The Cleveland Indians announced today that the club has reinstated outfielder Michael Bourn from Major League Baseball's 3-day Paternity List and optioned left-handed pitcher Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus to make room for Bourn on the 25-man roster.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the big month that outfielder Carlos Moncrief had and just what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also checks in on the progress that right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker is making this season, provides several comments from the front office on players in the upper levels like Bryan Price, Jose Ramirez, Jose Flores, Ronny Rodriguez, Enosil Tejeda and others, and offers up updates and insight into the development of Toru Murata, Shawn Morimando, Juan Romero, Anderson Polanco and more!
The Lake County Captains suffered a four-game losing streak this past week, but have rebounded over the last three days winning three straight. The offense still struggles to produce runs, but the batting averages have collectively jumped. The starting rotation stepped things up as only one start was rough this week and the bullpen has done its best to keep the team within games. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains...
Well, we're at the halfway point in the season and nearing the All-Star break and our beloved Indians are not only on a five-game winning streak, they've also overtaken first place in the division at least for the time being. So how has the the bench contributed to the Tribe's success this season? Jake and Hayden discuss that along with the guys who have most and least impressed them in the first half on tonight's edition of Call to the Bullpen.
If you look at Jason Giambi and immediately point out that he’s barely hitting at the Mendoza line, you don’t understand the value he has to this Indians team. While it’s true he doesn’t get nearly as many hits as he used to, the hits he does get are more often than not key and clutch. He proved that once again on Tuesday night driving in the game-winning run with a double. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his "Second Thoughts" on the Tribe's veteran DH and more in their 6-5 win over Kansas City.
Eastlake, Ohio- The Lake County Captains (8-5, 31-49) used three RBI’s from Todd Hankins to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts (2-10, 34-47) on Tuesday night by a final score of 6-2. The Captains have won three straight games.
It was a quiet night on the farm as rainouts postponed two games, but there still were some good performances around the Indians system. Carlos Moncrief continues to just terrorize baseballs as he sends them screaming when he makes contact. What a breakout year he has had. Several others had good and bad nights, and Arthur recaps it all...
The Indians won their fifth straight game Tuesday with a 6-5 win over the Kansas City. With the win, the Indians improved to seven games over .500 for the first time since May 24. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he recaps all the action and provides play-by-play from the Tribe's divisional win.
DURHAM- The Columbus Clippers fell 6-5 after going into extra innings with the Durham Bulls on Tuesday. The Clippers rallied to tie the game after being down the majority of the game, but Durham would take the win in the tenth inning.
Tuesday night’s magic number was two. Two, as in the second complete game shutout Crushers starter Matt Rein has thrown in his last three starts. Two, as in just two hits allowed by the Crushers dominant southpaw. Two, as in this game was essentially over in the second inning, as the Crushers beat the ThunderBolts 11-0. Rein picked up his fourth win as the Crushers improved to 18-21.
Bowie, MD – The Aeros showed signs of improvement at the beginning of the game, but unfortunately they fell victim to two high-scoring innings for the opponent as they were defeated by the Bowie Baysox by a final score of 10-6 on Tuesday night at Prince George’s Stadium.
Last week Tony posted the first part of the IBI Stock Watch with a look at the players at Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron that are either raising or lowering their prospect value halfway through the 2013 season. Today, he takes a look at some of those showings at the High-A Carolina level, players like Joey Wendle, Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, Jerrud Sabourin, Shawn Morimando, Bryson Myles, Bo Greenwell, and many others.
Launching off with the Aeros returns after a week hiatus, catching you up on two weeks' worth of Akron Aeros action. The past two weeks were not all that pleasant, as the team dropped 10-of-15 games and fell to fifth place in the Western Division. There was some unsightly pitching, though a newly-named All-Star did his best to carry the staff. That, plus powerful performances from a few outfielders, gave a silver lining to the losing. To find out who these players are and to catch up on all things Akron Aeros, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
A few days ago, Grantland's Andrew Sharp put out a wonderful article that recapped this year's NBA Draft, which was perhaps one of the most ridiculous drafts in the history of any sport. He chronicled the event using a 1-10 scale, in an "ascending curve of crazy." The IBI's Kevin Dean loved the concept, and in the spirit of the Indians' wild ride of a season thus far, he thought he would apply it to such on this off-day edition of Second Thoughts.
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!