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IBI Scoreboard for April 19, 2014
MLB
TOR 5 Recap
CLE 0 Box
Triple-A
TOL 7 Recap
COL 6 Box
Double-A
AKR 3 Recap
BOW 1 Box
High-A
FRE 0
CAR 0 PPD
Low-A
BUR 6 Recap
LC 1 Box

Indians Prospect Insider

April 4, 2014   (12 comments)
Jason Kipnis is more than a "blue-collar" star
Jason Kipnis has always been considered a player that's been a hard-worker. Unfortunately, when you are stereo-typed as a hard-worker, you are often downgraded as a player that has to overcome a lack-of-talent. Kipnis has fought that "blue-collar" stereotype his entire life, and in doing so, proved to the Indians that he's more than just a guy that gets dirty. Join Jim Pete as he chronicles Kipnis and his meteoric rise from his high school brilliance, to contract renaissance.
 
April 4, 2014   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: April 3, 2014
Sure, the major league club started playing games on Monday, but *real baseball* is finally back in your lives now that the Akron RubberDucks and the Carolina Mudcats kicked off the minor league season! The stars of tomorrow started their seasons of today, with players like Giovanny Urshela doing their best to answer all of the questions about them in one game. Join Jim Piascik as he reintroduces an IBI staple into your life and takes you Around the Farm.
 
April 4, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts: Opening series pros and cons
After a long and especially unpleasant winter, the boys of summer have returned and are about to make their way back to Cleveland as the Indians finally return from the West Coast. In Oakland, the Tribe didn't exactly play flawless baseball, but they managed to leave with a series win under their belts, which is pretty much all you can ask for. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he provides his pros and cons from the opening series.
 
April 4, 2014   (16 comments)
Cleveland, Kipnis agree to six-year extension
Cleveland and second baseman Jason Kipnis reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension early Friday morning according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, among others. The contract is for six years, $52.5 million, covering three arbitration seasons and two years of free agency. The deal also includes a club option for the 2020 season.
 
April 4, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Mets closer Parnell 50-50 on Tommy John
Opening Day in Cleveland has finally arrived! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on an update on Mets closer Bobby Parnell, Arizona's plan for Daniel Hudson, and more.
 
April 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats victorious in opener
Relief pitcher Josh Martin (1-0) helped the Carolina Mudcats open the 2014 season in style with a 6-3 victory over the Potomac Nationals at Five County Stadium.
 
April 3, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Center Fielders
Today we move on to the center fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. It all starts up the middle. Not only do you need a catcher that controls a pitching staff and can shut down a running game and a shortstop that can direct the infield and showcase some exceptional range and consistency, you also need a good center fielder that can cover a lot of ground and be a leader in the outfielder. The Indians have several of those kind of center fielders and the IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and more!
 
April 3, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Roundtable: Minor League opening day is here
It is opening day in the minor leagues. Tonight three of the Indians full season affiliates Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina will open while Low-A Lake County opens up their season on Friday. In our annual preview of the Indians minor league system, several IBI writers share their thoughts on what to watch this season, who can breakout, and so much more.
 
April 3, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 Columbus Clippers Preview
The Clippers will return to Huntington Park to kick off the season Thursday and although many of the players will be returning for another season, there will be many fresh faces in Columbus this season. Among those fresh faces are top prospects Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief, and Jose Ramirez. Join Adrienne Robbins as she previews the 2014 season for the Clippers.
 
April 3, 2014   (20 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #3: Indians 6, Athletics 4
Cleveland split yesterday's doubleheader, losing game one to Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics 6-1 before winning in comeback fashion 6-4 in the nightcap. Michael Brantley, aka Dr. Smooth, was the hero, singling in two runs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland the lead. With a series win to open the season, Cleveland now heads home to prepare for the home opener on Friday. Join Charlie Adams as he gives his Second Thoughts on last night's doubleheader.
 
April 3, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 Carolina Mudcats Preview: Rising from the Ashes
The 2014 Carolina Mudcats in the spring of 2014 are a vastly different team than they were a season ago. Last season, the Muddies debuted with their prior two first round draft picks in Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin. As expected, both top ten prospects made quick work of the Carolina League, and were playing in Akron by the end of the season. Also gone is arguably the Indians top pitching prospect in Cody Anderson, who followed Lindor and Naquin, as well as several other high upside Indians’ prospects, to Akron for the 2014 season.
 
April 3, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Rays continue model of extending young talent
Extending young, promising players has become the norm for small market teams. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Chris Archer's extension with Tampa Bay, an expanded role for Ryan Raburn, and more.
 
April 2, 2014   (2 comments)
Salazar & Kipnis at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario
The Tampa Bay Rays signed young starter Chris Archer to a multi-year deal, continuing their organizational belief that you build and sign good, young pitchers to long-term deals before their worth skyrockets. The Indians have likewise signed players such as Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley to deals, but have yet to incorporate this strategy with their pitchers. Today, Jim Pete looks at the Rays, and points to Danny Salazar as a top candidate for a long-term contract.
 
April 2, 2014   (1 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Left Fielders
Today we move on to the left fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. Most teams spend a bulk of their time developing their higher end outfield prospects in center field with the idea that if they can’t cut it there that they could always go to left field. Some players just end up in left field because of a limitation with their arm strength or their defense in center field. In any case, the Indians have a few very interesting possible left field options coming up the system, even if it is a position that looks adequately filled for the time being with Michael Brantley.
 

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