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February 25, 2012   (1 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #39 Giovanni Soto
The 2012 IPI Top 50 Indians Prospects countdown continues with our first entry into the 30s with lefty Giovanni Soto coming in at #39. Soto was acquired for Jhonny Peralta back in July of 2010 and has been a nice pickup and has some upside, though battled some health issues last season. Tony talks about his future and more.
February 25, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #40 Jorge Martinez
Young up-and-coming infielder Jorge Martinez checks in at #40 in the 2012 IPI Top 50 Indians Prospect countdown. Martinez has spent the last two seasons in Arizona working on his game, gaining experience, and maturing, and may be primed for a trip to Ohio sometime this season to play for Lake County or Mahoning Valley. Tony has the details.
February 24, 2012   (2 comments)
Explaining Stats: Ultimate Zone Rating
In his continuing series at the IPI, Jeff Ellis takes a look at another advanced metric ultimate zone rating, also known as UZR. Jeff explains what it is, why it is useful, and why it is valued.
February 24, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #41 T.J. House
Coming in at the #41 slot in the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown is T.J. House, a young lefty that the previous three seasons was a Top 20 prospect in the organization. He struggled through an inconsistent campaign in 2011, but Tony provides details on his struggles and what he can do to rebound in 2012.
February 23, 2012   (1 comments)
2012 Indians Prospect Insider book is now available
The new 2012 Cleveland Indians Prospect Insider book profiling the Indians' top 100 prospects and more is now available. All the details regarding the book, availability, pricing, and so on is inside. Get your copy today!
February 23, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #42 Beau Mills
Former 1st round pick Beau Mills comes in at #42 on the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown. Mills once looked like the heir apparent at first base a few years ago, but after two rough seasons at Akron he became a forgotten man in that equation until last year when he came back with a strong season. Tony gives the details on whether or not he can still live up to his potential.
February 22, 2012   (4 comments)
Indians sign Cristian Guzman
On Wednesday afternoon the Indians added yet another non-roster invite to their big league camp this spring when they officially inked free agent infielder Cristian Guzman to a minor league deal. He is a long shot, but he has the defense and experience to maybe be a big league utility option if he is healthy this spring.
February 22, 2012   (3 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #43 Alexander Perez
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with another former Top 15 prospect that has slipped the past few years because of an arm injury. Perez missed all of last season, but had a promising showing in Instructional League in the fall and should be ready to pitch for a full season affiliate early on this year. Tony gives an update on his health, his stuff, and if his future is still bright.
February 22, 2012   (3 comments)
Second base job is Kipnis’ to lose
Welcome new writer Jim Berdysz to the fold. He is a student at Cleveland State University and the sports editor of the CSU newspaper "The Cleveland Stater" and has been a feature reporter for The Bleacher Report. In his first offering he takes a quick look at Jason Kipnis and how second base is his job for as long as he continues to perform.
February 21, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 Scouting Report: LHP Kelvin De La Cruz
Here is a free non-premium view of left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz's 2012 scouting report in my new book. The Indians traded him on Tuesday to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations, and with that another once promising arm did not live up to his potential due to injuries and command issues.
February 21, 2012   (6 comments)
De La Cruz traded to the Rangers
The Indians traded left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz to the Texas Rangers today. So ends another career of a minor league pitcher in the Indians' system that had loads of potential but never realized it as an Indian.
February 21, 2012   (0 comments)
Indians Close to Deal With Guzman
According to's Jordan Bastian, the Cleveland Indians are nearing a minor league deal with SS Cristian Guzman with an invite to major league camp. The deal will likely become official on Wednesday.
Guzman stated he will play all over the infield, creating more versitility for the Tribe this season. This also marks a reunitement between Cristian Guzman and Manny Acta, who Acta managed...
February 21, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #44 Tim Fedroff
Outfielder Tim Fedroff comes in at #44 as we continue with the IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown. He has had a good minor league career and made it all the way up to Triple-A Columbus last season. Tony provides the details on whether or not he is in the big league mix, what he needs to do to get there, and more.
February 21, 2012   (9 comments)
Dethroning a Prince: How to Handle Fielder in 2012
Much has obviously been made of the impact Fielder will make in Detroit... so how will Cleveland handle it? What are his weaknesses? Can he be pitched around? How has he done against the Indians historically? The questions are circulating and some of the advanced numbers shed light on how the Indians will have to handle Fielder in 2012 and beyond.
February 20, 2012   (4 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #45 Eric Haase
Up next in the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 prospect countdown is a very promising catcher out of high school the Indians selected in the 7th round of last year's draft. Haase is very raw, but has a lot of potential and the athleticism and skills to climb up these rankings in seasons to come. Tony gives the 411 on where he is at with his development and where it could go.
February 20, 2012   (4 comments)
A Look Ahead: The 2016 Cleveland Indians
Prospect rankings have been flying all over the place the past few weeks. With so much emphasis of late on the prospects in the Indians' system and their stars of tomorrow, Greg Dew takes a look at the Indians' roster a few years from now and makes some predictions on what it will look like.
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.