IBI Digest: 7/20/13 - 7/27/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
As the calendar approaches August and the trade deadline bears down on us, IBI has ratcheted up its coverage of Cleveland's trade needs and what the team should do. IBI also continued the normal coverage of the minor leagues, who may or may not factor into trades in the coming days.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
Minor Happenings: Packer is back to form and improving value: In his biweekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how Matt Packer is rebounding in 2013, talks with Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.
Minor Happenings: Washington sets sights for new destination: In his biweekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about LeVon Washington coming back with a vengeance, talks with Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.
International Report: Indians continue to add talent: Tony Lastoria updates you on the front office's recent activity on the international market, including scouting reports on signings like Leandro Linares, Yu-Cheng Chang, and much more.
Believing Conventional Wisdom Isn't Always Wise: DJ Sebastian opines that conventional wisdom says not to buy into Cleveland this year, though that is not the proper attitude to take with this team.
Around The Farm: July 20, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including Matt Packer pitching like the best pitcher in the organization, Bryson Myles dominating with his power, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #97: Twins 3, Indians 2: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's loss, including wondering where the offense went, another waste of great starting pitching, and more.
Trend Spotting: Michael Bourn and a few notes: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about the value Michael Bourn has produced this season, runs down a few notes on the team as a whole, and much more.
Langwell becoming a reliable arm out of the 'pen: Ethan Day profiles Columbus Clippers right-hander Matt Langwell, who is using his brief time with the big league club this year to better himself for the future.
Around The Farm: July 21, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including Francisco Lindor continuing to roll along, Carlos Moncrief pushing for Columbus, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #98: Indians 7, Twins 1: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's win, including Justin Masterson's absolutely brilliant day, Jason Kipnis making his case to be an MVP candidate, and more.
Notes from the Wigwam: Time to step up: Jake Dungan fills in for Steve Orbanek in his weekly notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, writing about Jason Kipnis playing at an MVP-level, Lonnie Chisenhall's rough defensive week, and much more.
Around The Farm: July 22, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including a positive performance for Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor continuing to dazzle, and more.
Indians offensive woes continue in 2-1 loss to Seattle: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners, including the offense continuing to slump, Ubaldo Jimenez dancing around trouble, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #99: Twins 2, Indians 1: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's loss, including Ubaldo Jimenez pitching like he has all year, switching Nick Swisher in the batting order, and more.
Launching off with the Aeros: 7/16/13 - 7/22/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Francisco Lindor's red-hot debut, Carlos Moncrief continuing to push for a promotion, and much more.
A three year Indians review: Second Base: Jeff Ellis takes a look back at the second base position in recent years, analyzing how much value Jason Kipnis replacing Orlando Cabrera at second has meant to the team.
Hamilton has overcome challenges and is ready to blossom: Stephanie Metzger profiles Lake County infielder/outfielder Nick Hamilton, who has been around the organization since his youth and has overcome being partially deaf to get where he is today.
Indians left stunned again in Seattle, lose 4-3: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners, including more errors from the defense, continued lack of run support for Zach McAllister, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #100: Indians 3, Mariners 4: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's loss, including the return of Zach McAllister, a need to get back to the basics, and more.
On-Deck with the Captains: 7/17/13 - 7/23/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Luis Morel remaining consistent, Joe Sever's potent offense, and much more.
Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.15: Jake Dungan and Michael Hattery are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about whether it is time to hit the panic button, the team's needs at the trading deadline, and more.
Mysteries & making moves at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about the state of Cleveland's roster, where and how the front office can upgrade heading into the trading deadline, and much more.
Kazmir, Bourn help Cleveland avoid sweep, win 10-1: Nathan Kemp recaps Wednesday's game against the Seattle Mariners, including Scott Kazmir's best start of the season, Michael Bourn's first career grand slam, and more.
Around The Farm: July 24, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including LeVon Washington, Tyler Naquin, and Eric Haase showing some power, a pair of walk-offs for Mahoning Valley, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #101: Indians 10, Mariners 1: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including one of Scott Kazmir's best starts of his career, the offense coming around, and more.
Sailing with the Clippers: 7/18/13 to 7/24/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Daisuke Matsuzaka's impressive recent run, Trevor Bauer's finest performance of the year, and much more.
Around The Farm: July 25, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including a powerful night from Francisco Lindor, some proof that Juan Herrera can hit, and more.
Second Thoughts: Lineup optimization and Yan Gomes: Michael Hattery gives his day-off Second Thoughts, including a look at recent trends with the lineup and a look at how to maximize the offense's output.
The Scrapperbook: 7/5/2013 to 7/25/2013: In his weekly Mahoning Valley notebook, The Scrapperbook, Hayden Grove writes about a franchise-worst losing streak, the turnaround of Nellie Rodriguez, and much more.
Orbiting Cleveland: Gauging trade deadline priorities: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about the team's needs heading into the trading deadline, offers some suggestions of players to trade for, and much more.
Raburn lifts Indians over Rangers in 11-8 walk-off: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's game against the Texas Rangers, including a Ryan Raburn walk-off home run, another bullpen meltdown, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #102: Rangers 8, Indians 11: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's win, including how great it is to have a deep bench, how Joe Smith is missing his location on pitches lately, and more.
Trend Spotting: Bullpen problems and avoiding risk: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about the problems with the bullpen and what is causing them, is happy that Cleveland passed on Matt Garza, and much more.
Friends of the Feather
Indians Agree To $950,000 Deal With Leandro Linares: Ben Badler of Baseball America gives his scouting report on Cuban right-hander Leandro Linares, whom Cleveland signed over the past week.
Dennis Manoloff interviews Chris Antonetti: Moving forward to the trade deadline and beyond: Dennis Manoloff of the Plain Dealer interviews General Manager Chris Antonetti on his plans for the trade deadline.
Kluber's emergence proving key to Tribe's success: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com profiles Corey Kluber, who came back from an embarrassing offseason injury to become one of the stalwarts in the starting rotation.
Nick Swisher couldn't avoid pressure of big contract, but he's still bullish on Cleveland Indians: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer profiles Nick Swisher, who admits that he did feel some pressure after signing a big contract in the offseason.
As baseball's trade deadline looms, a day in the life of a pro scout: Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon Journal chronicles a day in the life of a baseball scout, outlining what goes into it and the work they do.
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