June 15, 2014 (4 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. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including Carolina left-hander Ryan Merritt continuing to dominate at the High-A level, Lake County left-hander Luis Lugo's slightly hidden greatness, and much more.
June 15, 2014 (0 comments)
After a two-year drought, Cleveland secured a season series victory over Boston with a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday. Stemming from this narrow victory in which an RBI walk functioned as the winning run, the IBI's John Grimm breaks down the personnel dissonance, is unable to reap the rewards of his perfectly serviceable pitching style.
June 15, 2014 (4 comments)
It was another big night Around the Farm for the Indians. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all the action and notes yet another big performance from first baseman Jesus Aguilar in Columbus, Zach McAllister's rehab outing, another good start by Shawn Morimando, D'Vone McClure's walk rate and more.
June 14, 2014 (6 comments)
When a player moves up the minor league ladder, it’s safe to assume that it might take them some time to acclimatize to each level. That isn’t the case with Columbus Clippers outfielder Tyler Holt. Ever since making his Triple-A debut on May 26, Holt has been a revelation. Grant Miller recently spoke with Holt about his transition and his goals for the rest of the season.
June 14, 2014 (7 comments)
Cleveland fell to Boston 10-3 on Friday, in an affair that saw a fairly equal display of batters but was decided by the pitchers. While Boston right-hander John Lackey threw five strikeouts to one walk, Cleveland starter Justin Masterson lasted only two innings, walking four and striking out none. The IBI's John Grimm breaks down a possible source of Masterson's control problems on Friday and discusses the solid and altogether bizarre performance of Asdrubal Cabrera.
June 14, 2014 (4 comments)
Short season Single-A Mahoning Valley got their season started on Friday night and there were several good performances led by catcher Francisco Mejia. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he recaps Mejia's performance, the hot hitting Joe Wendle and all the other players throughout the system in Around the Farm...
June 14, 2014 (1 comments)
Indians outfielder Nyjer Morgan is working his way back from his left knee injury out in Arizona. In this MLB news and notes segment, the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news from the previous day and notes Morgan's rehab status, another Indians transaction and lots of other moves around MLB.
June 13, 2014 (1 comments)
Indians first basement Nick Swisher completed a rehab appearance at Double-A Akron this week and was activated by the Indians on Thursday in Boston. But the impression he left on the players in Akron and the sincere love of the game he shows was something to take in and witness firsthand, which is exactly what the IBI's Hayden Grove did. He sat down and talked to Swisher about his Akron experience and more...
June 13, 2014 (9 comments)
Consistency continues to elude the Indians even now in mid-June. Just when it looked like they were getting locked into a groove after sweeping their last home stand and taking two out of three in Texas, they have suddenly lost their way once again in Kansas City and now Boston. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the Tribe's third straight loss and gives an update on the team's potential All-Star representatives.
June 13, 2014 (4 comments)
Nights like Clint Frazier had on Thursday have not come as frequently as we would like for the center fielder so far in 2014, but while Frazier is struggling a bit this year, putting up big stats this season is not the real goal. It is more important right now for Frazier to learn about the grind that is the minor league season, just like another top prospect a few years ago with. Join Jim Piascik as he explains Frazier's situation in more detail, breaks down Carlos Moncrief's recent surge, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 13, 2014 (0 comments)
Happy 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 a few trade rumors, an update on draft signings, a loophole in Yu Darvish's contract, and more.
June 12, 2014 (3 comments)
Another draft is in the books and it’s time for IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to review the draft in whole and shape up his thoughts and ideas on the draft this year. He gives his thoughts on this draft as a whole and particularly the top 12 selections in the draft and also makes note of some players beyond the top 12 that he likes and hopes the Indians sign.
June 12, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains (24-42) split a 4-4 week, including a sweep of a rain makeup double-header June 5. The team managed to keep most games tight, except for June 6, which resulted in a 14-4 blowout loss. The team remains the worst-hitting squad in the league and the pitching sits among the bottom half of the Midwest League, but they're finding small ways to win. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the Captains' previous week.
June 12, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks won a series at New Britain, taking two out of three from the Rock Cats. The team then lost two out of three to the Senators in Harrisburg. Tuesday, the team was swept in a double-header by the Binghamton Mets. Akron has now dropped five of their last nine games. The IBI's Spencer Davies recaps the week that was for Akron in his latest notebook...
June 12, 2014 (5 comments)
After impressing in Texas the Indians two two steps back in Kansas City losing both games and not looking good in doing so. The poor hitting, struggles against lefties, and sloppy defense returned, and it all added up to a quick two-game sweep at the hands of the Royals. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides his second thoughts on the game...
June 12, 2014 (4 comments)
In another big signing update, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides updates on 10 players the Indians selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. He notes Justus Sheffield's travel plans and signing status, negotiations with Sam Hentges, the signing of another four players, one player who is transferring to another school and likely won't sign, and much more!
June 12, 2014 (6 comments)
Nick Swisher and the energy he brings to everything he does was back in Canal Park Wednesday for the second straight night as the first baseman continued his rehab assignment. After a bit of a down game Tuesday, Swisher looked the part of a major leaguer, lining two doubles and totaling three hits. Jim Piascik was there Wednesday and spoke with Swisher, along with other coaches and players, about the state of his knee and how ready the first baseman is to rejoin the big league roster. Join Jim as he details Swisher's night and recaps the rest of the action in the system as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 12, 2014 (7 comments)
No matter how bad the Red Sox are doing at any point in a season, playing Boston in Boston is a tough series. 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 Pirates losing another starter to the disabled list, Nick Swisher's probable return to the Tribe, and more.
June 11, 2014 (3 comments)
This was by far one of the most exciting drafts the Indians have had in recent years, both by the anticipation of what they would do with their top picks and who they actually ended up picking in the top rounds of the draft. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides his thoughts on what the Indians did, insight into some philosophy changes they made going in, comments on several different players and lots more.
June 11, 2014 (0 comments)
As a difficult first half draws to a close, the Carolina Mudcats will not quit fighting to the very end. The Mudcats took three of five from the Winston Salem Dash in a home-and-home series before heading back to Zebulon to take on the Potomac Nationals, from whom they split the first two games of a series to improve to 4-3 on the week. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was and features righty D.J. Brown...