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...
June 11, 2014 (9 comments)
In another big signing update the IBI's Tony Lastoria continues to dig around for information and talk to players and people connected to them to acquire signing information. In today's update he provides information on why the signing of some picks has been delayed, notes SEVEN new players who have either signed or expressed their interest to 100% sign, and much more.
June 11, 2014 (8 comments)
The Cleveland Indians lost to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night by a score of 9-5. The game was largely out of hand, though the Indians tried to creep back in by scoring five runs in the final two innings. The IBI's Charlie Adams provides his second thoughts on the game and reviews a key moment between Corey Kluber and Eric Hosmer.
June 11, 2014 (9 comments)
In what might be the longest ATF column ever to grace the webpages of IBI, the IBI's Arthur Kinney takes you Around the Farm for a night that included a doubleheader in Akron and a gargantuan offensive explosion by the Clippers. Strap yourself in and get ready for a long ride Around The Farm...
June 11, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians play of late is setting us up for a fun 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 punishment handed down to Manny Machado, the Indians locking up a high round draft pick, and more.
June 10, 2014 (2 comments)
We continue on with our post-draft coverage here at the IBI with information on the new Indians draft picks from the very people who have been watching and reporting on them for months: the scouts. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has contacted over a dozen scouts in the game to provide comments on over a third of the picks the Indians made and provides them all in his latest article.
June 10, 2014 (0 comments)
Here is episode number six this season of "IBI on Site", a new exciting project here at the IBI. In this week's show we go back on site to Low-A Lake County as host Hayden Grove sits down and interviews two of the Captains three All Stars in catcher Eric Haase and right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath on camera. He also recaps the recently completed Indians draft and gets us up to date on how some players from the 2013 Draft are doing.
June 10, 2014 (1 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 recap the Indians 2014 Draft and provide thoughts and insight into what the Indians accomplished. Also, they will also have an on-air interview with 16th round pick and newly signed right-handed pitcher J.P. Feyereisen to talk about how the draft process went for him, his pro career getting started and much more.
June 10, 2014 (2 comments)
Yesterday the IBI's Tony Lastoria provided signing updates on 19 of the Indians 42 draft picks from the 2014 MLB Draft. He has since been busy contacting people and today provides updates on 12 players, with four of them officially signed and four more who say they will sign. Four of the updates are on top 10 round picks and another four are on top 20 rounders.
June 10, 2014 (17 comments)
Drama has inherent value in sporting narratives, but the Cleveland Indians' 17-7 victory over the Texas Rangers suggests that drama can be passably foregone if one's favored club hits five home runs. With home run contributions from Michael Brantley, George Kottaras, and the highlight of the night, Lonnie Chisenhall, the IBI's John Grimm discusses both the former's excellent performance, and notes the struggles of T.J. House, struggles were dwarfed by the night's excellent run support.
June 10, 2014 (13 comments)
Luis Lugo took another step forward in his development on Monday night with an outstanding outing for Low-A Lake County. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps that performance and also profiles the hot hitting Tyler Naquin at Double-A Akron. Those players and all of the other good and not so good performances are highlighted in Around the Farm...
June 10, 2014 (5 comments)
History was made in Texas last night! 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 news that the Pirates are promoting their top prospect, Lonnie Chisenhall writing his name in the record books, the Rays pull the plug on their closer, and more.
June 9, 2014 (30 comments)
Here is the IBI's 2014 MLB Draft page that has everything you need to know about each of the Indians' 42 selections in this year's draft. This page has all of the player information in one place with link outs to each player's draft page that has information, capsules, scouting reports, video, and so on.
June 9, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians Triple-A Columbus affiliate continued their up and down performance over the past week. The bullpen was strong for them and they continue to get good showings from Tyler Holt and others, though the starting pitching continues to be a problem for them. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was in his weekly notebook...
June 9, 2014 (4 comments)
The 2013 MLB Draft is now in the rearview mirror which means the signing process has begun. Here is a first rundown of news on some things happening with Indians draft picks. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has already been calling, texting, and emailing scouts, advisors, agents and players for information on the signing status of several of the Indians picks. Here are some updates that he has dug up today on 19 of the Indians draft picks, including several players expected to sign in the next few days...
June 9, 2014 (3 comments)
Baseball is a funny game sometimes. Less than a month ago, the Indians were in dead last in the division with a seemingly insurmountable 10.5-game deficit between them and the first-place Tigers. Now they sit alone in second place well within view of the Motor City Kitties' rearview mirror at only three games back. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Sunday's slim 3-2 Tribe victory in Texas.
June 9, 2014 (14 comments)
The Indians had some big hitting performances Around the Farm on Sunday, but the biggest one of them all came from High-A Carolina third baseman Yandy Diaz who racked up five hits. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his night and return from injury along with all of the other good and bad performances from the night.
June 9, 2014 (10 comments)
The Indians finally climb back over .500! 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 summer trade rumors, when Zach McAllister could return to the Tribe rotation, and more.
June 8, 2014 (1 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters. 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. One of those trends is Akron outfielder Tyler Naquin continuing to hit in Double-A and how it is starting to look more sustainable. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you into The WAR Room.
June 8, 2014 (9 comments)
The Cleveland Indians' 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday shows the supremacy of process over result. After scoring only four runs despite 14 baserunners on Friday, Saturday's 8 runs came on 16 baserunners. As the Cleveland Indians have finally found some semblance of offensive consistency, the IBI's John Grimm breaks down the continuously puzzling offensive profile of Carlos Santana, as well as highlight Josh Tomlin, whose execution has finally caught up to his reputation.