After a rain out cost the game yesterday, the Columbus Clippers were taken into extra innings to open their 2014 season. Clippers' starter Trevor Bauer pitched admirably, but the offense could not generate enough runs to earn the team a victory. The Indianapolis Indians found a way to win the game, while only recording four hits on the evening.
The Mudcats jumped out to a five run lead after four innings, but lost control of the game when the pitching staff lost control of their pitches to the tune of seven walks. The issues with the pitching staff led to a Potomac Nationals 10-5 victory on Friday night at Five County Stadium.
There's no place like home. Back at Progressive Field for the first time in over six months, the Indians wouldn't let a few raindrops get in the way of Cleveland's most unofficial holiday. Down 2-0 in the bottom half of the sixth, the Tribe outscored Minnesota 7-0 over the final four frames, defeating the Twins, 7-2. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
Zach McAllister made his season debut for the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, and it was a bit of a mixed bag. Yes, there were some positives, but it was far from a stellar performance. Nonetheless, the IBI's Steve Orbanek believes McAllister will play a key role for Indians and the team's chances for success in 2014, and he details that in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The 2014 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!