December 8, 2014 (29 comments)
Day one of the 2014 Winter Meetings in San Diego is almost in the books, but the big news of the day has come out of Oakland and Cleveland as they finally put the finishing touches on the Brandon Moss deal. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at Moss looking at his power, defense, injury, roster fit and much more, plus he gives other thoughts on who might go now that Moss has been added. He also provides all the Indians related rumors from the day...
December 8, 2014 (35 comments)
As the Winter Meetings get cranked up today, the Indians sit in a good spot as an organization. Like every team they have holes on the roster they would like to fill and they will explore with tinkering with their roster, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes that they have a lot of roster flexibility and control that puts them in a good spot this offseason. He also breaks down the incredible amount of depth they have created, runs down the list of notable Winter Meetings moments in the past for the Indians and more.
December 8, 2014 (0 comments)
For those who have noticed, Jose Ramirez has not played since November 29th. Some have wondered if he is hurt or if he has been held out of action the past week because he might be in trade talks with Oakland. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides an update on his whereabouts, notes the return of a big Indians prospect and more...
December 8, 2014 (16 comments)
The annual Baseball Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday. Well, everyone simply arrived in San Diego on Sunday and all of the true wheeling and dealing is expected to begin on Monday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the news and notes from the day as well as some momentum potentially being gained in a Kemp deal to an American League team.
December 7, 2014 (6 comments)
The 2014 Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday December 11th at 10:00 a.m. ET and unofficially closes the Winter Meetings. It does not get big headlines, but there are some players taken in the hopes of filling out a Major League roster and sometimes some good players are unearthed which become regulars or even All Stars. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at every one of the Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles and their chances of being selected and includes comments on close to 50 players!
December 6, 2014 (2 comments)
This is a continuation of this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” where the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Phil Clark. In part one they talked about players like Bradley Zimmer, Greg Allen and others, and in the second half of this interview they talked about the inconsistent but encouraging showing from Steven Patterson, the adjustments Francisco Mejia is implementing at the plate, getting more consistency out of Taylor Murphy’s at bats, the incremental strides D’Vone McClure is making and the adjustments Drake Roberts is making to his swing.
December 6, 2014 (2 comments)
Youth always brings excitement, especially when that youth happens to be a 6-feet-6 245-pound lefty who just turned 18-years old in July. On size and youth alone, that’s a pretty interesting physical specimen. That’s what the Indians have in Sam Hentges who was their fourth round pick in this year’s draft, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently caught up with him to get his thoughts on his first pro season.
December 5, 2014 (4 comments)
Today we continue to take stock in all of the players in the Indians minor league system with a look at the position players at Triple-A Columbus. Over the past few months during his research for his 2015 prospect listing the IBI's Tony Lastoria has spoken with numerous people within the Cleveland Indians organization as well as scouts and personnel outside the organization, and he shares those insights on a good collection of players such as Jesus Aguilar, Tyler Holt, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Moncrief, Giovanny Urshela, Zach Walters, Jose Ramirez and many others.
December 4, 2014 (35 comments)
It was a busy news days on Wednesday as the Braves inked Nick Markakis and Jim Johnson to deals, Luke Hochevar resigned with the Royals and the Mariners and Blue Jays completed an interesting trade swapping Michael Saunders for J.A. Happ. But the big news of the day for Indians fans was the rumor that surfaced about the Indians and Athletics talking about a Brandon Moss trade. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from the day...
December 3, 2014 (1 comments)
In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Phil Clark. They talked about the immediate impression that 2014 first round pick Bradley Zimmer made to the organization and what he excels at, the big strides that Greg Allen made at the plate, Leo Castillo’s return to form, Yonathan Mendoza’s switch-hitting experiment, Ordomar Valdez’s ability to come off the bench and the adjustments Austin Fisher needs to make.
December 3, 2014 (9 comments)
Torii Hunter returned to where it all started for him on Tuesday as he agreed to a one-year deal to rejoin the Twins, the team he originally broke into the big leagues with. The Dodgers and Reds also completed an interesting trade. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from the day as well as all of the non-tendered players.
December 2, 2014 (8 comments)
With preparations already underway here at the IBI for the new 2015 Indians prospect rankings and also a new position-by-position breakdown, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at values of all the minor league players that finished the season at Triple-A Columbus and Cleveland. Over the past few months during his research for the upcoming 2015 prospect listing he has spoken with numerous people within the Indians organization as well as scouts and personnel outside the organization, and shares those insights and more on pitchers like Austin Adams, Shawn Armstrong, Kyle Crockett and more.
December 2, 2014 (1 comments)
With a light schedule around the Caribbean Leagues, this gives us a chance to highlight a few former Tribe players. One such former Tribe player is Mitch Talbot who made his offseason winter ball debut with four shutout innings. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his outing and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
December 1, 2014 (40 comments)
As many saw on Friday, the Athletics dealt Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays and like a lot of Indians fans, the IBI's Tony Lastoria came away less than impressed with the haul the Athletics got in return for Donaldson and was disappointed the Indians were not in on the action to land him. While Tony believes Donaldson was the perfect fit for the Indians, he wonders if the Indians were even a perfect fit with the Athletics. He also talks about the rebirth of Nick Hagadone and the Indians strength in left-handed relief options, the problems big spending can create and more.
December 1, 2014 (4 comments)
With the calendar now flipping to December (!!) the winter ball regular season moves into the final month of play. With that we are going to see some familiar faces drop out and some new faces pop up over the next few weeks. One player who has popped onto the scene is fast rising shortstop prospect Erik Gonzalez started playing this past weekend in the Dominican Winter League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his showing as well as everyone else in the Indians system on Sunday...
December 1, 2014 (3 comments)
While there were no big signings or blockbuster trades on Sunday, there was a lot of news throughout baseball. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from the final day of November as it is the calm before the storm next weekend when the Winter Meetings start...
November 29, 2014 (49 comments)
The blockbuster moves continue this offseason as the Athletics and Blue Jays completed a huge deal on Friday evening relocating star third baseman Josh Donaldson to Toronto in exchange for four players. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the deal and runs down all of the other news and notes from the day...
November 27, 2014 (36 comments)
Happy Thanksgiving! While everyone gets set to gobble down some turkey it is time to recap all the news and notes from around baseball on Wednesday. The Indians are looking for some bats, the Yasmany Tomas show has arrived in Arizona, several shortstops are being coveted in the trade market, and much more. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps it all...
November 26, 2014 (10 comments)
Jared Robinson is about as confident a pitcher as you will find in the Indians minor league system. Selected in the 11th round out of this year’s draft out of Cerritos Junior College in California, the just turned 20-year old right-handed pitcher combines supreme confidence and some good stuff to get results on the mound. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down to talk to him about his pro debut and future as an Indian.
November 26, 2014 (18 comments)
The Indians are considering a lot of options this offseason with changing the roster to improve it for next season. One thing they are considering is going outside the organization for help at third base both offensively and defensively, and apparently they have a good amount of interest in free agent Chase Headley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the Headley news and runs down all the news and rumors from around baseball on Tuesday.