IBI Digest: 3/3/13-3/9/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
The IBI Top 60 Prospect Countdown entered the home stretch this past week, starting the top 10 and leaving only the best and brightest to go. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the big league continued going strong with plenty of game action and competition for major league spots.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #15 LHP Nick Hagadone: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Nick Hagadone, a left-handed reliever with elite stuff, though he needs to work on controlling his emotions.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #14 RHP Trey Haley: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Trey Haley, a right-handed pitcher with the best arm in the system whose development took a real step forward in 2012 after he finally got healthy.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #13 OF Luigi Rodriguez: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Luigi Rodriguez, a switch-hitting outfielder who will continue to refine his exciting tools on offense and defense as he moves up the organizational ladder to Carolina.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #12 1B Jesus Aguilar: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Jesus Aguilar, a right-handed hitting first baseman with arguably the best power in the system, though he needs to continue improving his approach if he wants to make it in the big leagues.
Indians 2013 Rule 5 Draft eligibles: Tony Lastoria updates the Rule 5 list, giving you which players will be at risk next offseason if Cleveland does not add them to the 40-man roster before then.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #11 LHP Scott Barnes: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Scott Barnes, a left-handed pitcher who should impact the major league bullpen as a lefty option, though there is still a chance he could be a starter long-term.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #10 SS Tony Wolters: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Tony Wolters, a left-handed hitting shortstop who showed some real mettle by jumping a level in 2012 and making the adjustments to make it work.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #9 RHP Mitch Brown: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Mitch Brown, a right-handed starter who, as Cleveland's second round pick in the 2012 Draft, has plenty of upside.
2013 Spring Training Game # 10: Padres 11, Indians 8: Jake Dungan recaps Saturday's Spring Training game, including Ubaldo Jimenez hitting a wall, another home run from Ryan Raburn, and more.
Tribe Happenings: Working around Carrasco's suspension: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at how the team will have to work around Carlos Carrasco's suspension, breaks down the various injuries that have sprung up in the early going, gives the word on Corey Kluber, and much more.
2013 Spring Training Game #11: Dodgers 5, Indians 1: Jim Pete recaps Sunday's Spring Training game, including strong pitching from Corey Kluber, Cody Allen, and Nick Hagadone, and more.
Site News: 2013 prospect book update: Tony Lastoria gives an update on the progress of the 2013 IBI Prospect book, writing that the book is essentially finished and will be sent off to the printer shortly.
IBI Power Poll: The most impactful middle infielder is...?: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete breaks down the middle infield depth at every level of Cleveland's minor league system and asks you to vote on which two middle infielders will have the best careers when it's all said and done.
2013 Spring Training Game #12: Indians 13, Cubs 5: Steve Orbanek recaps Monday's Spring Training game, including offensive explosions from Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher, a view of the future with Francisco Lindor starting at shortstop, and more.
Then & Now: Nick Hagadone: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek takes a look at Nick Hagadone, who is looking to get back to the success he has early on in 2012 after ending his own season by breaking his hand in anger following a bad outing in July.
Spring Training Game #13: Indians 4, Giants 3: Jake Dungan recaps Tuesday's Spring Training game, including home runs from Nick Swisher, Juan Diaz, and Roberto Perez, three shutout innings from Daisuke Matsuzaka, and more.
The Corner of Carnegie and Ontario celebrates Ubaldo?: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete goes mad for Ubaldo Jimenez (or maybe just mad in general), remarks about Shin-Soo Choo's letter to Chris Antonetti after the trade, and much more.
2013 Spring Training Game #14: Indians 4, Dodgers 0: Steve Orbanek recaps Wednesday's Spring Training game, including strong pitching from Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Rich Hill, good offensive performances from Yan Gomes and Mark Reynolds, and more.
2013 IBI Top 100 Prospects & More book available for sale: Tony Lastoria announces that the 2013 IBI Top 100 Prospects book complete and now ready for sale.
Raburn needs to just let it "fly": Charlie Adams analyzes Ryan Raburn and what he needs to do to regain the success he has had in the past and the power that propelled him to that success.
2013 Spring Training Game #15: Indians 6, Giants 4: Jim Pete recaps Thursday's Spring Training game, including a possible turnaround from Ubaldo Jimenez, home runs from Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher, and more.
Spring Training Notebook: The Swisher surge: In his weekly Spring Training notebook, Steve Orbanek recaps the week, including Nick Swisher's surge, Ubaldo Jimenez's possible turnaround, Jason Giambi's potential role with the team, and much more.
Why Jason Giambi?: Jake Dungan analyzes the addition of Jason Giambi to the team and what the motivations are for potentially keeping him on the 25-man roster for the upcoming season.
2013 Spring Training Game #15: Cancelled: Jake Dungan recaps what happened in Friday's Spring Training game before it was cancelled for rain, including a great showing from Drew Stubbs, a so-so start from Corey Kluber, and more.
Which Prospects have the Most to Prove in 2013?: Jim Piascik opines on 10 Cleveland prospects with the most to prove in 2013, ranging from the newly-acquired Trevor Bauer to old standbys trying to stay healthy like LeVon Washington.
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Terry Francona has simple plan of attack for revamped Cleveland Indians: 'Push, be aggressive and intelligent': Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer writes about the new-look Cleveland lineup and the power-speed blend that will characterize the team in 2013.
Huff open for any available job with Indians: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com looks at David Huff, who is making it clear that he wants to pitch in Cleveland, no matter what role he is asked to pitch out of.
Jason Giambi appears to be favorite to earn spot on roster for Indians: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal analyzes Terry Francona's quotes on Jason Giambi and how his words may reveal that Giambi has already locked up on spot on the bench.
Scott Kazmir uses a 'B' outing to perfect an 'A' slider: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer recounts Scott Kazmir's work on his slider in a side game Wednesday and how he feels the pitch is coming along this spring in his quest to make the starting rotation.
Cleveland Indians' top prospects live a brief big-league dream in Cactus League: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer looks at the various minor league players getting a longer-than-normal chance to stick around the big league camp due to the World Baseball Classic and how they are using it.
Versatile Yan Gomes showing signs he can help Cleveland Indians: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer profiles Yan Gomes, who is using this Spring Training to establish himself in the organization and try to make the major league roster.
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