IBI Digest: 1/5/12-1/12/13
Not much goes on in the baseball world in mid-January, as things have slowed to a crawl. However, we here at IBI are still tracking all the Cleveland action in the winter leagues, as well as beginning to prep you for the 2013 season.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 IBI Positional Rankings: The Left-handed starters: Tony Lastoria continues his position-by-position look at each player in the system by analyzing the left-handed starters, ranking them as either top prospects, on deck, up and comers, organizational soldiers, or filling in.
2013 IBI Positional Rankings: The Right-handed relievers: Tony Lastoria continues his position-by-position look at each player in the system by analyzing the right-handed relievers, ranking them as either top prospects, on deck, up and comers, organizational soldiers, or filling in.
Then & Now: Rob Bryson: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek takes a look at Rob Bryson, who has gone from a high profile acquisition as a part of the CC Sabathia trade to oft-passed over organizational soldier.
Tribe Happenings: Swisher, Francona bring culture change: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at Terry Francona and Nick Swisher and the leadership they bring to the team, how much money the front office has left after signing Brett Myers, the roster shenanigans surrounding Russ Canzler, and much more.
IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' Second Baseman of All-Time?: In his semi-regular feature, Jim Pete runs down the list of the greatest second basemen in Cleveland history, including Nap Lajoie, Joe Gordon, Bobby Avila, Carlos Baerga, Roberto Alomar, and more.
2013 Indians organizational depth chart: Tony Lastoria unveils his first crack at placing each player in the organization at either the major league level or at one of the minor league levels.
Indians winter development program kicks off: Tony Lastoria fills you in on the annual Winter Development Program, in which the team hosts some high-level prospects in Cleveland in an attempt to help their developmental path to the major leagues.
Indians sign three pitchers to minor league deals: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on the team announcing three minor league signings: left-handed pitchers Scott Kazmir and Edward Paredes and right-handed pitcher Jerry Gil.
Around The Farm: January 8, 2013: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including an explosive night from Jose Ramirez, a multi-hit effort from Ezequiel Carrera, and more.
Free agent fun at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete looks at how Michael Morse could fit into the team, the remaining free agents who are tied to compensation, the rest of the starting pitching on the market, and more.
Alomar Jr and Lofton miss Hall of Fame, and for good: Tony Lastoria reports on the results of the Hall of Fame voting for Sandy Alomar Jr. and Kenny Lofton, and the news was not good.
Indians trade Gomez to Pirates, acquire prospect: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on Jeanmar Gomez being traded to Pittsburgh with minor league outfielder Quincy Latimore coming to Cleveland in return.
Why inducting no one was the Worst Option Available: Jim Piascik reacts to the Hall of Fame announcement and opines that the BBWAA made the worst choice possible in electing no one to Cooperstown.
Then & Now: Austin Adams: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek looks at the career of Austin Adams, who has gone from fast rising prospect with a plus fastball to missing an entire year due to shoulder surgery and where he can go from here.
Around The Farm: January 10, 2013: Jim Piascik recaps the night in the winter leagues, including appearances from Cleveland newcomers Jerry Gil, Edward Paredes, and Quincy Latimore, and more.
Winter Ball Notebook: Aguilar returns to form: In his weekly offseason notebook, Steve Orbanek looks at how Jesus Aguilar came on it a big way in the playoffs, the developing plate discipline of Ezequiel Carrera, Asdrubal Cabrera's success this winter, and much more.
MLB small markets are slowly gaining ground: New IBI contributor Will Joyce makes his debut, writing that in light of the new CBA, small market teams are making in-roads on the free agent market, like Cleveland signing Nick Swisher this offseason.
Friends of the Feather
Does Kenny have a case?: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com looks at former Cleveland star center fielder Kenny Lofton and whether he merits Hall of Fame consideration. The BBWAA as a whole decided no, but Bastian's arguments are still insightful and an interesting read.
Gerut on mission to protect players' finances: Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com looks at former Cleveland outfielder Jody Gerut, who has become an agent in his post-playing days with the goal of preventing financial distress and bankruptcy for players after retirement.
Trevor Bauer is in town checking out Cleveland Indians after they checked him out in Texas: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports from Trevor Bauer's first interview with the media since being traded to Cleveland, including Bauer's reaction to be traded out of Arizona, how he feels about Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona going out of their way to visit him in Texas, and more.
Bauer joins Tribe fold with clean slate: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com also reports from Trevor Bauer's first interview with the media since being traded to Cleveland, touching on what he had to say about coming to Cleveland, his much-scrutinized routine, and many other topics.
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