March 7, 2014 (3 comments)
One of the better stories of the 2013 season was Corey Kluber, who won 11 games and seemed to cement himself as a rotation staple for now. His rise seemed to come out of nowhere, but did it really? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he tries to pinpoint a reason for Kluber's success in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
March 3, 2014 (8 comments)
There has been plenty of Indians news as of late, both in Arizona and in Cleveland. In Cleveland, the team has announced the Home Opener sold out in just 15 minutes. In Arizona, the Tribe began playing spring games this past week in preparation for the upcoming season. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on both topics in the latest edition of the Indians Notebook.
February 24, 2014 (3 comments)
The Cleveland Indians begin playing Spring Training games this week as the Tribe will face the Reds on Wednesday. While the regular season may be right around the corner, there are still a handful of questions that surrounding this team that need to be answered. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on some players he's looking forward to following in the latest edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
February 21, 2014 (6 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez's tenure as a Cleveland Indian came to an end Monday after the right-hander signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Jimenez had plenty of ups and downs during his two-plus years with the Indians, but no one can dispute that they've been memorable years, for both good and bad reasons. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he explains why Jimenez will always have a special place in his heart in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
February 14, 2014 (22 comments)
The Cleveland Indians formally announced the contract extension of Michael Brantley on Thursday. The move now ensures that Brantley will be in the fold for the next four years, but was the price too steep? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he analyzes the contract in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
February 7, 2014 (17 comments)
As always, the Indians have brought in a slew of minor league signings for Spring Training this year. In the past, this has proven to be both a successful and unsuccessful practice for the Tribe, but how does the crop look for this year? What minor league signings have the best chance of sticking? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 31, 2014 (60 comments)
There was news this week that came out in regard to both Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson. It appears as if Jimenez has lowered his asking price while Masterson and the Indians have shelved their extension talks for the moment. Nonetheless, it's crucial that the Indians at least lock up one of these guys to a long-term deal, so who should it be? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 20, 2014 (7 comments)
The action in the various winter leagues has all but come to an end, which means it's now time again to recap some of the top performances. Two weeks ago, we looked at top pitching performances, but this week, we will look at some of the top performances to come from hitters. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he counts down the top five in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
January 17, 2014 (17 comments)
There was arguably no better Indians story in 2013 than the rise of Danny Salazar. The right-hander was electric at times, and he also gave the fan base new hope for the future? So, with that in mind, who has a chance to be 2014's version of Salazar? Perhaps it could be Cody Anderson, who was just dominant at High-A Carolina last season. Ironically enough, Anderson's seems to be trending in the exact same direction as Salazar. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 10, 2014 (24 comments)
As is the case every year, Baseball America released its Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects list on Wednesday. As most expected, Francisco Lindor was ranked No. 1 overall, but there were also some notable omissions. The same could be said for Baseball Prospectus' list, which was released in November. So, did these national publications get it right? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 7, 2014 (2 comments)
It's been rather quiet in winter ball for the Indians as most players' stints in the winter leagues have come to an end. However, there were still a handful of noteworthy performances this season, both from pitchers as well as hitters. This week, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the top pitching performances from this past winter season...
January 3, 2014 (15 comments)
In just over a month, pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training, but it appears as if the Cleveland Indians still have a big hole to fill. While four members of the starting rotation are decided, the Tribe still has no idea who will fill the fifth role. Also, the internal options seem to be a tad underwhelming. Could one of them fill the spot? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
December 30, 2013 (0 comments)
The DWL playoffs began this past week, and to the surprise of many, the Indians' Carlos Santana was a participant. Santana had been manning the hot corner for Leones del Escogido this winter, but it now appears as if that has changed. Midway through the first playoff game, Santana was moved from third base to first base, and he has remained there ever since. Could it be that the Carlos Santana third base experiment is coming to an end? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on that and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 23, 2013 (3 comments)
It was a busy week in the Caribbean winter leagues as the Dominican Winter League's regular season came to a close, and the playoffs will begin shortly. In other news, Carlos Santana continued to work on his move to third base and Joseph Colon had another brilliant outing. Plus, Tyler Sturdevant continues to turn heads as he works his way back from shoulder surgery. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these items and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 20, 2013 (46 comments)
It's December 20, and there still has been hardly a whisper heard about Ubaldo Jimenez? The starting pitching market has been slow to develop, and there are no signs as to where Jimenez may ultimately land. The big right-hander played a key role in the Indians' 2013 postseason berth, and it seems probable that he could still re-sign with Cleveland. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he chimes in on why the Indians need to re-sign Jimenez in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
December 16, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a busy week in the winter leagues, and perhaps no story was bgiger than the ongoing dispute taking place between Leones del Caracas and the Cleveland Indians in regard to Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar has been almost unstoppable this winter, but could his season be coming to a close? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he provides all the details on that situation and also updates you other performers in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
November 18, 2013 (3 comments)
The winter season really picked up this past week as a handful of Indians players helped lead the Surprise Saguaros to the AFL title. Leading the charge for Surprise was outfielder Tyler Naquin, who really had a brilliant fall season in the AFL. He's been criticized throughout his minor league career, but could he now be taking that next step as a prospect. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses as part of the weekly Winter Ball Notebook.
November 15, 2013 (8 comments)
The 2013 season saw two different Zach McAllisters pitch for the Cleveland Indians. There was the first-half version, who seemed to be well on his way to cementing himself as a rotation regular, and then the second-half version, who struggled to pitch late into games and seemed afraid to throw breaking pitches. So what can the Indians expect in 2014? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
November 8, 2013 (14 comments)
With the offseason now in full swing, we know that one of the Indians' top priorities will be re-signing either one or both of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir? But what if the team does indeed lose both players to free agency? Who should be the team's target then? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he presents his case in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
November 4, 2013 (4 comments)
With the Puerto Rican League beginning play on Friday, all of the numerous winter ball leagues have now officially begun their seasons. A number of Indians players continue to make major impressions, and one of the biggest impressions is coming from outfielder Tyler Naquin, who has been tremendous thus far. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on Naquin's performance and more in this week's edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.