The Indians offense so far this season has been a paragon of inconsistency, a mercurial mess which leaves us with shelves full of empty bottles of antacid and a broken remote or two. The instability of production that this offense has shown because of the lack of any real anchor’s in the middle of the order and the run scoring trends as a result are interesting, and the IBI's Michael Hattery explains them in his latest Trend Spotting piece.
In this week’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look into the rise of left-hander Luis Lugo and how his stuff improved this season and has him racing up the prospect lists. He also provides several comments from Ross Atkins on players such as Tyler Naquin, Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief, Joey Wendle and others, provides an update on if there is any concern with Francisco Lindor’s back injury, notes a recent surgery for an upper level starting pitching prospect, provides some insight into some unique internal stats the organization uses, and more.
During today's episode, Andrew and Jeff will debate the Trent Richardson deal. Who could have seen this coming? Can any sense be made of it? Who becomes the new face of the Cleveland Browns? What do the Browns do in the 2014 draft? Was it too early to give up on the season? They'll also talk Tribe. Are Salazar and Kazmir regressing? How much does the lack of a big bat hurt the team? What are the remaining...
The Royals won this game 7-2 to complete a second series win against the Indians in as many weeks. While this was a missed opportunity to take the lead in the second wildcard spot, the Indians didn’t lose any ground on a playoff spot this series. That said, it was a sloppy effort from the Indians and the IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on the ugly showing...
Only the Indians caught themselves howling at the full moon above Kaufmann Stadium Wednesday night. A three run first inning and defensive miscues were too much for the Tribe to overcome, as they fell to the Royals in the rubber match, 7-2. The win gives Kansas City the series victory as they take two out of three against Cleveland for the second time over the last 10 days.
As the excitement of the MLB playoffs arrives with the crisp air of fall, heroes of the season begin to come to mind. So often, it’s not the stars who step up and make a huge impact for the team that eventually wins the World Series, it’s the role players. The IBI's John Mast chimes in asks that very question: Which role player has a chance of making the biggest impact for the Indians down the stretch and potentially in the postseason?
The Cleveland Indians aren't glitz, and they certainly aren't glamor. This team is built around a group of players that are even-keeled, even-tempered and share similar skills and abilities. This week, Jim Pete talks about how this team is the epitome of that term, and how their win in game two showcased just how this team can look very, very good, and very very bad, all at the same time. Is it good enough to make the playoffs? Find out in this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario...
Those fans whose television sets survived past the fifth inning were treated to a Tribe comeback win against wild card rival Kansas City to even the final regular season series between the two AL Central clubs at one. With their 5-3 win, the Indians clinched their first winning season since 2007 thanks key RBI hits by Michael Bourn and shutout pitching by the bullpen. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan for his thoughts on the game.
The Cleveland Indians crafted some late-inning bat magic as they rallied a comeback 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Michael Bourn was the late inning firestarter as his 7th inning triple set up the tying runs and his 9th inning homer gave the Indians the cushion they needed.
Over the next few days Tony will be providing year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. Due to the size of the roster at Arizona, this piece has been broken up into two pieces with part one on the position players posting today. Tony recently 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 players there such as Clint Frazier, Francisco Mejia, Gerald Bautista, Ivan Castillo, D’Vone McClure, Silento Sayles and several others.
It is several months before the college baseball season begins, but that doesn't mean people aren't already talking draft. Since the summer leagues are done and the showcase circuit is over, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis decided to sit down and make his first draft board. Next year's draft figures to be the best pool of talent in years, and with the Indians holding at least two first round picks it could be a very important draft for them.
Just a half game back of either wild card spot after sweeping the White Sox, the Indians looked to continue their strong play down the stretch as they rolled into Kansas City. The series opener ended up being a forgettable showing in every facet as the Indians looked lethargic while the Royals were sharp and on top of their game. The IBI's Kevin Dean shares his second thoughts...
The Cleveland Indians’ offense could not craft more than one run on Monday night as the team fell to the Kansas City Royals 7-1. Lefty Scott Kazmir picked his way through five innings of work as he fought to keep Cleveland in the game against Kansas City right-hander James Shields, but the Royals were sharp in all facets of the game and came away with a victory in game one of the series.
Over the course of the next few weeks Tony will be posting post-draft pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2013 Draft with insight from Scouting Director Brad Grant. Last week he touched on players like Clint Frazier, Matt Whitehouse, Thomas Pannon and others, and this week he fills us on on players like Kyle Crockett, James Roberts, Grant Fink, Cortland Cox and Mike Giuffre.
The Indians had an outstanding week as the team went 5-2, including a four-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox, to move just a half-game back in the American League Wildcard race. Everything seems to be going well for the Tribe as Jimenez continues to dominate and even Asdrubal Cabrera is showing some life at the plate. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the successful week that was in the latest edition of Notes From the Wigwam.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!