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 31, 2014 (27 comments)
In Thursday's first part, the IBI's John Mast compared the lineups of the American League Central’s three leading teams, the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and the American League Champion Kansas City Royals. When comparing the lineups side by side, where do the Indians need to improve? That's what John tries to answer in the second part of this two-part piece.
October 31, 2014 (10 comments)
The final two offseason leagues -- the Puerto Rican Winter League and the Australian Winter League -- both began play on Thursday, marking the first time every offseason league was in action this season. Cleveland had a couple prospects in action, but as he has all year, third baseman Giovanny Urshela stole the show. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Urshela’s sustained dominance and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 31, 2014 (0 comments)
Happy Halloween! It feels weird that the baseball season is officially over. That doesn't mean the hot stove is taking a break! 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 Kevin Youkilis calling it a career, many players saw their options exercised or declined, where the Royals go from here, and more.
October 30, 2014 (17 comments)
The Tigers and Royals have each been to the World Series the last three years. Although they came up short in their question for a title, they offer two very formidable clubs for the Indians to overtake and win the AL Central. In this two-part piece, the IBI's John Mast compares the three teams to show how they stack up with one another.
October 30, 2014 (11 comments)
With the 2014 season officially over after the Giants defeated the Royals in Game 7 in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night, the 2014-2015 Hot Stove season in Major League Baseball is officially here. The Indians wrapped up their season almost five weeks ago, so they are already knee deep in their offseason preparations, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep and insightful look into the Indians first task this offseason: the decision on which players to remove from their 40-man roster.
October 30, 2014 (0 comments)
Oh, the many fun things that can happen over small sample sizes. If we did not know any better, Jesus Aguilar’s 1-for-10 skid to start his time in the Venezuelan Winter League would be a concern. But after knocking a home run, a triple, and a single Monday night, Aguilar continued to show things are alright on Wednesday. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Aguilar’s night and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 30, 2014 (2 comments)
It wasn't a memorable series in that five of the seven games were decided by five or more runs, but it certainly had its moments with a dramatic Game 7 nailbiter and a superhuman performance throughout the series from Madison Bumgarner. In the end, the Giants won their third title in five years and Bumgarner is on top of the baseball world. The IBI's Tony Lastoria fills in with the news and notes from around baseball on Wednesday.
October 29, 2014 (33 comments)
The Indians are going to explore a lot of trades this offseason, many upon many of which will not come to fruition. Some of their key players like Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber and Yan Gomes are untouchable, but in the right deal some of their core pieces could be dealt. One of those players is second baseman, and while a trade may ultimately not happen this offseason, the IBI's Jeff Ellis looks at four trades he would consider for Kipnis.
October 29, 2014 (6 comments)
Not even a month into the offseason, Terry Francona already has his bullpen warming. On Tuesday, two excavators sat side-by-side on a mound of dirt in the area once called the Indians bullpen. Come next year, the section will house relievers from both the home and visiting teams, marking one of the several new changes at Progressive Field in 2015.
October 29, 2014 (0 comments)
Jordan Smith is slowly putting things together out in the Arizona Fall League. Jose Ramirez is just getting started out in the Dominican Republic. Louis Head has had better days coming out of the bullpen. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all of their performances and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
October 29, 2014 (1 comments)
It all comes down to this. After seven months of games and thousands of games around the league, the Major League Baseball season will officially come to a close on Wednesday night when the Giants and Royals square off in Game 7 of the World Series. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps how the Royals evened the series up on Tuesday and also provides all the other news and notes from around the league...
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 28, 2014 (11 comments)
Jason Kipnis' good 2013 season earned him a big contract extension earlier this season and it looked like he would be one of the key cogs to the lineup for years to come. But his performance went backwards this season and now the decision looks to be a regrettable one for the Tribe. For the Indians to take the next step next season and get back to the playoffs, the IBI's Hayden Grove believes getting Kipnis back on track and healthy is a big key.
October 28, 2014 (3 comments)
It is Halloween season, and Jesus Aguilar was back up to his old bag of tricks on Monday night out in Venezuela with a huge night offensively. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his stellar performance and recaps the showings from a half dozen other players in the Cleveland organization.
October 28, 2014 (2 comments)
The weather in much of Northeast Ohio will be much warmer than normal on Tuesday. Is it making you miss going out to the ball park? 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 and their continued search for a manager, which reliever could be a commodity this offseason, what could happen with Yoenis Cespedes, and more.
October 27, 2014 (31 comments)
With the World Series set to wrap up on Tuesday or Wednesday night, the official kickoff to the MLB Hot Stove season is set to get underway by this weekend. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the roster decisions looming for the Indians, looks at their payroll situation and what they can truly afford this offseason, and looks at their key needs for next season. He also provides his thoughts on the Mike Aviles decision and more.
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 27, 2014 (1 comments)
Yet another Cleveland Indians player made his winter ball debut on Sunday night, and it was another player on the 40-man roster and one expected to have a big part with the Indians in 2015. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night around winter ball for the Indians and notes the debit for Jose Ramirez plus the performances from some other big Indians prospects.
October 27, 2014 (9 comments)
Madison Bumgarner and the Giants shut out the Royals on Sunday night 5-0 and are one win away from a World Series championship. Also, tragedy struck the baseball world on Sunday evening as word came about that young outfielder and phenom Oscar Tavares of the St. Louis Cardinals had died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides all the news and notes from the day...