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November 9, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Scrappers 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 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)
AFL Spotlight: Jordan Smith
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)
Around the Farm: November 8, 2014
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)
Carolina Insider: 2014 Review - The pitchers
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)
Around the Farm: November 7, 2014
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)
Brantley, Gomes honored to win Silver Slugger Awards
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)
Storylines: Hanley Ramirez willing to play third base
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)
Around the Farm: November 6, 2014
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)
Storylines: Brantley, Gomes win Silver Slugger awards
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)
Carolina Insider: 2014 Review - The hitters
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)
AL Central offseason roundup
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)
Terry Francona's impact
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.
November 6, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: November 5, 2014
A bunch of Cleveland’s prospects in the Arizona Fall League were in action Wednesday, with three pitchers taking the mound and two hitters in the lineup. A few performances were better than others, but overall, it was a very good night for Cleveland. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the action from across the globe and takes you Around the Farm.
November 6, 2014   (8 comments)
Storylines: Rockies willing to listen on Tulowitzki, Gonzalez
For the past six to eight years, the two cornerstones of the Colorado Rockies have been Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez; however, they are now on the trade market entering the offseason. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides the update on their possible availability this offseason as well as all the other news and notes from around the league...
November 5, 2014   (6 comments)
Projected arbitration salaries released for Indians players released their projections today for players around Major League Baseball who are eligible for salary arbitration. Over the years this has become a handy listing to help show committed payroll money for teams as they enter the offseason, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at those figures and provides an update on the Indians payroll situation.
November 5, 2014   (5 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace
In this week’s first offseason edition of “Coach’s Corner”, a piece that will run every Wednesday for the next several weeks, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace out in Arizona and talk about some Indians players participating in the Arizona Fall League, other winter ball leagues and from his Akron team this past season. They talked about the exciting year defensive strides from Tyller Naquin and Tony Wolters, the struggles of Jordan Smith, Cody Anderson and Joe Wendle, how close Will Roberts and Shawn Armstrong may be to the big leagues, and much more.
November 5, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 4, 2014
All of the winter leagues were back in action on Tuesday and the Indians once again had several players in action. Players like Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar, and Giovanny Urshela continue to get regular playing time, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about their performances as well as several others in his trip Around the Farm...
November 5, 2014   (9 comments)
Storylines: Indians lock up Francona through 2020
The Indians locked up an important piece to their organization on Tuesday as they agreed to a two-year extension with manager Terry Francona that also includes two option years to bring him under club control through 2020. The IBI's Jay Frierson shares the details on the extension as well as all the other news and notes throughout baseball on Tuesday.
November 4, 2014   (4 comments)
Building a Wahoo Winner: Establish some arms behind Kluber
Corey Kluber had a breakthrough season and is a one of the top two favorites to win the AL Cy Young award. But the IBI's Hayden Grove believes that in order for the Indians to be a more consistent team next year and to make a push for the AL Central title, the Indians need a few arms to step up and solidify the number two and three spots in the rotation. He explains in his latest...
November 4, 2014   (5 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Nick Maronde
Back on July 12th the Indians made a small trade to acquire left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde from the Angels for cash. It was not a headline making trade, but it is one that could help the Indians pitching depth in 2015. After a tough year in the Angels system, he regrouped with the Indians this season and is pitching in the Arizona Fall League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk to him about his season and his trade to the Indians...