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.
June 18, 2014 (4 comments)
The Indians had several All Star representatives at the Carolina League and California All Star game and also the Midwest League All Star game. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps how all of the Indians participating in the All Star performed and also recaps a big night from players Around the Farm - particularly at Akron.
June 18, 2014 (0 comments)
Former Indians star outfielder and current Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore has been designated for assignment and his Major League future is now in doubt. The IBI's Jamyson Frierson makes his site debut with a recap of all the major news from around baseball and notes the Indians signing of their top draft pick.
June 17, 2014 (2 comments)
All good things must come to an end. For the Indians and their 10 game winning streak at Progressive Field, things came to a screeching halt Tuesday night. Exploding for nine runs on 15 hits, the L.A. Angels made quick work of the Tribe, sending them to a 9-3 loss to even up the four-game series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
June 17, 2014 (3 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 Indians recently completed road trip and dive into some more post-draft talk and look at how Indians minor league players at High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County have performed up to the All Star break.
June 17, 2014 (3 comments)
As he does after every draft, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli and talk at length about a great many things pertaining to the Indians draft this year. They talked about a draft process that Mirabelli is very confident in that they have refined and why he thinks this Indians draft is different from previous years, some philosophy changes with their approach to drafting high school pitching, how they manage their bonus pool on the fly, why they were so sold on the players they picked on day one when they selected them, and much more.
June 17, 2014 (0 comments)
The RubberDucks (40-30) lost two series in the past week, one to the Binghamton Mets where they lost 4 out of 5, and the Eastern League-best Portland Sea Dogs, where lost two out of three. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
June 17, 2014 (2 comments)
In this week's episode of IBI on Site we go to short season Single-A Mahoning Valley as host Hayden Grove sits down and interviews three Scrappers, right-handed pitcher Kieran Lovegrove, infielder Garrett Smith and outfielder D'vone McClure. He also talks to the IBI's Tony Lastoria to get his thoughts on what we will see at Mahoning Valley this year and which draft picks may find their way to Niles over the course of the season.
June 17, 2014 (6 comments)
The Indians started off the homestand right, with a 4-3 victory over Jered Weaver and the Angels. A game in which three of Cleveland home runs reached the plate via the long ball, it might be surprising that the highlight of Cleveland's day was its pitching. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down the oft-discussed Carlos Carrasco, and how the extreme nature of Carrasco's 2.1-inning shutout save demonstrated helps answer a pivotal question: why does Carrasco fare substantially better from the bullpen?
June 17, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians have a lot of high profile draft picks in town this week to visit Progressive Field and be around the big league team and of course to finalize their contracts. One such high profile player officially came off the board on Monday as Justus Sheffield signed his deal with the Indians, and a few more should become official today or tomorrow. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides updates on who is in town and also some other deals that have been finalized.
June 17, 2014 (4 comments)
The Indians had three affiliates off on Monday with Carolina and Lake County enjoying their All Star break and Akron getting a night off, but there was still lots of action in the system at Columbus and Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm...