January 29, 2013 (9 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with catcher Alex Lavisky. Lavisky continues to show good catching and leadership skills, but his questionable bat actually showed some improvement last season. Tony goes into detail on the improvement he showed with his swing, how his performance spiked in the second half of last season, all the value he provides as a good receiver, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
January 29, 2013 (1 comments)
Today the Cleveland Indians have announced that they have a new five-year agreement with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Cleveland for WTAM 1100 AM to remain the “Flagship Home of the Cleveland Indians” through 2017. The deal also includes WMMS 100.7 FM as they will become the “FM home of the Indians” with at least 144 simulcast broadcasts.
January 29, 2013 (2 comments)
Around the Farm will say good bye for the offseason in the next few days, but will return in a few weeks once minor league spring games kick up in mid-March. Tony takes a look at the performance of Ezequiel Carrera whose team played in a very important Game 5 on Monday night in a best-of-seven series that was tied 2-2.
January 28, 2013 (17 comments)
Welcome to this week's edition of the IBI Power Poll. The Poll will take a look at a relevant topic of the time, an all-time list, or just something that we're talking about here at the IBI home offices. There's nothing like a list to spur a debate, so join us in our lively banter with our weekly polls! Today's poll focuses on the best Indians' shortstop of all time...
January 28, 2013 (6 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed reliever Bryce Stowell. He followed up a strange 2011 season with a lost season last year as he struggled with injuries once again. There is no doubt the stuff is still in there to be a high level prospect, but injuries every year and time is starting to creep up on him. Tony takes a look at this falling star and what has ailed him over his career, how his stuff has been affected, and what he may still offer as a pen prospect for the Indians going forward in this detailed scouting report.
January 28, 2013 (0 comments)
Quincy Latimore...this is your life. Sunday's ATF isn't all that complicated, as the spotlight rests on the shoulders of newcomer Quincy Latimore. Latimore has been shredding in Australia, as he brought a ten-game hit streak and a seven-game runs-scored streak into his final regular season game with the Adelaide Bite. Would he continue the streak? Join Jim Pete, as he gives you the inside scoop on Quincy Latimore.
January 27, 2013 (4 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with first baseman Chris McGuiness. The Indians picked him up in the Rule 5 Draft this past December, and he has a decent chance to make the opening day roster as the designated hitter and left-handed power bat off the bench. Tony has all the details on the Tribe newcomer and talks about his hitting, power, defense, versatility, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
January 27, 2013 (27 comments)
We are now two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear for the start of spring training. The offseason is wrapping up, and Tony takes a look into two issues facing the Indians as they prepare to open spring training: what they should do at DH and who should leadoff. He notes how the use of the DH has changed over the last few seasons, and how the Indians may be wise to consider another option at leadoff other than Brantley. Tony also discusses Carlos Santana's value, what spring invites reveal, and much more.
January 27, 2013 (0 comments)
The Australian League is coming to a close, but Quincy Latimore continued his hot Winter League play with two more hits and another run, continuing two different streaks. Ezequiel Carrera matched Latimore's hits, as his team battles in the playoffs. Andrew Campbell completed the Tribe prospects night with a double of his own, as Brisbane battles for the third and final playoff spot in the Aussie League.
January 26, 2013 (0 comments)
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
January 26, 2013 (8 comments)
With about three weeks left until spring training one of the more interesting battles to watch will be the backup catcher position. For the last three years that’s a role that has been held by Lou Marson, but after the November trade that brought Yan Gomes into the fold it’s clear that the Indians intend to create competition for the job this spring. Michael Goodman breaks down the pluses and minuses of both after the jump...
January 26, 2013 (6 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Luis DeJesus. He does not have the pure stuff some elite prospects might have, but he has a lot of intangibles and has proven to be a performer early on in his career. Tony breaks down why talent evaluators believe he has potential as a starting pitcher, his pluses and minuses, and lots more in this detailed scouting report.
January 26, 2013 (0 comments)
While most of the Caribbean championship series have been decided or are still in action, the Australian Baseball League's regular season still has a day left. Brisbane's Andrew Campbell and Ryan Battaglia were in action on Friday while Quincy Latimore launched his third home run of the winter season. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
January 25, 2013 (18 comments)
It is one of the biggest questions leading into spring training for the Indians: who should lead off? With the departure of Shin-Soo Choo in a trade, the Indians lost their best lead off option, and the IBI's Jeff Ellis breaks down all the schools of thought with regard to what kind of player should hit lead off before finally settling on an obvious solution to this question.
January 25, 2013 (0 comments)
With the Dominican Winter League Championship Series wrapped up, the championship action continues in the championship series of the Puerto Rican and Venezuelan winter leagues. A couple of Indians are still in action and hoping that they can help lead their team to the championship. The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on those Indians and their performances in this week's edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
January 25, 2013 (10 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed reliever Matt Langwell. Yesterday he received his first invite to Major League camp in spring training, a sign he is on the big league radar as a bullpen option for the Indians this season. A lot of fans probably do not know a lot about him, and Tony has all the details regarding his stuff, ability, potential and much more in this detailed scouting report.
January 25, 2013 (0 comments)
The winter ball season continued to wind its way to an end Thursday night, with fewer and fewer Cleveland players still participating in the games. Luckily for you, the reader, there is still plenty to write about, like Ezequiel Carrera in Venezuela and Quincy Latimore and company in Australia. Plus, this leaves us some freedom to look at the ghosts of prospect past popping up around the winter leagues, as Jim Piascik takes you Around The Farm.
January 24, 2013 (9 comments)
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have extended non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp to first baseman Jesus Aguilar, right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell, right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet, catcher Roberto Perez, and left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto.
January 24, 2013 (12 comments)
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with this week's edition of Then & Now, which looks at left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes. Barnes made his debut with the Indians last season and left a favorable impression, but what does the future hold? Last season, Barnes was a reliever, but could he possibly again be positioned to be a starter? Steve ponders after the jump.
January 24, 2013 (2 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with first baseman Mike McDade. The Indians picked up McDade this offseason in a waiver claim from the Blue Jays, and he is in the mix to make the big league roster this spring as a power bat off the bench or will serve as depth in Triple-A. Tony gives you the 411 on the new Indians prospect and what kind of hitter and defender he is, and how he can help the Indians in this detailed scouting report.