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IBI Digest: 9/1/13 -9/7/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 9/1/13 -9/7/13
September 7, 2013
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The playoff hunt continues for the Tribe as they finally end their nightmare road trip and begin to turn things around and make up for lost time. Unfortunately, they've lost the services of their ace Justin Masterson to injury possibly for the rest of the season. However, the return of Corey Kluber and Josh Tomlin from the DL may help soften that blow. Also, the minor league seasons have come to a close and the IBI's beat reporters for each affilliate are here to recap all the seasons' action.

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

Subscription Pieces

Minor Happenings: Sulser may be older, but he can pitch: Tony Lastoria gives his bi-weekly review of the minor league system and which prospects stood out in that time.

Regular Content


Around The Farm: August 31, 2013: Jim Pete takes a look around the minor league system and recaps the highlight performances, including a strong start by Aeros lefty Matt Packer and a good night at the plate for Jordan Smith.

Second Thoughts Game #135: Indians 5, Tigers 10: The nightmare road trip continued for the Tribe as bullpen woes and freak plays did them in against Detroit 10-5. Jim Berdysz recaps the loss.

Ranking the 2013 Cleveland Indians' roster at the stretch run: Jim Piascik updates the IBI's Indians roster rankings as they prepare to make their push for the postseason.


Around the Farm: September 1, 2013: Arthur Kinney updates us on Sunday's minor league action, including a no-hitter twirled by Mahoning Valley Scrappers pitching.

Second Thoughts Game #136: Indians 4, Tigers 0: The Indians finally win one as they end a brutal road trip on a high note with a shutout of Detroit led by Danny Salazar and Mike Aviles. Jim Berdysz gives his take on all the action.

Notes From the Wigwam: Divisional race effectively ends: While the Indians are not out of playoff contention, their hopes of winning the division have dimmed greatly after losing two of three to Detroit. Steve Orbanek recaps the week for the Indians.


Around the Farm: September 2, 2013: Carlos Moncrief and Joe Wendle highlighted the night on the farm with their strong performances at the plate. Join Michael Hattery as he recaps Monday night in the minors.

Second Thoughts Game #137: Orioles 7, Indians 2: A scary moment in Cleveland as Tribe ace Justin Masterson departed early with what was initially diagnosed as rib cage soreness. Kevin Dean gives updates on Masterson and recaps the 7-2 loss to Baltimore.

Launching off with the Aeros: The 2013 season in review: As the minor league seasons draw to a close, Jim Piascik recaps the season for AA Akron and who stood out for the Aeros in 2013.

Crockett is rocketing through the system: Indians fourth round pick Kyle Crockett has not only shown a spark this season. He's made it all the way to the AA level and dominated all the way. Stephanie Metzger has an exclusive on the southpaw prospect.


Around the Farm: September 3, 2013: Mahoning Valley nearly had back-to-back no-hitters as Cole Sulser pitched a gem, but fell short of the no-no. Arthur Kinney revisits a short night on the farm.

Second Thoughts Game #138: Orioles 3, Indians 4: Ubaldo Jimenez gave the Indians what he's given them more often than not this season: a quality start. Jake Dungan gives his thoughts on the right-hander's season thus far and the Tribe's 4-3 win over Baltimore.

On-Deck with the Captains: 2013 Season Review: As the Mid-A season concludes, Stephanie Metzger is here to recap the Lake County Captains 2013 campaign and what the prospects playing there did in that time.

Living in the moment is hard at the Corner of Carnegie & Ontario: Jim Pete discusses why fans should enjoy living in the moment this season with the Indians surprising more and more with their playoff push.


Around the Farm: September 4, 2013: It was basically an all-Mahoning Valley night on the farm as they were the only team in action on Wednesday night. Jim Piascik revisits the highlights.

Second Thoughts Game #139: Orioles 4, Indians 6: Michael Goodman gives his thoughts on a battle of the bats between the Indians and Orioles with the Tribe coming out on top.

Trend Spotting: The Cowboy returns and the '14 fifth starter: What does the future hold for Josh Tomlin as he returns after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery? What does the 2014 fifth starter situation look like for the Indians? Michael Hattery addresses both questions and more in this week's Trend Spotting.

IBI Update: What we have in store for the offseason: The minor league seasons may be over, but things on IBI won't be slowing down as we plan to keep you informed with all kinds of offseason content.

A Three-Year Review: Starting rotation: How is the starting pitching performing now in contrast to the past three seasons? Jeff Ellis compares the individual and overall performances over the last three years.


Second Thoughts: Starting Pitching and a pennant race: With an off-day the night before, Michael Hattery takes an opportunity to examine the starting rotation's performance this season and where the Indians stand in the push for the postseason.

Sailing with the Clippers: 2013 season in review: With the season over, Ethan Day recaps the highlights and standout players at the AAA level throughout the year.

Orbiting Cleveland: Yan Gomes, superstar?: Steve Orbanek takes a look at one of the Tribe's many surprising players this season in Yan Gomes and speculates whether he could become more than just a backup catcher for the Indians in the future.


Second Thoughts Game #140: Mets 1, Indians 8: Scott Kazmir didn't show any sign of dealing with fatigue on Friday night as he struck out 12. Jake Dungan recaps how he and Nick Swisher led the Tribe to victory over the Mets.

The Scrapperbook: 2013 season in review: Despite an up-and-down season, Low-A Mahoning Valley showed promise, particularly on the pitching side. Hayden Grove gives his overall recap of the Scrappers season.

Friends of the Feather

Carlos Santana is drawing walks at an historic rate: Jason Lukehart from Let's Go Tribe examines Carlos Santana's eye at the plate and how his walk rate is beginning to work its way into the record books.

First look: Indians 2013 Draft pick Clint Frazier:'s Bernie Pleskoff gives an in-depth analysis of Indians 2013 first round pick Clint Frazier.

Rally Chicken back to farm: Cleveland Indians chatter: Its stay may have been brief, but its impact is long-term. The Plain Dealer's Dennis Manoloff discusses the legendary Rally Chicken.

Jake Dungan is a communications student at Stark State College and an intern with the Akron RubberDucks. Follow him on Twitter @MajorLeagueJake.

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