IPI Digest: 11/25/12-12/1/12
It was another slow week in Cleveland, but enjoy the tranquility while you can. With the Winter Meetings lined up for next week, there will be plenty of action throughout the week ahead for Cleveland and IPI. There was still plenty of action around the minor league system, however, and IPI has everything you need.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week:
Coach's Corner '12: Jeff Harris: Tony Lastoria recently talked with Lake County Captains pitching coach Jeff Harris, who discussed Mason Radeke's impressive 2012 and what he needs to improve on going forward, Shawn Morimando's athleticism and adjustments, the reasons behind Elvis Araujo's struggles, and much more.
IPI Stock Watch: 2012 Akron Aeros: Tony Lastoria checks in on every Akron Aeros from the past season, looking at whether they are better off, the same, or worse off after 2012.
Tribe Happenings: The Indians' offseason begins NOW: With Tony feeling under the weather, Jim Pete takes up the Sunday weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings. Jim explores the offseason to date and wonders what the front office will do as we approach a critical moment, the Winter Meetings.
Indians are showing interest in outfielder Nick Swisher: Tony Lastoria relays the information that Cleveland is talking to free agent outfielder Nick Swisher and briefly handicaps the market situation.
Offseason Spotlight '12: Anthony Gallas: Stephanie Metzger profiles local kid and former Kent State Golden Flash Anthony Gallas about his strong 2012, the adjustments he made during the season, and what he is looking to accomplish in 2013.
Then & Now: Adam Abraham: Steve Orbanek continues his Then & Now series, this time taking a look at Adam Abraham, who enjoyed good 2011 and 2012 seasons but may not be a big-time factor for Cleveland going forward.
Around The Farm: November 27, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including more power from Jesus Aguilar, an overpowering performance from Hector Rondon, Jose Ramirez, and more.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: A new approach?: After Jim Pete filled in on Tribe Happenings on Sunday, Steve Orbanek gave him a break this week from his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. In his place, Steve wonders whether this offseason is really any different than the underwhelming offseasons of the recent past.
Indians announce 2013 minor league staff assignments: Tony Lastoria catches you up on the new coaching staffs around the minors and in Player Development.
The Rule 5 Draft: A nine year look back: Jeff Ellis takes a look at Rule 5 Drafts of the past, breaking down which types of players are usually selected and then previews which Cleveland prospects could be at risk.
Around The Farm: November 29, 2012: Jim Piascik recaps the night in the winter leagues, including Eric Berger's great start, Giovanni Soto's impressive relief outing, a visit from an old friend, and more.
2012 Transaction Rundown: Mudcats Year in Review: Arthur Kinney continues recapping the moves and transactions from the year, this time focusing on the Carolina Mudcats.
Winter Ball Notebook: Carlos Santana debuts: Steve Orbanek gives his weekly winter league notebook, looking at Carlos Santana beginning his time in the offseason leagues, Danny Salazar's recent return to starting, Jesus Aguilar's power returning and strikeout struggles, and more.
Around The Farm: November 30, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including Mike McDade's organizational debut , Jeanmar Gomez's winter league debut, Roberto Perez's strong night, and more.
Hannahan and others non-tendered, Kluber has Surgery: Jim Piascik gives you the reaction to the non-tender deadline along with analysis of Corey Kluber in the wake of his knee surgery.
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Long-term plan directing Indians' offseason: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes that the front office is still determining what the offseason will look like, working the phones and talking to free agents to see whether the team should more reload or rebuild.
Deep list of candidates rounds out Hall's list: Cash Kruth and Zack Meisel of MLB.com take a look at the lesser-known names that are on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year, including former Indians Sandy AlomarJr., Julio Franco, Kenny Lofton, and Jose Mesa.
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