IPI Digest: 11/17/12-11/24/12
Once more from us here at IPI, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful start to the holiday season. Despite the first real snow of the year (or at least it was the first real snow where I'm living), baseball is still going strong in the Cleveland organization and IPI is here to cover it all for you.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week:
Coach's Corner '12: Greg Hibbard Part II: Tony Lastoria recently talked with Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard, who discussed Josh Martin's future, Jacob Lee's striking start to his career, what to expect from Luis Morel as he gains consistency, and much more.
2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Shortstops: Tony Lastoria continues his position-by-position look at Cleveland's minor league system, this time focusing on shortstop. Each player at this loaded position is profiled as either a top prospect, on-deck, an up and comer, an organizational soldier, or filling in.
AFL Spotlight: T.J. House: 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 T.J. House, who discussed his bounce-back 2012 season, his pitching repertoire, what participating in the AFL means, and more.
Tribe Happenings: Indians offseason free agent guide: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at the tiers of free agency and where fans should expect the front office to be shopping this winter.
AFL Recap: House, Monsalve, Haley Impress: Jim Piascik recaps the Arizona Fall League action, taking a look at each player Cleveland sent out there.
Around The Farm: November 18, 2012: Jim Pete covers the night in the winter leagues, with Ezequiel Carrera doing work in Venezuela, Giovanny Urshela doing his best to keep Colombia alive in the World Baseball Classic, and more.
AFL Spotlight: Tyler Holt and Alex Monsalve: Tony Lastoria finishes his Spotlight series on Cleveland's Arizona Fall League participants with a combo piece for Tyler Holt and Alex Monsalve. Tony was unable to talk to these two while he was in Arizona, but he is able to update you on them based on earlier conversations and what he has heard from within the organization.
Then & Now: Jesus Aguilar: Steve Orbanek takes a look at Jesus Aguilar's career and his transition from long-shot prospect to hyped-up first baseman of the future to potential major leaguer with some flaws that need to be fixed.
Indians add four to roster, outright LaPorta and others: Tony Lastoria updates you on Cleveland's 40-man roster moves ahead of the Rule 5 Draft and who was designated for assignment.
2012 40-man review: Reviewing the roster decisions: Tony Lastoria gives a more in-depth look at Cleveland's moves from Tuesday, including analyzing Matt LaPorta being designated for assignment, speculating on Jack Hannahan's place on the roster, and breaking down each of the new 40-man roster members.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: A Thankful Tribe...: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete lists what he is thankful for, including Terry Francona, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, and much more.
Around The Farm: November 21, 2012: Tony Lastoria covers the night in the winter leagues, including Tim Fedroff concluding his time in the Dominican, Ezequiel Carrera continuing to put together good at-bats, and more.
Saying thanks on Thanksgiving: Tony Lastoria (and the rest of us at IPI) wish the best readers in the world a Happy Thanksgiving and give thanks for you guys reading the site and contributing day-in and day-out.
Chris Jones is thankful for his new opportunity: Tony Lastoria catches up with former Cleveland farmhand Chris Jones, who was the other side of the Derek Lowe trade last offseason, to discuss his new opportunities in Atlanta and pitching in the Arizona Fall League.
Around The Farm: November 22, 2012: Jim Piascik covers the night in the winter leagues, with another reappearance from Jesus Aguilar, an electric night out of Ezequiel Carrera, some visits from prospects-past, and more.
2012 Transaction Rundown: Akron Year In Review: Arthur Kinney continues his offseason series, recounting all the transaction the organization made this past season. This week the focus is on the Akron Aeros.
Winter Ball Notebook: Jesus Aguilar returns: In his weekly winter ball notebook, Steve Orbanek recaps the week in the offseason leagues, including Jesus Aguilar's return (and where he went), Nick Hagadone's own return from his self-inflicted injury during the season, more Jose Ramirez because Jose Ramirez continues to amaze, and more.
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The Cleveland Indians describe their payroll situation for 2013 as "fluid": Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer looks at the uncertainty in the front office as to what the budget will be in 2013, as well as listing Cleveland's best and worst free agent signings.
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects: Jason Park of Baseball Prospectus lists his top 10 prospects in Cleveland's system. It would be hard to rival the depth IPI goes into on these guys, but it is always interesting to get a national perspective on what we look at on a micro-level on a day-to-day basis.
Indians front office sets standard for success: Evan Drellich of MLB.com argues that the Cleveland front office is one of the most respected in baseball. That is not a popular opinion to have in Northeast Ohio, but the arguments (and sheer number of executives in the game today that cut their teeth in Cleveland) are intriguing.
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