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October 31, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Young Indians arms impress in Instructs
The Indians fall instructional league wrapped up a little over two weeks ago. Unlike years past, this was one of the more interesting programs due to the amount of talent the Indians had on display for five weeks out in Arizona. The IBI's Tony Lastoria spent some time out in Arizona for Instructs and shares some first impressions, thoughts and insights on young arms like Justus Sheffield, Sam Hentges, Grant Hockin, Jared Robinson, Micah Miniard and several others, as well as several injury and surgery updates to other pitchers.
October 10, 2014   (9 comments)
Minor Happenings: Roberts is evolving into a big league arm
This is the final edition of Minor Happenings this season. In this piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what kind of prospect right-handed pitcher Will Roberts is for the Indians and how seriously people should take him as one. He also looks at the good season from outfielder Clint Frazier, the combination of performance and development for lefty Ryan Merritt and provides lots of insight and information on players such as Bryson Myles, Joe Colon, Yonathan Mendoza, Anthony Vizcaya and others.
October 2, 2014   (38 comments)
Minor Happenings: Gonzalez's stock at shortstop is soaring
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the strides that shortstop Erik Gonzalez has made defensively and as a player overall and how he fits into things for the Indians long term. He also looks at the struggles that Cody Anderson went through this season, the problems that caused them and what he needs to do to correct them. In addition to that he looks at Sean Brady’s rise in the system and the next steps he needs to take to solidify his prospect status, some areas of concern with Francisco Lindor’s defense the Indians want to shore up, the emergence of Elvis Araujo as a left-handed relief option, and much more.
September 26, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: It starts from the top with Allen
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a long look at outfielder Greg Allen and really dissects his game and the future he has as a prospect for the Indians. He also provides insights from the front office on why Lindor, Urshela and others were not called up, looks at where Joe Wendle disappointed but also shined and why he is not far off from a bounce back, and provides insights into the developments of players such as Shawn Armstrong, Carlos Moncrief, Francisco Mejia, J.P. Feyereisen, Luis DeJesus and more…
September 18, 2014   (30 comments)
Minor Happenings: Wolters is ready to help the Indians in 2015
In today's Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the astounding rise of Tony Wolters into a legit Major League catcher. He provides lots of insight into his improvements defensively and why there should not be too much focus on his offense right now. He also goes into detail about Giovanny Urshela and his rise to legitimacy in the organization, what he improved on this season and how he fits into things going forward, looks at the outfield transition for Dorssys Paulino, Bradley Zimmer's excellent approach to hitting, notes some players that are heading to winter ball, and more.
September 10, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: Brown, Rodriguez have big turnarounds
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the tremendous second half from Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown and first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. They were the big keys to the team’s second half turnaround, and he looks into their improvement not only in their performance but as prospects as well. He also provides several comments from the front office on recently called up players Jesus Aguilar, Austin Adams, Bryan Price as well as some thoughts on the rookie level AZL Indians championship season along with some interesting comments and comps on some key players there.
September 5, 2014   (2 comments)
Minor Happenings: Patterson leaves his mark in the Valley
In today’s Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the outstanding finish to the season for Short-A Mahoning Valley second baseman Steven Patterson and looks at what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also breaks down Low-A Lake County left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo’s season and prospect standing, and provides tons of interesting comments from the front office on things like Francisco Lindor’s timeline, the growth of Erik Gonzalez into a legit shortstop prospect, Danny Salazar’s recovery from an early season setback and more.
August 29, 2014   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Aguilar is making his presence noticed
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot hitting Jesus Aguilar at Triple-A Columbus and just how potent his bat is, the strides he has made this season and wonders why he is not yet in Cleveland. He also takes a look at the strong pro debut from 17th round pick Cameron Hill and gives some insight into his stuff and ability, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players like Yandy Diaz, Dylan Baker, LeVon Washington and others, and more!
August 22, 2014   (8 comments)
Minor Happenings: Brown's re-emergence has been stellar
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the strong rebound right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown has made this season and just how impressive he has been since early May. He also spends a lot of time looking at the Happenings in Arizona with a deep look into the spectacular showing Bobby Bradley has had and why it is so special on so many levels, he provides a ton of comments from Ross Atkins on the players in Arizona such as Bradley, Yu-Cheng Chang, Alexis Pantoja, Justus Sheffield, Grant Hockin, Jared Robinson and others, and more.
August 14, 2014   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Castillo's big week has people taking notice
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the suddenly hot performance from little known shortstop prospect Ivan Castillo. He breaks him down as a prospect, explains his value, where he needs work and what his future holds. He also provides comments from Ross Atkins on new pickups Zach Walters and James Ramsey plus what the Indians are working on with Zach McAllister in Triple-A. He also provides all the details on the playoff races for all six stateside affiliates, insight and info on players like Joe Wendle, Jerrud Sabourin and Cameron Hill, and much more.
August 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Pannone showing growth in return to AZL
In this week's first installment of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the development that lefty Thomas Pannone is making out in Arizona. There is a lot to like about him and Tony runs down his stuff, what he is working on and where he is making strides. Tony also provide lots of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina such as Elvis Araujo, Yandy Diaz, Ryan Merritt, Ben Heller and others, and provide lots of insight into the development of Justin Brantley, the plans for Nick Maronde and much more.
August 8, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Bradley is looking like something "special"
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the surging Bobby Bradley out in Arizona and talks about how “special” he looks and why the Indians are excited about him. He also looks into the strong season to date from lefty Sean Brady, the suddenly red hot Francisco Miguel in Arizona, the quality season Duke von Schamann has put forth, provides tons of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron like Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Anthony Gallas, Shawn Armstrong, Joe Colon and more!
July 24, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Brady, Mejia are standing out in the Valley
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 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 11, 2014   (3 comments)
Minor Happenings: Rodriguez heating up in the second half
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)
Minor Happenings: Injuries are piling up in Indians system
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 4, 2014   (3 comments)
Minor Happenings: Salazar looks to be back to his old form
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.
June 27, 2014   (2 comments)
Minor Happenings: Rodriguez finding confidence in approach
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the resurgence of High-A Carolina outfielder Luis Rodriguez and what has helped him turn his season around. He also talks about Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon’s improvements and rise in ranks, provides lots of quotes from Low-A Lake County pitching coach Rigo Beltran on several of his pitchers, plus provides insight and news on players such as Francisco Lindor, Yandy Diaz, Ben Heller and more.
June 20, 2014   (2 comments)
Minor Happenings: Naquin, Lugo continue to shine
After a two week hiatus because of the insane amount of time spent on the draft there past two weeks here at the IBI, the Happenings are back! In today’s report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the season that outfielder Tyler Naquin has had and the significant adjustment he has made which has led to a major improvement in an area of greatest weakness. He also looks at the sensational season that lefty Luis Lugo is having, provides tons of comments from Ross Atkins and Ted Kubiak on several players and roster issues - including some absolutely glowing comments on catcher Francisco Mejia - and provides an update on Jose Ramirez, Bryson Myles, Adam Miller, Giovanny Urshela and much more.
June 5, 2014   (1 comments)
Minor Happenings: Sturdevant has re-established his value
In today’s Minor Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the comeback that right-handed reliever Tyler Sturdevant is making, why he has had so much success this season and where he fits into the Indians’ Major League plans. He also looks at infielder Paul Hendrix’s outstanding month of May and All Star snub, how left-hander Luis Lugo is having an excellent season that many are not even aware he is having and how infielder Audy Ciriaco has been a man of many hats and been one of the Indians better minor league signings at Triple-A in some time.

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