June 17, 2014 (3 comments)
As he does after every draft, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli and talk at length about a great many things pertaining to the Indians draft this year. They talked about a draft process that Mirabelli is very confident in that they have refined and why he thinks this Indians draft is different from previous years, some philosophy changes with their approach to drafting high school pitching, how they manage their bonus pool on the fly, why they were so sold on the players they picked on day one when they selected them, and much more.
June 17, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians have a lot of high profile draft picks in town this week to visit Progressive Field and be around the big league team and of course to finalize their contracts. One such high profile player officially came off the board on Monday as Justus Sheffield signed his deal with the Indians, and a few more should become official today or tomorrow. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides updates on who is in town and also some other deals that have been finalized.
June 17, 2014 (4 comments)
The Indians had three affiliates off on Monday with Carolina and Lake County enjoying their All Star break and Akron getting a night off, but there was still lots of action in the system at Columbus and Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm...
June 16, 2014 (1 comments)
It’s been awhile since we last posted a Hot List. Such is the way things work once the draft season kicks in. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at all of the good and some not so good performances in the Indians minor league system so far in June and provides insight and information into the struggles for Cody Anderson, the hot hitting Tyler Naquin and Carlos Moncrief, the hot pitching of Luis Lugo and Ryan Merritt, and much more.
June 16, 2014 (4 comments)
The IBI's Tony Lastoria is back in the saddle today after spending the last three and a half days at a state baseball tournament in Columbus. With that in mind, he uses today's update to get us all caught up on the news from over the weekend as the Indians officially inked a few players, agreed to terms with several more and got official word from some others that they are not signing - not to mention there is all kinds of other news surrounding unsigned picks.
June 16, 2014 (5 comments)
One of the more encouraging performances over the past month has come at Low-A Lake County where right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown is starting to perform like the high draft pick and big time prospect he has been made out to be. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his recent performance, the struggling Cody Anderson and a lot more in his trip Around the Farm...
June 14, 2014 (1 comments)
Indians outfielder Nyjer Morgan is working his way back from his left knee injury out in Arizona. In this MLB news and notes segment, the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news from the previous day and notes Morgan's rehab status, another Indians transaction and lots of other moves around MLB.
June 12, 2014 (4 comments)
In another big signing update, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides updates on 10 players the Indians selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. He notes Justus Sheffield's travel plans and signing status, negotiations with Sam Hentges, the signing of another four players, one player who is transferring to another school and likely won't sign, and much more!
June 11, 2014 (3 comments)
This was by far one of the most exciting drafts the Indians have had in recent years, both by the anticipation of what they would do with their top picks and who they actually ended up picking in the top rounds of the draft. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides his thoughts on what the Indians did, insight into some philosophy changes they made going in, comments on several different players and lots more.
June 11, 2014 (9 comments)
In another big signing update the IBI's Tony Lastoria continues to dig around for information and talk to players and people connected to them to acquire signing information. In today's update he provides information on why the signing of some picks has been delayed, notes SEVEN new players who have either signed or expressed their interest to 100% sign, and much more.
June 10, 2014 (2 comments)
We continue on with our post-draft coverage here at the IBI with information on the new Indians draft picks from the very people who have been watching and reporting on them for months: the scouts. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has contacted over a dozen scouts in the game to provide comments on over a third of the picks the Indians made and provides them all in his latest article.
June 10, 2014 (2 comments)
Yesterday the IBI's Tony Lastoria provided signing updates on 19 of the Indians 42 draft picks from the 2014 MLB Draft. He has since been busy contacting people and today provides updates on 12 players, with four of them officially signed and four more who say they will sign. Four of the updates are on top 10 round picks and another four are on top 20 rounders.
June 10, 2014 (13 comments)
Luis Lugo took another step forward in his development on Monday night with an outstanding outing for Low-A Lake County. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps that performance and also profiles the hot hitting Tyler Naquin at Double-A Akron. Those players and all of the other good and not so good performances are highlighted in Around the Farm...
June 9, 2014 (30 comments)
Here is the IBI's 2014 MLB Draft page that has everything you need to know about each of the Indians' 42 selections in this year's draft. This page has all of the player information in one place with link outs to each player's draft page that has information, capsules, scouting reports, video, and so on.
June 9, 2014 (4 comments)
The 2013 MLB Draft is now in the rearview mirror which means the signing process has begun. Here is a first rundown of news on some things happening with Indians draft picks. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has already been calling, texting, and emailing scouts, advisors, agents and players for information on the signing status of several of the Indians picks. Here are some updates that he has dug up today on 19 of the Indians draft picks, including several players expected to sign in the next few days...
June 9, 2014 (14 comments)
The Indians had some big hitting performances Around the Farm on Sunday, but the biggest one of them all came from High-A Carolina third baseman Yandy Diaz who racked up five hits. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about his night and return from injury along with all of the other good and bad performances from the night.
June 7, 2014 (6 comments)
Okay, two days are in the books, now for the fun (and insanity) that is the final day of the draft. Today the Indians will make selections in the 11th through 40th rounds and then things will end. We will be posting draft capsules for each of the 30 picks made today, but those will show up later in the day. Check out this thread to see the updated Indians picks as they are made...
June 6, 2014 (0 comments)
Today the draft kicks back up at 1pm ET and will only cover rounds 3-10. As each pick is made today we will have info up literally minutes after it is announced. This is a quick note that I am posting to the site to remind everyone that the picks for today will not show on the front page or in the front page slider. They will all post to the newswire to the right and in the "News" section at the top of the site.
June 6, 2014 (8 comments)
The Indians made four selections on the first day of the 2014 MLB Draft on Thursday picking up college outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Mike Papi along with prep pitchers Justus Sheffield and Grant Hockin. This was a big night for the Indians as they had three first round picks and a chance with such a deep draft to really bring in some top shelf talent into the system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares his thoughts and provides insight on all of the picks and the IBI's Jeff Ellis also shares his thoughts and previews the top talent still on the board as we move into rounds three through ten today.
June 5, 2014 (69 comments)
As always, the IBI is your top source for everything surrounding the Indians draft as we will be all over the draft this week and up through the signing deadline with information, scouting reports, news, and much more. As each pick is made we will be throwing up draft capsules and tons of other information literally minutes after the picks are made. Here is our running live draft blog which gets you up to speed on everything you need to be prepared for the draft and updates throughout the night leading up to the first Indians pick.