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IBI Digest: 5/18/13 - 5/25/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 5/18/13 - 5/25/13
IBI Digest
May 25, 2013
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As we come up to Memorial Day, Cleveland is still in contention, the weather is nice (if a little cold these past few days), and Indians Baseball Insider is keeping you up to date with all the information you need.

Have a great Memorial Day, remember the sacrifices of people in the armed forces, and enjoy a little time off.

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

Subscription Pieces

2013 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 1.0: Jeff Ellis unveils his first mock draft of the season, giving his predictions for the entire first round and analysis of each pick.

Minor Happenings: Anderson is dealing in Carolina: In his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how Cody Anderson's talent is beginning to shine, talks with Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.

Minor Happenings: Chen's red hot bat earns him a promotion: In his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about Chun-Hsiu Chen's power renaissance, talks with Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.

Regular Content


Cleveland rallies in ninth to beat Seattle 5-4: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Seattle Mariners, including Chris Perez blowing the save, Mark Reynolds walking off, and more.


Around The Farm: May 19, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including some power from Lonnie Chisenhall, a dominant outing from Ryan Merritt, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #41: Indians 5, Mariners 4: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's win, including some more late inning magic, another stellar Zach McAllister performance, and more.

Tribe Happenings: Third time the charm with this hot start?: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how this year's good start may be more sustainable than the past two years, looks at the turnaround after a bad April, and much more.

"Controlling the game" and the Cleveland pitching staff: James Keene breaks down Cleveland's relative success with starting pitching so far in 2013 and how much of it is sustainable through the rest of the season.

Lindor and Naquin are Fishing for Mudcats: In his weekly Carolina notebook, Fishing for Mudcats, Jim Pete writes about how bad the Mudcats have been this year, Tyler Naquin tearing up the Carolina League, and much more.

Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.5: Indians ARE that good: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek are back on the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insiders, talking about how the team dominated Felix Hernandez, how they might be one of the best in baseball, and more.

Indians shutout Seattle 6-0: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners, including abusing Felix Hernandez, Justin Masterson's 11 strikeouts, and more.


Around The Farm: May 19, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including Jose Ramirez starting to figure things out, LeVon Washington proving his explosiveness, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #42: Mariners 0, Indians 6: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's win, including another masterful performance from Justin Masterson, the team wasting no time in jumping on Felix Hernandez, and more.

Ranking the 2013 Cleveland Indians' roster at the quarter-mark: Jim Piascik ranks the Cleveland roster at the quarter-mark, ordering and breaking down each player who has spent time on the active roster from one to 35.

Martin's future remains to be seen, but his present looks good: Stephanie Metzger profiles Lake County reliever Josh Martin, who is adapting to professional ball and coming out of the bullpen, but works hard and is one of the first to arrive at the park every day.

Indians rally late to defeat Mariners 10-8, sweep four-game series: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners, including pulling out another win in dramatic fashion, Yan Gomes' walk-off three-run home run, and more.


Around The Farm: May 20, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Chun-Hsiu Chen bringing his power to Columbus, Ezequiel Carrera turning in another productive game, and more.

Smoke Signals: Episode 6.8: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals, talking about the beginning of the Detroit Tigers series, reviewing the great return on the Esmil Rogers trade, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #43: Mariners 8, Indians 10: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's win, including Scott Kazmir taking a step backward, the team continuing the come through with timely responses, and more.

Notes from the Wigwam: Wins continue to pile up: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about Jason Kipnis turning it around after his early-season struggles, Carlos Santana cooling down after his early-season success, and much more.

Launching off with the Aeros: 5/14/13 - 5/20/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Tyler Holt's all-out efforts, Brett Myers and Blake Wood's rehab appearances, and much more.

Tigers, Scherzer silence Indians bats as Tribe falls 5-1: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including Max Scherzer silencing Cleveland bats, Corey Kluber losing control in the sixth, and more.


Around The Farm: May 21, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including continued success for Chun-Hsiu Chen, Richard Stock performing with more regular playing time, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #44: Tigers 5, Indians 1: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's loss, including Corey Kluber making some progress against the Tigers, a tip of the cap to Max Scherzer, and more.

Introducing the Bench Mob: Jake Dungan breaks down the newly-named Bench Mob who have been critical to Cleveland's success so far in 2013.

Bauer & Carrasco at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes that the need to call up Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco right now, thinks that this team just feels different than recent seasons, and much more.

On-Deck with the Captains: 5/15/13 - 5/21/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Ryan Merritt regaining his control, Jake Wagoner's performance speaking volumes, and much more.


Around The Farm: May 22, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including a possible revival for Dorssys Paulino, rehab outings from Brett Myers and Blake Wood, and more.

Indians fall to Detroit 11-7, Tigers sweep two-game series: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including a failed outing from Ubaldo JimenezMiguel Cabrera sinking Cleveland, and more.

Inside Pitch 2.6: The What Now Edition: Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac are back on the cyberwaves with The Inside Pitch, talking about if Cleveland can contending this year, what will happen in the MLB draft, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #45: Tigers 11, Indians 7: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's loss, including not making much of one bad start from Ubaldo Jimenez, the implosion of David Huff, and more.

Sailing with the Clippers: 5/16/13 - 5/22/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Cameron Weimer writes about Chun-Hsiu Chen's clutch performances since being called up, Jeremy Hermida cooling off, and much more.

Vick's career is just getting started: Kaily Cunningham profiles Lake County outfielder Logan Vick, who is looking to better himself in his first full season and using the lessons he learned at Baylor to do so.


Cleveland jumps on Boston, ride six-run sixth to 12-3 win: Stephanie Metzger recaps Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox, including Zach McAllister holding down the opposition, the offense exploding, and more.

Around The Farm: May 23, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Moncrief's power, LeVon Washington's all-around game, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #46: Indians 12, Red Sox 3: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's win, including Drew Stubbs performing well, Yan Gomes' place in the lineup going forward, and more.

Urshela is focused on baseball and improving every day: Jim Piascik profiles Akron Aeros third baseman Giovanny Urshela, who is looking to improve himself every day and is working on swinging at fewer out of the zone pitches.

Orbiting Cleveland: Extending Michael Brantley: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about what a possible Michael Brantley extension could look like, gives some comparables to look at, and much more.


Red Sox pummel Indians 8-1: Stephanie Metzger recaps Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox, including the Red Sox getting to Justin Masterson, the offense going quiet, and more.

Around The Farm: May 24, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Matt Packer impressing, welcoming back Joe Wendle, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #47: Red Sox 8, Indians 1: Michael Hattery gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including John Lackey shutting down the offense, Corey Kluber's final auditions ahead of Brett Myers' return, and more.

Trend Spotting: Nick Swisher's stability and Perez stumbles: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about the stability Nick Swisher brings to the lineup, looks deeper into Chris Perez's difficulties, and much more.

Friends of the Feather

Yan Gomes' secret? Beet juice: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer writes about Yan Gomes' impressive day and how his secret just may be beet juice.

A View From Studio 3: Kipnis on verge of stardom: Matt Yallof of observes that this Cleveland team is very exciting and that Jason Kipnis is about to become a star.

Cleveland Indians have many ways to beat you: Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer observes that Cleveland has some serious speed and can beat you in many different ways.

Rich Hill getting a lot of work in bullpen for Cleveland Indians: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer profiles Rich Hill and how he is actually making some appearances after numerous injury-filled seasons.

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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