IBI Digest: 11/10/13 - 11/16/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
Arizona Fall League regular season action came to a close this week as Indians AFL star Tyler Naquin finished with a strong .339 batting average in 27 games. Winter ball leagues continue, however and the Jesus Aguilar "The RBI Machine" has not quite lived up to that moniker as of late as fatigue may finally be setting in for the Tribe slugging prospect. Also, the main MLB awards were handed out this week and Indians skipperTerry Francona ended up walking away with Manager of the Year honors. Plus, the first round of Tribe Madness has come to an end. Find out who was victorious in each region as round two is about to begin.
Here's what else happened this week on IBI:
Carolina Insider: 2013 Season Review - The Hitters: Tony Lastoria continues to work his way up through the Tribe farm system and review the top performers at each affilliate. This week, he's up to High-A Carolina and analyzes which hitters made significant progress this season and who may need more time.
Carolina Insider: 2013 Season Review - The Pitchers: While stopping in Carolina, Tony Lastoria also looks at the Mudcats hurlers and who took steps forward or backward in 2013.
Around the Farm: November 9, 2013: Jake Lowery continues to make the most of his limited playing time in AFL as he records a hit and RBI. Meanwhile, Tyler Sturdevant had a strong inning of work while Will Roberts struggled badly. Tony Lastoria has all the highlights.
Tribe Happenings: Saying goodbye to Ubaldo: As Ubaldo Jimenez is likely to decline his qualifying offer, Tribe fans must prepare to bid farewell to the right-hander as he will be seeking a big paycheck on the free agent market, one that the Indians are unlikely to give him. Tony Lastoria explains in his weekly Indians notebook.
Possible trade options that can help the Indians bullpen: Andy Nichols continues to examine which external options the Tribe consider this offseason. In this installment, he takes a look at which relievers could be on the trade block that the Indians could have interest in.
Around the Farm: November 10, 2013: Bryan Price and Erik Gonzalez put up good stat lines on Sunday as Price pitched an inning and two thirds of shutout ball while Gonzalez was a perfect 3-for-3 in Dominican Winter League action. Arthur Kinney recaps the highlights.
IBI Power Poll: Which player makes the most impact in 2014?: Jim Pete has another Power Poll for the IBI faithful as he asks which current Indians player or prospect could make the biggest impact on the big league team in 2014.
AFL Spotlight: Tyler Naquin: Indians 2012 first-round pick has had high expectations placed on him and so far hasn't disappointed, particularly in this year's Arizona Fall league season where the outfielder has put up outstanding numbers. Tony Lastoria goes one-on-one with the Tribe prospect and discusses his experience so far in pro ball.
Tribe Madness: Quicken Loans Region Round 1 results: As another region completes its first round of Tribe Madness matchups, Rick Lamborn brings us the results. See who advances to the next round as the tournament to determine the greatest Indian continues.
Around the Farm: November 11, 2013: It was pretty much all Tyler Naquin on Monday as has been the case many times this offseason thus far. The Tribe outfield prospect had another strong night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. Michael Hattery has all that and more.
Swinging for the Fences: Is Justin Masterson an ace?: After a strong performance in 2013, the Indians must decide whether to commit to Justin Masterson as their ace long-term. Jake Dungan evaluates the right-hander's standing as an ace and whether he's worth giving a contract extension to.
Around The Farm: November 12, 2013: Joe Wendle, Erik Gonzalez and Carlos Moncrief had good games at the plate with each picking up multiple hits. Meanwhile, Shawn Armstrong and Bryce Stowell each posted shutout outings. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps the highlights.
Going for broke at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: After a successful campaign in 2013 where the Tribe made the playoffs, will they follow the old path this offseason, or blast the doors wide open on a new philosophy? Jim Pete speculates in his weekly feature.
Tribe Madness: First Energy Region Round 1 results: Tito Francona, Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle... Who will advance to the next round? Rick Lamborn has all the results of the first round in the First Energy Region as the tournament continues.
Around the Farm: November 13, 2013: Wednesday's highlights mostly came from the mound for Indians prospects as Tyler Sturdevant and Bryan Price held each the opposition scoreless once again. In addition, Tyler Naquin recorded a rare 0-for-5 game. Michael Goodman reports.
Trend Spotting: On Corey Kluber and a few offseason concerns: The emergence of Corey Kluber was both unexpected and crucial to the Tribe's push to the playoffs this season. The question Michael Hattery asks is can he continue to pitch effectively in the future? He addresses this question and more in his weekly column.
AFL Spotlight: Joe Wendle: As the Arizona Fall League regular season comes to an end, Tony Lastoria catches up with Tribe infield prospect Joe Wendle on his experience playing in AFL this offseason as well as his rise through the Tribe minor league system.
Tribe Madness: Progressive Field Region Round 1 results: As the first round of the Progressive Field Region comes to a close, Sam McDowell, Manny Ramirez and Joe Jackson were among the Tribe legends who advanced to round two. Rick Lamborn recaps the results.
Around the Farm: November 14, 2013: Will Roberts had a nice bounce-back performance on Thursday pitching five innings of three-run ball (one earned) with seven strikeouts. Plus, Joe Wendle and Carlos Moncrief each racked up a pair of hits. Tony Lastoria recaps the action.
2014 Indians Organizational Depth Chart: While changes are expected this offseason with the Indians adding or cutting players, Tony Lastoria has a first look at the Tribe depth chart from the major league squad down through the farm system as it stands right now.
Orbiting Cleveland: What to expect from Zach McAllister?: Should the Indians be concerned with Zach McAllister's second-half decline? Steve Orbanek explains why the right-hander reestablishing himself as a quality big league starter is key for the Indians next season.
Tribe Madness: Jacobs Field Region Round 1 results: With the conclusion of the first round of the Jacobs Field Region matchups, the first round of Tribe Madness is officially in the books. Rick Lamborn has the results of the matchups, plus a brief recap of all the regional matchups thus far.
Around The Farm: November 15, 2013: The Price was right in Venezuela once again as Bryan Price picked up his fifth save and seventh straight shutout outing of the winter ball campaign. Plus, Tribe newcomer Colt Hynes kept his own scoreless streak alive as he struck out both batters he faced in LIDOM. Arthur Kinney has those highlights and more.
2014 MLB Free Agency: Where the Top 50 sign Part 1: As the first installment of a two-part feature, Andy Nichols goes down the list he's assembled of the top 50 free agents this offseason and predicts where they will sign.
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