IBI Digest: 7/27/13 - 8/3/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
The trade deadline mostly came and went without much activity, but IBI was here to cover the action that did go down and the trade Cleveland made. IBI also continued to keep you up to date on every player in the system from the majors to the minors.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
Minor Happenings: Salazar's dominance continues: In his biweekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how impressive Danny Salazar has been, explains the reasons why prospects excelling at one level are not immediately promoted, and much more.
Second Thoughts Game #103: Indians 1, Rangers 0: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's win, including another masterful performance from Justin Masterson, Michael Bourn continuing to hit well, and more.
Tribe Happenings: The countdown to Lindor is on: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how soon the transition from Asdrubal Cabrera to Francisco Lindor could occur, how last offseason's free agent binge has not lived up to expectations, and much more.
Greenwell working to overcome disappointment and setbacks: Jacqueline Kantor profiles Carolina outfielder Bo Greenwell, who is getting playing time this year after numerous injuries in the past.
Indians win fourth straight following three-game sweep of Texas: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers, including eight shutout innings from Ubaldo Jimenez, a rare sweep of the Rangers, and more.
Around The Farm: July 28, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including LeVon Washington's grand return to full-season ball, Danny Salazar's stellar outing, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #104: Rangers 0, Indians 6: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's win, including a throwback performance from Ubaldo Jimenez, another shutout from the pitching staff, and more.
Notes From the Wigwam: Tribe caps strong week with sweep: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes From the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about Ubaldo Jimenez's outstanding week, the team growing tired of Mark Reynolds, and much more.
A three year Indians review: Third Base: Jeff Ellis takes a look back at the third base position in recent years, analyzing the transition from Jack Hannahan to Lonnie Chisenhall and how it has not made much of a difference so far.
Giambi sends Indians to fifth straight win, beat Chicago 3-2: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including a walk-off home run from Jason Giambi, another solid starting pitching performance from Zach McAllister, and more.
Around The Farm: July 29, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Nellie Rodriguez going off in Mahoning Valley, Clint Frazier continuing his encouraging start, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #105: White Sox 2, Indians 3: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's win, including the return of Zach McAllister's effectiveness, some quality pitching from the bullpen, and more.
Launching off with the Aeros: 7/23/13 - 7/29/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about what may be causing Ronny Rodriguez's struggles, looks at Jesus Aguilar's results since a swing adjustment, and much more.
Indians acquire Mark Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals: Jim Pete writes the breaking news piece on Cleveland acquiring left-handed reliever Mark Rzepczynski from the Cardinals for Mahoning Valley middle infielder Juan Herrera.
Pestano to be optioned to Columbus for Rzepczynski: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on the surprising move of Vinnie Pestano being sent to Triple-A to make room for the newly-acquired Marc Rzepczynski.
Indians win sixth straight, team defeats White Sox 7-4: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including Ryan Raburn delivering in the clutch, the White Sox jumping on Scott Kazmir early, and more.
Around The Farm: July 30, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including Erik Gonzalez responding well to his callup, LeVon Washington aiming for a promotion to Carolina, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #106: White Sox 4, Indians 7: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's win, including clutch hitting from the bench, Chris Perez's dominance since his DL stint, and more.
On-Deck with the Captains: 7/24/13 - 7/30/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about LeVon Washington continuing to hit wherever he goes, Zach MacPhee looking good in his first games with the Captains, and much more.
Marc Rzepczynski: The man known as Scrabble: Jeff Ellis analyzes new addition Marc Rzepczynski and how the left-hander's struggles in 2013 make this a wait-and-see trade based on his history.
A three year Indians review: Designated Hitter: Jeff Ellis takes a look back at the designated hitter position in recent years, analyzing the relative ineffectiveness of Mark Reynolds compared to Travis Hafner.
Crushing the Numbers: 7/23/13 to 7/30/2013: In his weekly Lake Erie notebook, Crushing the Numbers, Kyle Ferrara writes about Andrew Davis being an on base machine, Russ Moldenhauer finally finding his stroke, and much more.
Indians net another walk-off victory, defeat Chicago 6-5 in extras: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including a come from behind victory, Carlos Santana's walk-off, and more.
Around The Farm: July 31, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Jesus Aguilar's swing adjustment paying off, Luis Lugo flashing his potential, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #107: White Sox 5, Indians 6: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including a perfect execution in the bottom of the ninth from the offense, some issues from the pitching in the top of the ninth, and more.
The Inside Pitch 2.14: The Post-Trade Deadline Edition: Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis are back on the cyberwaves with The Inside Pitch, talking about the lack of moves at the trade deadline, the demotion of Vinnie Pestano, and more.
Sailing with the Clippers: 7/25/13 to 7/31/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Danny Salazar's absolutely dominant pitching, Ryan Rohlinger stepping up his play, and much more.
Salazar could provide Indians big boost in stretch run: Ethan Day profiles Columbus Clippers right-hander Danny Salazar, who could help the big league club out of the bullpen during the stretch run.
Masterson, Raburn help Indians sweep Sox out of town: Nathan Kemp recaps Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox, including Justin Masterson continuing his season-long dominance, Ryan Raburn hitting two home runs, and more.
Around The Farm: August 1, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Bryson Myles finally being healthy and producing, Trevor Bauer still working on his adjustments, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #108: White Sox 1, Indians 6: Michael Hattery gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's win, including more nasty from Justin Masterson, a two-headed monster of Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, and more.
Orbiting Cleveland: Did the Tribe do right at the deadline: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about Cleveland's approach at the trading deadline, whether the lack of additions was the right call, and much more.
Fernandez dominates Tribe with 14 punchouts in blowout: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's game against the Miami Marlins, including Jose Fernandez dominating the Cleveland lineup, Ubaldo Jimenez's struggles, and more.
Around The Farm: August 2, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Danny Salazar barely missing five perfect innings, Joel Mejia breaking out in his first stateside season, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #109: Indians 0, Marlins 10: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including Cleveland forgetting to play defense, Jose Fernandez's dominant start, and more.
A long road of ups and downs for Nick Hagadone: Adrienne Robbins profiles Columbus Clippers left-hander Nick Hagadone, who is surviving the promotions and demotions between Cleveland and Columbus this year.
Friends of the Feather
Indians Add Marc Rzepczynski Because Why Not?: Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs argues that the addition of Marc Rzepczynski for a low cost is a worthwhile upgrade despite the left-hander's struggles in 2013.
Five days before deadline, Tribe GM Chris Antonetti talks with media: Joel Hammond of TribeVibe interviews general manager Chris Antonetti on his viewpoint in the days approaching the trading deadline.
A drive to succeed fuels Cleveland Indians All-Star Jason Kipnis: Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer profiles Jason Kipnis and his road to the major leagues and the All-Star game.
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