IBI Digest: 4/14/13-4/20/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
We were all reminded this past week what role sports really plays in the world: a needed distraction from the real world. The tragic events at the Boston Marathon serve as a reminder that life is precious and to be enjoyed. The heroism showed by everyday people and first responders alike gives hope that despite the evil in the world, there is more than enough good to overcome it in the end.
With that said, even though it seems trivial, let's move onto baseball.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
IBI Hot List: 4/4/13 - 4/15/13: Tony Lastoria brings back the IBI Hot List for the first time this season, running down the top 15 and bottom 10 performances in the minor leagues to date.
The Radar Report: 2013 Volume 1: Tony Lastoria checks in with his first Radar Report of the season, reporting on the velocity of various minor leaguers Tony has watched this season.
Minor Happenings: Wendle is proving to be a legit prospect: In his weekly feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at how Joey Wendle is tearing up the Carolina League, Fernando Nieve's shutdown pitching in Columbus, Nellie Rodriguez's advanced, patient approach, and much more.
Reynolds, McAllister lead Tribe to 9-4 win: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, including a grand slam from Mark Reynolds, Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes hitting their first home runs in Cleveland uniforms, and more.
Around The Farm: April 13, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including a great rebound start for Trevor Bauer, Quincy Latimore turning some heads, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #10: Indians 9, White Sox 4: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's game, including a look at the way the bats are heating up, Zach McAllister giving Terry Francona another starter he can rely on, and more.
Tribe Happenings: Carrasco still has some growing up to do: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes that Carlos Carrasco lacks mental toughness after his most recent suspension, Jason Kipnis’ early struggles, the catching carousel that has gone on this year, and much more.
Fishing for Mudcats: Lindor springing forward: In his weekly Carolina notebook, Fishing for Mudcats, Jim Pete takes a look at the red-hot Jerrud Sabourin, continues to keep an eye on Joe Wendle and Tyler Naquin as a breakout candidates, wonders about how Francisco Lindor's hot start will hold up, and much more.
Peavy and Konerko lead White Sox to 3-1 victory: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including a shutdown outing from Jake Peavy, a big turnaround for Brett Myers, and more.
Around The Farm: April 14, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including some power out of Chun-Hsiu Chen, poor pitching all around from the Columbus Clippers, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #11: White Sox 3, Indians 1: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's game, including a look at the inconsistent offense the team is showing, the complete absence of Asdrubal Cabrera so far this season, and more.
IBI Exclusive: One day FREE Fantasy Contest: Tony Lastoria previews a new fantasy contest through IBI and DraftStreet.com.
Notes from the Wigwam: An up-and-down week: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek takes a look at Michael Bourn really hitting his stride before being spiked at first base on Sunday, a rough week for Jason Kipnis, and much more.
What is extended spring training?: Tony Lastoria breaks down what prospects who are not assigned to a full season league go through in extended spring training, as this is a part of the organization that the general public knows very little about.
Around The Farm: April 15, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Scott Kazmir's first rehab start in Columbus, Carlos Carrasco looking elite piggybacking with Kazmir, and more.
Second Thoughts: A sabermetric look thus far: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on an off-day for the team, analyzing how each player is faring in advanced metrics thus far in the young season.
Smoke Signals 6.3: Post-tax day edition: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete have Steve Orbanek join them for Smoke Signals, as the three of them break down the series opener with the Red Sox, the state of the starting rotation, and more.
Launching Off With The Aeros: 4/9/13-4/15/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching Off With The Aeros, Jim Piascik takes a look at how the Aeros fell to the bottom of the Eastern League, Chun-Hsiu Chen's hot week, and much more.
Jimenez struggles as Indians fall 7-2 to Red Sox: Nathan Kemp recaps Tuesday's game against the Boston Red Sox, including Ubaldo Jimenez's implosion, a great day from the bullpen in shutting things down after Jimenez, and more.
Around The Farm: April 16, 2013: Andrew Zajac goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including a shutdown start from T.J. House, Leonardo Castillo looking like a prospect on the rise, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #12: Red Sox 7, Indians 2: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's game, including wondering aloud about when the last straw is for Ubaldo Jimenez, looking at how clutch-hitting is still causing Cleveland some problems, and more.
On-Deck with the Captains: 4/10/13-4/16/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger takes a look at Logan Vick's formidable week, issues on offense and defense for Jorge Martinez, and much more.
Waving goodbye to Ubaldo Jimenez at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete takes a look at what the team can do with Ubaldo Jimenez, how his issues put the starting rotation at a teetering point a few weeks into the season, the under-the-radar injuries Cleveland is dealing with, and much more.
Indians, Masterson fall to Red Sox 6-3: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox, including Justin Masterson getting touched up for the first time in 2013, Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi's back-to-back home runs that almost brought Cleveland back, and more.
Around The Farm: April 17, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Tyler Holt, Giovanny Urshela, and Jesus Aguilar leading an offensive explosion in Akron, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #13: Red Sox 6, Indians 3: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's game, including a defense of how Justin Masterson pitched, trying to figure out what to make ofLonnie Chisenhall, and more.
Jose Ramirez keeps hitting as he moves up the ladder: Jim Piascik profiles Akron Aeros second baseman Jose Ramirez, a diminutive player who keeps rising through the system on the strength of his bat.
The Inside Pitch 2.3: The Cleveland Sports Edition: Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis break down the state of Cleveland sports, including discussions on how short a leash management should have on Ubaldo Jimenez, the Cavs' firing of Byron Scott, and more.
Sailing with the Clippers: 4/11/13-4/17/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Cameron Weimer takes a look at Trevor Bauer turning it on, Joe Martinez getting shelled, and much more.
Red Sox beat up Tribe 6-3, sweep three game series: Jim Berdysz recaps Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox, including Jon Lester blanking the offense, a so-so outing from Zach McAllister, and more.
Around The Farm: April 18, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping the Thursday in the minor leagues, including Chun-Hsiu Chen launching two home runs, Shawn Morimando's sheer dominance, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #14: Red Sox 6, Indians 3: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's game, including observations on John Ferrell and Terry Francona's history, the struggles of Cord Phelps, and more.
2013 MLB Draft: Does drafting pitchers early really payoff?: Jeff Ellis analyzes the top two names at the top of the draft -- pitchers Mark Appel of Stanford and Jonathan Gray of Oklahoma -- and whether drafting pitchers at the top of the first round works out.
Tribe digging a deep hole without a ladder: John Mast analyzes Cleveland's struggles in the early going this season and whether there are major warning signs for the season, even though we are still in April.
Orbiting Cleveland: Any help out there?: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek runs through the options currently outside the organization that could replace Ubaldo Jimenez in the rotation, including Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, and Ricky Nolasco.
Astros edge Indians 3-2, sending Tribe to fifth straight loss: Jim Berdysz recaps Friday's game against the Houston Astros, including Brett Myers' continued problems with home runs, Lonnie Chisenhall going deep, and more.
Around The Farm: April 19, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including another lights-out start from Trevor Bauer, more clutch hitting from Jesus Aguilar, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #15: Indians 2, Astros 3: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's game, including the offense sputtering again without Michael Bourn, Brett Myers finding a way to limit the damage, and more.
The curious case of Ubaldo Jimenez: James Keene examines the curious case of Ubaldo Jimenez and where the team should go from here.
Cleveland's first baseball team, the 1871 Blue Stockings: Rick Lamborn goes deep into his archives, retelling the history of Cleveland's first baseball team, the 1871 Blue Stockings.
Friends of the Feather
Like all Bostonians, Red Sox trying to cope: Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com talked to various members of the Red Sox about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon and where they are at mentally and emotionally as they prepared to play in Cleveland.
Cleveland Indians know what Boston series means to manager Terry Francona: Dennis Manoloff of the Plain Dealer writes about Terry Francona's first games against the club he used to manage and how he is feeling about the matchup.
Playing a leadership role without playing much: Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes about how players like Cleveland's Jason Giambi transition from the top of the baseball world to clubhouse leader despite not getting to play all that much.
Mills eager to return to Houston with new squad: Brian McTaggart of MLB.com recounts another homecoming matchup, this one involving new Cleveland third-base coach Brad Mills returning to Houston this weekend to face the team that fired him.
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