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IBI Digest: 4/7/13-4/13/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 4/7/13-4/13/13
IBI Digest
April 13, 2013
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Okay, crashed servers may have messed with things this week...

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

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Minor Happenings: The Lindor Show impresses at Carolina: In his weekly feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how Francisco Lindor is taking Carolina by storm, how nothing can slow down Jose Ramirez, a tough first outing for Mitch Brown, and much more.

2013 Minor League spring training stats: Tony Lastoria and Arthur Kinney release the minor league Spring Training stats they compiled from Arizona.

Regular Content


Indians fall 6-0 in Trevor Bauer’s debut: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, including Trevor Bauer’s fairly rough debut, Lou Marson getting run over by Desmond Jennings, and more.

Around The Farm: April 6, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday night in the minor leagues, including an impressive start from Jacob Lee, a multi-hit effort for Dorssys Paulino, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #5: Rays 6, Indians 0: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday’s game, including observations on the blown calls throughout the game, the continuing offensive struggles, and more.

Tribe Happenings: An up and down week from the rotation: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria breaks down the good and the bad from the first turn of the rotation, gives some notes on controlling and developing Trevor Bauer, remarks on Alex White having Tommy John surgery, and much more.

2013 MLB Mock Draft 1.0: Jeff Ellis unveils his first mock draft of the year, breaking down the first 10 picks and where names such as Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray and Stanford right-hander Mark Appel could be drafted.

Indians slam Rays 13-0 to avoid sweep: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, including a five-home run offensive outburst, a shutdown outing from Justin Masterson, and more.


Around The Farm: April 7, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday night in the minor leagues, including a big day on offense for the Akron Aeros, some power out of Joey Wendle, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #6: Indians 13, Rays 0: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday’s game, including the offense finally waking up, Masterson being masterful again, and more.

The Indians 2013 home opener is here!: Tony Lastoria gets you prepared for Opening Day with some facts through the years on Cleveland home openers, how the team has fared against the Yankees in the past, and more.

Notes from the Wigwam: Santana impresses: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek takes a look at Carlos Santana’s phenomenal week, Mark Reynolds’ off-the-charts power, Justin Masterson’s dominant starts, and much more.

Pronk-led Yankees top Tribe in home opener: Nathan Kemp recaps Monday’s game against the New York Yankees, including Travis Hafner’s return to Cleveland, Ubaldo Jimenez’s rough outing, and more.


Around The Farm: April 8, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday night in the minor leagues, including a dominating start from Toru Murata, an all-around effort from Joe Wendle, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #7: Yankees 11, Indians 6: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's game, including "Bad" Ubaldo, a strong response from the offense after going down early, and more.

Smoke Signals 6.2: First week rundown: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete host their weekly radio show, Smoke Signals, running down the issues in the starting rotation, the hot starts for Mark Reynolds and Carlos Santana, and more.

Paulino's bat is one not seen in Indians system in some time: Tony Lastoria features Lake County shortstop Dorssys Paulino, one of the best hitting prospects the organization has had in some time, on issues like his adjustment to playing stateside, his defense, and more.

Launching Off With The Aeros: 4/4/13-4/8/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching Off With The Aeros, Jim Piascik takes a look at Jose Ramirez doing what he does best, some shutdown starting pitching from T.J. House and Toru Murata, and much more.

Carrasco, Myers struggle as Tribe falls 14-1: Nathan Kemp recaps Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees, including Carlos Carrasco's meltdown, Brett Myers struggling while saving the bullpen, and more.


Around The Farm: April 9, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday night in the minor leagues, including Delvi Cid setting the table in Akron, Giovanny Urshela getting his season started, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #8: Yankees 14, Indians 1: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's game, including observations on a disheartening home opener, the definite warning signs on Brett Myers, and more.

Your 2013 Castoff Indians: Where'd They All Go?: Sean Mahon takes a look at the various players throughout the league who used to play in Cleveland, including Victor Martinez's slow return to action, Travis Hafner and Shin-Soo Choo's hot start, and more.

Kluber to start on Wednesday night against Yankees: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on Corey Kluber being called up to start Wednesday's game in the aftermath of Carlos Carrasco's horrendous outing.

The season isn't over at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete does not buy into the early season doom and gloom surrounding the team, remarks on the idiocy of Carlos Carrasco throwing at Kevin Youkilis, looks at a rotation in shambles already, and much more.

On-Deck with the Captains: 4/4/13-4/9/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger takes a look at a big first week from Eric Haase, a solid start from Ryan Merritt, and much more.


Around The Farm: April 10, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday night in the minor leagues, including an offensive explosion in Carolina at the hands of Bryson Myles, Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, and more.

The Inside Pitch 2.2: Tribe Focus: Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis host their weekly radio show, The Inside Pitch, running down the first week and a half of the season, how has impressed early on in the minors, and more.

Second Thoughts: Indians pitchers off to rough start: With Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees being rained out, Michael Goodman uses this edition of Second Thoughts to highlight the struggles of the starting rotation to date.

Sailing with the Clippers: 4/4/13-4/10/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Cameron Weimer takes a look at Jeremy Hermida leading the offense in the early going, a strange lack of steals, and much more.


Around The Farm: April 11, 2013: Tony Lastoria goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday night in the minor leagues, including T.J. House’s down night, some worries about Dorssys Paulino, and more.

Second Thoughts: The "Pronk's Bomber" Illusion: With Thursday's game against the New York Yankees being rained out, Andrew Clayman uses this edition of Second Thoughts to look at Travis Hafner's hot start and whether it is sustainable.

Orbiting Cleveland: Attendance woes linger: In his weekly notebook, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek analyzes the day after Opening Day attendance for Cleveland and what the implications are for the rest of the season.


Swisher's clutch hit gives Indians, Masterson walkoff win: Jim Berdysz recaps Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including Justin Masterson's shutout, Nick Swisher's walk off it, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #9: White Sox 0, Indians 1: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's game, including the amazing awesomeness of Justin Masterson and Nick Swisher, the struggles of Jason Kipnis, and more.

Around The Farm: April 12, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday night in the minor leagues, including a short outing from Daisuke Matsuzaka, some late-inning heroics from Chun Chen, and more.

Lake County offers Sisco a chance at a new beginning: Stephanie Metzger profiles Jake Sisco, a right-hander who is looking to bounce back in 2013 after coming into camp in much better shape and an offseason marriage.

Friends of the Feather

Another day in paradise with the Cleveland Indians for Sandy Alomar Jr.: Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer profiles Sandy Alomar Jr. and his transition from young player coming to Cleveland in a trade to bench coach on the team this year.

Roberto Hernandez: New Name, New Team, New Pitcher?: Michael Barr of Fangraphs analyzes the former Fausto Carmona and whether he is undergoing a mechanical transformation with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cleveland Indians' Justin Masterson increasing production with reduced effort: Dennis Manoloff of the Plain Dealer takes a look at Justin Masterson and how his reduced-effort delivery may be the key to success going forward.

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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