IBI Digest: 2/17/13-2/23/13
Tony may have been on vacation in Hawaii all week, but the rest of us here at IBI kept the ship running, including breaking down the return of Cleveland baseball (granted, Spring Training games, but it's still exciting).
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #29 OF Carlos Moncrief: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Carlos Moncrief, a left-handed hitting outfielder with all five tools, though he still needs work to tap into all of them.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #28 CA Eric Haase: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Eric Haase, a right-handed hitting catcher who is very raw, but could develop into the team's "catcher of the future" with a strong showing in 2013.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #27 OF Tim Fedroff: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Tim Fedroff, a left-handed hitting outfielder with potentially elite on-base ability, though a tweener outfield profile that could hold him back.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #26 CA Alex Monsalve: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Alex Monsalve, a right-handed hitting catcher who truly impressed in 2012 and should continue to improve in 2013.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #25 LHP Luis Lugo: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Luis Lugo, a left-handed starter who is very young, but has a high ceiling and a ton of projection.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #24 LHP T.J. House: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with T.J. House, a left-handed starter who really did come into 2012 in the best shape of his life and is back on track for the major leagues as a result.4
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #23 OF Jordan Smith: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Jordan Smith, a left-handed hitting outfielder with good all-around skills, though he is still waiting for the power to kick in.
The NRIs: Minor moves could have major impact: Michael Goodman takes a look at the deep list of non-roster invitees to Spring Training this season and tries to figure out how they could fit into the 25-man roster.
Tribe Happenings: Payroll questions loom for the Indians: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria analyzes the potential payroll problems in 2014, how Daisuke Matsuzaka and Michael Bourn fit into the roster, the extreme roster makeover that occurred this offseason, and much more.
The 2013 Indians lineup: Predicting the punchouts: Andy Nichols writes that with the numerous strikeout-happy additions to the team in 2013, Cleveland could lead the league in strikeouts, something that could come back to haunt the team.
IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' Starters of All-Time: Part 1: In his regular series, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete begins ranking the best starting pitchers in Cleveland history, starting with pitchers like Dennis Eckersley, Charles Nagy, Greg Swindell, and Bartolo Colon.
It's time for fans to keep their part of bargain: Jake Dungan opines that ownership and the front office have stepped up to the plate this offseason and it is time for fans to do the same by filling the stadium in 2013.
IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' Starters of All-Time: Part 2: In his regular series, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete continues ranking the best starting pitchers in Cleveland history, including pitchers like Jim Bagby, Tom Candiotti, Mike Garcia, Cliff Lee, Herb Score, and Luis Tiant.
Then & Now: Scott Kazmir: In his regular series, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek profiles Scott Kazmir, who has gone from highly regarded ace to high profile major league washout to rejuvenated arm trying to make it in the 2013 Cleveland rotation.
IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' Starters of All-Time: Part 3: In his regular series, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete finishes ranking the best starting pitchers in Cleveland history, including pitchers like Bob Feller, Addie Joss, Bob Lemon, CC Sabathia, and Cy Young.
Sizing up the competition in the AL Central: Jake Dungan takes a look at how Cleveland compares to the other teams in the AL Central in an attempt to see if anyone other than Detroit can win the division in 2013.
IBI's 2013 Cleveland Indians Bullpen Preview: Jim Piascik and Steve Orbanek continue their e-mail exchange previewing the 2013 Cleveland Indians, this time with a focus on the bullpen.
Spring Training Notebook: Spring games begin today: In his weekly Spring Training notebook, Steve Orbanek takes a look at the imminent start of Spring Training games, including the lineup for the first game and the scheduled pitchers, good developments surrounding Scott Kazmir and Carlos Carrasco, and much more.
Swing Starters: What to expect from Justin Masterson: In his new series, Swing Starters, Michael Hattery takes a look at Justin Masterson and whether we can expect him to rebound in 2013.
The Infield looks bright at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete breaks down each infield in the AL Central as he analyzes where Cleveland stands heading into the season.
Friends of the Feather
Carlos Baerga, John Hart to be inducted into Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer writes about the election of Carlos Baerga and John Hart into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame and how they feel about the improvements the team has made for 2013.
Bourn takes a while to find new team: Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com recaps the busy offseason that Michael Bourn had trying to find a new team and how he ended up in Cleveland.
Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall has clear path to be team's starting third baseman: Paul Hoynes of The PD looks at how Lonnie Chisenhall is using 2012 as a learning experience and what he is trying to do in 2013.
Carrasco hoping to stick in Indians rotation: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com profiles Carlos Carrasco, who is driven to get out of extended Spring Training and Arizona and make his way to Cleveland.
Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano motivated by late-season fade: Sheldon Ocker of The Akron Beacon Journal writes about Vinnie Pestano, who is driven to improve himself after a rough end to 2012.
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