July 7, 2014 (19 comments)
The fireworks from the Fourth of July came to an end over the weekend, but Low-A Lake County infielder Grant Fink provided some of his own fireworks with a big day offensively. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his extraordinary performances, talks about Bryan Price's rise in the system, Anthony Gallas' hot bat and much more.
July 4, 2014 (3 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent surge in performance at Triple-A for right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar, how his stuff has looked and if he is getting back into the form that impacted the Indians roster late last season. He takes a deep look into the breakout performance at Double-A Akron for outfielder Anthony Gallas, what it means and what has changed for him. He also provides some insight into the turnaround for Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, looks at the biggest change to Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez’s approach and more.
July 2, 2014 (2 comments)
In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard for a few moments and talk about some of his pitchers. They talked about the focus for talented righty Kieran Lovegrove, the advanced maturity of lefty Sean Brady, the promise of lefty reliever Anderson Polanco, the change in repertoire for righty Juan Santana, and lots more.
July 1, 2014 (20 comments)
It was a night of offense up and down the Indians system as Columbus scored 10 runs on 18 hits, Akron scored 9 runs on 13 hits and Lake County scored 13 runs on 13 hits. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the big performances, the best of which came from Roberto Perez at the plate and also Danny Salazar on the mound.
June 30, 2014 (11 comments)
First round pick Mike Papi's college season ended last week and his pro career is set to kick off later this week. He is set to come to Cleveland on Tuesday, sign his contract and then report to Mahoning Valley sometime over the weekend. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides a quick update on the last unsigned top 25 pick of note.
June 30, 2014 (8 comments)
It was another busy night on the farm as Indians 2014 draft picks continue to impress with their performance in the early going and other players around the system had good a good day. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the action and talks about the big day from Adam Abraham and many others...
June 29, 2014 (21 comments)
The pitching struggled for the most part Around the Farm for the Indians on Saturday; however, Low-A Lake County right-handed reliever Ben Heller had another impressive outing in relief. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about how impressive he has been and also provides all the good and some bad performances from the day...
June 28, 2014 (10 comments)
It was the Mitch Brown and Ryan Merritt show on Friday night around the Indians farm system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night around the farm by noting how Brown is starting to come into his own and Merritt is pushing for a promotion to Double-A Akronand the good (and some bad) performances.
June 27, 2014 (2 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the resurgence of High-A Carolina outfielder Luis Rodriguez and what has helped him turn his season around. He also talks about Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon’s improvements and rise in ranks, provides lots of quotes from Low-A Lake County pitching coach Rigo Beltran on several of his pitchers, plus provides insight and news on players such as Francisco Lindor, Yandy Diaz, Ben Heller and more.
June 26, 2014 (0 comments)
Earlier this week we posted the seven Indians prospects who have improved their stock the most, but just like there are two sides to every coin and a yin to a yang, that means there have been some prospects who have hurt their prospect value this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at those seven players who have struggled and uses insight and information gained from Indians personnel, scouts and his own observations to explain their struggles and what they need to do to get back on track.
June 24, 2014 (7 comments)
As we are at the unofficial halfway point of the minor league season with the Single-A second half underway, short season ball having started and the Double-A and Triple-A All Star games looming, now is a good time to focus in on the Indians prospects who have really improved their stock to the industry not just with their performance but more importantly their development this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has talked to lots of Indians personnel and scouts from other teams and in those conversations came up with seven players who have really jumped up in value this season.
June 24, 2014 (18 comments)
The Indians had several more pro debuts once again on Monday night as players like Bradley Zimmer, Luke Eubank, Leandro Linares and Ping-Hsueh Chen all made their professional debuts. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about their debuts, the outstanding outing from Joseph Colon at Akron and much more in his trip Around the Farm...
June 23, 2014 (12 comments)
It was a big night for organizational debuts in the Indians system as a half dozen recent draft picks make their pro ball debuts on Sunday, and a great many of them impressed in their first games. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the debuts from Greg Allen, Steven Patterson, and others, notes another strong start from lefty Ryan Merritt and more!
June 20, 2014 (2 comments)
After a two week hiatus because of the insane amount of time spent on the draft there past two weeks here at the IBI, the Happenings are back! In today’s report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the season that outfielder Tyler Naquin has had and the significant adjustment he has made which has led to a major improvement in an area of greatest weakness. He also looks at the sensational season that lefty Luis Lugo is having, provides tons of comments from Ross Atkins and Ted Kubiak on several players and roster issues - including some absolutely glowing comments on catcher Francisco Mejia - and provides an update on Jose Ramirez, Bryson Myles, Adam Miller, Giovanny Urshela and much more.
June 19, 2014 (0 comments)
With the Single-A second half set to kickoff tonight, I figured it was a good time to unveil another Coach’s Corner piece, so today we have a Q&A with Low-A Lake County hitting coach Shaun Larkin. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with Larkin and talked about several players in the Lake County lineup. They discussed players such as Paul Hendrix, Nellie Rodriguez, Eric Haase, Anthony Santander, Clint Frazier, Josh McAdams, Grant Fink and more.
June 19, 2014 (1 comments)
One thing that is great about the new CBA and the bonus pool system is how much better the signing process and how it gets an extremely large percentage of draft picks out and playing within two weeks of the completion of the draft. In today's signing update, the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes a newly signed player that came out of nowhere, updates on who is left that may sign and the ones that definitely won't, and also provides some comments from scouts on four of the Indians later round picks.
June 18, 2014 (6 comments)
In part two of the IBI's Tony Lastoria's interview with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli, he talks about the plans for players like Zimmer and Papi and what position the Indians plan to develop them at, their change in philosophy with drafting high school arms, how they manage the bonus pool while they are making picks and the difficulties that come with that, the importance of verbal commitments and getting players to stick to them, the team effort given to this draft by the entire organization and so much more.
June 18, 2014 (15 comments)
The Indians nailed down two more high draft picks on Tuesday getting them to put pen to paper and officially releasing their signings. Also, news came out later in the day that another top pick had agreed to terms and for a well over slot bonus. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on the signings, where exactly the Indians are with their bonus pool, how much money is left over (if any) and provides a comprehensive listing of all 42 picks with who has signed, is not signing, is on the fence, is a summer draft and follow and more.
June 17, 2014 (3 comments)
As he does after every draft, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli and talk at length about a great many things pertaining to the Indians draft this year. They talked about a draft process that Mirabelli is very confident in that they have refined and why he thinks this Indians draft is different from previous years, some philosophy changes with their approach to drafting high school pitching, how they manage their bonus pool on the fly, why they were so sold on the players they picked on day one when they selected them, and much more.
June 17, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians have a lot of high profile draft picks in town this week to visit Progressive Field and be around the big league team and of course to finalize their contracts. One such high profile player officially came off the board on Monday as Justus Sheffield signed his deal with the Indians, and a few more should become official today or tomorrow. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides updates on who is in town and also some other deals that have been finalized.