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IBI Digest: 8/18/13 - 8/24/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 8/18/13 - 8/24/13
August 24, 2013
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The minor league season is beginning to wind down, but IBI's coverage is still going strong. Like every week, we were there to report on any developments from throughout the system and bringing you everything you need to know.

Of course, IBI was also there to bring you everything on the big league club as the competition for a playoff berth continues.

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

Subscription Pieces

Minor Happenings: Baker is shooting up the ranks: In his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about Dylan Baker separating himself as a real prospect, talks with Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins, and much more.

Minor Happenings: Frazier's start is great, but caution needed: In his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about the caution needed when analyzing Clint Frazier's very good pro debut, talks with Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.

Regular Content

Sunday

Cabrera busts slump, top of Tribe order lifts team to 7-1 win: Nathan Kemp recaps Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics, including Asdrubal Cabrera breaking out of his slump, Ubaldo Jimenez flirting with a no-hitter, and more.

Around The Farm: August 17, 2013: Jim Pete goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including Clint Frazier continuing to hit, Trevor Bauer's poor consistency, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #123: Indians 7, Athletics 1: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's win, including Ubaldo Jimenez delivering a big win, Nick Swisher performing well back in Oakland, and more.

The Rock of Cleveland Part 2- Celebrating Rocky Colavito: DJ Sebastian brings you part two of his piece celebrating Rocky Colavito on his 80th birthday, including stories from Colavito at a special luncheon hosted by the team.

A three year Indians review: Left field: Jeff Ellis takes a look back at the left field position in recent years, analyzing how the 2013 version of Michael Brantley is the best the team has seen in some time.

Kazmir falters as Tribe drops rubber match 7-3 in Oakland: Nathan Kemp recaps Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics, including Scott Kazmir faltering, Ryan Raburn's home run almost bringing the team back, and more.

Monday

Around The Farm: August 18, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including David Cooper's dominance in his rehab, LeVon Washington's baserunning, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #124: Athletics 7, Indians 3: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Sunday's loss, including Scott Kazmir's continued struggles, Nick Swisher's defensive issues, and more.

Merritt has been a vital component of Lake County's success: Stephanie Metzger profiles Lake County left-hander Ryan Merritt, who is much more comfortable coming into his second season after some hiccups in year one.

Notes From the Wigwam: Tribe stays in race: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes From the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about Michael Brantley serving as a catalyst in wins, Carlos Carrasco struggling once again, and much more.

Tuesday

McAllister, Indians take down the Angels in L.A., 5-2: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, including the offense getting to Jered WeaverZach McAllister filling in for Danny Salazar, and more.

Around The Farm: August 19, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Eric Haase showing some impressive power, Tyler Naquin having a good night in Double-A, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #125: Indians 5, Angels 2: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's win, including Zach McAllister rounding back into form, it only taking one big inning against Jered Weaver, and more.

Launching off with the Aeros: 8/13/13 - 8/19/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Matt Lawson making good use of his playing time, Tyler Naquin making his presence felt, and much more.

Wednesday

Indians come out with memorable 4-1 win over Angles in extras: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, including Drew Stubbs' go-ahead home run, a big extra innings win, and more.

Around The Farm: August 20, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Tuesday in the minor leagues, including Paddy Matera continuing to hit, Clint Frazier continuing to impress, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #126: Indians 4, Angels 1: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's win, including the team walking a fine line with protecting Danny Salazar this much, a late night in Anaheim, and more.

On-Deck with the Captains: 8/14/13 - 8/20/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Jeremy Lucas continuing to tear through the Midwest League, Dylan Baker becoming one of the organization's most exciting starting pitching prospects, and much more.

The evolution of Chris Perez: Jim Piascik breaks down how Chris Perez has evolved as a pitcher in recent years after seeing his fastball steadily decline in effectiveness.

How Sweep It Is: Indians break out the brooms, defeat Angels 3-1: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, including a big home run from Nick Swisher, another quality start from Justin Masterson, and more.

Thursday

Around The Farm: August 21, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Joe Wendle showing his power, Dylan Baker bouncing back, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #127: Indians 3, Angels 1: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's win, including how this was a much-needed three game sweep, a breakdown of the schedule ahead for each contender, and more.

Sailing with the Clippers: 8/15/13 to 8/21/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Paolo Espino's impressive week, Ezequiel Carrera cutting down on strikeouts, and much more.

Trend Spotting: On Swisher, Expectations and Acquisitions: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about the signing of Nick Swisher, analyzes his decreased production so far in 2013, and much more.

Kime goes from small town to big time in pros: Robert Fuller profiles Mahoning Valley right-hander Dace Kime, who grew up in Defiance, Ohio, and was influenced heavily by coming up there.

Friday

Around The Farm: August 22, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Joseph Colon pushing his way into the starting pitching picture, Ronny Rodriguez's surprisingly successful season, and more.

Second Thoughts: Comparing wildcard contenders: Michael Hattery gives his day-off Second Thoughts, including a breakdown of Cleveland versus Oakland, a look at who has a better chance of reaching the playoffs, and more.

Orbiting Cleveland: A future forecast for the rotation: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about Cleveland's starting pitching depth heading into the future, how it is the strongest it has been in a long time, and much more.

Saturday

Tribe bats remain cold, fall to Twins 5-1: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins, including Ubaldo Jimenez's big night, a lifeless Cleveland offense, and more.

Around The Farm: August 23, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including LeVon Washington ending his readjustment period, Casey Shane's four-inning save, and more.

Second Thoughts Game #128: Twins 5, Indians 1: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including more dominant starting pitching from Ubaldo Jimenez, a plea for the team to acquire another bat, and more.

A three year Indians review: Right field: Jeff Ellis takes a look back at the right field position in recent years, analyzing how big the drop-off from Shin-Soo Choo to Drew Stubbs has been.

Friends of the Feather

Some "Inside Baseball" with The Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes: Bill Lucey of Newspaper Alum interviews Paul Hoynes about his work as a beat writer for the past 30 years.

GM Chris Antonetti still looking to improve team before deadline: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports on general manager Chris Antonetti and his outlook as the waiver trade deadline approaches.

Baseball hope back in full force under Terry Francona in Cleveland: Scott Miller of CBSSports.com opines on the effect that Terry Francona is having in getting the team back into contention.

Tribe among best bandits on basepaths: Sheldon Ocker of The Akron Beacon Journal writes about Cleveland's success on the basepaths this year and how it makes the team better.

Indians hope Asdrubal, Swisher start heating up: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes about how Cleveland is hoping for rebounds from Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Swisher down the stretch.

Daily Notes: Facts Regarding Danny Salazar After 23 Innings: Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs breaks down Danny Salazar's first 23 innings and his reasons for succeeding.

If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at jpiasci1@gmail.com. If you want to read his Master's thesis on college athletes and Twitter, you can do so here.

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