IBI Digest: 4/28/13-5/4/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
Things started turning around for Cleveland over the past week, as the team reeled of six straight wins to move over .500 for the first time in a while.
Indians Baseball Insider was there to cover all the major league action while also bringing you unparallel coverage of the entire minor league system.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
IBI Hot List: 4/22/13 - 4/28/13: In his weekly feature, the IBI Hot List, Tony Lastoria runs down the Hot 20 in the system from the past week, including LeVon Washington returning to the lineup with a fury, Jordan Cooper turning his good command into results, and much more.
Minor Happenings: Cooper's strides earn him a promotion: In his bi-weekly feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at Jordan Cooper's ability to pitch above his stuff and his recent promotion, gives some notes from Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.
IBI Stock Watch: April 2013: In his monthly feature, the IBI Stock Watch, Tony Lastoria fills you in on 20 players throughout the system and whether their stock is looking up or going down.
Minor Happenings: Wash Time returns with a fury: In his bi-weekly feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at LeVon Washington returning to the playing field with a vengeance, Chun-Hsiu Chen's campaign that made him the player of the month, and much more.
Around The Farm: April 27, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including LeVon Washington making up for lost time, an outstanding performance for Francisco Lindor, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #20: Royals 3, Indians 2: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday’s loss to the Kansas City Royals, including the lack of offense the team is showing, Ervin Santana working his magic, and more.
Tribe Happenings: The time is now to extend Masterson: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about the need to extend Justin Masterson as soon as possible, the Lou Marson-Yan Gomes dynamic, Brett Myers being sidelined indefinitely, and much more.
Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.2: Draft recap: Steve Orbanek and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insider, talking about the results of the Browns' draft, the re-hiring of Mike Brown as coach of the Cavs, and more.
The 2013 Transaction Rundown: April 20-28: Arthur Kinney runs down the transactions from the previous week from the big league club and each of the minor league affiliates.
Second Thoughts Game #21 & #22: Indians split twin bill: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals, including being shutdown in game one, the bats breaking out in game two, and more.
Notes from the Wigwam: One of "those" weeks: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes that the team has just been up and down all April, that Carlos Santana just may be a MVP candidate, that Jason Kipnis is struggling to get into a groove, and much more.
Around The Farm: April 29, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including another breakout performance from LeVon Washington, more gap power from Joe Sever, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #23: Indians 9, Royals 0: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's win, including the good Ubaldo Jimenez showing up on the mound, Carlos Santana starting to reach his prime, and more.
Smoke Signals: Episode 6.5: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals, talking about Cleveland's recently completed road trip, Carlos Santana's great start and if it is sustainable, and more.
Launching Off With The Aeros: 4/23/13 - 4/29/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching Off With The Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Chun-Hsiu Chen's continued hot streak to start the season, the dominance of Danny Salazar, and much more.
Indians offensive surge continues, rout Phillies 14-2: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, including seven home runs off of Roy Halladay, another two home runs for Ryan Raburn, and more.
Around The Farm: April 30, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including a five-hit day for Chris Wallace, a surprise start from Carlos Carrasco, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #24: Phillies 2, Indians 14: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's win, including another Cleveland victory over a Cy Young award winner, the starting pitching beginning to settle in, and more.
The enigmatic Indians at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about the Jekyll and Hyde act the team has going on so far in 2013, whether Francisco Lindor could be discussed in any trades, how good the bullpen has been, and much more.
On-Deck with the Captains: 4/24/13 - 4/30/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about LeVon Washington's major comeback, Erik Gonzalez's great week, Felix Sterling unleashing damage more than he stops it, and much more.
Indians, Bauer shutout Phillies for fourth straight win: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, including Trevor Bauer outpitching Cliff Lee, even more hitting from Ryan Raburn, and more.
The Inside Pitch 2.4: The April Wrapup: Jeff Ellis is back on the cyberwaves with The Inside Pitch, wrapping up the month of April and looking ahead to the upcoming June MLB Draft.
Second Thoughts Game #25: Indians 6, Phillies 0: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including Trevor Bauer picking up the win despite struggling with his control, the rare hot streak that Ryan Raburn is on, and more.
Sailing with the Clippers: 4/25/13 - 5/1/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Cameron Weimer writes about Chris Wallace helping the team find some offense, the lack of offense in general from the team, and much more.
Second Thoughts: A Raburn of Hope: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts following the off-day, including what Cleveland has in Ryan Raburn, whether or not he should stay in the lineup as players return from injuries, and more.
Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.4: Jake Dungan, Mike Hattery, and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about whether something special is brewing with this team, the latest news from around the league, and more.
Orbiting Cleveland: Analyzing the four-game win streak: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek analyzes how white-hot the offense has been, what their four-game winning streak means, and much more.
Baker is adjusting to the pros in first year after draft: Stephanie Metzger profiles Lake County Captains starting pitcher Dylan Baker, who is adjusting to his first year in the pros and moving out of Alaska.
Stubbs comes through in clutch, Tribe walks off to 7-6 win: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including Drew Stubbs leading the walkoff win, Justin Masterson's down day, and more.
Around The Farm: May 3, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Matt LaPorta continuing his grand return, Giovanny Urshela getting hot again, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #26: Indians 7, Twins 6: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's win, including Drew Stubbs starting to heat up, another moonshot from Mark Reynolds, and more.
Trend Spotting: Breaking down Chisenhall & Santana's start: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery breaks down whether things will get better for Lonnie Chisenhall, what to expect from Carlos Santana going forward, and more.
Friends of the Feather
Francisco Lindor, Simply Elite: JD Sussman of Fangraphs profiles Francisco Lindor, breaking down his scouting report and concluding that he could be baseball's next top prospect as soon as next season.
Indians believe MLB is ready for gay athletes: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes about veterans like Jason Giambi applauding Jason Collins for revealing his sexual orientation and how they feel about a gay player in baseball.
Giambi's hustle draws praise throughout clubhouse: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com notes that on a night with seven home runs, the clubhouse chatter surrounded Jason Giambi's headfirst slide into first base.
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