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May 29, 2014   (7 comments)
Trend Spotting: Jesus Aguilar and a case study in ballpark effect
Tracking Jesus Aguilar throughout the minor league system it appeared that he had two tangible skills worth monitoring, on-base ability and power, which if developed would carry him to the big leagues. He had a big jump in his power numbers early this season with a transition to Huntington Park in Columbus, and the IBI's Michael Hattery offers up a case study as to why we need to take offensive performances in Columbus (and Akron) with a grain of salt.
May 29, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #54: Indians 2, White Sox 3
When you’re struggling offensively, you should enjoy running into a guy like Hector Noesi. With the return of Jason Kipnis to the lineup and Noesi (career ERA of 5.73) on the hill, this was as good a chance as any to break out of the funk. Instead, the Indians failed to score more than two runs for a fourth consecutive game (all losses), and dropped a second straight winnable game late. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his second thoughts on another tough loss for the Indians...
May 29, 2014   (14 comments)
Around the Farm: May 28, 2014
With the month of June approaching, it is likely the time worthy players will start earning promotions to the next level. Adam Plutko started the process, moving from Lake County to Carolina, but a few others look primed to make jumps of their own. Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix is one, as he continues to rake, as is fellow Captain Jordan Milbrath. However, Wednesday's headliner, Cole Sulser, is not as close to a promotion as Hendrix or Milbrath, but the right-hander was impressive in his own right. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Sulser's turnaround and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Akron RubberDucks split doubleheader with Bowie Baysox
Righthander Jordan Cooper dominated the Bowie Baysox over five shutout innings in game two of a doubleheader Wednesday night, leading the Akron RubberDucks to a 5-1 victory and a split in the twinbill at Prince George’s Stadium. The victory in game two, coupled with Bowie’s 3-1 win in game one, leaves the RubberDucks with a three-game lead in the EL West.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Mudcats scoring drought extends to 26 innings in 3-0 loss
The Carolina Mudcats couldn't find their bats for the second straight night as they fell 3-0 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks Wednesday. The Mudcats’ fifth-straight defeat came down to a series of errors in the second inning and a failure to manufacture runs. Carolina's scoring drought now stands at twenty-six long innings.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake Couny Captains outhit South Bend, 9-6, but lose 4-1
The Lake County Captains outhit the South Bend Silver Hawks, 9-6, but ended up losing by a score of 4-1 Wednesday. Captains starter Jordan Milbrath had a solid outing in the loss as he struck out seven Silver Hawks over 5.1 innings of work. Paul Hendrix continued his hot streak as he led Laky County by going three for four at the plate.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Columus Clippers fall to Charlotte Knights in extra innings, 5-2
Free baseball was played at Huntington Park Wednesday morning as the Clippers once again went into extra innings with the Charlotte Knights. With no end in sight southpaw Nick Hagadone took over in tenth – letting up a big fly over the left field wall for a three-run homer, putting the Knights up 5-2. The Clippers were unable to dig themselves out of Hagadone's hole and fell to Charlotte for the first time the series.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Orioles eyeing Samardzija
Well, that was a crushing defeat. 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 the rumors surrounding Baltimore and Jeff Samardzija, injury news from around the league, and more.
May 28, 2014   (0 comments)
Kipnis activated from DL, Sellers optioned to Columbus
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 15-day Disabled List and have optioned infielder Justin Sellers to Triple-A Columbus.
May 28, 2014   (7 comments)
IBI Stock Watch: Gonzalez, Head among many improving stock
Today is the first “stock watch” of the 2014 season for players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews over 20 performances to date from Columbus to Lake County and provides details as to whose prospect stock is falling, improving, or has not changed. Players reviewed include Roberto Perez, Giovanny Urshela, Austin Adams, Jordan Smith, Joseph Colon, Tyler Sturdevant, Ryan Merritt, Louis Head, Eric Haase, Robbie Aviles and many others.
May 28, 2014   (2 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #53: Indians 1, White Sox 2
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night by a score of 2-1. The game was started late due to a rain delay and paused for two-hours after the third inning thanks to another rain delay. Even though the second rain delay wiped White Sox ace Chris Sale from the game the Indians were unable to capitalize offensively. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts on the game and looks at the Indians concerning run distribution this season.
May 28, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: May 27, 2014
Double-A Akron was rained out on Tuesday, but the Indians other three full season affiliates were in action on a wet night around baseball. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm for the Indians and notes an encouraging performance from Carlos Moncrief, another exceptional outing from Ryan Merritt, a big power night from Eric Haase and much more.
May 28, 2014   (2 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Hankins is showing versatility, performance
The Carolina Mudcats started off the week by getting swept in a double header by the Wilmington Blue Rocks, which accurately summed up the week for the team. Carolina only managed two wins on the week, going 2-6. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was, provides all the news and notes from the week and recently sat down with Todd Hankins to get his thoughts on his recent play of late.
May 28, 2014   (12 comments)
Storylines: Swisher, Santana placed on DL
Jesus Aguilar has been given another chance to prove himself with the Indians. 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 injury-caused roster moves for the Indians, the Rangers possible plans for the summer, and more.
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Fink, Captains walk off in tenth, avoid sweep by Loons
The Lake County Captains (18-34) broke a seven inning scoreless streak with a run in the tenth inning to avoid the sweep in the series finale on Tuesday night. The Captains defeated the Great Lakes Loons (25-27) 3-2 in ten innings courtesy of a RBI single by third baseman Grant Fink.
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats held scoreless vs. Blue Rocks, 6-0
The Carolina Mudcats suffered their fourth-straight home defeat in a 6-0 shutout loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday night. The Blue Rocks broke the game open with multi-run innings late after stellar pitching from both teams kept the game scoreless early.
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Clippers plate eight, beat Knights
The Columbus Clippers have been run deficient over the last couple of weeks, but they took care of that notion in the first inning of Tuesday night’s 8-6 win over the Charlotte Knights at Huntington Park in front of 7,858 in attendance.
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Swisher placed on DL, Santana to concussion DL
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have placed catcher/infielder Carlos Santana on the 7-day Disabled List with concussion-like symptoms, retroactive to May 26 and have selected the contract of catcher George Kottaras from Triple-A Columbus.
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks Notebook: Wendle is settling in at Akron
The RubberDucks finally cooled down a bit after their hot start, splitting a series with Altoona on the road, and losing three out of four at home against the Reading Fightin Phils. Akron’s record sits at 31-19 overall, still sitting atop the Eastern League West and second in the league overall behind the Portland Sea Dogs. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals S7E13: Looking for consistency edition
Our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk about several things regarding the Indians. They will talk about the Indians up and down performance on their current road trip, the issues at third base and other positions, which players are setting themselves up for All Star consideration, and also dive into some draft talk and much more if time permits.

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