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.
November 25, 2014 (29 comments)
A lot of attention is on the Red Sox at the moment after their blockbuster free agent signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval on Monday. The Red Sox are still looking to add more pieces through free agency, but suddenly the focus around baseball is who they may trade in the wake of their spending spree. With a surplus of outfielders there is talk they may trade Yoenis Cespedes, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria believes he would be a perfect fit for the Indians.
November 25, 2014 (3 comments)
Monday is typically a slow night around winter ball since each league just has a smattering of games. Even with the light schedule, the Indians had a few players in action and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us Around the Farm to talk about catcher Roberto Perez's big night and more.
November 24, 2014 (17 comments)
At the moment the Indians opening day five-man rotation is set to be Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and T.J. House. Barring an injury this spring or a very surprising trade of one of them this offseason, the rotation is about as set as it can be at this point in the offseason. But what if a few of them struggle early next season? The IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses what could be a very interesting roster crunch if that happens. He also talks about the Drew Stubbs and David Murphy swap in right field last offseason, explains starting pitching depth and much more.
November 24, 2014 (8 comments)
Several Indians were in action on Sunday and the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the updates on how all of them did in our daily look Around the Farm. Tony also provides some updates on some injured players participating in winter ball, some role changes and much more.
November 23, 2014 (11 comments)
According to a report in the Arizona Republic, the Indians and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade where the Diamondbacks are sending right-handed pitcher Charles Brewer to the Indians for cash. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some quick thoughts on the trade, the reasoning behind it and who may be at risk of being removed from the roster.
November 22, 2014 (4 comments)
The winter leagues in the Latin American countries provide an opportunity for players to play in more games and for Latin American players to play baseball in their home country. It gives some upper level minor league players a stage to showcase their talents and other players a chance to make up lost innings or at bats. In a piece that originally posted this time three years ago, the IBI's Tony Lastoria re-posts this piece with a few updates on the Winter Ball Experience for American players.
November 22, 2014 (0 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 High-A Carolina hitting coach Tony Mansolino. In part one they talked about players like Yandy Diaz, Todd Hankins, Erik Gonzalez, Anthony Galls, Joe Sever and LeVon Washington. In today’s second part they talked about the strides that Jeremy Lucas has made at the plate, the emergence of Yhoxian Medina, Logan Vick’s inconsistent season, the adjustment Torsten Boss worked on all season, and much more.
November 21, 2014 (6 comments)
The Indians made their annual offseason 40-man roster adds on Thursday adding five players from their player development system in advance of the midnight roster deadline. Here are the thoughts from the IBI's Tony Lastoria on the decisions the Indians made to add those five players, a look at why each was added, who they left off that they may be most at risk of losing in the Rule 5 Draft, and much more.
November 20, 2014 (6 comments)
In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina hitting coach Tony Mansolino. They talked about the learning year the organization had with Yandy Diaz and what kind of potential he has with the bat, how Todd Hankins really settled in well defensively and offensively once he was moved to center field, the big strides made by Erik Gonzalez and Anthony Galls which got them promoted to Double-A Akron, how Joe Sever and LeVon Washington performed in seasons that were abbreviated by injuries, and much more.
November 20, 2014 (17 comments)
The Indians had a lot of very encouraging performances on their loaded rookie level Arizona team this past season. One of the players who had a big year was shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang who has become one of the Indians top prospects thanks to his tools, upside and MVP-like performance this past season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk about his pro debut with the Indians...
November 18, 2014 (13 comments)
The Major League Baseball roster deadline on November 20th is almost here. With the Hot Stove season in full effect and teams already making big signings in free agency or completing blockbuster trades, the November roster deadline is a key date that is often overlooked. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at and provides insight on the players the Indians are considering adding from their player development system to the 40-man roster and protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.
November 18, 2014 (12 comments)
According to reports out of Venezuela, information from an MRI performed Monday on third baseman Giovanny Urshela’s left knee showed a PCL tear. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on the devastating injury for Urshela and the Indians along with an estimated timeframe for a return to the diamond.
November 17, 2014 (14 comments)
Upon Corey Kluber winning the Cy Young award last week the focus of a lot of people turned to the prospects of Kluber signing a long term deal with the Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria informs us that the timing of a long term extension is not right and how it may be a year or two away. He also talks about how the Indians should look for starting pitching this offseason, looks at how the Giovanny Urshela injury may impact the plans at third base and more...
November 17, 2014 (25 comments)
Winter ball is a great time for young Indians players to get some experience against Major League caliber players and get them prepared to potentially help the Indians at some point in the next season. The winter leagues also come with some risk as players can get hurt. That is what appears to have happened to Indians top prospect third baseman Giovanny Urshela, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details and more...