December 9, 2014 (1 comments)
There were only two games played throughout winter ball on Monday. Perhaps everyone scheduled an off day in order to keep up with all of the Hot Stove action going on at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. In any case, the IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in on an old friend Roman Pena and also provides an update on how Anthony Gallas and Jesus Aguilar did on Monday.
December 8, 2014 (0 comments)
For those who have noticed, Jose Ramirez has not played since November 29th. Some have wondered if he is hurt or if he has been held out of action the past week because he might be in trade talks with Oakland. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides an update on his whereabouts, notes the return of a big Indians prospect and more...
December 7, 2014 (0 comments)
The winter ball season kept chugging along Saturday night, with four Cleveland players in action, highlighted by Roberto Perez taking part in the Puerto Rican League All-Star game. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down Perez's performance in that game, checks in on Anthony Gallas' start to his time in Venezuela, and much more from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 6, 2014 (1 comments)
It was an extremely light night around winter ball on Friday as no Indians participated in games in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico, and just one player was in action in Venezuela. Even though there was but one person we hold to our committment here at IBI to post daily Around the Farm updates! As a bonus we have included all winter ball stats to date!
December 5, 2014 (1 comments)
Rain delays messed with the box scores Wednesday night, leading to some Giovanni Soto confusion. Soto did not actually throw Wednesday (his innings happened way back on November 21), but he was actually on the mound Thursday and impressed. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you the latest from Soto and gets you up to date on the rest of the action across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 4, 2014 (3 comments)
Given teams in the Caribbean are playing to win games -- as opposed to the minor leagues, where player development is more important -- watching the usage of players and who teams trust is instructive. For example, seeing Giovanni Soto be trusted as a starter, after not pitching extensively in that role since 2012, is a real sign of faith in the left-hander. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Soto’s start on Wednesday and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 3, 2014 (0 comments)
Ramon Rodriguez was the only Indians player to participate in the Venezuela Winter League All Star game on Tuesday and he performed at his best with another good outing this offseason. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his performance as well as the rest of the Indians in action throughout winter ball...
December 2, 2014 (1 comments)
With a light schedule around the Caribbean Leagues, this gives us a chance to highlight a few former Tribe players. One such former Tribe player is Mitch Talbot who made his offseason winter ball debut with four shutout innings. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his outing and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
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...
November 30, 2014 (1 comments)
Carlos Moncrief continues to play well out in Venezuela this offseason. He's a potential key piece to the Indians in the very near future as he has the profile to be an everyday option in right field for them by the end of next season. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his night and all the other Indians playing winter ball...
November 29, 2014 (0 comments)
Several Indians players were in action across five different offseason winter leagues on Friday night. Recently resigned infielder Audy Ciriaco had a nice night in the Dominican Republic, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his night as well as the rest of the Indians contingent...
November 28, 2014 (0 comments)
Most of the Cleveland minor leaguers playing in winter ball got Thanksgiving off yesterday, with no scheduled action in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. Every player in Venezuela and Australia got a day off as well, leaving only Tim Fedroff in action. Join Jim Piascik as he checks in on the outfielder and takes you on a Fedroff-focused trip Around the Farm.
November 27, 2014 (1 comments)
Given how short the season is in the offseason leagues -- and the absence of other baseball for us to pay attention to -- it is easy to overreact to small sample sizes. Such is the case with Jose Ramirez, who is having a rough go in the Dominican this offseason. Join Jim Piascik as he looks into whether this appears to be a fluke or a trend, writes about Jesus Aguilar's return to action, and checks in on the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 26, 2014 (3 comments)
Between the end of the AFL season and injuries, the Indians players participating in offseason winter ball action has dropped considerably over the past week. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action Around the Farm on Tuesday night and notes the performances from Carlos Moncrief, Jose Ramirez and others.
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 (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 (7 comments)
Mother Nature was not kind on Saturday as she rained down on a lot of the Western Hemisphere and washed out several games in the Caribbean Leagues and affected others. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm and recaps what action did take place with some updates on a few Indians players.
November 22, 2014 (8 comments)
Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor just can't stop playing. He has been in action since March playing in spring games, then regular season games at Akron and Columbus and then recently this offseason in the Arizona Fall League. Just when you thought he was done he turns up in Puerto Rico playing in a tournament there. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps Lindor's night and his showing in Puerto Rico as well as the performances from other players.
November 21, 2014 (10 comments)
Expectations can drive our perception of things. If we are anticipating it to be freezing cold in mid-November, we can brace ourselves and be prepared. If we are blindsided by it, that cold can feel even worse than it already does. Jesus Aguilar’s four-digit OPS last year in the Venezuelan Winter League has raised expectations, but as Jim Piascik explains as he takes you Around the Farm, while it feels a little disappointing on the surface that he is not hitting at that level again, the first baseman is still having a good season.
November 20, 2014 (0 comments)
In order to make a minor league team work, you need players who are willing to move around the field and not be an everyday starter. One of those players for Cleveland is Audy Ciriaco, who logged significant time at first base, second base, third base, and shortstop for the Columbus Clippers in 2014. Ciriaco recently re-signed with the organization, and as Jim Piascik recaps while taking you Around the Farm, celebrated with a big night down in the Dominican Republic.