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 (16 comments)
It is easy to get caught up in recent events and become prisoners of the moment. Really, it just seems like human nature to overvalue the most recent thing to happen. Each year, it happens to a certain number of players: those with hot Aprils seem to have figured something out and those with cold ones seem to have taken a step back. By and large, however, these early season performances go back to normal, which is exactly what is happening with Ronny Rodriguez. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Rodriguez's season, Bobby Bradley's debut to date, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 26, 2014 (13 comments)
One bounce of the ball can be all it takes to change everything. Top prospect Francisco Lindor experienced this firsthand Wednesday as a routine double play grounder took a bad hop, bouncing up and hitting him in the face. Lindor seems to have avoided being struck in the eye, a potentially positive development, though he is still getting checked out. Join Jim Piascik as takes you Around the Farm, reporting from Canal Park and bringing you the rest of the action on a busy night in the system.
June 25, 2014 (5 comments)
It was a quiet night on the farm thanks to Mother Nature as Double-A Akron, Low-A Lake County and short season Single-A Mahoning Valley were postponed because of rain, Triple-A Columbus had their game suspended in the fourth inning, and rookie level Arizona had a scheduled night off. Yet, High-A Carolina was in action and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their performance on Tuesday.
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 22, 2014 (7 comments)
When it comes to prospects, sometimes the divide between one who makes it and one who does not just comes down to health. Roberto Perez and LeVon Washington are both examples of this, as they are both in the midst of big years after injury-riddled 2013 seasons. Now that both are healthy, Perez and Washington are raking, as they did Saturday. Join Arthur Kinney as he writes about Perez and his future, Washington and his potential rise, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 21, 2014 (2 comments)
The rookie level Arizona League team for the Indians kicked off their season on Friday night, so now there are six stateside affiliates in action for the Indians. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their opening night as well as the night for the other five affiliates and especially notes the struggles that Danny Salazar continues to have, Alex Lavisky's nice season, and more.
June 20, 2014 (12 comments)
The night after only the Akron RubberDucks were in action, the Cleveland system had seven games going on thanks to the combination of two doubleheaders and the end of the All-Star break for Carolina and Lake County. Two RubberDucks still headlined the night, however, with Will Roberts putting together his best start of the season and Francisco Lindor showing off some power. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the busy night in the system and takes you Around the Farm.
June 19, 2014 (12 comments)
With the combination of All-Star games and bad weather leaving Akron as the sole affiliate in action Wednesday, Jim Piascik trained the Around the Farm focus solely on the RubberDucks. They did not disappoint, as the combination of a lengthy Joseph Colon outing and some home run power led the RubberDucks to victory. Join Jim as he breaks down Colon and his success to date, takes a look at Anthony Gallas' debut in Akron, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 18, 2014 (4 comments)
The Indians had several All Star representatives at the Carolina League and California All Star game and also the Midwest League All Star game. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps how all of the Indians participating in the All Star performed and also recaps a big night from players Around the Farm - particularly at Akron.
June 17, 2014 (4 comments)
The Indians had three affiliates off on Monday with Carolina and Lake County enjoying their All Star break and Akron getting a night off, but there was still lots of action in the system at Columbus and Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm...
June 16, 2014 (5 comments)
One of the more encouraging performances over the past month has come at Low-A Lake County where right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown is starting to perform like the high draft pick and big time prospect he has been made out to be. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his recent performance, the struggling Cody Anderson and a lot more in his trip Around the Farm...
June 14, 2014 (4 comments)
Short season Single-A Mahoning Valley got their season started on Friday night and there were several good performances led by catcher Francisco Mejia. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he recaps Mejia's performance, the hot hitting Joe Wendle and all the other players throughout the system in Around the Farm...
June 13, 2014 (4 comments)
Nights like Clint Frazier had on Thursday have not come as frequently as we would like for the center fielder so far in 2014, but while Frazier is struggling a bit this year, putting up big stats this season is not the real goal. It is more important right now for Frazier to learn about the grind that is the minor league season, just like another top prospect a few years ago with. Join Jim Piascik as he explains Frazier's situation in more detail, breaks down Carlos Moncrief's recent surge, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 12, 2014 (6 comments)
Nick Swisher and the energy he brings to everything he does was back in Canal Park Wednesday for the second straight night as the first baseman continued his rehab assignment. After a bit of a down game Tuesday, Swisher looked the part of a major leaguer, lining two doubles and totaling three hits. Jim Piascik was there Wednesday and spoke with Swisher, along with other coaches and players, about the state of his knee and how ready the first baseman is to rejoin the big league roster. Join Jim as he details Swisher's night and recaps the rest of the action in the system as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 11, 2014 (9 comments)
In what might be the longest ATF column ever to grace the webpages of IBI, the IBI's Arthur Kinney takes you Around the Farm for a night that included a doubleheader in Akron and a gargantuan offensive explosion by the Clippers. Strap yourself in and get ready for a long ride Around The Farm...
June 10, 2014 (13 comments)
Luis Lugo took another step forward in his development on Monday night with an outstanding outing for Low-A Lake County. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps that performance and also profiles the hot hitting Tyler Naquin at Double-A Akron. Those players and all of the other good and not so good performances are highlighted in Around the Farm...
June 9, 2014 (14 comments)
The Indians had some big hitting performances Around the Farm on Sunday, but the biggest one of them all came from High-A Carolina third baseman Yandy Diaz who racked up five hits. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his night and return from injury along with all of the other good and bad performances from the night.
June 8, 2014 (1 comments)
Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a few steps forward, and that is what it appears to be outfielder Logan Vick is doing since his reassignment to Lake County. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about Vick's big night and recaps all of the other action Around the Farm for the Indians...