June 21, 2014 (5 comments)
What can you say? Don’t pitch to guys named Martinez. Former Indian Victor Martinez continued to torture his former team, hitting a first pitch two-run shot to right in the fourth inning of Friday night’s 6-4 loss to the Tigers. As bad as it was to give up that homer, the three-run home run that John Axford gave up to J.D. Martinez in the eighth was the big one. The IBI's Michael Rich provides his second thoughts on the game...
June 21, 2014 (2 comments)
The rookie level Arizona League team for the Indians kicked off their season on Friday night, so now there are six stateside affiliates in action for the Indians. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their opening night as well as the night for the other five affiliates and especially notes the struggles that Danny Salazar continues to have, Alex Lavisky's nice season, and more.
June 21, 2014 (6 comments)
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Victor Martinez was once a friend of the Tribe, now he's their most feared enemy. Having played with the Indians for more that eight seasons from 2002-2009, Martinez led the offensive charge for the Tigers Friday night, as Detroit hung onto defeat Cleveland, 6-4. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a tough loss from the ballpark.
June 21, 2014 (1 comments)
Omar Vizquel officially joins the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame today! 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 Alex Rodriguez settling all of his legal matters, a top Cuban prospect defects from Cuba, the possibility of David Price being dealt, and more.
June 20, 2014 (2 comments)
After a two week hiatus because of the insane amount of time spent on the draft there past two weeks here at the IBI, the Happenings are back! In today’s report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the season that outfielder Tyler Naquin has had and the significant adjustment he has made which has led to a major improvement in an area of greatest weakness. He also looks at the sensational season that lefty Luis Lugo is having, provides tons of comments from Ross Atkins and Ted Kubiak on several players and roster issues - including some absolutely glowing comments on catcher Francisco Mejia - and provides an update on Jose Ramirez, Bryson Myles, Adam Miller, Giovanny Urshela and much more.
June 20, 2014 (2 comments)
It's precisely games like this that make baseball the greatest sport of all time. Nick Swisher had about as bad a game as a hitter could have, let alone one being paid $15 million a year. In his four at-bats during regulation play, the Tribe first baseman struck out three times and incurred the wrath of many fans. A long drive to right field made everyone forget about those first four at-bats. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps another dramatic Tribe victory.
June 20, 2014 (12 comments)
The night after only the Akron RubberDucks were in action, the Cleveland system had seven games going on thanks to the combination of two doubleheaders and the end of the All-Star break for Carolina and Lake County. Two RubberDucks still headlined the night, however, with Will Roberts putting together his best start of the season and Francisco Lindor showing off some power. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the busy night in the system and takes you Around the Farm.
June 20, 2014 (0 comments)
The weekend is nearly upon us! 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 Gavin Floyd's broken elbow, the latest trade rumors involving the Rays, Rangers, and Padres, while also updating the latest draft picks to ink contracts.
June 19, 2014 (5 comments)
All it takes is one hit. Trailing the Angels 3-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning, Nick Swisher got some sweet redemption. Hitless in the ballgame with three strikeouts, the switch-hitter came up big when it mattered most, connecting on a game winning walk-off grand slam to send the Tribe to a 5-3 victory. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps Cleveland's biggest win of the season.
June 19, 2014 (0 comments)
With the Single-A second half set to kickoff tonight, I figured it was a good time to unveil another Coach’s Corner piece, so today we have a Q&A with Low-A Lake County hitting coach Shaun Larkin. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with Larkin and talked about several players in the Lake County lineup. They discussed players such as Paul Hendrix, Nellie Rodriguez, Eric Haase, Anthony Santander, Clint Frazier, Josh McAdams, Grant Fink and more.
June 19, 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 the first half of the minor league season. With Single-A finishing off their All Star break and kicking off second half play on Thursday along with Triple-A and Double-A in the middle of their season, now is a good time to review how the season is going for several Indians players at the unofficial halfway point.
June 19, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains had a brief 3-1 week as the first half of the season came to a close. Overall, the first half has been tough for the squad as they post a league-worst 27-43 record and sit 14 games out of first place in the Eastern Division. Despite some severe offensive struggles, the team has boasted some bright spots, including a solid first half from pitcher Robbie Aviles and a breakout performance from infielder Paul Hendrix. Stephanie Metzger recaps the past week went for the Captains, who will regroup to begin the second half of the season June 19.
June 19, 2014 (16 comments)
We’re nearly halfway through the 2014 season and the Indians stand exactly at .500. That record is reflective of inconsistent play that has plagued various aspects of the team all season. As the middle of summer approaches, the evaluation period for the current roster should be closing and focus shifting to making the decisions necessary to improve the roster for the stretch run. The IBI's Michael Goodman takes a look at what areas the team should bolster as the trade deadline nears.
June 19, 2014 (1 comments)
One thing that is great about the new CBA and the bonus pool system is how much better the signing process and how it gets an extremely large percentage of draft picks out and playing within two weeks of the completion of the draft. In today's signing update, the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes a newly signed player that came out of nowhere, updates on who is left that may sign and the ones that definitely won't, and also provides some comments from scouts on four of the Indians later round picks.
June 19, 2014 (12 comments)
With the combination of All-Star games and bad weather leaving Akron as the sole affiliate in action Wednesday, Jim Piascik trained the Around the Farm focus solely on the RubberDucks. They did not disappoint, as the combination of a lengthy Joseph Colon outing and some home run power led the RubberDucks to victory. Join Jim as he breaks down Colon and his success to date, takes a look at Anthony Gallas' debut in Akron, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 19, 2014 (3 comments)
Could the Indians be looking to make a major splash via trade this summer? 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 swirling rumors surrounding Jeff Samardzija, a member of the Indians bullpen sent packing, and more.
June 18, 2014 (6 comments)
In part two of the IBI's Tony Lastoria's interview with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli, he talks about the plans for players like Zimmer and Papi and what position the Indians plan to develop them at, their change in philosophy with drafting high school arms, how they manage the bonus pool while they are making picks and the difficulties that come with that, the importance of verbal commitments and getting players to stick to them, the team effort given to this draft by the entire organization and so much more.
June 18, 2014 (1 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats closed out the first half of the season on a sour note, going only 1-3 on the week, with one game being canceled by rain. The Mudcats enter the All-Star Break at 29-38 and finished the first half in a tie for third with the Winston Salem Dash. The IBI's Zachary Francis gets us caught up on the week that was for the Mudcats and
June 18, 2014 (7 comments)
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday night by a score of 9-3. The game was close until a big fifth inning was capped by a three-run homer to right field by Mike Trout. Josh Tomlin didn’t quite have the required command to effectively hold the talented Angels’ lineup in check. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts on the game and questions the gameplan on how to pitch to Trout.
June 18, 2014 (15 comments)
The Indians nailed down two more high draft picks on Tuesday getting them to put pen to paper and officially releasing their signings. Also, news came out later in the day that another top pick had agreed to terms and for a well over slot bonus. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on the signings, where exactly the Indians are with their bonus pool, how much money is left over (if any) and provides a comprehensive listing of all 42 picks with who has signed, is not signing, is on the fence, is a summer draft and follow and more.