as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 9, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: August 8, 2014
Cody Anderson put together a pretty good comeback performance Friday night, returning to the mound and putting up four perfect innings. Up in Columbus, Giovanny Urshela was not on the comeback trail, but he was continuing to put up big stats in his breakout season. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Anderson and Urshela's nights and the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 8, 2014   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: August 7, 2014
James Ramsey did not get off to the best start in his Cleveland career, but he did his best to erase those first five games Thursday night. Meanwhile, farther south, Logan Vick continued his Carolina renaissance as he keeps benefiting from some good fortune after some wretched BABIP luck earlier in the season. Finally, even farther south and out to the west, Sicnarf Loopstok did his best to force a season's worth of performance into two games. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all this and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 7, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: August 6, 2014
No matter how many times it is said, patience is really the name of the game when it comes to prospects. Even when it comes to a second round pick like Mitch Brown, jumping ship after fewer than two full professional seasons makes no sense. Brown may not be a finished product, but most prospects are not; otherwise they would be in the major leagues. Prospects in Brown's position are looking for growth and he has definitely shown that this year. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Brown's dominant outing, LeVon Washington's offensive outburst, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 3, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: Lindor, Gonzalez adjusting well to new levels
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters. In particular, Jim Piascik focuses on the success Francisco Lindor and Erik Gonzalez have found since their respective promotions to Columbus and Akron. Join Jim as he goes in-depth on the advanced stats for Cleveland's minor leaguers and takes you into The WAR Room.
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   (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.
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.
July 27, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: Brown coming around in Lake County
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers, including Mitch Brown. Brown is finding some strong success in Lake County this year, a very positive step for the 2012 second round pick's development. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Brown's season to date and the rest of the pitchers in the system as he takes you into The WAR Room.
July 25, 2014   (6 comments)
Around The Farm: July 24, 2014
Corey Kluber's dominant outing at the major league level may be (rightfully) getting most of the attention today, but the organization's starter one level down also made some noise Thursday. Toru Murata may not be having the best year, but you could not tell Thursday as the right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Murata's big night, takes a look at Carlos Moncrief's plate discipline this season, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 24, 2014   (18 comments)
Around the Farm: July 23, 2014
Though the lower levels of the minors are more about development than raw results, it is always great to see a top prospect putting up strong numbers down in Lake County. Clint Frazier has pulled that off of late, surging in a big way in the second half of the season. He was at it again Wednesday, so Jim Piascik broke down his performance compared to another first round pick who went through Lake County recently, Francisco Lindor. Join Jim as he recaps Frazier's night and all the action from the minor league side as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 20, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: A trio of Clippers look major league ready
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters. In particular, Jim Piascik looks at the impressive seasons of Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez, and Giovanny Urshela, all of whom look ready to contribute in Cleveland. Join Jim as he writes about all that and more and takes you into The WAR Room.
July 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Frazier's surge an encouraging sign
In today’s Minor Happenings, Jim Piascik fills in for Tony and take a look at High-A Carolina pitcher Adam Plutko's adjustment to the level after a stellar debut in Lake County. He also breaks down Clint Frazier's recent surge and how the 2013 first round pick has progressed this season. Finally, Jim talked to Double-A Akron RubberDucks pitching coach Jeff Harris about Cody Anderson and the adjustments he is making, Joe Colon and his approach to pitching, and much more.
July 18, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: July 17, 2014
Major League Baseball decided to take Thursday off, but that was not the case in the minors. Every Cleveland affiliate was in action Thursday, filling the baseball gap in our lives very well. Jim Piascik recaps all the action, featuring this year's 10th round pick, Steven Patterson, reaching base seven (seven!) times, Danny Salazar's latest Columbus start, and much more. Join Jim as he takes you Around the Farm
July 17, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Midseason Top 30 Prospects, part two
Welcome to IBI's midseason top 30 prospect rankings. Now that we are at the All-Star break and more than half of the way through the minor league season, Jim Piascik is re-ranking the top prospects in Cleveland's system, including the risers, the fallers, those who stayed steady, and the newly drafted. Join Jim in part two of his rankings, where he breaks down #15 through #1.
July 17, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: July 16, 2014
The organization had a few All-Stars in action Wednesday night, though none really had a stellar performance that stood out. The same could be said for Carolina third baseman Yandy Diaz, though the bigger picture is much more encouraging when it comes to the 22-year-old. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Diaz's debut season to date, updates you on a few rehabbing players in Arizona, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 16, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Midseason Top 30 Prospects, part one
Welcome to IBI's midseason top 30 prospect rankings. Now that we are at the All-Star break and more than half of the way through the minor league season, Jim Piascik is re-ranking the top prospects in Cleveland's system, including the risers, the fallers, those who stayed steady, and the newly drafted. Join Jim in part one of his rankings, where he breaks down those who fell just short in addition to #30 through #16.

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