December 31, 2014 (7 comments)
Over at Fangraphs, most of the best publicly available projection systems are readily available for you to view, free of charge. Plus, in addition to the raw projections for each player, Fangraphs maintains a projected depth chart, which parses out the available playing time in a full season to the players most likely to receive it in the coming year. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at what Fangraphs expects out of Cleveland in 2015 and where the team ranks compared to the rest of the league.
December 31, 2014 (0 comments)
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players and the IBI's Arthur Kinney runs down the performances in his latest.
December 30, 2014 (0 comments)
On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians announced they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp. Also, infielder Audy Ciriaco who was resigned to a minor league deal earlier this offseason has been extended an invite to Major League camp as a non-roster player.
December 30, 2014 (2 comments)
A new year is upon us and yet the winter leagues continue to plug away. Several Indians players were in action on Monday night as teams in Puerto Rico continued their playoff push while teams in the Dominican and Venezuela continued their first round playoff series'. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the action in Around the Farm...
December 30, 2014 (6 comments)
I hope all of you have had a great holiday season! 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 possible teams in line for Max Scherzer, the Yankees dealing a pen arm, teams that have kept in touch with Asdrubal Cabrera, and more.
December 29, 2014 (6 comments)
A few winter ball teams are starting to play out the string, which means it is time to look to the future and let the young players get some time. A few Cleveland farmhands have been the beneficiary of that, with Alexis Pantoja in particular making his first start in six weeks down in Puerto Rico. Join Jim Piascik as he checks in on players like Pantoja, looks at the continued dominance of Giovanni Soto, and much more as he goes across the globe and takes you Around the Farm.
December 28, 2014 (0 comments)
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 and the seasons in review finished, The WAR Room moves to ranking the top-100 prospects in 2014 based on performance. But instead of just listing based on pure performance, there is a twist to make the rankings more relevant. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part four, including a bunch of potential impact relievers in Ben Heller, Kyle Crockett, J.P. Feyereisen, and Giovanni Soto and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
December 28, 2014 (1 comments)
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps Anthony Gallas' big night, Audy Ciriaco's performance in the Dominican League playoffs, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 27, 2014 (9 comments)
It should come as a surprise to no baseball fan that the Indians went shopping for a bargain in free agency this winter, but it was at least mildly shocking that they came up with Gavin Floyd. Floyd has missed most of the past two seasons with injuries and the Indians are pretty well stocked with starting pitching. There are many questions that might be on a Cleveland fan’s mind, but one that is hard to answer is how we should expect Floyd to perform. IBI newcomer Craig Fletcher tries to answer that in his debut piece...
December 27, 2014 (1 comments)
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps the night and Roberto Perez snapping out of his recent slump down in Puerto Rico.
December 26, 2014 (1 comments)
Terry Pluto’s and Tom Hamilton’s new book, Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field, 1994-1997 (Gray & Co., $15.95) is chock full of memories of the Cleveland Indians’ most successful seasons from 1994-1997. The IBI's John Vourlis recently had a chance to read the book and shares his review in his debut piece for the IBI...
December 25, 2014 (4 comments)
As we all get set to enjoy the company of family and friends on this Christmas holiday, we wanted to take a little time to give thanks and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. In this collaboration piece, several IBI staff members explain why they love baseball and the Indians.
December 24, 2014 (9 comments)
On Monday there was one of the more interesting and shocking signings to the IBI's Jeff Ellis so far this offseason. The Pirates were announced as the team with the winning bid for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, and considering that Kang may in the end cost a total of $20-25 million over four seasons, Jeff thinks the Pirates got a steal.
December 24, 2014 (1 comments)
With the Dominican Winter League and Venezuela Winter League both off it made for a rather light night Around the Farm in the Indians organization on Tuesday. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps what little action there was in the organization and send his own personal Christmas message to IBI readers.
December 24, 2014 (8 comments)
As teams begin to close up shop for the Christmas holiday there was still some news to be made on Tuesday as waiver moves dominated the league. One particular waiver related news item involved lefty Nick Maronde who cleared waivers. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details on that along with a flurry of signings throughout the league...
December 23, 2014 (34 comments)
The Indians added Gavin Floyd to the rotation last week which means the Indians will have a strong competition for the fifth and final spot in the rotation this spring. One of those candidates is Danny Salazar who looks like a favorite going in for the final spot, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria wonders if the Indians might consider trading him at some point or change his role to the bullpen if his consistency and health issues persist. Tony also notes how David Murphy may not be dealt this offseason, notes an injury to Jesus Aguilar which has ended his winter season and more.
December 23, 2014 (0 comments)
With Christmas just two days away the action in winter ball was quiet on Monday as just two players in the Indians organization were active in Puerto Rico. The IBI's Tony Lastoria notes how Bryson Myles is off to a good start in his late winter ball showing and how Giovanni Soto continues to impress in the starting rotation.
December 23, 2014 (1 comments)
With the holidays upon us, wishing you and yours a very happy and warm holiday season! 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 Twins extending Phil Hughes, the Pirates earning the winning bid on Jung-ho Kang, MLB umpires reach a new labor agreement, and more.
December 22, 2014 (1 comments)
There are a lot of new age stats in the game of baseball. With the way advanced metrics have really found their way into the game over the last 20 years, there are a lot of different ways to analyze player value and performance. One new way is through WAR, which the IBI's Jeff Ellis gives us a brief crash course on what it is and why it is such a good stat.
December 22, 2014 (0 comments)
Wow, it was a very busy night in winter ball as many players were in action in Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. With the Dominican Winter League regular season ending on Sunday several young players got a chance to play, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the action from a busy Sunday.