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IPI Weekly Recap: 9/15/12-9/22/12

IPI Weekly Recap: 9/15/12-9/22/12
September 22, 2012
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The minor league season may be over, but that doesn't mean IPI has come to a halt. There is still plenty of content around the site and it's all recapped here.

Around The Farm

9/15: Steve Orbanek looks at the most important performances from the Akron Aeros in their Game 3 loss in the Eastern League Championship Series. Around The Farm: September 14, 2012

9/16: Jim Pete gives you the final Around the Farm of the season, analyzing the players that gave the Aeros their fourth Eastern League Championship since 2003. Around The Farm: September 15, 2012

9/20: Tony Lastoria breaks down the first day of the Instructional League and the Arizona Parallel League in a feature that cannot be found anywhere else. Around The Farm: Instructs September 19th (Subscription required)

9/21: Steve Orbanek analyzes day 2 at the Parallel League and the big day for Jerrud Sabourin and Grant Sides. Around The Farm: Instructs September 20th (Subscription required)

Notebooks/Season Recaps

9/15: Jim Pete awards his Hitter of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, and Player of the Year for the 2012 Carolina Mudcats and he also gave a quick preview of who could be playing in Carolina at the start of 2013. Fishing for Mudcats: "Fishing Season's Over..."

9/16: In his weekly Indians notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria discusses how the starting rotation needs an extreme makeover and how 2012 really is a low point for the fans. Tribe Happenings: Rotation needs an Extreme Makeover

9/17: Tony Lastoria sits down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to talk about the AZL Indians' season, specifically about Dillon Howard, Dorssys Paulino, and numerous 2012 draft picks. AZL Indians Insider: 2012 season review (Subscription required)

9/18: Jim Piascik breaks down the top 20 Akron Aeros players from the season and offers his thoughts on the other players who contributed to the Aeros' championship run. Launching Off With The Aeros: 2012 Season Recap

9/19: Jim Pete takes us to the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario to discuss how this Tribe season is one of the worst in recent memory, possibly since the infamous Indians Uprising 1987 season. A rainy day on the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario

9/19: Tony Lastoria sits down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to talk about the Mahoning Valley season, specifically about Tyler Naquin, Joey Wendle, and the many pitchers who cut their teeth with the Scrappers this season. Mahoning Valley Insider: 2012 season review

9/20: Tony Lastoria looks at Chun Chen's future in the organization and gives more insight from Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins in Minor Happenings. Minor Happenings: A look at Chen's future (Subscription required)

9/21: Stephanie Metzger reviews the Lake County Captains' season that saw them get hot late and make the playoffs, looking at players like Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Cody Anderson, Jordan Smith, Jerrud Sabourin (the Sabour-tooth tiger himself) and many more. 2012 Lake County Captains season review

9/22: Matt Miller gives his Mahoning Valley season review, in which he highlights Joey Wendle as the far and away MVP of the season. 2012 Mahoning Valley Scrappers season review

Second Thoughts

9/15: Jim Berdysz breaks down how Justin Verlander outdueled Corey Kluber (no shock there) in an Indians' loss. Second Thoughts: Game #145 - Tigers 4, Indians 0

9/16: Jim Berdysz talks about how Anibal Sanchez nearly no-hit the Indians in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicates. Second Thoughts: Game #146 - Tigers 5, Indians 3

9/17: Kevin Dean analyzes the Tribe's comeback win over the Tigers on a Lonnie Chisenhall walk-off hit and Ubaldo Jimenez's good outing. Second Thoughts: Game #147 - Indians 7, Tigers 6

9/19: Jim Piascik looks at how the Indians made history with their pitcher usage but still fell short against the Twins. Second Thoughts: Game #148 - Twins 6, Indians 5

9/20: Adam McGavin gives his take on Zach McAllister's poor outing and the Tribe's loss to the Twins, which dropped them into last place in the American League. Second Thoughts: Game 149 - Twins 6, Indians 4

9/21: Jason Ruggiero writes his final game recap of the season and looks at Corey Kluber's solid outing, the bullpen's shutdown action, an offense that did just enough in 10 innings. Second Thoughts: Game #150 - Twins 3, Indians 4


9/16: A staff report on the Akron Aeros winning the Eastern League Championship. Aeros clinch Eastern League Championship 

9/17: Steve Orbanek looks at how Nick Weglarz used to be considered a top prospect and how far he's fallen in recent seasons. Then & Now: Nick Weglarz

9/18: Adam McGavin gives the second half of his series looking at some bright spots in an otherwise abysmal season for Indians fans, specifically a deep bullpen and the young players who could make a difference in 2013. A Dose of Sunshine: Part two

Radio Shows

9/15: IPI debuted a new radio show, Cleveland Sports Insider, in which Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek talk about all things Cleveland. This one isn't just straight Indians or prospects talk, as Jim and Steve hit on the Browns, Cavaliers, and Buckeyes. Cleveland Sports Insider: 9/15/12

9/18: Smoke Signals with Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete gives their Minor League wrap-up and discusses the risers (and fallers) in the Tribe's system during the 2012 season. Smoke Signals 9/18: Minor League wrap-up edition

Friends of the Feather

9/15: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal gives his opinion on what the Indians should do with Chris Perez and Ubaldo Jimenez in the offseason. What should Indians do with Perez, Jimenez?

9/15: Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer talks about the 2013 schedule, Shin-Soo Choo vs. Michael Brantley, and attendance as well as some Browns and Cavs talk. Terry Pluto's Talkin' ... about the rush to QB judgment, a Browns coach's impact, a struggling Indians and a returning Cav

9/16: Paul Cousineau of The DiaTribe looks toward next year and what the Indians can realistically do with their trade chips in the offseason. Let's Make a Deal on A Lazy Sunday

9/16: Paul Hoynes of The PD tries to explain the Indians' August collapse and calls it the worst month in team history in Hey, Hoynsie! Explaining the August collapse: Hey, Hoynsie!

9/18: Jordan Bastian of reports that Jason Kipnis is very honored to be the Indians' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. Kipnis honored by Clemente Award nomination

9/19: Jordan Bastian of writes that Manny Acta is pleased with the team's effort despite the team fading down the stretch. Acta pleased with effort down the stretch

9/21: Sheldon Ocker of the ABJ opines that Roberto Hernandez continues to be an unknown for the Indians going forward. Indians report: Roberto Hernandez remains a mystery

9/21: Paul Hoynes of The PD describes how the Indians have had allowed far too many stolen bases this year. Opponents running at will on Tribe: Cleveland Indians Insider



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