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April 6, 2012   (4 comments)
8 things we learned from Indians opening day
Opening Day may only be the first of 162 games, but the first action of the season can often show us quite a bit. Masterson was masterful. Hannahan and Kotchman were slick with the glove. And Chris Perez was awful in the 9th. Jim discusses 8 things that he witnessed at the opener and hopes the good things continue and the bad things work themselves out.
April 6, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: April 5, 2012
Tim Fedroff and Matt Langwell returned to form on opening day, while a top five prospect sent a message to the rest of the system that the term "bust" was a bit premature. Jim Pete hops back into the captain's chair of the premiere edition of Around the Farm, an in-depth look at yesterday's performances.
April 6, 2012   (0 comments)
Captains rally late for season opening win
The Lake County Captains kicked off the 2012 season with a 4-3 win on the road against the Fort Wayne Tincaps on Thursday night. Taking the bump for Fort Wayne was Frank Garces. Garces went 6 strong innings, giving up 2 hits and no runs while striking out 9 Captains hitters. The Captains drew first blood as left fielder LeVon Washington led off with a walk. Shortstop Francisco Lindor reached base on a fielder’s choice before stealing second and reaching third on a passed ball. Lindor went on to score on another passed ball on Fort Wayne catcher Austin Hedges.
April 6, 2012   (1 comments)
2012 Carolina Mudcats Preview: New Beginnings
We close out our 2012 pre-season with the Indians brand new High A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. The Kinston Indians closed up shop last season with a playoff run that took them to a loss in the Carolina League championship, but are primed for another run at the crown with the K-Tribe's move to the 6,500 seat Five County Stadium. Loaded with ten of the IPI's top 50 prospects, Jim Pete returns to preview the premiere edition of the Carolina Mudcats.
April 5, 2012   (1 comments)
Aeros shut out Binghamton in season opener
The Akron Aeros shut out the Binghamton Mets 4-0 in the team’s season opener on Thursday despite an early exit by starter Paolo Espino due to an apparent injury.
After giving up a leadoff single to Juan Centeno, a trainer visited Espino on the mound and he was removed from the game. Espino worked mostly out of the bullpen in 2011 with Akron and AAA Columbus, posting a 2.77 ERA while limiting...
April 5, 2012   (1 comments)
Clippers pitchers allow four homers in 5-4 loss
Columbus, OH - The Columbus Clippers opened the 2012 season against the Louisville Bats on a beautiful night at Huntington Park on Thursday night, but fell short late losing 5-4.
Before the game started the Clippers held a ceremony to honor their International League championship from last season and were awarded the Governor’s Cup trophy. The ceremony consisted of the raising of the National...
April 5, 2012   (3 comments)
Wallace returns home to guide the Captains
When the Lake County Captains open their tenth season as a franchise tonight on the road in Fort Wayne, Indiana, there will be a special touch to the management side of the team this season. Dave Wallace will take over the reigns of the Captains this season, replacing Ted Kubiak as manager.
Wallace was a catcher for the Captains in 2003, their inaugural season. Wallace hit .291 in 64 games and...
April 5, 2012   (3 comments)
IPI Roundtable: 2012 Indians and MLB predictions
It is Opening Day for the Indians and most of Major League Baseball. With the unlimited possibilities of a new season and the unpredictability of the game, this is the day when hope springs eternal for fans throughout the game. The Indians are no exception as a lot of people are excited to see what they do this year, and the IPI staff got together to predict what happens to them and the rest of the league in 2012.
April 5, 2012   (0 comments)
This season, on the IPI...
Now that opening day is here, I felt this would be a great time to quickly list all of the things coming this season on the IPI. A preview of all the articles, features, and shows that will be on the site. We will have everything covered from the minors to the big leagues, and there is absolutely no other place you need to go for your minor league information.
April 5, 2012   (1 comments)
2012 Lake County Captains preview
We continue with our 2012 team previews with Low-A Lake County. The Captains are going to be a lot of fun to watch in the early going as they boast the most talented roster of all the Indians' minor league affiliates, and arguably have one of the best rosters in all of minor league baseball based on sheer talent and potential. Stephanie Metzger previews the talent that will open the season in Classic Park.
April 4, 2012   (4 comments)
Indians designate Neal, add Sizemore to 60-Day DL
Today the Indians announced that they have designated outfielder Thomas Neal for assignment and have placed outfielder Grady Sizemore on the 60-day disabled list. The moves were necessary as they had to clear two spots on the 40-man roster for right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler and infielder Jose Lopez by today's 5:00 PM EST roster deadline. Wheeler and Lopez were signed to minor league contracts this...
April 4, 2012   (2 comments)
IPI Roundtable: Minor league thoughts for 2012
The minor league baseball season kicks off tomorrow. Opening day is just around the corner! With that in mind, we gathered several of the IPI writers together to talk about several questions pertaining to the Indians minor league system and how things may shake out this season.
April 4, 2012   (0 comments)
Indians announce two-year extension with Cabrera
Today the Indians have announced a two-year contract extension with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He is now signed through the 2014 season, and is reportedly set to make a total of $16.5 million from 2013-2014.
Cabrera, 26, would have been eligible for for salary arbitration next season before becoming a free agent at the end of the season, so the deal buys out one of his free agent years. There...
April 4, 2012   (2 comments)
Weglarz and Stowell look to rebound from injuries
Nick Weglarz and Bryce Stowell are back at Double-A Akron for another season, and both are looking to put some injury issues from the past behind them for good and have very productive seasons this year. Nathan Kemp talks about both players in his debut piece for the IPI, and will be one the main beat writers covering Akron all season.
April 4, 2012   (0 comments)
Indians pound Mudcats, 13-0
Zebulon, NC - In an exhibition game between the Carolina Mudcats and the Cleveland Indians yesterday at Five County Stadium, the visiting Indians put on a show for the fans as they blanked the Mudcats 13-0.
A rare sight and only acceptable in an exhibition game, Scott Barnes got the start for the Mudcats while appearing on the pitching mound in a Cleveland Indians uniform. In the first inning,...
April 4, 2012   (4 comments)
2012 Columbus Clippers preview
We continue on with our site previews of the Cleveland Indians four full season affiliates. Akron posted yesterday and today we take a look at the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. They do not have the star power as far as highly rated prospects go, but the team is filled with lots of players that are former Top 10 prospects in the organization.
April 3, 2012   (8 comments)
Where's the love for Shelley Duncan?
Shelley Duncan will start the season as the Indians' regular left fielder. Most people either like or hate this, and the Indians appear to be on the fence with the idea considering how hard they are working the phones to acquire an outfielder. But Jim Berdysz says it is time to give Duncan a shot to see what he can do.
April 3, 2012   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals 4/3: We're Back Edition
Smoke Signals is back! The popular on-line radio show that covers the Cleveland Indians from the minors to the big leagues returns tonight with a few changes, but the show will be as good as ever this season with the return of the one hour format and lots of guests expected to be on the show. Tonight's special 2-hour episode starts at 9:00PM and includes an on-air roundtable with several IPI contributors.
April 3, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Akron Aeros Preview
We are just two days away from opening day. With that in mind it is time to unveil the first of four articles breaking down the rosters and previewing each of the Indians' four full season affiliates. Today we kick things off with Double-A Akron, and Jim Piascik previews the team and what Indians and Aeros fans may be in store for this season.
April 2, 2012   (5 comments)
A problem from way out of left field
It is no secret that the Indians are looking for outfield help after working out Vladimir Guerrero and trying to trade for Bobby Abreu last week. Even though the Indians have announced their Opening Day roster, the Indians are still looking for help to fill the left field void. Jeff Ellis runs down a list of possible options the Indians may consider acquiring.