November 20, 2014 (6 comments)
In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina hitting coach Tony Mansolino. They talked about the learning year the organization had with Yandy Diaz and what kind of potential he has with the bat, how Todd Hankins really settled in well defensively and offensively once he was moved to center field, the big strides made by Erik Gonzalez and Anthony Galls which got them promoted to Double-A Akron, how Joe Sever and LeVon Washington performed in seasons that were abbreviated by injuries, and much more.
November 18, 2014 (13 comments)
The Major League Baseball roster deadline on November 20th is almost here. With the Hot Stove season in full effect and teams already making big signings in free agency or completing blockbuster trades, the November roster deadline is a key date that is often overlooked. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at and provides insight on the players the Indians are considering adding from their player development system to the 40-man roster and protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.
November 13, 2014 (4 comments)
Coach's Corner is a regular premium piece here at IBI where we sit down with a coach in the Indians minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster and talk about some of the philosophies surrounding the development of players. In this week’s edition, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina pitching coach Steve Karsay and talked about Ryan Merritt's big year, how Adam Plutko has established himself as a prospect, Dylan Baker's tough year, the emergence of some pen prospects like Jacob Lee, Josh Martin and Ben Heller, and much more.
November 6, 2014 (8 comments)
Over the past few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria has provided year-end pieces like this for rookie level Arizona, Short-A Mahoning Valley and Low-A Lake County. Over the next few weeks he will wrap up this series with a look at the rest of the organization, starting today with High-A Carolina. In today's first part of his Carolina review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the position players there such as Yandy Diaz, Jeremy Lucas, LeVon Washington, Todd Hankins and over a half a dozen others.
November 2, 2014 (6 comments)
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)
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.
October 28, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians have had a boom in recent years with relief prospects who have impacted in Cleveland or who have established themselves as legit relief prospects. What once was a big issue for the organization with developing their own bullpen prospects has turned into a pretty steady stream of talent in the big leagues and upper levels. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down and spoke with another emerging bullpen prospect Louis Head who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.
October 27, 2014 (43 comments)
It's here.....the first Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2015 season from Cleveland all the way down to Low-A Lake County. These are projected opening day rosters for every team with the current players on hand throughout the organization, but this is of course the first draft as trades, free agent signings, waiver claims and player releases will have a ripple effect where players throughout the organization are projected to begin the 2015 season.
October 26, 2014 (6 comments)
Today we wrap up the 2014 Tony Awards with the announcement of the All-Tony teams for 2014. These are the first, second and third teams as Tony sees them in the Cleveland Indians organization based on their performance this past year. Again, this is not a top prospect listing by position, but a listing based 100% on performance from the 2014 season.
October 24, 2014 (17 comments)
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Offensive Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the position player in the Indians organization that had the best year offensively. Like with all the awards so far, this is 100% based on performance and not on prospect standing. The IBI's Tony Lastoria lists all of the top performances and picks his top performer...
October 23, 2014 (7 comments)
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Pitcher of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the starting pitcher in the Indians organization that had the best year from a performance perspective, an award that Corey Kluber won in 2012 and served as a precursor to a fantastic breakout year in Cleveland this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down an impressive list of candidates and names his winner...
October 22, 2014 (9 comments)
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Relief Pitcher of the Year. The starting pitchers often get most of the focus, so this award gives an opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the top relief pitching performances in the Indians system over the course of the 2014 season. There were several outstanding showings, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps them all and picks his winner...
October 21, 2014 (9 comments)
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Comeback Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the player who came back from a rough 2013 season – be it due to injury or performance – and any other obstacles to put up a very good 2014 season and reestablished and/or solidified himself as a prospect for the Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down the list of candidates and picks his winner...
October 20, 2014 (13 comments)
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough in the minors. This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. The Indians had several players really breakthrough as prospects this season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them all and picks his winner.
October 17, 2014 (13 comments)
Today we continue with the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors. This is the one year-end award that no one wants to win and goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues to hand out the postseason minor league hardware, though this is always the toughest one for him to hand out.
October 16, 2014 (11 comments)
If anyone watched the Cleveland Indians this season, they know that one of their biggest Achilles heels was their defense which was one of the worst units in the league. Thankfully, the Indians may have some defensive stalwarts ready to impact the big league roster and help them at some point next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues his annual Tony Awards series with the unveiling of the Defensive Player of the Year.
October 15, 2014 (11 comments)
The Indians 2014 Draft class really impacted the system this season with a great many outstanding performances. They also got some nice pro debuts from some 2013 Draft picks and Latin American signings, and in all, had one of the more memorable years as far as pro debuts are concerned. The IBI's Tony Lastoria kicks off the annual Tony Awards and unveils his pick for Rookie of the Year....
October 13, 2014 (6 comments)
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the eighth and final installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out which minor leaguers caught their eyes and who came out on top.
October 10, 2014 (9 comments)
This is the final edition of Minor Happenings this season. In this piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what kind of prospect right-handed pitcher Will Roberts is for the Indians and how seriously people should take him as one. He also looks at the good season from outfielder Clint Frazier, the combination of performance and development for lefty Ryan Merritt and provides lots of insight and information on players such as Bryson Myles, Joe Colon, Yonathan Mendoza, Anthony Vizcaya and others.
October 2, 2014 (38 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the strides that shortstop Erik Gonzalez has made defensively and as a player overall and how he fits into things for the Indians long term. He also looks at the struggles that Cody Anderson went through this season, the problems that caused them and what he needs to do to correct them. In addition to that he looks at Sean Brady’s rise in the system and the next steps he needs to take to solidify his prospect status, some areas of concern with Francisco Lindor’s defense the Indians want to shore up, the emergence of Elvis Araujo as a left-handed relief option, and much more.