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.
May 1, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians were 0-for-6 on their recent west coast trip through the state of California. They come home limping with a six game losing streak, an 11-17 record and lots of questions with the roster as the calendar has now flipped to May. The IBI's Tony Lastoria and Jeff Ellis talk about the issues plaguing the Tribe, provide some ugly numbers on their performance and wonder what can be done to right the ship.
April 29, 2014 (3 comments)
A day late but never a dollar short, 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 2000 words, and highlights players such as Roberto Perez, Jordan Milbrath, Carlos Moncrief, Michael Peoples and more.
April 29, 2014 (26 comments)
Indians manager Terry Francona informed the media on Monday night that right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been removed from the starting rotation. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some quick thoughts on how things may shake out over the next few days and who fills the vacated fifth spot in the rotation.
April 29, 2014 (11 comments)
Columbus and Carolina were washed out on Monday, but Akron and Lake County played and came through with victories and some impressive performances in the process. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm and takes a look at the nice games from Will Roberts, Anthony Santander and more.
April 28, 2014 (26 comments)
The Indians were swept right out of San Francisco on Sunday and with that their short six-game West Coast trip is off to a rough start. They actually pitched well overall, but some key mistakes in the field and one or two bad pitches did them in. The IBI's Tony Lastoria chimes in with his weekly Happenings column on the Indians and talks about how much longer the Indians can afford to stick with Carlos Carrasco, who comes up to replace Yan Gomes when he leaves for the birth of his child, some concerns with Masterson and more.
April 28, 2014 (13 comments)
Triple-A Columbus continues to be the affiliate with some of the most exceptional early season performances, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them in his trip Around the Farm. He talks about the surprising performance of Roberto Perez and the red hot Trevor Bauer, plus rolls through the rest of the system highlighting the good and some bad performances from Sunday.
April 25, 2014 (22 comments)
With another season here, the IBI's Tony Lastoria digs up an article which has been a site favorite for a few years. He talks about the decisions teams make with their prospects and the way they are handled which provides a good idea of how a team values each player in the organization. If you pay attention to how a player is used and how they are moved, you can get a good feel for their prospect value.
April 24, 2014 (13 comments)
In today’s second part of our bi-weekly Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into Triple-A Columbus second baseman Jose Ramirez’s performance, his usage, how he fits onto the Major League roster and how he is being showcased as a potential trade chip. In addition to that he provides several comments from the front office on some players at Low-A Lake County such as Nellie Rodriguez, Jordan Milbrath and others, and provides insight and information on players such as Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, James Roberts, Claudio Bautista and more!
April 23, 2014 (2 comments)
Today in Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing Ryan Merritt has had to date and how his value continues to increase. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina such as Erik Gonzalez, Torsten Boss, Jeremy Lucas, Louis Head and others, looks at the slow start by Cody Anderson and why it is not a big deal, reviews Josh Tomlin’s performance to date, and provides insight and analysis on players like T.J. House, Enosil Tejeda, Michael Peoples, and more!
April 23, 2014 (17 comments)
Columbus had a big night offensively with several players contributing to a blow out win, and on the mound Trevor Bauer put forth another good outing. At Akron and Lake County the hitters continue to remain ice cold early in the season, but Joe Colon and Jordan Milbrath shine once again on the mound. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about those performances and more in another edition of Around the Farm...
April 22, 2014 (2 comments)
Today we unveil the "Breakout Barometer" for the first time during the 2014 season. This piece will post once or twice a month over the next few months of the season and target prospects that either are in the midst of or on the verge of a breakout campaign. For today’s first piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria felt it best to take a deeper look at one of the more interesting gems from last year’s draft, right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath.
April 22, 2014 (22 comments)
It was a big night of impressive performances Around the Farm for the Cleveland Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details on the big games from Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Merritt, and also runs down several other performances up and down the system from Triple-A Columbus to Low-A Lake County.