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IBI Digest: 8/10/13 - 8/17/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 8/10/13 - 8/17/13
August 17, 2013
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There were plenty of ups and downs over the past week, but through it all, IBI was there to report on everything throughout the system, bringing you everything you need to know in the major and the minors.

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:

Subscription Pieces

Minor Happenings: Aviles is still finding his way, but is improving: In his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about Robbie Aviles on the comeback trail, talks with Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.

Minor Happenings: Smith is improving, but swing needs work: In his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about Jordan Smith looking to tap into his power, talks with Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.

Regular Content


Indians boot their way to sixth straight loss: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, including sloppy defense, continually quiet bats, and more.

Around The Farm: August 11, 2013: Tony Lastoria goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including T.J. House being in control from start to finish, Jose Ramirez being a singles machine, and more.

Second Thought Game #117: Angels 7, Indians 2: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's loss, including the team struggling with runners in scoring position, too many defensive miscues, and more.

Declining plate discipline is sinking Cabrera in 2013: Jim Piascik breaks down Asdrubal Cabrera's struggles at the plate this season and finds that a lack of plate discipline is to blame.

Pestano working on getting more extension in Columbus: Adrienne Robbins profiles Columbus Clippers reliever Vinnie Pestano, who is working on his fastball by getting more extension during his time in the minor leagues.

Indians rally for six runs to comeback and stun Angels, 6-5: Jim Berdysz recaps Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, including the team rallying for six unanswered runs, Justin Masterson not looking like his usual self, and more.


Around The Farm: August 11, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including LeVon Washington continuing to struggle, Bryson Myles tearing through the Carolina League, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #118: Indians 6, Angels 5: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's win, including Justin Masterson laboring due to more poor backup, the bullpen excelling in extended duty, and more.

Notes From the Wigwam: Indians fall in divisional race: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes From the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about Danny Salazar's electrifying outing, Asdrubal Cabrera's rough season coming to a head Sunday, and much more.

IBI Inbox: Don't give up on the Tribe just yet: Tony Lastoria answers the mail in his inbox, including questions on why fans should keep the hope for the rest of the season, what the catching situation is going forward with the development of Yan Gomes, and much more.

Twins blank Tribe 3-0 as rookie Albers tosses a shutout: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including Andrew Albers tossing a shutout against Cleveland, Danny Salazar looking a little tired, and more.


Around The Farm: August 12, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping the night in the minor leagues, including Francisco Mejia impressing in the Arizona League, Jordan Smith's solid production, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #119: Indians 0, Twins 3: Jake Dungan gives you his Second Thoughts on Monday's loss, including Danny Salazar not pitching as sharp, wonders if the offense is anemic or suffering from tough luck, and more.

Launching off with the Aeros: 8/6/13 - 8/12/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about the newest Aero and 2013 draft pick Kyle Crockett, breaks down the team's catching duo of Jake Lowery and Alex Monsalve, and much more.

Crushing the Numbers: 8/6/13 to 8/12/13: In his weekly Lake Erie notebook, Crushing the Numbers, Kyle Ferrara writes about Russ Moldenhauer's power returning, Craig Hertler being a sparkplug at the top of the lineup, and much more.

McAllister helps Indians take down Minnesota, 5-2: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including Zach McAllister's brilliant outing, the offense waking up against Sam Deduno, and more.


Around The Farm: August 13, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around the Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including an uncomfortable outing for Vinnie Pestano, a positive first half from Nellie Rodriguez, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #120: Indians 5, Twins 2: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's win, including a quality start from Zach McAllister, some timely hitting from the offense, and more.

On-Deck with the Captains: 8/7/13 - 8/13/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Robbie Aviles piecing solid starts together, Jeremy Lucas pushing his way into the catching rotation, and much more.

What's Wrong (?) at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about how this year's team is not like last year's that collapsed, runs down the things he just does not get about the team, and much more.

Frazier adjusting well to first taste of pros: Sean Aronson profiles Arizona League outfielder Clint Frazier, who is getting used to the grind of professional baseball in his first season.

Indians come from behind to beat Twins in extras, 9-8: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including another come from behind win, a big home run from Jason Giambi, and more.


Around The Farm: August 14, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Jake Lowery continuing his rebound year, Alex Lavisky flashing some power, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #121: Indians 9, Twins 8: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including a huge come from behind win, some bad performances from Carlos CarrascoChris Perez, and others, and more.

Sailing with the Clippers: 8/8/13 - 8/14/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about T.J. House quietly having a promising second half, Jeremy Hermida string together a solid week, and much more.

Trend Spotting: On Zach McAllister and Scott Kazmir: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about Zach McAllister's progression and his situation pitching, Scott Kazmir and his velocity, and much more.

Head-ing in the right direction: Zachary Francis profiles Carolina Mudcats reliever Louis Head, who is working on the mental aspect of the game following his callup to High-A.


Around The Farm: August 15, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping the night in the minor leagues, including Dorssys Paulino's winning home run, Francisco Mejia making waves at a young age, and more.

Second Thoughts: Playoff outlook on a positive Thursday: Michael Hattery gives his off day Second Thoughts, including a look at the schedule ahead, goes through some what ifs for the rotation and lineup next year, and more.

Orbiting Cleveland: The fall of a pitching prospect: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about Trevor Bauer's disappointing season and why the team should be concerned with his sharp decline in 2013.


Indians fail to capitalize on walks, drop series opener 3-2: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's game against the Oakland A's including Yoenis Cespedes striking early, Justin Masterson pitching a lot of quality baseball, and more.

Around The Farm: August 16, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including LeVon Washington re-acclimating at the plate, Clint Frazier showing his worth, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #122: Indians 2, Athletics 3: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including leaving 13 runners on base, Asdrubal Cabrera's hitless streak running to 20 at bats, and more.

Yan Gomes' thoroughly unexpected season: Jim Piascik takes a look at Yan Gomes' 2013 season, why it is so unprecedented, and whether or not his approach at the plate can last going forward.

Friends of the Feather

Five Indians pitchers talk about their best pitch and where it came from: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer writes about various Cleveland pitchers and how each developed their best pitch.

Carlos Carrasco will be in middle of Indians' discussions on pitching roles: Sheldon Ocker of The Akron Beacon Journal looks at Carlos Carrasco's role with the team and what it means for the rotation going forward.

Quality starting pitchers aren't the only thing testing Cleveland Indians batters: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer breaks down Cleveland's still quite strong lineup and how quality starting pitching is part of what is keeping the team down of late.

If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at If you want to read his Master's thesis on college athletes and Twitter, you can do so here.

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