IBI Digest: 5/4/13-5/11/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
By Jim Piascik
May 11, 2013
With the help of a strong starting rotation, potent offense, and a little help from the umpires, Cleveland went on a winning streak over the past week. IBI covered it all plus all the action throughout the minor leagues.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
IBI Hot List: 4/29/13 - 5/6/13: In his weekly feature, the IBI Hot List, Tony Lastoria runs down the Hot 20 in the system from the past week, including a huge week for Francisco Lindor, LeVon Washington continuing to hit, and much more.
Minor Happenings: Salazar's dominance has the Indians excited: In his weekly feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at Danny Salazar's fast start and how it is exciting the organization, what to think of Matt LaPorta coming out of the gates strong, gets thoughts from Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.
Kipnis and Kazmir lead Indians to 7-3 victory over Twins: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, including Scott Kazmir’s first win since 2010, Jason Kipnis falling a double short of the cycle, and more.
Around The Farm: May 4, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including a walk off hit from Carlos Moncrief, an all-around strong day for Luigi Rodriguez, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #27: Indians 7, Twins 3: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday’s win, including observations on the six-game winning streak, the comeback story of Scott Kazmir, and more.
McClure continues the process of molding his potential: Tony Lastoria profiles D’Vone McClure, the raw but talented 2012 draft pick who chose to go professional over college and football thanks to his love of baseball.
Fishing for Mudcats: Lindor soars while the Muddies sink: In his weekly Carolina notebook, Fishing for Mudcats, Jim Pete writes about the outstanding week of Francisco Lindor, another poor week of results from the Mudcats, and much more.
Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.3: Indians heat up: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek are back on the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insiders, talking about the team's recent winning streak, which version -- the good or the bad -- is the real one, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #28: Twins 4, Indians 2: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's loss, including thoughts on the lack of offense, the team's problems with walks on Sunday, and more.
Notes from the Wigwam: Just win, baby!: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about how dominant Ryan Raburn was over the past week, how Jason Kipnis has snapped out of his early-season slump, and much more.
One last shot at a dream trying out for the Crushers: Matt Lofgren recounts his day at the open tryout for the Lake Erie Crushers and how far his wicked knuckleball could take him.
The 2013 Transaction Rundown: April 29-May 5: Arthur Kinney runs down the transactions from the previous week from the big league club and each of the minor league affiliates.
Around The Farm: May 6, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Ryan Merritt turning some heads, the continued reappearance of Chun-Hsiu Chen's power, and more.
Indians belt four homers, rout Oakland 7-3: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's game against the Oakland A's, including the offense roaring back in full force, another solid pitching performance from Ubaldo Jimenez, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #29: Indians 7, Athletics 3: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's win, including a potential revolution for Ubaldo Jimenez, Mark Reynolds' expletive-inducing home runs, and more.
Smoke Signals: Episode 6.6: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals, talking about mirages and reality with this year's team, whether things could turn out like 2011 or 2012 again, and more.
Launching Off With The Aeros: 4/30/13 - 5/6/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching Off With The Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Carlos Moncrief weekend, Giovanny Urshela showing some power, and much more.
Second Thoughts Game #30: A's 0, Indians 1: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's win, including Zach McAllister doing it again, Yan Gomes possibly earning a permanent roster spot, and more.
Salazar's encouraging start has him on way to Columbus: Stephanie Metzger profiles recently promoted pitcher Danny Salazar, who has spent the early part of the season dominating the competition in the Eastern League and is on the path to Cleveland.
Hermida settling in with new team and working on consistency: Ethan Day profiles Columbus Clippers outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who is starting to feel comfortable in the Cleveland organization and fitting in with the Clippers.
On-Deck with the Captains: 5/1/13 - 5/7/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Ryan Merritt rebounding, Louis Head being a valuable asset in the bullpen, and much more.
Indians squeeze by Oakland 4-3, notch their third straight win: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Oakland A's, including a controversial call helping Cleveland win, another stellar outing by Justin Masterson, and more.
Around The Farm: May 8, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Matt LaPorta continuing to tear up Triple-A, Matt Packer getting back on track, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #31: A's 3, Indians 4: Michael Hattery gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including how Cleveland caught a break on the replay call, Masterson building the rotation's momentum, and more.
Sailing with the Clippers: 5/2/13 - 5/8/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Cameron Weimer writes about Matt LaPorta being a menace at the plate, T.J. House's nightmare of a start at the Triple-A level, and much more.
Bad call or not, instant replay is here to stay: James Keene takes a look at Wednesday night's replay debacle and, despite being originally against replay in baseball, argues that replay will stay.
Home runs, Kazmir lead 9-2 Cleveland win over Oakland: Nathan Kemp recaps Thursday's game against the Oakland A's, including home runs from Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, and Mark Reynolds, an overpowering day from Scott Kazmir, and more.
Around The Farm: May 9, 2013: Andrew Zajac goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Tim Fedroff and Cord Phelps leading the Columbus offense, Jesus Aguilar continuing to drive in runs, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #32: Indians 9, A's 2: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's win, including an argument for everyone to get on the bandwagon, the lightning in a bottle that is Scott Kazmir, and more.
Indians vs. Tigers: Previewing the Central Division showdown: Jim Berdysz previews the matchup between Cleveland and Detroit in advance of the showdown between division rivals this weekend.
Call to the Bullpen 1.5: Jake Dungan, Michael Hattery, and Hayden Grove return to the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about the upcoming Tigers series, the possibly revival of Scott Kazmir, and more.
Orbiting Cleveland: Is this rotation too good to be true?: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek wonders about the starting rotation, whether or not it can stay this good for much longer, and much more.
Tigers draw first blood, throttle Indians 10-4: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including Corey Kluber having some trouble with Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer throttling Cleveland, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #33: Indians 4, Tigers 10: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including Corey Kluber getting knocked around, Michael Bourn rejoining the lineup, and more.
Trend Spotting: Mark Reynolds, improved pitching and defense: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery looks at how sustainable Mark Reynolds' production this year is, what to expect out of the starting rotation from now on, and much more.
Friends of the Feather
Welcome Back, Scott Kazmir: Dave Cameron of Fangraphs has a breakdown of the revived Scott Kazmir and how his fastball being back is making him an effective starting pitcher again.
Gomes living up to his potential: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com looks at catcher Yan Gomes and how he is fitting in with the team so far in 2013 along with looking at Zach McAllister's increased use of the splitter.
Baffling Michael Brantley Extension Talk: Matt Klaassen of Fangraphs wonders what all the talk about a contract extension for Michael Brantley is about and breaks down why he thinks it would be a bad idea.
Hot in Cleveland: Terry Francona is back doing what he does best with Indians: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! analyzes Terry Francona coming to Cleveland and how this situation is exactly what he was looking for after his time in Boston.
First in HRs, last in fans: Indians show huge power, but none at gate: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports sees the lagging attendance despite the impressive offense in Cleveland and wonders what is going on.
McAllister tries out new weapon: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal looks at Zach McAllister's new weapon and how that is helping him this season.
Indians' power surge brings back memories of glory days: Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal remembers the power the teams of the 90s showed and how today's team reminds her of them.
The Fringe Five: Baseball's Most Compelling Fringe Prospects: Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs includes Danny Salazar as a part of his look at non-Top 100 prospects and includes gifs of him pitching.
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