October 15, 2014 (11 comments)
The Indians 2014 Draft class really impacted the system this season with a great many outstanding performances. They also got some nice pro debuts from some 2013 Draft picks and Latin American signings, and in all, had one of the more memorable years as far as pro debuts are concerned. The IBI's Tony Lastoria kicks off the annual Tony Awards and unveils his pick for Rookie of the Year....
October 13, 2014 (6 comments)
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the eighth and final installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out which minor leaguers caught their eyes and who came out on top.
October 10, 2014 (9 comments)
This is the final edition of Minor Happenings this season. In this piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what kind of prospect right-handed pitcher Will Roberts is for the Indians and how seriously people should take him as one. He also looks at the good season from outfielder Clint Frazier, the combination of performance and development for lefty Ryan Merritt and provides lots of insight and information on players such as Bryson Myles, Joe Colon, Yonathan Mendoza, Anthony Vizcaya and others.
October 2, 2014 (38 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the strides that shortstop Erik Gonzalez has made defensively and as a player overall and how he fits into things for the Indians long term. He also looks at the struggles that Cody Anderson went through this season, the problems that caused them and what he needs to do to correct them. In addition to that he looks at Sean Brady’s rise in the system and the next steps he needs to take to solidify his prospect status, some areas of concern with Francisco Lindor’s defense the Indians want to shore up, the emergence of Elvis Araujo as a left-handed relief option, and much more.
September 26, 2014 (7 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a long look at outfielder Greg Allen and really dissects his game and the future he has as a prospect for the Indians. He also provides insights from the front office on why Lindor, Urshela and others were not called up, looks at where Joe Wendle disappointed but also shined and why he is not far off from a bounce back, and provides insights into the developments of players such as Shawn Armstrong, Carlos Moncrief, Francisco Mejia, J.P. Feyereisen, Luis DeJesus and more…
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 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons coming to an end, today we start bringing you seasons in review, starting with the 2014 Carolina Mudcats. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Mudcats' hitters, including Jeremy Lucas' solid season. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Mudcats pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.
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 7, 2014 (0 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons coming to an end, today we start bringing you seasons in review, starting with the 2014 Carolina Mudcats. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Mudcats' pitchers, including Ryan Merritt's banner season. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Mudcats pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.
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 3, 2014 (4 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats third season as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians came to an end on Monday. Finishing at 33-36 in the second half and 62-74 overall, the Mudcats failed to make the playoffs in the Carolina League. There were several surprises throughout the season on the field. Some players were better than expected, some were not as good as expected, and others put on performances words almost cannot describe. Here is the IBI's Zachary Francis' take on the stars of the year...
September 2, 2014 (0 comments)
A three-run top of the sixth pushed the Winston-Salem Dash to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats in Monday’s season finale.
September 1, 2014 (11 comments)
Rain may have suspended the major league club's hunt for the playoffs on Sunday Night Baseball, but the actual playoffs opened up for one team down in the minors. With the rest of the affiliates close to wrapping up their seasons, the Arizona League team kicked off their semifinal matchup Sunday. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down that playoff action, highlights Audy Ciriaco's big night in Columbus, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 31, 2014 (0 comments)
One night after being eliminated from playoff contention, the Carolina Mudcats bounced back with a walk off win Sunday, downing the Winston-Salem Dash 3-2. With two away in the bottom of the ninth and Logan Vick on second, Yhoxian Medina sent a chopper down the third base line, which Trey Michalczewski managed to backhand. Breaking on contact, Vick raced past a befuddled Michalczewski and turned home. The throw beat Vick to the plate, but the speedster dodged Michael Marjama’s tag to complete the wild walk off.
August 31, 2014 (7 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters, including a look at four Columbus hitters who could be September callups. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Jesus Aguilar, Giovanny Urshela, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Moncrief in addition to the rest of the organization as he takes you into The WAR Room.
August 31, 2014 (7 comments)
As the great philosopher Jagger once said: "but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need." The RubberDucks tried to clinch a playoff spot with a win last night, but despite their loss, found themselves in anyway. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps the action in the organization, including Erik Gonzalez leading the way for the RubberDucks, and takes you Around the Farm.
August 31, 2014 (0 comments)
The Carolina Mudcats failed to capitalize on a strong outing from Dylan Baker as the Winston-Salem Dash put a late run on the board to steal a 1-0 victory on Saturday night.
August 30, 2014 (12 comments)
With the season winding down, it is time for players to try to make their final impressions on the organization before heading into the long offseason. For players like Joey Wendle (who missed a big chunk of the season due to injury), however, these final days are critical to make up for lost time. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down Wendle doing just that Friday and recaps the rest of the action in the organization as he takes you Around the Farm.
August 30, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lynchburg Hillcats outlasted the Carolina Mudcats 5-4 in ten innings to claim Friday’s series finale. Carolina fell behind early, but battled back to force extras before Will Skinner’s RBI single won it for Lynchburg in the top of the tenth.