June 24, 2014 (7 comments)
As we are at the unofficial halfway point of the minor league season with the Single-A second half underway, short season ball having started and the Double-A and Triple-A All Star games looming, now is a good time to focus in on the Indians prospects who have really improved their stock to the industry not just with their performance but more importantly their development this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has talked to lots of Indians personnel and scouts from other teams and in those conversations came up with seven players who have really jumped up in value this season.
June 24, 2014 (18 comments)
The Indians had several more pro debuts once again on Monday night as players like Bradley Zimmer, Luke Eubank, Leandro Linares and Ping-Hsueh Chen all made their professional debuts. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about their debuts, the outstanding outing from Joseph Colon at Akron and much more in his trip Around the Farm...
June 23, 2014 (12 comments)
It was a big night for organizational debuts in the Indians system as a half dozen recent draft picks make their pro ball debuts on Sunday, and a great many of them impressed in their first games. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the debuts from Greg Allen, Steven Patterson, and others, notes another strong start from lefty Ryan Merritt and more!
June 20, 2014 (2 comments)
After a two week hiatus because of the insane amount of time spent on the draft there past two weeks here at the IBI, the Happenings are back! In today’s report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the season that outfielder Tyler Naquin has had and the significant adjustment he has made which has led to a major improvement in an area of greatest weakness. He also looks at the sensational season that lefty Luis Lugo is having, provides tons of comments from Ross Atkins and Ted Kubiak on several players and roster issues - including some absolutely glowing comments on catcher Francisco Mejia - and provides an update on Jose Ramirez, Bryson Myles, Adam Miller, Giovanny Urshela and much more.
June 19, 2014 (0 comments)
With the Single-A second half set to kickoff tonight, I figured it was a good time to unveil another Coach’s Corner piece, so today we have a Q&A with Low-A Lake County hitting coach Shaun Larkin. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with Larkin and talked about several players in the Lake County lineup. They discussed players such as Paul Hendrix, Nellie Rodriguez, Eric Haase, Anthony Santander, Clint Frazier, Josh McAdams, Grant Fink and more.
June 19, 2014 (1 comments)
One thing that is great about the new CBA and the bonus pool system is how much better the signing process and how it gets an extremely large percentage of draft picks out and playing within two weeks of the completion of the draft. In today's signing update, the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes a newly signed player that came out of nowhere, updates on who is left that may sign and the ones that definitely won't, and also provides some comments from scouts on four of the Indians later round picks.
June 18, 2014 (6 comments)
In part two of the IBI's Tony Lastoria's interview with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli, he talks about the plans for players like Zimmer and Papi and what position the Indians plan to develop them at, their change in philosophy with drafting high school arms, how they manage the bonus pool while they are making picks and the difficulties that come with that, the importance of verbal commitments and getting players to stick to them, the team effort given to this draft by the entire organization and so much more.
June 18, 2014 (15 comments)
The Indians nailed down two more high draft picks on Tuesday getting them to put pen to paper and officially releasing their signings. Also, news came out later in the day that another top pick had agreed to terms and for a well over slot bonus. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on the signings, where exactly the Indians are with their bonus pool, how much money is left over (if any) and provides a comprehensive listing of all 42 picks with who has signed, is not signing, is on the fence, is a summer draft and follow and more.
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.