August 1, 2014 (4 comments)
This is a new feature piece here at the IBI that 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 we take a look at a hitter, shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang at rookie level Arizona. What kind of prospect is he? How is his bat and defense? What kind of future does he have? The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some information on all of that and more...
August 1, 2014 (18 comments)
The trade deadline has come and gone with Cleveland adding to two interesting prospects to their farm system. James Ramsey and Zach Walters will make their organizational debuts in the coming days, but on Thursday, the stage was set for two players on the opposite ends of the prospect spectrum; one at the beginning and one near the end. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Bobby Bradley's season in the Arizona League, Adam Miller's shutdown outing in Akron, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 27, 2014 (9 comments)
Through his first five games at the Triple-A level, Francisco Lindor has fit right in. He took that to another level Saturday, launching his first two home runs as a Clipper. Arthur Kinney recaps Lindor's night and time in Columbus so far in addition to bringing you the action from around the organization. Join Arthur as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 25, 2014 (6 comments)
Corey Kluber's dominant outing at the major league level may be (rightfully) getting most of the attention today, but the organization's starter one level down also made some noise Thursday. Toru Murata may not be having the best year, but you could not tell Thursday as the right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Murata's big night, takes a look at Carlos Moncrief's plate discipline this season, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 24, 2014 (5 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the emergence of Sean Brady who is another good lefty starting pitching prospect for the Indians in the lower levels of the minors. He also talks about the early impressions that catcher Francisco Mejia has left so far this season, the Dominican Summer League sensation Gabriel Mejia, provides a ton of quotes from the Indians front office on players like Ryan Merritt, Cody Anderson, Yandy Diaz, Tyler Holt and others, and also provides some insight and information on players like Gabriel Arias, Jordan Smith, Clint Frazier, Taylor Murphy, and more!
July 20, 2014 (4 comments)
Though the season has not gone as planned for Jerrud Sabourin, you would not know it based off Saturday night. Sabourin pulled off a rare event in baseball, as Arthur Kinney recaps. In addition to Sabourin, Arthur writes about the season Alex Monsalve is putting together, Anthony Gallas big doubleheader, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 19, 2014 (4 comments)
The major league team got back into the swing of things Friday, returning from the All-Star break in grand style. But there was still action down on the farm, including Mahoning Valley's Leo Castillo making his case to get back up to Lake County. Join Arthur as he recaps the night, including Castillo's performance, Shawn Morimando's second outing in Akron, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 18, 2014 (0 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, Jim Piascik fills in for Tony and take a look at High-A Carolina pitcher Adam Plutko's adjustment to the level after a stellar debut in Lake County. He also breaks down Clint Frazier's recent surge and how the 2013 first round pick has progressed this season. Finally, Jim talked to Double-A Akron RubberDucks pitching coach Jeff Harris about Cody Anderson and the adjustments he is making, Joe Colon and his approach to pitching, and much more.
July 18, 2014 (5 comments)
Major League Baseball decided to take Thursday off, but that was not the case in the minors. Every Cleveland affiliate was in action Thursday, filling the baseball gap in our lives very well. Jim Piascik recaps all the action, featuring this year's 10th round pick, Steven Patterson, reaching base seven (seven!) times, Danny Salazar's latest Columbus start, and much more. Join Jim as he takes you Around the Farm
July 17, 2014 (10 comments)
The organization had a few All-Stars in action Wednesday night, though none really had a stellar performance that stood out. The same could be said for Carolina third baseman Yandy Diaz, though the bigger picture is much more encouraging when it comes to the 22-year-old. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Diaz's debut season to date, updates you on a few rehabbing players in Arizona, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 16, 2014 (2 comments)
Welcome to IBI's midseason top 30 prospect rankings. Now that we are at the All-Star break and more than half of the way through the minor league season, Jim Piascik is re-ranking the top prospects in Cleveland's system, including the risers, the fallers, those who stayed steady, and the newly drafted. Join Jim in part one of his rankings, where he breaks down those who fell just short in addition to #30 through #16.
July 16, 2014 (0 comments)
Most of Cleveland's minor league affiliates were off Tuesday night, with only the Dominican Summer League team in action. That's where Arthur Kinney takes you as he recaps the only non-All-Star game in town, breaking down Gabriel Mejia's season to date and much more. Join Arthur as he takes you on a shorter-than-usual trip Around the Farm.
July 14, 2014 (12 comments)
It was a big night for some of the top prospects in the system, with Francisco Lindor representing the organization in the Futures Game and Jesus Aguilar and Clint Frazier staying hot. As we head into the All-Star break, Arthur Kinney has you covered, recapping the performances of those top prospects and everyone else throughout the system. Join Arthur as he takes you Around the Farm.
July 13, 2014 (3 comments)
In the early part of the season, Clint Frazier's performance did not truly look the part of a high first round pick. It was still early for the center fielder, however, and the lack of results was not truly a big problem. Lately, however, Frazier has turned things around and started to put up some big numbers. Join Arthur Kinney as he outlines Frazier's recent tear and recaps the rest of the action from the minor leagues, taking you Around the Farm.
July 11, 2014 (3 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria reviews the season that Low-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez is having to date and the development process he has gone through with his coaches to bring more consistency to his bat. He also provides an absolute ton of comments from Ross Atkins on players up and down the system such as Giovanny Urshela, Ryan Merritt, Shawn Morimando, Clint Frazier, Eric Haase, Francisco Mejia, and many more.
July 11, 2014 (9 comments)
Well, LeBron James is still undecided. Or maybe he isn't. Who knows? But unlike James, one star in the Cleveland organization was ready to go Thursday night. Francisco Lindor may be having a slightly down season compared to his high standards, yet the shortstop still looks ready for a promotion sooner rather than later. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Lindor's night, recaps the rest of the action throughout the system, and takes you Around the Farm.
July 5, 2014 (11 comments)
The Fourth of July proved to be a less-than-impressive day in the Cleveland organization, but Arthur Kinney still found some performances of note. One of them belonged to Joe Sever, who looks to be getting back on track after some recent struggles. Join Arthur as he recaps all of the Independence Day action and takes you Around the Farm.
July 4, 2014 (3 comments)
In this week’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent surge in performance at Triple-A for right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar, how his stuff has looked and if he is getting back into the form that impacted the Indians roster late last season. He takes a deep look into the breakout performance at Double-A Akron for outfielder Anthony Gallas, what it means and what has changed for him. He also provides some insight into the turnaround for Low-A Lake County righty Mitch Brown, looks at the biggest change to Triple-A catcher Roberto Perez’s approach and more.
July 4, 2014 (15 comments)
The name of the game is patience. No wait, that was last night's theme. Anyway, Kieran Lovegrove rewarded anyone who has been patient with him Thursday night, tossing five no-hit innings and showing flashes of why he was a highly regarded third round pick in 2012. He was joined by Claudio Bautista, who will also need some patience in the future as he learns to be more selective at the plate. Join Jim Piascik as takes you Around the Farm, breaking down Lovegrove and Bautista's nights in addition to recapping all the action throughout the organization.
July 3, 2014 (12 comments)
It is really hard to be patient for any stretch of time. Like waiting for Christmas as a child -- or even now for Jim Piascik, the wait for the final Hobbit movie -- is unbearable (same for the waits leading up to the first two, for that matter). But it is absolutely vital to be patient to a fault with prospects, especially ones with the talent of Mitch Brown and Carlos Moncrief. Join Jim as he breaks down Brown's turnaround, the recent resurgence of Moncrief, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.