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IBI Digest: 6/22/13 - 7/6/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 6/22/13 - 7/6/13
IBI Digest
July 6, 2013
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After a week off, the IBI Digest returns to catch you up on anything you missed in the past two weeks.

Considering the heft of this piece, let's dive right into things.

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:

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Minor Happenings: Prospect whereabouts and more: In his biweekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about there still being some hope for Bryce Stowell, an out of nowhere performance from Yhoxian Medina, talks with Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.

2013 MLB Draft: June 25 signing update: Tony Lastoria brings you an update on the 2013 draft class, including a late round pick signing, how that is a change in the plans, and much more.

IBI Stock Watch: June 2013 Part 1: In part one of his monthly feature, the IBI Stock Watch, Tony Lastoria breaks down the players in Columbus and Akron, analyzing who is rising and falling as we reach the halfway mark of the season.

Minor Happenings: Hamrick and others off to impressive start: In his biweekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about Caleb Hamrick's exceptional start to his season, talks with Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.

Minor Happenings: Bautista could be another infield gem: In his biweekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how Claudio Bautista could be adding to Cleveland's wealth of depth in the infield, talks with Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.

IBI Stock Watch: 2013 Midseason review Part 2: In part two of his monthly feature, the IBI Stock Watch, Tony Lastoria breaks down the players in Carolina, analyzing who is rising and falling as we reach the halfway mark of the season.

Minor Happenings: Moncrief has put it all together: In his biweekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how the game is coming much easier to Carlos Moncrief, how Dylan Baker is settling in, talks with Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.

Minor Happenings: Wendle is blossoming into a star: In his biweekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how Joe Wendle is in the midst of a powerful breakout, talks with Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.

2013 MLB Draft: July 6th signing update: Tony Lastoria brings you an update on the 2013 draft class, including an update on potential signing a post-10th round pick, some certainty on another post-10th round pick going to college, and much more.

Regular Content

Saturday, June 22

Kipnis and Kazmir lead Indians to 5-1 victory over Twins: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including Jason Kipnis coming up big, Scott Kazmir's effective outing, and more.

Around The Farm: June 21, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Ronny Rodriguez raising his stock, Quincy Latimore's all-around impressiveness, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #72: Twins 1, Indians 5: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's win, including Scott Kazmir answering some questions, Jason Kipnis coming on in June, and more.

Trend Spotting: Michael Brantley's value conflict: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about Michael Brantley's value to the organization and whether he is somebody the team should look into extending.

Lowery rebounding from tough 2012, showing promise in Akron: Jim Piascik profiles Akron Aeros catcher Jake Lowery, who is rebounding from a down year in 2012 and performing well in Double-A.

Sunday, June 23

Indians hold on to beat Twins 8-7: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including Jason Kipnis falling a home run short of the cycle, the team surviving a late rally, and more.

Around The Farm: June 22, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including Jerrud Sabourin still doing all the right things, Cord Phelps swinging a hot bat, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #73: Indians 8, Twins 7: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's win, including Jason Kipnis being dialed in, the lineup making Twins pitchers work, and more.

Tribe Happenings: Team Streak has returned: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about the streakiness of this year's team, Corey Kluber taking a step forward, and much more.

Running down the All-Star possibilities for the Indians: James Keene runs down Cleveland's candidates for the All-Star game and assesses their chances for being selected.

Cleveland Sports Insider 2.9: Enter the land of Kipnis: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek are back on the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insiders, talking about whether Cleveland can sustain this success and make the playoffs, how Scott Kazmir just won't go away, and more.

Fishing for Mudcats at the All-Star break: In his weekly Carolina notebook, Fishing for Mudcats, Jim Pete writes about the Big Three of Jerrud Sabourin, Francisco Lindor, and Tyler Naquin carrying the team, pitchers to keep an eye on, and much more.

Tribe drops sloppy game to Twins, 5-3: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including Pedro Hernandez filling in well for the Twins, an erratic outing for Carlos Carrasco, and more.

Monday, June 24

Around The Farm: June 23, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including Matt Packer continuing his resurgence, Austin Adams using his cannon, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #74: Twins 5, Indians 3: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's loss, including the offense scuffling at the plate, getting beat by another no-name, and more.

Notes from the Wigwam: Tribe wins two more series: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about another brilliant week from Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley not being his usual productive self, and much more.

Road to the Show: Yan Gomes: Jim Berdysz profiles Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes, who is the first Brazilian-born major leaguer and producing in his first full season.

Indians take first from the Orioles, 5-2: Stephanie Metzger recaps Monday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, including Michael Brantley lifting the team, a decent start from Ubaldo Jimenez, and more.

Tuesday, June 25

Around The Farm: June 24, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Joe Wendle hitting the ball for power, Ryan Merritt showing some dominance, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #75: Indians 5, Orioles 2: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's win, including a chance that we are starting to see the real Ubaldo Jimenez come out, Michael Brantley outplaying the whole Orioles team, and more.

The Crushers Notebook: 6/18/13 to 6/24/13: In his weekly Lake Erie notebook, Kyle Ferrara writes about Dave Middendorf setting the winning tone for the week, Mickey Jannis stabilizing the relief corps, and much more.

Smoke Signals: Episode 6.12: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals, talking about how streaky the team is and if it can maintain this good play, All-Star possibilities, and more.

Prospects and movie ads - They often don't live up to the hype: James Keene opines that much like the ads you see for movies, glimpses of prospects in the minors typically leave much more promise than the actual finished project.

Five-run seventh powers O's past Tribe: Stephanie Metzger recaps Tuesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, including a strong outing from Justin Masterson, not enough offense to overcome the Orioles, and more.

Wednesday, June 26

Around The Farm: June 25, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including Dylan Baker continuing his dominant stretch, Clint Frazier impressing in his debut, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #76: Indians 3, Orioles 6: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's loss, including a meltdown from Justin Masterson, an All-Star worthy performance from Jason Kipnis, and more.

Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.11: Jake Dungan and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about being within striking distance of the Tigers, how the bullpen has been unreliable of late, and more.

On-Deck with the Captains: 6/19/13 - 6/25/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about things falling into place for Dylan Baker, how things could not get much better for Ryan Merritt, and much more.

AZL Indians fall in slugfest to AZL Brewers, 17-5: Sean Aronson recaps the AZL Indians' game Tuesday, including the powerful debut of Clint Frazier, struggles from the pitching staff, and more.

Sabourin hitting his way onto prospect radar: Zachary Francis profiles Carolina Mudcats first baseman Jerrud Sabourin, who is developing into a true underdog story after going undrafted in the 2011 draft.

Thursday, June 27

Indians rally late, defeat Orioles 4-3 on a big comeback win: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, including Scott Kazmir flirting with a no-hitter, Jason Kipnis continuing his scorching tear at the plate, and more.

Around The Farm: June 26, 2013: Tony Lastoria goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Clint Frazier racking up more offense, Joe Wendle continuing his nice season, and more.

The Inside Pitch 2.11: The NBA Draft Edition: Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis are back on the cyberwaves with The Inside Pitch, talking about the NBA Draft and what the Cavs did, early winners and losers, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #77: Indians 4, Orioles 3: Michael Hattery gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including Scott Kazmir dazzling again, Jason Kipnis going video game mode on Baltimore, and more.

Sailing with the Clippers: 6/20/13 - 6/26/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Tim Fedroff being on fire, Daisuke Matsuzaka working his way back, and much more.

MLB trade rumor analysis: Asdrubal Cabrera: Charlie Adams analyzes the trade rumors surrounding Asdrubal Cabrera, including what teams may be interested in acquiring him, what the returns could look like, and more.

Aguilar driving in runs, continuing growth as hitter: Stephanie Metzger profiles Akron Aeros first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who is learning to handle change and adjust in his second year at the Double-A level.

Friday, June 28

Around The Farm: June 27, 2013: Tony Lastoria goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Luis Lugo continuing his hot start, Eric Haase quietly having a good season, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #78: Indians 3, Orioles 7: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's loss, including some struggles from Corey Kluber, a great return for Lonnie Chisenhall, and more.

Orbiting Cleveland: What's ahead for Scott Kazmir?: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about the resurgence of Scott Kazmir and what to expect from his over the rest of the season.

Saturday, June 29

Tribe sweeps doubleheader against White Sox: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, including pounding out 19 runs in game one, coming from behind in the ninth in game two, and more.

Around The Farm: June 28, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including a solid outing for Matt Packer, a rough night in the organization, and more.

Second Thoughts Games #79-80: Tribe wins two: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's doubleheader sweep, including a team that never gives up, how calling this streak "red hot" is an understatement, and more.

Trend Spotting: On the star that is Jason Kipnis: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about the rising star that is Jason Kipnis and looks at how he ranks in baseball and what to expect going forward.

Myles remains positive despite struggles in return from injury: Jacqueline Kantor profiles Carolina Mudcats outfielder Bryson Myles, who is on his way back from a dislocated shoulder and building up his strength.

Tribe rallies to beat White Sox 4-3: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including some late-inning heroics from Nick Swisher, a shaky outing for Ubaldo Jimenez, and more.

Sunday, June 30

Around The Farm: June 29, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including Joe Wendle being in the zone, Ezequiel Carrera being Ezequiel Carrera, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #81: Indians 4, White Sox 3: Michael Hattery gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's win, including the team showing an unmatched resiliency, a look at the team at the halfway point, and more.

Mansolino settling in as coach, helping young Indians hitters: Tony Lastoria profiles Lake County hitting coach Tony Mansolino, who is transitioning away from his playing career into a coaching role within the organization.

Jannis' return to Crushers a boost to the pitching staff: Kyle Ferrara profiles Lake Erie Crushers pitcher Mickey Jannis, who is fitting back in after being reacquired recently by the team.

Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.10: Tribe reclaims first place: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek are back on the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insiders, talking about the team being back in first place, whether or not Justin Masterson has cemented himself as an ace, and more.

Monday, July 1

Masterson gets third complete game shutout as Tribe sweeps Sox: Sean Mahon recaps Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including Justin Masterson's shutout, runs being tough to come by, and more.

Around The Farm: June 30, 2013: Tony Lastoria goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including Dylan Baker's near-perfect day, Jose Ramirez proving his worth, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #82: Indians 4, White Sox 0: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's win, including Justin Masterson throwing another shutout, Chris Sale shutting down the offense, and more.

Notes from the Wigwam: Indians move into first-place tie: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about the team moving into a tie for first place with the Tigers, takes a moment to look back on Jason Kipnis' month of June, and much more.

2013 MLB Draft: An interview with Bradley Goldberg: Jeff Ellis talked to former Ohio State Buckeye and current Chicago White Sox pitcher Bradley Goldberg on pitching for the Buckeyes, the draft process, and much more.

Tuesday, July 2

Around The Farm: July 1, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Danny Salazar's efficient outing, big nights from Jesus Aguilar and Dorssys Paulino, and more.

AZL Indians blow late lead, still manage 7-5 win in extras: Sean Aronson recaps the AZL Indians' game Monday, including a solid outing from Anthony Vizcaya, some late inning drama, and more.

Second Thoughts: Ranking the madness: Kevin Dean gives his day off Second Thoughts about the first half of the season, from the predictable aspects to the less sensible parts.

Launching off with the Aeros: 6/18/13 - 7/1/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Matt Packer continuing his All-Star season, Cedric Hunter pushing for a promotion, and much more.

Wednesday, July 3

Indians edge Royals 6-5, win fifth straight: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Kansas City Royals, including Luis Mendoza helping Cleveland early in the game, Corey Kluber stumbling, and more.

Around The Farm: July 2, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including Carlos Moncrief continuing to roll, Todd Hankins getting back into the swing of things, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #83: Indians 6, Royals 5: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's win, including a look at the value of Jason Giambi, Nick Swisher being back on the upswing, and more.

Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.12: Jake Dungan and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about the team taking over first place, at least for now, what most and least impressed them in the first half, and more.

On-Deck with the Captains: 6/26/13 - 7/2/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Dylan Baker putting early season skepticism to rest, Jack Wagoner pitching lights out, and much more.

Thursday, July 4

Around The Farm: July 3, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around the Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including an appreciation of Francisco Lindor, a look at a red-hot Joe Sever, and more.

Indians fall in a heartbreaker to Kansas City, 6-5: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals, including Eric Hosmer leaving Cleveland in the dark, Jeremy Guthrie outpitching Scott Kazmir, and more.

Mejia's lead AZL Indians past AZL Royals, 4-3: Sean Aronson recaps the AZL Indians' game Wednesday, including another lead blown late, Joel and Francisco Mejia bringing the team back to win, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #84: Indians 5, Royals 6: Michael Hattery gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's loss, including a look at some questionable bullpen management and more.

Sailing with the Clippers 6/27/13 - 7/3/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Juan Diaz's sporadic season, Danny Salazar's masterful performance, and much more.

Friday, July 5

Around The Farm: July 4, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Ryan Merritt's shutout day, some power from Dorssys Paulino, and more.

Royals stun Indians 10-7 as bullpen gives game away late: Jim Berdysz recaps Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals, including more struggles from the bullpen, late fireworks from the Royals, and more.

The Scrapperbook: 6/17/13 - 7/4/13: In his weekly Mahoning Valley notebook, The Scrapperbook, Hayden Grove writes about Luis Lugo's dominance of the New York-Penn League, Claudio Bautista being a pleasant surprise, and much more.

Second Thoughts Game #85: Indians 7, Royals 10: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's loss, including wondering how much longer the Rich Hill experiment can continue, Drew Stubbs exceeding expectations, and more.

Orbiting Cleveland: Fixing the bullpen: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about the issues Cleveland's bullpen has had of late and analyzes the trade market for upgrades as we hit trading season.

Saturday, July 6

Masterson, Indians roughed up by Tigers, lose 7-0: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including Rick Porcello shutting down Cleveland, the Tigers offense getting to Justin Masterson, and more.

Around The Farm: July 5, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Bryson Myles showing his potential, Bo Greenwell possibly turning things around, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #86: Tigers 7, Indians 0: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including Justin Masterson turning in a rough performance, Rich Hill being to turn things around, and more.

Trend Spotting: Corey Kluber and a split personality disorder: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about Corey Kluber and how sustainable his success is, takes a look at the significance of Larry Doby, and much more.

Friends of the Feather

"No matter what I do, ain't good enough for you": Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes about the trade deadline and how Cleveland could target a starting pitcher with multiple years of control.

This could be last season for Carlos Santana as Indians regular catcher: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal opines that as Carlos Santana continues to struggle behind the plate that a Yan Gomes-Lou Marson combination could take over while Santana moves to first base and designated hitter.

Trade Deadline Preview: AL Central Edition: Jonah Keri of Grantland previews the trade deadline for the AL Central, including an outline of Cleveland's need for more pitching both in the rotation and in the bullpen.

Jason Kipnis having success by hitting the ball to the opposite field: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal writes that part of Jason Kipnis' June success comes from taking the ball to the opposite field more frequently.

Q&A Pat Tabler on the 1980s Cleveland Indians: David Laurila of Fangraphs had a Q&A session with Pat Tabler about playing for the not-so-good Cleveland teams of the 1980s, some notable brawls and off-the-wall teammates, and more.

If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at jpiasci1@gmail.com. If you want to read his Master's thesis on college athletes and Twitter, you can do so here.

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