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.
June 8, 2014 (1 comments)
Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a few steps forward, and that is what it appears to be outfielder Logan Vick is doing since his reassignment to Lake County. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about Vick's big night and recaps all of the other action Around the Farm for the Indians...
June 8, 2014 (4 comments)
The last major free agent has finally signed. 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 Twins landing Kendrys Morales, the plan for Nick Swisher, and more.
June 7, 2014 (6 comments)
Okay, two days are in the books, now for the fun (and insanity) that is the final day of the draft. Today the Indians will make selections in the 11th through 40th rounds and then things will end. We will be posting draft capsules for each of the 30 picks made today, but those will show up later in the day. Check out this thread to see the updated Indians picks as they are made...
June 7, 2014 (2 comments)
In the aftermath of the Cleveland Indians sweeping a six-game homestand, the team was quickly reminded that, while Cleveland holds the best home record in the American League, they also hold the worst record on the road in that same Junior Circuit. The IBI's John Grimm recounts the more notable occurrences of Cleveland's 4-6 loss in Arlington to the Rangers, noting that, given both the competition and the total baserunners Cleveland garnered, there were certainly some positive signs to be taken from the game.
June 7, 2014 (8 comments)
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. In today's recap the IBI's Arthur Kinney looks at the good performances by Tyler Naquin and Bryson Myles at Double-A Akron on the night as well as the rest of the performances throughout the system.
June 7, 2014 (1 comments)
It's finally the weekend! 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 Kendrys Morales could sign with a club soon, Ryan Zimmerman's position change, Johan Santana suffers another injury, and more.
June 6, 2014 (0 comments)
Today the draft kicks back up at 1pm ET and will only cover rounds 3-10. As each pick is made today we will have info up literally minutes after it is announced. This is a quick note that I am posting to the site to remind everyone that the picks for today will not show on the front page or in the front page slider. They will all post to the newswire to the right and in the "News" section at the top of the site.