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IBI Digest: 2/3/13-2/9/13

IBI Digest: 2/3/13-2/9/13
IBI Digest
February 9, 2013
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The final bleak week of the offseason has come and past, with Cleveland pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona over the next few days. All winter, IBI was here to supply you with plenty of baseball to get you through the offseason, but soon, "real" baseball will be back.

IBI spent the week continuing the Top 60 prospects countdown and beginning to break down the 2013 team. Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:

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2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #43 INF Joey Wendle: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Joey Wendle, a left-handed hitting infielder who does not have any plus tools, but succeeds by playing the game hard.

2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #42 RHP Dylan Baker: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Dylan Baker, a right-handed starter with plenty of projection, though he has a lot of work to do to reach that high ceiling.

2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #41 RHP Cody Anderson: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Cody Anderson, a right-handed starter who is still pretty raw, though he has the potential to be in a major league rotation.

2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #40 OF Jorge Martinez: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Jorge Martinez, a switch-hitting outfielder with youth and plenty of tools on his side.

2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #39 CA Yan Gomes: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Yan Gomes, a right-handed hitting catcher who offers plenty of versatility and has a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #38 LHP Shawn Morimando: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Shawn Morimando, a left-handed starter whose advanced feel for pitching has put him ahead on the developmental curve.

2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #37 RHP Jake Sisco: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Jake Sisco, a right-handed starter who is searching for some consistency to help him reach his very high ceiling.

Regular Content

Sunday

Tribe Happenings: Who makes up the five-man rotation?: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria cleans out the inbox, answering reader questions about who will be in the starting rotation, whether the team will look to add any more pitchers on minor league deals, if Rule 5 picks Hector Rondon and T.J. McFarland could be returned to Cleveland, and much more.

Monday

IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' Outfielders of All Time (Pt 1): In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete runs down the best outfielders in Cleveland history, starting with those who just missed the Top 15 cutoff.

Indians sign Hermida to minor league deal: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on the team agreeing to a minor league deal with former top prospect Jeremy Hermida.

Tuesday

The 2013 Hermosillo Report: Mid-Series edition: Arthur Kinney updates you on the Caribbean Series and how the Cleveland players participating in the tournament, Jose Ramirez and Rob Bryson, are doing so far.

Catcher Omir Santos signs minor league deal with Tribe: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on catcher Omir Santos being brought into Spring Training on a minor league deal as added catching depth.

IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' Outfielders of All-Time: Part 2: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete chooses his all-time Cleveland outfield, sifting through such names as Earl AverillAlbert BelleRocky ColavitoLarry DobyShoeless Joe JacksonKenny LoftonManny Ramirez, and Tris Speaker, among many others.

Wednesday

Then & Now: Matt Langwell: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek looks at Matt Langwell, a right-handed reliever who has always put up results, even if his stuff is less-than perfect.

2013 Key Players: Justin Masterson: In a new series, 2013 Key Players, Michael Goodman takes a look at what went wrong for Justin Masterson in 2012 and whether he can turn it around in 2013.

Thursday

IBI's 2013 Cleveland Indians Infield Preview: In part one of a five part series previewing the 2013 Cleveland Indians, Jim Piascik and Steve Orbanek trade e-mails to decide how they feel about the state of the infield headed into the season.

Carrasco and McAllister at the Corner of Carnegie & Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie & Ontario, Jim Pete looks at the breakout potential for Carlos Carrasco and Zach McAllister, the reality of the Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse rumors, and much more.

Aviles, Indians agree to multi-year deal, Hill signed: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on Cleveland extending their non-arbitration streak another year by agreeing to a multi-year deal with Mike Aviles, along with noting the signing of Rich Hill to a minor league contract.

Friday

The 2013 Hermosillo Report - Wrap-Up Edition: Arthur Kinney recaps the end of the winter league season in the Caribbean Series, looking at how Cleveland players like Jose Ramirez and Rob Bryson fared in the championship games.

Indians announce broadcast schedule for 2013: In a staff report, IBI relays the announcement of the television and radio schedules for 2013.

Wendle excited for what's in store this season: Stephanie Metzger recently talked to infielder Joey Wendle about his adjustments going from a Division II school to sixth round draft pick in 2012 and what he is looking forward to in 2013.

Spring Training Notebook: 5 burning questions: Replacing his old Winter Ball Notebook, Steve Orbanek writes in his new Spring Training Notebook about five burning questions facing the team, including who the backup catcher is, who opens the year as the designated hitter, and much more.

Saturday

What's new in 2013: The bullpen: Jake Dungan continues his What's New series with a look at the bullpen, comparing the Bullpen Mafia of 2012 to the projected Bullpen Mafia of 2013.

Friends of the Feather

Canzler ready to settle in after offseason's twists: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com recounts the tumultuous season and winter of Russ Canzler, who has been designated for assignment four times this offseason and is currently on his fourth team, the Baltimore Orioles.

Former Mets prospect Kazmir tries to find way back to majors: Mark Hale of the New York Post profiles Scott Kazmir's decent out of baseball and what he has done to get back to the dominant pitcher he was before.

Aviles' Contract in Cleveland's Context: Matt Klaassen of Fangraphs analyzes Mike Aviles and fits his new multi-year contract into what Cleveland will be doing over the next few years.

Q&A: Gary Bell, Fun-loving Cleveland Indians: David Laurila of Fangraphs talked with former Cleveland pitcher Gary Bell, who he describes as being just as gregarious as he was in his playing days.

If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at jpiasci1@gmail.com. If you want to read his Master's thesis on college athletes and Twitter, you can do so here.

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