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.
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!