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November 22, 2014   (0 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Hitting coach Tony Mansolino Part 2
This is a continuation of this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” where the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina hitting coach Tony Mansolino. In part one they talked about players like Yandy Diaz, Todd Hankins, Erik Gonzalez, Anthony Galls, Joe Sever and LeVon Washington. In today’s second part they talked about the strides that Jeremy Lucas has made at the plate, the emergence of Yhoxian Medina, Logan Vick’s inconsistent season, the adjustment Torsten Boss worked on all season, and much more.
November 22, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: November 21, 2014
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   (11 comments)
To shift or not to shift, that is the question
The "shift" has become a big part of baseball over the past few seasons. As teams study data that suggests tendencies of hitters to hit the ball to a certain area of the field, teams have adjusted their defensive alignment in non-traditional ways to help defend against hitters. The IBI's John Mast is not a fan of the shirt and explains why in his latest.
November 21, 2014   (6 comments)
Prospect Spotlight: A deeper look into the 40-man additions
The Indians made their annual offseason 40-man roster adds on Thursday adding five players from their player development system in advance of the midnight roster deadline. Here are the thoughts from the IBI's Tony Lastoria on the decisions the Indians made to add those five players, a look at why each was added, who they left off that they may be most at risk of losing in the Rule 5 Draft, and much more.
November 21, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: November 20, 2014
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   (6 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Hitting coach Tony Mansolino Part 1
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 20, 2014   (9 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has selected the contracts right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson, right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong, left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt, third baseman Giovanny Urshela and catcher Tony Wolters.
November 20, 2014   (17 comments)
Chang has big upside for Indians at the left side of the infield
The Indians had a lot of very encouraging performances on their loaded rookie level Arizona team this past season. One of the players who had a big year was shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang who has become one of the Indians top prospects thanks to his tools, upside and MVP-like performance this past season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk about his pro debut with the Indians...
November 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 19, 2014
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   (26 comments)
Why a Nick Swisher trade will not actually benefit Cleveland
Nick Swisher is a big name going around the hot stove lately, with reports out that Cleveland could be looking to move the soon-to-be 34-year-old in a bad contract-for-bad contract swap. But while many seem ready to move on from Swisher, such a trade may be premature. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down why the devil Cleveland knows in Swisher seems better than the ones they don’t on the trade market.
November 19, 2014   (30 comments)
Indians are right to explore trade options for Swisher
On Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Indians are exploring a wide range of options on the trade market including a trade of Nick Swisher for another player with a bad contract.. This was not a surprising idea to the IBI's Jeff Ellis and he provides a few reasons why in his latest.
November 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 18, 2014
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   (0 comments)
On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians signed right-handed pitchers Shaun Marcum and Dustin Molleken to minor league contracts with invites to Major League spring training camp.
November 18, 2014   (13 comments)
2014 Indians 40-man roster review: Who do they add?
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 18, 2014   (7 comments)
Red Sox may make a good trading partner with Indians
The Boston Red Sox had a rough year after their World Series win in 2013, but the talent is clearly there. The IBI's Jeff Ellis believes there is not a team who has more ready-made talent in or near the majors. They do have issues in terms of depth when it comes to pitching, but in terms of bats the Red Sox are almost two deep with a legit possible starter at every position on the diamond. He takes a look at possible trade fits between the Indians and Red Sox.
November 18, 2014   (12 comments)
Around the Farm: November 17, 2014 - Urshela faces surgery
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 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Cards, Braves complete blockbuster trade
The weather feels like it should be January or February with Spring Training right around the corner, but it's only November. Depressing much? 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 the blockbuster trade the Cardinals and Braves pulled off, the Blue Jays make one of the first big splashes in free agency, Giancarlo Stanton agrees to a record deal, and more.
November 17, 2014   (14 comments)
Tribe Happenings: The timing is not right for Kluber extension
Upon Corey Kluber winning the Cy Young award last week the focus of a lot of people turned to the prospects of Kluber signing a long term deal with the Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria informs us that the timing of a long term extension is not right and how it may be a year or two away. He also talks about how the Indians should look for starting pitching this offseason, looks at how the Giovanny Urshela injury may impact the plans at third base and more...
November 17, 2014   (25 comments)
The offseason search for another bat begins for the Indians
It’s no secret for the past few seasons the Indians have been searching for a right-handed hitter with some pop in his bat and who could fit somewhere in the middle of their lineup. IBI newcomer Kevin Sledz takes a look at some potential options the Indians could chase this offseason via free agency or on the trade market.
November 17, 2014   (25 comments)
Around the Farm: November 16, 2014 - Urshela injured
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...