IBI Digest: 7/14/13 - 7/20/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
The big news of the week was the promotion of top prospect from far-away Carolina to Akron, where many Cleveland fans can make a quick drive to see him live and in person.
IBI was all over the Lindor promotion, covering his transition and his first days in Double-A.
As a side note, I would absolutely recommend making time to go see Lindor play. He really is that talented.
Anyway, here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
Minor Happenings: The Price is right in Columbus: In his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about Bryan Price being added to the mix as a possible bullpen option in Cleveland, talks with Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.
The IBI midseason prospect rankings: #11-#20: Jim Pete and Jim Piascik give their midseason top 20 prospects rankings, analyzing the season so far for these prospects and defending their ranks to one another.
2013 Trade Deadline: Top trade assets for the Indians: Tony Lastoria breaks down Cleveland's prospects in terms of which players have the most value to other teams, giving insight on who could be traded this July and why.
Minor Happenings: Colon's back and better than ever: With Tony on vacation, Jim Piascik fills in on his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, writing about Joseph Colon coming back from injury and looking better than ever, talks with Akron Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez, and much more.
The IBI 2013 midseason prospect rankings: #10-#1: Jim Pete and Jim Piascik give their midseason top 20 prospect rankings, analyzing the season so far for these prospects and defending their ranks to one another.
Chisenhall slams the Indians to a 5-3 win over the Royals: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals, including Lonnie Chisenhall's first career grand slam, Scott Kazmir pitching well, and more.
Around The Farm: July 13, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including Jose Ramirez ripping the cover off the ball, Carlos Moncrief just destroying the baseball, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #94: Indians 5, Royals 3: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's win, including arguably the biggest home run of Lonnie Chisenhall's career, Scott Kazmir flashing signs of the pitcher he used to be, and more.
Ranking the 2013 Cleveland Indians' roster at the All-Star break: With Tony Lastoria on vacation, Jim Piascik fills in the Tribe Happenings spot with his Ranking the Roster piece, ranking all 40 players Cleveland used in the first half.
Naquin nears a promotion, but still working to improve: Zachary Francis profiles Carolina Mudcats outfielder Tyler Naquin, who is the most complete center fielder Carolina manager, Dave Wallace, has ever seen.
Cleveland Sports Insiders 2.11: All-Star Break & Bynum: Jim Pete and Michael Hattery are back on the cyberwaves with Cleveland Sports Insiders, talking about what happened in the first half and what to expect after the All-Star break, how the Cavaliers' offseason has unfolded, and more.
Indians head into All-Star break on a high note, sweep Royals: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals, including Asdrubal Cabrera bringing the team back, the bullpen picking up Ubaldo Jimenez, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #95: Indians 6, Royals 4: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's win, including Asdrubal Cabrera heating up, Ubaldo Jimenez's struggles not being a big issue, and more.
Second Thoughts: Previewing the second half of the season: Kevin Dean gives his day off Second Thoughts, looking at what lies ahead on the schedule and where the team can improve in the second half.
2013 Key Players: Midseason review: Michael Goodman takes a look back at his preseason key players for the 2013 season and analyzes how each has done as we reach the All-Star break.
Launching off with the Aeros: 7/9/13 - 7/15/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about the arrival of Francisco Lindor, Carlos Moncrief continuing to push for a promotion, and much more.
Around The Farm: July 16, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including Francisco Lindor's Double-A debut, another multi-hit night for Ronny Rodriguez, and more.
Second Thoughts: Where the rotation stands: Jake Dungan gives his day off Second Thoughts, breaking down the performance of the rotation in 2013 and what to expect from them going forward.
Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.14: Jake Dungan and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about Jason Kipnis' performance in the All-Star game, the trade market heating up, and more.
On-Deck with the Captains: 7/10/13 - 7/16/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Richard Stock turning things around in July, Grant Sides faring well in his return to Lake County, and much more.
Trade Deadline looms at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about how much better the team is at this point in 2013 compared to 2011, what the options on the trade market are, and much more.
Around The Farm: July 17, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Nellie Rodriguez's career night, Erik Gonzalez's talent being on display, and more.
Indians hit jackpot in the Competitive Balance Lottery: Jeff Ellis breaks down the Competitive Balance Lottery and how the outcome heavily favors Cleveland.
Second Thoughts: Internal options for the pitching staff: Michael Goodman gives his day off Second Thoughts, breaking down what internal options like Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer can offer over the rest of the season.
Sailing with the Clippers: 7/11/13 to 7/17/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Ezequiel Carrera increasing his production at the plate, Daisuke Matsuzaka improving with each and every start, and much more.
Notes from the Wigwam: First half wrap-up, second half preview: Filling in on Steve Orbanek's weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Jake Dungan writes about Danny Salazar's impressive debut, Matt Albers' recent struggles, and much more.
Second Thoughts: Analyzing the Indians lineup: Michael Goodman gives his day off Second Thoughts, breaking down the hitters on the roster and how they should fare through the rest of the season.
Orbiting Cleveland: Can ZMac extend the rotation and bullpen?: Filling in on Steve Orbanek's weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Jim Pete writes about Zach McAllister's impending return to the big league rotation and the effect it should have on the rest of the pitching staff.
Phelps is learning new positions to add to utility resume: Adrienne Robbins profiles Columbus Clippers infielder/outfielder Cord Phelps, who is looking to get work in at positions such as left field and first base to add to his utility going forward.
Around The Farm: July 19, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Daisuke Matsuzaka getting things together, Toru Murata putting together a good outing, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #96: Indians 2, Twins 3: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including wasting Scott Kazmir's strong start, the defense disappointing, and more.
Friends of the Feather
Don't expect trades for rent-a-players with Indians in midst of two-year rebuild: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal opines that Cleveland will not go for broke at the trading deadline because the team is in the middle of a longer rebuild period.
Lindor all business at second Futures Game: Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes about Francisco Lindor, who participated in his second Futures Game at age 19, and what he sees coming in the future.
The future is bright for Francisco Lindor: Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports talks to Francisco Lindor while he was at the Future Game about his bright future.
Lonnie Chisenhall takes advantage of time in minors, returns to Indians more confident hitter: Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon Journal profiles Lonnie Chisenhall and how the third baseman used his time this year in the minors to get back on track.
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