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.
July 20, 2014 (0 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters. In particular, Jim Piascik looks at the impressive seasons of Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez, and Giovanny Urshela, all of whom look ready to contribute in Cleveland. Join Jim as he writes about all that and more and takes you into The WAR Room.
July 20, 2014 (2 comments)
A doubleheader meets the most-used bullpen in the majors. If Francona were concerned about the state of his bullpen before the doubleheader began, his concerns dissipated after Kluber went 8.2 quality innings in the first game of the day, leading to a two-win doubleheader that put Cleveland in a position to sweep a four-game series in Detroit. The IBI's John Grimm notes how one apparently isolated incident, Francona's decision to leave Kluber in for the ninth, problematizes run differential as evaluation.
July 20, 2014 (4 comments)
Though the season has not gone as planned for Jerrud Sabourin, you would not know it based off Saturday night. Sabourin pulled off a rare event in baseball, as Arthur Kinney recaps. In addition to Sabourin, Arthur writes about the season Alex Monsalve is putting together, Anthony Gallas big doubleheader, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 19, 2014 (0 comments)
Brian Ruiz's family took advantage of opportunity when it moved from the Dominican Republic to Cleveland. Now, Ruiz is seizing the opportunity to play professional baseball with his hometown team. Ruiz continues to live at home on the city's West Side, just 30 minutes from Classic Park, home of the low-A Lake County Captains. Join Stephanie Metzger as she profiles Ruiz about playing so close to home and much more.
July 19, 2014 (3 comments)
In the first game back from the All-Star Break, Cleveland picked up precisely where it left off: Trevor Bauer on the hill and the offense coming through late. In a 9-3 victory that tested the patience of Cleveland fans until an explosive seven inning, the IBI's John Grimm situates Jason Kipnis's two home runs within a season that has failed to serve as the breakout that many expected and examines Trevor Bauer's consistent yet contradictory outing.
July 19, 2014 (4 comments)
The major league team got back into the swing of things Friday, returning from the All-Star break in grand style. But there was still action down on the farm, including Mahoning Valley's Leo Castillo making his case to get back up to Lake County. Join Arthur as he recaps the night, including Castillo's performance, Shawn Morimando's second outing in Akron, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 19, 2014 (0 comments)
The Indians started the second half of their season with a bang with a huge win over the Tigers! 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 Huston Street heading to Los Angeles, Brady Aiken failing to sign with Houston, the Tigers talking with a team about a closer, and more.
July 18, 2014 (0 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, Jim Piascik fills in for Tony and take a look at High-A Carolina pitcher Adam Plutko's adjustment to the level after a stellar debut in Lake County. He also breaks down Clint Frazier's recent surge and how the 2013 first round pick has progressed this season. Finally, Jim talked to Double-A Akron RubberDucks pitching coach Jeff Harris about Cody Anderson and the adjustments he is making, Joe Colon and his approach to pitching, and much more.