June 4, 2014 (5 comments)
The Indians are set to activate Carlos Santana on Friday, Nick Swisher is about a week away from a rehab assignment in the minors and Zach McAllister will make his first rehab start in the minors at Low-A Lake County on Wednesday and Rays outfielder Will Myers is expected to miss at least two months. Those stories and more in another edition of Storylines here at IBI....
June 3, 2014 (2 comments)
The 2014 MLB Draft is just two days away. This is an exciting and unique draft for the Indians as they don’t have a top 20 pick but they have three first round picks and will make four selections on the first day for the first time in franchise history. As he does before every draft, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant and have a long, candid conversation about the process with preparing for the draft, managing all of his scouts and the information that comes in, and a bunch of other topics pertaining to the draft itself.
June 3, 2014 (0 comments)
It was a big night on the farm for two middle infield prospects in the lower levels of the Indians system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the impressive showing from Erik Gonzalez and Claudio Bautista, and also provides details on all of the good and not so good performances from the rest of the Indians players Around the Farm...
May 30, 2014 (5 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the emergence of Joseph Colon as a starting pitching prospect for the Indians, the significant strides he has made with his stuff over the past year and what his future holds with the Indians. He also looks at the good play of Tyler Holt and his role in the organization, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County, and provides lots of insight, news and analysis on players such as Roberto Perez, D.J. Brown, Eric Haase, Cody Anderson, Ryan Merritt, Grant Fink and others.
May 28, 2014 (7 comments)
Today is the first “stock watch” of the 2014 season for players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews over 20 performances to date from Columbus to Lake County and provides details as to whose prospect stock is falling, improving, or has not changed. Players reviewed include Roberto Perez, Giovanny Urshela, Austin Adams, Jordan Smith, Joseph Colon, Tyler Sturdevant, Ryan Merritt, Louis Head, Eric Haase, Robbie Aviles and many others.
May 28, 2014 (1 comments)
Double-A Akron was rained out on Tuesday, but the Indians other three full season affiliates were in action on a wet night around baseball. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm for the Indians and notes an encouraging performance from Carlos Moncrief, another exceptional outing from Ryan Merritt, a big power night from Eric Haase and much more.
May 27, 2014 (17 comments)
There were some very interesting performances up and down the Indians minor league system on Monday. Jesus Aguilar was removed from the game and looks to be Cleveland bound, Joseph Colon threw his first career nine-inning shutout, and Robbie Aviles continues to roll. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about all of those performances and more as he goes Around the Farm and recaps the day on the farm..
May 26, 2014 (5 comments)
Happy Memorial Day everyone! The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm and looks at yet another outstanding performance from the hot hitting Paul Hendrix at Lake County, new daddy Eric Haase going yard in his first game back, Mitch Brown's encouraging performance and much more!
May 25, 2014 (10 comments)
Hopefully everyone is enjoying a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. All four Indians full season affiliates were in action on Saturday and Adam Plutko put up another outstanding effort for Low-A Lake County. The IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about Plutko's great outing and much more as he takes us Around the Farm....
May 24, 2014 (5 comments)
Offensive was at a premium on Friday night throughout the entire Cleveland Indians organization as every Indians affiliate had a tough time scoring - though Carolina had a solid night at the plate. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us on a trip Around the Farm and recaps the highlights and some lowlights from the night.
May 23, 2014 (1 comments)
In today's massive-sized Minor Happenings that is well over 5000 words, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at how outfielder Tyler Naquin continues to improve every area of his game and really has just one question mark remaining and how he is working to answer that. He also provides a ton of quotes from Ross Atkins on players like Adam Plutko, Anthony Gallas, Francisco Lindor and others, takes a look at second baseman Claudio Bautista and why he is a prospect to keep an eye on, provides details into Robbie Aviles’ turnaround this season, and provides lots of news, insight and analysis on players like Frank Herrmann, Gabriel Arias, LeVon Washington, Dorssys Paulino and others.
May 20, 2014 (0 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 several things regarding the Indians. They will talk about the current homestand with the disappointing sweep to the Athletics and the promising start of the series with the Tigers. Also, they will talk about the decision to add Jason Giambi to the roster and send down Jesus Aguilar, the importance of at least winning this Tigers series, the emergence of Corey Kluber as a legit front of the rotation pitcher and lots more!
May 20, 2014 (11 comments)
The High-A Carolina Mudcats had a night off on Monday, but the Indians other three farm teams were in action and provided several interesting performances. Alex Lavisky continues to play well at Akron and Adam Plutko continues to dominate at Lake County, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps those performances among many others as he takes us Around the Farm...
May 19, 2014 (0 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 Jordan Milbrath, Giovanny Urshela, Todd Hankins, Robbie Aviles, Eric Haase, Cody Anderson and many others.
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.