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October 28, 2014   (3 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Louis Head
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)
Building a Wahoo Winner: A healthy return for Kipnis
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)
Around the Farm: October 27, 2014
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)
Storylines: The search for a manager continues for Twins
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)
Tribe Happenings: Looking at the Indians true offseason needs
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)
2015 Indians Organizational Depth Chart
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)
Around the Farm: October 26, 2014
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)
Storylines: Giants close to within one win of another title
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...
October 26, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Columbus hitters 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 hitters, with Jim Piascik breaking down the plethora of major league options who spent time in Columbus and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
October 26, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: All-Tony team
Today we wrap up the 2014 Tony Awards with the announcement of the All-Tony teams for 2014. These are the first, second and third teams as Tony sees them in the Cleveland Indians organization based on their performance this past year. Again, this is not a top prospect listing by position, but a listing based 100% on performance from the 2014 season.
October 26, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 25, 2014
Francisco Lindor has struggled some of late while Jordan Smith is starting to find his groove with the bat out in the Arizona Fall League. Meanwhile, Jesus Aguilar is back in action and Giovanny Urshela continues to rake in Venezuela. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps those performances and more on Saturday throughout the winter leagues.
October 26, 2014   (3 comments)
Indians Rule 5 Draft Eligibles 2015 - 2018
On Thursday we posted the 2014 Rule 5 Draft eligibles for the Indians. Today we provide an up-to-date listing showing the outlook for Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles from 2015 - 2018. This is for every player in the organization. Every player signed before January 2014 and all 2014 Draft picks are included in the listing.
October 25, 2014   (4 comments)
Analyzing Cleveland’s draft history: A surprisingly decent 2003
An often repeated phrase surrounding Cleveland baseball over the past two decades regards how poor the organization has fared in the draft. But exactly how bad has Cleveland been? And how do they stack up against the rest of baseball? Join Jim Piascik as he continues his series of analyzing Cleveland’s draft history with the 2003 draft, which turned out to be a surprisingly decent haul for the organization when compared to the rest of Major League Baseball.
October 25, 2014   (14 comments)
2014 Indians Major League and Minor League free agents
With the offseason already here for the Cleveland Indians and the official kickoff to the offseason just days after the conclusion of the World Series, it is time to start looking at the roster and who might return in 2014. Here is a list of the Major League and Minor League free agents throughout the organization, and more...
October 25, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 24, 2014
The Indians had several players in action throughout the world of fall and winter baseball on Friday night. Two big name players made their winter season debuts as Jesus Aguilar and Elvis Araujo made their presence immediately felt, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their performances as well as all the rest of the Indians in action on Friday.
October 25, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Maddon opts out of Tampa Bay
The Royals took Game 3 of the World Series last night. Is momentum swinging in their favor? 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 Joe Maddon exercising his opt-out clause, what kind of contract Victor Martinez is looking for, the contract details of Andrew Friedman's deal with the Dodgers is released, and more.
October 24, 2014   (17 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Offensive Player of the Year
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Offensive Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the position player in the Indians organization that had the best year offensively. Like with all the awards so far, this is 100% based on performance and not on prospect standing. The IBI's Tony Lastoria lists all of the top performances and picks his top performer...
October 24, 2014   (40 comments)
Picking up Aviles’ option goes beyond the numbers
Strictly based on the numbers, Cleveland exercising utility man Mike Aviles’ $3.5 million option for 2015 makes no sense. Going beyond the surface numbers, however, shows why the move is defensible. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Aviles’ hidden value to the organization and why picking up his option makes more sense than it appears on first glance.
October 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: October 23, 2014
Another day, another set of Giovanny Urshela hits. The breakout 2014 season of Urshela just continues to roll on, with the third baseman destroying the pitching of the Venezuelan Winter League. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps yet another big Urshela night, discusses the winter ball debut of two prospects in the Dominican Republic, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 24, 2014   (5 comments)
Storylines: John Hart named head of baseball ops with Braves
The World Series is tied up at one all. Who do you have in game three? 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 John Hart being named head of baseball ops in Atlanta, a former Indian favorite signed a one year deal, what the Giants plan to do with Pablo Sandoval, and more.