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March 24, 2013   (2 comments)
Spring Training Game #29: Indians 10, Mariners 5
The bats were as scorching hot as the Arizona sun Saturday in Peoria as the Indians and Mariners combined for 15 runs off 34 hits with the Tribe doubling up Seattle 10-5. Scott Kazmir struggled for the first time in Cactus League play this spring, but isn’t expected to lose much ground in the race for the fifth starting rotation spot, which is expected to be decided between him and Carlos Carrasco this week.
March 23, 2013   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 3/17/13-3/23/13
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.
March 23, 2013   (6 comments)
Indians release nine players from minor league camp
The Indians announced their first cuts from minor league camp today, releasing nine players. While none of the released players came as a shock, it is still a hard day, as it is hard to see the end of the road for these players in the Cleveland organization.
March 23, 2013   (7 comments)
Who are the Most Impressive Prospects in 2013?
Continuing his series of looking at the Cleveland minor league system with varying adjectives, Jim Piascik lists the most impressive prospects as we head into the 2013 season. Some players are impressive with one or two standout tools, while others impress with their all-around game. What is most important is that these players can make you leave the park thinking about their performance more so than the rest of the team. Find out who Jim thinks these players are after the jump.
March 23, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap:  March 22nd
The Indians minor league complex was very busy on Friday as it was not just a camp day, but a potential cut day as well. The Indians not only had all four affiliates in action, but they had two extra B-games on the back fields so that everyone could play so that the Indians could get a "last look" at players before making some roster decisions. All the outcomes from these games are included in today's recap...
March 23, 2013   (2 comments)
Spring Training Game #28:  Diamondbacks 7, Indians 5
It was a rough night for the Big Club at Goodyear ballpark as a pair of defensive miscues spelled doom for an otherwise solid ballgame which included good nights from starter Justin Masterson as well as several other Wahoos. Join the IBI's sleep-deprived Arthur Kinney as he tries to stay awake and recap this fielding error fiesta. Cue the circus music...
March 22, 2013   (16 comments)
Spring Training Notebook: Roster takes shape
With the start of the regular season less than a week and a half away, it seems as if things are finally becoming clear in regard to the Cleveland Indians' 25-man roster. One of the players who unfortunately may not make the Major League club is Cord Phelps, but that hasn't stopped the switch-hitter from leaving an impression at the plate. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on all of this past week's moves and recaps some top performances in the latest edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
March 22, 2013   (5 comments)
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap:  March 21st
Things got a little crazy on Thursday at minor league camp as the Diasuke Matsuzaka circus came to town. He threw four innings for Akron and Zach McAllister threw six innings for Columbus. Tony provides the details on how they did, and he also gets into the good showings from Aaron Siliga, Jairo Kelly and several more players.
March 22, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: College Games to Watch 3/22-3/24
The college baseball season is getting into full swing, and there are some big games on the docket this weekend. The biggest of which pits #5 Florida State against #11 Georgia Tech. IBI Draft guru Jeff Ellis previews the weekend and lists the top three games to watch and lets us know which players we should pay extra special attention to.
March 22, 2013   (2 comments)
Spring Training Game #27: Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4
On Wednesday, Trevor Bauer made his last case for a rotational turn in Cleveland come April, and on Thursday was optioned to Columbus. Carrasco made his last case for a rotational turn in Cleveland, but the cards are stacked against him with his suspension and injury playing a key part in the decision-making process. Jim Pete shares his spring training thoughts as the Indians take on the Diamondbacks in preseason action.
March 21, 2013   (4 comments)
Then & Now: Lonnie Chisenhall
It wasn’t long ago that Lonnie Chisenhall was one of the true can’t-miss prospects in baseball. Armed with solid power, projectable defensive skills and a swing straight out of the movies, Chisenhall was atop many Cleveland Indians’ fans’ top prospects list. They weren’t the only ones enamored with Chisenhall. Injuries and inconsistency have plagued him some the past two seasons, and this is a big season him.
March 21, 2013   (3 comments)
2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 20th
It was another busy day at the complex on Wednesday as Tony bounced back and forth between the Reds and Indians' complex to see all four Indians' affiliates in action and see a ton of players. In today's update he has some comments from the front office on the likes of Joe Sever, Tyler Booth, Tony Wolters and others, and also provides some insight into things he saw and heard about Mitch Brown, Francisco Mejia, Manuel Boscan and others, and also shares several recorded fastball velocities for pitchers that threw on Wednesday.
March 21, 2013   (14 comments)
Indians option Bauer, Kluber and Barnes to Columbus
The Cleveland Indians reduced their spring roster today by optioning RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Corey Kluber and LHP Scott Barnes to Columbus. They also sent LHP Giovanni Soto, a non-roster invitee, to minor league camp. Jim Pete gives his thoughts on the roster moves the Indians made today, and what repercussions it could have on the Indians as they get set to break camp in a week.
March 21, 2013   (5 comments)
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap:  March 20th
The Indians minor league teams once again faced off with the Reds on Wednesday, and there were several noteworthy performances up and down the system. Chun Chen flashed some serious power, Jordan Smith had a perfect day at the plate, Dylan Baker continued his blazing hot camp, and Tyler Booth showed some positive strides with his patience. Tony recaps all of the performances from the day...
March 21, 2013   (4 comments)
Spring Training Game #26: LA Angels 6, Indians 5
The Indians Trevor Bauer took the mound on Wednesday for the Cleveland Indians in his quest to earn the fifth spot in the rotation. While Bauer hit a bit of a road block, the Indians' bullpen showcased how tough they can be. Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley also took center stage offensively, with some key hits in the Indians loss. Jim Pete takes some notes on Wednesday's Spring Training affair against the Angels.
March 21, 2013   (0 comments)
What's New at Progressive Field?
A new season, a new team, and lots of new exciting things are happening at Progressive Field for the upcoming 2013 Major League Baseball season. From the dugout to the stands, many new features and improvements have been made at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Jim Berdysz highlights them all...
March 21, 2013   (5 comments)
IBI March Madness: The Zajac Bracket
We are running a competition here on the IBI in conjunction with March Madness and giving away some prizes. With that in mind, site contributor Andrew Zajac analyzes the 2013 Division 1 tournament. Who's primed to be upset? What Cinderella could make a run? And who will be crowned National Champion? Check out his thoughts and be sure to sign up for the IBI Bracket Challenge!
March 20, 2013   (4 comments)
March Madness at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario
The Indians head through March Madness with a zany amount of sanity with regards to their roster. While there are a bunch of questions regarding the staff, it appears as though the 25-man roster is set heading forward. Jim Pete explores the questions surrounding the rotation, the real Ubaldo Jimenez, Kyle Lohse sightings, the last guys cut, and whether or not a long-term deal is in the cards for Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley.
March 20, 2013   (7 comments)
2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 19th
It was a camp day at the Indians minor league complex on Tuesday which made for a short day, but Tony shares lots of things with updates on the health of players like Austin Adams, C.C. Lee, and LeVon Washington, the strides being made by players like Nelson Rodriguez, Dylan Baker, D.J. Brown, and Martin Cervenka, and more updates in his daily briefing with the Indians player development staff.
March 20, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap:  March 19th
Tuesday was a camp day at Indians minor league camp which meant a short workout in the morning followed by two five innings games pitting AAA vs AA and A+ vs A. Left fielder Jorge Martinez had the big blow of the day with a towering two-run homer to right center, but several others such as Anthony Gallas, Tyler Naquin, Tony Wolters, Ronny Rodriguez, Francisco Mejia and many more had good showings.