IBI Digest: 7/6/13 - 7/13/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
As the month of July nears its halfway mark, things are starting to move for Cleveland all throughout the organization. Francisco Lindor is on his way to Akron, trade talk is heating up, and the team is still in contention.
Things are also heating up off the field, where IBI's Steve Orbanek is getting married. Everyone at IBI sends their well wishes and happy returns.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
The 10 hottest hitters in the Indians farm system: In a special edition of the IBI Hot List, Tony Lastoria lists the 10 hottest hitters from Double-A Akron to rookie level Arizona, including Joe Wendle, Jose Ramirez, Dorssys Paulino, and much more.
2013 Draft: July 10 signing update: Tony Lastoria brings you an update on the 2013 draft class, including Adam Plutko agreeing to terms, what comes next now that Plutko is signed, and much more.
Hunter leads Tigers to 9-4 win: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including Torii Hunter falling a single short of the cycle, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder going back-to-back, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #87: Tigers 9, Indians 4: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's loss, including Carlos Carrasco continuing to struggle, the pitching as a whole starting to falter, and more.
Tribe Happenings: Indians are a cut below the Tigers: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how Detroit's top talent separates them from Cleveland, looks at the starting pitching on the trade market, and much more.
Making adjustments key Rodriguez toward big season: Jim Piascik profiles Akron Aeros shortstop Ronny Rodriguez, who has made a few changes to his swing that have allowed him to breakout this year.
Offense overcomes latest bullpen meltdown in 9-6 win: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including the offense overcoming another bullpen meltdown, Michael Brantley's big day, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #88: Indians 9, Tigers 6: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's win, including Michael Brantley doing well on the five-year anniversary of the CC Sabathia trade, Corey Kluber racking up the strikeouts, and more.
Notes from the Wigwam: Tribe loses ground: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about Lonnie Chisenhall taking a step in the right direction, Mark Reynolds continuing to slump, and much more.
The Crushers Notebook: 7/1/13 to 7/7/13: In his weekly Lake Erie notebook, The Crushers Notebook, Kyle Ferrara writes about Anderson Hidalgo hitting well and getting some time in the field, Matt Rein's masterful performances, and much more.
Indians fall to Detroit late 4-2, lose four-game series: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including the offense falling flat against Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez ripping Cleveland fans' hearts out, and more.
Around The Farm: July 8, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Joe Wendle continuing to just rake, Jose Ramirez answering the call, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #89: Tigers 4, Indians 2: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's loss, including Scott Kazmir pitching well enough against a tough lineup, some tough late-game decisions, and more.
Launching off with the Aeros: 7/2/13 - 7/8/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Jose Ramirez being as hot as one can get, Jake Lowery continuing to show off some power, and much more.
The case for trading Asdrubal Cabrera: James Keene opines that with the depth of middle infield options in the minors, Cleveland can afford to trade Asdrubal Cabrera for young, controllable starting pitching or a boatload of prospects.
Indians blank Jays 3-0 on solid pitching from Jimenez: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, including a quality start form Ubaldo Jimenez, a shutout for the pitching staff as a whole, and more.
Around The Farm, July 9, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including T.J. House getting back to his dominant early-season form, Robert Whitenack struggling in Mahoning Valley, and more.
Smoke Signals: Episode 6.13: Ubaldo Bizarro: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete are back on the cyberwaves with Smoke Signals, talking about a good performance from Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland's potential trade targets, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #90: Blue Jays 0, Indians 3: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's win, including another solid outing from Ubaldo Jimenez, the bullpen adjusting to new roles, and more.
Call to the Bullpen: Episode 1.13: Jake Dungan and Hayden Grove are back on the cyberwaves with Call to the Bullpen, talking about Cleveland's activity as we approach the trade deadline, whether Matt Garza and Yovani Gallardo are fits, and more.
On-Deck with the Captains: 7/3/13 - 7/9/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Ryan Merritt rebounding, Felix Sterling shutting down competitors, and much more.
2013 MLB Draft: The Indians shadow draft: Jeff Ellis puts on his GM cap and rehashes Cleveland's 2013 draft, making the picks that he would have made based on how the board fell.
Indians late rally falls short as Blue Jays edge Tribe 5-4: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, including Justin Masterson doing his part, the bullpen letting the team down again, and more.
Around The Farm: July 10, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Alex Lavisky trying to turn his season around, Joe Wendle staying red-hot, and more.
AZL Indians pounded 8-2 by league leading AZL Giants: Sean Aronson recaps the AZL Indians' game on Wednesday, including some control issues for Kieran Lovegrove, the offense struggling to string anything together, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #91: Blue Jays 5, Indians 4: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's loss, including another disappointing meltdown from the bullpen, Justin Masterson struggling with his control, and more.
Inside Pitch 2.11: All Star Break: Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac are back on the cyberwaves with The Inside Pitch, talking about Danny Salazar's debut, trade targets for the team, and more.
Guilmet riding command into big leagues: Ethan Day profiles Columbus Clippers right-hander Preston Guilmet, who made it to the major leagues by just trusting his abilities and letting everything else handle itself.
Sailing with the Clippers: 7/4/13 to 7/10/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Tim Fedroff going on a tear, Bryan Price pumping out a solid week, and much more.
Lugo is establishing his presence in Mahoning Valley: Hayden Grove profiles Mahoning Valley left-hander Luis Lugo, who marches to the beat of his own drum and is working on his finesse pitching in addition to his great stuff.
Salazar brilliant in his MLB debut, Tribe defeats Blue Jays 4-2: Jim Berdysz recaps Thursday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, including the electric debut of Danny Salazar, the offense struggling a bit against R.A. Dickey, and more.
Around The Farm: July 11, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Chun-Hsiu Chen finding some power, LeVon Washington making his way down the comeback trail, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #92: Blue Jays 2, Indians 4: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's win, including a composed and dominant debut from Danny Salazar, the bullpen holding the lead for Salazar, and more.
"The Sandlot" Anniversary Tour comes to Classic Park: Stephanie Metzger interviews David Evans, the director and narrator of The Sandlot, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the film with a tour of several ballparks, including Classic Park.
Orbiting Cleveland: Salazar, Carrasco and Path Dependency: Michael Hattery fills in for Steve Orbanek in his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, writing about Danny Salazar's debut, Carlos Carrasco's struggles, and how the two are the same and different.
Around The Farm: July 12, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday night in the minor leagues, including Francisco Lindor being promoted to Akron, Daisuke Matsuzaka looking like the Dice-K of old, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #93: Royals 0, Indians 3: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's win, including Corey Kluber being at it again, the offense getting it together late, and more.
Trend Spotting: Lineup depth, Chisenhall and ACab: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about Lonnie Chisenhall being better lately, Asdrubal Cabrera and the trade rumors surrounding him, and much more.
Friends of the Feather
In need of arms, who's on the shopping list for Cleveland Indians at the deadline?: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer analyzes the needs Cleveland has going into the trading deadline and looks at some of the names that will be available.
Trade prospects are blurry for Cleveland Indians: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal also looks at what Cleveland needs and how the trade picture is blurry as to how it relates to Cleveland's situation.
The Cobbs vs. the Lajoies: Charles P. Pierce of Grantland took in the Cleveland-Detroit over the weekend and wrote about his experiences in Cleveland.
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