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111 Eastwood Mall Boulevard
Niles, OH  44446
Phone: 330-505-0000

Manager: Ted Kubiak
Pitching Coach: Greg Hibbard
Hitting Coach: Phil Clark

October 22, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Reliever of the Year
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Relief Pitcher of the Year. The starting pitchers often get most of the focus, so this award gives an opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the top relief pitching performances in the Indians system over the course of the 2014 season. There were several outstanding showings, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps them all and picks his winner...
October 21, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Comeback Player of the Year
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Comeback Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the player who came back from a rough 2013 season – be it due to injury or performance – and any other obstacles to put up a very good 2014 season and reestablished and/or solidified himself as a prospect for the Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down the list of candidates and picks his winner...
October 20, 2014   (13 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Biggest Breakthrough
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough in the minors. This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. The Indians had several players really breakthrough as prospects this season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them all and picks his winner.
October 17, 2014   (13 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Biggest Disappointment
Today we continue with the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors. This is the one year-end award that no one wants to win and goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues to hand out the postseason minor league hardware, though this is always the toughest one for him to hand out.
October 16, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Defensive Player of the Year
If anyone watched the Cleveland Indians this season, they know that one of their biggest Achilles heels was their defense which was one of the worst units in the league. Thankfully, the Indians may have some defensive stalwarts ready to impact the big league roster and help them at some point next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues his annual Tony Awards series with the unveiling of the Defensive Player of the Year.
October 15, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Rookie of the Year
The Indians 2014 Draft class really impacted the system this season with a great many outstanding performances. They also got some nice pro debuts from some 2013 Draft picks and Latin American signings, and in all, had one of the more memorable years as far as pro debuts are concerned. The IBI's Tony Lastoria kicks off the annual Tony Awards and unveils his pick for Rookie of the Year....
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 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 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Mahoning Valley Insider: 2014 season review - The pitchers
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will be providing year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's second part of his Mahoning Valley review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the pitchers there such as Sean Brady, Juan Santana, Cameron Hill, Julian Merryweather, J.P. Feyereisen, David Speer, Kieran Lovegrove and many others...
October 8, 2014   (3 comments)
Mahoning Valley Insider: 2014 season review - The hitters
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will continue to provide year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's first part of his Mahoning Valley review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the position players there such as Bradley Zimmer, Francisco Mejia, Steven Patterson, Greg Allen, Taylor Murphy and more.
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.
September 2, 2014   (0 comments)
The Scrappers were limited to just three hits in game one of their doubleheader and lost 3-2 on a walk off homerun. In game two, the Scrappers came out and scored twelve runs in the first 4 innings on their way to a 12-3 win to wrap up the season.
August 31, 2014   (7 comments)
Around The Farm: August 30, 2014
As the great philosopher Jagger once said: "but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need." The RubberDucks tried to clinch a playoff spot with a win last night, but despite their loss, found themselves in anyway. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps the action in the organization, including Erik Gonzalez leading the way for the RubberDucks, and takes you Around the Farm.
August 30, 2014   (12 comments)
Around The Farm: August 29, 2014
With the season winding down, it is time for players to try to make their final impressions on the organization before heading into the long offseason. For players like Joey Wendle (who missed a big chunk of the season due to injury), however, these final days are critical to make up for lost time. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down Wendle doing just that Friday and recaps the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Scrappers top Doubledays 5-2 to start final home series
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are making the best of their final home stand of the season. After splitting two games with Jamestown last night, the Scrappers jumped out early on their way to a 5-2 win over the Auburn Doubledays.
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!

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