In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings in the Indians’ farm system, Tony touches on the strides that Cody Anderson is making as a prospect, provides tons of comments from the front office on some of the pitching options at Triple-A Columbus like Danny Salazar, Preston Guilmet, Matt Langwell and Giovanni Soto, and also touches on a few hitters with the return of Tony Wolters to Carolina and the strides he is making as a hitter and catcher and also an in depth look at the promotion of Chun Chen and his future in the organization. In addition to that, he provides lots of insight and information on several other prospects in the organization.
The wins continue to roll in for the Cleveland Indians, who currently sport a 26-17 record and sit atop the American League Central. Jason Kipnis, Justin Masterson and Yan Gomes all had strong performances during the past week, and the Tribe currently brings plenty of momentum into its two-game series with the Detroit Tigers, which begins tonight. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
For the second time in as many weeks, the Indians put themselves in a position to sweep an ever-difficult four-game series. In a game where their starter got through just three innings and their three impenetrable backend relievers all faltered, naturally, they pulled it out. In game-winning fashion. Again. Kevin Dean shares his second thoughts on a thrilling come from behind walkoff 10-8 win for the Indians.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. In tonight's episode, Tony and Jim discuss the results of the first game of a brief but big two-game set with the Detroit Tigers. In addition to that they will discuss what may have been the best offseason move by the Indians flipping Esmil Rogers for Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes, the rebound of Ubaldo Jimenez and his important start coming up against Justin Verlander on Wednesday, who is hot in the minors, and more!
There are players every year that seem to come out of the woodwork to become good-to-great prospects. The first guy that comes to mind is Jose Ramirez last season. Ramirez struggled tonight, but the guy at the top of ATF is someone who's surprising this year, and has surprised in the past as well. Join Jim Pete, as he winds us through the daily baseball tidings in Monday's ATF.
The Cleveland Indians were not the only team in their organization to win on a walk-off in extra innings Monday, as Chun-Hsiu Chen greeted the International League with a game-winning single to give the Clippers a 6-5, victory over Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
AKRON- The Akron Aeros wasted a two-run ninth to drop a heartbreaker to the Bowie Bayson in 12 innings, 4-3. The Aeros seemed to be on the track to yet another bad loss at home after an awful 7th inning, and a four game losing streak was all but reality. That was, until the bottom of the ninth inning began. The Aeros got started quickly, however, for the second straight game.
Crazy may be in fact an understatement to describe the series finale between the Indians and Mariners Monday afternoon. Ten innings and three hours and forty-eight minutes later, Cleveland would come out with their biggest win of the season, defeating Seattle 10-8 pulling it off once again in dramatic fashion. Tribe catcher Yan Gomes delivered on a walk-off three run homer to give Cleveland a victory and a four-game series sweep of Seattle.
Routine is one of baseball’s most imperative elements, especially for a pitcher. From workouts to repeating motions within deliveries to maintaining a healthy diet, continuity is key. Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Josh Martin recognizes the importance of such consistency and is off to a fine start at Lake County. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger gets us caught up with the big righty....
The 2013 MLB Draft is less than three weeks away. The IBI's draft guru Jeff Ellis has been studying all of the players and knows all of the teams' tendencies inside and out, and today provides his first mock draft of the entire first round. He provides lots of insight and analysis on each pick....no one knows the draft better than Jeff! Check out who he has the Indians selecting and more...
Expectations were high heading into 2013, with general manager Chris Antonetti blazing a new course with real free agent signings and manager Terry Francona at the helm. At the quarter-mark of the season, expectations remain high as Cleveland sits two games up in the division and owns the fifth best record in all of baseball. How did the team reach that height? Well, it is once again time to join Jim Piascik as he ranks the roster and breaks down each player's contribution to the team.
In what looked like it had the chance to be a pitcher’s duel in the making between the Tribe and Mariners was all but one-sided Sunday afternoon. Heading into Sunday, the Indians were a remarkable 6-1 on the year against former Cy Young Award winners, and now, they’ve dethroned a “King” and go to 7-1. Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts as the Indians go for another four-game sweep at Progressive Field.
The Lake County Captains (15-25) dominated Sunday’s game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (24-17) and went home with a 7-5 victory. Fort Wayne jumped out to an early lead thanks to a wild pitch on a swinging strike to Mallex Smith by starter Michael Peoples.
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!