October 25, 2014 (4 comments)
An often repeated phrase surrounding Cleveland baseball over the past two decades regards how poor the organization has fared in the draft. But exactly how bad has Cleveland been? And how do they stack up against the rest of baseball? Join Jim Piascik as he continues his series of analyzing Cleveland’s draft history with the 2003 draft, which turned out to be a surprisingly decent haul for the organization when compared to the rest of Major League Baseball.
October 25, 2014 (14 comments)
With the offseason already here for the Cleveland Indians and the official kickoff to the offseason just days after the conclusion of the World Series, it is time to start looking at the roster and who might return in 2014. Here is a list of the Major League and Minor League free agents throughout the organization, and more...
October 25, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians had several players in action throughout the world of fall and winter baseball on Friday night. Two big name players made their winter season debuts as Jesus Aguilar and Elvis Araujo made their presence immediately felt, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their performances as well as all the rest of the Indians in action on Friday.
October 25, 2014 (2 comments)
The Royals took Game 3 of the World Series last night. Is momentum swinging in their favor? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Joe Maddon exercising his opt-out clause, what kind of contract Victor Martinez is looking for, the contract details of Andrew Friedman's deal with the Dodgers is released, and more.
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 24, 2014 (40 comments)
Strictly based on the numbers, Cleveland exercising utility man Mike Aviles’ $3.5 million option for 2015 makes no sense. Going beyond the surface numbers, however, shows why the move is defensible. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Aviles’ hidden value to the organization and why picking up his option makes more sense than it appears on first glance.
October 24, 2014 (1 comments)
Another day, another set of Giovanny Urshela hits. The breakout 2014 season of Urshela just continues to roll on, with the third baseman destroying the pitching of the Venezuelan Winter League. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps yet another big Urshela night, discusses the winter ball debut of two prospects in the Dominican Republic, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 24, 2014 (5 comments)
The World Series is tied up at one all. Who do you have in game three? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on John Hart being named head of baseball ops in Atlanta, a former Indian favorite signed a one year deal, what the Giants plan to do with Pablo Sandoval, and more.
October 23, 2014 (4 comments)
The Rule 5 Draft is about seven weeks away, but here is a current up-to-date listing showing the eligible Indians' minor leaguers for the 2014 Draft which will take place on December 11, 2014. Almost 50 players are eligible and the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares them all...
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 23, 2014 (0 comments)
Here is a current listing of players from the Indians’ organization currently participating in winter ball this offseason. This is not a complete list as it will undoubtedly change over the course of winter ball as players finish up play and other players end up being assigned to a league.
October 23, 2014 (7 comments)
Sometimes the significance of a performance goes beyond the numbers in the box score. That was the case for Yoiber Marquina Wednesday, as the 18-year-old made his offseason debut in Venezuela. While the inning he pitched was not clean, his presence on the mound itself means something. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Marquina’s appearance and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 23, 2014 (47 comments)
The Indians made some news on Wednesday as they picked up the $3.5 million club option on utility infielder Mike Aviles. To some this may come as a surprise, but if anyone has been following what Tony has been saying on this site the past month or so, it was not. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides the news on the Aviles decision and more...
October 22, 2014 (14 comments)
The Indians are home this postseason for a variety of reasons. The offense was too inconsistent. They had too many down years from key cogs in the lineup. The injury bug bit them too much. The bullpen had trouble protecting late leads. But the one reason that stood tall above everything else was their awful showing defensively as they were the worst fielding team in baseball in 2014. The IBI's Hayden Grove looks at the defense and why it is a key area to improve going into 2015.
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 22, 2014 (1 comments)
While Game 1 of the World Series was set to play on Tuesday, there was a lot of other baseball being played in leagues out West and in the Caribbean. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action Around the Farm on Tuesday for the Indians and notes the early struggles for Tony Wolters in the AFL, Ronny Rodriguez's usage in the DWL, and more.
October 22, 2014 (3 comments)
Game 1 of the 2014 World Series finally arrived on Tuesday, and it was a clunker as the Giants jumped out to a big lead on the Royals and James Shields before cruising to a 7-1 win behind the left arm of Madison Bumgarner. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps the news and notes from the World Series and around the league on Tuesday.
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 21, 2014 (18 comments)
Projected statistics for 2015 have been posted by Steamer Projections Blog and, while it’s difficult to predict what a team will look like six months before Opening Day, it offers Tribe fans clamoring for next year an early look at what they might expect. The IBI's Steve Garton reviews the projections and offers up his quick thoughts on them.
October 21, 2014 (10 comments)
In the early going of the offseason winter ball action it has been the Giovanny Urshela show, and once again his show took center stage on Monday with a big four-hit night. He's doing everything in his power to make it hard for the Indians not to give him a legit shot in Cleveland early on next season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and more...