IPI Digest: 11/3/12-11/10/12
The offseason is starting to heat up, with all of the offseason leagues in full swing and the big league club beginning to make trades. Stay tuned to IPI all winter, as we'll keep you up to date with everything going on in the major and minor leagues.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week:
Coach's Corner '12: Jim Rickon: Tony Lastoria sat down with Lake County hitting coach Jim Rickon to discuss Francisco Lindor's growth and approach, Jordan Smith's adjustments, Bryson Myles' improvements, and more.
IPI Stock Watch: 2012 Columbus Clippers: Tony Lastoria takes a look at every prospect who ended their season in Columbus and writes whether that prospect hurt and helped their prospect stock in 2012.
2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The First Basemen: Tony Lastoria breaks down the state of the first base position, looking at each prospect the Indians have at the position and sorting them into categories based on their future.
AFL Spotlight: Shawn Armstrong: Tony Lastoria continues his profile series on Indians prospects in the Arizona Fall League with Shawn Armstrong. In the piece, Tony discusses Armstrong's rise through the ranks, his pitching repertoire, and more.
Indians acquire Mike Aviles, trade Rogers: Steve Orbanek gives a breaking news recap of Cleveland's first big trade of the offseason, sending Esmil Rogers to the Blue Jays for Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes.
Tribe Happenings: Indians strike early in offseason: In part one of his weekly Indians notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at the Esmil Rogers-Mike Aviles trade, the roster decisions from the past week, and more.
Analyzing the Mike Aviles/Yan Gomes for Esmil Rogers deal: Jim Pete chimes in on the Tribe's trade, giving his take on what the Indians acquired, what they gave up, and what it means.
Indians on Twitter: Tony Lastoria, with a big assist from Lianna Holub, gives a list of all known players throughout the Cleveland organization on Twitter.
Tribe Happenings: Indians have a new, revised approach: In part two of his weekly Indians notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria analyzes the new approach the front office appears to be taking, a possible Kevin Youkilis signing, and more.
Cleveland Sports Insiders: Waiters, Shurmur and Tribe rumors: Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek bring you the latest edition of their radio show, Cleveland Sports Insiders, discussing Dion Waiters' strong start to his career, Pat Shurmur's coaching future, and the Indians' offseason so far.
Corner of Carnegie & Ontario: Potential Free Agent Overview: In his weekly Indians notebook, Corner of Carnegie & Ontario, Jim Pete looks at the free agent market and some players the Indians could choose to target.
Indians resign Rondon, lose Goedert: Tony Lastoria reports that former Indians' prospect Jared Goedert has moved on and signed with the Pirates, along with reporting on two other minor league signings.
Around The Farm: November 7, 2012: Tony Lastoria recaps another night in Winter Ball, including Trey Haley's very successful outing, Jose Ramirez just being Jose Ramirez, Yan Gomez's power output, and more.
AFL Spotlight: Ronny Rodriguez: Tony Lastoria highlights Ronny Rodriguez, one of the Indians' participants in the Arizona Fall League, after talking with him in Arizona last month. In the piece, Rodriguez talks about what he's learning in the AFL from older players, slowing down on defense, the adjustments he has made at the plate, and more.
Around The Farm: November 8, 2012: Jim Piascik covers a light night for Tribe prospects in Winter Ball, including Alex Monsalve's hot streak, the Puerto Rican League's first games, and more.
2012 Transaction Rundown: Indians Year In Review: Arthur Kinney lists every move (all 99 of them) the big league club made in the past season.
Winter Ball Notebook: Ramirez is on fire: Steve Orbanek brings you his weekly Winter Ball Notebook, discussing Jose Ramirez lighting it up, Yan Gomes' decent start in offseason ball, Alex Monsalve heating up, and more.
Friends of the Feather
Ownership, bad trades combined to sink Indians: Analysis: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer looks back at the last good Indians team from the mid-2000s and how the Indians got to where they are today.
What Indians should do this offseason: Buster Olney of ESPN.com looks at the Indians' offseason and gives his advice. The short of it: blow it up. It seems unlikely to happen, but you can read his rationale if you want. (ESPN Insider required)
Indians have trade chips to dangle if market is right: Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com argues that the most attractive piece the Indians have to trade is Asdrubal Cabrera, as other players the Indians would trade come with significant baggage.
Cleveland Indians' needs are crystal clear, but solutions are always tricky: Paul Hoynes of the PD gives a report from the GM meetings on what Chris Antonetti and the Indians are looking to do with their always limited budget.
Trading Asdrubal Cabrera makes sense for Cleveland Indians: Terry Pluto: Terry Pluto of the PD joins the many writers speculating on a potential Asdrubal Cabrera trade, arguing that he can be used to fill one of Cleveland's many holes.
Cleveland Indians' free-agent options may include former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis: Paul Hoynes of the PD writes that Kevin Youkilis is on the Indians' radar, along with listing other free agents Cleveland could be targeting.
Punk Hits: The Year Punk Broke (Into the Majors): Ian Miller of Baseball Prospectus talks with former Indians pitching coach Scott Radinsky in a refreshing, honest interview about his eclectic tastes.
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