With September callups around the corner, one of the possible names being discussed is infielder Jose Ramirez. Ramirez has had an excellent 2013 campaign with the Akron Aeros, and there seems to be a belief that he could immediately help the Major League club as a utility man... But what if he can be more? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses that very notion in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians are coming off an outstanding week as the team went 5-1 and is currently just 1.5 games back in the AL Wildcard race. After weeks like that, it's hard not to believe as the team even won a couple of games that they probably should have lost. Nonetheless, things are now looking up for the Tribe, which is especially positive considering the tough week ahead. Before moving on to this week though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he takes one last look at the week that was in Notes From the Wigwam.
With the Indians just 2.5 games back in the AL Wild Card race, it's clear that this season is far from over. The Tribe will likely stay in contention all through September and a big reason for that is the team's starting rotation. The rotation has been especially impressive, and while it's played a key role in the team's success this year, it will probably play an even bigger role in the team's chances for contention in future years. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders that thought in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
Playing on the road in the MLB is never easy, especially playing on the road on the West Coast, but that is unfortunately the type of road trip that the Cleveland Indians are on right now. The Indians struggled against the Oakland A's this past week, and the team will now face another opponent out west in the Angels. The games will be pivotal as the Tribe remains in the thick of the Wild Card chase. Before tonight's contest though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in Notes From the Wigwam.
While no Indians prospect has seen his stock grow more than Danny Salazar this year, unfortunately no Indians prospect has seen his stock fall more than right-hander Trevor Bauer. Bauer has been somewhat of an enigma as he's struggled with consistency and does not seem to be the near-finished Major League product that the Indians thought they were acquiring. How should the Indians handle him moving forward? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he chimes in on the subject in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The Indians have been a streaky team all season, but they unfortunately chose the wrong time to go on a losing streak as a 1-6 week left them seven games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. In addition to the numerous losses, the week was magnified by the loss of right-hander Corey Kluber to the disabled list. Yep, it was unfortunately one of those weeks for the Indians that we all would like to soon forget. Before moving forward though, let's take one last look at the week that was and join the IBI's Steve Orbanek for his weekly notebook, Notes From the Wigwam.
Despite losing in extra innings, Tribe fans are still buzzing over Danny Salazar's start on Wednesday. The right-hander was electrifying as he struck out 10 batters in over seven innings of work and nearly earned the victory. With his recent success, Salazar has now cemented himself as the team's top pitching prospect, and he is also arguably the team's top pitching prospect in years. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines on the topic in the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
The Indians are fresh off one of their best weeks of the season as the team went 6-1 and swept a four-game series against the White Sox while also winning a three-game set against the Marlins. With last week out of the way, all attention is now turned to the big four-game series against Detroit, which is set to begin tonight. Before that though, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the Tribe's successful week in the IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
Two of the hottest players in the Indians' farm system continued their hot streaks on Saturday as Bryson Myles' hit streak moved to 16 games while Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched one of his best games of the season. Also, Akron's Jesus Aguilar continued to show signs that his power may be returning as he hit his third home run in eight games. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
The MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone, and it ended up being a quiet trade season for the Indians as the team only acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski. Some fans had been clamoring for other moves, but Tribe General Manager Chris Antonetti ultimately decided to make the safe move, which could be better for the long haul. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses the Indians' approach at the deadline in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians had a successful week as they are currently on a four-game win streak and coming of a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers. Despite the strong performance, the Tribe was unable to gain ground on the Tigers as Detroit also had a strong week and went 6-1. Nonetheless, the Tribe now has momentum again that they'll look to carry into this week. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in his weekly notebook, Notes From the Wigwam.
While Mahoning Valley and the AZL Indians were rained out on Saturday, the rest of the Indians' minor league affiliates were in action and there was plenty of action to recap. Second baseman Joseph Wendle had just the latest impressive night in what has turned into an impressive season while Trevor Bauer was on the mound for the Clippers. Carlos Moncrief and Ronny Rodriguez also had nice games for the Aeros. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
The MLB Trade Deadline is less than a week away, which means that there are plenty of rumors as to what the Cleveland Indians should do. Everyone seems to have their own take on who the Tribe should go after, but it's evident that the team is in need of an upgrade. Mark Reynolds has struggled immensely over the past few months, and the IBI's Steve Orbanek returns to Orbiting Cleveland this week to opine that the Indians need to acquire a professional bat to replace Reynolds.
The Cleveland Indians went through a rough patch this past week as the team lost its series against the Kansas City Royals and also dropped the first two games of a four-game series against the Tigers. The bullpen struggled mightily and played a big role in the Indians losses, and there now seem to be some major pitching questions moving forward. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
There was plenty of action to recap Saturday night in the Indians farm system as all the affiliates were in action, and there were also many outstanding performances. Joe Wendle continued his recent tear with a record-setting night at Carolina while Danny Salazar put together his latest brilliant effort on the mound. Plus, Nellie Rodriguez had arguably his finest night as a professional. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
The Indians have had a bit of an underwhelming week so far as the team was fresh off a four-game sweep over the White Sox but scuffled to a 1-2 record against the Royals. The culprit for the tough Kansas City series was the bullpen, which seems to become more and more unstable by the day. Are there any ways that the Tribe can improve the bullpen in order to stay in contention? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders that thought in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
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