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January 23, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: January 22, 2013
It was a quiet night in the winter leagues on Tuesday as only two Indians players were in action. Edward Paredes was playing in the Dominican Winter League Championship Series while Rob Bryson was in action in the Puerto Rican Winter League Championship Series. Was Bryson able to keep his perfect winter season intact? Find out as the IBI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
January 22, 2013   (0 comments)
Aeros announce ballpark improvements, new HD scoreboard
The Akron Aeros celebrated an Eastern League Championship win last fall, and with a new season on the loom, they’re looking to win over fans with some ballpark improvements. One is the installation of a new state-of-the-art HD video scoreboard. Stephanie Metzger shares the details.
January 22, 2013   (7 comments)
Tribe Fest triumphs in inaugural year
Large crowds descended upon Progressive Field this past week for the inaugural Tribe Fest, and it turned out to be a rousing success. The Indians appear to be getting everything right this offseason with their trades, free agent signings, manager and coach hires, and now a great fan friendly event. What momentum the organization has built going into the 2013 season, and Jake Dungan recaps the event in his debut piece for the IBI.
January 22, 2013   (9 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #55 CA Jake Lowery
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with the first position player named do far: catcher Jake Lowery. Even though his prospect value slipped last season due to his performance offensively and high strikeout totals, he is still an interesting prospect going forward because of his power potential from the left side. Tony takes a look at the positives that he brings, why he struggled last season, and lots more in this detailed writeup.
January 22, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: January 21, 2013
The Venezuela Winter League wrapped up round robin play on Monday night, and has now joined the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League in the championship series round of league play. It was a thin night as far as Indians action goes, but there were a few players that played, and Tony recaps how they did after the jump...
January 21, 2013   (7 comments)
IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' Third Baseman of All-Time?
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' third baseman of all time. Join Jim Pete after the find out the who made the cut...
January 21, 2013   (7 comments)
Indians officially sign Ben Francisco and Ryan Raburn
The Indians continue to shore up their roster with more depth signings, and today they announced that they have officially signed infielder/outfielder Ryan Raburn and outfielder Ben Francisco to minor league contracts with an invite as non-roster payers to Major League spring training.
January 21, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #56 RHP Rob Bryson
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed reliever Rob Bryson. So far the IBI listing has been a run of interest right-handed pitchers, and Bryson is another in a long line of good right-handed relief prospects in the system. He continues to perform each year with impressive strikeout totals, and Tony goes in depth with a detailed report on what makes him so successful, but also what continues to hold him back and more.
January 21, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: January 20, 2013
Paolo Espino had another outstanding start in the Winter League, striking out eight in seven innings of five-hit baseball. While he's not considered a top prospect, he certainly can turn heads with outstanding starts. Quincy Latimore continued his hit streak in Australia, while Asdrubal Cabrera is slumping in the Caribbean. Join Jim Pete with another weekend edition of ATF.
January 20, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #57 RHP Preston Guilmet
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet. Guilmet had another outstanding year last season closing out games for an Indians affiliate, and for the third straight season ended up with an ERA in the low 2’s and averaged about a strikeout an inning. Tony breaks down his stuff and potential in great detail, and explains why even with the great numbers he is still a second level relief prospect.
January 20, 2013   (19 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Thome, Ramirez reunion might work
What a great Indians weekend as the widely popular Tribe Fest was jam packed on Saturday and is expected to have big crowds again today. On the news front, it was a slow week for the Indians other than a few players being named to World Baseball Classic rosters and several arbitration eligible players having their 2013 contracts finalized. Tony discusses the arbitration deals and the WBC, but also touches on how two former Indians heroes might make for good low risk pickups this late in the offseason.
January 20, 2013   (2 comments)
Indians set to sign utility player Ryan Raburn
Several sources are reporting that the Indians will sign IF/OF Ryan Raburn to a minor league contract with an invite to join the big league club in spring training. Raburn certainly isn't a big fish, but he's a guy that could provide the Indians with another versatile bat, as he's played nearly every infield and outfield position over the past several seasons. Find out more about Raburn...after the jump...
January 20, 2013   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: January 19, 2013
The Winter Leagues are heading towards the end game, and several Indians prospects and players remain active down the stretch. Rob Bryson made an appearance on Saturday night looking to continue his scoreless innings streak, along with Paredes, Carrera and Cabrera in the Caribbean leagues, while Quincy Latimore continued to heat things up down under, along with Andrew Campbell. Jim Pete brings the daily ATF, after the jump...
January 19, 2013   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 1/13/12-1/19/13
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 19, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #58 RHP Cole Cook
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Cole Cook. Last year Cook had a nice bounce back season from an injury plagued 2011 and traveled across four levels between Low-A Lake County and Triple-A Columbus, and impressed in a small sample size of work at the end of the year in Columbus. He is an interesting prospect, and Tony provides all the details on his potential, his stuff, and what he needs to do to take the next step in his development into a higher priority prospect.
January 19, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: January 18, 2013
It was an eventful night in the winter leagues on Friday as both the Dominican and Puerto Rican League Championship Series began. Roberto Perez and Delvi Cid were among the Indians in action, plus Andrew Campbell and Quincy Latimore continue to impress in the Australian Baseball League. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
January 18, 2013   (4 comments)
Indians avoid arbitration with five players, one unsigned
Today the Indians have avoided arbitration and agreed to one year contracts with Matt Albers, Lou Marson, Justin Masterson, Chris Perez, and Joe Smith, and on Thursday night they agreed to a one year contract with Drew Stubbs. Only infielder Mike Aviles remains unsigned, and since no deal was made before today's 1pm signing deadline, the process gets a little more complex.
January 18, 2013   (0 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Ramirez's season comes to an end
The Championship Series matchups have been decided in the DWL and PWL, which means that the winter seasons have come to an end for a number of Indians, including the beloved Jose Ramirez. The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on Ramirez and his fine winter season as well as many other Indians players still competing in winter ball in his latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
January 18, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #59 RHP Tyler Sturdevant
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed reliever Tyler Sturdevant. Last year Sturdevant was much higher in this listing, but an injury plagued 2012 campaign and some current health issues have really pushed him down the listing. Tony looks into his health and outlook for the 2013 season and also gives a detailed look at what makes him so successful when he is healthy.
January 18, 2013   (12 comments)
Indians sign Stubbs, interested in Thome
Late Thursday night the Indians and outfielder Drew Stubbs agreed to a $2.825 million contract for the 2013 season, and it includes up to $50,000 in performance performances. Also, a source has told the IBI that the Indians have interest in free agent Jim Thome and that a contract has been offered.