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IBI Digest: 5/12/13 - 5/18/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 5/12/13 - 5/18/13
IBI Digest
May 18, 2013
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The baseball season reached the quarter-mark of the season with Cleveland well in contention. Indians Baseball Insider was once again there to cover all the action throughout the system and give you the kind of insight that you cannot get from anywhere else.

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

Subscription Pieces

IBI Hot List: 5/6/13 - 5/12/13: In his weekly feature, the IBI Hot List, Tony Lastoria runs down the Hot 20 in the system from the past week, including Danny Salazar continuing his impressive season, Ryan Merritt making the most of his ability, and much more.

Minor Happenings: Prospects are rising in extended spring: In his bi-weekly feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at Danny Salazar taking pitcher of the week honors for the second straight week, talks to Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.

Minor Happenings: Several injured prospects are on the mend: In his bi-weekly feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at Tim Fedroff's blazing hot week, talks to Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.

Regular Content


Around The Farm: May 11, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including Carlos Carrasco's stuff working, Dylan Baker dazzling, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #34: Indians 7, Tigers 6: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's win, including the team beating another Cy Young winner in Justin Verlander, Ubaldo Jimenez being back, and more.

Tribe Happenings: Reynolds signing has been on the Mark: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about the season Mark Reynolds is having and why an extension right now does not work, the decision facing the team when Brett Myers returns, and much more.

2013 MLB Draft: Looking at the redrafts: Jeff Ellis takes a look at players entering the draft Cleveland selected and failed to sign in the past and analyzes how they have progressed since being drafted.

Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.4: Indians 1, Tigers 0: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek are back on the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insiders, talking about being in first place, Michael Bourn's return, and more.

Fishing for Mudcats: Jordan Smith finds his groove: In his weekly Carolina notebook, Fishing for Mudcats, Jim Pete writes about Jordan Smith's hot streak, Luigi Rodriguez's continued excellence, and much more.


Around The Farm: Mother's Day, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including Giovanny Urshela making the jump to Double-A well, Jesus Aguilar's need for consistency, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #35: Indians 4, Tigers 3: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's win, including the team moving into first place, how they came back Sunday afternoon to beat the Tigers, and more.

Notes from the Wigwam: Tribe moves into first place: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about Ubaldo Jimenez actually deserving a player of the week award, a rough week for Lonnie Chisenhall, and much more.

Peoples' career off to a fine start with Lake County: Stephanie Metzger profiles Lake County reliever Michael Peoples, who is adjusting to both professional ball and pitching out of the bullpen.

Indians split doubleheader with Yankees, remain confident: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's doubleheader with the New York Yankees, including Justin Masterson's close to perfect start in game one, Jason Kipnis' winning home run, and more.


Around The Farm: May 13, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including T.J. House turning things around, Francisco Lindor snapping out of a mini-slump, and more.

Second Thoughts: Indians, Yankees split doubleheader: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's split doubleheader, including Justin Masterson's dominant start, the enigma that is Trevor Bauer, and more.

Launching Off With The Aeros: 5/7/13 - 5/13/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching Off With The Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Justin Toole filling in admirably, Chun-Hsiu Chen's undisputable greatness this year, and much more.

Smoke Signals: Episode 6.7: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals, talking about the team's stellar hitting, pitching, and defense, the demotion of Lonnie Chisenhall, and more.

Indians offense goes cold, fall to the Phillies 6-2: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, including a sluggish offense, Scott Kazmir getting jumped on early, and more.


Around The Farm: May 14, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including a rough day for Trey Haley, LeVon Washington and #WashTime being in full effect, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #38: Indians 2, Phillies 6: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's loss, including a frustrating game for the offense, an observation on how the offense was built to be boom or bust, and more.

On-Deck with the Captains: 5/8/13 - 5/14/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Dylan Baker improving with the weather, Ryan Merritt uncharacteristically struggling, and much more.

The Corner of Carnegie and Ontario finds an ace: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about Justin Masterson establishing himself at the top of the rotation, whether the team should sign him a long-term deal, and much more.

Indians bats explode off Hamels, rout Phillies 10-4: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, including Corey Kluber outpitching Cole Hamels, Mark Reynolds leading the offense once again, and more.

Adams dominating while on the comeback trail: Jim Piascik profiles Akron Aeros reliever Austin Adams, who is dominating opposing hitters now that he is back from missing all of 2012 with a shoulder injury.


Around The Farm: May 15, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including some much-deserved love for Anthony Santander, poor pitching throughout the system, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #39: Indians 10, Phillies 4: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including the team's success against left-handed pitching, the potent combination of Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera hitting second and third, and more.

The Inside Pitch 2.5: Indians and Draft Talk: Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis are back on the cyberwaves with The Inside Pitch, talking about the MLB draft, whether Cleveland's success is sustainable, and more.

Sailing with the Clippers: 5/9/13 - 5/15/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Cameron Weimer writes about Tim Fedroff's consistent hitting, Juan Diaz's inconsistency at the plate and in the field, and much more.

Finally healthy, Haley looks to make it as a reliever: Jim Piascik profiles Akron Aeros reliever Trey Haley, who is looking to gain consistency in the first full healthy season of his professional career.


Around The Farm: May 16, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including a pair of 3-for-5 nights from Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin, a night of impressive pitching in Columbus, and more.

Second Thoughts: An entirely droll off day: Michael Hattery gives his Second Thoughts on the off day, including a look at how this year might be different than 2012s hot start, Vinnie Pestano being on his way back, and more.

Call to the Bullpen 1.6: Jake Dungan, Michael Hattery, and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about whether this year's fast start is sustainable, whether sending Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Hagadone to Columbus was the right decision, and more.

2013 Lake Erie Crushers team preview: Kyle Ferrara previews the season for the Lake Erie Crushers, whose roster has seen a ton of turnover from last year and is studded with familiar names from around Ohio.

Orbiting Cleveland: Getting a read on Lonnie Chisenhall: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes that the demotion of Lonnie Chisenhall was well deserved, as the third baseman has never shown the consistency of an everyday player.

Latimore is settling in well with Indians organization: Stephanie Metzger profiles Akron Aeros outfielder Quincy Latimore, who is starting to fit in with the organization after being with the Pirates until this season.


Around The Farm: May 17, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Ezequiel Carrera getting things going in Columbus, Tyler Naquin being Tyler Naquin, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #40: Mariners 3, Indians 6: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's win, including Jason Kipnis' walk off home run, wondering whether it is time to believe in this team, and more.

Trend Spotting: The value of Stubbs and a dilemma at third: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about the value that Drew Stubbs brings to the team, what to do with the situation at third base, and much more.

Friends of the Feather

Just How Far Gone is Ubaldo Jimenez?: Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs analyzes Ubaldo Jimenez's success in 2013 and looks at how similar it is to Jimenez's stellar 2010 season.

Tribe's rotation finding early groove: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN profiles Cleveland's starting rotation and how each of the pitchers is doing their best to raise the level of the whole team.

Danny Salazar Outshines Jameson Taillon: Marc Hulet of Fangraphs reports on a recent pitching duel in which Danny Salazar got the better of top prospect Jameson Taillon along with observations on numerous Akron Aeros prospects.

Indians work on meeting Trevor Bauer in the middle: Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon Journal profiles Trevor Bauer and how the Cleveland organization is working with Bauer, not against him, as he develops into a major league starting pitcher.

Defense Is Key For Indians' Naquin: JD Sussman of Fangraphs profiles Tyler Naquin and writes that in order to succeed, Naquin needs to keep improving at his new position, center field.

Experience, thicker arms combine to create Mega Mark: Zack Meisel of profiles Mark Reynolds and how he progressed from a skinny kid named Skeletor into the muscular Mega Mark.

Inbox: What happens when Myers returns?: Jordan Bastian of takes questions from readers and writes about topics like how Brett Myers will fit in when he returns to the team, whether Yan Gomes or Lou Marson should go to the minors when Marson is healthy, and more.

With Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians find sunny days: Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer writes about how the team has turned around with Terry Francona at the helm and what went into that turnaround.

First MLB mock draft of 2013: Keith Law of ESPN (Insider required) gives his first mock draft of the season, opining that Cleveland will select North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran.

Mock Draft: A first look at the first round: Jonathan Mayo of also weighs in with his first mock draft of the season, agreeing with Law that Cleveland will take Moran.

Q&A: Dennis Martinez, El Presidente Legacy: David Laurila of Fangraphs interviewed former Cleveland pitcher Dennis Martinez about his pitching style, his difficulties with catchers, and more.

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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