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November 21, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 20, 2012
It was a somewhat quiet night for Indians players playing winter ball on Tuesday, but there were a handful of players in action, including the return of left-hander Nick Hagadone, who made his debut with Aguilas Cibaenas in the DWL. His performance was less than stellar, but nonetheless, it was nice to see him back on the mound. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 20, 2012   (10 comments)
Indians add four to roster, outright LaPorta and others
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have purchased the contracts of outfielder Tim Fedroff, right-handed reliever Chen-Chang Lee, right-handed pitcher Trey Haley, and left-handed pitcher T.J. House and added them to the 40-man roster. To make room they removed Matt LaPorta, Brent Lillibridge, and Fabio Martinez from the roster.
November 20, 2012   (8 comments)
2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Shortstops
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IPI with a look at the shortstops in the Indians system. Over the past two years the Indians have built incredible depth and a deep talent pool at shortstop through a combination of trades, the draft, and on the international front, and that depth could be put to the test this offseason with a trade of Asdrubal Cabrera. Tony talks about Ivan Castillo, Juan Diaz, Jairo Kelly, Francisco Lindor, Dorssys Paulino, Ronny Rodriguez, Tony Wolters, and all the rest of the shortstops up and down the system and ranks them all, talks about their potential, and what kind of big league future they have.
November 20, 2012   (3 comments)
Then & Now: Jesus Aguilar
Jesus Aguilar just completed his fifth season as a member of one of the Cleveland Indians affiliates. The powerful first baseman remains one of the most popular prospects in the Tribe's system, but it's still no foregone conclusion that he will one day be a member of the Indians Major League roster. The IPI's Steve Orbanek looks back at the hulking slugger's career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
November 20, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: November 19, 2012
Congrats to Yan Gomes and his Brazil teammates who beat Panama 1-0 on Monday night to earn a berth in the 16-team World Baseball Classic tournament that gets underway this spring. We recap Gomes' big influence on the outcome of the game plus all the other action in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic where players like Hector Rondon, Jesus Aguilar, and others were in action.
November 19, 2012   (0 comments)
Coach's Corner '12: Greg Hibbard Part II
Short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley had 13 players from the 2012 Draft make their organizational and pro debut for the Indians. Tony recently had a chance to sit down with Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard and discussed how some of those debuts went, what strides were made, and what improvements are still being work on. Players discussed include Josh Martin, Jacob Lee, Luis Morel, Scott Peoples, Jake Sisco, Jimmy Stokes, Ryan Merritt, Jack Wagoner and more.
November 19, 2012   (0 comments)
Indians sign two players to minor league deals
The Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Matt Carson and Cedric Hunter to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to 2013 Major League spring training camp.
November 19, 2012   (0 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Tyler Holt and Alex Monsalve
The Arizona Fall League wrapped up last week, and over the course of the AFL season the IPI provided profiles on six of the eight players with spotlight pieces on Shawn Armstrong, Trey Haley, T.J. House, Carlos Moncrief, Matt Packer, and Ronny Rodriguez. Not to be forgotten, we wrap up the spotlight pieces with the final two Indians prospects Tyler Holt and Alex Monsalve.
November 19, 2012   (0 comments)
Red Sox, Diamondbacks have interest in Cabrera
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks have both shown interest in Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He also lists the Indians as a strong suitor for Kevin Youkilis (no surprise).
November 19, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 18, 2012
Ezequiel Carrera continued his torrid pace for Magallanes with another multi-hit performance. Starter Eric Berger took another loss to go 0-4, but kept his ERA under 3.00 while doing it.Giovanni Soto and Matt Langwell were both shutout performers for Gigantes, while Giovanny Urshela his an absolute laser in the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. Join Jim Pete with another edition of Around the Farm...
November 18, 2012   (3 comments)
AFL Recap: House, Monsalve, Haley Impress
Thursday night marked the final game action for the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions, and with it ended the journey for the eight Cleveland prospects taking part in the league. The IPI's Jim Piascik recaps how all eight Indians prospects did, who impressed, and what - if anything - we can take away from the performances whether good or bad.
November 18, 2012   (26 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians offseason free agent guide
The Indians are expected to be very busy this offseason working the phones on both the free agent and trade front as they look to improve upon what was a very disappointing 2012 campaign and put together a team that can win in 2013. Free agency will never be an area the Indians are strong players in, but this offseason there are a few interesting players that are available that are sure to garner the Indians' interest. Tony talks about all of them and more in his Sunday morning staple here at the IPI.
November 18, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 17, 2012
The sun never sets on the Cleveland Indians' empire, and that was certainly true on Saturday when 11 players played in games from Australia to the Caribbean. Hector Rondon continued his outstanding stretch of baseball in Venezuela, while Jose Ramirez scored another run in the Dominican. Andrew Campbell stole the show though, with his third two-hit game down undah. Join Jim Pete, as he takes you Around the Farm...
November 17, 2012   (3 comments)
AFL Spotlight: T.J. House
The Arizona Fall League season officially comes to a close with the league championship game later today, but for all the Indians prospect playing in the AFL their season came to an end on Thursday. One of the best and brightest showings came from lefty T.J. House, and Tony recently sat down with him and talked about his 2012 season, all the changes he made, his experience in the AFL, and his roster status this offseason.
November 17, 2012   (3 comments)
IPI Digest: 11/11/12-11/17/12
The IPI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Prospect Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
November 17, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: November 16, 2012
A slew of Indians prospects were in action on Friday night, including Jose Ramirez who happened to extend his hit-streak to five games. Plus while it's still early, Andrew Campbell is starting to make some noise in the Australian Baseball League. And speaking of noise, Giovanny Urshela put together a loud performance in a World Baseball Classic Qualifer. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
November 16, 2012   (4 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: AFL season closes shop
The Scottsdale Scorpions ended their AFL season Thursday, which means a number of Indians players have completed their tour of winter ball duty. In this week's Winter Ball Notebook, the IPI's Steve Orbanek looks back at some of the top performers from the Scottsdale squad, including Alex Monsalve and Tyler Holt, while also touching on some of the other Indians playing in other various winter leagues.
November 16, 2012   (2 comments)
Gomes helps Brazil to upset win in WBC qualifier
Several current and former Indians were in action last night in Wold Baseball Classic qualifier action. Newly acquired catcher Yan Gomes helped his Brazil team complete an upset over Panama - which had Indians righty Paolo Espino on the mound. Other former Indians Johnny Damon and Sung-Wei Tseng were also in action.
November 16, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Transaction Rundown: Clippers Year in Review
Every Friday between today and December 21st, we will look back at the roster movement over the past season for one club in the Cleveland Indians organization. Today, we continue our year-end look with a recap of all the player transaction activity this past season at Triple-A Columbus.
November 16, 2012   (3 comments)
Around The Farm: November 15, 2012
Thursday marked the final game in the Arizona Fall League for the Cleveland prospects out west, giving Tyler Holt, Carlos Moncrief, and Ronny Rodriguez one last opportunity to impress stateside before the spring. To see how those prospects and those in the Caribbean Winter Leagues fared last night, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.