IBI Digest: 2/24/13-3/2/13
Spring Training games are underway, the Top 60 prospects countdown is still going strong, and the calendar has turned to March.
Sure, it's still snowing outside, but baseball is just around the corner and getting closer each day.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #22 LHP Giovanni Soto: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Giovanni Soto, a left-handed starter with a couple major league-ready pitches who needs to refine the rest of his arsenal to stick in the starting rotation.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #21 RHP Dillon Howard: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Dillon Howard, a right-handed starter and top pick in the 2011 Draft who will look to rebound after a truly abysmal year in 2012.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #20 RHP Shawn Armstrong: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Shawn Armstrong, a right-handed reliever who shot through the system in his first full season and could possibly see time in Cleveland at some point in 2013.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #19 3B Giovanny Urshela: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Giovanny Urshela, a right-handed hitting third baseman with Gold Glove ability defensively and developing power at the plate.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #18 OF D’Vone McClure: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with D’Vone McClure, a right-handed hitting outfielder with plenty of athleticism and upside, though he is very raw and unrefined at this point in his career.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #17 RHP Chen-Chang Lee: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Chen-Chang Lee, a right-handed reliever with electric stuff who will make his way back from Tommy John surgery this season.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #16 OF Anthony Santander: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Anthony Santander, a switch-hitting outfielder with strong all-around tools who had a great stateside debut in 2012.
Tribe Happenings: Can Cleveland catch up to Detroit?: Filling in for Tony in his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Jim Piascik analyzes how close Cleveland is to Detroit heading into 2013, recaps the big stories from the first games of Spring Training, and much more.
Out'field' of Dreams at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In a special edition of his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete breaks down the outfields and designated hitters of the AL Central to see where Cleveland ranks.
2013 Spring Training Games 3& 4: Tribe wins two!: Jake Dungan recaps Sunday's two split-squad Spring Training games, including a one-hit shutout led by Zach McAllister and Daisuke Matsuzaka in one game and home runs from Carlos Santana and Ezequiel Carrera in the other.
IBI Power Poll: The biggest move of the Indians' offseason: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete breaks down the myriad of moves the front office made this offseason and asks you, the readers, to vote on which you think was the biggest.
2013 Spring Training Game #5: Indians 14, Athletics 10: Arthur Kinney recaps Monday's Spring Training game, including shutout innings from Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Vinnie Pestano, a big game from Yan Gomes, and more.
Then & Now: Yan Gomes: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek profiles Yan Gomes, an extremely flexible player the team acquired this offseason who is capable of playing catcher, corner infield, and possibly even corner outfield.
2013 Spring Training Game #6: Royals 4, Indians 1: Arthur Kinney recaps Tuesday's Spring Training game, including good performances from Chris Perez and Preston Guilmet, struggles from Giovanni Soto, Matt Albers, and Bryan Shaw, and more.
Starters shaping up at the Corner of Carnegie & Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie & Ontario, Jim Pete breaks down Cleveland’s starting rotation and what the potential is for each of the starters.
2013 Spring Training Game #7: Mariners 5, Indians 1: Steve Orbanek recaps Wednesday’s Spring Training game, including strong outings from Nick Hagadone and Brett Myers, another strong offensive day for Yan Gomes, and more.
2012-2013 Final Winter Ball Stats: Tony Lastoria brings you Arthur Kinney’s work compiling the winter ball stats from 2012-2013, something that cannot be found in its entirety elsewhere.
2013 Spring Training Game #8: Rangers 10, Indians 0: Steve Orbanek recaps Thursday’s Spring Training game, including strong performances from Trevor Bauer, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Ryan Raburn, and more.
Spring Training Notebook: Raburn impresses: In his weekly Spring Training notebook, Steve Orbanek recaps the first week of games, including Ryan Raburn's explosive start, the injuries and other absences from camp, other notable stories from camp so far.
Perez expected to be out of game action for 3-4 weeks: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on the news that Chris Perez has a right shoulder issue and will be shut down, along with an update on Frank Herrmann's elbow issue.
2013 Spring Training Game #9: Indians 9, White Sox 7: Sean Mahon recaps Friday's Spring Training game, including a rough start from Justin Masterson, home runs for Mike McDade and Matt Carson, a strong outing from Scott Kazmir, and more.
Friends of the Feather
Cleveland Indians Top 15 Prospects (2012-13): Marc Hulet brings you his top 15 prospects in the Cleveland system, an interesting national perspective with details on each.
Indians starter Justin Masterson says limiting disastrous starts is key to success: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal looks at Justin Masterson and how he is attempting to limit the disastrous outings that sank him in 2012.
How Much Better Could Justin Masterson Be?: Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs analyzes Justin Masterson's struggles and why he has had trouble getting called strikes over the course of his career.
Kenny Lofton says playing in the steroid era killed his Hall of Fame chances: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer getsKenny Lofton's reaction to being dropped from the Hall of Fame ballot and how he feels about players who used steroids.
Noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews wants your young athlete to stay healthy by playing less: Dennis Manoloff of the Plain Dealer interviewed the famous Dr. James Andrews about how to prevent youth injuries and his experiences.
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