November 21, 2013 (18 comments)
A guy like Murphy won’t exactly knock your socks off. He is what many would deem to be league average but for the Indians he offers legitimate value. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deeper look into the signing and makes his case how it is a good investment for the Tribe with how he can impact both the lineup and defense for a relatively small amount of money.
November 19, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a very quiet evening on Monday night as only four games took place in the three Caribbean leagues, and of those four games just one Indians player was in action. Never fear as the IBI's Michael Hattery is here to review the performance of that one player, a performance that the player would no doubt like to forget.
November 14, 2013 (10 comments)
Corey Kluber is the most interesting man in the world. Perhaps that is an overstatement, but his quiet, complex demeanor is so entirely appealing. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deep look into Kluber in the way that only he can by breaking down his performance in 2013 and why he ascended to a good starting pitcher option.....and gives his recommendation as to whether such performance is sustainable for 2014 and beyond.
November 12, 2013 (23 comments)
The Arizona Fall League is wrapping up this week and Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin continued his strong showing in the AFL with a three hit game on Monday. Several other Indians were in action, and the IBI's Michael Hattery recaps all of it as he takes us on a trip around winter ball....
November 5, 2013 (3 comments)
It was another huge night for Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin who is destroying the AFL. He has made a few really positive signs over the past week where he has increased the frequency of extra base hits and continued to limit strikeouts, a develop that the IBI's Michael Hattery touches on. He talks about that and all the rest of the Indians winter ball action on Monday night....
October 31, 2013 (5 comments)
Danny Salazar’s development has been profiled in great depth throughout this site over the past two years, yet his ascendancy feels almost unreal. Thus, the IBI's Michael Hattery spends the majority of his Trend Spotting piece this week discussing Salazar’s first season in the big leagues and what it means about his future. Do the Indians have an ace in waiting or has he already arrived?
October 29, 2013 (19 comments)
The Dominican Winter League and Venezuelan Winter League were all off on Monday night, so the IBI's Michael Hattery took the opportunity to take a deeper look at the showing by Joe Wendle this season at Carolina and in the Arizona Fall League and makes a strong offensive comparison to one Jason Kipnis. He also touches on the performances from Tyler Naquin and Tony Wolters.
October 22, 2013 (0 comments)
The Venezuela Winter League was off on Monday, but the Arizona Fall League and Dominican Winter League were at it again and several Indians players were in action. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes us around the farm and recaps how several players in the system like Tyler Naquin, Jeff Johnson, Erik Gonzalez and others did in their games on Monday.
October 17, 2013 (12 comments)
The Indians offseason is strewn with forks in the road. The most important fork may have three prongs being multi-year decisions on Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Scott Kazmir, but the IBI's Michael Hattery diverts his attention to a move that will inevitably have a smaller effect but yet still an effect. That is what to do with Drew Stubbs, and he breaks it down as only he can.
October 15, 2013 (4 comments)
The Venezuela League was off on Monday, but the Arizona Fall League was back in action on Monday and the Indians had several prospects once again in action. Tyler Naquin returned from his injury scare, Tony Wolters continues to play catcher and shortstop, and Joey Wendle and Jeff Johnson also got into the game. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes us on a quick trip Around the Farm...
October 10, 2013 (16 comments)
The Indians have a plethora of offseason decisions which are of seemingly equal importance, each one creating specific options or paths. One of those is whether to resign Scott Kazmir. The IBI's Michael Hattery steps in with an exceptional Trend Spotting piece breaking down Kazmir's season and answers the questions about how good his 2013 season was, what it tells us about his future, and what kind of contract he should get this offseason.
October 3, 2013 (2 comments)
When a team goes from a 94 loss season to a 92 win season there are going to be a collection of production increases at multiple positions. Today, in brevity the IBI's Michael Hattery looks at the positional production team wide using surface statistics to show the difference from 2012 to 2013. This is a great read and shows how the Indians made marked improvement in 2013 and where they can look for creative opportunities to improve in 2014.
September 27, 2013 (5 comments)
This team is a collection of castoffs and a collection of misfits which has provided a scrapbook full of moments. No player, no person has been indispensable, they have all been indispensable. That once again proved to be the case on Thursday night as several different players contributed on offense and several pitchers combined to shut the Twins down (before Chris Perez came in) to notch win #89 for the Indians. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his second thoughts...
September 20, 2013 (2 comments)
It took a few extra innings, but the Indians found a way to come through with a much needed 2-1 win over the Astros on Thursday night in the opener of a long four game series. Ubaldo Jimenez was once again fantastic and the Indians needed a splendid outing from him as the offense struggled all night against the worst pitching staff in baseball. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his second thoughts on the game...
September 19, 2013 (2 comments)
The Indians offense so far this season has been a paragon of inconsistency, a mercurial mess which leaves us with shelves full of empty bottles of antacid and a broken remote or two. The instability of production that this offense has shown because of the lack of any real anchor’s in the middle of the order and the run scoring trends as a result are interesting, and the IBI's Michael Hattery explains them in his latest Trend Spotting piece.
September 13, 2013 (0 comments)
Thursday night’s offensive performance was impressive especially following their disappointing efforts at home against Kansas City. It had been some time since the Indians had easily won a game in a laugher, so Thursday night's beat down of the White Sox was well welcomed. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his second thoughts on the game as the Indians keep pace in a crazy wildcard race.
September 12, 2013 (12 comments)
When an offense is struggling, the blame is spread quickly and with relative ease usually beginning with expected cornerstones and then the manager. This course inevitably leads to a discussion about lineup optimization and if the fan base is particularly blood thirsty, issues with the hitting coach. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deep look into the struggles of the lineup and offers up some changes which may help and also looks into the clutch factor that Michael Brantley possesses.
September 6, 2013 (3 comments)
The offensive struggles and upside have been fairly well profiled. Beating a dead horse is one that we are attempting to avoid at least to the best of our ability, but perhaps the most pressing question is not whether the offense will bounce back - because it will - but rather can this rotation hold together for twenty-three more games. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a look at that question in an off day edition of Second Thoughts...
September 5, 2013 (13 comments)
The last month of baseball, especially while the Indians remain on the fringes, has a collection of interesting storylines or players who are worth monitoring. Compelling, because some players are auditioning or beginning their audition for their place on the 2014 Indians. The IBI's Michael Hattery looks at one of those players, the forgotten soldier Josh Tomlin, and how his appearances this month could set him up to have a more vital role in 2014.
September 3, 2013 (12 comments)
The minor league season officially came to an end for four of the Indians affiliates on Monday as Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County all wrapped up their season's with some big performances from their players. The IBI's Michael Hattery recaps the action in the final full edition of Around the Farm for the 2013 season...