David Blatt: Coach Nick had a 5-minute video on the Cavs offense under their new head coach.
Expect much, much more on the Blatt front from Scott later this morning here at WFNY.
Indians All-Stars: Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber are going to represent the Cleveland Indians at the All-Star Game in Minnesota next month. … No, technically that’s not official, but it will happen. They are both two of the best players in the AL and deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. They showed it again last night in Arizona.
Beyond The Box Score’s Stephen Loftus pegged Brantley’s offensive numbers are the most positive surprise in baseball so far. He is batting .325/.394/.524 in a season of very low run scoring. He is quickly closing in on his career high of 3.2 rWAR, set back in 2012. Both Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall are having two of the better first-half OPS+ marks in recent Indians history.
Then there’s Kluber, wow. The Akron Beacon Journal’s August Fagerstrom wrote about Kluber earlier in the week. He really has developed into one of the American League’s best starters. He now has a 3.09 ERA in 110.2 IP with 122 strikeouts and only 28 walks. I never ever saw this coming back in the 2010 Jake Westbrook trade. My favorite thing about Kluber: He’s under team control through 2018 (!!).
Rehab alert: The Nationals announced Wednesday that Bryce Harper will continue tomorrow in Double-A with the Harrisburg Senators in … Akron. Yup, there you go, folks. You should definitely make your way to an Akron RubberDucks game this weekend to check out Harper. Tickets on the Ducks website.
Draft plans: Finally, come join #CavsTwitter over at the Quaker Steak in Lakewood tonight for the NBA Draft. Details on Facebook. Expected Cleveland sports blogging celebrities include WFNY’s Craig Lyndall, Ben Cox, Kirk Lammers and Jacob Rosen; Fear The Sword’s David Zavac, Ryan Mourton and Patrick Elder; @nominatur; @wayneembryskids; Wahoos on First’s Ed Carroll; and so many more. It should be fun. See ya there.
Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.