May 19, 2014 (14 comments)
The Indians defense has been a hatchet job worse than the goriest of horror movies, and the offense is wildly inconsistent and lacks any punch whatsoever. Without a pretty solid effort from their starting rotation and bullpen up to his point, the Indians might be rivaling the Cubs and Astros as the worst team in baseball – though are dangerously close to that level anyway. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the issues with the Indians lineup, why Jesus Aguilar should be given a chance, and more.
May 19, 2014 (10 comments)
The Indians had several players get their first game action of the season on Sunday with a new affiliate or returning from injury. Righty Duke von Schamann made his Triple-A debut and had mixed results, J.C. Ramirez returned from injury with Double-A Akron, outfielder LeVon Washington played in his second game since missing a month due to an injured oblique. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us Around the Farm and recaps all of the performances.
May 16, 2014 (5 comments)
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing this month from Low-A Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix and provides some insight and information as to what kind of prospect he is, where his strengths lie, and whether he can keep up his torrid play. He also takes a look at Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko who is having an exceptional pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates with some news of some prospects who could be on the move today, and a lot of information on players such as Justin Sellers, Tyler Sturdevant, Torsten Boss, Eric Haase and others!
May 15, 2014 (2 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 talk about the call up of Jesus Aguilar to Cleveland, the impact he can make, and the out of whack expectations he has to live up to. They will conduct some talk on the minors leagues taking a specific look at Double-A Akron outfielder Tyler Naquin who is having a strong season but still has many questioning his selection at #15 overall in the 2012 Draft. All of that and more tonight!
May 14, 2014 (2 comments)
In today's debut Coach's Corner piece of the season, the IBI's Tony Lastoria sat down with Low-A Lake County manager Mark Budzinski and talked about several things pertaining to his roster. They discussed Anthony Santander’s role and why he is only DHing, the emergence of Jordan Milbrath, the good start by Adam Plutko, what Dace Kime is working on, what has changed for Robbie Aviles, the new piggyback philosophy and lots more.
May 13, 2014 (1 comments)
With 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 talk about the decision manager Terry Francona made to remove John Axford from the closer's role, discuss why Cody Allen not as closer is a good thing, review some of the top performances in the minors and more.
May 13, 2014 (7 comments)
The IBI Hot List showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today’s listing includes 20 players and over 2500 words, and highlights players such as Adam Plutko, Paul Hendrix, Anthony Gallas, Joe Wendle, Cody Anderson, Torsten Boss, Jeremy Lucas and many others.
May 13, 2014 (7 comments)
When opportunity knocks for a minor leaguer who is not considered a high end prospect, then that player better answer well. That is what Low-A Lake County shortstop Paul Hendrix has done since taking over the everyday shortstop gig 10 days ago, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his surge in performance and all of the rest of the action Around the Farm on Monday night.
May 12, 2014 (17 comments)
Michael Bourn was brought in to be firestarter at the top of the Indians lineup, steal a lot of bases and play exceptional defense in center field. That's what the Indians him paid $48 million for - and potentially $60 million. With Nyjer Morgan up and doing exactly what was hoped of Bourn, it does bring about some questions if Morgan keeps up his good play and Bourn continues to struggle with performance and injuries. The IBI's Tony Lastoria touches on all of that and also talks about Josh Tomlin's nice showing to date, Axford's removal from closer, Chisenhall's growth and more.
May 12, 2014 (12 comments)
The Indians strong pitching throughout their system continued on Sunday as Ryan Merritt, Kyle Davies, and others pitched well. Two pitches in particular at High-A Carolina continue to pitch well and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them and more in his recap of the performances Around the Farm...
May 9, 2014 (9 comments)
In this week's week-ending edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the waiting game for Jesus Aguilar’s arrival in Cleveland and what the Indians are waiting for, provides lots of front office comments on some players at Double-A Akron, provides injury updates on several players including LeVon Washington and Bryan Price, and provides lots of insight and information on prospects such as Bryson Myles, Joe Wendle, Anthony Gallas, Dorssys Paulino and others!
May 9, 2014 (2 comments)
It was a light news day around the league on Thursday, but there were still some noteworthy transactions. One such transaction was the announcement that catcher Matt Treanor has opted to retire. In addition to that news, the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes how the Giants are looking to extend Sergio Romo and much more.
May 8, 2014 (0 comments)
Our new bi-weekly Smoke Signals format puts us back on the air tonight at 11:00pm ET! In tonight's show Tony Lastoria and Jeff Ellis look at some of the bullpen talent and depth the Indians have assembled and how it shakes it over the next few years. The will also provide their thoughts on the completed Twins series, delve into some MLB Draft talk, and talk about some of the more interesting early season minor league performances in the system.
May 7, 2014 (2 comments)
Smoke Signals.....has come back....to Blog Talk Radio. In tonight's show (moved from Tuesday) IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis once again steps into the co-hosting chair and joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk about the Indians. They will talk about the recent performances of Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister and their future in the organization. They will also talk about how the Indians will manage the loss of Jason Kipnis, the decision to go with Josh Tomlin over Trevor Bauer to fill the fifth starter void, and more.
May 6, 2014 (11 comments)
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings which focuses on the pitching in the Indians organization, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot start by Robbie Aviles and why he has had more success this season. He also breaks down Trevor Bauer’s outstanding start to his season and the work he put in over the offseason to get where he is today, provides lots of comments and quotes from the front office on some key prospects at Triple-A Columbus, and provides insight and updates on players such as Austin Adams, Will Roberts, Cole Sulser, Kenny Mathews, T.J. House and more.
May 6, 2014 (27 comments)
On Monday night something happened in a baseball game that you rarely see, which was two position players pitching in the same game for the same team. That is what happened with Low-A Lake County after the game went deep into extra innings and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that game and recaps all of the noteworthy performances on the night throughout the Indians farm system.
May 5, 2014 (10 comments)
Even with the sting of John Axford's blown save still fresh in our minds, the Indians are off to a good start in May. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews just how bad April was for the Indians and how fortunate they were to even win 11 games, and he also looks at the defensive shortcomings of the team and if they are fixable, give his thoughts on Josh Tomlin as the new fifth start, talks about Corey Kluber's emergence and more!
May 5, 2014 (3 comments)
It is Monday, which means it is time to recap all of the hot and cold performances in the Indians minor league system over the past week. The Hot List showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today’s listing includes 20 players and over 2500 words on players such as Francisco Lindor, Paul Hendrix, Anthony Santander, Kenny Mathews, Duke von Schamann, D.J. Brown and more.
May 5, 2014 (22 comments)
When Dylan Baker went down with an injury just a few games into the season the Indians needed a pitcher to step up and fill his spot well in the High-A Carolina rotation. Right-hander D.J. Brown saw an opportunity, has since taken it, and has more than stepped up and performed well. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his performance as well as a host of others in another edition of Around the Farm.
May 1, 2014 (7 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the incredible strides that right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath has made in the organization since being drafted a little over 10 months ago. Tony also talks about catcher Roberto Perez’s improvement, provides some comments from the front office on several of the Indians higher profile pitchers, and provides lots of insight and information on the development so far this season for players like Carlos Moncrief, Joseph Colon, Shawn Morimando, Adam Plutko and others.