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February 19, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #46 Hector Rondon
We are moving along into the middle 40s of the IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown, and today a former Top 10 prospect Hector Rondon slides in at #46. Two serious elbow injuries the past two years have stalled his career and his future is questionable, but when he is healthy the goods are certainly there to be a top pitching prospect. Tony looks at his stuff, his injury history, and outlook with the Tribe.
February 19, 2012   (2 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians continue to add depth
Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear today for physicals. Spring Training is officially here. In today's weekly Sunday rundown of the happenings with the Indians, Tony takes a look at the imminent Jon Garland signing, the improvements of Jeanmar Gomez, the commitment of ownership to scouting, and lots more.
February 18, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #47 Alex Monsalve
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown rolls along with a Latin American catcher the Indians signed in July of 2008 to a then club record international signing bonus. Monsalve has since made his way up the Indians' system by moving up a level each year and has established himself as a legit Major League catching prospect. Tony gives the details on his potential and his big league future.
February 17, 2012   (5 comments)
A few site updates
A few quick updates on the site with what has been a crazy week getting things working properly and making some adjustments and enhancements along the way. Also an apology to those that may have had some login issues, a quick update on the new book, and some subscription information.
February 17, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #48 Will Roberts
The 2012 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with another pitcher from the 2011 Draft, this time a college righty that threw a perfect game for Virginia last season. Roberts is an advanced pitcher with a low ceiling, but Tony gives us the details on what that ceiling is and what kind of pitcher he could become for the Tribe.
February 17, 2012   (2 comments)
Jimenez, Lowe returning to form could be a big boost
Ubaldo Jimenez and Derek Lowe both struggled through a frustrating season 2011. Both pitchers are set to begin their first full seasons with the Tribe in 2012 and will be key pieces to the starting rotation. Can fans expect bounce back seasons from the two? A deeper look into the numbers shows what changed for them last it is just a matter of correcting it.
February 16, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #49 Shawn Morimando
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with a young lefty the Indians selected in the 19th round of last year's draft out of high school. The Indians lured him away from college with a sizable bonus and really like his upside, and Tony provides all the details on what is liked about his potential and more.
February 16, 2012   (2 comments)
Profiling the Columbus Clippers’ Major League ready rotation
Due to the offseason acquisitions of Derek Lowe and Kevin Slowey, the Cleveland Indians figure to have an insane amount of major-league ready pitching filling the AAA Columbus Clippers’ rotation. Since these pitchers are likely to pitch in Cleveland at some point in 2012, let’s take some time to profile each pitcher’s strengths, weaknesses and general outlook for 2012.
February 15, 2012   (8 comments)
Answering some subscription questions
Some people have expressed some frustrations today with the new subscription feature, be it because of the new subscription fee to read certain articles or because they are having trouble creating an account. I’m posting this to hopefully help explain the reasoning for the change to a subscription-based site and also help steer people to the proper way of signing up.
February 15, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #50 Juan Diaz
We kick off the 2012 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown with shortstop Juan Diaz, an infielder that the Indians added to the 40-man roster this offseason. The Indians must have liked something to roster him, and Tony lays out all his strengths and weaknesses and what his future may hold with the Indians.
February 14, 2012   (6 comments)
Is A.J. Burnett on the radar?
Could A.J. Burnett be on the Tribe's radar? Could Travis Hafner's time in Cleveland be coming to an end? CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Indians and Yankees have discussed a deal.
February 14, 2012   (0 comments)
Indians designate De La Cruz for assignment
The Indians announced today that they have designated left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment. The move was necessitated because they needed to clear space on the 40-man for first baseman Casey Kotchman who they signed back on February 3rd. The Indians now have ten days to trade, release, or outright De La Cruz to the minors.
February 14, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospect Countdown Preview
The 2012 Indians Top 50 Prospect Countdown is finally here. Before we get off and rolling with the countdown, here is a quick overview of the system outlining where things stand. The Indians system may not be as strong at the top in year's past, but is loaded with exciting, young prospects in the lower levels that should make the 2012 season one of the most fun season's to follow prospects in a long time.
February 13, 2012   (7 comments)
Welcome to the new Indians Prospect Insider
The IPI has undergone a major face lift, and today we unveil all the new changes with the site. The site is taking a big leap from a blog to a real website with all kinds of new bells and whistles as well as a new subscription based model with the vision to be the #1 source for Cleveland Indians information.
February 13, 2012   (6 comments)
Inside the Numbers: Indians lineup could be strong in 2012
A lot of people are unimpressed with the improvements the Indians made to the lineup this offseason, but Charlie Adams says that the numbers show that the Indians could have one of the better lineups in baseball this season if luck comes in the form of health and maturation.
February 12, 2012   (5 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Chisenhall may start season in minors
In Tony's weekly Sunday Indians' notebook he looks at the chances Lonnie Chisenhall has to make the opening day roster, which surprisingly is not as good as you may think. He also looks at the importance of a strong, right-handed heavy bench, the improvements made by David Huff last year, Asdrubal Cabrera signing, and more.
February 11, 2012   (0 comments)
Reviewing the Indians offseason
This time of year, fans are bundled up in warm clothes and blankets, watching the snow fall as they anxiously await the arrival of spring training. Although Old Man Winter’s wrath will still be felt in Cleveland in mid-February, in Goodyear, Arizona, home of the Indians spring training facilities, it will be baseball season. The sound of bats hitting balls and balls hitting gloves will bring...
February 10, 2012   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Casey Frawley
Spring training is right around the corner, and one player that is looking forward to the new season is infielder Casey Frawley. Tony gets his thoughts on a frustrating 2011 season where he battled some vision issues and what he is looking forward to in 2012.
February 9, 2012   (1 comments)
In defense of a dull offseason
Ho hum. To the majority of the Cleveland Indians fan base, this has undoubtedly been a boring offseason. Especially when the Tribe’s offseason is compared to that of other teams.
The Miami Marlins sign Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, while the Indians trade for a 38-year old Derek Lowe and his 5.05 ERA. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sign Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, while...
February 8, 2012   (0 comments)
Don't be so weary of the Indians lefty-laden lineup
The talk of the Cleveland offseason, long before, really, has been a lack of right-handed hitters in the Indians' lineup in general, but especially a lack of power from the right side.
It is no secret that exactly zero of the team's projected regular position players are strictly right-handed, as only switch-hitters, Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana, figure to be mainstays from the right...