IPI Digest: 10/20/12-10/27/12
There is only so much action that happens in offseason ball, so we here at IPI seem to be focused on the trials and tribulations of Jesus Aguilar's Venezuelan Winter League appearances. Nothing wrong with that, though; I for one find it a fun topic to obsess over.
For all the coverage you really can't find anywhere else, here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week:
The Radar Report: October 22, 2012: Tony Lastoria gives you the MPH measurements of various Indians' prospects he has seen recently, along with notes on how each pitcher threw on that day.
2012 Arizona Parallel League Notebook: Tony Lastoria continues his four-part series of notebooks on his time out in Arizona, with this being the third. This one focuses on the Arizona Parallel League, specifically Mason Radeke's strong showing, Jordan Smith's great hitting ability, LeVon Washington's continuing return from injury, and more.
2012 Arizona Fall League Notebook: Tony Lastoria finishes his four-part series of notebooks on his time out in Arizona. In this notebook, Tony focuses on the Tribe's participants in the Arizona Fall League, relaying what he heard in Arizona from team officials and the players themselves.
2012 Indians Rule 5 Draft Eligibles: Tony Lastoria gives you the list of Indians minor leaguers who will be eligible in the Rule 5 draft this offseason unless they are put on the 40-man roster. This list is full of interesting names, so check it out.
Around The Farm: October 20, 2012: Jim Pete covers Carlos Moncrief's Arizona Fall League debut, Ronny Rodriguez's big day, and the rest of the action from the Dominican and Venezuelan Winter Leagues.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: Considering the Tiger plan...: In a special edition of the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete takes some time to look at how the Tigers do business compared to the Indians, in addition to other Tribe musings.
Tribe Happenings: Indians main focus will be on the rotation: In his weekly Indians notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at what the Indians will be focusing on in the offseason and various other things going on with the Tribe.
Around The Farm: October 21, 2012: Jim Pete looks at another day of offseason league action, including Tim Fedroff's consistent style and visits from Tribe prospects of the past.
2012 IPI Site Update: What's on tap this offseason: Tony Lastoria gives you the rundown of what will be coming your way on IPI this offseason, including many old standbys and a good deal of new content.
Around The Farm: October 22, 2012: Tony Lastoria breaks down how Tyler Holt and Shawn Armstrong faired in the Arizona Fall League, as the Dominican and Venezuela leagues had the night off.
Pitching coach manhunt: Adam McGavin runs down the list of potential pitching coaches for the Indians, including guys from Terry Francona's past, candidates from within, and a few from around baseball.
Around The Farm: October 23, 2012: Tony Lastoria covers Ronny Rodriguez looking good in the Arizona Fall League, Jesus Aguilar showing some power in the Venezuela Winter League, and more.
Aeros introduce new owner Ken Babby: Stephanie Metzger gives some background about new Akron Aeros owner Ken Babby, who was formally announced this past week.
Around The Farm: October 24, 2012: Tony Lastoria recaps another day in the offseason leagues, including Matt Packer's strong showing and Jesus Aguilar's continued troubles.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: Indians are set to win in '13: In his weekly Indians notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete takes his first look at how the Indians can be competitive in 2013, focusing on the improvements needed from players already on the roster.
Around The Farm: October 25, 2012: Jim Piascik analyzes T.J. House's start in the Arizona Fall League and more strikeouts from Jesus Aguilar, plus the rest of the Indians in offseason ball.
Winter Ball Notebook: Rodriguez heats up: Steve Orbanek wraps up the week in Winter Ball, analyzing how some players like Ronny Rodriguez are starting to settle in and how others like Jesus Aguilar are struggling to find their groove.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: The Indians in '13, Part 2: In part two of his weekly Indians notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete takes a look at players the Indians could add if they want to be contending in 2013.
Around The Farm: October 26, 2012: Steve Orbanek covers another day in the Arizona Fall League, with Tyler Holt staying consistent, Alex Monsalve heating up, and Trey Haley continuing to impress.
Friends of the Feather
Managing came late in the game to Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer looks back at how Terry Francona came up in baseball from the time he was a young kid and how he got to where he is today.
Francona building staff, looking at roster: Jordan Bastian of Indians.com gives a look at where Terry Francona is two weeks after being hired and what he is looking to do as the manager of the Indians.
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona says hiring right pitching coach is critical: Paul Hoynes of the PD writes about Terry Francona's meeting with the press and recaps the highlights.
Terry Francona begins formulating plans for future with Indians: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal gives his view of Terry Francona's meeting with the press and how his familiarity with the front office is helping.
Offseason Outlook: Cleveland Indians: MLB Trade Rumors gives its view of the Tribe's offseason, including monetary figures and arbitration estimates that are hard to come by elsewhere.
A conversation with the Indians' Mark Shapiro: Pat McManamon of FoxSportsOhio.com sat down with Indians team president Mark Shapiro at length for a very insightful interview. This one is long, but if you want a window into the thinking of the front office, this is it.
Major Leaguer Choo Shin-Soo hopes to join 'winning ball club': This piece is from The Korea Times and was written after an interview South Korea native Shin-Soo Choo gave. In the piece, Choo says that he wants to be on a contending team, though he thinks the Indians can get there.
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