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November 2, 2014   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Young position players bring promise
This is the second part of the two-part 2014 Indians Instructional League wrapup here at the IBI. The first part covered the arms that the IBI's Tony Lastoria saw and provided lots of information and insight into what was an impressive collection of arms in Arizona. This piece focuses in on the position players, a place where the Indians also have an abundant amount of talent, and Tony provides all kinds of news, insight and more info on players like Bradley Zimmer, Bobby Bradley, Yu-Cheng Chang, Li- Jen Chu, Mike Papi and lots more.
October 31, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Young Indians arms impress in Instructs
The Indians fall instructional league wrapped up a little over two weeks ago. Unlike years past, this was one of the more interesting programs due to the amount of talent the Indians had on display for five weeks out in Arizona. The IBI's Tony Lastoria spent some time out in Arizona for Instructs and shares some first impressions, thoughts and insights on young arms like Justus Sheffield, Sam Hentges, Grant Hockin, Jared Robinson, Micah Miniard and several others, as well as several injury and surgery updates to other pitchers.
September 23, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 Instructional League: FAQ
The Indians 2014 Fall Instructional League is underway out at their spring training and player development complex in Goodyear, Arizona. Camp runs for a little over four weeks and time will be split between on-field workouts, intra-squad games, and games between other local Major League organizations before concluding the second week of October. The IBI's Tony Lastoria gives the 411 on what Instructional League is all about...
September 11, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 Instructional League roster and schedule
The 2014 Fall Instructional League gets underway shortly out in Goodyear, Arizona. Over a span of a month around 50 players will participate in weight training and conditioning drills, on-field instruction, and play in several games until it wraps up on Sunday October 12th. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has the details on what players are going out there and the schedule for the four week period. Be sure to follow the IBI all fall for updates on the happenings in "Instructs", the Arizona Fall League and more.
October 29, 2013   (5 comments)
The Radar Report: 2013 Volume III
"The Radar Report" is a premium feature that lists fastball velocities and other notes for several pitchers in the Indians' system which Tony has recorded during his visits to see the teams/players. Today's listing has 20 radar readings for pitchers in the Indians' minor league system that he saw pitch in Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League, and he includes some scouting notes on all of them and where available he has also included the velocity ranges for their secondary pitches.
October 22, 2013   (2 comments)
2013 Instructional League Notebook: Part 2
Late last week Tony posted part one of his Instructional League notebook from his visit to Arizona and focused solely on the pitchers and gave an update on several injured and rehabbing players. In part two he focuses on the position players and boy were there some impressive players that he saw. He gives all sorts of insight and information on Clint Frazier, Francisco Mejia, Eric Haase, Willi Castro, Junior Soto, Hector Caro, James Roberts, Paul Hendrix and countless others. He also had a lengthy conversation with Director of Scouting John Mirabelli and shares his comments on several of the players there.
October 18, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Instructional League stats
Here are the final stats from the just completed Fall Instructional League out in Goodyear, Arizona. The Indians once again shuffled a lot of players in and out of the lineup and on and off the mound over the four week period. While the data sample is small, there are always a few things you can take away from these performances. The stats in this posting are all inclusive of everyone that played in Instructs....27 pitchers and 32 position players!
October 17, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 Instructional League Notebook: Part 1
Another year of the Fall Instructional League came to pass on Monday as the Indians put the wraps on the 2013 development season with an eye toward a busy offseason in anticipation for 2014. In some ways Instructional league is not considered the end of the season, but rather the beginning of the next one. The IBI's Tony Lastoria was out in Arizona recently and shares a ton of insights into pitchers like Carlos Melo, Kyle Crockett and Jodan Milbrath who really impressed this fall. He also gives updates on several other pitchers and has injury and rehab updates on close to a dozen players.
October 14, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs October 12, 2013
This game was the second of three against the NC Dinos (Changwon) of Korea Professional Baseball, and once again the young, inexperienced Indians hitters had fits against the Korean pitchers as they were shutout and limited to one hit. There were some impressive showings on the mound from the likes of Jacob Lee, Sean Brady and others, and Tony reviews all the numbers from the game and provides some insight into how players are doing and also potential destinations for next season.
October 12, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs October 11, 2013
The Indians played the first of three scheduled games against the NC Dinos (Changwon) of the Korea Professional Baseball. Things did not go so well for the young Tribe as they were shut down by a score of 8-1, a score indicative of a young team facing unique arm slot pitchers for the first time. Tony was there and provides the full stats for all of the players that played in the game and insight into how each player looked.
October 10, 2013   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs October 9, 2013
The Indians faced off against a MLB affiliate for the final time in Instructional League on Wednesday thumping the Royals 12-2 and now get ready for a three game set against the NC Dinos from Korea to finish out the schedule. The IBI's Tony Lastoria was at the game and Clint Frazier made quite a good first impression and he also talks about several of the other good showings on the day. As always, the complete stats from the game for all the players are included as well as comments about each player.
October 8, 2013   (0 comments)
Around The Farm:  Instructs October 7, 2013
Instructional League action continued in Arizona on Monday as the Indians took on the Dodgers at the Goodyear facility and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. The game featured another dominating performance by lefty Elvis Araujo who has been sensational this fall. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and also shares all of the stats from the game and provides up-to-date fall stats for all of the players that participated in the game.
October 6, 2013   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs October 5, 2013
The Indians faced off against the Reds in Instructional League action on Saturday coming away with a 5-4 victory at the Goodyear complex. The game featured the return to the mound of right-hander Tyler Sturdevant, a nice performance at the plate from catcher Eric Haase and a position change from catcher to pitcher for a pretty high profile Latin player. Tony shares those details plus lists the complete stats from the game.
October 5, 2013   (3 comments)
Around The Farm:  Instructs October 4, 2013
The young Indians were out in Surprise, AZ participating in another Instructional League game on Friday, and wow, did the Indians organization unveil a litany of young international prospects making their stateside debut. Tony is giddy at this as he is heading out to Arizona this week to get a look at all of the new players, and reviews the game and provides the details on how each player did in the 12-3 loss to the Rangers.
October 3, 2013   (0 comments)
Around The Farm:  Instructs October 2, 2013
The Cleveland Indians season may be over, but the happenings in the minors continue on as usual as Fall Instructional League action continues for another two weeks. On Wednesday the young Indians were in action in Goodyear and beat the Rangers 10-4. The IBI's Arthur Kinney shares all of the details from that game with the complete stats from all of the players in the game and more. Clint Frazier, Elvis Araujo and others continue to impress.
October 2, 2013   (0 comments)
Around The Farm:  Instructs September 30th
The Indians were back at it on Monday with Instructional League, and Tony has the details from that game. Due to the playoff coverage at the IBI this piece is a day late - but never a dollar short. He has the stats from all of the players in the game, the pitch counts, and more and talks about the impressive play of Clint Frazier, Kenny Mathews and others.
September 30, 2013   (5 comments)
Around The Farm:  Instructs September 28, 2013
The young Indians fell to the Reds on Saturday 7-6 in Instructional League action. With three weeks left in Instructs players continue to get some additional work in as Elvis Araujo just dominated in his outing and several others continue to shine. All players that played in the game are included with their stats along with comments on their outing.
September 27, 2013   (0 comments)
Around The Farm:  Instructs September 26, 2013
The young Indians were back in action on Wednesday afternoon and ventured over to Surprise to take on the Rangers young prospects in another Fall Instructional League game. The Indians came out on top 6-5 and had several noteworthy performances, of note from outfielder Josh McAdams. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the game with the results for each player that participated in the game.
September 24, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs September 23, 2013
The young Indians were back in action on Monday out in Arizona in another Instructional League game, beating the White Sox 7-6. In another special edition of ATF, Tony recaps what happened in the game with the complete box score and talks about each player's performance. Young catching phenom Francisco Mejia and others shined.
September 22, 2013   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs September 21, 2013
The 2013 Instructional League game schedule got underway on Saturday out in Arizona for the Indians minor leaguers. A total of 25 players played and Tony has the full details on how each player did, the box score from the game, and provides some insight and analysis into their performances and what they are working on out in Arizona.

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