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.
June 27, 2014 (16 comments)
It is easy to get caught up in recent events and become prisoners of the moment. Really, it just seems like human nature to overvalue the most recent thing to happen. Each year, it happens to a certain number of players: those with hot Aprils seem to have figured something out and those with cold ones seem to have taken a step back. By and large, however, these early season performances go back to normal, which is exactly what is happening with Ronny Rodriguez. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Rodriguez's season, Bobby Bradley's debut to date, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 27, 2014 (3 comments)
It's finally 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 Masterson's "nagging" knee injury, the Angels shopping for a closer, a potential starter for the White Sox next season, and more.
June 26, 2014 (0 comments)
Our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. 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 will continue their midseason review of the Indians minor league affiliates with a look at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus and take about the good and bad showings there and other notable developments.
June 26, 2014 (0 comments)
Earlier this week we posted the seven Indians prospects who have improved their stock the most, but just like there are two sides to every coin and a yin to a yang, that means there have been some prospects who have hurt their prospect value this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at those seven players who have struggled and uses insight and information gained from Indians personnel, scouts and his own observations to explain their struggles and what they need to do to get back on track.
June 26, 2014 (1 comments)
While Tim Lincecum threw his second no-hitter in less than year's time against the Padres, the Indians finally got themselves back in the win column thanks to the return of the dominant Corey Kluber that has led the Tribe staff over the first months of the season as he pitched seven shutout innings to earn his sixth win of the year. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the victory in the desert.
June 26, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains (32-44) crafted a successful week, giving them a solid start to the season’s second half. Posting a 5-1 record, the team holds the best second-half record in the Midwest League and seems to have found some new life after an underwhelming first half. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains...