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IBI Digest: 3/17/13-3/23/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 3/17/13-3/23/13
IBI Digest
March 23, 2013
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IBI's coverage of Spring Training kicked up another notch this past week as Tony made his way out to Goodyear, Arizona to take in the happenings. He filed plenty of first-hand reports throughout the week, bringing you the detail that you can only get from IBI.

That, combined with the normal level of coverage from the rest of the writers stuck back in cold, snowy Ohio, helped you get the most information possible about the team.

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:

Subscription Pieces

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 16th: Tony Lastoria recaps Saturday's minor league Spring Training games, including a strong day from Bryson Myles, efficient outings from T.J. House and Toru Murata, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 17th: Tony Lastoria recaps Sunday's minor league Spring Training games, including Jordan Henry flashing his upside, improvements from Jake Sisco, and much more.

2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 17th: Tony Lastoria reports in from Arizona, including notes on Jose Ramirez playing shortstop, Austin Adams' availability to the big league club, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 18th: Tony Lastoria recaps Monday's minor league Spring Training games, including some power from Jeremie Tice, an all-around effort from Francisco Lindor, and more.

2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 18th: Tony Lastoria reports in from Arizona, including notes on D.J. Brown's recovery from shoulder surgery, Mitch Brown's maturity and adjustment to pro ball, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 19th: Tony Lastoria recaps Tuesday's minor league Spring Training games, including a two-run home run for Jorge Martinez, a perfect inning from Naoki Hashimoto, and more.

2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 19th: Tony Lastoria reports in from Arizona, including the impressive spring Nelson Rodriguez is having, the plan for Dillon Howard and his issues so far in camp, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 20th: Tony Lastoria recaps Wednesday's minor league Spring Training games, including power surges from Chun Chen and Tyler Holt, a near-perfect day for T.J. House, and much more.

2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 20th: Tony Lastoria reports in from Arizona, including the value Joe Sever's versatility brings, the great shape Tony Wolters is in, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 21st: Tony Lastoria recaps Thursday's minor league Spring Training games, including good at bats from Andrew Campbell and Jairo Kelly, the Daisuke Matsuzaka circus, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 22nd: Tony Lastoria recaps Friday's minor league Spring Training games, including strong days from Todd HankinsJesus AguilarJordan Cooper, and Ryan Merritt, and much more.

Regular Content


Spring Training Game #23: Indians 4, Giants 3: Jake Dungan recaps Saturday's Spring Training game, including Carlos Carrasco's best performance of the spring, a walk-off triple from Delvi Cid, and more.

Tribe Happenings: The bullpen is starting to come together: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at Cody Allen and Rich Hill making the Opening Day bullpen, the plan for Yan Gomes in 2013, Frank Herrmann's season-ending surgery, and much more.

2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #1 SS Francisco Lindor: Tony Lastoria concludes the Top 60 prospects countdown with Francisco Lindor, a switch-hitting shortstop with major league-ready defense, a strong developing offense, and the top prospect in the system.

2013 IBI March Madness Bracket Challenge: Jim Pete announces the 2013 IBI March Madness Bracket challenge and invites all readers to join.


Spring Training Game #24: Indians 7, Reds 7: Arthur Kinney recaps Sunday's Spring Training game, including offense from Matt CarsonCord Phelps, and Chris McGuiness, and more.

IBI Power Poll: The Indians biggest concern?: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete looks at the concerns facing the team this year and asks you to vote on what worries you most about the 2013 season.

Indians announce Matsuzaka, Capps won't make team: Jake Dungan writes the breaking news piece on Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps being informed they will not be on the Opening Day roster, along with some other minor moves.


Spring Training Game #25: Indians 4, Brewers 2: Steve Orbanek recaps Monday's Spring Training game, including a solid start from Ubaldo Jimenez, a good save from Scott Barnes, and more.

2013 Key Players: Jason Kipnis: Michael Goodman continues his Key Players series with a look at Jason Kipnis, who needs to rebound with a full 2013 after struggling in the second half of 2012.

The Release of a Dream: Tony Lastoria republishes a piece he ran in 2008 on three players who were released from the organization about what that entails, how it happens, and what happens after they are released.


2013 MLB Draft: Five names to know: Jeff Ellis previews a few names to know in the MLB Draft as the college season heats up, including Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray, Samford outfielder Phil Ervin, and more.

International Indians: Recapping the Indians in the WBC: Kevin Dean takes a look at the Cleveland players who participated in the WBC, including Carlos SantanaMike AvilesVinnie Pestano, and more.

March Madness at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete writes about potential long-term deals for Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley, looks at the questions facing the rotation, analyzes where Ubaldo Jimenez is at so far this spring, and much more.


IBI March Madness: The Zajac Bracket: In honor of the IBI March Madness Bracket Challenge, Andrew Zajac breaks down his bracket and why he thinks each team will advance.

What's New at Progressive Field?: Jim Berdysz reports from the team's "What's New at Progressive Field" media event about the new suites available, changes at the concession stands, and more.

Spring Training Game #26: LA Angels 6, Indians 5: Jim Pete recaps Wednesday's Spring Training game, including Asdrubal Cabrera looking like he is in midseason form, the way Michael Brantley just looks different so far, and more.

Indians option Bauer, Kluber and Barnes to Columbus: Jim Pete writes the breaking news piece on some roster moves, including Trevor BauerCorey Kluber, and Scott Barnes being sent down from major league camp.

Then & Now: Lonnie Chisenhall: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek takes a look at Lonnie Chisenhall, who has gone from top prospect to someone who struggled to stick in Cleveland to the everyday third baseman in 2013.


Spring Training Game #27: Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4: Jim Pete recaps Thursday's Spring Training game, including one of Carlos Carrasco's last attempts to beat out Scott Kazmir for a spot in the starting rotation, some home run power out of Michael Brantley, and more.

2013 MLB Draft: College Games to Watch 3/22-3/24: Jeff Ellis previews the weekend ahead in college baseball, including #5 Florida State versus #11 Georgia Tech, #16 Arkansas versus #6 South Carolina, and #18 Oklahoma versus TCU.

Spring Training Notebook: Roster takes shape: In his weekly Spring Training notebook, Steve Orbanek notes how the 25-man roster is shaping up after the roster moves of the past week, Chris McGuiness' status on the roster, and much more.


Spring Training Game #28: Diamondbacks 7, Indians 5: Arthur Kinney recaps Friday's Spring Training game, including a myriad of errors, an absolute bomb of a home run by Mark Reynolds, and more.

Who are the Most Impressive Prospects in 2013?: Jim Piascik continues his "adjective" series by taking a look at the most impressive prospects around Cleveland's minor league organization, featuring Francisco Lindor, Jesus Aguilar.

Indians release nine players from minor league camp: Jim Piascik writes the breaking news piece on the first cuts out of minor league camp Saturday afternoon.

Friends of the Feather

Crews, Olin families persevering 20 years later: Anthony Castrovince of takes a poignant, in-depth look back at the loss of Tim Crews and Steve Olin 20 years ago this past week and how the families are doing today.

Assessing the Cleveland Indians' spring work with two weeks before the opener: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer breaks down Spring Training so far and looks at the various questions facing the team.

Drew Stubbs thinks he can help Cleveland Indians steal 200 bases this season: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal profiles Drew Stubbs and how he thinks that this roster could steal 200 bases in 2013.

'Neuromuscular programming' slowing down Trevor Bauer: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer writes about Trevor Bauer and his attempt to fix his mechanics by "overwrit[ing] eight to 10 years of neuromuscular programming."

Transaction Retrospection: The Ubaldo Jimenez Trade: Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors breaks down the results of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade and how it turned into a bad trade for all involved.

Extension Candidate: Michael Brantley: Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors examines Michael Brantley as a contract extension candidate and what sort of contract he could command.

Jeroloman out to shed 'phantom ballplayer' label: Jordan Bastian of profiles Brian Jeroloman and how he came to be a phantom player after an injury prevented him from making his major league debut in 2011.

Jason Kipnis sees bright future for himself, Indians: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal profiles Jason Kipnis and how he is using 2013 as a blank slate and leaving the bad memories of 2012 behind.

Lindor Or Paulino: Who's The Indians Future SS: Mike Newman of Fangraphs got a good look at Francisco Lindor and Dorssys Paulino in Arizona and analyzes their future potential and how they fit into Cleveland's long-term plans at shortstop.

Q&A: Jason Giambi on Growing Up, the Best Ballpark Taunts, and His Vegas Lifestyle: Bryan Curtis of Grantland interviews Jason Giambi about his transition into being a manager-in-waiting, moving past the steroid era, and other topics.

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

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