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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.