IBI Digest: 8/3/13 - 8/10/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
The Detroit Tigers may have dealt a significant blow to the big league club this past week, but that is part of the allure of the minor leagues. No matter how bad things are going in the majors, there is always hope to be found in the minors.
IBI was there all week, giving you coverage of the minor leagues you cannot get anywhere else and giving you something other than adult beverages to drown your Tiger sorrows in.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
Minor Happenings: Whoa, Nellie! Rodriguez is on the rise: In his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how Nellie Rodriguez has turned his 2013 season around, talks with Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.
IBI Stock Watch: July 2013 Part 1: With barely a month to go in the season, Tony Lastoria breaks down the prospects at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron, and High-A Carolina to see whose stock is going up and whose is going down.
IBI Stock Watch: July 2013 Part 2: With barely a month to go in the season, Tony Lastoria breaks down the prospects at Low-A Lake County, short season Mahoning Valley, and rookie level Arizona to see whose stock is going up and whose is going down.
Minor Happenings: Aguilar is beginning to show some thunder: In his bi-weekly column, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how Jesus Aguilar's power is beginning to come on, talks with Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins, and much more.
Trend Spotting: The possibility of sustainability in the rotation: In his weekly column, Trend Spotting, Michael Hattery writes about how well Justin Masterson and Corey Kluber are pitching, whether or not they can sustain it, and much more.
Around The Farm: August 3, 2013: Steve Orbanek goes Around The Farm, recapping Saturday in the minor leagues, including Bryson Myles extending his hitting streak, Daisuke Matsuzaka recapturing his old form, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #110: Indians 4, Marlins 3: Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts on Saturday's win, including Zach McAllister back to being consistent, Jason Kipnis continuing to rip it up offensively, and more.
Salazar to start against Tigers on Wednesday: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on the announcement that Danny Salazar will be called up to start against the Detroit Tigers and Ubaldo Jimenez will be pushed back.
Wendle's strong season has him in the Indians sights: Zachary Francis profiles Carolina Mudcats second baseman Joey Wendle, who has already seen plenty of highs and lows in his first full professional season.
Kazmir dominates in 2-0 Tribe win in series finale: Stephanie Metzger recaps Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins, including a solid start from Scott Kazmir, just enough offense to win, and more.
Around The Farm: August 4, 2013: Tony Lastoria goes Around The Farm, recapping Sunday in the minor leagues, including Matt Whitehouse looking like a threat to zoom through the system, Tim Fedroff seeming to break out of his slump, and more.
Notes from the Wigwam: Bring on Detroit: In his weekly Cleveland notebook, Notes from the Wigwam, Steve Orbanek writes about Chris Perez's performance doing the talking for him, Asdrubal Cabrera just going through a down year, and much more.
The writing is on the glove for Lindor: 'Be consistent': Stephanie Metzger profiles Akron Aeros shortstop Francisco Lindor, who is aiming to follow the mantra that is embroidered on his glove by being consistent.
Perez blown save leads to a Detroit 4-2 win: Jim Berdysz recaps Monday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including Chris Perez's blown save, a wasted start from Corey Kluber, and more.
Around The Farm: August 5, 2013: Michael Hattery goes Around The Farm, recapping Monday in the minor leagues, including Dorssys Paulino's encouraging performance, C.C. Lee simply being tremendous, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #112: Tigers 4, Indians 2: Kevin Dean gives his Second Thoughts on Monday's loss, including yet another gem from Corey Kluber, a lack of relief from Chris Perez, and more.
Launching off with the Aeros: 7/30/13 - 8/5/13: In his weekly Akron notebook, Launching off with the Aeros, Jim Piascik writes about Jesus Aguilar's improvement, Giovanny Urshela's power developing, and much more.
Rodriguez is slugging his way to success: Hayden Grove profiles Mahoning Valley Scrappers first baseman Nellie Rodriguez, who is building his star in his first full professional season.
Indians bats go cold against Verlander, fall to Detroit 5-1: Jim Berdysz recaps Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including Don Kelly's big home run, Cleveland's bats going cold against Justin Verlander, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #113: Tigers 5, Indians 1: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's loss, including one bad inning dooming the team, a plea to get Asdrubal Cabrera out of the cleanup spot, and more.
Crushing the Numbers: 7/30/13 to 8/5/2013: In his weekly Lake Erie notebook, Crushing the Numbers, Kyle Ferrara writes about Seth Granger making his presence felt, Juan Sanchez making himself heard with his bat, and much more.
On-Deck with the Captains; 7/31/13 - 8/6/13: In her weekly Lake County notebook, On-Deck with the Captains, Stephanie Metzger writes about Richard Stock's monster moth, Ryan Merritt looking sharp, and much more.
Talkin' Tribe: Kluber lands on DL, Raburn signs extension: Jim Berdysz provides an update on the breaking news of Corey Kluber going on the disabled list and Ryan Raburn signing a contract extension.
Tigers, Tribe battle 14 innings, Indians drop their third straight, 6-5: Jim Berdysz recaps Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers, including Cleveland being unable to win in extra innings, Miguel Cabrera taking Danny Salazar deep late in the game, and more.
Around The Farm: August 7, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Wednesday in the minor leagues, including Alex Monsalve flashing some power as he tries to make up for lost time, Trevor Frank dominating at Mahoning Valley, and more.
The Inside Pitch 2.15: Time to hit the Panic Button?: Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac are back on the cyberwaves with The Inside Pitch, talking about whether it is time to hit the panic button, why Asdrubal Cabrera is still hitting cleanup, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #114: Tigers 6, Indians 5: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday's loss, including yet another crushing loss, Danny Salazar putting together another impressive performance, and more.
Sailing with the Clippers: 8/1/13 to 8/7/13: In his weekly Columbus notebook, Sailing with the Clippers, Ethan Day writes about Daisuke Matsuzaka turning some heads, Tim Fedroff continuing his hot and cold streaks, and much more.
The Rock of Cleveland - Remembering Rocky Colavito: DJ Sebastian remembers Rocky Colavito as his 80th birthday approaches and relays the memories of numerous fans of The Rock.
Around The Farm: August 8, 2013: Jim Piascik goes Around The Farm, recapping Thursday in the minor leagues, including Daisuke Matsuzaka turning things around, Bryson Myles staying hot, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #115: Tigers 10, Indians 3: Michael Hattery gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday's loss, including a breakdown of how Detroit is just better, an analysis of Asdrubal Cabrera in the cleanup spot, and more.
The Scrapperbook: 7/26/2013 to 8/8/2013: In his bi-weekly Mahoning Valley notebook, The Scrapperbook, Hayden Grove writes about Joel Mejia making his presence felt, Robert Whitenack turning his season around, and much more.
Orbiting Cleveland: The growth of a pitching prospect: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek writes about Danny Salazar's meteoric rise and how the right-hander accomplished it.
Five-run first inning boosts Angels over Indians: Nathan Kemp recaps Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, including a deadly first inning, Scott Kazmir struggling from the outset, and more.
Around The Farm: August 9, 2013: Arthur Kinney goes Around The Farm, recapping Friday in the minor leagues, including Vinnie Pestano working his way back to Cleveland, Nellie Rodriguez hitting well, and more.
Middendorf is big in size and working hard with Crushers: Kyle Ferrara profiles Lake Erie Crushers pitcher Dave Middendorf, who is pitching well now that he is back in a starting rotation.
Second Thoughts Game #116: Angels 5, Indians 2: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Friday's loss, including Scott Kazmir starting to wear out, the bats going cold again, and more.
Friends of the Feather
Top prospects whose stock is falling: Keith Law of ESPN (Insider required) talks with scouts as to why some top prospects are not producing in 2013, including a look at Cleveland's Trevor Bauer and what is wrong with him.
Learning Lessons, with Danny Salazar and Miguel Cabrera: Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs outlines the four Danny Salazar-Miguel Cabrera at-bats Wednesday night and breaks down how Salazar got the best of Cabrera right up until he didn't (with plenty of GIFs!).
Raburn, Antonetti, Francona discuss Tribe utility man's contract extension: Max Lom of TribeVibe brings quotes from Ryan Raburn, Chris Antonetti, and Terry Francona on Raburn's recent two-year contract extension.
Ryan Raburn agrees to two-year extension, who will follow?: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer breaks down Ryan Raburn's recent contract extension and takes a look at what players could be signing extensions next.
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