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IPI Digest: 11/11/12-11/17/12

IPI Digest: 11/11/12-11/17/12
IPI Digest
November 17, 2012
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The Arizona Fall League wrapped up play over the past week, but do not fear. From the numerous winter leagues to World Baseball Qualifiers to offseason coverage, all you need to know about Cleveland baseball is here at Indians Prospect Insider.

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

Subscription Pieces

Coach's Corner '12: Chris Tremie: Tony Lastoria sat down to talk with Akron Aeros manager Chris Tremie, discussing how Chun Chen adapted to a new position, Thomas Neal rebounding from a slow start, Jesus Aguilar's adjustments to the AA-level, and much more.

2012 40-man review: Who is added?: Tony Lastoria takes a look at which minor leaguers have a shot at being added to Cleveland's 40-man roster in advance of the roster deadline next week.

2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Second Basemen: Tony Lastoria continues his position-by-position look at Cleveland's minor league system, this time focusing on second base. Each player is profiled as either a top prospect, on-deck, an up and comer, an organizational soldier, or filling in.

Regular Content


Around The Farm: November 10, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps Ronny Rodriguez's national TV debut, as the MLB Network showed Scottsdale's game Saturday night, along with the rest of the offseason league action.

Tribe Happenings: Should the Indians rebuild or retool?: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria lays out the cases for rebuilding and retooling, as well as looking at some of Cleveland's minor league signings (and losses) and more.

The Drafts of the 2000s: Jeff Ellis breaks down Cleveland's drafts from the 2000s and how the collective failure of those drafts has left the team in the situation it is in now, with no depth in the upper minors.


Around The Farm: November 11, 2012: Jim Pete covers another night in the offseason leagues, with Juan Diaz coming out of a slump, Jose Ramirez continuing to hit out of his mind, and more.

AFL Spotlight: Matt Packer: Tony Lastoria talked with each of Cleveland's Arizona Fall League participants while he was in Arizona for the AFL Spotlight series. Up this time is Matt Packer, who discussed coming back from his shoulder issues earlier this year, using the AFL to get back in the swing of things, and more.

The IPI Power Poll: Best Indians' catcher of all-time?: Jim Pete runs down the list of best Cleveland catchers of all-time, laying out his reasoning and asking for your votes at the end.


Around The Farm: November 12, 2012: Tony Lastoria looks at what happened in the offseason leagues, including Alex Monsalve staying hot, Jose Ramirez adding to his hit total, and more.

Cleveland Sports Insiders: ESPN's John Clayton to appear: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek talk Cleveland sports as always on Cleveland Sports Insiders, including discussing the Browns with John Clayton. That should be enough reason for you to check out the podcast.

AFL Spotlight: Trey Haley: Tony Lastoria talked with each of Cleveland's Arizona Fall League participants while he was in Arizona for the AFL Spotlight series. Up this time is Trey Haley, who talked about how he is doing after his sports hernia surgery earlier in the season, how he is adjusting to pitching in the bullpen, and more.


Around The Farm: November 13, 2012: Tony Lastoria recaps another night in the offseason leagues, with T.J. House putting in his final Arizona Fall League performance, Hector Rondon continuing to show improvements, the obligatory Jose Ramirez mention, and more.

Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: The Blue Jays Cometh?: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete looks at the Marlins-Blue Jays mega-trade, along with the Jason Bay and Kevin Youkilis rumors and the idea of signing Melky Cabrera.


Around The Farm: November 15, 2012: Tony Lastoria covers the penultimate game in the Arizona Fall League, including Ronny Rodriguez's strong outing, as well as the rest of the winter league action.

Then & Now: Cord Phelps: Steve Orbanek looks back on Cord Phelps, who has gone from a possible long-term answer at second base to a fringe-major league player without a firm hold on a roster spot.


Around The Farm: November 15, 2012: Jim Piascik recaps the final day of the Arizona Fall League, along with Jose Ramirez finally looking human in the Dominican Winter League, and more.

2012 Transaction Rundown: Clippers Year in Review: Arthur Kinney lists the intense action from the AAA Columbus Clippers' transaction log, one that gets crazy quickly due to its proximity to the major league club.

Winter Ball Notebook: AFL season closes shop: Steve Orbanek looks back on another week in the offseason leagues, listing his top-three players in the just-finished Arizona Fall League as well as analyzing the rest of the week from around the winter leagues.


Around The Farm: November 16, 2012: Steve Orbanek covers another night in the winter leagues, including Jose Ramirez getting back on the hitting bandwagon, Andrew Campbell's strong showing in the Australian League, another Manny Ramirez sighting, and more.

Friends of the Feather

Hey, Hoynsie! How about trading Asdrubal Cabrera for Justin Upton?: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer answers his mailbag, including questions about Justin Upton-for-Asdrubal Cabrera trade ideas, the possibility of signing Melky Cabrera and Jason Bay, and more.

Indians face tough decision on Choo & Examining Choo's value: Jordan Bastian of looks at Scott Boras' recent comments surrounding Shin-Soo Choo and Cleveland's front office, as well as analyzing what the team can do with Choo so close to free agency.

Cleveland Indians: Do they rebuild or regroup?: Paul Hoynes of The PD looks at what the Oakland A's did last offseason and wonders if Chris Antonetti will take a similar path this year.

Cleveland Indians watch market for outfielders jump with Detroit Tigers' deal for Torii Hunter: Paul Hoynes of The PD analyzes the market for free agent outfielders in the wake of Torii Hunter's two year, $26 million contract.



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User Comments

Jim Piascik
November 17, 2012 - 2:02 PM EST
Just realized I missed this piece (

So in addition to everything above, check out Tony's writeup of Yan Gomes' outing in the WBC from Friday.
November 17, 2012 - 11:29 AM EST
I saw it. Mine will look different. Obviously a lot of same guys in Top 10, but in different order and I will probably have 1-2 or two different guys in the Top 10. Ramirez is not a Top 10 spec yet, so I have no issues with that, but he should be somewhere in the Top 25.
November 17, 2012 - 11:04 AM EST
baseball america came out yesterday with their top ten as i am sure you are aware of not sure i agree with the bottom 5, jose ramirez was omitted, so was a couple others and they had the number 1 pick higher than i would put him as well. what do think overall tony sure you saw it too

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