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July 18, 2014   (10 comments)
Second Thoughts: The Three-Step Playoff Plan
The second half of the season is about to kick off, and now is as good of a time as any to analyze what it’s going to take for the Indians to make the playoffs. Currently, the team is 47-47 and just 3.5 games back in the race for the second Wild Card spot. Join Michael Goodman as he gives his off-day Second Thoughts on a three-step plan to get Cleveland into the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
July 18, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: July 17, 2014
Major League Baseball decided to take Thursday off, but that was not the case in the minors. Every Cleveland affiliate was in action Thursday, filling the baseball gap in our lives very well. Jim Piascik recaps all the action, featuring this year's 10th round pick, Steven Patterson, reaching base seven (seven!) times, Danny Salazar's latest Columbus start, and much more. Join Jim as he takes you Around the Farm
July 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Zobrist, Price trade has been discussed
The All-Star break is officially over and we have baseball again! 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 a trade that has been discussed involving Ben Zobrist and David Price, injury updates involving the Cleveland Indians, the front runner for the GM job in San Diego, and more.
July 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains fall to Cedar Rapids Kernels, 4-3
The Lake County Captains scored all three of their runs in the final two innings, but it wasn't quite enough to pull out a win as the Cedar Rapids Kernels came out on top, 4-3. Cedar Rapids scored two in the first and added solo-run innings in the fourth and sixth on its way to the win. Dace Kime took his 11th loss of the year after giving up three runs in 4.2 innings of work.
July 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Mudcats fall in close game against Lynchburg Hillcats
The Carolina Mudcats outhit the Lynchburg Hillcats, 8-7, but still ended up losing their Thursday game, 2-1. Carolina's James Roberts picked up a third of the team's hits while also recording one RBI. Benny Suarez took the loss for the Mudcats while Ben Heller was saddled with a blown save.
July 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Akron RubberDucks hold on for close 5-3 win against Erie
The Akron RubberDucks gave up three runs between the seventh and eighth innings Thursday, but still managed to hang on for a 5-3 victory. Akron totaled 10 hits in the win, led by multi-hit games from its third, fourth and fifth batters. Anthony Gallas even added two RBIs to the winning effort, credited to starting pitcher Will Roberts.
July 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Columbus Clippers stifled by Indianapolis Indians, 1-0
The Columbus Clippers were on their way to extra innings against the Indianapolis Indians –– or so it seemed. The Indians broke through in the top of the ninth inning on their way to a 1-0 victory against the Clippers. Columbus reliever Tyler Sturdevant took the loss despite giving up the single run in the game. Indians starter Brandon Cumpton finished 8 innings with no runs allowed.
July 17, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Midseason Top 30 Prospects, part two
Welcome to IBI's midseason top 30 prospect rankings. Now that we are at the All-Star break and more than half of the way through the minor league season, Jim Piascik is re-ranking the top prospects in Cleveland's system, including the risers, the fallers, those who stayed steady, and the newly drafted. Join Jim in part two of his rankings, where he breaks down #15 through #1.
July 17, 2014   (1 comments)
Captains notebook: Bautista making noise in Lake County
Claudio Bautista isn't a high-profile ballplayer. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2011, Bautista isn't a big name infielder -- not when guys by the names of Francisco Lindor, Joe Wendle and Jose Ramirez are around. That said, Bautista has quietly crafted a solid season with the Lake County Captains. Join Stephanie Metzger as she profiles Bautista and recaps the week for the Captains in her weekly notebook.
July 17, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: July 16, 2014
The organization had a few All-Stars in action Wednesday night, though none really had a stellar performance that stood out. The same could be said for Carolina third baseman Yandy Diaz, though the bigger picture is much more encouraging when it comes to the 22-year-old. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Diaz's debut season to date, updates you on a few rehabbing players in Arizona, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Mike Trout wins first MVP as AL All-Stars win
In today's storylines, the MLB All-Star game takes center stage. This year’s all-star game was all about the retirement of Derek Jeter as he moves on to the next chapter of his life. However what was possibly overlooked was the progression of Los Angeles Angels outfielder, Mike Trout.
July 16, 2014   (0 comments)
T.J. House leads Mahoning Valley Scrappers to shutout win
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers outhit the Connecticut Tigers, 9-4, on their way to a 4-0 shutout victory Wednesday night. The Scrappers top three hitters each had multi-hit games, led by Greg Allen's 3 of 4 showing in the leadoff spot. T.J. House pitched a gem for Mahoning Valley, he went five innings and gave up just two hits and no walks while striking out four.
July 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Mistakes doom Lake County Captains in 10-4 loss to Kernels
The Lake County Captains scored four runs between the sixth and seventh innings, but it was too little, too late as the Cedar Rapids Kernels took a 10-4 win. Lake County managed just seven hits, including a multi-hit game from Brian Ruiz. Caleb Hamrick took the loss after giving up 10 hits in just four innings of work to go with eight runs. Lake County also had five errors in the game.
July 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Mudcats beat Lynchburg Hillcats 4-3 in final inning
The Carolina Mudcats rallied to take a 4-3 win against the Lynchburg Hillcats after scoring the winner in the top of the ninth inning. Carolina totaled 10 hits on the evening, sparked by two-hit games from Luigi Rodriguez and Jerrud Sabourin. Jacob Lee was saddled with a blown save, but still picked up the win as Grant Sides finished the game with a scoreless ninth.
July 16, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI on Site 1.12
Here is episode number 12 this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI.
In this week's show, we head to Cleveland, where host Hayden Grove welcomes home LeBron James, takes us into the All-Star break and talks to the Indians, including new outfielder Chris Dickerson, pitcher Corey Kluber and the ever-energized Nick Swisher. He also talks again to August Fagerstrom of...
July 16, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Midseason Top 30 Prospects, part one
Welcome to IBI's midseason top 30 prospect rankings. Now that we are at the All-Star break and more than half of the way through the minor league season, Jim Piascik is re-ranking the top prospects in Cleveland's system, including the risers, the fallers, those who stayed steady, and the newly drafted. Join Jim in part one of his rankings, where he breaks down those who fell just short in addition to #30 through #16.
July 16, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 Key Players: Midseason Review
For a second year in a row this spring, Michael Goodman profiled five players he thought were keys to the Indians’ playoff hopes. These were individuals whose performance, for better or worse, would go a long way toward determining the team’s ultimate fate in the 2014 season. With the All-Star Break upon us, Michael reviews those five players and looks at how they’ve done thus far.
July 16, 2014   (1 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Gonzalez making necessary strides
The Carolina Mudcats had one of their best weeks of the season this week, reeling off five wins in six games. At week’s end, Carolina sits atop the second-half Southern Division standings at 16-10, two games ahead of first-half champion Myrtle Beach. Join Zachary Francis as he recaps the past week for the Mudcats in his weekly notebook and profiles Erik Gonzalez, who is making the necessary strides to become a top prospect.
July 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Around The Farm: July 15, 2014
Most of Cleveland's minor league affiliates were off Tuesday night, with only the Dominican Summer League team in action. That's where Arthur Kinney takes you as he recaps the only non-All-Star game in town, breaking down Gabriel Mejia's season to date and much more. Join Arthur as he takes you on a shorter-than-usual trip Around the Farm.
July 15, 2014   (20 comments)
Ranking the 2014 roster at the All-Star Break, part two
There have been plenty of ups and downs for Cleveland so far in 2014, yet the team is entering the All-Star break at a perfectly average 47-47. There have been a few notable breakout stars and players performing above their true talent, but given the number of disappointments Cleveland's gone through, .500 actually feels pretty good right now. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part two of his All-Star break roster rankings, listing players #21 through #1.

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