June 30, 2013 (3 comments)
Each year, prospects rise and fall within the Indians system, and Joe Wendle can officially be classified as one of this year's biggest risers. Wendle had another brilliant performance Saturday as he recorded his fourth home run in his last eight games. Wendle was not the only player to impress though as Carlos Moncrief, Jose Ramirez and Juan Diaz all had strong nights at the plate. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps those performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 28, 2013 (3 comments)
One of the best stories of the 2013 Indians season has definitely been Scott Kazmir. The left-hander is currently 4-4 and has looked absolutely dominant in his last two outings. He's proven to be a solid back-of-the-rotation arm, and he really is one of the better Indians minor league signings in recent memory. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he takes a look at Kazmir's season in the latest edition of the IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
June 24, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians had a pretty solid week as the team went 4-2 and won their series against both the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. Perhaps the biggest catalyst for the wins was second baseman Jason Kipnis, who just dominated and is now hitting .283 on the season. Other strong performances also came from Michael Bourn and left-hander Scott Kazmir. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these performances and more as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
June 23, 2013 (1 comments)
It was a very busy night around the Indians' farm system on Saturday night as every affiliate was in action. There were a number of top performances as Jerrud Sabourin continued to impress as the undrafted wonder while Ronny Rodriguez showed why his prospect status continues to rise. Plus, utility man Cord Phelps continued to dig himself out from his early season slump. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he covers all these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 21, 2013 (15 comments)
It's hard to believe it, but we're now more than halfway through the month of June, which means the MLB Trade Deadline is just over a month away. While the Cleveland Indians trail the Detroit Tigers by four games in the American League Central, as long as the team maintains that pace, they should be buyers come the deadline. And who should the Indians look to buy at that point? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he offers his thoughts on the topic in the lastest edition of the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
June 17, 2013 (1 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are starting to get back on the right track and went 4-2 this past week while earning series victories over the Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals. Perhaps no players was more impressive than right-hander Corey Kluber, who went 2-0 in two starts and allowed just one run in 16 innings of work. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek he looks back at Kluber's performance and more in the weekly IBI staple, Notes From the Wigwam.
June 14, 2013 (4 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have been full of surprises this season. From Ubaldo Jimenez's sudden resurgence to the team's recent losing streak, there has been no lack of storylines. However, the most pleasant surprise has arguably been the development of right-hander Corey Kluber. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he takes an in-depth look at Kluber in the latest edition the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
June 10, 2013 (1 comments)
The losses continue to mount for the Cleveland Indians as the team went 0-6 this past week and is now in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Virtually nothing went right for the Indians, and the team is now 30-32 and 5 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he regretfully revisits this past week in the latest edition of the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
June 7, 2013 (1 comments)
The Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series tonight against the Detroit Tigers. While it's only June, the series could prove pivotal as the Indians trail the Tigers by 2 1/2 games and have now gone 4-12 in their last 16 games. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound for the Tribe tonight in what could be the closest thing to a must-win series that a team can have in June. Jimenez has been impressive as of late, but can that continue tonight? And will it continue over the course of the season? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he tackles that question in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
June 3, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a rough week for the Cleveland Indians as the team's left-handed bullpen options continued to let them down and played a key role in the team finishing 3-4. Of course, if there is a positive, it's the fact that the Detroit Tigers struggled as well during the past week and only lead the Indians by a half game in the American League Central. The Indians will attempt to get things back on track this week, but before they do that, take a moment to join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps this past week in the IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
May 31, 2013 (7 comments)
With Chris Perez's recent injury and Vinnie Pestano's struggles, the Cleveland Indians' bullpen has been in shambles. Manager Terry Francona recently announced that Pestano would assume closing duties in Perez's absence, but was it the right decision? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek for his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, as he makes the argument that it should actually be right-hander Cody Allen coming on in the ninth for the Indians.
May 28, 2013 (1 comments)
There's few better ways to celebrate Memorial Day than by taking in a good ole ball game, and all four of the Indians' minor league affiliates were in action on Monday. Bo Greenwell came a single shy of the cycle for the Carolina Mudcats while Justin Toole had a brilliant performance for the Akron Aeros. Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco was also on the mound for the Columbus Clippers. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps all these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 27, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a rough week for the Cleveland Indians as the team went 2-5 and lost several games that they probably should have won. The Indians are now 27-22 and trail the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. The Tribe is now in desperate need of a victory thanks to its poor performance over the past week, and the team will look to turn things around beginning today. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week that was in his weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
May 26, 2013 (10 comments)
All four of the Indians' minor league affiliates were in action on Saturday, and perhaps no two players stood out more than the team's past two first round picks, Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindor. Both players collected three hits to lead the Mudcats on the evening. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps their performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 25, 2013 (0 comments)
Three out of four Indians' minor league affiliates were in action on Friday night, and there was plenty of action to recap. Akron Aeros left-hander Matt Packer was among the night's most impressive performers as he pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 10 to lead the Aeros. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps Packer's performance and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 24, 2013 (8 comments)
Few Cleveland Indians players have been as consistent as Michael Brantley this season as the left-landed hitter has provided quality offense and defense in almost every game he's played. With his value now at an all-time high, should the Indians now be exploring a contract extension? Also, how much would the Indians have to spend to extend Brantley? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he tackles both these questions in the weekly IBI staple, Orbiting Cleveland.
May 21, 2013 (1 comments)
The wins continue to roll in for the Cleveland Indians, who currently sport a 26-17 record and sit atop the American League Central. Jason Kipnis, Justin Masterson and Yan Gomes all had strong performances during the past week, and the Tribe currently brings plenty of momentum into its two-game series with the Detroit Tigers, which begins tonight. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
May 17, 2013 (17 comments)
On Monday, the Cleveland Indians sent third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall down to Triple-A Columbus. The move came across as somewhat surprising, but should it have been? Chisenhall has struggled mightily so far in his Major League career, so maybe we should have all seen it coming. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at Chisenhall and his demotion in this week's edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
May 13, 2013 (1 comments)
It was quite a week for the Cleveland Indians as the Tribe completed a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics and then took two out of three from the reigning American League Champions, the Detroit Tigers. Pitching and offense both played key roles in the team's strong week, and the IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps all of the action in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
May 12, 2013 (1 comments)
There was plenty of action to recap Saturday night in the various Indians minor league affiliates. Carlos Carrasco and Dylan Baker both had impressive starting pitching performances for their respective clubs while Cord Phelps continued to show signs that he could be coming around at the plate. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps all the action and takes you Around the Farm.