IBI Digest: 1/27/13-2/2/13
The snow is falling quite heavily as I type this, but I am taking heart that Spring Training is right around the corner. In the meantime, IBI has plenty of analysis of the big league team to go along with more of the Top 60 prospect countdown.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #50 1B Chris McGuiness: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Chris McGuiness, a left-handed hitting first baseman picked up in the Rule 5 Draft this offseason.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #49 RHP Bryce Stowell: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Bryce Stowell, a right-handed reliever with a powerful fastball but issues with injuries that threaten to keep him from the majors.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #48 CA Alex Lavisky: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Alex Lavisky, a right-handed hitting catcher who is solid in all areas, but needs work on being more consistent with his hitting.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #47 RHP Clayton Cook: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Clayton Cook, a right-handed starter with solid potential, but is recovering from shoulder surgery and may miss the 2013 season.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #46 OF Bryson Myles: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Bryson Myles, a right-handed hitting outfielder with a great power-speed combination who needs to work through some consistency and injury issues.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect: #45 LHP Matt Packer: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Matt Packer, a left-handed starter with great control, but injury concerns after missing time with shoulder issues in 2012.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #44 OF Tyler Holt: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Tyler Holt, a right-handed hitting outfielder who leaves it all out there on the field, though sometimes that can come back to hurt him.
Around The Farm: January 26, 2013: Jim Pete recaps the night in the winter leagues, including multi-hit efforts from Ezequiel Carrera and Quincy Latimore, and more.
Tribe Happenings: The role of the DH has changed: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about the evolving state of the DH in baseball, wonders if Michael Brantley in the leadoff spot is the right choice, opines on the hidden messages behind Spring Training invites, and much more.
Around The Farm: January 27, 2013: Jim Pete recaps the night in the winter leagues, an all-Quincy Latimore edition with the winter leagues winding down late in the offseason.
IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' Shortstop of All-Time?: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete searches for the best shortstop in Cleveland history, deciding between Ray Chapman, Joe Sewell, Lou Boudreau, Julio Franco, and Omar Vizquel.
Around The Farm: January 28, 2013: Tony Lastoria recaps the night in the winter leagues, an all-Ezequiel Carrera edition with the winter leagues winding down late in the offseason.
Indians reach new five-year deal with Clear Channel: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on Clear Channel agreeing to a deal to keep WTAM 1100 the radio home of the team.
What's new in 2013: The starting lineup: Jake Dungan takes a look at Cleveland's projected 2013 lineup, what is new headed into the season, and compares it to where the team was a year ago.
Around The Farm: January 29, 2013: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including Ezequiel Carrera in the Venezuelan Championship series and an update on Jose Ramirez.
MLB arbitration hearings loom for Indians, Aviles: Tony Lastoria gives an update on the arbitration proceedings on Mike Aviles and where the situation stands as he remains unsigned for 2013.
The line-up-side at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete analyzes what each starting position player's ceiling potential is for 2013 in great detail.
Vizquel and two other former Indians sign with new teams: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on an active day for Omar Vizquel, Travis Hafner, and Ryan Garko, as they all are moving on to different teams.
Around The Farm: January 30, 2013: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including how Ezequiel Carrera fared in the pivotal Game 7 of the Venezuelan Championship Series.
Then & Now: Mike McDade: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek looks at Mike McDade, who was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays to start the offseason but has found a new home in Cleveland.
Indians sign right-hander Matt Capps to minor league deal: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on the team agreeing to a minor league deal with former All-Star reliever Matt Capps.
What's new in 2013: The starting rotation: Jake Dungan takes a look at Cleveland's projected starting rotation, what is new headed into 2013, and compares it to where the team was in 2012.
Winter Ball Notebook: Ranking the top performers: In his final weekly offseason notebook, Steve Orbanek wraps up the winter league season, running down the top 10 performances of the offseason.
Opportunities are infinite for Armstrong: Stephanie Metzger profiles right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong, a high-end relief prospect who saw a rapid rise through the organization in 2012.
Friends of the Feather
Winter of wheeling and dealing adds intrigue to Cleveland Indians' spring: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer looks at the offseason and how the front office seemingly has answered many of the questions that faced the club heading into 2013.
Terry Francona boosts the Cleveland Indians' chances; now about that payroll: Bill Livingston of The PD wonders if the lack of payroll will doom Terry Francona in Cleveland, as his winning teams in Boston were blessed with high payrolls.
Inbox: What is the Indians' DH plan this season?: Answering fan questions, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com explores the team's DH options, among other things in a fairly wide-ranging inbox.
VIDEO: Trevor Bauer teaches you pitch grips: Dayn Perry of CBSSports.com posts a 10-minute video Trevor Bauer put up showing you each of his pitches and how he grips and throws them. Personally, I had a baseball in my hand while watching and cannot wait for the snow to melt so I can go and try them out.
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