July 3, 2014 (4 comments)
The International Signing Period kicked off on Tuesday. As with every year it brings a high-paced amount of signings that have been agreed on for weeks or months, and also brings with it a lot of questions as many don't understand how it works. The IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at how the system works, the problems that have brought to the forefront, and reviews and provides an update on each of the top six players the Indians have signed.
July 3, 2014 (1 comments)
It is often not easy for young players to adjust to pro ball and for some it can take a few seasons before they settle in and really begin to make some progress. For Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, that has been the case as he strugged his first year-plus in the organization but is really starting to settle in now. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to talk about his season and also recaps the week that was for the Captains...
July 3, 2014 (7 comments)
It had been mid-June since the Indians last scored a series win. It took another late game rally, but they scored three times in the 8th inning to come back and take the win against the Dodgers. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on why this was an impressive win for the Indians and more...
July 3, 2014 (12 comments)
It is really hard to be patient for any stretch of time. Like waiting for Christmas as a child -- or even now for Jim Piascik, the wait for the final Hobbit movie -- is unbearable (same for the waits leading up to the first two, for that matter). But it is absolutely vital to be patient to a fault with prospects, especially ones with the talent of Mitch Brown and Carlos Moncrief. Join Jim as he breaks down Brown's turnaround, the recent resurgence of Moncrief, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 3, 2014 (0 comments)
For years Justin Verlander has been the “ace,” of the Detroit Tigers and one of the best starting pitchers in baseball, however it has been a struggle for the former Cy Young the last two years. He got core muscle surgery in January and has not been the same ever since. In 17 starts this season Verlander is 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA and only 85 strikeouts. This would be his 3rd worse ERA of his career.
July 2, 2014 (2 comments)
In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard for a few moments and talk about some of his pitchers. They talked about the focus for talented righty Kieran Lovegrove, the advanced maturity of lefty Sean Brady, the promise of lefty reliever Anderson Polanco, the change in repertoire for righty Juan Santana, and lots more.
July 2, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats were able to continue their strong start to the second half of the season, going 4-3 on the week. Carolina dropped two of three at Salem before winning two of three on the road against Winston Salem. The Mudcats finished off the week by winning the first game of a three game set at home against Lynchburg. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was and also talks to infielder Joe Sever about his season to date.
July 2, 2014 (12 comments)
No one is hotter in the Indians farm system than outfielder Anthony Gallas. Since being promoted to Akron a few weeks ago he has been on an absolute tear at the Double-A level and is doing all he can to show he belongs there. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his big night and the rest of the Indians minor leagues players Around the Farm...
July 2, 2014 (0 comments)
It may be time to let Masterson rest his ailing knee with a DL stint. 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 Tampa Bay's thinking after a recent hot streak, Mickey Callaway speaking about Danny Salazar, and more.
July 1, 2014 (1 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. The Indians reached the halfway mark in their season on Sunday with their 81st game, so now is a good time to sit back and review the first half of the season, talk about what went right, what went wrong, and what the Indians need to do to make another second half run at the playoffs this season.
July 1, 2014 (13 comments)
Now that it is July, the trade rumor mill is heating up. There are a lot of names on the block and the Indians in spite of being a sub .500 team appear to be buyers and not sellers. They are scouting pitching and there have been many reports of scouts at the Indians minor league games scouting players. This of course has led to all kinds of speculation who the Indians might target and who is the best fit. The IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at two players that fit the Indians needs and would be realistic trade possibilities.
July 1, 2014 (0 comments)
The RubberDucks (48-35) split two series this past week with both the Erie SeaWolves and the Harrisburg Senators. Akron sits a half-game back from the Richmond Flying Squirrels (48-34) for first place in the EL Western. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook....
July 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Here is episode number ten this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI. In this week's show we go back to short season Single-A Mahoning Valley where host Hayden Grove gets a chance to catch up with 2014 first round pick outfielder Bradley Zimmer. We also talk to lefty Sean Brady and media director and radio voice of the Scrappers Tim Pozsgai about the team.
July 1, 2014 (4 comments)
The past three games the Indians have played, three one-hit games have occurred. Josh Tomlin's dominating performance was followed by the Cleveland offense subdued by Felix Hernandez on Sunday in Seattle and, on Monday, by Dan Haren and the Dodgers. The IBI's John Grimm notes that Corey Kluber's excellent performance was, in this sense, a tough loss that nevertheless narrowed Kluber's ERA-FIP gap and made brief note of the unusual strike zone of Angel Hernandez.
July 1, 2014 (20 comments)
It was a night of offense up and down the Indians system as Columbus scored 10 runs on 18 hits, Akron scored 9 runs on 13 hits and Lake County scored 13 runs on 13 hits. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the big performances, the best of which came from Roberto Perez at the plate and also Danny Salazar on the mound.
July 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Happy first of July! 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 massive information breach the Astros experienced, the Cardinals in search for a second or third baseman, another All-Star balloting update, and more.
June 30, 2014 (2 comments)
Baseball bloodlines have become an integral part of the game. The Alomars, the Ripkens, the Molinas. The Niekro knuckleball danced its way through generations. Ken Griffey Jr. once played alongside his father, solidifying one of baseball’s greatest father-son moments. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger talks about Michael Brantley's cousin Justin who is making his way through the Indians minor league system as a pitcher.
Baseball seems to be a genetic trait, and the Brantley family is no different.
June 30, 2014 (0 comments)
The Columbus Clippers spent last week in the midst of a 10-game road trip through Lehigh Valley, Buffalo, and Toledo. They had a few hot performances with the bat, notably from Audy Ciriaco, and some quality starts on the mound. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was for the Clippers...
June 30, 2014 (11 comments)
First round pick Mike Papi's college season ended last week and his pro career is set to kick off later this week. He is set to come to Cleveland on Tuesday, sign his contract and then report to Mahoning Valley sometime over the weekend. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides a quick update on the last unsigned top 25 pick of note.
June 30, 2014 (3 comments)
This game was officially the halfway point in the season. The Indians now stand at 39-42, 6.5 games back in the division and 4.5 games back for the second Wild Card spot. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on the game and also looks at key areas of the team that need to step up in the second half.