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August 25, 2012   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: August 24, 2012
For as outstanding as Jordan Smith has been this season for the Captains, there has really only been one criticism: power or lack thereof. However, on Friday, the left-handed hitting Smith put together a "powerful" performance. Plus, Jacob Lee continues to impress for the Scrappers, and Jesus Aguilar hits his second bomb in three games. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
August 25, 2012   (0 comments)
AZL Indians fall 11-4 to Brewers
Despite an early lead, the AZL Indians could not avoid the big inning, and fell 11-4 to the AZL Brewers Friday.
August 24, 2012   (4 comments)
A vote of confidence for Manny Acta
With the Indians in the midst of an 8-game losing streak, whispers can be heard that Manny Acta could soon be gone as the Indians' skipper. Acta even addressed that issue following the Indians 3-1 defeat to Seattle Wednesday. But IPI's Steve Orbanek believes that Acta should not shoulder all the blame, and he even gives Acta his own vote of confidence.
August 22, 2012   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: August 21, 2012
Ronny Rodriguez continues to play above his head at High-A Carolina. On Tuesday night, the 20-year-old infielder launched his 17th home run of the 2012 campaign. Plus, Tim Fedroff finally starts to get out of his recent funk by putting together a solid two-hit performance with the Clippers. Jesus Aguilar also seems to be starting to pick up steam with the Aeros, and Hector Rondon makes his return to the mound for the first time in almost a year. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm after the jump.
August 18, 2012   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: August 17, 2012
For much of the year, Danny Salazar has been held to a very strict pitch count. Fresh off of Tommy John surgery, the Indians obviously want to be cautious of the young right-hander's innings count. On Friday, however, Salazar might have just pitched his best start yet. Plus, Thomas Neal continues to annihilate Double-A pitching. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm after the jump.
August 15, 2012   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: August 14, 2012
Who is the top shortstop prospect in the Tribe's farm system? With every passing day, Dorssys Paulino is making a case that he deserves to be right up there with Francisco Lindor. Tuesday was no different as the 17-year-old Paulino might have just had his best offensive performance yet. Plus, the New York-Penn League hosted its 2012 All-Star Game, and a slew of Scrappers were there to participate. IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm after the jump...
August 9, 2012   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game #111 - Indians 6, Twins 2
Every streak has to come to an end. Even for the Cleveland Indians. Losers of 11 straight, it did not look good for the Tribe heading into Wednesday's third and final game in a three game series with the Minnesota Twins. Thankfully, outstanding pitching coupled with some nice, timely hitting helped the Indians avoid tying a franchise record for futility.
August 4, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: August 3, 2012
With Ezequiel Carrera and Vinny Rottino's promotions to Cleveland, could that pave the way for Thomas Neal to receive a promotion to Columbus? His numbers certainly suggest so. Also, Jeanmar Gomez has shown two very different sides of himself since being demoted to Columbus? So, which Gomez was on display Friday night? Take a look after the jump...
July 31, 2012   (18 comments)
Indians acquire first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson
It might not be the blockbuster deal many fans were hoping for, but the Cleveland Indians were able to make some noise (more like a whisper) before Tuesday's trade deadline. The Indians acquired first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Double-A starting pitcher Steven Wright.
July 28, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: July 27, 2012
Night after night, two particular Columbus outfield prospects continue to hit and hit. Their recent streak would have to come to an end sometime, right? What about Friday? Take a look for yourself after the jump.
July 27, 2012   (16 comments)
Internal errors
No one ever said it was easy to be the general manager of a Major League ball club. Just days before the 2012 MLB trade deadline, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti finds himself the subject of major scrutiny as he tried to acquire and arm and bat. But what about the internal options to improve the club that have largely gone ignored? Steve Orbanek opines...
July 21, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: July 20, 2012
Jacob Lee has been mightily impressive in the early going of his professional career, but on Friday, he might have just had his most impressive start to date. Also, Jesus Aguilar impresses once again, but this time he does it without showing off that home run power. All this and more after the jump.
July 14, 2012   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: July 13, 2012
Strong pitching was on display at the upper levels of the Tribe's minor league system Friday. Jeanmar Gomez made his third start for the Columbus Clippers. When we last saw him with the Cleveland Indians, he seemed to show a lack of confidence, but was that the case on Friday? Read on to see.
June 28, 2012   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: June 27, 2012
Nick Weglarz is some kind of hot of late at Double-A Akron. Dare we say he is back? Felix Sterling has really struggled of late with Low-A Lake County. Has his prospect value taken a tumble? Stevie-O highlights both players and more in another edition of IPI's original daily look "Around the Farm"...
June 27, 2012   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: June 26, 2012
It was another busy night around the Indians farm system as all six stateside affiliates were in action. Jesus Aguilar had a big night with two homers and just missed on another by a foot, Cody Allen looks like he could be Cleveland bound at any moment, Thomas Neal continues to show a renewed power stroke, and lots more. Steve Orbanek pinch hits for Jim Pete to recap last night's action "Around the Farm"...
May 16, 2012   (0 comments)
Akron Falls 2-1 to Erie in Series Finale
For the second straight day, a left-handed starting pitcher threw seven scoreless innings at Jerry Uht Park Wednesday. Only this time, it came from the game’s other contingent. Erie SeaWolves pitcher Jared Wesson pitched seven shutout innings en route to a 2-1 victory over the Akron Aeros. It was a reversal of fortune for the Aeros, who earned a win Tuesday behind seven scoreless frames from starter T.J. McFarland.
May 16, 2012   (8 comments)
Goedert may still be an option for the Indians
Double-A Akron outfielder Jared Goedert is tearing up the Eastern League as he leads the league in almost every offensive category. Steve Orbanek shares the latest details on how Goedert is performing, how the move to the outfield is going, and what kind of future he may have with the Indians.
May 11, 2012   (9 comments)
Would the Real Shin-Soo Choo Please Stand Up?
Is there a more polarizing figure on the Cleveland Indians right now than outfielder Shin-Soo Choo? Ubaldo Jimenez has gotten most of the attention as Most Disappointing Indian, but Choo has been just as disappointing, if not more. Steve Orbanek wonders if the old Choo from 2008-2010 will surface this season, or if the one from 2011 and at the start of the season is what we will get.
May 4, 2012   (11 comments)
The future of first base
Who’s on first? The 2012 MLB season is just 23 games old, and it seems as if Indians fans would love to answer that question with anyone other than Casey Kotchman. While Kotchman looks like he is locked into the position at least for another few weeks, Steve Orbanek says it is time to look at possible short term and long term options from within the organization.
April 26, 2012   (13 comments)
Don't give up on Jimenez yet
Another start. Another underwhelming performance. And thus another sad chapter in the story of Ubaldo Jimenez as a Cleveland Indian. Last night Jimenez faced the Kansas City Royals in his fourth start of the 2012 campaign and once again there was not much to like. But Steve Orbanek thinks it is still too soon to give up on Jimenez and that he may still come around.

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