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.
November 19, 2014 (0 comments)
Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez had a strong night at the plate on Tuesday night in the Dominican Winter League ripping three hits and stealing a base. It was a much needed good game after a very slow start to his winter ball campaign. The IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about his game and more as he takes us Around the Farm....
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 (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 16, 2014 (4 comments)
The AFL season is over as the Salt River Rafters defeated the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 on Saturday for the AFL Championship. A few Indians were involved in the game, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their performances as well as a long list of other players throughout the winter leagues in the Caribbean.
November 15, 2014 (8 comments)
The big man Jesus Aguilar was back to his old bag of winter ball tricks on Friday with a much needed big showing with the bat. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps Aguilar's performance as well as a host of other Indians players, and he also even provides some thoughts on Corey Kluber's Cy Young award....
November 14, 2014 (10 comments)
One of the great things about following the minor leagues is watching a player finally put everything together. Roberto Perez was never a top prospect, but over the past year, he has improved to the point he is a legitimate major league player. Join Jim Piascik as he writes about Perez being at it again last night in Puerto Rico, Giovanny Urshela’s continued excellence, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 13, 2014 (25 comments)
Right now, it seems there is nothing Giovanny Urshela cannot do. The third baseman may not have the first round pedigree or a massive signing bonus that typically gets national attention for a prospect, but Urshela continues to prove his worth on the field. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps another big night for Urshela in Venezuela as well as the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 12, 2014 (5 comments)
The US All-Star team had a tuneup in Japan on Tuesday and the Indians very own Carlos Santana was in action. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps Santana's first outing this winter, notes the exceptional final outing for Dylan Baker in the AFL, and much more as he takes us Around the Farm...