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...
November 15, 2014 (3 comments)
Another Arizona Fall League season wraps up today as the championship game in winner-take-all fashion convenes with the Salt River Rafters squaring off with the Peoria Javelinas. The Indians have several Indians players involved with the Peoria team and chasing that championship, one of those being catcher Tony Wolters. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk to Wolters about his transition to catcher, his time in the AFL, plans for this offseason and more.
November 13, 2014 (4 comments)
Coach's Corner is a regular premium piece here at IBI where we sit down with a coach in the Indians minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster and talk about some of the philosophies surrounding the development of players. In this week’s edition, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina pitching coach Steve Karsay and talked about Ryan Merritt's big year, how Adam Plutko has established himself as a prospect, Dylan Baker's tough year, the emergence of some pen prospects like Jacob Lee, Josh Martin and Ben Heller, and much more.
November 12, 2014 (4 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, Low-A Lake County and High-A Carolina. In today's second part of his Akron review, Tony sits down with Indians Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of the pitchers there such as Will Roberts, Joe Colon, Cody Anderson, Shawn Armstrong, Duke von Schamann and over a half a dozen others.
November 12, 2014 (4 comments)
The countdown is on. At some point during the 2015 season, Indians shortstop and top prospect Francisco Lindor will make his long awaited Major League debut. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Lindor to talk about his looming arrival in the big leagues, what he is doing to improve, get his thoughts on not getting a call to Cleveland and more.
November 11, 2014 (4 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, Low-A Lake County and High-A Carolina. Over the next few days he will wrap up this series with a look at the rest of the organization, and today takes a look at the Double-A Akron position players. 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 the position players there such as Erik Gonzalez, Tyler Naquin, Anthony Gallas, Tony Wolters and over a half a dozen others.
November 11, 2014 (18 comments)
It was a busy night Around the Farm for the Indians as players were in action in five different leagues. There were several outstanding performances with the bat, but the biggest of which came from the bats of the two players expected to fill the Indians shortstop position next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the performances from Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and several others...