September 22, 2014 (17 comments)
Today marks the beginning of the final week of the regular season in baseball. With seven days of games remaining, there are still several postseason spots up for grabs and still unsettled. One of those spots is the AL Wildcard and the Indians will do their best this week to stay in the race and come out on top. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the playoff outlook for the Indians, the emergence of a strong trio of lefties in the bullpen, some help needed in the right-handed setup role, Kuber's Cy Young campaign and more...
September 22, 2014 (8 comments)
Things are getting a little tight in the AL wildcard race. While the Indians and Yankees are still longshots, they have moved closer to the Athletics, Royals and Mariners and five teams are within 5.0 games of one another as the final week of the season gets underway. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from Sunday around the league...
September 20, 2014 (1 comments)
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at right-handed pitcher D.J. Brown, a versatile arm in High-A who can start or relieve. What kind of prospect is he? What does he throw? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all the details...
September 18, 2014 (30 comments)
In today's Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the astounding rise of Tony Wolters into a legit Major League catcher. He provides lots of insight into his improvements defensively and why there should not be too much focus on his offense right now. He also goes into detail about Giovanny Urshela and his rise to legitimacy in the organization, what he improved on this season and how he fits into things going forward, looks at the outfield transition for Dorssys Paulino, Bradley Zimmer's excellent approach to hitting, notes some players that are heading to winter ball, and more.
September 16, 2014 (61 comments)
The Indians funk over the last two weeks has ruined their playoff hopes. They are still mathematically alive, but barring a miracle they are now in preparation mode for next season. Now that the season looks to be over, the immediate reaction is to look back at what went wrong and what prevented them from having the success that many wanted from them this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at who is to blame for the Indians struggles this season and he also touches on Michael Brantley's power outage in the second half, what he wants to see the rest of the way, and more.
September 13, 2014 (0 comments)
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to move up a few levels in the system and talk about a position player who has a high draft pedigree and has maybe not lived up to expectations but who is still interesting and has a decent shot at reaching the big leagues.
September 11, 2014 (9 comments)
The 2014 Fall Instructional League gets underway shortly out in Goodyear, Arizona. Over a span of a month around 50 players will participate in weight training and conditioning drills, on-field instruction, and play in several games until it wraps up on Sunday October 12th. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has the details on what players are going out there and the schedule for the four week period. Be sure to follow the IBI all fall for updates on the happenings in "Instructs", the Arizona Fall League and more.
September 10, 2014 (7 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the tremendous second half from Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown and first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. They were the big keys to the team’s second half turnaround, and he looks into their improvement not only in their performance but as prospects as well. He also provides several comments from the front office on recently called up players Jesus Aguilar, Austin Adams, Bryan Price as well as some thoughts on the rookie level AZL Indians championship season along with some interesting comments and comps on some key players there.
September 8, 2014 (17 comments)
Even coming off of a successful 2013 season where they made the playoffs, the Indians came into 2014 in somewhat of a transition year with a lot of question marks that needed to be answered. With three weeks left in the season, it is safe to say that the Indians answered a lot of those question marks and have set themselves up well for the next few seasons. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the strides they have made from a team and roster perspective, their chances of making the playoffs, why no Lindor is a good thing, gripes about Kipnis hitting fifth, and more...
September 8, 2014 (21 comments)
There was only one game on the docket in the Indians farm system on Sunday as only one team is still left standing this season. Well, that team will be left standing a little longer as the Low-A Lake County Captains won Game 2 of their Eastern Division Finals series and clinched a berth into the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series which starts in Kane County on Wednesday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the action from this game...
September 5, 2014 (2 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the outstanding finish to the season for Short-A Mahoning Valley second baseman Steven Patterson and looks at what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also breaks down Low-A Lake County left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo’s season and prospect standing, and provides tons of interesting comments from the front office on things like Francisco Lindor’s timeline, the growth of Erik Gonzalez into a legit shortstop prospect, Danny Salazar’s recovery from an early season setback and more.
September 4, 2014 (2 comments)
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at right-handed reliever Trevor Frank, a backend arm who has had a lot of success early in his pro career and a key member of the Low-A Lake County pitching staff this season. What kind of prospect is he? What does he throw? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all the details...
September 3, 2014 (1 comments)
Over the course of the past few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria has been posting draft pieces like this on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2014 Draft. The Indians signed 30 players in total and I have comments and details on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant. In today's final piece Tony provides insight, details and comments from Grant on Sam Hentges, Greg Allen, Cameron Hill, Taylor Murphy and Juan Gomes.
September 3, 2014 (0 comments)
Outfielder David Murphy appears to be close to returning to action with the Indians in Cleveland but first will be tested in a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus. The IBI's Tony Lastoria notes his plan of attack on his rehab assignment and provides all the other news around the MLB on the day.
September 2, 2014 (15 comments)
The minor league regular season officially came to a close on Monday and we officially say goodbye to High-A Carolina and Short-A Mahoning Valley until next season. We also say goodbye to the rookie level AZL Indians who capped off an impressive team and individual showing this season with a league championship on Monday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the action and gives special mention to every player that player in the Arizona League Championship game on Monday.
August 30, 2014 (5 comments)
You probably wouldn’t know him if you saw him. But if you are a Cleveland Indians fan, you have probably bumped into Ken Carr at one time or another. Be it spring training, at Progressive Field, or at one of the minor league ballparks, the man with the faded safari hat, glasses, and cameras has been shooting pictures for 25 years. The IBI's Tony Lastoria did a feature on him last year and updated it and re-posted it here for all to enjoy...
August 29, 2014 (6 comments)
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot hitting Jesus Aguilar at Triple-A Columbus and just how potent his bat is, the strides he has made this season and wonders why he is not yet in Cleveland. He also takes a look at the strong pro debut from 17th round pick Cameron Hill and gives some insight into his stuff and ability, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players like Yandy Diaz, Dylan Baker, LeVon Washington and others, and more!
August 28, 2014 (1 comments)
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to talk about Claudio Bautista, a position player who has had a strong season at Low-A Lake County but someone that a lot of people may not know much about. What kind of prospect is he? How is his bat and defense? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all the details...
August 27, 2014 (2 comments)
The Low-A Lake County Captains are on the verge of making the playoffs. The Captains roster has been in flux all season and features a good mix of legit high upside prospects along with some solid veteran role player types, but one player who has been there all season and might be the team MVP is first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talked with him earlier this season on the adjustments he has made over the past year-plus in the system.
August 27, 2014 (27 comments)
The Columbus Clippers clinched the division title and berth in the International League playoffs on Tuesday night. The Lake County Captains moved one step away from a playoff berth with a win, and the Carolina Mudcats kept themselves in the playoff chase with a win. In addition to the team success on the night, the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the notable individual performances Around the Farm...