IBI Digest: 10/20/13 - 10/26/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
Tyler Naquin and Jesus Aguilar continue to be the top performers for the Tribe in the fall and winter leagues. The IBI staff keeps readers posted on all the prospects during the offseason leagues with our daily Around The Farm recaps. Plus, Tony Lastoria reveals the winners in the first few categories of the 2013 Tony Awards. Also, check in with Rick Lamborn as he continues to preview his Tribe Madness super tournament to determine the greatest Indian.
Here's what else happened this week on IBI:
Mahoning Valley Insider: 2013 Season Review - The Hitters: Tony Lastoria continues to work his way up through the system giving in-depth season recaps on each affilliate. He's now up to low-A Mahoning Valley as he looks back at who swung the bat well for the Scrappers in 2013.
2013 Instructional League Notebook: Part 2: In part two of his Instructional League Notebook, Tony Lastoria recaps which position players stood out the most in Arizona this fall. (P.S. There are plenty of good things to say about Clint Frazier.)
Mahoning Valley Insider: 2013 Season Review - The Pitchers: In the second part of the Mahoning Valley recap, Tony Lastoria takes a look at which pitchers had strong performances in 2013 and which ones need more work.
Around the Farm: October 19, 2013: Jesus Aguilar's 8-game hit streak came to an end on Saturday night as he went 0-for-4. Meanwhile in Arizona, Tyler Naquin continued his strong AFL performance going 1-for-3 with two walks. Tony Lastoria recaps the latest from the offseason leagues,
Tribe Madness: Previewing the Dunn Field Region matchups: Rick Lamborn is back to preview the next regional matchups in the tournament to find the greatest Indian offering insight on who will be competing.
Changes on tap in the Indians bullpen: Has Chris Perez thrown his last pitch as an Indian? Will Joe Smith hit the free agent market? Michael Goodman takes a look at what could be different with the Tribe bullpen heading into next season.
Around the Farm: October 20, 2013: Jesus Aguilar may have only had one hit, but it was a three-run homer that blew the game open for his team in Venezuela. On the pitching side, Jose Flores and Bryan Price each turned in perfect outings in relief. Arthur Kinney reports.
2013 Tony Awards: Rookie of the Year: In the next award class, Tony Lastoria kicks off his annual Tony Awards as he singles out the standout performances of 2013 among the Indians' minor league prospects. 2013 first round pick Clint Frazier walks away with the Rookie of the Year award.
Around the Farm: October 21, 2013: While Michael Wacha dazzles in the World Series, fellow 2012 draft classman Tyler Naquin continues to impress in AFL as he maintains solid plate discipline. Michael Hattery covers that and more around the offseason leagues.
2013 Tony Awards: Defensive Player of the Year: In the next category of the Tony Awards, Tony Lastoria names who impressed the most in the field in the farm system this season. In a tight race, Aeros center fielder Tyler Holtclaimed the honors.
Around the Farm: October 22, 2013: While Tyler Naquin had a good night at the plate, he didn't on the basepaths after being picked off and caught stealing. In the DWL, Jose Ramirez continues his strong showing while AA teammate Ronny Rodriguez picked up a double in his offseason debut.
2013 Tony Awards: Biggest Disappointment: Trevor Bauer was the unanimous choice for most disappointing player as he didn't live up to nearly the expectations placed on him when he was traded to the Indians last offseason. Tony Lastoria explains.
Tribe Madness: Previewing the Quicken Loans Region matchups: In the next regional matchup, Rick Lamborn previews who will go head-to-head as the quest to find the greatest Indians player of all time continues. Herb Score, Mike Hargrove and CC Sabathia headline this round.
Around the Farm: October 23, 2013: Tyler Naquin and Jesus Aguilar each recorded 2-RBI games as Naquin extended his hit streak to 11 games and walk streak to five. Michael Goodman recaps all the day's action in Arizona, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
2014 Draft: Mock Draft 1.0: IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis is here with his first mock draft of 2014. Who will be the top picks in the draft and who will the Indians take?
Possible free agent options that can help the Indians lineup: Andy Nichols takes a look at who will be on the free agent market that the Tribe may have interest in to help improve their offense.
Tribe Madness: Previewing the First Energy Region matchups: Al Rosen, Carlos Baerga and Albert Belle are among the Indians stars matching up in the next region of the Tribe Madness tournament. Rick Lamborn gives a preview.
Around the Farm: October 24, 2013: Tyler Naquin had a good night at the plate and in the field as collected two hits, an RBI and threw out a runner at second. Despite having only one hit in five at-bats, Jesus Aguilar picked up an RBI and scored a run as he continued his productive showing in Venezuela. Tony Lastoria recaps the action.
2013 Tony Awards: Biggest Breakthrough: Carlos Moncrief's rise from a fringe outfielder/ex-pitching prospect to a legitimate power threat at the AA level with big league potential. Tony Lastoria is back with the next category of the 2013 Tony Awards.
Orbiting Cleveland: Is Corey Hart a fit?: Could the longtime Milwaukee Brewer solve the Tribe's power outage? Steve Orbanek speculates how a guy who missed all of 2013 due to injury can potentially be the answer to Cleveland's lack of legit run-producing power in the middle of the lineup.
Around the Farm: October 25, 2013: Most of the highlights for Tribe prospects came in Arizona on Friday night as Tyler Naquin and Joe Wendle picked up four hits and three RBI combined. Even though he may not have much of a future with the Indians, Ezequiel Carrera collected three hits in Venezuela. Arthur Kinney reports on all the key performances.
Tribe Madness: Previewing the Progressive Field matchups: In the next to last regional preview before the tournament begins, Rick Lamborn lists who will be going head-to-head in this round of Tribe Madness.
Friends of the Feather
Magic ride over, busy winter beckons for Tribe: After a magical 2013, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com looks at what the Tribe needs to do this offseason to take the next step forward in 2014 as a legitimate playoff contender and potential World Series hopeful.
Cradle of managers: 1988 Cleveland Indians produce Farrell, Francona and four others as big-league skippers. Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer takes a trip down memory lane and revisits the 1988 Tribe and the managers it produced, including the Tribe's own Terry Francona and American League champion skipper John Farrell.
Pestano aims to reclaim top setup role for Tribe: With strong rebound from subpar season, right-hander could fill need in 2014. Jordan Bastian speculates whether Vinnie Pestano can return to his old form as a dominant setup man for the Indians.
Jake Dungan is a communications student at Stark State College and an intern with the Akron RubberDucks. Follow him on Twitter @MajorLeagueJake.