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.
June 30, 2014 (8 comments)
It was another busy night on the farm as Indians 2014 draft picks continue to impress with their performance in the early going and other players around the system had good a good day. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the action and talks about the big day from Adam Abraham and many others...
June 29, 2014 (1 comments)
Sunday's game marked the official halfway point for the Indians' season. 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 pieces focuses on trade plans for the Yankees, Boston still hoping to extend Jon Lester, and more.
June 29, 2014 (1 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 how well Zach McAllister is pitching in Columbus and what it means. Also inside today's edition of The WAR Room is a look at three Akron relievers who are making some real noise, a breakdown of the disconnect between a few Mudcats starters' ERA and FIP, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you into The WAR Room.
June 29, 2014 (11 comments)
Saturday's west-coast game in Seattle saw Cleveland tie up the series with a 5-0 victory. Powered on offense by three doubles and one home run, the story of the night was Josh Tomlin, who threw an incredible no-walk, one-hit, eleven-strikeout complete game shutout. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down Tomlin's success within the context of his both his career history and its lack of parallels with even Tomlin's previous career-best strikeout performances.
June 29, 2014 (21 comments)
The pitching struggled for the most part Around the Farm for the Indians on Saturday; however, Low-A Lake County right-handed reliever Ben Heller had another impressive outing in relief. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about how impressive he has been and also provides all the good and some bad performances from the day...
June 28, 2014 (0 comments)
Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon is enjoying his best season yet as a pro and as a result has seen his prospect status rise. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the talented sinkerballer to talk about his season and what his main focus is on the mound.
June 28, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians fell to Seattle on Friday by a 3-2 margin. While Seattle was buoyed largely by its offense, the day was made unique by its pitchers, Seattle's Chris Young and Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, two pitchers who, despite being on entirely separate career trajectories, share very similar pitching philosophies. The IBI's John Grimm discusses the merits of their flyballing tendencies - and how overlooking directional pitching tendencies can result in an incomplete evaluation of accompanying defenses.
June 28, 2014 (10 comments)
It was the Mitch Brown and Ryan Merritt show on Friday night around the Indians farm system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night around the farm by noting how Brown is starting to come into his own and Merritt is pushing for a promotion to Double-A Akronand the good (and some bad) performances.
June 28, 2014 (1 comments)
It's the last weekend of June as we head closer to the month of July. Can you believe it? 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 Pirates and Angels trading relievers, the Reds signing a Cuban righty to a long contract, when we could see Francisco Lindor in Cleveland, and more.
June 27, 2014 (2 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the resurgence of High-A Carolina outfielder Luis Rodriguez and what has helped him turn his season around. He also talks about Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon’s improvements and rise in ranks, provides lots of quotes from Low-A Lake County pitching coach Rigo Beltran on several of his pitchers, plus provides insight and news on players such as Francisco Lindor, Yandy Diaz, Ben Heller and more.