November 9, 2014 (4 comments)
To say that 2014 was not kind to outfielder Jordan Smith is an understatement. Smith was a top prospect in the Indians organization who struggled with the bat all season and is currently out in Arizona participating in the Arizona Fall League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him to get his thoughts on his 2014 season and his preparations for next year.
November 8, 2014 (2 comments)
The IBI's Tony Lastoria has been providing year-end reviews of each of the Indians six affiliates with tons of comments on Indians players at that level. In today's second part of his Carolina review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the pitchers there such as Ryan Merritt, Adam Plutko, Shawn Morimando, Ben Heller, Mike Clevinger and over a half a dozen others.
November 7, 2014 (2 comments)
Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes earned their first Silver Slugger awards on Thursday, and hopefully the first of many to come. The Yankees continue to look for ways to rid themselves of Alex Rodriguez during his ongoing saga of PED use. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on all of that and more as he fills in for Storylines...
November 6, 2014 (8 comments)
Over the past few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria has provided year-end pieces like this for rookie level Arizona, Short-A Mahoning Valley and Low-A Lake County. Over the next few weeks he will wrap up this series with a look at the rest of the organization, starting today with High-A Carolina. In today's first part of his Carolina review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the position players there such as Yandy Diaz, Jeremy Lucas, LeVon Washington, Todd Hankins and over a half a dozen others.
November 5, 2014 (6 comments)
MLBTradeRumors.com released their projections today for players around Major League Baseball who are eligible for salary arbitration. Over the years this has become a handy listing to help show committed payroll money for teams as they enter the offseason, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at those figures and provides an update on the Indians payroll situation.
November 5, 2014 (5 comments)
In this week’s first offseason edition of “Coach’s Corner”, a piece that will run every Wednesday for the next several weeks, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace out in Arizona and talk about some Indians players participating in the Arizona Fall League, other winter ball leagues and from his Akron team this past season. They talked about the exciting year defensive strides from Tyller Naquin and Tony Wolters, the struggles of Jordan Smith, Cody Anderson and Joe Wendle, how close Will Roberts and Shawn Armstrong may be to the big leagues, and much more.
November 4, 2014 (5 comments)
Back on July 12th the Indians made a small trade to acquire left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde from the Angels for cash. It was not a headline making trade, but it is one that could help the Indians pitching depth in 2015. After a tough year in the Angels system, he regrouped with the Indians this season and is pitching in the Arizona Fall League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk to him about his season and his trade to the Indians...
November 4, 2014 (24 comments)
It was a light night on Monday across the Indians system as only a handful of players were in action. Monday is a typical off day in the Caribbean Leagues, though a few games were still played. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us Around the Farm to recap the action, and he notes some good showings from the likes of Francisco Lindor, Grant Sides and Tyler Naquin.
November 3, 2014 (27 comments)
In a perfect world, the Indians would go out and sign Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez and Nelson Cruz and then go out and win the World Series in 2015. But that's not how things work in Cleveland, so as hard as it may be, as fans we often need to take a collective step back and look at things realistically. The IBI's Tony Lastoria attempts to do just that as he looks at all of the strengths and weaknesses of the Indians roster and what they may ultimately do to shore up those weaknesses this offseason.
November 3, 2014 (4 comments)
Tyler Naquin had his first really good game in the Dominican Winter League, Giovanni Soto continues to rack up zeroes in the Puerto Rico Winter League and Giovanny Urshela continues to play well out in the Venezuela Winter League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their performances as well as several others as he takes us Around the Farm in winter ball on Sunday....
November 2, 2014 (6 comments)
This is the second part of the two-part 2014 Indians Instructional League wrapup here at the IBI. The first part covered the arms that the IBI's Tony Lastoria saw and provided lots of information and insight into what was an impressive collection of arms in Arizona. This piece focuses in on the position players, a place where the Indians also have an abundant amount of talent, and Tony provides all kinds of news, insight and more info on players like Bradley Zimmer, Bobby Bradley, Yu-Cheng Chang, Li- Jen Chu, Mike Papi and lots more.
October 31, 2014 (5 comments)
The Indians fall instructional league wrapped up a little over two weeks ago. Unlike years past, this was one of the more interesting programs due to the amount of talent the Indians had on display for five weeks out in Arizona. The IBI's Tony Lastoria spent some time out in Arizona for Instructs and shares some first impressions, thoughts and insights on young arms like Justus Sheffield, Sam Hentges, Grant Hockin, Jared Robinson, Micah Miniard and several others, as well as several injury and surgery updates to other pitchers.
October 30, 2014 (11 comments)
With the 2014 season officially over after the Giants defeated the Royals in Game 7 in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night, the 2014-2015 Hot Stove season in Major League Baseball is officially here. The Indians wrapped up their season almost five weeks ago, so they are already knee deep in their offseason preparations, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep and insightful look into the Indians first task this offseason: the decision on which players to remove from their 40-man roster.
October 30, 2014 (2 comments)
It wasn't a memorable series in that five of the seven games were decided by five or more runs, but it certainly had its moments with a dramatic Game 7 nailbiter and a superhuman performance throughout the series from Madison Bumgarner. In the end, the Giants won their third title in five years and Bumgarner is on top of the baseball world. The IBI's Tony Lastoria fills in with the news and notes from around baseball on Wednesday.
October 28, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians have had a boom in recent years with relief prospects who have impacted in Cleveland or who have established themselves as legit relief prospects. What once was a big issue for the organization with developing their own bullpen prospects has turned into a pretty steady stream of talent in the big leagues and upper levels. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down and spoke with another emerging bullpen prospect Louis Head who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.
October 28, 2014 (3 comments)
It is Halloween season, and Jesus Aguilar was back up to his old bag of tricks on Monday night out in Venezuela with a huge night offensively. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his stellar performance and recaps the showings from a half dozen other players in the Cleveland organization.
October 27, 2014 (31 comments)
With the World Series set to wrap up on Tuesday or Wednesday night, the official kickoff to the MLB Hot Stove season is set to get underway by this weekend. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the roster decisions looming for the Indians, looks at their payroll situation and what they can truly afford this offseason, and looks at their key needs for next season. He also provides his thoughts on the Mike Aviles decision and more.
October 27, 2014 (43 comments)
It's here.....the first Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2015 season from Cleveland all the way down to Low-A Lake County. These are projected opening day rosters for every team with the current players on hand throughout the organization, but this is of course the first draft as trades, free agent signings, waiver claims and player releases will have a ripple effect where players throughout the organization are projected to begin the 2015 season.
October 27, 2014 (1 comments)
Yet another Cleveland Indians player made his winter ball debut on Sunday night, and it was another player on the 40-man roster and one expected to have a big part with the Indians in 2015. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night around winter ball for the Indians and notes the debit for Jose Ramirez plus the performances from some other big Indians prospects.
October 26, 2014 (6 comments)
Today we wrap up the 2014 Tony Awards with the announcement of the All-Tony teams for 2014. These are the first, second and third teams as Tony sees them in the Cleveland Indians organization based on their performance this past year. Again, this is not a top prospect listing by position, but a listing based 100% on performance from the 2014 season.