July 24, 2014 (8 comments)
On Wednesday there was another competitive balance lottery and once again the results were good for the Indians. There were 12 picks up for grabs between 15 teams, so three teams were shut out of the lottery. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on the importance of the additional pick the Indians awarded and how the lottery works.
July 24, 2014 (18 comments)
Though the lower levels of the minors are more about development than raw results, it is always great to see a top prospect putting up strong numbers down in Lake County. Clint Frazier has pulled that off of late, surging in a big way in the second half of the season. He was at it again Wednesday, so Jim Piascik broke down his performance compared to another first round pick who went through Lake County recently, Francisco Lindor. Join Jim as he recaps Frazier's night and all the action from the minor league side as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 24, 2014 (3 comments)
IBI's Jamyson Frierson takes a look into the top story lines for the Cleveland Indians and all of Major League Baseball. Today's top stories start with Bartolo Colon's near-perfect game as the ageless wonder continues to perform. The Indians made a few transactions and are set to get an important player back on the mound.
July 23, 2014 (17 comments)
The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching. With just over a week until the deadline passes, teams are already making deals to fill needs and there will sure to be more in the upcoming days. The Indians are one of those teams looking to make a deal and add a player to jump start the team. But who do the Indians have to trade that teams would want? That's where the IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in to provide a deep list of players and provides insight into why teams like them and why the Indians would or would not trade them.
July 23, 2014 (0 comments)
This incarnation of the Carolina Mudcats have been difficult to figure out. One week, the team will reel off five wins in a row, and the next, they will trade victories with losses and finish under .500 for the week. This was one of those weeks, as the team went 3-4, but took two of three in Myrtle Beach, the first half division winners. The IBI's Zachary Francis catches us on the week that was for the Mudcats and also recently sat down to talk with Cole Sulser about his season...
July 23, 2014 (2 comments)
What a much needed win by the Tribe on Tuesday after losing two of their last three games. This game saw the return of Danny Salazar who hasn’t pitched in a big league game since May 15th. It also saw Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher have offensive nights that we haven’t seen from either of them much this season. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts on the win...
July 23, 2014 (16 comments)
Francisco Lindor made his Triple-A debut on Tuesday night. Bryson Myles continues to rake during his rehab assignment in Arizona. Adam Plutko had a start to forget. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about those performances and more as he takes us Around the Farm in the Indians system to recap all the action from Tuesday night...
July 23, 2014 (7 comments)
The rumors heat up as we get closer to the trade deadline. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Yankees acquisition of Chase Headley, MLB begins process of interviewing Bug Selig's replacement, and more.
July 22, 2014 (0 comments)
In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to discuss all things pertaining to the Cleveland Indians. They discuss the Indians good start out of the gate after the All Star break with a series win in Detroit and how things are currently going on their 11-game road trip, talk about Francisco Lindor's promotion to Triple-A Columbus on Monday, what the Indians may target at the trade deadline and much more.
July 22, 2014 (1 comments)
The RubberDucks (57-46) started their second half of the season on a rough note, dropping five of their last six. This includes a five-game skid they have headed into tonight’s game against Richmond. Akron currently sits back four and a half games from the EL Western first-place Flying Squirrels (60-41). The IBI's Spencer Davies looks back at the week that was in his latest notebook....
July 22, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians have a lot of young, talented pitchers scattered throughout the lower levels of their organization and the one with the most upside of them all might be Low-A left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk to the talented lefty and notes the strides he has made this season...
July 22, 2014 (3 comments)
This was a winnable game that ended with an unfavorable result for the Indians. With each win of increasing importance, it’s a disappointing start to a three game series against the Minnesota Twins. The Indians battled the whole night to try and come from behind, managing to do so in the 8th inning on an RBI single from Roberto Perez, but a Bryan Shaw served up a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning that would prove to be the difference. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on the game...
July 22, 2014 (11 comments)
It was a rough night for the Indians top four minor league affiliates as they totaled just four runs in the four games between them; however, there were a lot of interesting performances throughout the system and there was some big news as well. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm and talks about the promotion of top prospect Francisco Lindor to Columbus.
July 22, 2014 (5 comments)
After coming out of the All Star break with a bang, the Indians have lost their last two games. Can they rebound on Tuesday? 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 an Athletics pitcher requesting a trade, more rumors about pitcher David Price, which Phillies' players we could see traded, and more.
July 21, 2014 (6 comments)
The Indians lone All Star representative outfielder Michael Brantley is having a season to remember in his breakout campaign with the Indians, and it may end up leading to an MVP season for him. The IBI's Tony Lastoria returns this week and discusses Brantley's MVP candidacy, the Indians struggles against left-handed pitching, the shuffling of arms in the rotation and what that means, and much more.
July 21, 2014 (0 comments)
The IBI's Michael Rich checks in with his weekly notebook and has all sorts of goodies to share. He had a chance to catch up with Danny Salazar and talked about the changes he has made in Columbus to correct some issues he was having with his delivery, and he also provides all the news and notes from the past week for the Clippers.
July 21, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians were not quite able to finish of an impressive four game sweep of the Tigers in Detroit on Sunday as they lost 5-1; however, they still won three of the four games in the series and have positioned themselves well on their tough road trip to start the second half. The IBI's Michael Rich provides his second thoughts on the game...
July 21, 2014 (4 comments)
Bryan Price is already a household name within baseball circles. Well, the name Bryan Price at least. When fans hear the name their thoughts would probably jump to the current manager of the Cincinnati Reds. But two hours to the northeast there’s another Bryan Price, one who is climbing the minor league ladder in search of the big time. The IBI's Grant Miller recently sat down to talk to the talented Tribe relief prospect...
July 21, 2014 (21 comments)
The Indians got a big night from two players at different ends of the prospect spectrum on Sunday. They got an impressive performance from the veteran Tyler Holt in Triple-A Columbus, but got an even more impressive showing from Francisco Mejia who is a fast rising star in Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their day and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
July 21, 2014 (10 comments)
A series win in Detroit is a great way to start the second half. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the growing interest in Joaquin Benoit, the Phillies receiving calls on some of their veterans, and more.