IPI Digest: 10/27/12-11/3/12
Free agency is upon us and many of our eyes now turn to who the Indians can acquire to help the team in 2013 (cough*Dan Haren*cough*Melky Cabrera*cough). For help in 2013 and beyond, though, we turn to follow Cleveland's prospects doing work in Winter Ball Leagues.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week:
Coach's Corner '12: Scott Erickson: Tony Lastoria sits down with High-A Carolina pitching coach Scott Erikson to talk about his first year coaching, the adjustments Will Roberts and others made over the course of the season, and more.
Then & Now: Chun-Hsiu Chen: Steve Orbanek continues his Then & Now series with a look at how Chun Chen went from a power-hitting catching prospect to a power-lacking first baseman.
Around The Farm: October 27, 2012: Jim Pete covers another day of offseason baseball, including Carlos Moncrief's continued hot streak in the Arizona Fall League, Tim Fedroff's continued power outage, and more.
Tribe Happenings: "What if" the Indians...: In his weekly Indians notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about how the "What if" media campaign only brings up bad memories for him, along with discussing Mike Sarbaugh's naming to the big league coaching staff and other Tribe notes.
Who are the "Core Players" for the Indians going forward?: Jeff Ellis takes a look at who the core players are for the Indians based off of comments team president Mark Shapiro gave in an interview last week.
Around The Farm: October 28, 2012: Jim Pete looks at the action in the Dominican and Venezuelan Winter Leagues, including Eric Berger's dominant outing, Tim Fedroff's cooling off, and more.
Ranking the 2012 Cleveland Indians' Roster, Part 1: Jim Piascik gives part one of his two-part series ranking the Indians' roster. Part one focuses on the bottom half of the roster, ranking players 25-48.
Cleveland Indians payroll chart update: Tony Lastoria updates the IPI site with the most current figures for the Indians' payroll and player control status through 2018.
Around The Farm: October 29, 2012: Tony Lastoria covers a light day in the winter leagues, including Tyler Holt and a look at an Indians' farmhand from the past.
AFL Spotlight: Carlos Moncrief: Tony Lastoria profiles Carlos Moncrief, who is an extremely toolsy Cleveland prospect in the Arizona Fall League, including how he has worked back from a late-season injury, improved his hitting approach, and transitioned from being a pitcher to a position player.
Cleveland Sports Insiders: 10/30/2012: After a hiatus, Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek return to the cyber airways for Cleveland Sports Insiders. Jim and Steve take this week to discuss the Cavaliers stating their season, the Browns' improvement, and more.
Around The Farm: October 30, 2012: Tony Lastoria analyzes another day in the offseason leagues, including Carlos Moncrief's first day off the taxi squad, Trey Haley's dominant outing, Tim Fedroff's struggles, and more.
Corner of Carnegie & Ontario: Belle tools on All Hallow's Eve: In his weekly Indians notebook, Corner of Carnegie & Ontario, Jim Pete takes a look at the Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera trade options, along with a few possible targets in free agency.
Indians announce 2013 coaching staff and more: Tony Lastoria reports the Indians' decisions on their team options for 2013, as well as breaking down each of the new members of Terry Francona's coaching staff.
Indians designate three players for assignment: Tony Lastoria looks at the Indians' roster moves, with the team taking three players off of the 40-man roster.
Around The Farm: October 31, 2012: Tony Lastoria covers T.J. House's strong outing, Carlos Moncrief's not-so-good night, as well as the rest of the Winter League action from around the hemisphere.
Buyer's guide: 12 free agents the Indians should target: Jeff Ellis looks at some realistic targets for the Indians in the upcoming offseason, using the WAR framework Mark Shapiro mentioned in an interview last week.
Ranking the 2012 Cleveland Indians' Roster, Part 2: Jim Piascik concludes his ranking of the 48 players who suited up for the Indians this year, ranking the top half of the roster from 1-24.
Around The Farm: November 1, 2012: Jim Piascik looks at another day in the offseason leagues, including Alex Monsalve's strong outing, Juan Diaz's big night, and more.
Then & Now: T.J. McFarland: Steve Orbanek looks at left-handed starter T.J. McFarland, who is at a crossroads after going from major league-caliber sinkerballer to a question mark at a rough half season at AAA.
Winter Ball Notebook: Moncrief is healthy: Steve Orbanek brings you his weekly Winter Ball Notebook, including notes on Carlos Moncrief's full-time debut in the Arizona Fall League, Jesus Aguilar's absence from the Venezuelan Winter League, and more.
Around The Farm: November 2, 2012: Steve Orbanek covers a night in the winter leagues, including Tyler Holt and Jose Ramirez's continued brilliance, along with Tim Fedroff's breakout game and more.
Friends of the Feather
Will Indians try to balance left-handed hitting lineup? Hey, Hoynsie!: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer answers his mailbag, including the how the front office will address the left-handed leaning lineup, whether Sandy Alomar had a real shot at being the Indians' manager, and more.
Indians, Hafner part ways, possibly for good: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com talks to Travis Hafner after his option was officially declined by the Tribe and gets his reaction to the move and where he is looking to go from here.
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