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IBI Digest: 5/25/13 - 6/1/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 5/25/13 - 6/1/13
IBI Digest
June 1, 2013
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Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:

Subscription Pieces

Coach's Corner '13: Lake County pitching coach Steve Karsay: In his monthly feature, Coach's Corner, Tony Lastoria sits down with Lake County pitching coach Steve Karsay to talk about what he looks for in pitchers debuting at Low-A, the adjustments pitchers like Ryan MerrittJake SiscoMitch Brown, and others have made, and much more.

Minor Happenings: Bauer's struggles in Columbus a concern: In his weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about power outage Trevor Bauer is experiencing in Columbus, Matt Packer coming on strong of late, and much more.

Regular Content


Red Sox rally to defeat Indians 7-4: Stephanie Metzger recaps Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox, including trouble for Vinnie Pestano, the team giving away a win, and more.


Around The Farm: May 25, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including Carolina's one-two punch of Tyler Naquin and Francisco LindorDanny Salazar shutting down opponents, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #48: Indians 4, Red Sox 7: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's loss, including giving the game away late, wondering what is wrong with Vinnie Pestano, and more.

Tribe Happenings: Concerns with Pestano are growing: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about the concerns surrounding Vinnie Pestano, how Jason Giambi is being overused, and much more.

Second Thoughts Game #49: Red Sox 6, Indians 5: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's loss, including an inexcusable ninth inning, a career-day for Corey Kluber, and more.


Around The Farm: May 26, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including Cord Phelps showing some power, Cody Anderson continuing his dominance, and more.

Indians fall 6-5 as Perez blows save: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox, including Chris Perez blowing a save, a quality start from Corey Kluber, and more.

Notes from the Wigwam: Mistakes lead to rough week: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes that Michael Brantley is continuing his consistency, a forgettable week for Chris Perez, and much more.

Holt's defense and all out approach has people taking notice: Stephanie Metzger profiles Akron Aeros outfielder Tyler Holt, who plays all out in center field and never slows down.

Indians lose fourth straight, fall 4-2 to Reds: Nathan Kemp recaps Monday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, including a late home run from Joey Votto, more troubles from the bullpen, and more.

For Cleveland fans, something always goes wrong: James Keene looks at the ups and downs of the season and past seasons and opines that in Cleveland, something always seems to go wrong.


Around The Farm: Memorial Day 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Justin Toole showing off his tools, Bo Greenwell nearly going for the cycle, and more.

Smoke Signals: Episode 6.9: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals, talking about Cleveland's rough week, the bullpen issues, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #50: Reds 4, Indians 2: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's loss, including Ubaldo Jimenez bearing down, the bullpen woes continuing, and more.

Launching off with the Aeros: 5/21/13 - 5/27/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Cedric Hunter taking to the Eastern League, Matt Packer getting it back together, and much more.

2013 MLB Draft: The Ohio draft prospects: Jeff Ellis previews the Ohio prospects in the draft, including the top prospect in Kent State pitcher Tyler Skulina, the wild card in Ohio state first baseman/closer Josh Dezse, and much more.

Anything is possible for talented Indians righty Cody Anderson: Zachary Francis profiles Carolina Mudcats right-hander Cody Anderson, who has matured in 2013 as he has fine tuned his pitching arsenal.


Indians drop fifth straight, fall 8-2: Nathan Kemp recaps Tuesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, including a so-so start from Zach McAllister, another rough day for the bullpen, and more.

Around The Farm: May 28, 2013: Tony Lastoria goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including another ugly outing from Robert Whitenack, a complete game for T.J. House, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #51: Indians 2, Reds 8: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's loss, including Zach McAllister making do with less than perfect command, the continuing bullpen woes, and more.

On-Deck with the Captains: 5/22/13 - 5/28/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about a painful winless week, Anthony Santander's impact, and much more.

Needing relief at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about how this is when we are going to find out how good the bullpen really is, that the team should ride Yan Gomes while he has the hot hand, and much more.


Indians win over Reds 5-2, grab much needed victory: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, including Justin Masterson stopping the losing streak, Jason Giambi going deep, and more.

Around The Farm: May 29, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Shawn Morimando's overpowering outing, Chen-Chang Lee's return, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #52: Indians 5, Reds 2: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including Justin Masterson putting the team back on track, Jason Giambi supplying the big hit, and more.

Inside Pitch 2.7: One week until the Draft: Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac are back on the cyberwaves with The Inside Pitch, talking about Cleveland's bullpen troubles, Jeff's updated Big Board, and more.

Sailing with the Clippers: 5/23/13 - 5/29/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Cameron Weimer writes about a rough six-loss week for the Clippers, a resurgence for Lonnie Chisenhall, and much more.

2013 MLB Draft: Seven targets at five: Jeff Ellis previews seven players Cleveland could be looking at with the fifth pick in the draft, including third baseman Colin Moran, high school outfielders Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows, and more.

Indians take down Reds 7-1, keep Ohio Cup: Jim Berdysz recaps Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, including a big fourth inning, Scott Kazmir pitching a gem, and more.


Around The Farm: May 30, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including a big night from Jeremy Hermida, and 15 inning game in Akron, and more.

Call to the Bullpen 1.7: Jake Dungan, Michael Hattery, and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about the team snapping out of its losing streak, Trevor Bauer's latest song, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #53: Reds 1, Indians 7: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's win, including taking the drama out of the game with the seven-run fourth, Scott Kazmir being the comeback kid, and more.

Moncrief looking to hone standout tools, fulfill dream: Jim Piascik profiles Akron Aeros outfielder Carlos Moncrief, who has all the tools in the world, though he still needs to harness them after beginning his career as a pitcher.

Orbiting Cleveland: The case for Cody Allen at closer: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about the strength of the team -- the bullpen -- falling apart and how Cody Allen should be used as the closer with Chris Perez on the DL.


Around The Farm: May 31, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Mason Radeke's return, Ronny Rodriguez continuing to heat up, and more.

Indians fall hard to Tampa Bay 9-2, end play Saturday morning: Jim Berdysz recaps Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, including a nearly five-hour rain delay, only one hit for Cleveland, and more.

Second Thoughts: Game #54: Rays 9, Indians 2: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including more inconsistent pitching from the left-handed relievers, a "glad it's over" feeling after the rain delays, and more.

Trend Spotting: McAllister's early success and long term outlook: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about Zach McAllister's career so far and how he is starting to reach his ceiling.

Friends of the Feather

MLB mock draft 2.0: Keith Law of ESPN (Insider required) turns in his latest mock draft, with Cleveland selecting Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray after some movement at the top of the draft.

Mock Draft 2: Movement up and down in the middle: Jonathan Mayo of sees more of the same in his latest mock draft, leaving North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran as Cleveland's choice.

First-round draft pick next month needs to be a winner for Cleveland Indians: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer talks with the Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant about the upcoming draft in June and the team's plans.

Yan Gomes brings a little extra to Indians right now and for the future: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal opines that Yan Gomes is turning himself into a viable starting catcher now and in the future.

Q&A: Mark Reynolds, Strikeouts and Bombs: David Laurila of Fangraphs gives his Q&A with Mark Reynolds, talking about his approach, the adjustments he has made throughout his career, and more.

Carlos Santana Looks Backwards and Moves Forward: Matt Klaassen of Fangraphs profiles Carlos Santana's breakout season and gives some reasons as to why it may last.

Terry Pluto's Talkin' ... about Cavaliers' draft options, some improved Browns and how the Tribe landed Yan Gomes: Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer writes about how Yan Gomes was acquired this offseason and offers some other thoughts on the team.

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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