IBI Digest: 1/13/12-1/19/13
Most of the winter leagues are starting to wrap up, and IBI was there all week tracking Cleveland prospects around the globe. IBI was also following the late-winter movements of the big league club and kicked off the much-anticipated top 60 prospect countdown.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 IBI Positional Rankings: The Right-handed starters: Tony Lastoria continues his position-by-position look at each player in the system by analyzing the top right-handed starters, ranking them as either top prospects, on deck, or up and comers.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #60 RHP Mason Radeke: Tony Lastoria kicks off the top prospect countdown with Mason Radeke, a right-handed pitcher without the best stuff in the world, but a flexible command-control profile that could help him stick.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #59 RHP Tyler Sturdevant: Tony Lastoria continues the top prospect countdown with Tyler Sturdevant, a right-handed reliever who is almost major league ready, provided he is able to rebound from shoulder surgery that will keep him out most of 2013.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #58 RHP Cole Cook: Tony Lastoria continues the top prospect countdown withCole Cook, a right-handed pitcher who started to showing something in 2012 after finally getting healthy.
Tribe Happenings: Indians should take advantage of market: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at why the market may be developing in Cleveland's favor, weighs in on the Hall of Fame debate, says goodbye to Jeanmar Gomez, and much more.
Around The Farm: January 13, 2013: Jim Pete recaps the night in the winter leagues, including the truth behind Rob Bryson extending his scoreless streak, another hit from the consistent Jose Ramirez, and more.
IBI Power Poll: The 2013 Hall of Fame: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete looks at the full rules for Hall of Fame voting and asks you, the readers, to use them to cast your own Hall of Fame ballot.
Then & Now: Chen-Chang Lee: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek profiles Chen-Chang Lee, who has gone from fast-rising relief prospect to a Tommy John casualty looking to recover in 2013.
Around The Farm: January 15, 2013: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a big night from Jose Ramirez, some struggles on the mound, and more.
Organizational movement at the Corner of Carnegie & Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie & Ontario, Jim Pete looks at how the organizational situation in Cleveland is different than in Boston and what that means for Terry Francona and company, wonders if the team will extend its organizational changes to promotions in the minor leagues, and much more.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect Countdown Preview: Tony Lastoria prepares you for the top prospects countdown beginning Thursday with the criteria for the rankings, as well as an overview of the organization's strengths and weaknesses.
Matsuzaka interested in minor league deal with Indians: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on Cleveland's reported interest in Daisuke Matsuzaka on a minor league deal.
Stubbs acquisition could prove to be a good value: Michael Goodman looks at Drew Stubbs, arguing that he will be more than a throw-in to the Trevor Bauer-Shin-Soo Choo trade and will hold real value to the team in 2013.
Six Indians named to World Baseball Classic rosters: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on six Cleveland players being named to the provisional rosters for the World Baseball Classic and also looks at another name that was surprisingly absent.
Indians sign Stubbs, interested in Thome: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on Cleveland agreeing to terms with Drew Stubbs and the reported interest in bringing Jim Thome back as a part-time DH.
Winter Ball Notebook: Ramirez's season comes to an end: In his weekly offseason notebook, Steve Orbanek looks at Jose Ramirez's last hurrah in the Dominican Republic, Jesus Aguilar's continued absence after an injury earlier in the week, the issue with buying into Ezequiel Carrera's winter ball plate discipline numbers, and much more.
Indians avoid arbitration with five players, one unsigned: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on most of Cleveland's arbitration-eligible players coming to terms on deals before Friday's deadline for players and teams to exchange salary figures.
Around The Farm: January 18, 2013: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a consistent effort from Andrew Campbell, some good and bad from Quincy Latimore, and more.
Friends of the Feather
Gomes to balance Classic, battling for roster spot: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com profiles newcomer Yan Gomes and his attempt to lead Brazil in the World Baseball Classic and make the 25-man roster this spring.
Trade winds: Informing players tricky in offseason: Zack Meisel of MLB.com writes about how players can find out about trades in the offseason, including a story involving new Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer and a Chipotle burrito.
Cleveland Indians prospect Trey Haley looking for a pain-free 2013: Dennis Manoloff of The Plain Dealer talked to pitcher Trey Haley recently about his goals for the season, whether he knows how fast he throws, and more.
Nothing middling about Tribe's key infield prospects: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com looks at the deep group of middle infielders coming up through the farm, including Francisco Lindor, Ronny Rodriguez, Dorssys Paulino, and more.
Knuckleballer makes pitch for roster spot: Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal writes about former Cleveland pitcher Steven Wright, who is on the fast track to Boston after being traded in July.
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