May 29, 2014 (7 comments)
Tracking Jesus Aguilar throughout the minor league system it appeared that he had two tangible skills worth monitoring, on-base ability and power, which if developed would carry him to the big leagues. He had a big jump in his power numbers early this season with a transition to Huntington Park in Columbus, and the IBI's Michael Hattery offers up a case study as to why we need to take offensive performances in Columbus (and Akron) with a grain of salt.
March 1, 2014 (10 comments)
ogers Hornsby once said "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." In a special edition of Trend Spotting, the IBI's Michael Hattery brings in other IBI writers Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek to chat about the Indians rotation and their outlook for this season.
February 15, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians bench last year was constructed much differently than many of the past. It was a strength of the team with Ryan Raburn at the forefront of the Goon Squad as perhaps a goon’s goon of sorts. The IBIs Michael Hattery takes a deep look into the production of Raburn last year and provides data and analysis the suggests he is a regression candidate. But why and how much?
January 30, 2014 (25 comments)
Last weekend at Tribe Fest the Indians unveiled their plans for a Jim Thome statue to be placed in this ballpark and a ceremony for the unveiling on August 2nd. While Thome is one of the organization's greatest players of all time and he is a former fan favorite, this announcement is puzzling to many considering his departure from the team in 2002 and so many other former great Indians who were not given the honor. The IBI's Michael Hattery holds nothing back in his criticism of the decision.
January 21, 2014 (5 comments)
In the final regular Around the Farm posting of the offseason, the IBI's Michael Hattery reviews the night from Carlos Santana and provides the details on his night. Jesus Aguilar is officially done for the winter season and is set to return to the states, and few others players are still in action.....so enjoy the last ATF for a few weeks until spring training!
January 16, 2014 (9 comments)
Joe Wendle has become an increasingly polarizing prospect in the Indians system as his value is all over the map according to national pundits. Some like him, some don't. Wendle has performed very well in his short career, and was named the IBI's Offensive Player of the Year for his outstanding year last season. The IBI's Jim Pete and Michael Hattery discuss why Wendle is a legit prospect and why he is criminally underrated.
January 7, 2014 (0 comments)
While Florida State and Auburn battled it out for the BCS College Football National Championship on Monday night, baseball continued to press on this offseason with the winter league playoffs. The Dominican Winter League teams continue their round robin format and Carlos Santana had another solid game.
December 31, 2013 (0 comments)
The Dominican Winter League carried on with its playoffs on Monday night and Carlos Santana made an impact with the bat and also made an appearance at third base. The Venezuela Winter League regular season also came to a close on Monday night, which is also the end of Jesus Aguilar's impressive winter campaign as he will not be playing for his team in the playoffs.
December 19, 2013 (10 comments)
Since the last time the IBI's Michael Hattery opined in exacerbating detail the Indians have made three moves which will undoubtedly be impactful on the 2014 season. The three pertinent moves include the signing of John Axford, Shaun Marcum’s entrance into the fold, and the trade of Drew Stubbs for Josh Outman. As he always does, Michael takes a deep look into the Shaun Marcum signing and what kind of impact he made have and also gives his take on the Drew Stubbs for Josh Outman deal.
December 17, 2013 (6 comments)
It was a very light schedule on Monday as the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League were off and the Venezuela Winter League had just two games scheduled. That said, there was some action and the IBI's Michael Hattery recaps it in Around the Farm.
December 12, 2013 (26 comments)
Over the past few weeks, the idea of trading Michael Bourn has become a hipster approach both because of the market place that currently exists as well as his contract implications on the Indians over the next three possibly four years. The IBI's Michael Hattery has fluctuated in between camps regarding whether or not Bourn should be dealt, and in his latest Trend Spotting piece assesses his value in the market and to the Indians.
December 10, 2013 (1 comments)
The Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida kicked into gear on Monday, but several hundreds of miles away the offseason winter leagues continued. The Dominican Winter League was off on Monday, but the Indians had a few players in action in Puerto Rico and the IBI's Michael Hattery recaps how they did.
December 3, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a quiet night for Indians players in winter ball action as only one player, Erik Gonzalez, was in action. Join the IBI's Michael Hattery for another edition of Around the Farm as he recaps another solid performance from the young, talented middle infielder.
November 26, 2013 (13 comments)
Injuries have forced Indians prospects Jose Ramirez and Jesus Aguilar out of the lineup, but the big news is that Carlos Santana is working out at the Indians complex in the Dominican Republic and getting himself prepared to play some third base this winter. The IBI's Michael Hattery also touches on the performances throughout the system on Monday night.
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?