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October 23, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 Indians winter ball assignments
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)
Around the Farm: October 22, 2014
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)
Storylines: Indians pick up club option on Milke Aviles
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)
Building a Wahoo Winner: Improve the defense
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)
2014 Tony Awards: Reliever of the Year
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)
Around the Farm: October 21, 2014
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)
Storylines: Giants jump on Shields, Royals for Game 1 win
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)
2014 Tony Awards: Comeback Player of the Year
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)
Taking a look at the 2015 projections for the Indians
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)
Around the Farm: October 20, 2014
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...
October 21, 2014   (7 comments)
Storylines: Alomar appears likely to return to Cleveland
The World Series gets underway tonight! Who are you predicting to win it all? 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 Sandy Alomar Jr. being turned down (again), the Indians 2014 draft receives praise, the Royals had the chance to add a top bullpen arm, and more.
October 20, 2014   (16 comments)
A deeper look into the numbers for the Indians
Despite missing the playoffs the Cleveland Indians made some great strides in 2014 and have expanded on an already promising young core of players. The Indians will look to improve the roster this offseason, so the IBI's Graydon Fox decided to dive deep into the numbers from 2014 to find out where the Indians can improve knowing they have limited money to work with.
October 20, 2014   (13 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Biggest Breakthrough
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 20, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: October 19, 2014
Giovanny Urshela had another big night in Venezuela on Sunday and is doing a great job so far of improving his stock as an asset for the Indians and improving his chances of becoming their third baseman in Cleveland at some point in 2015. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night around winter ball for the Indians and talks about Urshela's night, the debut of Yhoxian Medina, and more.
October 20, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Power outage a problem throughout baseball
News is slow these days. Some of that is due to a big layoff before the start of the World Series on Tuesday, but a lot of it is due to the league mandate that teams do not make news during the World Series so as to not upstage the Fall Classic. But there are some news and notes from around the league, and the IBI's Jay Frierson recaps them.
October 19, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Columbus pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Columbus Clippers. This week we focus on the pitchers, with Jim Piascik breaking down the myriad of major league-ready arms that pitched for the Clippers this past season as he takes you into The WAR Room.
October 19, 2014   (22 comments)
Indians offseason checklist: Four steps to a contender in '15
The offseason is once again here for the Indians. After the conclusion of the World Series the Indians will embark on one of their most important offseason's in their history as they look to make a few moves to make this team a legitimate World Series threat. IBI newcomer Anthony Kaylor has his own checklist of what he things the Indians should do this offseason, and he shares it in his debut piece for the site.
October 19, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: October 18, 2014
While baseball awaits the start of the World Series on Tuesday, there are tons of games being played on a daily basis in various fall and winter leagues. The Indians had over a half dozen players in action on Saturday, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all the action, including the 2014-2015 winter ball debut of Tyler Naquin.
October 19, 2014   (29 comments)
Why trading Francisco Lindor would be a bad idea
It has been well documented over the years that the Cleveland Indians have a propensity of drafting more “polished” college players in the first round of the draft, but in 2011 they decided to roll the dice with the number eight overall pick on a prep star out of Florida, shortstop Francisco Lindor. He has the potential to be a star with the Indians, but several fans have suggested that the Indians should trade him for a big bat at third base or the outfield. The IBI's Sam Camp explains why that would be a bad idea...
October 18, 2014   (8 comments)
Evaluating the opposition: The 2015 Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth straight year without a championship, as one of the clearest teams in win-now mode fell short yet again. Now, with Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez headed for free agency and the Kansas City Royals playing deep into the playoffs, there seems to be a train of thought emerging that the Tigers' window is closing. Such an event would be welcome news for Cleveland, but Jim Piascik does not think it is true. Join Jim to find out why after the jump.