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IBI Digest: 4/21/13-4/27/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 4/21/13-4/27/13
IBI Digest
April 27, 2013
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Mother Nature seems determined to prevent Cleveland from playing any baseball games, but there has still been plenty of action up and down the system.

Between the major and league teams, no one has better coverage than Indians Baseball Insider.

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:

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IBI Hot List: 4/15/13 - 4/21/13: In his weekly feature, the IBI Hot List, Tony Lastoria runs down the Hot 20 in the system from the past week, including Carlos Carrasco, T.J. House, Logan Vick, and many more.

Minor Happenings: When will Indians make a House call?: In his bi-weekly feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at T.J. House's start to the season and when he should get called up to Columbus, talks to Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.

Coach's Corner '13: Carolina manager Dave Wallace: In his monthly feature, the Coach's Corner, Tony Lastoria sat down with Carolina Mudcats manager Dave Wallace to talk about Tony Wolters' transition to catcher, Francisco Lindor's work ethic and how he came into this year in even better shape, and much more.

Minor Happenings: Chen is showing the power at Akron: In his bi-weekly feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at how Chun-Hsiu Chen's power has returned and what his future should hold, talks to Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.

2013 MLB Draft: Big Board 1.0: Jeff Ellis gives his first Big Board of the 2013 MLB Draft, ranking the top 30 draft prospects a little more than a month out.

Regular Content


Around The Farm: April 20, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including a slew of strikeouts from Danny Salazar, even more punchouts from Carlos Carrasco, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #16: Indians 19, Astros 6: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's victory over the Houston Astros, including an unqualified offensive explosion, a turnaround for the team in terms of hitting with runners in scoring position, and more.

The 2013 Transaction Rundown: April 6-13: Arthur Kinney runs down the transactions throughout the system over the past week, noting the most important ones and listing every move within the system.

Tribe Happenings: Indians lackluster offense has hurt them: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about the offensive woes that have plagued the team in the early going, how Sunday's start is a big day for Ubaldo Jimenez, why Travis Hafner's hot start likely will not last, and much more.

Fishing for Mudcats: A tale of two weeks: In his weekly Carolina notebook, Fishing for Mudcats, Jim Pete writes about how the Mudcats went from first to worst in the course of one week, how Charlie Valerio and Jake Lowery are two under-the-radar names to keep an eye on, and much more.

Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.1: Let it Begin: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek return to the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insiders, where the two discuss what to do with the starting pitching, who the Cavs should hire as head coach, the upcoming NFL Draft, and more.

Reynolds leads Tribe to 5-4 victory over Astros: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, including a big home run for Mark Reynolds, Ubaldo Jimenez's hot and cold pitching, and more.


Around The Farm: April 21, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including Jerrud Sabourin taking a run at the batting title, T.J. House showing that he's ready to get called up to Triple-A, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #17: Indians 5, Astros 4: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's victory, including a four-home run day for Cleveland, Mark Reynolds being at the center of the offense, and more.

Notes from the Wigwam: Offense heats up: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes that the offense seems ready to take off, remarks that it is really great having Nick Swisher and his attitude on your side, notes that Cord Phelps just seems uncomfortable at the plate, and much more.

McDade making a smooth transition to Indians organization: Ethan Day profiles Columbus Clippers first baseman Mike McDade, who is getting comfortable in the organization after his offseason trade from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cabrera's two-run single beats White Sox, 3-2: Nathan Kemp recaps Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including Asdrubal Cabrera putting Cleveland over the top late, Justin Masterson's strong start, and more.


Around The Farm: April 22, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Cedric Hunter going deep, Cody Anderson showing flashes of what could be a major move in the organization, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #18: Indians 3, White Sox 2: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's victory, including whether or not Justin Masterson is developing into a legitimate ace, how Cleveland's lineup is being attacked backwards by opposing pitchers, and more.

The State of the Rotation: Jake Dungan analyzes the state of Cleveland's rotation early on in the season and wonders about its viability as we get deeper into the season.

Smoke Signals: Episode 6.4: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals to discuss the early return of free agency, what to do with Jason Kipnis given his early struggles, and more.

Launching Off With The Aeros: 4/16/13 - 4/22/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching Off With The Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about the arms race going on between T.J. House and Danny Salazar, the massive issues the Akron bullpen has faced, and much more.


Around The Farm: April 23, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including a near-no-hitter from Paolo Espino, Tyler Naquin picking things up to another level, and more.

On-Deck with the Captains: 4/17/13 - 4/23/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Eric Haase's consistent and reliable presence in the Captains' lineup, a nightmarish start for Luis Morel, and much more.

Running outta starters at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about how Cleveland's season really hinges on Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, the lack of other options in the starting rotation, and much more.

Rodriguez is making big strides in first full season: Stephanie Metzger profiles Lake County first baseman Nelson Rodriguez, whose hard work in the offseason and Spring Training led to an aggressive assignment he did not expect.

Indians bats go cold again, fall to Chicago, 3-2: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including the offensive roller coaster continuing for Cleveland, Zach McAllister not looking his sharpest, and more.


Around The Farm: April 24, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including a powerful display from Chun-Hsiu Chen, more dominance from Triple-A from Trevor Bauer, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #19: White Sox 3, Indians 2: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's loss, including how Cleveland cannot seem to solve Jose Quintana, Zach McAllister's issues with walks, and more.

Some early season off day Tribe thoughts: Jake Dungan gives his thoughts as the season reaches an off day, including how Mark Reynolds seems like one of the biggest steals of the offseason, how Cleveland will soon be getting players back from the disabled list, and more.

Sailing with the Clippers: 4/18/13 - 4/24/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Cameron Weimer writes about the red hot Trevor Bauer, Jeremy Hermida's strange success away from home, and much more.

Carrasco injured and taken to hospital: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on Carlos Carrasco being taken to the hospital for further evaluation after being struck on the right elbow by a line drive Thursday night.


Around The Farm: April 25, 2013: Andrew Zajac goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Tyler Naquin erasing some doubts about his power potential, Francisco Lindor showing his speed, and more.

Second Thoughts: The Dark Cloud Over Carlos Carrasco: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on a day off, outlining the bad karma that seems to be following Carlos Carrasco around these past few years.

Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.2: Jake Dungan, Mike Hattery, and Hayden Grove return to the cyberwaves for Call to the Bullpen to discuss Mark Reynolds' hot start, the state of the starting rotation, and more.

Orbiting Cleveland: Gauging the 25-man roster: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek takes a look at the 25-man roster and what moves can be made internally to improve it.

Wolters hopeful position switch to catcher was right choice: Tony Lastoria profiles Carolina Mudcats soon-to-be catcher Tony Wolters on his impending position change and how the decision ultimately came down to him.


Around The Farm: April 26, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Yan Gomes continuing to rake in Columbus, T.J. House’s impressive debut at Triple-A, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #20: Rain out edition: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts after yet another Cleveland rainout, including wondering what the postponements will do to the team’s consistency, looks at how Cleveland needs to keep winning within the division, and more.

Friends of the Feather

Carlos Santana's big play on Monday keeps Cleveland Indians surging: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer profiles how Carlos Santana's defense behind the plate changed a game and has been improving of late.

The Season's Most Aided Home Run So Far: Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs looks at the home run most aided by the weather to date, which happens to be a Nick Swisher shot here at Progressive Field.

Tony Wolters, Catching Convert: JD Sussman of Fangraphs also profiles Tony Wolters and his transition to catcher, lending a national perspective to the switch.

Matt LaPorta ready to leave Cleveland Indians’ extended spring training, head to Columbus: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer outlines Matt LaPorta’s recovery from offseason hip surgery and how close he is to getting back to Columbus.

If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at If you want to read his Master's thesis on college athletes and Twitter, you can do so here.

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