More Debuts, More Decisions
On this week's episode of the Guardians of the future podcast Justin Lada and Willie Hood - Discuss the promotions of Will Benson, Tyler Freeman and Hunter Gaddis - How these moves affect the 40 man roster - How Cody Morris might impact the roster - Could we see Bo Naylor in Toronto? - The Framil Reyes decison - How Joey Cantillo's recent arm troubles make him more attractive in the Rule 5 draft. - and more...
August 09, 2022
Standing Still or Still Standing?
On this week's episode of the Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada and Willie Hood: - Record live as the buzzer ticked down on the MLB trading deadline - Reacted to Cleveland's inactive deadline - Figuring out how the 40 man roster is going to shape up - Discuss the callup of Will Benson - What is the future of Franmil Reyes?
August 03, 2022
On this week's Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada and Willie Hood look back at the Cleveland Guardians 2022 draft class, give their favorite picks, their biggest upside and risks, where they rank among the Guardians current prospects and more. Here's a link back to the Twitter Spaces Justin and Willie hosted on Night 1 of the MLB draft to talk about Chase DeLauter, Justin Campbell and Parker Messick https://twitter.com/JL_Baseball/status/1548850629782736896?s=20&t=jE_dMSEZ1CJ3HM0SrPBl0g
July 25, 2022
Call-Ups and Draft Prep
On this week's Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss: Alex Call's callup Nolan Jones' debut Columbus' catching situation Some injured arms are returning to affiliates Talking MLB Draft targets for the Cleveland Guardians
July 12, 2022
On this week's episode of the Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss: Some odd roster moves by the Guardians including Gabriel Arias' recent big league stint Reclaiming Oscar Mercado vs. calling up Alex Call Recent pitching promotions in the minors When we will see Jones, Brennan and Naylor Why trading Amed Rosario is difficult More 2022 MLB draft discussion for the Cleveland Guardians https://www.gofundme.com/f/lenny-torres-srs-cancer-fight?qid=1aa3426ebc68266b39731ba5cd0d0ea4
July 06, 2022
Playing with the models
On this week's episode of the Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada and Willie Hood of Guardians Baseball Insider discuss The Guardians letdown against the Red Sox over the weekend How things are shaping up for the trading deadline Jhonkensy Noel's promotion to Double-A Micah Pries' hot streak Daniel Espino's health and subsequent prospect ranking Prepping for the Prospects Live 2022 MLB Mock Draft https://twitter.com/longenhagen/status/1436794462714281985
June 27, 2022
Checking in on the Clip Show
On this week's episode of the Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada is joined by GBI's Columbus Clippers beat writer Megan Husslein (https://twitter.com/meganhusslein) to check in on some of the storylines in Columbus lately. - Franmil Reyes' rehab - The Clippers loaded outfield of Will Brennan, Will Benson, Nolan Jones, and Alex Call - Tyler Freeman's recent hot streak - James Karinchak's rehab - Update on Bryan Lavastida's hamstring injury and Bo Naylor's promotion - Some arms in Columbus that are struggling and thriving - Carlos Vargas' return and some questions...
June 21, 2022
No more vacations
Justin Lada returns from vacation and is joined by Willie Hood to talk about Will Brennan's recent tear in Columbus, Oscar Gonzalez's hot start in Cleveland, if they're worried about Brayan Rocchio or Tyler Freeman, Jack Leftwich's future, Nolan Jones' return and new swing, and more...
June 14, 2022
So you're telling me there's a chance...
This week, Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss: Oscar Gonzalez callup What have we seen so far? What do we expect? Some thoughts promotions Will Brennan to Columbus Kevin Kelly and Tim Herrin to Columbus Robert Broom and Brett Daniels back to Akron Junior Sanquentin to LYN Gavin Williams appears to be OK, on schedule to start Friday Tanner Burns appears to be starting this week George Valera back in lineup tonight Daniel Espino thew a bullpen today, good sign Next set of promotions?
June 01, 2022
Risers and Fallers
Justin Lada and Willie Hood of Guardians Baseball Insider talk about the Player of the Week honored earned by RHP Hunter Gaddis and INF Milan Tolentino at Akron and Lynchburg respectively. They also discuss Jhonkensy Noel in OF, George Valera and Bo Naylor's hot week, more good pitching from Joey Cantillo, the best performers from the 2021 draft class, and a look at risers and fallers in the rankings.
May 24, 2022
'Ducks on the Pod
This week on the Cleveland Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada is joined by GBI's RubberDucks beat report, John Elrod Some of the topics covered: Logan T. Allen's good start but a strange start Sunday Who stands out from the impressive Akron rotation? Thoughts on the 'Ducks bullpen of Enright, Marman, Herrin and Kelly? What’s up with the hitting? Geroge Valera and Bo Naylor are drawing walks, but are having a hard time getting the bats going. Will Brennan's hot start Injury updates on Espino/Rocchio/Burns Thoughts on adding Gavin Williams to Akron’s rotation https://twitter.com/johnelrod_19 https://twitter.com/JL_Baseball
May 16, 2022
It's T Logan Allen Now
On this week's Cleveland Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss: - The big pitching performances in Cleveland's system this week led by THE Logan Allen, Gavin Williams, Hunter Gaddis, Joey Cantillo and Tanner Bibee - More injuries to the Guardians prospects including Brayan Rocchio and Tanner Burns - What Richie Palacios going back to Triple-A means for the Guardians OF, Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez - What Bobby Bradley's spot in Triple-A means for Nolan Jones - Willie Two Bags stays hot - Your questions
May 09, 2022
Injuries, Interesting Stats and an Interview with Guardians P prospect Peyton Battenfield
Justin Lada and Willie Hood of Cleveland Guardians Baseball Insider are joined by Cleveland Guardians pitching prospect Peyton Battenfield. We discussed many topics with Peyton, including the baseballs at Triple-A, the pitch clock, how he applies data and metrics in his approach to pitching, what he's working on with his pitches right now, how he spends his free time, and a quick scouting report on a potential Guardians draft prospect pitching at his alma mater (Oklahoma State). Before the interview, Justin and WIllie also discuss Are we worried about Daniel Espino’s knee injury Impact of Gabriel Arias’ injury Tyler Freeman is back Oscar Gonzalez keeps crushing Interesting starts by Milan Tolentino, Jake Fox, Marcos Gonzalez, Will Benson Hunter Gaddis is crushing it Gavin Williams/Doug Nikhazy starts over the weekend GBI and NorthSide Bound's 2022 MLB Mock Draft https://guardiansbaseballinsider.com/2022/05/03/2022-gbi-mock-draft-version-1-part-1/ https://northsidebound.com/2022/05/03/two-heads-are-better-than-one-a-collaborative-mock-draft/ https://guardiansbaseballinsider.com/2022/05/03/justinside-baseball-5-3-22-daniel-espinos-dominance-and-injury-logan-t-allens-new-pitch-jake-fox-in-cf-and-more-%ef%bf%bc/
May 03, 2022
Justin Lada and Willie Hood of Cleveland Guardians Baseball Insider delve into: Daniel Espino's 14 strikeout performance What to expect from Richie Palacios Looking into the brief debuts of Bryan Lavastida, Tanner Tully, Kirk McCarty and Gabriel Arias Joe Naranjo and Jose Fermin's hot starts The tough spot Aaron Bracho might be in Some little known relievers throwing tons of strikes
April 26, 2022
Start me up
The 2022 minor league season is underway. Justin Lada and Willie Hood talk about the hot starts by Cleveland Guardians prospects in Daniel Espino, Gabriel Arias, Will Brennan, Gavin Williams and more, and discuss the first impressions by the 2021 draft class.
April 19, 2022
2022 Cleveland Guardians season preview round table
DOWNLOADED AUDIO from Guardians Baseball Insider's Twitter Spaces chat on April 6, 2022 - The Guardians Baseball Insider team of Justin Lada, Joe Collins, Arthur Kinney, and special guest appearances from Pat Ellington Jr. and Spencer Carlson preview the Cleveland Guardians 2022 season ahead.
April 08, 2022
Solve for X
The Cleveland Guardians have a very complex 40 man roster situation heading into the 2022 season. Justin Lada and Willie Hood debate how the organization is going to fit what they need on the opening day roster with injuries and lack of options, along with any chance of Jose Ramirez signing an extension.
March 30, 2022
New deal but no new deals
MLB is back with a new CBA, ending the arduous lockout. but the Cleveland Guardians haven't made any moves within the first week. Well, they did add Luke Maile. Justin Lada and Willie Hood talk about the new CBA's effects on Cleveland, why the Guardians haven't made any moves yet, and what they might do.
March 16, 2022
Labor & the List
Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Pat Ellington Jr. complain about MLB's lockout issues a little bit, but if you fast forward past the first 20 minutes, the last 1+ hours are spent on the 2022 Guardians Baseball Insider prospect rankings. https://guardiansbaseballinsider.com/cleveland-guardians-prospect-rankings-reports/
March 01, 2022
Inaugural Guardians Prospect Draft
With the owners still locking out the players and no progress being made in MLB's CBA, Justin Lada and Willie Hood talk about Guardians Baseball Insider's top prospect rankings by way of a prospect draft. Willie and Justin each draft a team of all Guardians prospects and our listeners will decide which team they like better.
February 16, 2022
Prospect Szn 2022
MLB might not be able to find a fair deal to offer the MLBPA to get the CBA finished, but that's not stopping Justin Lada and Willie Hood from talking about Guardians Baseball Insider's 2022 Cleveland Guardians top prospect list coming out on 2/2. CBA talk, prospect rankings talk and more...
February 02, 2022
Justin Lada and Willie Hood recap the Cleveland Guardians 2022 International Signing Day class with some focus on Jaison Chourio and Victor Izturis. They also take a look at the latest CBA proposal from MLB to the MLBPA and what could work and what won't work. They also take your question.
January 19, 2022
The Lindor trade a year later and looking ahead
Justin Lada and Willie Hood look at the Cleveland Guardians trade of Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets a year later and where the franchise has gone since the big move. They also break down a little of the January 15 International Signing Class, and answer a bunch of questions.
January 11, 2022
Turning the Calendar
On the final episode of 2021 for the Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz look back at the 2021 Cleveland Indians season and the farm system. We go over the developments of the 2021 season and look ahead to who we're excited to see in 2022 and some predictions as well.
December 29, 2021
New year, new (minority) owner?
In the penultimate Guardians of the Future podcast in 2021, Justin Lada and Willie Hood of Guardians Baseball Insider take a look at the news that David S. Blitzer is reportedly buying a 35% stake in the Cleveland Guardians and what it means. They also look at the top-10 prospect lists of Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, as well as ZiPS projections for the team in 2022.
December 21, 2021
Collectively Locked Out
Travis Sawchik of The Score joins Justin Lada on a special Cleveland Guardians of the Future podcast to talk about MLB's lockout and the CBA negotiations. Travis educates us on some of the finer points of the labor issues in MLB, some ideas for the CBA and if baseball could have missed games due to the lockout in 2022. Travis is a native Clevelander and has covered baseball for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Athletic, Fangraphs, 538 and now The Score. He is also the author of Big Data Baseball Follow him on Twitter @Travis_Sawchik https://twitter.com/Travis_Sawchik/status/1466577614143905798 Read his coverage of the CBA at The Score here - https://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/2241177/manfreds-letter-ought-to-be-a-call-for-players-to-dig-in
December 15, 2021
It's day 5 of the Major League Baseball lockout of 2021. Justin Lada and Willie Hood of Cleveland Guardians Baseball Insider are talking about the lockout issues, what it means for the Guardians, the MLB and MiLB Rule 5 draft, an interesting nugget of info on Jhonkensy Noel, some possible moves for Cleveland after the lockout and take your questions.
December 07, 2021
4-D Chess Roster Moves
The 40 man roster deadline has passed and the Cleveland Guardians added 11 new players, and removed 7. Justin Lada and Willie Hood break those moves down, looking at the trade for Tobias Myers, what the plan looks like for the rest of the off-season, and are the Guardians hard to trade with?
November 23, 2021
Decision day is coming
Decision day is coming soon for the Cleveland Guardians 40 man roster additions. Justin Lada and Willie Hood of Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider are here to break the decisions and options down, make some choices and talk about the MLB offseason a little in the process
November 17, 2021
A lot of thoughts on the Cleveland Guardians offseason ahead
Justin Lada and Willie Hood welcomed some listeners/fans of the show onto a live recording of the podcast to talk about the Cleveland Guardians offseason ahead, including the 40 man roster decisions, losing coaches, the CBA negotiations as it relates to Cleveland, among other MLB topics. IBI's Pat Ellington also joined the show.
October 27, 2021
A scorpion and a coyote walk into a baseball stadium...
For the die-hard Cleveland Indians baseball and Cleveland Guardians prospect fans, Justin Lada and Joe Coblitz break down Richie Palacios' hot AFL start and his future, among other Arizona Fall League topics. Justin and Joe also review the Arizona Complex League season and Lynchburg Hillcats season. Some thoughts on baseball finally helping to provide minor leaguers housing in some form, your questions and a dog protecting Joe from a scorpion.
October 20, 2021
This is the end...or a title less dramatic than that
On this week's episode of the Cleveland Guardians of the Future podcast, Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the end of the year for the Cleveland Indians at the major league level and minors. - Some thoughts on the 40 man roster decisions coming up - Players who impressed this year and took a step forward - Cody Morris' future role - More exciting pitching coming - What to do with Oscar Gonzalez - Why there will be a lot of discussion around the team all winter
October 04, 2021
Championships, duck puns and awards
On this week's episode of (Cleveland) Guardians of the Future Justin Lada and Joe Coblitz discuss: - The Akron RubberDucks championship victory - Nolan Jones' surgery and future now - Anthony Gose's impressive debut as a pitcher - Wrapping up the season's for the Lake County Captains, Lynchburg Hillcats and the ACL/DSL teams
September 28, 2021
Finishing touches, comebacks, and the next Jose Ramirez
On this week's episode of (Cleveland) Guardians of the Future with Justin Lada and Willie Hood: - More on the Nolan Jones/Jose Ramirez situation - Gabriel Arias' season and comparing him with Brayan Rocchio - Daniel Espino's impressive finish to the season - Akron RubberDucks' playoff rotation - Who is the next Jose Ramirez?
September 21, 2021
Just the hits
Justin Lada and Stacy Hannan continue to debate where Nolan Jones' future is for the Cleveland Guardians Also discussed: - If/where Oscar Gonzalez fits in the OF - Is Will Benson adding a new position? - Xzavion Curry's rise in 2021 - Brayan Rocchio makes Baseball America's Top 100 - Francisco Perez is back, but Daniel Johnson is sent back to Triple-A Follow @Official_IBI @JL_Baseball and @StacyHannan1 on twitter
September 14, 2021
Would you rather?
On this week's episode of (Cleveland) Guardians of the Future: Justin Lada and Joe Coblitz play a game of pick'em between the future middle infielders and outfielders that are on, or need to be on the 40 man roster. Luis Durango Jr.'s gamesmanship is also discussed, what to make of James Karinchak's future, the debate between Bryan Lavastida and Bo Naylor, and more..
September 08, 2021
Thumbs up for Cantillo, thumbs down for knees, ankles and bullpen messes
Justin Lada, Joe Coblitz and Willie Hood on this week's Guardians of the Future: Joey Cantillo returning, injuries and Nolan Jones' situation, finding bullpen help, 40 man OF options including will Benson, Steven Kwan and Oscar Gonzalez..
August 31, 2021
Answer the question
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson talk about the future of the Cleveland Guardians roster - Does Amed Rosario have to have a spot on the team in 2022? - Why the bullpen is the most concerning spot going into next year - Does Bradley ZImmer have a roster spot in 2022? - Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie have provided good answers - Does Nolan Jones fit this roster next year?
August 27, 2021
To the desert and back
This week on Guardians of the Future with Justin Lada and Joe Coblitz: - George Valera and Jhonkensy Noel's promotions to Akron and Lake County, respectively - What relief prospects could be in the Cleveland Guardians bullpen in 2022? - What are the timelines of Peyton Battenfield and Konnor Pilkington - Will the 2022 Columbus Clippers pitching rotation be better than some MLB rotations? - Other debates about who will be on the Cleveland Indians 40 man roster this winter
August 24, 2021
This week on Guardians of the Future, Justin Lada and Caleb Philips discuss why Baseball America and Fangraphs have the Cleveland Indians farm system ranked so different right now. Also discussed: - When will we see Cody Morris of Nolan Jones? - What is Richie Palacio's future role? - Juan Hillman held together the Akron RubberDucks now loaded pitching staff - Will playoffs push promotions for George Valera and Jhonekensy Noel? - What happened to Aaron Bracho? - Which middle infielders will move positions Follow Justin @JL_Baseball and Caleb at @CalebPhilips8 and read the latest feature on C Bryan Lavastida and check out the latest prospect rankings update https://indiansbaseballinsider.com/2021/08/16/adapting-quickly-nothing-new-for-cleveland-catching-prospect-bryan-lavastida/ https://indiansbaseballinsider.com/prospect-rankings-reports/
August 17, 2021
Guardians of the Future Ep. 3 - Morris moving on up
Jacob Benge and Stacy Hannan check-in from Columbus with Justin Lada about Cody Morris' first start for the Columbus Clippers. Also this week - More on the rising Gabriel Arias - Has Logan Allen improved? - The promotion of Francisco Perez - George Valera's rocket keeps rising - Who will be in the Cleveland Guardians rotation in 2022? - Who will man SS and 2B for the Guardians in 2022? Follow @StacyHannan1 and @JacobBenge and @JL_Baseball and @official_IBI
August 10, 2021
Guardians of the Future Ep.2 - Promotions and no jokes allowed
Justin Lada and Pat Ellington talk about the promotions in the Cleveland Indians/Cleveland Guardians system of Bryan Lavastida, Brayan Rocchio, Cody Morris and more. Gabriel Arias developmental leap, Jose Tena and Daniel Espino’s next steps are discussed as well as the cases to protect Jhonkensy Noel or Steven Kwan in the Rule 5 draft. New mid-season prospect rankings will be coming soon so keep an eye on that and check out Pat’s piece on Gabriel Arias and why he deserves more prospect hype. https://indiansbaseballinsider.com/prospect-rankings-reports/ https://tangibleuno.medium.com/random-baseball-rambling-1-ss-gabriel-arias-cleveland-indians-triple-a-affiliate-d4f871ea044c
August 03, 2021
Guardians of the Future
Joe Coblitz joins Justin Lada from soggy Arizona to talk about the Arizona Complex League Cleveland Indians such as Isiah Greene, Junior Sanquintin, Milan Tolentino and more. Also discussed - When and where will Nolan Jones debut? - Alex Call's future - Will Francisco Perez get a call-up? - Futures for Steven Kwan and Richie Palacios - George Valera not being a top 100 prospect? - Is Bryan Lavastida catching up to Bo Naylor? And your questions... Please subscribe and leave a review if you enjoy the show.
July 27, 2021
2nd half banter
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson banter about a ton of topics surrounding the Cleveland Indians heading into the 2nd half - Trading deadline - Why the team isn't a buyer or a seller - What to do with Eddie Rosario and Cesar Hernandez - The future of the team in Cleveland and the future of Jose Ramirez - The complexity of trading for a long term outfielder And a bunch of other random topics
July 16, 2021
The one with all the pitchers - 2021 MLB Draft Wrap Up
Justin Lada and Willie Hood recap the Cleveland Indians 2021 MLB Draft Class going over big picks like Gavin Williams and Doug Nikhazy and then talk about the three Florida Gators they took, the only two bats they drafted, sleepers in Hunter Stanley and Tommy Ventimilgia, Jake Fox, Tanner Bibee, Jack Letwich and more. Plus we answer your draft questions.
July 14, 2021
Draft Fever - IBI 2021 MLB Draft Podcast
Willie Hood and Justin Lada come together for a special 2021 MLB Draft episode of the podcast - What are the traits the Cleveland Indians look for? - Pitchers to know for Cleveland including Chase Petty, Andrew Painter, Anthony Solomento, Frank Mozzicato, Gunnar Hoglund - Hitters to know for Cleveland including Carson Williams, Harry Ford, Joe Mack, Edwin Arroyo, Peyton Stovall - More trends and types to watch out for that fit the Cleveland Indians MLB Draft model
July 10, 2021
Boarding the Oscar Gonzalez train and a new rotation in Akron
Justin Lada and Caleb Philips are back on this week's episode of the Farm report to discuss: - Oscar Gonzalez continues to prove this is real - Bo Naylor being selected to the MLB Futures Game - Logan T. Allen's promotion to the Akron RubberDucks - Cody Morris & Adam Scott join Akron's rotation - Will Benson taking off as Akron's leadoff man - Tyler Freeman's injury - Bryan Lavastida's bat with the Lake County Captains - Mason Hickman and Tanner Burns' varying arsenal's in Lake County and more on the Cleveland Indians farm system
July 06, 2021
Power surge in Columbus
Justin Lada is joined by Jacob Benge on this week's Farm Report to talk about the Cleveland Indians minor league system - Hot bats for the Columbus Clippers including Andres Gimenez, Nolan Jones, Oscar Mercado and Trenton Brooks - Triston McKenzie and Logan Allen's most recent starts - Oscar Gonzalez's bat carrying the Akron RubberDucks in a long week - George Valera's continued success - More good starts in Lake County from Xzavion Curry, Logan T. Allen and now Mason Hickman - Alexfri Planez heating up
June 22, 2021
Valera returns as pitching injuries mount
On this week's episode of the Farm Report, Caleb Philips joins Justin Lada to break down the goings on in the Cleveland Indians system: - George Valera's return - Xzavion Curry's promotion - Shane Bieber's injury and its ripple effect on the pitching in the minors - Trenton Brooks' promotion - Alex Call and Richie Palacios' offensive success for the Akron RubberDucks - Nolan Jones' hot streak - What other promotions could be coming?
June 15, 2021
Pitching promotions and 2021 draft prep
Justin Lada is joined by Willie Hood to split this week's Farm Report podcast up between the Cleveland Indians minor league system and 2021 MLB draft prep. - Xzavion Curry's promotion - Is Logan T. Allen not far from a promotion? - Will Brennan and Trenton Brooks' power surge - Jhonkensey Noel hurt again - Angel Martinez stays hot - Willie drops some names to watch out for in the 2021 MLB draft for Cleveland
June 08, 2021
Almost a month into the minor league baseball season. Justin Lada is joined by IBI's Columbus Clippers beat reporter Jacob Benge to dive into a number of topics in the Cleveland Indians system: - Columbus Clippers being swept by the Nashville Sounds - Nolan Jones' progress with the bat and in the outfield - The pitching carousel with Kirk McCarty, Logan Allen, Scott Moss and the bullpen mishmosh - Infielders Ernie Clement/Gabriel Arias/Andres Gimenez, Bobby Bradley - Lake County Captains swept by the Spencer Torkelson and the West Michigan WhiteCaps - More injuries in the system to George Valera, Jhonkensey Noel, Ramond Burgos, Matt Turner and more...
May 31, 2021
Tyler Freeman takes off, pitching shuffle affecting the system
Justin Lada and Caleb Philips dive into the Akron RubberDucks early play and another weekly roundup of the Cleveland Indians farm system. Topics covered - Tyler Freeman's bat taking off - Akron's big relievers Nick Mikolajchak, Francisco Perez, Dakody Clemmber - Columbus' pitching woes with Logan Allen, Scott Moss and players leaving to play for team USA - Update on Jhonkensey Noel's big bat and injury - Will Brennan's consistency for the Lake County Captains - George Valera's absence causing concern Follow Justin at @JL_Baseball and Caleb at @CalebPhilips8
May 25, 2021
Miller watch and need for speed in Lake County
Justin Lada and Pat Ellington have a realistic conversation about getting Owen Miller to Cleveland, along with realistic expectations. They also cover the speed and base running acumen of Jose Tena, Raynel Delgado and the rest of the Lake County Captains infielders as well as struggles of Nolan Jones/Bobby Bradley and Tyler Freeman's hitting prowess.
May 18, 2021
All aboard the Owen Miller train
The Cleveland Indians continue to find ways to win despite a bottom of the league offense. Can they put together a more consistent offensive attack and take off? Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson debate that, Shane Bieber's high pitch counts, Zach Plesac's recent brilliance, is it time for Owen Miller, and the overuse of Bryan Shaw, James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase.
May 15, 2021
Pitching debuts and Hello, Noel!
Minor league baseball is back and Justin Lada and Willie Hood are back to breakdown the first week of action in the Cleveland Indians farm system. From the pitching debuts of Tanner Burns, Logan T. Allen, Daniel Espino, Josh Wolf and more, to Jhonkensey Noel hitting balls to moon this week.
May 11, 2021
The Cleveland Ramirez's and Enter Sandlin
The Cleveland Indians are in first place. Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson talk about how a frustrating April still kept the team .500 as the bats of Eddie Rosario and Josh Naylor get hot. Harold Ramirez has come to save centerfield. Jose Ramirez is somehow getting better. Is Nick Sandlin part of Terry Francona's circle of trust in the bullpen? And a surprising answer on a question about Albert Pujols?
May 07, 2021
Welcome back to the Farm Report
With the announcement of the Cleveland Indians minor league rosters, Justin Lada, Willie Hood, and Joe Coblitz breakdown the rosters throughout the system, provide injury updates on Ethan Hankins, Carlos Vargas, and the future of Nolan Jones.
April 30, 2021
First basemen hitting like pitchers
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson are once again talking about the Cleveland Indians first base situation and a team that is getting more offensive production from it's pitchers. But they also stress patience with Josh Naylor, Logan Allen and talk about the debut of Sam Hentges as well as Jordan Luplow the full time leadoff hitter.
April 23, 2021
No new worries about no hitters and service time
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson discuss why Cleveland being no hit doesn't make the teams offensive woes any worse than they were, why Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale, Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak and Bryan Shaw will keep the team in games. They also explain why service time isn't why Daniel Johnson and Bobby Bradley aren't in Cleveland.
April 16, 2021
Exit (velocity) stage left
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson banter about early season exit velocites for Jake Bauers and Josh Naylor, getting fired up over lineup construction, Ben Gamel and Tyler Naquin.
April 08, 2021
How wrong can we be? IBI's 2021 season preview
On the eve of the 2021 season, Justin Lada, Willie Hood, Spencer Carlson, and Joe Coblitz give their Cleveland Indians predictions and MLB postseason and awards predictions.
March 31, 2021
Adam Dunn struck out how many times?
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson discuss the injury to Eloy Jimenez, Bryan Shaw and Trevor Stephan making the bullpen, the CF quandary and can Franmil Reyes have a breakout season. Random stats on Adam Dunn. Plus we rate Spencer's fantasy baseball team.
March 26, 2021
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson debate the impacts and potential of Amed Rosario's move to CF, other roster decisions and why baseball can't get it's sport on tv en masse.
March 18, 2021
Spring training stats and instagram haircuts
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson reminisce about Joe Tait and other Cleveland legends that have passed lately, Franmil Reyes posting his haircut on instagram, and death to spring training stats.
March 11, 2021
Baseball games that sorta count and relievers names we can spell
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson on on the Cleveland Indians rotation situation jobs Logan Allen, Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie are vying for, Bryan Shaw and a bunch of veteran relievers are hoping for spots, and the Indians over/under win total and how many outfielders play for them in 2021.
February 24, 2021
Assigning numbers - the 2021 IBI top prospect rankings podcast
Indians Baseball Insider has released it's 2021 top prospect rankings 1-70. Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz talk over this year's rankings, the changes to how IBI evaluates players and a lot more on the Cleveland Indians farm system.
February 18, 2021
Potential don't pay the rent
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the surprising and good signings of Cesar Hernandez and Eddie Rosario including the impact on the MLB roster and prospects. Speaking of prospects, they also debate the obsession over players being ranked top-100 prospects.
February 02, 2021
14.1 - December 37, 2020
2021 starts off with Cleveland finally trading Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco as well. Justin Lada and Willie Hood go through another tough day in one of the final chapters of Cleveland Indians history and the return from the New York Mets.
January 08, 2021
Only fans, only farmers, yanunzzi's
Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz go off script talking about a number of Cleveland baseball related topics including how to add revenue with the name change in some... different ways.
December 23, 2020
Musical roster chairs
Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz discuss the Cleveland Indians 40 man roster additions of Nolan Jones, Gabriel Arias, Eli Morgan, Carlos Vargas and Ernie Clement and the game of musical chairs that will be the teams roster from now till next winter.
November 25, 2020
What comes next?
The off-season isn't officially underway but Justin Lada and Willie Hood look at the reality of a Francisco Lindor trade, the 2021 payroll & roster decisions as well as some news from Cleveland Indians Instructs in Arizona, 40 man roster news to get you ready for an offseason of change in Cleveland.
October 15, 2020
Rip off the band-aid
Justin Lada and John Fanta put the dirt on the coffin of the Cleveland Indians 2020 season, discuss the future of Francisco Lindor and the 2021 season and beyond.
October 05, 2020
Ready for more
Justin Lada and John Fanta recap the Tribe's final crazy week of the 2020 season and get you ready for the Cleveland Indians matchup in the 2020 Wild Card series against the New York Yankees. Breakdowns of the rotation, offense, bullpen, x-factors and more.
September 29, 2020
The little things
Justin Lada and John Fanta rant about how the Cleveland Indians managed to lose 8 games in a row, the potential playoff matchups in spite of that and how the Indians need to lineup their rotation, get Carlos Santana and Franmil Reyes hot and play mistake free baseball over the final 10 games
September 18, 2020
New IBI top prospect rankings podcast Pt II 30-1
Justin Lada and Willie Hood finish talking about IBI's new Cleveland Indians top prospect rankings #30-#1 from Angel Martinez, Cody Morris, Petey Halpin, Tyler Freeman, Daniel Espino and more.
September 11, 2020
New places, new faces, new rankings
Justin Lada and Willie Hood give their insights into new bullpen call-up Kyle Nelson, the Tribe's newest prospects Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo and Owen Miller. They also get into the freshly updated IBI top prospect rankings from 54-30 with a part II coming soon 29-1.
September 10, 2020
Trade deadline Padre-cast
Justin Lada and John Fanta discuss Cleveland's trade deadline deal to trade Mike Clevinger to the Padres for six players and break it all down. Padres wrapup show host Jim Russell of 1360 Fox Sports San Diego joins us to talk about Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Austin Hedges, Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo, and Owen Miller.
September 01, 2020
Lake County Captains broadcaster Andrew Luftglass joins Justin Lada and John Fanta to talk about Triston McKenzie's time in Lake County in 2016 and some time at the Tribe's Alternate Training site as well some other great insight and notes on the Cleveland Indians pitching development and the arms that have come through Lake County over the last four seasons.
August 22, 2020
Justin Lada and John Fanta discuss the Cleveland Indians dominance over the Detroit Tigers, the six game winning streak, how ridiculously good Shane Bieber continues to be and how he's kept getting better every year since college. They also touch on how big the series with the Minnesota Twins will be next week and if we could see a resolution to the Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac situation soon.
August 21, 2020
Playing the blame game
Justin Lada, John Fanta and Willie Hood discuss Zach Plesac's ill-advised Instagram bashing of the media, the situation in the Indians clubhouse because of Plesac and Mike Clevinger's decisions, the anemic offense and how critical the next week might be for the team.
August 13, 2020
Tim Burton's baseball season
Justin Lada and Willie Hood talk about the Tribe's pitching staff, the evolution of Shane Bieber and Zach Plesac, Mike Clevinger's inconsistencies, the 2.6 runs a game the team was averaging through 12 games and the surprisingly good bullpen.
August 06, 2020
In depth from the Twin Cities
On this episode of Smoke Signals, Justin Lada and Willie Hood are joined by Matt Trueblood from Baseball Prospectus, Penning Bull, and Twins Daily to get a rundown on the Tribe's biggest competition in the Al Central and how they're prepared for the 60 game sprint. Justin and Willie also discuss the Tribe's rotation, bullpen and the battle for the final infield and outfield spots. Follow Matt on Twitter, read him at Baseball Prospectus, check out his newsletter, Penning Bull and read him at Twins Daily.
July 22, 2020
Losing hair from a bald head
Justin Lada and IBI's Tribe beat reporter John Fanta go over the latest developments in Summer Camp, if Yu Chang's hot streak matters, and the outfield situation.
July 16, 2020
A conversation about minor league baseball and working in sports with Adam Liberman
Veteran sports PR pro Adam Liberman, most recently with the Akron RubberDucks, joins Justin Lada to talk about the minor league season being cancelled and the impact that will have. Adam also shares his experience and stories from his time working with the Atlanta Braves as well as Akron. We also touch on team name changes, what it's like to work in sports and a lot more.
July 10, 2020
Strategy, Schedule and Seasons of Change
Justin Lada is joined by John Fanta to talk about his role with IBI covering the Tribe the vibe around the team at the start of Summer Camp, some pitching strategy, the news about changing the team name and the 2020 MLB schedule
July 07, 2020
Justin Lada and Willie Hood look at the roster rules and stipulations for baseball in a pandemic in 2020, how the Indians put together their roster and how they'll utilize it.
June 30, 2020
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the details of MLB's 2020 season that is going to happen during the pandemic, what players might be on the taxi squad and details about the Indians undrafted free agents
June 24, 2020
No sleep - Indians 2020 draft recap
Sleep-deprived Justin Lada and Willie Hood recap the Indians 2020 draft class and throw out some names the Indians could sign as UDFA on Sunday
June 12, 2020
The one with all the 2020 draft talk (and the owners non-offer)
Justin Lada and Willie Hood quickly debate the MLB owners non-offer to have a 2020 baseball season and then turn their attention to the draft. We go deep on players mocked to the Indians and other names to know, breaking all of them down.
June 09, 2020
We're talking baseball...are they?
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the fight between MLB and the MLBPA on having a 2020 season, players the Tribe cut recently and bringing the draft into focus.
June 05, 2020
Willie Hood and Justin Lada talk about news and notes about the upcoming MLB draft, how the Indians are affected by the new 'rules' and some other Indians draft strategy and targets.
May 22, 2020
Who is the sacrificial lamb?
Justin Lada and Willie Hood debate the latest proposal from the MLB to the MLBPA for a potential 2020 season and who's benefits would be sacrificed? We also give our 15 Indians players we would protect in a hypothetical expansion draft in a recent series done by MLB Trade Rumors
May 18, 2020
Why are you the way that you are?
Justin Lada and Willie Hood recap IBIs picks in the Prospects Live mock draft from May 1 and share their disappointment in the MLB cutting the draft to five rounds.
May 12, 2020
Restarting and Rebuffed?
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the rumored new plan for the 2020 MLB season, Fransisco Lindor reportedly not wanting to talk contract extension, the hypocrisy of Emmanuel Clase's suspension compared to the Astros punishment and some news about new IBI features and content
May 08, 2020
A Look Back at the Early 200s Indians Part II
Justin Lada and former WKNR Indians reporter Chris Coon continue the look back at the early 2000s Cleveland indians. Part II focuses on 2006-2009 and then some extras.
May 05, 2020
A Look Back at the Early 2000s Indians Part I
On this edition of Smoke Signals Justin Lada is joined by Chris Coon, former WKNR Indians reporter to talk about the Cleveland Indians of the early and mid-2000s from 2002-2008 and then some. In Part I of this two part podcast Justin and Chris talk about the 2002-2005 Indians, how the teams were built and what went wrong with those teams. Look for Part II (2006-2008) early next week.
April 30, 2020
(Service) Time Manipulation and the Arizona Plan
IBIs Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the affects of the Indians sending Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale and James Karinchak to AAA and MLBs Arizona/Florida plan and all its flaws.
April 14, 2020
2010 Lake County Captains Championship Podcast
On a special episode of the Smoke Signals Podcast, Justin Lada of Indians Baseball Insider is joined by Tim Shirer of the Lake County Sentinel to dive in to how the Lake County Captains won the 2010 Midwest League title with a roster of names that you may or may not remember and a pretty famous coaching staff. Well remind you of names you may have forgotten and give you some behind the scenes stories of that 2010 Lake County Captains team.
April 09, 2020
Having Their Cake and Eating It Too
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the impact of the changes to the MLB draft that were agreed on by the MLB and MLBPA. They also rant about how the MLB is using the virus to potentially eliminate minor league teams as well as the negative impact it will have on college and high school players, minor leaguers and teams.
April 03, 2020
The Show Must Go On
Justin Lada is joined by Willie Hood to talk about some opening day memories, some other minor news and then part II of the Top 50 Indians Prospect podcast with prospects 25-1. The future of IBI is also addressed.
March 25, 2020
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss how Francisco Lindor has backed the Indians into a corner with no answer, the bullpen situation, Franmil Reyes hitting tanks and in the second half of the pod they go over the prospects 50-25 of the 2020 Top 50 Countdown
March 11, 2020
Not (a Teres Major) Again
Dr. Brandon Bowers joins the show for the first time in 2020 to talk about injuries to Mike Clevinger, Emmanuel Clase, Carlos Carrasco and a few more members of the Indians roster dealing with injuries. Willie Hood joins Justin Lada to talk about the impacts of Clase's injury on the bullpen and the spring training battle for the last few roster spots.
February 28, 2020
More Valuable Than a Piece of Metal
On the edition of Smoke Signals, Justin Lada is joined by IBI writer Willie Hood to talk about Rob Manfred's handling of the Astros situation, Mike Clevinger's knee injury, a (minuscule) chance of a Fransisco Lindor contract extension, Domingo Santana and the Indians crowded outfield. We also address the future of Indians Baseball Insider.
February 19, 2020
Smoke Signals 13.1 - Underachieve and Overpay?
IBI's Justin Lada and Michael Cuva are back for a new season of Smoke Signals discussing Paul Dolan's comments at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, why Indians fans are begging to overpay Yasiel Puig and preview the IBI Top 50 Indians Prospect Countdown which start 2/1.
January 24, 2020
Smoke Signals 12.32 - Welcome Cesar & Goodbye to the 2010's
Justin Lada and Michael Cuva breakdown the Indians signing of Cesar Hernandez and what it means for their roster and organization. In the back half of the show Justin and Michael go over their best 5 moments of the last decade and bring up some other fun names and memories that you may have forgotten plus some other funny stories from the last 10 years of Indians baseball. Thanks for listening and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
December 24, 2019
Smoke Signals 12-31 Kluber Texas Ranger & Santa Clase
Justin Lada and Michael Cuva discuss Corey Kluber's departure in the trade to the Texas Rangers Sunday along with his value, fan sentiment, the money aspect, Delino DeShields Jr and a whole lot of Emmanuel Clase
December 17, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.30 - Serious Talks
IBI's Justin Lada is joined by Michael Cuva to rant about the serious talks the Indians had at the Winter Meetings about Francisco Lindor, Mike Clevinger, Corey Kluber, the impact that Boras Fest 2019 (AKA the Winter Meetings) had on the Indians roster. A few potential trade targets are bandied about and Justin and Michael spent a lot more time than anyone should have in a podcast about the Rule 5 draft.
December 13, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.29 - The Best of Times & The Worst of Times
Michael Cuva joins Justin Lada again to review the Indians 40 man roster moves, discuss the trade value of some current Indians. In the second half of the snow they name the All-Decade team and Michael tries to guess the runners up in fWAR at each position over the last decade of Indians baseball. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.28 - Forging Into the Winter
IBI Editor and Chief is joined by contributor Michael Cuva to dig into the Indians off-season starting with the Francisco Lindor trade rumors, Roberto Perez's Gold Glove award as well as Lindor's. Justin and Michael also discussed potential free agent fits for the Indians and the 40 man roster crunch ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
November 13, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.27 - What Went Wrong?
The Indians are on the outside looking in for the 2019 postseason, so the question is what happened this year and were there any positive takeaways? Jake and Justin explore in a special, extended season recap on this week's Smoke Signals.
October 04, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.26 - Farewell To Kipnis?
Are the Tribe's playoff hopes fading? Is Jason Kipnis done as an Indian? Jake and Justin examine these questions and more in the latest episode of Smoke Signals.
September 19, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.25 - Bullpen Help On The Way?
While the Tribe has played better this week the races are still tight with more obstacles to overcome, such as in the bullpen. Jake and Justin discuss the Tribe's relief pitching woes and whether help is on the way in a new Smoke Signals podcast.
September 13, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.24 - September Stall
The Indians have fallen on hard times and are starting to slip out of the division race. On this week's Smoke Signals podcast, Jake and Justin discuss whether they recover from this stall before its too late...
September 05, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.23 - Next Man Up
Jose Ramirez is out for the remainder of the regular season, but that doesn't change the goals of the team as they will need to pick up the slack. Jake and Justin discuss on this week's Smoke Signals podcast.
August 29, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.22 - Getting Out of Hand?
Things didn't go so well in New York this week for the Indians and Jake and Justin are here to figure out what went wrong and where the team goes from here in this week's edition of Smoke Signals...
August 24, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.21 - Continuing the Upswing
The Indians continue to play well of late and are heading into a tougher stretch this month. Jake and Justin recap last week's action and preview a key part of the campaign...
August 09, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.20 - Trade Thoughts & The Russell Branyan Nexus
Did the Indians trade Trevor Bauer and still make their 2019 roster better? Jake, Justin and Corey have their reactions to the Tribe's shrewd dealings on Tuesday night on a special, emergency Smoke Signals podcast.
July 31, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.19 - Cy Bieber?
Shane Bieber: Cy Young candidate? It may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Jake and Justin discuss that and the latest trade deadline buzz in a new Smoke Signals podcast...
July 26, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.18 - Starting To Come Together
After all the frustration that Tribe fans endured over the first few months of the 2019 campaign, things finally seem to be looking up, as Jake and Justin discuss in this week's Smoke Signals podcast...
July 19, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.17 - All-Star Fun and Second Half Predictions
The All-Star break is over, but there are still a ton of memorable moments to discuss and then a lot of predictions to get to for the second half in a new Smoke Signals podcast...
July 11, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.16 - All-Star Fever
As the city of Cleveland prepares to kick off the upcoming MLB All-Star festivities, the Indians are looking to finish their first half strong. Jake and Justin discuss the Tribe's standing in the division race along with who will and won't be at Progressive Field for the Midsummer Classic in a new Smoke Signals...
July 05, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.15 - June Bloom
The Indians have been on an upswing lately and it's fun to finally talk about fun, winning baseball again. Jake and Justin discuss all the contributing factors to their success...
June 27, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.14 - Stuck In The Middle
The Indians continue to tread water as they have been for most of 2019. The question is when does something finally give one way or another? Jake and Justin discuss on a new Smoke Signals podcast...
June 14, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.13 - The Murphy's Law Indians
What was once the backbone of this Indians team has been decimated by injuries and illness in 2019. Jake and Justin discuss whether the starting pitching woes will be too much to overcome.
June 07, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.12 - Some Optimism For A Change
While the Indians have still been hard to watch sometimes, their recent series win in Boston has provided a break in the frustration. Jake and Justin try to look on the positive side of things in this week's Smoke Signals.
May 31, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.11 - Digging A Deeper Hole
The Indians are falling further off the pace in the AL Central and the question is now looming of when the point of no return will come? Jake and Justin discuss their ongoing inconsistency in this week's Smoke Signals podcast.
May 23, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.10 - Fixing The Tribe Offense
The Tribe offense remains at the bottom of the major leagues in most major categories and it's getting to the point where a solution is needed soon. Jake and Justin explore the options in this week's Smoke Signals.
May 10, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.9 - Reaching For The Panic Button?
Corey Kluber's broken arm has left a lot of panic and doubts in its wake and Jake and Justin are here to discuss all facets of the injury and how it affects the Tribe's season moving forward on this week's Smoke Signals.
May 03, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.8 - The Marlins Roster Challenge!
Francisco Lindor is back from Columbus and he brought Tyler Clippard up with him. In this week's Smoke Signals, Jake and Justin discuss how things are starting to come together for the Tribe and complete the Marlins roster challenge.
April 26, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.7 - The Good, the Bad and the Getting Better
With guys coming back from injuries and others stepping up when needed, things could be a lot worse for the Indians right now. Jake and Justin discuss in a new Smoke Signals.
April 18, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.6 - The Carlos Santana Appreciation Show
Carlos Santana has, by far, been the heart and soul behind the Tribe's success to this point in 2019. Jake and Justin discuss his impact and more on a new Smoke Signals...
April 11, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.5: Opening Day
It's opening day and while all the news has not been good for the Indians this spring, it's still an exciting time of year. Jake and Justin are back on a new Smoke Signals...
March 28, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.4: 2019 Indians Preview
As opening day is now a week away, it's time to preview the upcoming Indians' season. In this week's Smoke Signals, Jake, Justin and Corey lock in their predictions for 2019.
March 22, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.3: Offseason of Confusion
Pitchers and catchers have reported and spring training is underway, but are the Indians reporting to camp with unfinished business with their roster? Jake, Justin and Corey discuss the Tribe's perplexing offseason plan in an all-new Smoke Signals podcast.
February 19, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.2: The Return of Carlos Santana
Right before the winter meetings adjourned, the Indians made big headlines with a three-team deal that saw five players, cash considerations and a draft pick change hands. Jake, Justin and Corey are here for an extended Smoke Signals to discuss the trade and more.
December 14, 2018
Smoke Signals 12.1: Hot Stove Rumblings
The hot stove season is officially underway as the Tribe has already made some moves and is involved in a few more rumors. Jake and Justin discuss all of them in the first offseason Smoke Signals podcast.
November 27, 2018