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December 20, 2012   (7 comments)
2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Right Fielders
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IPI with a look at the right fielders in the Indians system. With the Indians recent trade of outfielder Shin-Soo Choo they have a glaring hole they need to fill in right field in the short term and long term, and while the internal options in the short term are limited, the Indians have some interesting prototype right field prospects moving up the minor league ladder. Tony looks at all of the right field options the Indians have in their system all the way to the Dominican Summer League, and breaks down the potential and future for the likes of Hector Caro, Victor De Jesus, Josh McAdams, Carlos Moncrief, Bryson Myles, Juan Romero, Brian Ruiz, Jordan Smith, Omar Sanchez, and several others.
December 20, 2012   (11 comments)
Imagining the 2013 Cleveland lineup without a full-time DH
It has been years since Cleveland had flexibility with the designated hitter spot, as Travis Hafner's complete inability to play in the field relegated him to full-time DH status. Now that Hafner is not expected to be with the team in 2013, Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona have the ability to use the DH spot as a way to keep the everyday players fresh. But exactly how would that fall out? Jim Piascik takes a stab at fitting the pieces together and offers how he thinks it could all fall together.
December 20, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: December 19, 2012
After a nearly three week absence, Jesus Aguilar once again appeared in a winter ball contest on Wednesday, and while the slugger's appearance was brief, it was positive nonetheless. Plus, Mike McDade had a strong night at the plate, and Carlos Santana continues to draw walks and strikeout at a very high rate. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
December 19, 2012   (16 comments)
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: Fool me once...
The Cleveland Indians are in a waiting game right now, as the Nick Swisher tour gains momentum as the right fielder shops his talents to several teams across major league baseball. Many experts have the Indians in the lead in this horse race, but Jim Pete reminds Cleveland fans of the cautionary tale of free agents and Cleveland.
December 19, 2012   (7 comments)
Teams have to determine if Swisher is worth money, pick
Free agent outfielder Nick Swisher left Cleveland yesterday afternoon. What destination he was heading to next on his free agent tour is still a mystery, but even though he departed without signing a contract the Indians still appear the frontrunner to sign him. Tony discusses how draft pick compensation may be limiting his market and why the Indians are still his most logical landing spot.
December 19, 2012   (3 comments)
Indians sign Martinez, Jeroloman
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Joe Martinez and catcher Brian Jeroloman to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League camp. Martinez returns to the Indians after pitching for Triple-A Columbus in 2011 and Jeroloman will provide much needed upper level catching depth.
December 19, 2012   (13 comments)
Reynolds will help, but is he the right fit for the Indians?
Let’s start with a prediction; no player is going to more polarizing on the 2013 Cleveland Indians than Mark Reynolds. It would be too easy to say that Reynolds is an upgrade from Casey Kotchman and leave it at that. Reynolds will be an upgrade from Kotchman, that’s a slam dunk. The real question, as the title asks, is whether or not Reynolds was the right move on the free agent market. The IPI's Michael Goodman takes a deeper look into the value the Indians new first baseman brings to the team.
December 19, 2012   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 18, 2012
There was plenty of action around the numerous winter leagues on Tuesday. Asdrubal Cabrera continued to rake at the plate while Carlos Santana unfortunately had a game that he would probably like to have back. Also, Matt Langwell and Giovanni Soto continued to dominate hitters in the Puerto Rican Winter League. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all this and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 18, 2012   (17 comments)
Indians officially sign Reynolds, designate Canzler
Today the Indians officially announced the signing of first baseman Mark Reynolds to a one year contract. The deal is for a reported $6 million and includes an additional $1.5 million in incentives. To make room on the 40-man roster the Indians designated first baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler for assignment.
December 18, 2012   (8 comments)
Swisher makes visit to Cleveland facilities
As you read this, outfielder Nick Swisher is on a plane out of Cleveland. The free agent outfielder was in town today and visited Indians facilities as the team continues to pursue his services. A standing offer is apparently on the table for Swisher, so these next few days could become quite interesting.
December 18, 2012   (2 comments)
Then & Now: Thomas Neal
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with a new edition of Then & Now. Thomas Neal put together a brilliant performance for the Akron Aeros this past season and was rewarded with a call up to Cleveland in September. However, Neal's playing time was quite limited, and there's no guarantee that the outfielder is in the Indians plans moving forward. Steve looks back at Neal's career and ponders the California native's future after the jump.
December 18, 2012   (5 comments)
2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Left Fielders
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IPI with a look at the left fielders in the Indians system. It is no secret that left field is a position of immediate need at the big league level for the Indians, but the options in the upper levels of the Indians system are limited. Tony looks at all of the left field options for the Indians now and in the future and breaks down the potential and future for the likes of Victor Cabral, Tim Fedroff, Anthony Gallas, Bo Greenwell, Jorge Martinez, Thomas Neal, Anthony Santander, Jeremie Tice and many others.
December 18, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 17, 2012
It was a very quiet night in the Indians system on Monday night. Ezequiel Carrera continued his recent string of solid performances at the plate while Paolo Espino unfortunately had a game that he would probably like to have back. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and also recaps Chun Chen's performance so far in the Asian Winter Baseball League as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 17, 2012   (9 comments)
Indians continue pursuit of Swisher, likely to visit tonight
The Indians have been talking to free agent outfielder Nick Swisher for several weeks now, and today they reportedly have intensified what was already a very aggressive pursuit. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Indians “are making a push in their effort to sign Swisher”.
December 17, 2012   (0 comments)
Coach's Corner '12: Scooter Tucker
In today's final edition of "Coach's Corner" this offseason, we saved the best for last. Tony recently had a chance to sit down with former High-A Carolina hitting coach and new Low-A Lake County manager Scooter Tucker and discuss a lot of the players he worked with this past season at Carolina. The Indians had a lot of very intriguing position player talent at Carolina this past season, and Tucker went into great detail on things they worked on over the course of the season. They talked about Carlos Moncrief, Ronny Rodriguez, Tony Wolters, Jesus Aguilar, Giovanny Urshela, Anthony Gallas, and more.
December 17, 2012   (14 comments)
Site update: IPI name change coming
As some of you may have seen in a tweet I sent out last week, Indians Prospect Insider will soon be no more. No, it is not closing up shop and going away. Instead, this site will become Indians Baseball Insider. We are going from the IPI to the IBI, and the change should occur sometime between now and the next two weeks. Tony explains why the change was made and what it means for the site.
December 17, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: December 16, 2012
Things picked up for the Tribe prospects on Sunday, as one managed a four-hit game, and every Indians prospect except for one got on base. That one just happened to be playing in their leagues all-star game as the only Indians' prospect to make it. Two relievers also made some noise tonight, and may find themselves in Cleveland this year if they keep up their stellar play. Find out who these prospects are, after the jump...
December 16, 2012   (15 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Fans won't believe it until they see it
The Indians continue to be extremely active this offseason on both the free agent and trade fronts, something that a lot of fans have taken notice of and been happy to see for a change. But there is still a large segment of naysayers that will not believe anything has changed until ownership and the front office get a notable free agent to sign on the dotted line. Tony discusses how a big free agent signing may actually help the team more off the field than on it, he compares the James Shields and Ubaldo Jimenez deals, and much more.
December 16, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 15, 2012
It was a cool night for Cleveland Indians' prospect bats, as they all managed to go 2-for-22 overall. The only pitcher gave up a run in an inning and a third. With that said, there are a couple of Tribe prospects that have picked up their play of late, and while they didn't continue that hot streak tonight, find out which players are perched to rebound here at ATF, after the jump...
December 15, 2012   (16 comments)
“The Book” on Lineups
Chris Antonetti acquired quite a few new players for Terry Francona's team in 2013, but the question of how these pieces will fit into the lineup still remains. Charlie Adams offers his help, using one of the seminal sabermetric books (aptly named "The Book") to fit the pieces together, sometimes yielding surprising results.