IBI Digest: 6/15/13 - 6/21/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
After going through some issues, the big league club got back to winning over the past week and climbed back over .500. That, combined with some fun with debuts in the short season leagues made this past week a good time here at IBI.
Note that the Digest is a little short this week as I am leaving for vacation. The Digest will return in two weeks with a mega-edition to catch you up on everything you missed.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 MLB Draft: June 17th signing update: Tony Lastoria brings you an update on the 2013 draft class, including a delay on signing a top-10 pick, a look at Adam Plutko's chances of leaving UCLA, and much more.
2013 MLB Draft: Post-draft Q&A with John Mirabelli Part 1: Tony Lastoria brings you part one of his interview with Director of Scouting John Mirabelli, talking about his thoughts on the quality of the draft, his thoughts on Cleveland's draft itself, and much more.
2013 MLB Draft: June 19th signing update: Tony Lastoria brings you an update on the 2013 draft class, including Dace Kime being done with the College World Series and what comes next, a look at the situation of two other top-10 picks, and much more.
2013 MLB Draft: Post-draft Q&A with John Mirabelli Part 2: Tony Lastoria brings you part two of his interview with Director of Scouting John Mirabelli, talking about being more prepared for the slotting system, their plan of attack in this year's draft, and much more.
2013 MLB Draft: June 21st signing update: Tony Lastoria brings you an update on the 2013 draft class, including a few top-10 picks coming in to Cleveland, another top-10 pick deciding against signing, and much more.
2013 MLB Draft: Reviewing the Indians approach in the draft: Jeff Ellis recaps the 2013 MLB draft and the patterns he saw emerge in Cleveland's draft selections.
Communication error in ninth proves costly in 7-6 loss: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals, including a costly Nick Swisher hour, a rough outing for Scott Kazmir, and more.
Around The Farm: June 15, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including a good day for Danny Salazar, a second straight big night for Cord Phelps, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #67: Nationals 7, Indians 6: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's loss, including the back of the bullpen struggling, Nick Swisher's error, and more.
Baseball memories with dad on Father's Day: DJ Sebastian celebrates Father's Day and recounts the story of his father getting him into baseball.
Morimando's adjustments have helped his consistency: Jacqueline Kantor profiles Carolina Mudcats left-hander Shawn Morimando, who is using mechanical adjustments to fuel his breakout season in 2013.
Fishing for Mudcats: Fishing for Runs: In his weekly Carolina notebook, Fishing for Mudcats, Jim Pete writes about Joe Wendle being back after missing time with injury, Cody Anderson's nearly perfect week, and much more.
Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.8: Nats get KLUBERED: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek are back on the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insiders, talking about the recent hot streak, Corey Kluber's development, and more.
Indians Kluber Washington 2-0: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, including Corey Kluber shutting down the Nats, the offense providing just enough support, and more.
Around The Farm: June 16, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including some cautious optimism that Carlos Moncrief has put it all together, Lonnie Chisenhall continuing to excel, and more.
Now presenting, your 2013 Mahoning Valley Scrappers: Hayden Grove previews the 2013 Mahoning Valley Scrappers, including talking with team members coming up from Arizona like Nick Hamilton, recent draft pick Paul Hendrix, and much more.
Tribe Happenings: Do better days lie ahead for the Indians?: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about the end of a brutal stretch of games against tough competition, how Carlos Carrasco and Nick Hagadone could be difference makers, and much more.
Notes from the Wigwam: Tribe shows improvement: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about the possibility that Corey Kluber just might be something special, the chance that Scott Kazmir might need to move to the bullpen, and much more.
Indians fall victim of another tough loss, Royals squeeze by 2-1: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals, including another tough loss for the team, a brilliant performance from Carlos Carrasco, and more.
Around The Farm: June 17, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Chun-Hsiu Chen leading the way for the organization, a bad night for offenses throughout the system, and more.
Smoke Signals: Episode 6.11: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals, talking about the team rebounding from a rough stretch, Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber's brilliance, and more.
Launching off with the Aeros: 6/11/13 - 6/17/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Carlos Moncrief showing off his talent, Jesus Aguilar finding his power, and much more.
Kluber proving he belongs in the big leagues: Jake Dungan opines that Corey Kluber has turned himself into a legitimate major league pitcher and what to expect from him the rest of the way.
Indians comeback late to stun Royals 4-3: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Kansas City Royals, including a come from behind win in the late innings, Ubaldo Jimenez finishing the night strong, and more.
Around The Farm: June 18, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including Chris Perez imploding in Akron, Francisco Lindor, Jerrud Sabourin, and Tyler Naquin performing well in the All-Star game, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #70: Royals 3, Indians 4: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's win, including that winning ugly still counts, Ubaldo Jimenez's effective if not deep outing, and more.
On-Deck with the Captains: 6/12/13 - 6/18/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about the success Logan Vick found in the first half, the struggles of Jorge Martinez, and much more.
Long term planners at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about the ups and downs of the season so far, how he loves the starting rotation this year, and much more.
Indians, Brantley battle back to defeat Royals 6-3: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals, including yet another solid performance from Justin Masterson, the offense rebounding from a slow start, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #71: Indians 6, Royals 3: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including the offense waking up after a frustrating start, Michael Brantley's power breaking out, and more.
Sailing with the Clippers: 6/13/13 - 6/19/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Trevor Bauer continuing to throw well, Cord Phelps becoming the Clippers' best hitter, and much more.
Fedroff hopes patience and dedication turn dream into reality: Ethan Day profiles Columbus Clippers outfielder Tim Fedroff, who is staying positive as he tries not to take anything for granted.
Around The Farm: June 20, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Eric Haase showing some big-time power, the beginning of the AZL Indians season, and more.
Second Thoughts: When Game 7's go wrong: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on a day off, including a look back at some of Cleveland's bad luck in game sevens, the way home field is decided, and more.
Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.10: Jake Dungan and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about injuries not slowing down the team, whether the lineup has lived up to the preseason hype thus far, and more.
2013 MLB Draft: Sleepers, awards, and predictions: Jeff Ellis continues his look back on the 2013 draft, taking a look at such questions as who the first player to the majors will be, who will get the most over slot money, and much more.
Orbiting Cleveland: The case to acquire Cliff Lee: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about the need to be buyers at the trading deadline and how Cliff Lee is the ideal target for the team.
Friends of the Feather
Spending spree like last offseason unlikely to be repeated: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal opines that fans should not expect a spending spree similar to last offseason this winter because the payroll situation has changed.
A day at the office: Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano: Dennis Manoloff of the Plain Dealer outlines a day at the office for Vinnie Pestano, going over his daily game day routines.
The Trouble With Vinnie Pestano: Matt Klaassen of Fangraphs outlines Vinnie Pestano's struggles in 2013 and looks below the surface of his numbers for an answer.
2013 Draft Review: Cleveland Indians: Chris Crawford of MLB Draft Insider offers his thoughts on the 2013 Cleveland draft and whether the team made good use of the value of each of its picks.
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