IPI Digest: 12/15/12-12/22/12
There were no mega-deals involving Cleveland over the past week, but IPI kept you up-to-date on everything that happened with the big league club. The biggest news of the week was possibly the name change the site is undergoing, but you can read more about that under the "Monday" heading.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week:
Coach's Corner '12: Scooter Tucker: Tony Lastoria recently sat down with High-A Carolina hitting coach (and new Low-A Lake County manager) Scooter Tucker, discussing how the mechanics of Tony Wolters and Ronny Rodriguez changed after rough starts, the development of Giovanni Urshela's power, Jesus Aguilar's improvements, and much more.
2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Left Fielders: Tony Lastoria continues his position-by-position look at each player in the system by analyzing the left fielders, ranking them as either top prospects, on deck, up and comers, organizational soldiers, or filling in.
2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Right Fielders: Tony Lastoria continues his position-by-position look at each player in the system by analyzing the right fielders, ranking them as either top prospects, on deck, up and comers, organizational soldiers, or filling in.
"The Book" on Lineups: Charlie Adams looks at the projected Cleveland lineup and the best way to optimize it according to the sabermetric book, "The Book."
Tribe Happenings: Fans won't believe it until they see it: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at how a big free agent signing could reinvigorate the fan base, compares the James Shields trade to the Ubaldo Jimenez trade from two years ago, argues against a full-time DH, and more.
Around The Farm: December 16, 2012: Jim Pete recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a massive night from Jose Ramirez, solid outings form Matt Langwell, Rob Bryson, and Roberto Perez, and more.
Site update: IPI name change coming: Tony Lastoria updates the readers on the upcoming changes to the site, as Indians Prospect Insider is becoming Indians Baseball Insider to reflect the increased coverage of the big league club the site is providing.
Indians continue pursuit of Swisher, likely to visit tonight: Tony Lastoria looks at the Nick Swisher visit and what to expect as he comes to Cleveland.
Then & Now: Thomas Neal: In his ongoing series, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek takes a look at Thomas Neal, who went from Top 100 prospect to injury-plagued and stalled to potential major league option in 2013.
Swisher makes visit to Cleveland facilities: Steve Orbanek analyzes Nick Swisher's visit to Cleveland and what it will mean for the team as Swisher leaves town without a deal.
Indians officially sign Reynolds, designate Canzler: Tony Lastoria updates the Mark Reynolds signing becoming official, along with Russ Canzler being taken off of the 40-man roster to make room.
Around The Farm: December 18, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including Giovanni Soto and Matt Langwell's strong relief outings, Asdrubal Cabrera's big offensive night, and more.
Reynolds will help, but is he the right fit for the Indians?: Michael Goodman compares Mark Reynolds to Kevin Youkilis to see if the front office made the right decision for first base.
Teams have to determine if Swisher is worth money, pick: Tony Lastoria looks at the Nick Swisher situation and how the protected first round pick Cleveland holds could make them the front-runners.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: Fool me once...: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete feels uncomfortable with the Nick Swisher tour, wonders if a Cardinals trade for Asdrubal Cabrera will happen eventually, and more.
Imagining the 2013 Cleveland lineup without a full-time DH: Jim Piascik breaks down how a lineup without a full-time DH could look now that the team will not have Travis Hafner always slated to start in that spot.
2012 Transaction Rundown: AZL Indians Year in Review: Arthur Kinney finishes his series looking at every transaction made by each of the minor league teams, this time focusing on the AZL Indians.
Winter Ball Notebook: Santana's struggles continue: In his weekly winter ball notebook, Steve Orbanek looks at the resurgence of Andrew Campbell, the struggles that have plagued Carlos Santana in the Dominican Republic, what could be the final set of games for Jose Ramirez's impressive offseason, and more.
Indians sign Scott Kazmir to a minor league contract: Tony Lastoria gives the quick reaction to Scott Kazmir being signed to a minor league deal, a low-risk pickup who is a great lottery ticket heading into Spring Training.
2013 Scouting Videos: Volume 2: Tony Lastoria releases his first set of scouting videos of 135 different players throughout the organization, featuring Rob Bryson, up-and-comer Ivan Castillo, and many more.
Friends of the Feather
In the end, Trevor Bauer's talent may do the speaking for the newest Cleveland Indian: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer profiles the quirkiness that is Trevor Bauer and wonders if his way of thinking will become the norm eventually.
Masterson finds root of issues, seeks return to form: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com looks at the inconsistency that plagued Justin Masterson's season and whether last offseason's shoulder surgery had something to do with it.
Cleveland Indians give free agent Nick Swisher the full Buckeye treatment: Paul Hoynes of The PD outlines Nick Swisher's visit to Cleveland and what exactly the front office did to try to woo the outfielder.
Shortstop shortage: Rationalizing the Bauer deal; Sax, Ward added to staff; sexy GMs; & other stuff: Nick Piecoro of azcentral.com gives the rational for the Trevor Bauer-Didi Gregorius trade from the Diamondbacks perspective, an interesting read as to why Cleveland was able to acquire a potential ace in Bauer for seemingly so little.
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