August 11, 2014 (15 comments)
Carlos Carrasco pitched a very good game for the Indians in their series finale against the Yankees on Sunday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about why that start was encouraging, why his time in the bullpen may have allowed him to find himself and what we should take out of that start - if anything. He also talks about the recent injury to Nick Swisher and the opportunity to see Zach Walters, the departure of Vinnie Pestano, the continuing struggles of Jason Kipnis and much more...
August 11, 2014 (3 comments)
The pendulum appears to be swinging the other way once again as they manage to finish their road trip strong with a series win in New York courtesy of Corey Kluber and, surprisingly, Carlos Carrasco, who both kept the Yankees bats in check over the final two games of the series. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the victory.
August 11, 2014 (14 comments)
Low-A Lake County got some power from a very unlikely source on Sunday which helped guide them to a decisive win and keep them in the hunt for a postseason berth. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about that big performance from shortstop Ivan Castillo and goes Around the Farm to recap all of the other action from Sunday...
August 11, 2014 (8 comments)
The Indians got a much needed good showing in the starting rotation from someone other than Corey Kluber on Sunday. The Indians also placed two players on the disabled list and called up players. The IBI's Jay Frierson chimes in with all the Tribe news and other news around baseball on Sunday....
August 10, 2014 (6 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers, including a look at what the Angels are getting in Vinnie Pestano. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Pestano's encouraging minor league performance and the rest of the stats from around the organization as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 10, 2014 (0 comments)
Corey Kluber took his deadpan routine to New York on Saturday, and despite a brief injury scare in the fourth inning, all would appear to be well with the Cleveland ace. With scoring from Jose Ramirez hit the first home run of his career, a short two-run blast, and Michael Brantley adding an insurance run in the Eighth, it was Corey Kluber who monopolized the spotlight. The IBI's John Grimm looks back, not only on Corey Kluber's season, but attempting to situate Kluber's season in Indians history.
August 10, 2014 (7 comments)
The story really has not changed much for Moncrief this season, as after a rough first two months from an overall performance standpoint, the 25-year-old has started getting better results without fixing his plate discipline. That still remains true, as evidenced by Moncrief's performance Saturday night. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Moncrief's season and the action throughout the minor league system as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 9, 2014 (1 comments)
Several new players from the recently completed MLB Draft are started to settle into the Indians minor league system. One of those players is right-handed pitcher Jordan Carter who was selected by the Indians in the 22nd round out of St. Joseph’s University (PA) and signed just a few days after the draft. Tony Lastoria recently spoke to Carter about his debut and the transition to professional ball.
August 9, 2014 (5 comments)
While the 10-6 score suggests a baseball game that was an offensive explosion, Friday's contest was a game that was neither nearly as close as it looked nor one driven predominantly by offense. While Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer's control was far from pristine, the Cleveland defense defined the night, making two critical errors and setting the tone for Cleveland early. The IBI's John Grimm gives a year-to-date review of the Cleveland defense and the ignoble history they approach.
August 9, 2014 (5 comments)
Cody Anderson put together a pretty good comeback performance Friday night, returning to the mound and putting up four perfect innings. Up in Columbus, Giovanny Urshela was not on the comeback trail, but he was continuing to put up big stats in his breakout season. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Anderson and Urshela's nights and the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 9, 2014 (0 comments)
It's finally the weekend! As summer begins to wind down, the playoff hunt is heating up. 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 the Cubs acquiring former top prospect Jacob Turner, the Marlins talking extension with Giancarlo Stanton, an update on the Cole Hamels revocable waivers claim, and more.
August 8, 2014 (5 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the surging Bobby Bradley out in Arizona and talks about how “special” he looks and why the Indians are excited about him. He also looks into the strong season to date from lefty Sean Brady, the suddenly red hot Francisco Miguel in Arizona, the quality season Duke von Schamann has put forth, provides tons of comments from the front office on players at Double-A Akron like Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Anthony Gallas, Shawn Armstrong, Joe Colon and more!
August 8, 2014 (2 comments)
One would think we would know how this song and dance goes by now with the Indians here in 2014. Almost like clockwork, as soon as this team looks to be getting their act together to go on a hot streak, they fall right back to square one and need to build themselves up all over again. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the Indians third straight loss as the Ohio Cup leaves Cleveland.
August 8, 2014 (9 comments)
James Ramsey did not get off to the best start in his Cleveland career, but he did his best to erase those first five games Thursday night. Meanwhile, farther south, Logan Vick continued his Carolina renaissance as he keeps benefiting from some good fortune after some wretched BABIP luck earlier in the season. Finally, even farther south and out to the west, Sicnarf Loopstok did his best to force a season's worth of performance into two games. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all this and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 8, 2014 (3 comments)
Happy Friday! 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 the announcement that Progressive Field will be getting a facelift, Cole Hamels gets claimed on revocable waivers, an update on Padres manager Bud Black, and more.
August 7, 2014 (18 comments)
Today the Indians completed one of the first waiver deals of the baseball season. They traded right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano to the Angels for right-handed pitching prospect Michael Clevinger. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on the deal and provides some info on the new pickup for the Indians...
August 7, 2014 (0 comments)
This is a new feature piece here at the IBI that specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to focus in on an upper level pitcher who has really come on strong the last two seasons and established himself as one of the Indians better bullpen prospects. That person is Louis Head. Tony provides the details on his stuff, how good he is, what he is working on, his future and much more...
August 7, 2014 (1 comments)
The Lake County Captains' offense appeared to go missing last week. Luckily, the team received a few solid pitching performances, particularly from Mitch Brown - though the team posted a 3-4 record for the week. The final full month of the season has arrived, but the Captains are slipping from contention for a second-half playoff spot. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger provides the week in review for the Captains....
August 7, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians fell to the Reds 8-3 on Wednesday night. Danny Salazar struggled with the home run ball and was promptly optioned out to Columbus after the game. Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes had good games, but nothing else really went right for the Indians. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on Salazar's outing, the possibility of Carlos Carrasco moving into the rotation and more...
August 7, 2014 (13 comments)
No matter how many times it is said, patience is really the name of the game when it comes to prospects. Even when it comes to a second round pick like Mitch Brown, jumping ship after fewer than two full professional seasons makes no sense. Brown may not be a finished product, but most prospects are not; otherwise they would be in the major leagues. Prospects in Brown's position are looking for growth and he has definitely shown that this year. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Brown's dominant outing, LeVon Washington's offensive outburst, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.