November 14, 2014 (10 comments)
One of the great things about following the minor leagues is watching a player finally put everything together. Roberto Perez was never a top prospect, but over the past year, he has improved to the point he is a legitimate major league player. Join Jim Piascik as he writes about Perez being at it again last night in Puerto Rico, Giovanny Urshela’s continued excellence, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 14, 2014 (19 comments)
Snow has been flying and it's beginning to get a lot colder outside. Are you ready for Spring Training yet? 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 record setting deal being discussed for Giancarlo Stanton, the Most Valuable Player awards being announced, two former Indians pitchers being linked back to the team, and more.
November 13, 2014 (4 comments)
Coach's Corner is a regular premium piece here at IBI where we sit down with a coach in the Indians minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster and talk about some of the philosophies surrounding the development of players. In this week’s edition, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina pitching coach Steve Karsay and talked about Ryan Merritt's big year, how Adam Plutko has established himself as a prospect, Dylan Baker's tough year, the emergence of some pen prospects like Jacob Lee, Josh Martin and Ben Heller, and much more.
November 13, 2014 (9 comments)
Corey Kluber took the mound at Progressive Field just like any normal game. Needing just 85 pitches, Kluber outdueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez by tossing a nine inning complete game shutout. Fifteen weeks later, the two right-handers were at it again, this time in a battle for the American League Cy Young Award, with Kluber once again coming out with the victory. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz took part in a phone conference with the 2014 Cy Young winner and shares his thoughts.
November 13, 2014 (25 comments)
Right now, it seems there is nothing Giovanny Urshela cannot do. The third baseman may not have the first round pedigree or a massive signing bonus that typically gets national attention for a prospect, but Urshela continues to prove his worth on the field. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps another big night for Urshela in Venezuela as well as the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 13, 2014 (2 comments)
In what was a very tight decision, Indians ace right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber was awarded the AL Cy Young award on Wednesday night. The IB provides the details on the Klubot's big win and also runs down a few other Indians related notes on Wednesday.
November 12, 2014 (4 comments)
Over the past few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria has provided year-end pieces like this for rookie level Arizona, Short-A Mahoning Valley, Low-A Lake County and High-A Carolina. In today's second part of his Akron review, Tony sits down with Indians Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of the pitchers there such as Will Roberts, Joe Colon, Cody Anderson, Shawn Armstrong, Duke von Schamann and over a half a dozen others.
November 12, 2014 (4 comments)
The countdown is on. At some point during the 2015 season, Indians shortstop and top prospect Francisco Lindor will make his long awaited Major League debut. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Lindor to talk about his looming arrival in the big leagues, what he is doing to improve, get his thoughts on not getting a call to Cleveland and more.
November 12, 2014 (5 comments)
The US All-Star team had a tuneup in Japan on Tuesday and the Indians very own Carlos Santana was in action. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps Santana's first outing this winter, notes the exceptional final outing for Dylan Baker in the AFL, and much more as he takes us Around the Farm...
November 12, 2014 (20 comments)
At 6pm tonight the unveiling of the winners of the AL and NL Cy Young Award will be announced live on MLB Network. The Indians very own Corey Kluber will be on0air to talk about the award and give his reaction should he win it. Be sure to tune in! The IBI's Jay Frierson notes Kluber's candidacy and runs down a laundry list of rumors that popped up around baseball on Tuesday.
November 11, 2014 (4 comments)
Over the past few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria has provided year-end pieces like this for rookie level Arizona, Short-A Mahoning Valley, Low-A Lake County and High-A Carolina. Over the next few days he will wrap up this series with a look at the rest of the organization, and today takes a look at the Double-A Akron position players. Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of the position players there such as Erik Gonzalez, Tyler Naquin, Anthony Gallas, Tony Wolters and over a half a dozen others.
November 11, 2014 (11 comments)
The baseball world got a bit of a surprise on Monday as Michael Cuddyer became the first free agent to sign a new contract. The surprise came about because after the Rockies extended him the qualifying offer a few days ago it was felt there was no chance anyone would sign him. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on the deal and how it actually helps the Indians draft plans...
November 11, 2014 (18 comments)
It was a busy night Around the Farm for the Indians as players were in action in five different leagues. There were several outstanding performances with the bat, but the biggest of which came from the bats of the two players expected to fill the Indians shortstop position next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the performances from Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and several others...
November 11, 2014 (5 comments)
Happy Veterans Day! Thank you for your service, bravery, and commitment. We appreciate you! 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 Mets signing Michael Cuddyer, the BBWAA announces the Rookie of the Year awards, MLB gives an update on a potential tampering case, and more.
November 10, 2014 (18 comments)
The Indians are going to consider a lot of different possibilities this offseason as they look to make some changes to help the team be more consistent both defensively and offensively. While a lot of fans will focus on upgrading third base, the IBI's Tony Lastoria believes that the Indians may opt to stick with Chisenhall for another season to see what he does and also give hot prospect Giovanny Urshela time to transition into the big leagues. Tony also ponders where Jason Kipnis fits in the lineup, talks about the trio of big contract extensions from this past spring, and more!
November 10, 2014 (17 comments)
For a bad team the Colorado Rockies have been in the news a lot of late. They made a change at the top with the retirement of former Cleveland Indians front office member Dan O’Dowd and now are listening to trade offers on their top two players Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. The IBI's Jeff Ellis looks at any potential trade matches between the Indians and Rockies and offers up a sleeper name to keep an eye on.
November 10, 2014 (1 comments)
Roberto Perez found his way onto the Indians roster this past season and appears to have the backup catching spot locked up going into the 2015 season. He is currently out in Puerto Rico playing winter ball and getting a ton of playing time, which should help him prepare and improve going into next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his night and the rest of the players in the Indians system in his trip Around the Farm....
November 10, 2014 (0 comments)
As one of the top third basement in the game since he broke into the league in 2008, Pablo Sandoval s one of the top free agents going into the offseason and he is expected to meet with four teams this week. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps the Sandoval news among many other things as he runs down all the news and notes from the day....
November 9, 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, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Mahoning Valley Scrappers. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik breaking down their star-packed outfield of Bradley Zimmer, Greg Allen, and Taylor Murphy, checking in on Francisco Mejia's on-the-field progress, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
November 9, 2014 (4 comments)
To say that 2014 was not kind to outfielder Jordan Smith is an understatement. Smith was a top prospect in the Indians organization who struggled with the bat all season and is currently out in Arizona participating in the Arizona Fall League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him to get his thoughts on his 2014 season and his preparations for next year.