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.
November 9, 2014 (6 comments)
Carlos Moncrief continues to rake out in Venezuela and in the process is really solidifying himself as an option later in the season next year for the Indians. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps Moncrief's performances as well as a long list of others in a busy night Around the Farm....
November 8, 2014 (2 comments)
The IBI's Tony Lastoria has been providing year-end reviews of each of the Indians six affiliates with tons of comments on Indians players at that level. In today's second part of his Carolina review, 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 some of the pitchers there such as Ryan Merritt, Adam Plutko, Shawn Morimando, Ben Heller, Mike Clevinger and over a half a dozen others.
November 8, 2014 (0 comments)
It wasn't a great night Around the Farm for many Tribe farmhands on Friday night. Most of the players put up a goose egg at the plate, but there were still some solid to good performances. The IBI's Arthur Kinney chimes in and notes how all of the Indians players participating in fall/winter ball did on the night...
November 8, 2014 (1 comments)
They first came to Cleveland as virtual no names. One, as a player to be named later, the other listed as a utility man. Now household names and Tribe cornerstones, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes have each been awarded one of baseball's highest honors: The Silver Slugger Award. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz caught up with both players on a phone conference Friday, where both players shared thoughts on the award and look ahead to 2015.
November 8, 2014 (6 comments)
The weekend has finally arrived! Enjoy the last of the fall weather in Northeast Ohio as temperatures are expected to dip sharply this coming week. 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 Hanley Ramirez's willingness to play another position, Carlos Santana and Terry Francona heading to Japan, Pablo Sandoval's contract desires become clear, and more.
November 7, 2014 (23 comments)
There was plenty of action for Cleveland minor leaguers Thursday, with prospects across the globe in action and playing well. The best of the bunch were in Venezuela, with Carlos Moncrief showing off some power and Jesus Aguilar doing something he has not done since 2012. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all the action and takes you Around the Farm.
November 7, 2014 (2 comments)
Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes earned their first Silver Slugger awards on Thursday, and hopefully the first of many to come. The Yankees continue to look for ways to rid themselves of Alex Rodriguez during his ongoing saga of PED use. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on all of that and more as he fills in for Storylines...
November 6, 2014 (8 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 and Low-A Lake County. Over the next few weeks he will wrap up this series with a look at the rest of the organization, starting today with High-A Carolina. In today's first part of his Carolina review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the position players there such as Yandy Diaz, Jeremy Lucas, LeVon Washington, Todd Hankins and over a half a dozen others.
November 6, 2014 (1 comments)
The Indians aren’t the only ones trying to get over the hump in the coming offseason to keep pace in an uber-competitive division. The Royals and Tigers have their share of work to do, and the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins, on the other hand, will look to join the fray in 2015 with some substantial moves this offseason. Here is a look at the Indians competition in the division.
November 6, 2014 (2 comments)
On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians extended manager Terry Francona through the 2018 season with club options for 2019 and 2020, and the IBI's Graydon Fox believes they just made their biggest and best move of the offseason. He explains Francona's impact and why it is such an important move for the organization.