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.
October 26, 2014 (3 comments)
On Thursday we posted the 2014 Rule 5 Draft eligibles for the Indians. Today we provide an up-to-date listing showing the outlook for Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles from 2015 - 2018. This is for every player in the organization. Every player signed before January 2014 and all 2014 Draft picks are included in the listing.
October 25, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians had several players in action throughout the world of fall and winter baseball on Friday night. Two big name players made their winter season debuts as Jesus Aguilar and Elvis Araujo made their presence immediately felt, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their performances as well as all the rest of the Indians in action on Friday.
October 24, 2014 (17 comments)
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Offensive Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the position player in the Indians organization that had the best year offensively. Like with all the awards so far, this is 100% based on performance and not on prospect standing. The IBI's Tony Lastoria lists all of the top performances and picks his top performer...
October 23, 2014 (4 comments)
The Rule 5 Draft is about seven weeks away, but here is a current up-to-date listing showing the eligible Indians' minor leaguers for the 2014 Draft which will take place on December 11, 2014. Almost 50 players are eligible and the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares them all...
October 23, 2014 (7 comments)
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Pitcher of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the starting pitcher in the Indians organization that had the best year from a performance perspective, an award that Corey Kluber won in 2012 and served as a precursor to a fantastic breakout year in Cleveland this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down an impressive list of candidates and names his winner...
October 22, 2014 (9 comments)
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Relief Pitcher of the Year. The starting pitchers often get most of the focus, so this award gives an opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the top relief pitching performances in the Indians system over the course of the 2014 season. There were several outstanding showings, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps them all and picks his winner...
October 21, 2014 (9 comments)
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Comeback Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the player who came back from a rough 2013 season – be it due to injury or performance – and any other obstacles to put up a very good 2014 season and reestablished and/or solidified himself as a prospect for the Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down the list of candidates and picks his winner...
October 21, 2014 (10 comments)
In the early going of the offseason winter ball action it has been the Giovanny Urshela show, and once again his show took center stage on Monday with a big four-hit night. He's doing everything in his power to make it hard for the Indians not to give him a legit shot in Cleveland early on next season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and more...
October 20, 2014 (13 comments)
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough in the minors. This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. The Indians had several players really breakthrough as prospects this season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them all and picks his winner.
October 20, 2014 (8 comments)
Giovanny Urshela had another big night in Venezuela on Sunday and is doing a great job so far of improving his stock as an asset for the Indians and improving his chances of becoming their third baseman in Cleveland at some point in 2015. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night around winter ball for the Indians and talks about Urshela's night, the debut of Yhoxian Medina, and more.
October 18, 2014 (3 comments)
With both the Royals and Giants off on Friday as they prepare for the start of the World Series on Tuesday, there were a lot of moves around baseball to finalize some managerial and executive positions on several teams. But the big news of the day was the retirement of Brian Roberts. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares all the news and notes from the day...
October 17, 2014 (0 comments)
The second week of the Arizona Fall League season wraps up this weekend. Several Indians prospects are out in Arizona participating in the high exposure offseason league, and one player in particular who is looking to continue his success from the 2014 season and have a good showing is right-handed reliever Grant Sides. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently spoke with him out in Arizona...
October 17, 2014 (13 comments)
Today we continue with the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors. This is the one year-end award that no one wants to win and goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues to hand out the postseason minor league hardware, though this is always the toughest one for him to hand out.
October 16, 2014 (3 comments)
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will be providing year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's second part of his Lake County 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 pitchers there such as Mitch Brown, Dace Kime, Luis Lugo, Anderson Polanco, Justin Brantley and many others...
October 16, 2014 (11 comments)
If anyone watched the Cleveland Indians this season, they know that one of their biggest Achilles heels was their defense which was one of the worst units in the league. Thankfully, the Indians may have some defensive stalwarts ready to impact the big league roster and help them at some point next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues his annual Tony Awards series with the unveiling of the Defensive Player of the Year.
October 15, 2014 (5 comments)
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will continue to provide year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's first part of his Lake County 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 Dorssys Paulino, Clint Frazier, Mike Papi, Eric Haase, Nellie Rodriguez and over a half a dozen others.