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October 26, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Columbus hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Columbus Clippers. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik breaking down the plethora of major league options who spent time in Columbus and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
October 25, 2014   (4 comments)
Analyzing Cleveland’s draft history: A surprisingly decent 2003
An often repeated phrase surrounding Cleveland baseball over the past two decades regards how poor the organization has fared in the draft. But exactly how bad has Cleveland been? And how do they stack up against the rest of baseball? Join Jim Piascik as he continues his series of analyzing Cleveland’s draft history with the 2003 draft, which turned out to be a surprisingly decent haul for the organization when compared to the rest of Major League Baseball.
October 24, 2014   (40 comments)
Picking up Aviles’ option goes beyond the numbers
Strictly based on the numbers, Cleveland exercising utility man Mike Aviles’ $3.5 million option for 2015 makes no sense. Going beyond the surface numbers, however, shows why the move is defensible. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Aviles’ hidden value to the organization and why picking up his option makes more sense than it appears on first glance.
October 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: October 23, 2014
Another day, another set of Giovanny Urshela hits. The breakout 2014 season of Urshela just continues to roll on, with the third baseman destroying the pitching of the Venezuelan Winter League. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps yet another big Urshela night, discusses the winter ball debut of two prospects in the Dominican Republic, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 23, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 22, 2014
Sometimes the significance of a performance goes beyond the numbers in the box score. That was the case for Yoiber Marquina Wednesday, as the 18-year-old made his offseason debut in Venezuela. While the inning he pitched was not clean, his presence on the mound itself means something. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Marquina’s appearance and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 19, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Columbus pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Columbus Clippers. This week we focus on the pitchers, with Jim Piascik breaking down the myriad of major league-ready arms that pitched for the Clippers this past season as he takes you into The WAR Room.
October 18, 2014   (8 comments)
Evaluating the opposition: The 2015 Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth straight year without a championship, as one of the clearest teams in win-now mode fell short yet again. Now, with Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez headed for free agency and the Kansas City Royals playing deep into the playoffs, there seems to be a train of thought emerging that the Tigers' window is closing. Such an event would be welcome news for Cleveland, but Jim Piascik does not think it is true. Join Jim to find out why after the jump.
October 17, 2014   (15 comments)
Around the Farm: October 16, 2014
We have no way of knowing the future, but right now, it looks like the 2014 season may become known among Cleveland fans as the year Giovanny Urshela solidified himself as a major league option and long-term solution for the organization. The third baseman started that process during the regular season, but he has not let up on it in winter ball. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Urshela’s night and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 16, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 15, 2014
Baseball in the offseason leagues kept chugging along Wednesday night, with most of the familiar faces from the past week or so in action. Though there were no truly standout performances, the theme of the night was redemption, with a pair of Arizona Fall League pitchers rebounding from rough outings. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all the action from across the globe and takes you Around the Farm.
October 13, 2014   (6 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the eighth and final installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out which minor leaguers caught their eyes and who came out on top.
October 12, 2014   (2 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Akron hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Akron RubberDucks. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik breaking down the solid seasons of Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, and Joey Wendle, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
October 12, 2014   (6 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Best New Addition
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the seventh installment of the IBI Awards, the Best New Addition. Cleveland was hurt in 2014 by drop-offs from quite a few established players but one thing that kept the team in the race throughout the season were the new additions to the team. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out who IBI rated as the best of this bunch of new faces.
October 11, 2014   (2 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Surprising Player
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the sixth installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Surprising Player. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to see which surprises (both positive and negative) impressed them in 2014.
October 10, 2014   (5 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Valuable Reliever
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the fifth installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Valuable Reliever. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to see how the voting on the bullpen shaped up after the jump.
October 10, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 9, 2014
The Venezuelan Winter League got underway last night, the first international winter ball league in action. A few Cleveland players (past and present) were in action, but none topped what Francisco Lindor did in the Arizona Fall League, as the shortstop put on a show. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all the action from across the globe on Thursday and takes you Around the Farm.
October 9, 2014   (20 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Least Valuable Pitcher
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the fourth installment of the IBI Awards, the Least Valuable Pitcher. There was some debate at the top of the list, but in the end, one pitcher stood alone. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to see the results after the jump.
October 9, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 8, 2014
Night two in the Arizona Fall League lost a bit of its glamour with Francisco Lindor sitting on the bench, but that did not mean the night was boring. We all know Jordan Smith’s previous problems with power, but that was not present Wednesday. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Smith’s power outburst and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 8, 2014   (9 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Least Valuable Hitter
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the third installment of the IBI Awards, the Least Valuable Hitter. Unlike in the voting for Most Valuable Hitter and Most Valuable Pitcher, the vote was not unanimous, so join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to see the results after the jump.
October 7, 2014   (10 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Valuable Pitcher
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the second installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Valuable Pitcher. Just like in the Most Valuable Hitter, a singular name stood out. To see where everyone not named Corey Kluber ranked, join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI after the jump.
October 6, 2014   (5 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Valuable Hitter
Welcome to the third installment of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the first installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Valuable Hitter. Unsurprisingly, one name stood above the rest, but to see how the rest of the votes fell out, join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI after the jump.

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