IPI Digest: 10/6/12-10/13/12
The action never stops here at Indians Prospect Insider. Our award season may be reaching its close, but with winter ball and the Arizona Fall League starting up, there is still plenty of Tribe action to cover, analyze, and recap.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week:
Around The Farm: Instructs October 5th, 2012: Jim Pete continues his busy Saturday, giving the recap on all the tools oozing out of Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, D'Vone McClure, and Dylan Baker at Instructs, and more.
Around The Farm: Instructs October 6, 2012: Jim Pete recaps another day at Instructs, with most of the playing time going to young players who have not spent much time stateside.
Around The Farm: Instructs October 8, 2012: Steve Orbanek outlines a great day in the Instructional League for Tribe catchers and recaps the rest of the action from the day.
Around The Farm: Instructs October 9, 2012: Steve Orbanek breaks down a good day from LeVon Washington and Jerrud Sabourin along with covering the first day of the Arizona Fall League.
Around The Farm: Instructs October 10, 2012: Steve Orbanek analyzes Matt Packer and Shawn Armstrong's perfect debuts at the Arizona Fall League, along with the rest of the action at the Instructional League.
Around The Farm: Instructs October 11, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the final day of the Instructional League, including strong performances from Joe Wendle, D'Vone McClure, Kieran Lovegrove, and more.
Terry Francona may be a done deal: Jim Pete analyzes the rumors coming out of Cleveland that Terry Francona will be the Indians' next manager and wonders if this will signal a more-aggressive approach from the front office.
Indians hire Terry Francona: Later in the day, Jim Pete gives more thoughts following the official announcement of Terry Francona as the next manager of the Indians.
Tribe Happenings: Francona brings leadership, credibility: In his weekly Indians notebook Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at how Terry Francona is the one for the Tribe, wonders if the front office is ready for change or in denial, and bids one of the worst Indians seasons in recent memory farewell.
The IPI Awards: NL Rookie of the Year: The IPI awards continue with Todd Frazier, Bryce Harper, and Wade Miley battling it out for the NL Rookie of the Year.
The IPI Awards: AL Cy Young: The IPI awards roll on with Felix Hernandez, David Price, and Justin Verlander competing for the AL Cy Young award.
2013 Draft: Top 7 Profiles and an early mock: Jeff Ellis profiles some of the top talent in the 2013 draft and gives an early look at how the draft could shake out for the Indians and the fifth pick.
Smoke Signals 10/8: Terry Francona edition: In a special edition of Smoke Signals, Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete discuss the news that Terry Francona will manage the Indians and what it means for the Tribe in 2013.
The IPI Awards: NL Cy Young Award: The IPI awards continue with a wide-open NL Cy Young race coming down to R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, and Clayton Kershaw.
2012 Arizona Fall League Preview: Jim Piascik gives a quick look at what the Arizona Fall League is and who the Indians are sending to participate in it this year.
2012 Tony Awards: Reliever of the Year: The Tony Awards start back up with Tony Lastoria naming his best relief pitcher of the season. The Indians have plenty of depth in the bullpen and many pitchers stood out this year, but Tony managed to choose one.
Then & Now: Paolo Espino: Steve Orbanek looks back at how Paolo Espino got to be one of the most consistent players in the Tribe's organization and whether he has a future in the major leagues.
2012 Tony Awards: Comeback Player of the Year: The Tony Awards continue with Tony Lastoria highlighting all of the best comeback stories from the past year, including T.J. House, Thomas Neal, Danny Salazar, and more.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: Culture Shock: In his weekly notebook, Jim Pete is still in shock at how Terry Francona CHOSE the Indians. Jim also wonders if this will signal a change in the culture surrounding the Tribe.
The IPI Awards: AL MVP: The IPI Awards hit the most controversial of them all, as the IPI writers tackle the question of Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout.
2012 Tony Awards: Pitcher of the Year: Award season keeps rolling along with Tony Lastoria naming his Pitcher of the Year. No pitcher ran away with this award, but there were plenty of deserving candidates for Tony to choose between.
2012 Winter ball assignments: Tony Lastoria updates you on where each Indians minor leaguer will be playing winter ball this offseason.
Around The Farm: October 11, 2012: Jim Piascik takes you Around The Farm again, as with winter ball leagues starting up, there is plenty of Indians prospect action to catch up on from around the Western Hemisphere.
The IPI Awards: NL MVP: After Thursday's heated discussion over the AL MVP, the IPI writers take on an equally difficult question: who is the NL MVP? With plenty of qualified candidates, this one comes down to the wire.
2012 Tony Awards: Offensive Player of the Year: Tony Lastoria gives out his final individual award of the year, this one for the best offensive player of the year. The Indians had plenty of big-time performances at the plate this year, but one name stands above the rest.
The IPI Awards: Least Valuable Indian: In the penultimate IPI award, the IPI writers vote on the Least Valuable Indian. This one is not pleasant, but like the Tony Award for Biggest Disappointment, it can serve as a springboard for a bounce-back 2013 season.
Around The Farm: October 12, 2012: Steve Orbanek covers another night of winter ball action, including some power from Jesus Aguilar and a rough start to the season for Hector Rondon, and more.
Friends of the Feather
Cleveland Indians have always been Tito Francona's home team, now his son Terry Francona is their manager: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer talked to Terry Francona's dad, former Indian Tito Francona, who could not be happier that his son will be running the Tribe in 2013.
Indians claim nucleus is in place; reality says they won't contend next season: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal is not convinced by the front office's claims that a championship core is already in Cleveland.
Francona trusts management regarding payroll: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports from Terry Francona's introductory press conference that the new manager is not worried about the low Tribe payrolls of the past.
Terry Francona's 'out' clause with Cleveland Indians is no big deal: Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer works through whether Terry Francona being able to opt-out of his deal if Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro are fired really matters.
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