IBI Digest: 6/1/13 - 6/8/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
The MLB draft -- the busiest days of the year for Indians Baseball Insider -- once again crashed the site. A blessing and a curse -- you guys really do love us, though we are sad that the site went down during a big moment -- IBI will continue to update you on all the new players, as well as keeping you knowledgeable on the players already in the system.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 MLB Draft: Big Board 2.0: Jeff Ellis updates his Big Board as we approach the draft, ranking 33 players and putting players like Clint Frazier and Hunter Renfroe ahead of likely Cleveland target Colin Moran.
2013 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 2.0: Jeff Ellis updates his Mock Draft as we approach the draft, looking at where Oklahoma right-hander Jonathon Grey goes after his positive test for Adderall, who Cleveland will pick at #5, and much more.
2013 MLB Draft: Q&A with Brad Grant: Tony Lastoria talked with Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant in advance of the MLB draft, touching on topics like the level of talent in this draft, philosophy changes over the years, the process of the draft, and much more.
2013 MLB Draft: Frazier thoughts and more: Tony Lastoria talked with Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant about the selection of Clint Frazier, with Frazier himself about being drafted, and much more.
Jimenez leads Tribe to 5-0 win: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, including Jimenez dominating in his finest outing of the season, getting to Tampa starter Chris Archer early, and more.
Fishing for Mudcats part 1: Anderson and Lindor shine: In part one of his weekly Carolina notebook, Fishing for Mudcats, Jim Pete writes about Francisco Lindor turning his bat on in a notorious pitching league, Cody Anderson continuing to dominate, and much more.
Around The Farm: June 1, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping the night in the minor leagues, including Lonnie Chisenhall continuing to tear up Triple-A, Ronny Rodriguez keeping his hit streak alive, and more.
Tribe Happenings: Indians left-handed relief is letting them down: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes that the bullpen's left-handed options are far from satisfactory, Ubaldo Jimenez is finally becoming the pitcher Cleveland thought they traded for almost two years ago, and much more.
Fishing for Mudcats: Tyler Naquin takes over...: In part two of his weekly Carolina notebook, Fishing for Mudcats, Jim Pete writes about Bo Greenwell continuing to persevere, Shawn Morimando dropping the hammer, and much more.
C.S.I. 2.6: Indians sinking and the Cavs in the catbird seat?: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek are back on the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insider, talking about whether 2013 will be 2011 and 2012 all over again on the diamond, what the Cavs will do with the first pick, and more.
Around The Farm: June 2, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including Tyler Naquin hitting his stride, Dorssys Paulino getting to a different place than he was earlier in the season, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #56: Rays 11, Indians 3: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's loss, including numerous miscues on defense, observations on the offense scoring three runs or less, and more.
Notes from the Wigwam: Bullpen woes take toll: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about Ubaldo Jimenez maybe finally coming full circle, Scott Barnes and how he is indicative of a larger bullpen problem, and much more.
The Crushers Notebook: 5/28/13 to 6/2/2013: In his weekly Lake Erie notebook, Kyle Ferrara writes that super-sub Kevin Berard is one of the team's best players, Daniel Bowman is becoming a force in the middle of the Crushers' order, and much more.
Around The Farm: June 3, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Trevor Bauer showing he can battle, Shawn Morimando extending his shutout streak to 20 innings, and more.
Smoke Signals: Episode 6.10: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals, talking about the team's struggles against playoff caliber opponents, the injury to Asdrubal Cabrera, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #57: Indians 4, Yankees 7: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's loss, including it being one of those nights for Justin Masterson, Asdrubal Cabrera's quad calling it quits on him, and more.
Launching off with the Aeros: 5/28/13-6/3/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Ronny Rodriguez continuing his turnaround, Roberto Perez's ability to just draw walks, and much more.
Around The Farm: June 4, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including a big night for Ezequiel Carrera, Lonnie Chisenhall continuing to rake in Columbus, and more.
Chris Perez being investigated by police for drug possession: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on Cleveland closer Chris Perez being under investigation for drug possession by Rocky River police.
On-Deck with the Captains: 5/29/13 - 6/4/13: In her weekly notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Mason Radeke's strong season debut, how there is everything to like about Chen-Chang Lee, and much more.
Checking Perez' mail at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about Chris Perez being a distraction, the bad umpiring surrounding Mike Aviles' check swing Tuesday night, and much more.
Indians fall 6-4 in New York, Yankees sweep three-game series: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees, including a complete game from CC Sabathia, Corey Kluber scuffling early, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #59: Indians 4, Yankees 6: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's loss, including the end of a disappointing series, Kluber's emergence despite Wednesday's struggles, and more.
Sailing with the Clippers: 5/30/13 - 6/5/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Lonnie Chisenhall impressing since his demotion, Jeremy Hermida's consistency, and much more.
Tribe still a starting pitcher away from truly competing: John Mast writes that Cleveland still needs more starting pitching if the team is going to contend in 2013 and runs through some potentially available arms.
The Inside Pitch 2.8: Live Draft Coverage: Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac are back on the cyberwaves with The Inside Pitch, covering the draft live as it unfolds and recapping Cleveland's selection.
2013 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 3.0 - Final Edition: Jeff Ellis submits his final mock draft, predicting the first 111 picks, the first three picks for Cleveland, and that Clint Frazier will be Cleveland's choice at #5.
2013 MLB Draft: Live day 1 draft blog: Tony Lastoria live blogged day one of the MLB draft, updating you on all the relevant draft information in advance of Cleveland's pick.
2013 Indians 1st round pick: CF Clint Frazier: Tony Lastoria posts IBI's scouting report on Cleveland first round pick Clint Frazier with thoughts from Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac.
Second Thoughts: An ode to the underrated Joe Smith: Andrew Clayman gives his off-day Second Thoughts on Joe Smith, an underrated reliever who he feels is never given his due credit.
Orbiting Cleveland: Jimenez's resurgence continues: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about Ubaldo Jimenez's resurgence and what it should hold for the rest of the season.
Call to the Bullpen: 1.8: Jake Dungan and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about Cleveland's draft picks, Chris Perez's arrest, and more.
2013 MLB Draft: Day 2 info: Tony Lastoria previews day two of the MLB draft, prepping you on IBI's coverage and what to expect.
Born maize and blue, Haase is all Ohio now: Stephanie Metzger profiles Lake County catcher Eric Haase, who grew up in Michigan but is all-in on Ohio after committing to Ohio State before being drafted by Cleveland.
Around The Farm: June 7, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Carlos Moncrief being flat out unstoppable, an impressive night from Quincy Latimore, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #60: Indians 5, Tigers 7: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including Ubaldo Jimenez struggling to throw his fastball or strikes, Nick Swisher's bad night, and more.
Trend Spotting: Exploring Justin Masterson: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about Justin Masterson and whether this new ace-type form is sustainable for the rest of the season.
Friends of the Feather
A day at the office: Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson: Dennis Manoloff of the Plain Dealer goes through a day in the life of Justin Masterson, breaking down what happens from dawn until dusk on a day when Masterson is starting.
Indians' Jason Giambi proving worth the risk taken by Terry Francona: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal writes that bringing Jason Giambi onto the team has turned out much better than it looked at first.
Q&A: Scott Kazmir, Return from Oblivion: David Laurila of Fangraphs has a Q&A with Scott Kazmir, talking about how Kazmir fell apart, the long road back, the mental challenges involved in making it back to the major leagues, and more.
The Return Of Scott Kazmir: Howard Megdal of Sports on Earth profiles Scott Kazmir and how he fell apart and put himself back together again.
Q&A: Mickey Callaway, Indians Pitching Coach: David Laurila of Fangraphs has a Q&A with Mickey Callaway, talking about his pitching philosophy, the organization adopting a long-toss program, and more.
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